Pineapple Sunset - Shining a Light!

Posted by Gerri Robinson on

Pineapple Sunset . . . . . . . 

I typically don't open a blog post with a series of pictures but in this case, I personally feel a picture is worth more words than what I could string together to do this design any justice; "Pineapple Sunset"!

The only credit I can take for this design is designing the fabric, Gem Stones, for Riley Blake Designs.

The rest of the credit for this gorgeous "Pineapple Sunset" goes to this incredibly talented woman, Diane Merritt of Story of a Quilt (@storyofaquiltdesigns):

Diane was email introduced to me by a mutual quilting friend during a time I was desperately looking for and needing some help sewing quilts for Market.  Diane sewed her heart out and got me over the Market deadline finish line with speed and grace; a true lifesaver!

After the craziness of all things Market settled down and I was slowly getting back into my routine, Diane reached out to me and said "hey, I'm really liking your Gem Stone fabrics, may I "play" with them?  Absolutely!!!

We email chatted a bit when I asked her if she had ever made a Pineapple Quilt using the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool and her email response was filled with numerous pineapple quilts she had made in the past but never using the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool but she was definitely interested and wanted to give a try!

Diane literally Hit.It.Out.Of.The.Park!!

She let the (30) prints in the Gem Stones collection do all the work by playing with the gradation of color that runs from selvage to selvage within each print.

Click on the link here to see how some prints are more "tonal" in color while others are more "multi-colored" in nature all contributing to this beautiful masterpiece!

The supply list for "Pineapple Sunset" is pretty straight forward:

Pineapple Sunset:  70" x 70"          Block Size:  10" x 10" (finished)


Riley Blake Confetti Cotton Riley Black:  2 yards

(29) Gem Stone Fabrics:  1/3 yard EACH

Maraschino Cherry Print:  1/2 yard

Binding:  5/8 yard

Backing:  4-1/2 yards

Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool 

Diane simply followed the construction directions for a 10" block included in the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool and went to town.  Hence, there is no actual pattern for this design.  

For those of you interested in creating your own Pineapple Sunset, we have a kit here for you!

Diane didn't stop there with her creativity in designing quilts using Gem Stones.  She definitely has caught the Gem Stones bug and is on a designing whirlwind. 

I'll be sharing those designs in the immediate future but for now, I want to leave you with one more Pineapple Sunset!



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  • A day late and a dollar short here, but I would LOVE to do this quilt. I see that you have added additional fabrics to the collection and have more than thirty to choose from. Might I get a list of the original fabric choices? (and 1/3rd yard is called for but not available?) Thank you!

    Rebecca Ewing Peterson on
  • Hello Gerri,
    Received my kit and getting started but could use more guidance. Did Diane cut everything in strips and then lay it all out to be sure she got the right gradation and light to dark? Definitely want mine to look as close to hers as possible. Thanks. Any other guidance is much appreciated. Not used to making a quilt without an actual pattern.


    Denise Brosseau on
  • Hi, I love all your patterns but a pineapple quilt and rainbow quilt are on my bucket list. Therefore, I have to start with the Pineapple Sunset. Is color or fabric placement included in the directions?

    Debra Davis on
  • Gerri,I need one fourth yard more of Gem Stone the light yellow going into gold.I want redo 1 block.My Quilt is so beuitfly.Thanks so much. Rosie

    Rosie Langley on
  • Hi Roise!
    Yes, you can order more Riley Blake Black for your Pineapple Sunset. How much more do you think you’ll need?

    Gerri Robinson
    Planted Seed Designs

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