The Big Reveal

For the past five years or so, I’ve had an idea in my mind for a quilt I wanted to design and make for no other purpose than the thought of it simply made me happy. 

But there was never enough time. 

I keep myself so busy making quilts for publications, quilt samples, or step-outs and demos for the classes I teach there is never time to make quilts “just because.” Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining. I love to design and make quilts no matter what the end purpose may be. But the idea of making a quilt which was not meant for teaching or publication purposes always took a back seat to other pressing deadlines. 

Right after Christmas this past year I finally decided to carve out a bit of time to make the quilt I couldn’t stop thinking about.

I found myself either doodling on paper or playing with blocks and design options in my EQ8 software. I kept tweaking the design until it was finally where I wanted it to be. Then I carefully selected fabrics and even did a little shopping to add just the right colors and textures. 

I would cut fabric or work on the blocks when I had a few minutes to spare. 

If you follow me on Facebook (Kimberly Einmo Designs) and Instagram (@keinmo), you may have caught some sneak peeks in the past couple of months.

I used my EZ Pineapple Ruler to make these perfect pineapple blocks. You can get one on my website.

Of course, I had help in the studio along the way. My Quality Control Managers kept a paw on my progress and did their part to add fiber content to the fabrics.

Toby

Cheeto

And you may have seen a post about my attempt to paper piece some of the blocks. That effort lasted all of an hour and forty-five minutes before this partial block went into the “round file.” I am NOT a paper piecer. It does not bring me joy. Technically, I am more than capable of foundation piecing, but apparently not without the wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth. (Just keeping it real, folks.)

But as the blocks added up and were arranged on my design wall, I became more and more excited! In February, I finished the quilt top and sent it to my dear friend and fabulously talented longarm quilter, Carolyn Archer, of Ohio Star Quilting. She knows how much I adore pineapples; these motifs have showed up consistently in my quilts throughout the years. So I told her to go a little crazy on the custom quilting and then, I turned her loose to do her thing.

Carolyn Archer, Ohio Star Quilting

When she sent the finished quilt back and I opened the box, my heart literally skipped a beat! I am absolutely thrilled with how beautifully she “frosted” my quilt! So without further delay…..

Introducing: Pineapple Punch

I simply couldn’t be more pleased with the final results. This quilt makes me happy! I loved designing it and sewing all the pieced and appliqued elements. 

The machine quilting makes the layout and design of this quilt sing! Carolyn put so much thought and effort into making each individual element truly unique and special. (Thank you, Carolyn!) To see the details in this quilt, I’ll share portions or blocks from the front and then the quilting on the back side.

I have nothing in mind for this quilt other than to enjoy it. Will it become a pattern? Perhaps. It depends on the interest from others. But it was a labor of love — and truly fun — from beginning to end to make. That’s the best part of all!

UPDATE: Pattern coming early 2020! Stay tuned!

80 Comments
  1. WOW! That is beautiful and fun! I love it. Can we get the pattern?

    • Absolutely in love with it. Have to make it. Please, please, please make the pattern available. I know mine. Pulse never look as good as yours, but sure could have fun trying. It’s the most amazing quilt I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing & enjoy! You earned it.

  2. Love it – can’t wait for the pattern or maybe installments in magazines or even Craftsy (or whatever they are calling it). Stunning

  3. WOW! That is beautiful and fun! I love it. Can we get the pattern? Another beautiful book in the future?

  4. I love it Kimberly!

  5. Love, love, love!!

  6. That is the brightest, happiest quilt I have ever seen. Really incredible work. Congratulations. Thanks for the inspiration. Love it!

  7. In Hawaii, the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality !

  8. That quilt is totally amazing! And the quilting is beyond amazing. You and Carolyn are both talented beyond belief! Kimberly, I hope you just enjoy your beautiful quilt for a long time. So happy that you found the time to do one just for you.

  9. WOW!! I love it. Pineapples are amazing. My granddaughter and I love to share the fruit. She and I also share a saying — stand tall, wear a crown and stay sweet inside just like a pineapple. Please turn this into a pattern. She and I could make this together. She loves your patterns.

  10. Absolutely love it.

  11. Oh my. love love love!

  12. We’re not worthy!!!!!!! *bows deeply*

  13. Oh it is just stunning!! Love the giant pineapple. Good for you to just have fun!!! Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us!

  14. What a beautiful, happy quilt! Two very talented women came together to create a stunning piece or art! I hope you keep it for yourself and enjoy it every day.

  15. It is bright & happy & radiates you Kimberly!! Your write up reveals the love you put into making it & it all shows. Just love it-both patterns & colors. The quilting is beyond exquisite!!

  16. Oh Kim you out did your self this time! Love it and it looks so fun to do! This will be on my to do list!

  17. Lovely, happy quilt! Gorgeous design.

  18. Beautiful work and an inspiration to those of us who think we have no time to quilt. that looks like a lot of work but very bright and cheery. Thank you for posting pictures…

    • It is a stunning quilt! I would love you share the pattern, but I also think it might be too special, and maybe it should just be for you alone. In any case, what a beautiful masterpiece!

  19. All I can say is WOW!

  20. Absolutely stunning and so fun!!

  21. That is absolutely beautiful!!! I love pineapples, also….the southern welcome sign. Would love to tackle this one of these days! Congratulations!

  22. Spectacular! Your fabric choices really grab you and makes you smile 😊! Carolyn really did outstanding pattern choices for both top and back! Can’t wait to see it in person. What are you naming it? Cheeto ………

  23. Fantastic!!!

  24. It is absolutely beautiful! Well done!

  25. Kimberly I’m so overwhelmed by your Pineapple quilt, it brings tears to my eyes. It radiates the feeling of sunshine & light…warmth & happiness. I’m in awe of your vision ~

  26. It is so you! Bright, cheery, happy colors and design. The quilting is truly the icing. Enjoy your quilt for many years.

  27. Beautiful quilt. The piecing and applique are exquisite and the colors are breath taking. Beautifully quilted.

  28. In so happy you made something for you! It is just stunning. I have known about your love of pineapples for many years (and your dislike of paper-piecing!) and this quilt just sings with happy, bright, refreshing and summery notes… it is a personification of you and your wonderful personality. Just gorgeous.

  29. So stunning! Makes me think of island life, Hawaii, and old fashioned pineapple blocks with a modern punch in the arm. Makes me smile looking at it!

  30. I love this quilt. I too love pineapple motifs because you can make them with multiple colors. The colors you chose really sing! I hope you will consider writing the pattern for this quilt and put it in your next book. The cover photo would catch everyone’s eye!

  31. It is so bright and colorful! Love it!!

  32. I love it Kimberly! You are so talented and the quilting is beautiful!
    BRAVO!!!!

  33. Now that’s what I call a Pineapple quilt !!! I love it, and the quilting is just beautiful.

  34. Absolutely love it

  35. It’s a happy quilt made me smile.

  36. Such a happy uplifting quilt! What are the dimensions? Your quilter did a wonderful creative job! Enjoy!

  37. Thank you Kimberly! I love putting the frosting on you quilts! ❤️

  38. Oh my goodness! It’s stunning live and PLeASE make it a pattern!!!!

  39. Magnificent! Certainly does put a smile on my face😁. Thank you. Hmmmm, lots of pattern requests. We would love a pattern.

  40. Awesomeness!!! Love it!!

  41. Beautiful and fun quilt. Congrats.

  42. Lovely quilt. I would seriously consider making one if the pattern we’re available.

  43. Wow wow wow!

  44. Love love love!

  45. Wow wow wow

  46. Kimberly, Just looking at your beautiful quilt makes me happy, too! It is wonderful.

  47. W0W!! The colors & design are spectacular. Show stopper for sure.

  48. I just love pineapples and have wanted to make a quilt about them for a very long time, would love to have a pattern for inspiration. I also think I might invest in IQ8 and play like you did. Thank you so much for sharing your new creation.

  49. I love it, my granddaughter that is graduating HS is in love with pineapples, it would be an awesome dorm quilt for her! YES, release a pattern please.

  50. Absolutely beautiful. I love the pineapple design. I’ve made one and would love to make this one.

  51. Simply gorgeous! It makes me happy just to look at it. Great job.

  52. Oh, it’s so bright & beautiful! I hope it brings you joy for many years.

  53. Lovely…. ….and how fun!!!

  54. Kimberly! It’s the most beautiful pineapple quilt I’ve ever seen! Breathtaking 😍

  55. Stunning! 🥰

  56. Wow, very nice. I would definitely like to see the pattern in a magazine or even printed. I don’t like the new craftsy or whatever they’re calling it so no longer visit that site.

  57. Wow,absolutely stunning! Love the pattern and the quilting.

  58. The quilt just makes you fell happy and light when you look at it. Beautiful quilting as well!

  59. Wow ,Kimberly, it’s such a beautiful and happy quilt! I’ve made several pineapple quilts, but your new design is incredible!! Thanks for sharing your pineapple journey.
    Please make a pattern!

  60. This one is stunning.I made the pineapple block with the ruler but not the rest of your blocks..Now that I have the ruler can try to do your version.Love the color of fabrics and the FMQ makes it beautiful.

  61. I would love to make this quilt! I adore it!!! It would be grand if it was a Bluprint class. Please make sure you make a pattern for us, Kimberly!!!

  62. Beautiful.

  63. I recently have enjoy making pineapples of all kinds and by far this is the finest I’ve seen! Please please make your pattern or book if pineapple plea available soon! Love all you do Kimberly!

  64. Oh! This is so cheerful! Can’t wait for the pattern to be available!

  65. WOW…….you did an amazing design, love all the colors and the quilter did an awesome job!

  66. Such a beautiful Happy Quilt! You MUST make it into a pattern … kit – using your yummy fabrics!!!

  67. Such a happy quilt! What a nice job your quilter did – lots of interesting quilting that complements your piecing.

  68. This is beyond BEAUTIFUL! I love your fabrics and the design. Simply stunning.

  69. Love the quilt. It is absolutely stunning! I have a favor to ask…
    Kim, I was a part of your Craftsy 2015 Block of the Month. I saved the block patterns from July to December. How can I get a copy of the rest of the blocks now that Craftsy is no longer on the web? Thank you, Linda

    • Linda –

      Craftsy is still there and you can still access everything through Bluprint. Just log into Craftsy the way you always did — or, log into Bluprint and use your sign-in information. You are still able to access your downloads and account.

  70. Wow, that’s stunning. Love it & glad your idea has come to fruition! I’m just drawing up something that’s beeen in my head for a couple of years, so hopefully I can get on with it like you have. Thanks for sharing & take care.

  71. Beautiful quilt. I love it. Can’t wait for pattern.

  72. So beautifully quilted and pieced. It sure is a happy quilt. I’m glad that I am not the only one who spends more time thinking about the quilt design than doing the work. Love it!

  73. Your pineapple quilt is absolutely gorgeous. The colours are so light and happy it just makes me want to bite into a juicy slice. I was surprised to see the pinks in your selection of fabrics but they blend in very well and make the yellows “pop”. You are a gifted designer. Thanks for sharing your story.

  74. I have been looking for a pineapple pattern for about a year. My niece graduates in May 2020 and LOVES pineapples. This is very similar to what I had in mind for her. I am a slow quilter and wanted to get started on her quilt this summer. Is there any chance I could purchase the pattern sometime this summer? It would be very much appreciated.

    • Dee,

      I’m so glad you think this will be the perfect quilt for your niece! Unfortunately, the pattern won’t be available until the January and March issues of American Quilter Magazine are released. But if you’re a subscriber, you’ll get the first (of two) installments on December 1st of this year! That will be more than enough time for you to finish the quilt for her May graduation!

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