I had been planning on making autumn-based quilts for a few months but wasn’t so sure what I was going to do. It came to a point where I sat down and created my own patterns in my head. I tried to quickly learn how to paper piece and drew up a pumpkin pattern on a piece of paper. I made a bunch of copies and got to work.
After making all my pumpkins for my first quilt, and finishing that, I enjoyed it so much and had a enough left over fabric to make another. I decided to make larger pumpkins creating another pattern for that one. The one with the smaller pumpkins is the larger quilt that is good as a throw quilt and the smaller one is a lap quilt. I am going to be selling these at an event on Friday (hopefully they’ll be bought). If not they’re going on Etsy. Paper piecing was really a lot of fun.
I didn’t really write anything out in the planning and just went with the flow for everything based off of my head. I don’t think I’d ever be good at teaching people to quilt because I call each step “this thingy” too much. The first quilt I will say the squares were 4.5″ and the diagonal ones were 5″ squares cut into triangles (in half diagonally). I pretty much went by trial and error, put a border, and called it a success. The other one they were all 5″ squares and since I didn’t really measure out the size of the big pumpkins, I just put a border that is not necessarily equal on all sides around the pumpkins, but enough to make it so that the 5″ squares fit around the pumpkins! Then of course, added another border!
The pumpkins were made out of left over scrap fabric I had. The border fabric I’ve had for a few years from JoAnns (backing fabric also from there), and the rest of the squares and such I bought from Quilts, Fabrics, and More!