This is the archive listing of all Quilt Blocks in the Quilt Block Library assigned to the Patterns Category that are constructed from strips of fabrics, also known as Strip Piecing or strip blocks.
Skill level: Easy
The String Quilt block is a type of block created with strings or long scraps of fabric using the foundation or paper piecing method. Several varieties of this type of block exist. Most techniques involve drawing a straight line along the diagonal of a piece of paper. An initial strip of fabric is placed along this line, then subsequent strips are sewn to each side, then pressed open. This continues until the paper is completely covered, then the excess fabric is cut off the sides to make a square block.
String quilt blocks are popular among quilters because they offer a simple way to use up scrap fabrics but also allow for interesting and dynamic designs. Careful placement of light and dark fabrics often creates a diamond design that appears along the diagonal of the block.
Below are some images for how string quilts might appear in a grouping:
The Pineapple Quilt Block, much like the Log Cabin Quilt Block and the Courthouse Steps Quilt Block is worked around a central block or unit by sewing strips along the sides. In the case of the Pineapple Block, strips are sewn to each side of a Square-in-a-square unit (SNS) and then each corner is finished off with a triangle.
Pineapple Quilt Blocks, like all strip blocks, are a great way to use up small bits of leftover fabrics and lend themselves to scrappy quilt designs.
For precision, many people like to make Pineapple blocks using Foundation Piecing. My preference is to use the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim tool, as I feel this technique is much faster and has less fabric waste.
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The Creative Grids Pineapple Trim tool comes in two sizes. The large version can be used to make blocks that are 6, 8 and 10" sizes. The mini version helps you make finished blocks that are 4, 5 or 6".