Fall into a Quilt Along: Pumpkins Aplenty

Welcome to block 7 of Fall into a Quilt Along! I can't believe it's already time to share the block I designed. I hope you love it as much as I do!

If you've been watching the quilt along from the sidelines, it's not too late to join in. All of the block patterns will remain free until the quilt along ends on November 13, 2018. You can find links to all of the past blocks on my quilt along page.

I don't know about you, but I feel like fall just wouldn't be fall without pumpkins. My fondest memories include hayrides at the pumpkin patch, carving jack o'lanterns, roasting pumpkin seeds, and baking pumpkin pies and cookies. And we can't forget the adorable tiny decorative pumpkins that grace the fall table. My fall is replete with Pumpkins Aplenty.

Are you ready to sew your own patch of pumpkins? Click the download button below for the pdf pattern. I can't wait to see what you make!

Tips for Success

Stitch Length

Some of the pieces in this block are only 1" square. To keep those short seams from pulling apart, I recommend using a pretty short stitch length. I set the stitch length on my Viking to 2.0, which is about 16 stitches per inch.

Seam Test

I always recommend testing your seam allowance before you start. That way you can be sure your block will come out the right size.

To test your seam allowance, cut two 2" squares and sew them together. Press to one side, and measure the resulting rectangle. The rectangle should be 3 1/2" long. If your rectangle is shorter, you need a narrower seam allowance. If your rectangle is longer, you need a wider seam allowance. Adjust your seam and try again. Once the rectangle is exactly 3 1/2" long, you're good to go.

Stitch and Flip Corners

My favorite tool for drawing the diagonal lines is a Sewline ceramic pencil. They come in several colors, but I just bought one pencil and change out the lead as needed.

The secret to making a successful stitch and flip corner is to stitch just outside of the drawn line. The line you drew isn't the stitching line - it's actually where the fabric needs to fold! By stitching just outside of the line, you give yourself the extra fabric you need to reach all the way to the corner when you flip it over.

Just to be safe, I always test to make sure my corner is covered before I cut away the excess fabric from the back.

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Design Boards

I recently made some design boards, and they're just so handy! Fabric sticks to them, so nothing gets lost as I work. I used a design board to organize my pumpkin pieces as I was sewing the individual pumpkins.

I also used the board to lay out the block once my pumpkins were complete. If you'd like to make your own design boards, you can read about them here.

Sad Iron

One of my favorite tools is my sad iron. First, I press a seam with my regular iron. As soon as I finish pressing, I set my sad iron on top of the seam. The sad iron holds in the heat and adds extra weight to make the seam nice and flat. I got mine at the local antique store, and my hubby scrubbed off the rust and painted it with heat resistant Rust-Oleum.

Please Share

Once you've finished your block, take some time to enjoy your handiwork! Then remember to share a picture so the rest of us can admire it, too. I just can't tell you how excited I am to see your blocks!

I'll be watching the hashtags #pumkinsaplentyquilt and #fallintoaqal on Instagram (you can find me @snowydaysquilting). I'll also be keeping an eye out in the Partners in Design Facebook group.

Pumpkin Patch

My fellow hosts have each made their own versions of the Pumpkins Aplenty block. Be sure to check them out for inspiration and more tips. If you like what you see, I'm sure they would appreciate you leaving them a comment on their blogs.

Abbie Danahy at Sparkle On
April Adams at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi Bridgeman at Snowy Days Quilting <--- That's me!
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Sherry Shish at Powered by Quilting
Vanda Chittenden at Quilting with Vanda

Prizes

The very best part of the quilt along is seeing all of the different blocks made by quilters around the world. If you make a Pumpkins Aplenty block, we want to see it! Please use the Instagram hashtags #pumpkinsaplentyquilt and #fallintoaqal so we call all see what you've made. Feel free to tag me @snowydaysquilting when you post your block and I'll be sure to leave you a comment.

You can also share your pictures in the wonderfully encouraging Partners in Design facebook group. If you have a blog, please add your post to the linkup at the bottom of the page. The linkup will be open until 11:59 pm Eastern time on August 20, 2018.

Sharing your Pumpkins Aplenty block in any of the places mentioned will enter you in our prize drawing. Anyone over 18 is eligible to win, including international participants. Our prize this time is a patterned grey Tag-Along Craft Storage Travel Tote. The tote is provided by Everything Mary, a family-owned company based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, dedicated to providing stylish, clever ways for sewers and crafters to get organized.

At the end of the quilt along, we will have a grand prize drawing for anyone that has made a complete quilt top with all 12 blocks. There's no need to have it quilted for the drawing. To be eligible to win, finished quilt tops must be posted by 11:59 pm Eastern time on November 12, 2018.

Link Up

If you blog about your Pumpkins Aplenty block, we would love to see it! Link up your blog post here so we can all check it out. Remember to visit a few of the other blogs while you're at it. We all love comments from our fellow quilters.

Question for You

Pumpkins feature prominently in my memories of fall. From squelching in the insides as a child to making delicious pumpkin chocolate chip cookies as an adult, I continue to be delighted.

I'd love to hear about your own pumpkin experiences. What's your favorite thing to do with pumpkins? Do you have any special memories that feature them? Leave me a comment and let me know! I'll be sure to get back to you.

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Serendipitous

Last Friday, I shared one of the most special quilts I've ever made. Now I'm sharing the bonus quilt. Here's a look at the two of them side by side.

The original quilt was made with stitch and flip squares. By sewing an extra line at each corner, I ended up with a whole pile of bonus units that I used to make a second quilt. I just love the interesting movement that's created by the split pinwheels. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope.

serendipity quilt

There's something really special about getting two quilts in one. It almost feels as though Joy and I each have the same quilt, and any time I use mine, there's a part of her here with me. And even though she's 1500 miles away, she can wrap up in a hug from me anytime with her quilt.

I named the quilt Serendipitous since it came from Missouri Star's Serendipity pattern. The name fits, because the start of our friendship was certainly serendipitous. I used the same binding fabric as Joy's quilt, which just completes the feeling that they're two peas in a pod. Kind of like us.

I used all of the scraps to piece the back of my quilt. Along the bottom are the three blocks that were leftover from Joy's quilt. I think this is my favorite pieced back that I've made so far. I really like the string piecing in a controlled colorway. It gives me ideas for making a whole quilt top that way.

One of the things I love most about quilting is how it brings us all a little closer together. There's just nothing better than sharing a quilt between friends.

I really like that this pattern let me make two different quilts at the same time. Have you ever made a quilt like that? I would love to hear your ideas for more 2-for-1 quilts.

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Longarm for Sale

I've upgraded my longarm, and I'm looking to sell my gently used TinLizzie18 Ansley26 ESP with Quilt Magician. It's TinLizzie18's top of the line machine, and it comes with a computerized system to allow greater complexity in your quilting while saving your back!

To break up the text in this post, I'll intersperse some pictures of quilts that I quilted with this machine.

Details:

  • Ansley26 ESP by TinLizzie18
  • Quilt Magician robotic quilting system
  • 26" throat space (gives you lots of room for larger edge-to-edge designs and means you can easily custom quilt a large block on point)
  • 12 feet long with the option to set it up as 6 feet long
  • sturdy metal Phoenix frame
  • used for less than 2 years on less than 100 quilts
  • asking $14,499
  • delivery can be negotiated within 12 hours of Bozeman, Montana

The computerized system lets you quilt intricate designs with ease.

Features:

  • automatic bobbin winder
  • automatic needle positioner
  • stitch regulator (you can turn this off if you wish)
  • fully adjustable handles (I really miss these on my new machine!)
  • M-sized bobbins (largest bobbins on the market are a dream for edge-to-edge quilting)
  • easy to transition between computerized and freehand quilting
  • glides smoothly for freehand quilting

Special Features:

  • stops on a dime due to a magnetic system instead of motor brushes (also doesn't wear out like brushes)
  • you can lock the aspect ratio of all computerized designs (I miss this feature SO much on my new machine. It lets you do pantographs with perfect circles. The next two pictures are proof!)
  • light bar near the handles provides excellent visibility
  • Baste stitch (longer stitch that makes it really easy to baste the edges of a quilt, or even baste a whole quilt if someone wanted to quilt it themselves. This is another feature I miss.)
  • Idle stitch (stitch regulated, but the machine continues to stitch slowly when you stop moving. This is great for micro-stippling and other small details. It makes the small quilting beautifully smooth.)

Perfect Playful Circles

More Perfect Circles

Accessories (included with the machine):

  • extended base for ruler work
  • red snappers (These make loading and unloading a breeze!)
  • many computerized quilting designs already loaded in the machine
  • about 30 bobbins
  • needles
  • oil
  • machine manual

The straight lines in the cream section were done with rulers. I quilted the rest freehand.

Interested?

I'd love to hear from you! You can email me at bobbi@snowydaysquilting.com or give me a call at (406) 600-2558

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Posted on July 30, 2018 and filed under Quilting, Longarm Quilting.