Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

Let’s welcome the pineapple

For the last 8 months, I have been part of the 2021 Monthly Color Challenge from Patterns By Jen.

Here are the blocks that we have made so far…..

They are so much fun and will be exciting to put together at the end of the challenge!!

This month the inspiration comes from the glorious pineapple…..

One thing that I have enjoyed in this challenge is being able to really look at the inspirational fruit or vegetable. In this case, I studied the radial symmetry of the crown…..

….and the amazing structure and colors of the outside rind….

And then you cut it open…..

…and the whole room is filled with the sweet smell of goodness!! I know that you can smell it right now!!!

Just look at all of these luscious colors…..

When I started picking fabrics, I really wanted to include green but all of the other blocks are more monochromatic in nature so I decided to stick with the pale yellows….

The block was easy to piece, although some of the strips finished at 1/2-inch wide, so accurate piecing was mandatory!!! I ironed the two 1-inch strips together before I sewed them and that made a huge difference in the piecing as they stayed lined up while under the needle.

I got so excited about making this block that I forgot to take progress photos……OOPS!!!

The finished block is simple….

….yet echos the pineapple nicely!!!

When I think of pineapple, I think of two things….

  • The Big Pineapple in Queensland Australia…..

We visited there in 1982 when my parents joined us for a trip up and down the eastern Australian coast!!

Secondly, I remember one of my favorite desserts and one that is attributed to my Mom!!


2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, 1 large can of crushed pineapple (including juice), 2 cups flour, and 2 teaspoons soda

Mix all together and pour into greased and floured sheet pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

For icing…..

8 oz. cream cheese (at room temperature), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 cup butter (softened), 1 cup powdered sugar, and 1 cup pecans.

Combine all of the icing ingredients and ice cake while it is hot.

The cake is yummy and gooey and wonderful!!

We sure want to thank the sponsors for this quarter…..

If you want to see how other quilters interpreted this fun design, be sure to check out this month’s featured bloggers…

Jen Shafer

Kathy Bruckman

Lisa Ruble

Raylee Bielenberg

Andi Stanfield

Crystal Drummond

Ashli Montgomery

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Enough reading….go eat some pineapple!!!

6 thoughts on “Let’s welcome the pineapple

  1. Great block and I can see a nice secondary pattern if a whole quilt was done of the same block. Your recipe is calling to me. Simple question … Just in case your “large” can is different than ours here in Canada, how many ounces is in your “large”?? 🙂 I know that deliciousness is awaiting!!! 🙂 THANK YOU!!

    1. Thanks for your comments!!! I have really enjoyed making all of these food-related blocks!! I normally use a 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple. I hope you enjoy your cake….it is yummy!!!

  2. Thanks! We used to be able to get 19 oz. cans, but now, only 398 ml which is 13-1/2 oz. That will work perfectly, as now I can do a 1/2 recipe, with a bit of the crushed pineapple leftover. I like simple recipes, so am sure this will become a new favourite. Now to find a reason to make it! 🙂

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