Free Quilt Block of the Month Pattern


String Calendar Free Block of the Month Series

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WOF = Width of Fabric


Finished Size: 8" x 8"



A~ Orange, Green & Black Fabrics



6~1½" x 6" orange strings

1~1" x 2" green & black patches



    B~ Background



9" square



    C~ Scrap Foundation Fabric



6" square


1. Cut the fabrics A + B + C [Rotary Cutting~ #F].

2. Starting at one end of the foundation fabric square, sew the Fabric A strings of fabrics, one after the other, onto the foundation fabric, until you have covered the square. You will not be removing this foundation fabric when you are finished.

3. Make the pumpkin templates [Cardboard Template]. Trace the pumpkin shape, with a chalk pencil, onto the fabric A string unit (Diagram #1). Trace the pumpkin leaf and stem, with a chalk pencil, onto the fabric A fabric patches (Diagram #2). With pinking shears (or scissors and clip your curves) cut the pumpkin shapes ¼" beyond the chalk line.

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Diagram #1

Diagram #2


Turn the edges of the pumpkin under and press.

Tip: Baste the seams [Stitches] down before you press and sew.

Centre the pumpkin onto a background by folding in half, and finger pressing the center line. Do this in both directions on the background and pumpkin unit. Pin or baste in place.

4. Top stitch [Machine Piecing] the pumpkin to the background as close to the edge of the shape as possible. Use matching or contrasting thread.

Tip: Sew slowly and adjust seams with a pin, as you sew, if necessary.

5. Apply the pumpkin leaf and stem [Applied Patch Appliqué] where illustrated.

6. Block [Blocking].


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