The pattern is available here and benefits the Virginia Quilt Museum. The original was created by Ester B. Matthews in 1858 at age 82. WOW!
My blocks will be 11-12 inches.
(My "celery" background color does not come through in the photo above. Mmm.)
Here are some of the colors I pulled for the quilt:
The woven green is so thin that my "usual" methods (either needle turn hand applique, or invisible machine applique with freezer-paper prep) weren't working...
Then... I decided that with blocks this small and busy, and fabric this fussy, I'd better turn to fusible.
Meanwhile, one of the quilt-along participants "Pinkish Camilla" - mentioned using a Ricky Tims method for her Botanical blocks. (Thank you, Pinkish Camilla!). The internet is wonderful. I googled "Ricky Tims applique" and voila.
Anyway, I experimented and practiced and decided on a single blanket stitch. I am using 50 weight Mettler silk finish cotton thread and just the Heat and Bond fusible - no additional stabilizer.
I'm going to make three more of these pineapple blocks; and I will eliminate the rainbow block and probably the Liberty Tree block. And I'm sure I will orient all the blocks the same way. I think a lot of the participants are making similar design "edits".
Lots of words today for what amounts to one pineapple block!
This month's pineapple progress is still being posted on the SVBAQ blog. It is really really fun to see how other quilters are interpreting the blocks. Check it out - maybe you will be inspired to jump on in!!