My next class on Creativebug launched yesterday, and I couldn't be more excited. My Improvisational Patchwork: Pineapple Quilt Blocks workshop is one of my favorite classes to teach, and I love the result that this type of piecing gives to such a traditional quilt block design.
The traditional pineapple quilt block can be a bit intimidating, especially to a new quilter, because its beautiful design is created with fabric pieces that are precisely measured and cut. With my improvisational technique, there is no need for precise measuring or cutting, making it much more approachable and less intimidating.
You also get to use your own creative intuition to design your blocks, which results in completely unique and one-of a kind patchwork. No two blocks will look the same, which is very different than the traditional pineapple block. This technique combines improvisational piecing and giving a modern design to a traditional block, both of which I love.
In the workshop, I'll also show you how you can change the look of these blocks by changing the placement of your fabric. In the samples above I used an analogous color palette with a light blue, a dark blue, and a mid tone purple, which were all scraps of fabric I had in my studio, and I paired them with a few different shades of white for the background. These blocks are a great way to use up scraps of fabric, but of course, they also are a great way to use your yardage, too.
I love this version that I made using solid cotton fabrics in red and creamy white. I think the two color palette is so simple, and since there is so much contrast between the two colors, the design of the patchwork is really graphic and bold. One of these days, I would love to make a whole improvisational pineapple block quilt in just these fabrics.
Since most of my projects these days are driven by deadlines, so far the only full size quilt I've made with this technique is this one, which I made for the FreeSpirit Modern Solids Challenge, using the incredible fat quarter bundle that Denyse Schmidt curated. This quilt has over 75 colors on the front, as I used each of the fabrics from Denyse's collection, and paired them with four different colors of white fabrics for the background.
I can't wait to see what you'll make with the technique I share in my Improvisational Patchwork: Pineapple Quilt Blocks workshop. Please use the hashtag #ImprovPineappleBlocks so we can all follow along! Remember, this class, as well as all of the great workshops on Creativebug are included in your subscription, which is only $4.95 a month. Such a great deal!