Saturday was pineapple day. If you remember my post in April about pineapples http://timquilts.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/pineapple-flowers-and-fabric/ I made a floral design using a pineapple. That arrangement led to a request for a similar arrangement for a wedding reception as well as table centerpieces. The pineapple theme was appropriate because the Bride and Groom were married on a Caribbean cruise. Here is the centerpiece for the Buffet table
In addition to the ornamental pineapple I used Bird of Paradise, Giant Allium, Gerbera, Ti Leaves, Pittosporum foliage, minitaure Cymbidium Orchids, and Statice.
The centerpieces for the tables were made in pineapples. I hollowed out the pineapples, used a plastic cup inside, and re-attached the pineapple top with wooden stakes into the floral foam.
I used Gerbera, Allium, Aster, Statice, Mums (green)
I trust all went well for the newlyweds! It was an outdoor event and the Michigan weather wasn’t the best, but the rain held off most of the day.
A day of working with fresh pineapples made me think about pineapples as art and architecture, and the history of pineapples.
Pineapples scientific name is Ananas comosus. The first European encounter with the pineapple happened in 1493 when Columbus was on his second voyage to the Caribbean. This tropical fruit was called pineapple (term first recorded in that sense in 1664 because of their resemblance to what is now known as the pine cone).
Despite continued attempts to grow pineapples in hothouses, it was nearly 2 centuries before they were successful, thus into the 1600′s the pineapple remained such an uncommon and coveted commodity that King Charles II of England posed for an official portrait in the act of receiving the first cultivated pineapple as a gift.
The pineapple became a symbol of hospitality and friendship. It is no wonder that the symbol became a popular motif in art and architecture
here it is used over a doorway as a symbol of welcome.
The Pineapple is one of Scotland’s most famous follies. It is a huge stone replica of the fruit, beautifully carved to reproduce all the features of the real thing. It sits on top of a garden pavilion erected in 1761 by John Murray the 4th Earl of Dunmore, and stands some 45 feet above ground level on the south slope and 37 feet on the north. The pineapple part was probably added around 1777 when the Earl returned to Scotland after serving as Governor of the colonies of New York and Virginia. On the east coast of the American colonies the pineapple was a symbol of welcome and often the planters from the West Indies, who had big mansions in New York and New England, would place a real pineapple on their gate post as a sign that they were home and ready to receive visitors. Murray returned to the Americas after the War of Independence as Governor of the Bahamas where pineapples were a major product. It is just possible that the stone Pineapple was erected during or after his time there which would place it in the late 1780s or early 90s.
Pineapples show up in other art forms. here is a majolica pitcher
and a vintage apron and tea cozy pattern from 1944
and a more “modern” building
I recently purchase someones UFO quilt. It is a pattern for a pineapple applique quilt and all the fabric needed. I’m not sure about it, such bright fabric and an antique pattern? I think It can work.
Here is a close up of an antique block with echo quilting, in a very similar pattern.
and a beautiful whole cloth quilt
and another full applique quilt
and here is a beautiful quilt currently listed on eBay
I am adding the pineapple quilt to my list of must do quilts. I will post updates when I start.
Have a great Holiday weekend!
and Happy quilting