The Maiden Voyage

 

The other day I woke up and realized that I can’t be a tattooed, quilter and crafty lady in her late 20s and not have a blog.  I mean really, have you seen my bangs? I’m pretty sure not blogging with these bangs is completely against the natural order of things.

So here we go!

This blog was actually born out of necessity. As a member of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild I help choose our block of the month every so often. I got October (again!) and took the choosing of the block way too seriously (again!) but this time I came up empty handed.

So I made my own.

I wanted a quick, simple, autumn themed block that could use up some low volume neutral scraps I had lying around.

FullSizeRenderYay pumpkins! I figured you could take all sorts of liberties with this simple block; improv piece a scrappy center, applique a face or leaves and, of course, making pumpkins in all hues of orange, gold, and red.

So let’s dive in!

 

Pumpkin Block Instructions

Pumpkin:

A. 1 at 10.5″ x 7.5″

Stem:

B. 1 at 2.5″ x 2.5″

Background:

C. 4 at 2.5″ x 2.5″

D. 2 at 2.5″ x 4.5″

E. 1 at 1.5″ x 1.5″

F. 1 at 11″ x 3″

G. 2 at 2″ x 14″

H. 1 at 2″ x 11″

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  1. Cut all your pieces out. If you’re making your block scrappy and don’t have a scrap big enough for one of your pieces…get creative! Sew some scraps together and then cut your piece out of that.
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  2. Mark the backs of all E and C pieces with a diagonal line going from one corner of the square to the opposite corner, as pictured above. My lines are super faint in this photo but they weren’t much darker in person. Be careful to use a marker that will disappear or a color that won’t show up on the front of your work.fullsizerender-4
  3. Take one C piece and line it up in any corner of A (your pumpkin piece) as pictured. Sew along the drawn line.  If you’ve notice that you have difficulty getting this technique to work, try sewing just to the outside of the line you drew. By “outside” I’m referring to the side of the line with the angle, sewing just to that side of the line helps me get my block to line up properly.fullsizerender-3
  4. Trim 1/4″ from the stitch line and press.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with each C piece in each corner of A and with piece E in any corner of piece B (your stem).FullSizeRender (8).jpg
  6. Sew both Ds to either side of your stem piece, press and sew to the top of your new A piece.fullsizerender-2
  7. Sew F and H to the top and bottom of your block. press.FullSizeRender
  8. Sew G to either side of your block. Press!
  9. Trim your block down to 12.5″. Make sure to trim each block in the same manner if you are wanting a uniform look, otherwise it could be a very fun and playful to trim each one differently.

 

That’s it! Not complex, super quick and a great jumping off point to get creative! I think my next pumpkin blocks will get cute faces and Halloween inspired friends.

 

Thank you so much for sitting through my very first blog post. I hope you enjoy the block and don’t forget to leave any corrections or comments in the….well, in the comments section.

 

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