Today is the beginning of a four week quilt along for Autumn Jubilee!! This will be a two block quilt, so you can do just a few blocks for a table topper, or a lot of blocks for a quilt. I’ve been sewing like mad lately, and got a really good head start on the project at the recent Quilt Retreat. Some of the pictures of construction are from those days, I was really productive!! I am making a larger quilt, with 10 “A” blocks, and 10 “B” blocks for a 20-block quilt. This is part mystery, so you won’t get the whole design until week 3. Quilt alongs posts will appear every Monday for four weeks.
Last year we did 6-inch blocks, and I thought this year we’d go big in a hurry with 12-inch blocks. It isn’t Autumn without pumpkins, so here we go! Gather some pumpkin fabrics for a big and easy block that goes together quickly.
6 pumpkin color strips 2-1/2-inches x 10-1/2-inches
4 background squares 3-inches
2 background strips 2-1/2-inches x 5-1/2-inches
1 2-1/2-inch square for the stem
Begin by sewing together the six pumpkin strips. I sewed these at retreat on my little portable machine. Having a big mug of coffee helped make the early start more enjoyable. I really had a great time, sewing with friends and making good progress at the same time. Lots of chatting went on too!
On the background squares, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner. Place the squares on the corners of the pumpkin strips. Sew on the line. The squares are larger than the strips, and will cross over one and a half strips to make the perspective right.
Trim to a quarter inch seam allowance. Press the seam to one side, or open as you prefer.
Sew a background strip to each side of the stem square.
Sew the stem unit to the pumpkin unit.
I know many of you out there believe I can’t think in terms other than autumn colors, LOL, but here’s an idea to prove I can. This alternate colorway has a white pumpkin on a black background, and is my idea of putting a bit of a modern edge to a traditional look. You can make your pumpkins any color you choose.
Multiply the number of pieces for one block by the number of blocks you want to make, I did 10 pumpkins. The blocks will be 12-1/2-inches at this stage so you can figure the size you want. Four blocks – two A and two B (next week) – would make a 24-inch square table topper.
I’ve done a pdf download for you with a worksheet so you can figure out how many pieces you need to cut at the beginning, there is also a color blank for you to fill in with your choices – Autumn Jubilee QA BlockA
Today’s Giveaway is from Madam Sew! This 32-piece set fits almost any machine with the adapter that makes it possible to use the snap-on feet. I have used feet from this set on all four of my sewing machines made by Pfaff, Janome, Kenmore and Brother. It is wonderful to have just the right thing when you need a specialty foot for free motion quilting, accurate piecing with the quarter inch, paper piecing with the open toe, and lots more. Madam Sew also has a blog, with lots of good information and fun projects. I’ve written a few posts for them, and have more coming up soon, including a fun Christmas project. I have quite a few Madam Sew products, and they are all high quality.
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post, then click on the Giveaway button to go to the rafflecopter entry page. Open to International entries too!! The more you do, the more chances you get. Extra entry today for blogging about Autumn Jubilee this week between today and Sunday. Entries close this coming Sunday the 14th at 11:59 pm. Giveaway done.
Update, Block B is posted!! Click HERE.
Do you like the pumpkin block? What new foot would you say you need the most?
Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian Readers!!
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