The pineapple block wasn't a pattern that I loved when I first saw it, but then I came across this version by Amber and I started getting a little obsessed. I love the illusion of circles that appear between the blocks, they really soften all the prickly angles. When Melissa started posting pineapple quilt blocks in beautiful inky colours, I offered to make her a block to say thank you for her recent generosity. And selfishly, it gave me an excuse to make one block before committing to a pineapple quilt of my own.
These blocks are not fast! I took my time, it's not perfect, it doesn't sit completely flat. I'm crossing my fingers that Melissa can actually use it in her quilt. Imperfections and all, I love it and I've added pineapple quilt to my bucket list for next year. To piece the block, I used this Instructables tutorial that Melissa is using. It's a great tutorial if, like me, you'd rather piece than foundation piece.
I think even the back looks pretty with all those open seams.
And amidst all the busy-ness, I've squeezed in a few last-minute gifts. A needlebook using the wonderful tutorial by Amy at nanaCompany and my other go-to gift, a drawstring bag using Svetlana's drawstring bag tutorial. I still have a couple more last minute gifts to make. I'm counting on getting some sewing time today.