Tips & Hints
This month's block is a 10 1/2" block. (That is - 11" unfinished.) This month we're using an orange print for the pumpkin and a black print for the background. I just had to have one block this year using orange, since it seems to be a disliked color for most of our swappers. I've designed this 7-patch pumpkin for your piecing pleasure. See the block and quilt graphics for ideas. We will be doing TWO blocks for October.
For EACH block cut: From orange print - three rectangles 5" x 2", four rectangles 3 1/2" x 2", four squares 2" x 2" and eight squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (these are for your half-square triangle units.) From black print - two rectangles 5" x 2", six squares 2" x 2" and eight squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (for half-square triangle units.)
For your half-square triangle units, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of your orange squares. Place each of these on a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" black square, right sides together. Sew 1/4" from each side of the line. Cut on the line. Press the units toward the plaid fabric and trim to 2" x 2".
For the first row, sew an orange print 2" x 2" between the ends of two black print 5" x 2" rectangles. Press toward the black rectangles. (See diagram below.)
Sew together a black 2" x 2" square and an orange and black half square triangle. Repeat. Sew the ends of an orange 5" x 2" rectangle to the sides of the half square triangles. Press away toward rectangle and squares. (See diagram below.) Sew first two rows together, pressing seam toward first row.
Sew an orange 2" x 2" square between two half square triangles. Repeat. Sew an orange 2" x 2" square between the two units. Press seams toward squares. (See diagram below.) Sew row three to row two matching seams. Press seam toward row two.
Sew a half square triangle unit to each end of an orange 3 1/2" x 2" rectangle. Press seams toward the squares. Sew a half square triangle unit between the ends of two orange 5" x 2" rectangles. Press seams toward the rectangles. Sew row four to row five. Press seam toward row four. (See diagram below.)
Sew the side of an orange 3 1/2" x 2" rectangle to each end of rows four and five. Press seams toward the rectangles. (See diagram below.) Sew row four to row three. Press seams toward row four.
Sew two half square triangle units together. Repeat, reversing dirction. Sew a half square triangle unit between two black 2" x 2" squares. Press seams toward squares. (See diagram below.) Where the two half square triangle units were sewn together, I clipped the seam and pressed each half in opposite directions. (See back of block here.) This leaves each point "x" open for sewing more easily. Sew row six to row five. Press seam toward row five.
Sew a half square triangle unit to a black 2" x 2" square. Repeat, reversing for other side. Press toward the square. Sew each unit to the end of an orange 5" x 2" rectangle. Press toward the rectangle. (See diagram below.) Sew row seven to row six. Press toward row seven.
Consult the block graphic to make sure all your rows are sewn together correctly. Your block should measure 11" x 11" unfinished.
Click here to see my block that I scanned.
Remember to label your blocks with your name, city, state, and email address on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked or pinned on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seam allowance. Just be sure to label them in some way.
If you have questions or comments, post a note on the Yahoo club or email Squirrel (Patty) or Azpatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for October. Blocks will be due to Patty by October 31, 2000. Patty and I will be getting together at the Quilted Apple on November 4 for Baltimore Masters and Applique Lovers clubs. Please keep up with your blocks. If you get behind it makes more work for Patty and I to send them out to the winners late. If lateness is unavoidable, please let one of us know and remember to include two stamps to help with postage.
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the file is available for download here. I didn't use scanned fabrics this time so the size is only 9 KB.