As promised, I’m sharing what I learned in a recent class on making Pineapple blocks without the dreaded paper piecing. The dimensions used in the class make a 14 inch block.
To make the feathered portions, you will need to first make four Triangle-in-a-Square or V-blocks using your favorite method, either the Tri-Recs rulers or Deb Tucker’s V-block Trimmer. These should be squared up to 6 inches. After they are squared, place the V towards your left on the cutting mat.
To make the feather, flip each of the pieces 180 degrees. I used pieces that I had already cut from other V-block units because I am going for a scrappy look. The top of the photo shows the cut pieces before they are flipped and the bottom of the photo shows the pieces after they are flipped. Sew the four pieces together, being careful to not make the mistake I made several times of sewing the wrong two edges together. You will end up with four feather units like in the photo below. Next, you will want to make your centers, which are just quarter square triangles. Make two half-square triangle units using four different fabrics (if you are going for a scrappy look). Square up the HSTs to 6 1/2 inches, then cut them in half diagonally.Using one piece from each of the HSTs, sew them together making a 6 inch quarter square triangle. Now all you need is four 4 1/2 inch squares to complete your block. If you like you can use a 6 inch square of feature fabric in the center instead of the quarter square triangle or just one piece of coordinating fabric, which makes this block even more simple. Some of the quilters in the class used a limited palette of colors. For instance, one used teals and grays, and her quilt promised to be stunning. I hope you have fun trying out this easy method. If you are intimated by the idea of making a V-block or don’t know how to do it, I recommend you go to Deb Tucker’s website at this link: http://www.studio180design.net/videos/?id=5 and watch her video on the tool that she developed. I used to be intimated too, but found her tool extremely easy to use, and now I make V-blocks (or triangle-in-a-square) like a pro. Just so you know, I am in no way affliated with Deb Tucker nor do I receive any compensation of any type for talking about her products. I just happen to really like them and want to help make challenging units easier for my loyal readers.