Are you ready for Block 2 in the Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along? Our giveaway sponsor today is Connecting Threads! You’ll need to gather your orange fabrics for this one, along with more background scraps and just a bit of green.
The second block for the quilt along is a pumpkin design. The pumpkin block finishes at 6 inches square.
Background White / Ecru
4 1-1/2-inch squares
2 strips 1-1/2-inches by 3-1/4-inches
3 strips 2-1/2-inches x 5-1/2-inches
Green Stem Scrap
1-inch x 1-1/2-inch
Sew the green scrap between the two background strips, short sides matching, right sides together. Press toward the green.
Sew the orange strips together on the long sides. Position a 1-1/2-inch background square on each corner and sew diagonally across the square, like making a snowball block.
Be careful to sew exactly on the line or you may end up with this.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/4-inch. Press to the orange side.
Sew the pumpkin to the stem. Square up to 6-1/2-inches.
Make one pumpkin block for the mini quilt this week. Arrange three leaves of different colors (or three multi-color leaves) and one pumpkin block in the layout below. Vary the direction of the leaf stems. Add a border of 1-1/2 inches wide background fabric. Be sure to measure your borders, they should be two strips of 12-1/2-inches long, and two strips of 14-1/2-inches long.
Quilt as desired. I used my favorite fall pantograph with leaves and pumpkins.
Before binding, add hangers to the top edge of the back for your stand. Leave these off if you plan to use it as a candle mat or on a table. Start with two pieces of backing fabric cut 1-1/2 inches by 4 inches. Bring the short sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam. Press with the seam open in the middle of one side. Turn right side out. Fold up so the raw edges are together with the seam inside, and press. Sew to the top edge of the backside of the quilt, about 4 inches in from each side, before adding the binding. See HERE if this doesn’t make sense. Bind as usual.
Hang on your mini quilt stand. The final size of the mini-quilt is 14-1/2 inches square. If you prefer, you can leave the borders off and just bind the blocks to finish at 12-1/2 inches square.
Now the fun part, add a face to the pumpkin using black wool or felt. I cut out the shapes, and just pressed them onto to the pumpkin, then pinned them from the back. Now, when Halloween is over, I can remove the wool face and still use the mini-quilt through Thanksgiving. I’ll store the face pieces by pinning them on the backside of the mini-quilt so I won’t lose them for next year. For October, the pumpkin header on the stand reminds me of the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video, remember Linus rolling the big pumpkin around the fence?
You’ll need more leaves and pumpkins for the layouts for the next two projects, so keep making them this week! Next project will be next Friday. You’ll need eight more pumpkins for the next two weeks. The last one in this pic was used in the small project below.
Just visit Connecting Threads, then come back and leave a comment on this post with your pick for your favorite fabric collection from their current offerings. The drawing will be held November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends! Followers of my blog can leave a second comment for a second entry. New readers, welcome! Please have a look around, I do a lot of different things here.
If you only did one leaf, make a hot pad or mug rug with your pumpkin from today. Position the leaf and pumpkin with sashing of a pretty autumn print. Quilt with Insul-Bright batting, also available at Connecting Threads.
If you missed the post last week showing the leaf block, click on Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along. And upload your progress pictures to the Flickr Group Autumn Jubilee! For next week, you’ll need more leaves and pumpkin blocks for the runner. The choice of how many is up to you, but I think you will be happiest with at least four pumpkins and eight leaves. I’ll show you several designs, so happy sewing this week!
What is your favorite collection at Connecting Threads?