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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Moda Blockheads Block #28 - Applique Pumpkin

By Me - Jan Patek
To download the pattern and instructions
click here.


To make this little pumpkin block First
1) Copy the pattern pieces onto Freezer Paper.
2). Cut out the shapes and iron onto your fabrics.


Then place the fabric on your sandpaper board and 
trace around the freezer paper pattern with an appropriate
colored pencil.
I use Sewline marking pencils because they give you a nice sharp stitching line.
You can get the sandpaper board at your local quilt shop, make your own or buy one at my store by clicking here.  Then go to the sidebar on the left and click on "notions" for both the sandpaper board and the marking pencils.


What the sandpaper board does is hold your fabric firmly in place 
so it doesn't stretch when you draw around the pattern.
Now the pattern on the fabric is exactly the same as the drawing.
Cut your fabric out using a 1/4" seam allowance - approximate.


Stitch the pumpkin center to the middle piece
using the basic appliqué stitch.  If you're uncertain about the stitch
click here to get to my tutorials and search for the Basic Applique stitch.


Now turn your pieces over and cut out the back of the middle piece behind the center.
(You only need to cut out the back pieces if you are going to hand quilt the block or your quilt.  If it's going to be machine quilted you can skip this step.)


Applique the middle piece to the pumpkin outside


and cut out behind the middle piece.
Which brings me to the answer about hand quilting.
Yes, one of the things I really like about these little blocks and my Table Stand Quilts 
which are only 12" x 25" is that I have time to quilt them.  And it's much easier to get small quilting stitches if you're not quilting through all those layers.


Now clip the curve of the top of the pumpkin
and baste it under.


I have been doing all of this while sitting as my husband watches TV.
After a bit Elizabeth wants on my lap.  She doesn't mind at all if I sometimes
set the sandpaper board on her back.  So Pep lifts her up and she keeps me warm while I stitch.


Back to the block, now baste under the bottom and lower sides of the stem


so you can appliqué it to the top of the pumpkin.


Now there's only the moon left and those points can be a challenge 
but you can go to my tutorial at https://youtu.be/Kju_tFMf6z0 (just copy it into your browser)
to see how I handle the challenge.  :)


Then quilt as desired and bind.
I made this into a little wallhanging with a neat pumpkin hanger
and stabilized it with a pin because it wouldn't hang straight.


As I was typing this, I realized I could hang it from the 
center of the pumpkin, not the stem and it would hang straight.
Ah well.......  I did but I didn't do the picture over.  It's getting late.

If you want to win a kit for the little quilt and hanger make a comment here,
and old comment and the Random number Generator will pick a winner next
Tuesday and we'll announce it next Wednesday with Block #29.


Speaking of which, this is National Sew a Jelly Roll Month and this is
Jelly Roll Stars and Squares.
For a chance to win this kit, scroll down to last Thursday's blog and make a comment.
We pick a winner tomorrow and announce it Friday.

For now lets go to the other designer's blogs and see what they did with my pumpkin.


Lynne -

Have a great week ladies and meet me back here next Wednesday for Week #29 of the Moda Blockheads BOW.

And I'll see you Friday to announce the Jelly Roll Kit winner.



66 comments:

  1. Oh I love this little pumpkin!!! Perfect for making some fall coasters, yay!!!! Thank you, Jan!!! Elizabeth is so sweet!!!! She looks a Little Spikeish, haha!!!

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  2. Love the pattern and would love to win. Thank you.

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  3. What a cute little pumpkin! Would love to win, and can't wait to eat pumpkin soup this fall!
    ekmvalencia@gmail.com

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  4. What a cute pattern! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. Love the pattern.
    aubphg (at) hotmail ( dot) com

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  6. What a cute little pumpkin pattern.
    dquilterguy48329 (at) prodigy (dot) net

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  7. Very cute pumpkin block, also a lovely quilt kit. Thanks for the give away chance and block both :)

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  8. Always love your patterns ... Would LOVE to win this ! :)

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  9. I love your pumpkin, it's adorable. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Carmen

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  10. Your pumpkin is so cute! Love to win!

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  11. I love the fabric pumpkin and the little pumpkin quilt holder! Thanks for having a giveaway! I hope you draw my name!

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  12. Very cute pattern! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  13. Very cute pattern! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  14. Jan, you are amazing! Thanks for all the tips, teaching and your tutorials. The block this week is adorable!
    Many thanks for all the work you Moda folks have put into this project.

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  15. mi piace l'idea della zucca nei nostri blocchi ,brava !!!!!

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  16. How to make a pumpkin - I love it! The hanger is perfect for the season. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  17. A great pattern for many different looks. Decisions on making it just like decisions in the pumpkin patch. Thanks

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  18. Very cute pumpkin. A small project would be nice. Thanks Jan.

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  19. Great Pumpkin (no pun intended!)and a cute wall hanging. Thanks for another chance at a giveaway!

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  20. Love your pumpkin and I wish that I could sew like you! Maybe one day I'll follow one of your tutorials and learn. Thanks for this chance!

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  21. Pumpkins, applique and fall weather. A perfect combination. Thank you for this pattern.

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  22. Thanks for the pumpkin instructions! Love the star kit. Hope to win!

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  23. The pumpkin square is timely and your step by step process helpful.

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  24. Thanks for a cute pattern! I love stitching with fall colours.

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  25. Watching TV and handquilting. What a practical idea! Thanks for the tips. One day, I will get brave and try it. :)

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  26. Love the pumpkin and the pattern ... clear instructions which makes it even greater.

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  27. Cute block! I agree with Rosemary - the detail and up-close images on the instructions for applique is a big help. Have a great day!

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  28. Jan !!Me encanta este bloque con la bonita calabaza

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  29. So cute. I'm ready to start my fall transition, changing out quilts, decorations, etc. This is perfect.

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  30. Such a cute block. I do look forward to your appliqué blocks after all those little triangles.

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  31. Very sweet pumpkin block. Can't wait to make it. Thank you.

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  32. Great way to celebrate fall! Thank you.

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  33. Great block for upcoming season. Thanks for all the super detailed photos - such good tips!

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  34. Thanks Jan for this CUTE pumpkin!!! I am sooo ready to do some fall stitching. Your idea about the sandpaper was new to me, great idea! Thanks so much for all your Blockhead blocks.

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  35. I am busy making Halloween pumpkin pillowcases for the littles...but after that your pumpkin pattern!!! Thanks for your generosity! soardkgatfusedotnet

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  36. Love your little pumpkin today. I'm sure I'll be appliqueing it to other projects as well! Thanks for the chance.

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  37. Thanks Jan! I'd love to win the little quilt kit and hanger!

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  38. What a pretty little pumpkin Thank you for the chance to win this prize. So fun!

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  39. I love this little pumpkin and the fact that you didn't use orange for it. It gives us so many color choices this way.

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  40. Love them ❤️, would love to win and make the gorgeous mini quilt!!

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  41. Love this little pumpkin and the pumpkin holder is just adorable!

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  42. The pumpkin holder is so cute, and I love everything you do!

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  43. I love the pumpkin pattern! I too like to hand quilt; in fact I have never machine quilted. Thanks for the opportunity for a chance to win this pattern and they sweet hanger!

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  44. Thank you for the cute little pumpkin pattern. I always love your designs!

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  45. Thanks for the pumpkin pattern. I'm trying hand piecing. Many thanks. I like your videos, too.

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  46. Cute pumpkin block! I will make a few of these for our small quilt auction, I think!

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  47. Your pumpkin pattern is great! Hand piecing and hand quilting are my favorites. You can transcend into your own thoughts and have something tangible as the end result. Thank you so much for your beautiful patterns. Elaine

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  48. What a sweet little pumpkin! This block will fit my fabrics nicely. Thank you Jan.

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  49. I am really into pumpkins right now, and when I saw yours, I was hooked!! I love the fabrics that you used. Thanks for sharing!

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  50. Cute pumpkin to appliqué! Choose me!

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  51. Fall is my favorite time of year! This pumpkin block will be a nice addition to my Fall decorating. Thanks for sharing!

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  52. Absolutely adorable little pumpkin block, thank you for sharing that! Awesome idea on the fabric give a way!!!! LOVE IT.

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  53. Love pumpkin patterns. Yours is so cute, so is the hanger. Thanks for a chance to win this.

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  54. Love that way to make a pumpkin!

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  55. Such a cute pattern. It would be fun to win!

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  56. Great Pumpkin! Thanks for sharing.

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  57. The pumpkin block is adorable, and so cute with the hanger! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  58. Do I have to draw my own moon? I don't see it on the blockheads pattern and as simple as a little moon is, I am not an artist! lol

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  59. Do I have to draw my own moon? I don't see it on the blockheads pattern and as simple as a little moon is, I am not an artist! lol

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