Fall into a QAL: Block 7 Pumpkin Patch

Welcome to Block 7 of the Fall Into a QAL, a mystery quilt along by Partners in Design.

If you'd like to quilt along with us, click here to learn more.

The seventh block in our quilt along was designed by Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting and it’s a pumpkin patch!

Pumpkin patches for me are synonymous with fall. I have many memories of selecting a Halloween pumpkin in a pumpkin patch with my daughter. Too much fun!

Here's my version of the block

This block uses flip corners to create the "round" pumpkins and the twisted stem. If you’ve never used this technique before--no worries! As a quilt along host, I’m here to help.

My Fabric Pull for This Block

I had several goals for this block. First, I wanted to make sure that the background I chose for this block complimented the other background fabrics I've already used in my quilt. I've got three dark background blocks so far, and three light, and I decided this one would use a dark background.

Second, I wanted to use warm oranges that would compliment not just the background but also the other colors I've used in the quilt so far.

Here's my fabric pull for the block.

Block Tips

Here are my tips for making the block:

  • Flip corners are easy if you keep a few things in mind. First, I know you want to jump right in and start making the block, but take the time to carefully mark the diagonal line on the back of all of the flip corner squares. I use a regular pencil, a small ruler, and my sandboard--the sandboard really helps to prevent the square from slipping so you can mark the diagonally correctly.
  • Instead of sewing right on the line you've drawn, sew just a bit to the right of it (closer to the corner) as you see here. Sewing the seam just a bit short of center makes a bit more room for the fold, so when you press the flip square back towards the corner it will fit perfectly
  • With flip corners, you typically trim the seam allowance after pressing the corner back.There are two schools of thought with this. If you don't trim, then you always have the bottom fabric (which is cut to size) to help you construct the block properly. If you do trim the seam allowance, you will have a lot less bulk in the seams. And you can always trim the finished unit to size (which I highly recommend if you do trim the seam allowance).
  • This block is made up of five small pumpkins with a lot of little pieces. For success, I highly recommend trimming the flip corner units to size after trimming the corners, and then trimming each little pumpkin to size (4-1/2" x 5-1/2") after sewing just as the pattern suggests. Doing the measuing and trimming as you sew up this block will help you address any problems before they become a mess, and it will ensure that your block comes out perfectly and to size!
  • After I had the pumpkins sewn up and trimmed, I laid them out as I wanted them in the block, then sewed the rows together. Follow the pressing directions Bobbi provides--although there aren't any seams to match, her pressing directions help the seams to lay flat.
  • Finally, it's always a good practice to press your completed block and then measure and trim it to size (12-1/2" square). Trimming your blocks as you go along helps to ensure that your quilt top will lay flat and be square when it's completed.

If you have any questions while making this block, feel free to post them here in the comments. Just be sure to enter an email address when prompted so I can get back to you quickly.

My Quilt So Far

Here are my seven quilt blocks. Aren't they wonderful together?

Where do i get the block pattern?

Drop by Bobbi's blog to download your free Pumpkin Patch block pattern.

Visit the other hosts if you want to see their versions of this block and gather ideas for your own version. Here are the hosts:

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter. Then, to enter the Pumpkin Patch block giveaway simply make the block and post it in one of these three places before the deadline.

You have until Monday, August 20th at 11:59 pm EST to post your block for a chance to win this awesome prize package—a Tag-Along Craft Storage Travel Tote by Everything Mary. Everything Mary is a family-owned company located in Fayettesville, Arkansas dedicated to providing stylish and clever ways for sewers and crafters to get organized.

On Tuesday, August 21st be sure to come back here for the next block in our quilt along!

Block 8 is designed by yours truly, and I can't wait to share it with you!

You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like a reminder when the next block is posted. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the Fall into a QAL tab above.

A Special thank-you to our sponsors

The Final Grand prize package for our quilt along will be announced October 16th.

Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop starts this week!

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The Great Outdoors Blog Hop started yesterday and you simply don't want to miss it! By visiting the Ambassadors featured this week, you'll see the latest batik collections from Island Batik, and get a chance to win some great fabric! Here's the schedule for this week. On Monday I'll post the next week's schedule, along with the name of the collection being featured each day.

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Sharon @ Yellow Cat Quilt Designs and Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Anna @ Ark Angel Creations and Jen @ Patterns by Jen

Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally @ Sally Manke and Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Jessica @ Desert Bloom Quilting and Karen @ Sew Karen-ly Created

Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - Joan @ Moosestash Quilting and Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

Each Ambassador is having a giveaway, so visit them first. Then visit Island Batik's blog to enter their giveaway!

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Tell me...do you have any pumpkin patch memories?

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