Metallic Ombre Pineapple Mini Quilt
This mini pieced wall hanging has it all: a fresh, modern take on a totally on-trend design; lots of texture, thanks to the half-square triangle (HST) block construction; and just enough of the metallic fabric to make it really pop. I created my own pattern for this project, using 2.5” squares to make half-square triangles.
Step 1:Cut the metallic linens and black linen into 2.5”xWOF strips, and subcut each strip into (10) 2.5” squares. You won’t need that many, but it’s always nice to have an extra or two!
Step 2: Cut the remaining Oyster metallic linen into 2.5” strips on the bias to use as your binding. (If you’ve never made bias or quilt binding before, here's a great tutorial for cutting the bias strips. You won’t need a bias tape maker though; after your strips are cut and stitched together, just fold the strips in half lengthwise, aligning the raw edges together, and press with a hot steam iron.)
Step 3:Pair your 2.5” squares into the following 2-square units:
- • 1 unit – Camel + Black (1 Camel square + 1 Black square)
- • 3 units – Camel + Camel ([1 Camel square + 1 Camel square] x 3)
- • 2 units – Camel + Sand ([1 Camel square + 1 Sand square] x 2)
- • 2 units – Sand + Sand ([1 Sand square + 1 Sand square] x 2)
- • 1 unit – Sand + Black (1 Sand square + 1 Black square)
- • 1 unit – Sand + Oyster (1 Sand square + 1 Oyster square)
- • 3 units – Sand + Black ([1 Sand square + 1 Black square] x 3)
- • 2 units – Oyster + Oyster ([1 Oyster square + 1 Oyster square] x 2)
- • 1 unit – Black + Black (1 Black square + 1 Black square)
Making the HST Blocks
Step 4: Glue baste your 2-square units together, drawing a thin line of glue from one corner of a square to the opposite corner. Heat set the glue using a hot, dry iron.
Step 5: Stitch the squares together by sewing a scant ¼” seam on each side of the glue line.
Step 6: Cut your squares in half along the glue line.
Step 7: Press the seams of your HST blocks to one side; trim squares to 2”.
Piecing the Pineapple Block
I prefer to piece in blocks, rather than strips. I also prefer to glue baste, nest, and “spin” my seams, all of which I learned from tutorials by Cristy Fincher from Purple Daisies Quilting. (For Cristy’s excellent tutorial on nesting and spinning seams, click here) Nesting and spinning seams when piecing blocks has helped me create more accurate seams and perfect points; it also creates flatter blocks, which in turn are easier to quilt.
Step 8: Lay out your HST blocks in the following pattern to create your pineapple:
Step 9: Begin piecing your blocks, using your preferred method. Since I like to piece in blocks when I can, rather than strips, I create 2-block units first. Apply a thin line of glue along one edge of a block, place the “partner” block on top (right sides together and raw edges aligned), and heat set the glue with a hot, dry iron. Stitch the two blocks together using a scant ¼” seam. I leave about a ¼” space at the start and end of my seam—I don’t sew completely end to end. This will allow me to spin my seams as I piece more blocks together.
Step 10: After stitching each set of 2-block units, press the seams to one side. I alternate the pressing direction by row, beginning by pressing the seams of the bottom row blocks to the right. The row above that gets pressed to the left, then the next row to the right, and so on. Because the seams are pressed to alternating sides, as we build our units from two blocks to four blocks, our seams will nest and spin. Here’s a picture of the wrong sides of my 2-block units, so you can see how I’ve pressed the seams in alternate directions.
Step 11: You’ll begin to nest your seams when you start piecing two sets of 2-block units together to create a 4-block unit. You can see in this picture how the pressed edges of the center seams for these two 2-block units meet in the middle. This is nesting your seams.
Step 12: Follow the same procedures to piece two 2-block units into 4-block units: glue baste, heat set, and stitch using a scant ¼” seam.
Step 13: After you’ve stitched all your 2-block units together, it’s time to press the seams open. This time, you’ll spin your seams. Make sure the four seams are pressed so that they rotate around the center—think of them going either clockwise or counterclockwise. (My seams always end up spinning counterclockwise—I don’t know if that’s typical or because I’m left-handed!) To do that, you’ll have to press your most recent seam in opposite directions from the center. That little ¼” you left unstitched at the start and finish of each seam will allow the center to open up and flatten out, and you’ll get a lovely little 4-square “block” in the very center of your spinning seams.
Step 14: You may want to starch your blocks as you press them open.
Step 15: Continue piecing your blocks together until your pineapple is complete.
Step 16: Add the sashing, beginning with the left and right side sashings.
Finishing the Pineapple Mini Quilt
Step 17: Create a sandwich using your fabric backing on the bottom (wrong side up), batting in the middle, and pieced pineapple on top (right side up). I spray baste each layer, rather than using pins, to keep the layers from shifting.
Step 18: Quilt the layers together using your favorite method. I machine quilted my pineapple using straight-line quilting. I don’t have a walking foot for my vintage sewing machine and it still looks great, so even if you aren’t a regular quilter with all the regular tools, you can still quilt a project this size!
Step 19: Trim the edges of your quilted block so that they are neat and straight. Pin your stitched and pressed quilt binding onto the front of your quilted piece, raw edges aligned. Machine stitch the binding using a scant ¼” seam.
Step 20: Hand stitch the binding to the back of your quilted piece. Here you can see that I added a couple of fabric triangles to the back in the top left and right corners; I’ll use these to hang my pineapple on the wall. I used a couple of those extra fabric squares and some fabric glue to put them on, and hand stitching the binding will strengthen them.
That’s it! You’re all done with your modern metallic ombre pineapple. The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, especially for us Southerners, and I can’t wait to hang this one in my foyer! I hope you’re inspired to make one for yourself!