Saturday, September 3, 2022

Hive 3 September Tutorial - Pumpkin Block for Meghan

 Happy September Hive 3!!! 

Our house is getting into the Halloween spirit and I am all about it! I have three wall hangings in the making and one of them is 15 years old, talk about an UFO! My goal is to complete them this weekend so we can hang them up. Stay tuned on Instagram if that happens :) 

During the pandemic, I bought a lot of Halloween fabric. I am working on using my stash to make a Halloween quilt to use for this fall. This is where you all come in! You are going to help me make some great little pumpkins for this quilt. 

Colors for this quilt- think bright orange, blacks, whites, purples, greens, browns. Stay away from teal given the color palette I am working with for this quilt. I have a charm pack of Ghouls and Goodies that I will be used for my main blocks. 

This photo is to help you pick colors from your stash. The fabric does not need to be Halloween themed. You can also add in greens and browns too! 

Quilt pattern- free one from Craftsy

Please use 1/4 inch seam allowances. 

I have adjusted the pattern size a bit at the end. Please use my measurements for your fabric cutting. 

Fabric requirements: 

Pumpkin- you can either strip piece it or do a small crumb quilt block. I have recently gotten into crumb quilting and it is so much fun! Great way to use up small scraps and it is pretty mindless sewing too. 

Pumpkin- chose one of these options: 

5 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches crumb block 


6 orange strips, measuring at 1 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches

Leaf and stem- 

Brown fabric- 1 1/2 inch square

Stem fabric- 1 1/2 by 3 inch strip 


6- 1 1/2 inch squares

1 strip- 1 1/2 by 3 inches 

2 strips- 2 by 9 1/2 inches

2 strips 2 by 6 1/2 inches 

Block measures 9 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches square 

Step one: sew your crumb block or 6 strips together 

Step two: if a crumb block, cut the block down to a 5 1/2 by 6 1/2 inch block. 

Add the four 1 1/2 inch blocks to each corner of the orange block. You can draw a line down the middle of the 1 1/2 inch block and sew on the line. Then, cut off the corners to make the block, leave a 1/4 quarter inch seam allowance. Press out the corners for your 5 1/2 by 6 1/2 pumpkin block

Step three: Making the leaf and stem 

Take the last two 1 1/2 inch square background fabric blocks and draw a line down the middle of them. Cut excess for the seam allowance. You will sew these onto the green strip. You will cut off the outer sides to make the leaf. 

Step Four: connecting the leaf, stem and background fabric. 
You will sew the 1 1/2 brown block to the 1 1/2 by 3 inch strip of background fabric. Press. Then, sew the leaf block to this section. 

Step Five: Sew the stem and leaf to the pumpkin block. Press. 

Step Six: add the borders to the block. First, sew the top and bottom borders to the block. Press. Then add the side borders to the blocks. Press. Block measures 9 1/2 by 9 1/2. 

Please let me know if you have any questions! It is pretty straightforward! Enjoy! 


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