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.
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!
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.
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!
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.