Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I've been spending a lot of time looking at pineapple quilts lately.

They appeared after log cabin quilts in the 1870s and they are a form of log cabin, sometimes with red centers, like some log cabins have.

They were usually pieced over a fabric foundation.

Cotton or silk or wool---they often had spectacular graphics

Some are made of miniscule strips.

The design continued into the 20th century. Here are some two-color examples.
Other published names include Windmill Blades and Maltese Cross.

Well, almost two color.

I printed out some 4" patterns from my BlockBase computer program (any pattern, any size, you know!)

I'm experimenting with shading and color.

Pineapple Slushy before the border
4" Blocks

Gala Madrid before the border
6" Blocks

I cannot imagine how they did this before someone invented paper piecing with the pattern actually printed on the paper.

Electric Quilt software is now available in a new version EQ7, and BlockBase works with all of the EQ incarnations.


  1. Your pineapple slushy is wonderful! The pineapple block was one of my first blocks. I had to draw it out on muslin - paper printed out on the computer is sooo much faster!

  2. Your postings are always so interesting. Just wanted to say 'thank you' for the old and the new. Becky Brown

  3. Barbara, I also want to thank you for a wonderful blog. I enjoy looking at all the great pictures and reading the historical information. Great stuff :)

  4. There is a beautiful green, yellow, and red pineapple log cabin quilt in the movie "Uncle Buck". It is shown in the teenage girl's room folder across her bed.