It’s October – Time For Pumpkin Everywhere!
Seriously, how did it get to be October already?!! Just a blink ago we were waiting to go on our cruise in June. Then another blink and it was time for school to start, and now it’s almost time for the three big holidays of the late calendar year. Fall is really upon us, and it’s time to switch out our table runner from the Apple one to our pumpkin themed runner.
We this one a while ago, and it’s too small for our island. I do like the fabrics we selected, and Sue hand quilted pumpkins all around the buffalo checked border. It’s time we make a new, longer one. I would also like to make a little wall hanging for the front door (like the pineapple one). Here are a few free tutorials you might enjoy, perfect for the Fall season.
Pumpkin Goodness #1
Up first is a tutorial by Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter and her very cute table runner or a 13.5″ square block for a pillow.
Isn’t this cute?! Amy used a variety of different orange and black fabrics for her runner that measures 15.25″ x 57..5″. I love the little green stems! You will see in the photo above that one pumpkin is all patchwork, two are made from four fabrics, and two are just one fabric. At first I thought she had matched the chevron fabrics in the center pumpkin as a patchwork! Holy moly – that would be tough to do but alas it is not a pieced pumpkin.
Pumpkin Goodness #2
The next tutorial worth your consideration if you are in the market is from Pat Sloan‘s website. Pat has embellished this table runner with buttons, and you’ll notice a spiffy star in between each pumpkin. This pattern also features scrappy-pieced and then appliquéd pumpkins. The tutorial is found in the link provided above, and Pat shares the templates for the stars, stems and pumpkins in a link.
Both of the first two tutorials show the pumpkins with a Halloween vibe. It would be fairly easy to switch the colors to a more Fall or Thanksgiving vibe.
Pumpkin Runner #3
One of friends who hosts a linky party on Tuesdays, Connie at Freemotion By the River also shared a tutorial for a cute pumpkin block and/or runner. Connie has lots of great tutorials, so I hope you have a chance to check out her website. This picture below also shows Connie’s great quilting on this fun pumpkin table runner.
A Tall or Wide Pumpkin Block
How about this tutorial from the Thermoweb website to tempt you? They share a template for either a tall or wide pumpkin. Definitely a great use for your orange scraps, you could make these blocks into a runner, a placemat or anything else you’d like to feature a gourd. They are rather cute, don’t you think?
Paper-Pieced Pumpkin Patch
For those of you who are looking for a paper-pieced option, here is a fun example from Pellon Projects. It looks to me like this block finishes at approximately 9″ so each patch might look nice at each end of a table runner. We haven’t done a paper pieced projects for ages. It seems it is just about time to give it a try again. Maybe for the new year – a sew along option that includes paper piecing?
Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop
Don’t forget that there is a blog hop coming up in November as well. Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks is the hostess, and we will find out which date is our stop on the hop soon. We will have to get a pumpkin project picked out pretty darn soon and get going on it. I am guessing it will have a Thanksgiving vibe.
Pumpkin Wrap Up
I hope you found something to tempt you or inspire you today. We would love to see your pumpkin-themed projects! Let us know in the comments if you are playing along in the blog hop.
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