As the leaves start to turn and the days start to get cooler it’s a sure sign that the harvest season is on it’s way. If you’re a fan of sewing along with the season, we’ve got a great quilt block for you, pulled from the pages of one of our favorite seasonal books Beautiful Blocks for Beautiful Quilts, by the queen of seasonal quilts, Lynette Jensen. Earlier this week we whipped up a block of our own and we wanted to share our fabric choices with you and share the link to the download on our free project page at landauerpub.com.
Pumpkin Quilt Block Fabric Choices
You can get the full, illustrated step-by-step instructions in the PDF download on our free project page, so we won’t go into that too much. Let’s take a look at the fabric choices.
All of the pieces cut out and ready to be sewn together.
With a well organized stash (which our free stash markers helped make easy to browse) it was simple enough to zero-in on our orange fabrics – because this is a pumpkin, after all. For the center of the block, a cute yellow print with gold and red flowers makes a fun focal point of the block. The colors are festive and perfect for the season, and the flowers add visual interest to the whole block. At first, I’d planned on doing as much of the block in solids and tone-on-tone colors, like the other two oranges. However, when McB pulled out the flower print it really did add something special to the whole piece once it was all put together and I’m glad I let go of the image I had in my head. It was easy to find a small amount of tone-on-tone green fabric, and the final white “background” color has a very light yellow flower print, which coordinated well with the flowers in the center of the block.
Cutting Away! Piecing the Pumpkin Quilt Block
With McB and me working as a team it took us less than an hour to sew the whole block together – and it may have taken less time if we’d spent more time double checking the directions and less time chatting, but then what would be the fun in that? I’ll trade a few ripped seams for a few laughs any day, after all, quilting is much more fun when you have someone to share it with.
McB in action! Look at that perfect form. In this block, as in many blocks, “cutting corners” means you’re doing it right.
Pay particular attention to the pressing instructions on this block, shown by the white and black arrows next to the illustrations. I really loved that the pattern gives that information in every step, it really does make constructing the blocks much easier.
Click on the image to visit our free project page and download this pattern now!
Tell us what you’ll be using the Pumpkin block for, or leave a comment if you have a request of what block you’d like to see us do next.