Pineapple Mashup

Pineapple Mashup? That’s the title that kept coming to mind as I was thinking about this post. It’s going to be about pineapples and why I am making this quilt.

Pineapples have long been the symbol for hospitality. You can ask Mr. Google and find all kinds of information about it. Years ago, I was in a book club with some friends and we got on the topic of hospitality and when people just drop by unexpectedly. I don’t recall exactly how, but I gave the impression that I didn’t want that happening at my house. I was embarrassed to show my home. There was nothing wrong with it, other than being a home with young kids, cats, a few random dust bunnies and continual renovation. But I was always sure that no one else’s home looked as messy as mine. Anyway, because of that I’ve never felt that I had the gift of hospitality.

Fast forward a few years and I came across this pineapple quilt and I knew I wanted to make it someday. Then the TV show Psych became a favorite show of our family, and we would always look for the random pineapple in the show. Each time I saw it, I thought I need to make that pineapple quilt!

Earlier this fall, pineapple blocks and quilts were popping up everywhere, which also made me think of this quilt and wanting to get it done. So the project has always been on my mind. Over the past year, I have been gathering fat quarters for this quilt whenever I’m out shopping.

So there’s my mashup of thoughts on the pineapple quilt, full of trivial information you really didn’t need to know. Haha.

My pile of fabrics has grown, so on Monday I mentioned that I needed to check to see if I was ready to start the project. There was plenty of fabric, and I began looking at the fabric values only to find that most of my orange was too close in value.  I decided to switch to golds for my light colors, pulling whatever I had in my stash that would work and that was fat quarter size. My pineapples have become much more “wild” than I had planned, and I think I’m going to like it.

The Players

Pineapple Mashup - the fabric mashup - 2017


Pineapple Mashup - fabrics that didn't make the cut - 2017

Another reason for the title Pineapple Mashup is because the fabrics I chose are from multiple designers as well as years. Most of them are pretty recent, but there’s a few oldies tucked in there!

Getting Started

Here’s a little peek of where I’m at on this project. I’ll give you more details on the pattern used and method in another post. For now, here are some of the tops.

Pineapple Mashup - the tops - 2017

It was really fun to see how these fabrics emerged. I am liking the blend of colors and patterns. Yes, those blocks are wonky. They’re supposed to be. They will be squared later, but more on that in a later post.

Tops have got to have bottoms, so here’s a peek at those too. You might want your shades on, these are bright!

Pineapple Mashup - the bottoms - 2017

I am having so much fun with this project. Hopefully I’ll have some finished to show you soon!

And you know what? I really do like to have people come to my home and enjoy making them feel welcome, although admittedly I still quake a bit at the thought of someone just stopping by. This quilt hanging in my home would remind me that hospitality is not about how my home looks, but how I make my visitors feel.

Linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday.


16 thoughts on “Pineapple Mashup”

  1. Love this post Wendy! You are a wonderful hostess! Your home is warm and welcoming… Your cat is sweet and the few dust bunnies look a lot like mine, making me feel right at home! 😊 Can’t wait to see your pineapple quilt completed!

  2. That is not the Pineapple quilt I thought you meant until I saw your ‘tops’!
    I approve of your choice of fabrics-new, old, it don’t matter-it’s gonna be a fun quilt. How big are you aiming at?
    P.S. I felt welcome at your home;)

    1. Haha! I know the block you were thinking I was working on, and that’s on my project list too. Size is still TBD. Thanks!

  3. I love pineapples and all the meaning that goes with them. Interesting story. I guess I’m a bit worried about judgement if someone drops by unexpected. But if I were the dropper, I wouldn’t be thinking that. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the progress on your pineapples!

  4. Hi Wendy,
    Somehow I have missed the news bulletin about pineapples. The whole freakin’ message has just zipped right over my head. I have seen tons of people making pineapple blocks, quilts, table runners, etc. But I had no idea why or where the fad came from. So, thank you for spelling it all out for this misinformed/blissfully uninformed reader! I love how you are using the qualified players and benching others. I am 100% sure I would feel more than welcome at your house, and we would have oodles to talk about. Who really looks for dust bunnies anyway, and if they do . . . well there they are. We all have them, somewhere. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. So much fun Wendy! I look forward to seeing progress shots.

    And years ago I realized that if I waited to have a super clean house I would never have folks over, so I changed my attitude. (Also I grew up in a VERY messy, heading-towards-hoarding house and having company coming meant a massive effort to shovel things into closets and drawers so I have worked hard to be different from that as well.)

    Maybe I need a pineapple mini quilt in my life.

  6. Love the fabrics you chose, pineapples for hospitality? You learn something every day. Come across the pond to my house for dust bunnies, with two spinner spaniels who always seem to be changing their coats I always have plenty.

  7. These pineapple fabrics are so joyful. Can’t wait to see it and love your story about hospitality. I don’t know the show Psych, is it bingeworthy?

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