Clementine Quilt Along: Block 5

There’s only one more month left in the Clementine Quilt Along. I’m excited to soon have all the blocks I need to complete the quilt top, but I’m sad that this great project is coming to an end. But first, let’s take a look at month five: Pineapple’s Puzzle.

clementine 5 quilt block

Is it a little creepy that the blue octopus seems to be peeking at you from every angle?!

Tips & Tricks

There are some blocks that give you fits from the very beginning. This was one of those blocks for me. It started when I sewed my half-square triangles wrong sides together. Sewed about five that way before I realized what I was doing and had to pull out the seam ripper. As I was sewing together the individual blocks, I realized I had sewn some of the half-square triangles into the blocks upside down. So the seam ripper came back out so I could deconstruct to the last time the block was correct. That’s when I had to just put the blocks away for the night and try again the next day.

clementine 5 quilt blocks

Block 5: Pineapple’s Puzzle

Needless to say, I don’t have any tips on making this block easier for you this month. I surely would have used them if I did! But I did make the most of using my background fabric this month and saved 7-3/4 inches! That means I’m up to 23-1/4 inches saved. That’s nearly a yard! Here’s how I did it:

  • Since I’m using Kona solids for my background, I was able to cut two strips 3-3/8 inches for my squares instead of three.
  • Then I cut two strips at 3 inches per the instructions for those squares. There was enough left from the second strip that I cut it down to 2-3/8 inches as the first of those strips.
  • Cutting only one 2-3/8 inch strip was all that was necessary to get the remaining squares.
  • I didn’t need to cut any 2 inch strips because I went to last month’s scraps to get my 2 inch squares.

For me that was a total of 7-3/4 inches saved.

Fabric Pull

And as always, I love taking a picture of my fabrics for quilts before I cut into them. It’s a nice way to see just how amazing what we do is.

four fabrics for the clementine block

Oh, the possibilities! Plus I’ll have enough left over Tula Pink fat quarters at the end that I can make a scrappy binding for this project.

Get Caught Up

If you’re just discovering this quilt along, I’ve shared tips and tricks each month. Take a look while you catch up!

The project’s hashtag is #clementinequiltalong, so share away to show the world your progress.

One Response to Clementine Quilt Along: Block 5
  1. Roseanne Reply

    Hi Joni,
    It’s hard to believe this QAL is nearing the end. Ugg, I have had sewing sessions that sound like your HST adventure. It’s best to just walk away – go read a book or something because it’s all downhill from there. ~smile~ Roseanne

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