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pumpkin quilt block tutorial

 


The seasonal spirit of fall calls us to work with fall colors, varieties of oranges and browns. Pumpkin quilt block is also another pattern that is popular among fall quilts. I decided to make this pumpkin quilt block and and also prepared a step by step easy-to-follow tutorial.

You will need a variety of oranges to make this patchwork pumpkin quilt block. All the fabric pieces come from my stash. So dig out your fabric stash and find the orange fabrics. You will also need background fabric, which is dark blue here, scraps of green and scraps of cream for the stem.


Instructions:

  • Cut 3" squares - 20 squares of orange, 1 square of cream, 1 square of green, 3 squares of dark blue
  • Cut 5 2.5" squares of dark blue and 1 1.5" square of dark blue.


  • Lay out the 3" squares in the following order to form a pumpkin shape.


  • Mark a diagonal line on the back side of all the smaller dark blue squares.
  • Lay 2.5" dark blue squares on the orange squares in the corners.
  • Put a 2.5" square on the top left corner and 1.5" square on the bottom right corner of the green square. Have a look at the image below for a better understanding.


  • Sew down the diagonal line of the 1.5" square to the green square first. Trim the little corner, press seams open. Then, sew the 2.5" square along the line on the opposite corner, trim and press.
  • Sew 2.5" dark blue squares to the orange corners. Trim and press.

                          

 
  • Lay the squares of pumpkin in the correct order and sew the squares into rows first.


  • Sew the rows together to complete the pumpkin quilt block. Press with iron and you're done! 


This single pumpkin quilt block can be turned into a nice wall hanging great for fall decoration. Or by making three of them, you can make a table runner. Or even with more and more pumpkins, it can be used for making a bed quilt. It is all your imagination.
I enjoyed making this pumpkin quilt block. Working with the varieties of orange fabric was good. I hope you enjoy it, too.

10 free pumpkin quilt patterns

 It is fall time now, which means it is time to dig and find out orange fabrics in your stash to start sewing your fall quilts.

Are you in search of doing something related to fall? Pumpkins are the symbol of fall and very popular with fall quilts. It is just a pumpkin, you can say, but there are dozens of pumpkin variations for quilt patterns. Whether you look for patchwork, applique or stuffing things, you will find it here in this round up for pumpkin quilt patterns. In this collection of pumpkin quilt patterns which are totally free, you will find various pumpkin patterns proper for your fall quilt needs. 

Therre is a variety of projects: table runners, cushions, mug rugs, wall hangings or bed quilts, applique and more.They are also great as gifts!

I collected a bunch of free pumpkin quilt patterns. Many of these projects are easy to make and does not require much time to finish. They are also adaptable to make variations depending on your imagination.

I hope you will get the inspiration you need to start your fall quilt project. 


Here we go!


Pumpkin quilt block tutorial by My patchworld





Fall pumpkin table runner by The Cloth Parcel



Pumpkin pincushion by Fiskars Craft




Cheeky pumpkin quilt by Studio Fabrics



Pumpkins by Cluck Cluck Sew




Pumpkin placemat by Phyllis Dobbs




Jack-o-lantern pattern by Artisania



Strippy pumpkin by Diane Knott



Mug rug tutoriaş by So Sew Easy



Mini pumpkin quilt by Jan Daly Quilts


So which one is your favourite? I like fall and the colors of fall quiltd attract me so much. I collected my favourites here so this round up for pumpkin quilt patterns is also for me to choose the next project.

Maple Leaf Quilt Block Pattern

 


The maple leaf quilt block is a perfect pattern for this  time of the year. It is already fall and timing is perfect. It is an old, classic pattern which is made in two contrasting  colors with one light, three dark squares and four half square triangles. The stem is a strip of dark color constructed diagonally on light fabric.



While all seasonal colors are appropriate, orange, red and brown are especially popular with this design.

This maple quilt block pattern is lovely and super easy to make. There are many ways to do it. Here is how I make maple leaf quilt block pattern.



I made the maple leaf quilt block pattern block meaauring 6"×6". I also made another one measuring 9"×9". The instructions below are for 6"×6".

First you need to cut the fabric. The cutting instructions follow a simple, repetitive system.

Maple Leaf Quilt Block Cutting Instructions

  • Cut two squares 3"×3", three squares 2 1/2"×2 1/2", one strip 1 1/4"×4". These are for leaf fabric, which is orange here.
  • Cut three squares 3"×3", one square 2 1/2"×2 1/2". These are for background fabric which is white here.

Maple Leaf Quilt Block Assembly

  • Match two of 3"×3" orange squares with white squares. Place them right sides together. We will be making for half square triangles. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the orange square and sew along both sides of the drawn line with 1/4" seam allowance.
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  • Cut the squares on the drawn diagonal line, so that you get for half square triangle units. Press seams through the orange fabric. Square up the HSTs to be 2 1/2"×2 1/2".
  • To make the square with stem. Cut remaining 3"×3" white square in half diagonally so you create two triangles. Fold the rectangle strip in half vertically to find the center. Fold also the triangles in half along the longest edge and mark the center.

  • Line up center crease of one triangle with center crease of the rectangle  and sew along. Repeat the same for other triangle. Square up the triangle with stem to 2 1/2"×2 1/2".
  • Lay out half square triangles, stem square and remaining squares as shown in the image below.pay attention to tje direction of HSTs.

  • Sew squares together in three rows. Press seams. Sew rows together and press seams again. 


And here it is! Maple leaf quilt block is ready. It measures 6"×6". I also made another  maple leaf quilt block measuring 9"×9". I love these colors of fall.


It is a perfect and simple, classical quilt pattern for fall quilts. I have jad fun makimg these and I am thinking of making a wall hanging of maple leaves in different size. We will see what it turns out to be.
Below is a cutting chart for maple leaf quilt block patteen in different size.




moravian star ornament with free pattern

 

Here is a beautiful ornament called moravian star 

 The moravian star ornament looks complicated and tedious at first to make but the detailed instructions with photographs will help you figure out how to manage points and seams. When you prepare diamonds just start sewing them together and you will find out your way. The moravian star ornament is so nice and elegant that it worths making one. Besides, with right colour choices you can make it a Christmas ornament. It is also a perfect ornament to be gifted.



I have seen that beautiful moravian star ornament around and wanted to give it a try. The result is here. I think I have managed it well and to be honest, until the last pieces to add, I was not sure if I could make it successfully but it turned out well. So here it is! I also prepared a tutorial for you.

You will need:

60 1" diamond paper pieces. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD DIAMONDS TEMPLATE

The moravian star ornament finishes at 4" x 4 3/4"


Instructions

  • Download and print out the diamond templates. You will need 60 diamomds for a moravian star ornament.
  • Choose your fabric. I prefered green and red fabrics so that I can use it for Christmas. 
  • Lay out five diamod templates on the wrong side of fabric. You need five pieces to make identical one face of the star. You should use 1/4" seam allowance so arrange the templates accordingly.

  • Glue each paper down. The papers are going to stay in the stars for durability and stability. Cut the pieces with 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Glue the seam allowances. Flying tails may be a burden while sewing the pieces together, so folding tips may be good, but still they do not prevent you sewing diamonds  together.

  • Lay out five diamonds. Pay attention to the direction it goes. It will look like a star with a gap.  First sew two diamonds together and add one each time, until you sew five pieces. 



  • The last space gets pulled together and when you sew them you will have a basket-like shape with five stars point, as in the  image below.

  • You need to make 12 basket- like shapes, which is needed for a moravian star ornament.
  • Now it is time to join the basket-like pieces together. This time the stitching is on the outside. So the  stitches will be visible. You had better choose a matching thread.



  • Start sewing a pair and add one piece at each time. From the beginning and while sewing the pieces together, I felt that it wouldn't come together. However, pieces come together in the end to make a moravian star ornament. While adding pieces, just notice that each tip of the star has three diamonds coming together to form the point.


  • I added a hanging ribbon while sewing the last corner. 
I am pretty happy with the result. Although this is my first trial, I think I managed it well. I was suspicious while sewing the pieces together that it may not come together but it turned out well.



It is such an elegant ornament that I want to make more. But making a moravian star ornament is not a simple project to make. It takes time but worth it!
I would like to make one more with rainbow colors but I am not sure when.
It is your turn, just dig out your Christmas fabric  stash and start making your own moravian star ornament. Maybe it will  be placed at the top of  your christmas tree.

DIY fabric bookmark tutorial




Get your favourite fabric with a piece of ribbon and a little time for sewing, then you have the perfect way to mark your book page. Once you make one and see how easy it is, you will want to make many of them. It is a perfect gift for book lovers.

                                            

I prepared an easy step by step tutorial to make a fabric heart bookmark. So you can make your bookmarks and can be gifted for any special day.


Here we go!

Materials

  • Two pieces of fabric measuring 3" x 8"
  • Fusible interfacing measuring 2.5"× 7.5"
  • A piece of ribbon

Instructions

  • Cut two pieces of fabric into 3" x 8" and one piece of fusible interfacing, a little smaller than your fabric.

  • Place the interfacing on one of the wrong side of the fabric piece and press with iron until the fusible interfacing is attaches.


  • Center the ribbon on the rights side of the top of the fabric piece and pin it. You can see it on the image below.
  • Place the fabric pieces right sides together.
  • Sew all around the fabric piece except the part you left for turning. Cut the corners and extra ribbon.


  • Turn it right side out. Iron it and straight stitch all around the bookmark. This gives it a finished look. You are finished now. 

DIY fabric bookmarks are great also as gifts. Choosing the right colors, you can make gifts for upcoming Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day and some other special days. You even do not need a special day to give gifts. These fabric bookmarks are easy and practical to make. It takes ten minutes to finish one. It is also a great scrap buster. 
I also made another fabric bookmark, this time adding a heart on the tip of the ribbon. It also looks lovely. 



While making a fabric bookmark, you can add just a ribbon, or any shape you like or you can add applique on the bookmark.

Enjoy it!