Posted By on August 23, 2009

Here is the link so that you can get the book from the designer of the Exploding Pineapple Block – Karin Hellaby


The Exploding Pineapple Block is in the Book SEW SIMPLE PINEAPPLE.

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  1. Carolyn Howerton (from quiltler corner) says:

    Very cleaver…

    Look like you had a great weekend.

  2. Brenda C. says:

    Wow, I found your site while looking for a pineapple quilt pattern. This is a wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to get started.

    (no blog)
    Brenda in Texas

  3. elaine pa says:

    this is just the best!!!!!

  4. Khris says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I have put a link to you on my freebies blog if that is okay…hugs Khris

  5. drsao says:

    SURE KHRIS – glad you found it useful!

  6. smitch says:

    I was sent a version of this and it made no sense to me with your great tutorial it was just plain easy and fun. Thanks

  7. carolyn kimbrough says:

    We’re doing an exploding pineapple quilt at our next quild meeting, and I had no idea what this pattern was or what it looked like. Thanks so much fot the pattern. I can now make a block befor I go and look like I know what I am doing. Thanks again.

  8. Gudrun says:

    Thank u for posting this. It looks dead easy! which is how
    I like things :))

  9. Kathleen says:

    Wow,,that is so cool and easy..Thank-you

  10. Naomi Vela says:

    Hi, thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial…..I’ve made a couple of them up into blocks now, and love it. I have one question and one tip to ask/share. The question is, when I tried starting with a smaller square (1 & 1/2″) to make a pincushion, when I got to putting the 3rd row or my 2nd lot of stitching, the 3rd fabric completely covered the 1st one…do you know why this is? and is there a minimum size that you should start the exploding pineapple off at? And my tip, is when you have the next square cut out and marked up with the diagonal lines, fold the fabric in the centre (gently so as not to crease it too much) and make a tiny snip along one of the lines, so when you’ve sewn it and are about to make the cut out to the corners….it makes it so much simpler, and you shouldn’t cut through both layers then. I hope that came out clear…I can take pics if you like? Hugs Naomi the newbie quilter from Australia

  11. Elaine Adair says:

    You clever girl you!

  12. Gerda says:

    Hi, this is a great tutorial! I’m glad I found it. I do have one question, though – maybe you have the answer. In traditional pineapple blocks, the points always show – with this method, the points are cut off (looks more like a snowball block in the centre). Would cutting subsequent squares larger (say by 1″?) and pinning so it poufs in the centre (like making a biscuit block for a quilt), work?? A friend and I were discussing this difference, and I thought some more, before writing this. Thanks for any input you or any of the ladies might have.

    Hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    Gerda in Alberta, Canada.

  13. Pat Mc says:

    I enjoyed making these squares! It was so much fun…BUT..I have one question..please…I couldn’t keep mine square…as hard as I tried…they were not “square”..any hints? thanks so much!

  14. Debbie Kelly says:

    Pretty cool sure beats the alternative .I plan on trying it Thanks Debbie Kelly

  15. Vicki says:

    Can I tell you that I just LOVE you! I really didn’t want to do that paper piecing pineapple – too many P’s! I just wanted to use up some scraps and I loved the pineapple look with a black or a white. This is my first attempt at making a pineapple block and it took me less than 10 minutes – you rawk! I put your blog on facebook! Thank you so much!

  16. Vicki says:

    Awesome! I made a block in less than 30 minutes and that included picking out fabric (scraps, yeah), cutting, sewing, marking, squaring up and ironing! I have a fabulous block and I am going to use this method to make a quilt to donate to the fundraiser at my work for the Los Angeles Childrens Hospital! Thank you so much!

  17. Cindy B says:

    The square points are cut off. Is that suppose to be like that for a pineapple block?

    That is how it is supposed to be for the EXPLODING PINEAPPLE BLOCK…..I guess there are variations in the PINEAPPLE BLOCKS. 🙂

  18. Nana Gail says:

    I’m just starting quilting and I love the short cuts that people use!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  19. Helen White says:

    This is sew wonderful. Thanks!

  20. sandrab says:

    I was shown this block this past weekend at a quilt retreat. I love it and i made it with Zebra print and red, it was totally awsome.

  21. Rita Caldwell says:

    How awesome and quick!! I know what i’ll be doing all winter!

  22. sandy says:

    Hi…I love your Exploding Pineapple….but I can’t get the pattern to open at the top of your page…I have tried for two day……Is it down….Thanks so much

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