Piece squares and rectangles into classic Pineapple and Log Cabin blocks to easily create a stunning sun-and-sky color duo.
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Designer: Darlene Zimmerman

Materials for Two Pillows

  • 1⁄4 yard total assorted yellow prints (blocks)
  • 1-1⁄2 yards dark blue print (block, borders, pillow backs, binding)
  • 3⁄8 yard total assorted blue prints (blocks)
  • 2--18" squares muslin (lining)
  • 2--18" squares batting
  • 2--14"-square pillow forms

Finished pillows: 14" square

Finished blocks: Pineapple, 11" square; Log Cabin, 5-1⁄2" square

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances unless otherwise stated. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut and Assemble Pineapple Pillow Top

Cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted yellow prints, cut:

  • 16--2-1⁄2" squares
  • 4--2" squares

From dark blue print, cut:

  • 2--2-1⁄2×42" binding strips
  • 2--14-1⁄2×18-1⁄2" rectangles
  • 2--2×14-1⁄2" border strips
  • 2--2×11-1⁄2" border strips
  • 1--3-1⁄2" square

From assorted blue prints, cut:

  • 2--1-1⁄2×11-1⁄2" rectangles for positions 15 and 16
  • 4--1-1⁄2×9-1⁄2" rectangles for positions 11 through 14
  • 4--1-1⁄2×7-1⁄2" rectangles for positions 7 through 10
  • 4--1-1⁄2×5-1⁄2" rectangles for positions 3 through 6
  • 2--1-1⁄2×3-1⁄2" rectangles for positions 1 and 2

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each yellow print 2" and 2-1⁄2" square. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw the line, place 220-grit sandpaper under each square.) Note: Instead of drawing a line, you may use an iron to press each square in half diagonally with the wrong side inside. Open pressed square and use crease as a stitching guideline.

2. Align a marked yellow print 2" square with one corner of the dark blue print 3-1⁄2" square (Diagram 1; note placement of marked diagonal line). Stitch on marked line; trim excess fabric, leaving a 1⁄4" seam allowance. Press attached triangle open. Add a second marked yellow print square to opposite corner; trim and press as before. In the same manner, add yellow print 2" squares to remaining corners of dark blue print square to make a block center (Diagram 2).

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3. Sew blue print position 1 and 2 rectangles to opposite edges of block center (Diagram 3). Press seams (and all following seam allowances, unless otherwise indicated) away from block center.

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4. Add blue print position 3 and 4 rectangles to remaining edges of block center to make a bordered block center (Diagram 4). The bordered block center should be 5-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

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5. Referring to Step 2, add four marked yellow print 2-1⁄2" squares to corners of bordered block center (Diagram 5; note placement of marked diagonal lines). The bordered block center should still be 5-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

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6. Continue adding blue print strips in numerical order to bordered block center. After each round of strips, add marked yellow print 2-1⁄2" squares to corners to make a Pineapple block (Diagram 6). The Pineapple block should be 11-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

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7. Join dark blue print 2×11-1⁄2" border strips to opposite edges of Pineapple block. Join dark blue print 2×14-1⁄2" border strips to remaining edges to complete Pineapple pillow top.

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Cut and Assemble Log Cabin Pillow Top

Cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted yellow prints, cut:

  • 4--1-1⁄2×5" rectangles for position 6
  • 4--1-1⁄2×4" rectangles for position 5
  • 4--1-1⁄2×3" rectangles for position 2
  • 4--1-1⁄2×2" rectangles for position 1

From dark blue print, cut:

  • 2--2-1⁄2×42" binding strips
  • 2--14-1⁄2×181⁄2" rectangles
  • 2--2×14-1⁄2" border strips
  • 2--2×11-1⁄2" border strips

From assorted blue prints, cut:

  • 4--1-1⁄2×6" rectangles for position 8
  • 4--1-1⁄2×5" rectangles for position 7
  • 4--1-1⁄2×4" rectangles for position 4
  • 4--1-1⁄2×3" rectangles for position 3
  • 4--2" squares

1. Sew together a blue print 2" square and a yellow print position 1 rectangle to make a block center (Diagram 7). Press seam toward yellow print rectangle.

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2. Referring to Diagram 8, add yellow print position 2 rectangle to bottom edge of block center; press as before.

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3. Referring to Diagram 9, add blue print position 3 rectangle to left-hand edge of block center; press seam toward blue print rectangle.

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4. Add blue print position 4 rectangle to top edge of block center; press. Continue adding rectangles in numerical order to make a Log Cabin block (Diagram 10). Always press seam away from center. The Log Cabin block should be 6" square including seam allowances.

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5. Repeat steps 1–4 to make four Log Cabin blocks total.

6. Referring to photo lay out the four Log Cabin blocks in pairs; sew together. Press seams in opposite directions. Join pairs to make pillow center. Press seam in one direction.

7. Join dark blue print 2×11-1⁄2" border strips to opposite edges of pillow center. Join dark blue print 2×14-1⁄2" border strips to remaining edges to complete Log Cabin pillow top.

Finish Pillows

1. Layer each pillow top with an 18" batting square and a muslin 18" square. Quilt as desired. Trim batting and muslin lining even with pillow top edges.

2. With wrong sides inside, fold two dark blue print 14-1⁄2×18-1⁄2" rectangles in half to form two double-thick 14-1⁄2×9-1⁄4" pieces. Overlap folded edges by about 4" to make a 14-1⁄2" square (Diagram 11). Stitch around entire square to make a pillow back. (The double thickness makes the pillow back more stable.) Repeat with remaining dark blue print 14-1⁄2×18-1⁄2" rectangles to make a second pillow back.

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3. With wrong sides together, layer each quilted pillow top with a pillow back; baste. Bind with dark blue print binding strips. Insert pillow forms through openings to complete pillows.