Free Pumpkins Quilt Block

With the kids starting school, Fall approaching (the first day of Autumn is September 22nd), and Halloween just around the corner, I’m ready to add some pumpkins to my decor! I created this fun Pumpkins quilt block that you can easily turn into a jack-o’-lantern quilt block by adding some fabric paint, creative quilting, or applique. This is part of the Quilt Block Mania series, and this month we’re sharing Halloween themed quilt blocks. Be sure to scroll all the way down to check out the other blocks in the series!

I love that with a little bit of quilting, these pumpkins make a perfect pumpkin wreath! I can’t wait to turn this one into a quilt!

I love getting lots of detail into my quilt blocks. And just like last month’s Stacked Books quilt block, that means there is some small piecing. The best way to get accuracy with small pieces is to starch your fabrics first. Check out this video where I show you how easy it is to starch your fabrics for precision piecing.

I also have a fabulous pattern with 10 different projects you can make using 12″ quilt blocks just like this one! After you fill out the form to get your Pumpkin Patch Quilt Block pattern, you’ll get all the details on my 12″ Quilt Blocks Projects!

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Check out these other fun Halloween quilt blocks!

“Which Hat?” at Pretty Piney
Black Cat at Inquiring Quilter
Ring of Pumpkins at Always Expect Moore
Haunted House at Powered by Quilting
Three Treats at Sew Brainy
Bat at Slice of Pi Quilts
Day of the Dead Skull at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Gypsy Wagon Fortune Teller at Orange Blossom Quilt
Monster at Seams to be Sew
Patchwork Pumpkin at Quilted Diary
Stacked Pumpkins at Perkins Dry Goods
Spooky Star at Block of the Mo .com
Leaf Ghost at Off the Wall Quilt
Leaf and Vine at Quilt Moments
Frankenstein at Around the Bobbin
Bat by Heidi Pridemore
Candy Corn by Quilt Fabrication
Dark night by Cotton Street Commons
Pumpkin by Sew on the Go
Pumpkin and Bat by ScrapDash
Pumpkin Chain by Stash Bandit
Happy Jack-o-lantern by Patti’s Patchwork
Foundation Pieced Creepy Eyes by Amarar Creacions
Spooky Trees by Aunt Em’s Quilts
Upside Down Witch by Appliques Quilts and More
Scaredy Kitty by Tacy Gray
Sun-Boo-Net Sue by Blue Bear Quilts
Spider by Oh Kay Quilting
Candy, Pumpkins, and Witch Hat by Utah Quilt Appraiser

California Poppy Quilt Block

Hey quilting friends! I’m so excited about the California Poppy Quilt Block that I’ll be sharing with you today! This is part of a project I’m doing with a whole bunch of other Quilt Pattern Designers. Every week someone is sharing another block representing another state in the US, and all the blocks are free! If you follow along, you’ll be able to make a whole quilt representing all 50 states! Super fun, right?

I moved to California at age 4, and lived in the desert for most of my school-aged years. I’ve since moved around to different parts of California – and boy are they different! California has just about every kind of terrain you could want! Of course people know all about California beaches. We also have fabulous mountains for hiking and winter sports, rocky hillsides perfect for growing grapes (and making wine), beautiful agricultural lands, and the lovely desert where I grew up.

So, when I was tasked with coming up with a single 6″ quilt block that would represent the whole state, I was stumped! What is one symbol that can represent the whole state? And then I remembered our state flower – the California Poppy. When I was a child going on road trips with my family, there would be fields full of these beautiful flowers. People would plan trips to come out and see the poppies. It is very much part of California – and very much part of my childhood growing up here.

The California Poppy Quilt Block is a 6″ block, and is traditionally pieced. I used fabulous Art Gallery Solids to piece my version. You can get your free pattern below, and also get added to our mailing list of fabulous quilters.

 

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The poppy isn’t just the state flower for California. It has become a symbol of memorial. Originally, it was used to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War One, but has come to memorialize those lost in all conflicts since. It is specifically connected to the Royal British Legion, who say that the Red Poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope.

Poppies in different colors have different meanings as well, Purple is to remember animal victims of war (in earlier wars, horses and dogs were common parts of the war effort), the Black Poppy is for Africa, Black, and Carribians lost in wars, and the white poppy is both a symbol of remembrance and a symbol of peace.

To honor all of these uses of the poppy as a symbol, I created the Memorial Poppy pattern. You can make your poppy in whatever colors you like, and surround them with a heart.

You can also use this pattern to take any of the 6″ state blocks from this series, and add a heart around it. When finished, the block measures 12″ x 12″. You can purchase the Memorial Poppy Pattern in my shop here.

One of the questions I get asked often is how to piece with such small pieces of fabric! This block finishes at 6″, and that means that some of these pieces are pretty small! My biggest tip when working with small pieces (and bias pieces, though this pattern doesn’t have any pieces sewn on the bias) is to starch my fabrics well. I made a video on starching fabrics that will show you my starching techniques.

If you’re just joining in the Around the Block – US tour, you can find all the details over at the Around the Block Headquarters.

If you’d like to find last week’s pattern you can go to Kissed Quilts, the week before can be found at Appliques Quilts and More. If you want to know where you’ll find next week’s pattern, it will be at Off the Wall Quilts, and the following week will be at Sarah Ruiz Quilts.

Stack of Books Quilt Block

Ready for a fun block? This Stack of Books Quilt Block is perfect for a back to school quilt, for a reading quilt, a graduation quilt … there are so many fun ways to use a Stack of Books Quilt Block! Today I’m including it as part of the Quilt Block Mania series. Several dozen other pattern designers and I are all sharing free 12-inch quilt blocks with a “Back to School” theme. And while this year’s “back to school” looks a lot different than those of the past, these blocks can still be put together to make a great teacher appreciation quilt, administrator appreciation quilt, or auction quilt to support your PTA – because even though most schools here in the USA have gone virtual, the teachers, staff, and most PTAs are still working hard to support our kids!

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Your Free Block Pattern

To get your free quilt block, sign up below. You’ll be sent a download link via email. If you’re not already on my mailing list, you’ll be added. And you can unsubscribe anytime. Also, when you sign up to get this block, I’ll give you a 50% off code for my brand new pattern! I’ve created TEN projects that you can make using 12″ quilt blocks (like this one)! If you love the different quilt blocks out there, but want to make a fun project highlighting just one block, then this is the perfect pattern for you! From a tote to a box to a cowl and more, I’ve got ten different projects you can make to feature your favorite quilt block (or to turn orphan blocks into fun gifts!)

 

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Quilting Your Block

I have turned my block into a table topper, using one of the simple patterns in the Ten 12″ Quilt Block Projects pattern, and I’ve started quilting it with some free motion quilting.

If you’ve always wanted to try Free Motion Quilting, then you should check out this fun “What Quilting Motif are You?” quiz! If you enter your email at the end, you’ll get a video that shows you how to quilt that design! Super cool, right?

Precision Piecing Tips

You may have noticed some small pieces in this quilt block. If you want to know how I got my precision piecing done on this Stacked Books Quilt Block, I’ll tell you the answer: Spray Starch! In this video I show you how easy it is to starch fabrics, and I answer the most asked spray starching questions…

More School Themed Quilt Blocks

Check out all these other fabulous designers who are also offering school-themed quilt blocks:

Crayons by Slice of Pi Quilts
Lockers by Powered by Quilting
Math Problem by Pretty Piney
Chalk Board by Inquiring Quilter
Stack of Books by Carolina Moore
Pointy Pencil Block by Sew Brainy
Geometry by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pencils by Quilting Room with Mel
School Bus by Orange Blossom Quilt
Book with Animal by Seams to be Sew
Stack of Textbooks by Quilted Diary
Shades of the Sun by Charisma Horton
Basketball by Devoted Quilter
Apples by Perkins Dry Goods
Box of Crayons by ScrapDash
Apple with leaf by Blockofthemodotcom
Crayons by Off the Wall Quilt
School Time Schoolhouse by Quilt Moments
School House by Utah Quilt Appraiser
Pencil by True Blue Quilts
Owl by The Whimsical Workshop
Calculator by Quilt Fabrication
Crayons by Linda B Creative
Applique Computer by DooHikey Designs
Modern Apple by Cotton Street Commons
Glue by Quilting Mod
School Girl’s Puzzle by Sew on the Go
Snack by Quiltfox Design
Backpack by Oh Kaye Quilting
Math Signs by Patti’s Patchwork
Bookworm by Appliques Quilts and More
Backpack by Tacy Gray
Schoolhouse by From my Carolina Home
Girl’s Favorite by Blue Bear Quilts
Origami Paper Plane by Amarar Creacions
Show up and Shine! by SewJoy Creations
School House with Children by Aunte Ms Quilts



Quilt Block Masks

Ever since I learned that it was not only going to be socially acceptable to put fabric on my face, it was actually going to be mandatory, I have been wanting to make some quilt block masks. Because if people can’t see my smiling face, then at least they can see some happy quilt blocks! Which isn’t quite the same, but for now we’ll just pretend that it is fine. Because that’s kind of what 2020 is all about … pretending that things are fine. And also wearing quilt blocks on our faces. I’m going to make that a thing.

Making a quilt block mask is pretty easy if you have some small-ish orphan blocks lying around (which I do). I grabbed a 3″ finished star that I made with the Strippy Stars Tool when I was working on the Patriot Ruler of the Month (I have a video on how the tool works if you click over to the Patriot Ruler of the Month quilt). I made the second mask using a pineapple block I had leftover from the Who Wore it Better Ruler of the Month. You can go check that one out as well for details on how to use the pineapple trim tool.

So, grab your orphan block (or make a block using the instructions linked above) and a Fat Quarter of fabric.

You’ll also need a mask pattern. This technique works with lots of different styles of masks, so if you already have a favorite pattern, you can use that one. If you don’t have a favorite mask pattern (those are words I never thought I’d be typing out and yet here we are…), I used the Craft Passion Mask for mine.

Add fabric to all four sides of the block to make sure it is big enough for the pattern. Add more than you think you’ll need. You won’t regret it.

Line up your pattern over the quilt block. You can make some choices – do you want the block more towards the front or the back? Remember you have a seam allowance on all sides.

Cut out the block according to your pattern.

Cut out the other side of the mask, then the lining pieces, and sew up as indicated on the pattern for the mask style that you chose. No other changes need to be made … and now you get to wear a quilt block on your face!!

As long as we’ll be wearing masks … they might as well be cute, right?