I'll bet there are a few of you who'd like to toss a few pumpkins at me. Please don't - I need to get these instructions posted so you can finish celebrating Halloween before Thanksgiving arrives.
We need to make three pumpkin blocks to go across the bottom of our pieced rectangles.
- Cut one 4 1/2" square from each of your three pumpkin fabrics.
- Cut twelve 1 3/4" squares from black fabric
- Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the 1 3/4" squares.
- Position one of the squares on each corner of the three pumpkin squares.
- Sew diagonally on the drawn line.
- Trim excess fabric on black squares and pumpkin square leaving a 1/4" seam allowance beyond your stitching line.
- Press the black triangles over to the right side forming the background around the pumpkin.
Applique the eyes, nose and mouth on each pumpkin using your favorite applique method. Click HERE for the templates.
Cut the following pieces for the sashing around the pumpkin blocks
- Cut three 1 1/4" squares from yellow fabric (A)
- Cut two pieces 1 1/4" x 3 1/8" from black fabric (B)
- Cut two pieces 1 1/4" x 4 3/4" from black fabric (C)
- Cut four pieces 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" from black fabric (D)
- Cut one piece 1 1/4" x 16 1/2" from black fabric (G)
Piece together the A - B and C pieces to form a strip.
- Sew a D strip between the three pumpkins and on each end.
- Sew the A - B and C strip to the top of pumpkins.
- Sew the 1 1/4" x `6 1/2" G strip to the bottom of the pumpkins.
- Trim your rectangles background piece to 16 1/2" wide x 18 1/2" tall.
- Sew rectangle background to the top of the pumpkins.
Cut these pieces for the inner and outer borders.
- Cut two strips 1 1/2 X 23 1/2" from for sides.
- Cut two strips 1 1/2" x 18 1/2" for the top and bottom.
- Cut two strips 3" x 26" for sides.
- Cut two strips 3" x 23 1/2" for the top and bottom.
Add the inner and outer border strips in this order:
- Inner border side strips
- Inner border top and bottom strips
- Outer border side strips
- Outer border top and bottom strips
We're ready to finish the top with the final applique and embroidery.
The template for the ghost can be found HERE on the pattern page with the pumpkin face. I drew the face on my ghost using a black pigma marking pen. I backed the white fabric with a fusible woven interfacing so the background wouldn't show through.
The template for the black cat and moon can be found HERE.
This placement guide shows where to position the applique and embroidery on the pieced background. All of the measurements are based at the seam line where the inner border meets the background.
The spider web is embroidered using two strands of black floss and an outline stitch. The design begins right at the seam line joining the background to the inner border and can be traced on the background using a light box or sunny window. The pattern for the spider web can be found HERE.
The top is now ready for quilting. I hope you'll enjoy if for years to come.