My Sewful Retirement

A Quilting Journey

Fall Will Be Here Soon!

Happy Monday!

Its been awhile since I last posted. I’ve been busy creating fall projects for the embroidery/quilting club I’m a member of.

Fall is my favorite time of year and was more than happy to volunteer to lead our group for a few weeks.

Pumpkins seem to be the universal symbol of fall and my brain has been swimming with ideas! Our group tends to focus on budget friendly small quilting projects that can be made quickly.

Inspiration for this project came from a refrigerator magnet I saw at Cracker Barrel! As soon as I saw it I was hooked and couldn’t wait to bring it to life with fabric.

For the quilt top I used (8) 2.5 x WOF strips of Kona Cotton in fall colors, 1/2 yard of a cream tonal print and a scrap of brown fabric measuring 2.5 x 4.5.

Using my Fons & Porter Quarter/Half Square triangle ruler I cut the needed triangles – 44 quarter triangles and 6 half square triangles. If you don’t have the Fons and Porter ruler, the easy angle and companion ruler work also. Or any other quarter triangle ruler that uses strips for cutting.

I laid out 32 quarter triangles into 8 hourglass blocks and stitched them together with a quarter inch seam. The hour glass blocks are 4.5 x 4.5 inches unfinished.

The remaining 12 quarter triangles were stitched together with the 6 half square triangles creating the leaf and corner blocks which also measured 4.5 x 4.5 inches unfinished.

To create the stem I used the stitch and flip method using a 2.5 x 2.5 inch square of background fabric with the brown 2.5 x 4.5 rectangle.

I arrange the assembled blocks into the pumpkin shape, added a 4.5 x 6.5 rectangle of background fabric to the left of the stem and sewed all the rows together.

Finally I added a 3.5 inch border all around. I then quilted the pumpkin – I prefer to do my quilting before adding the embroidery.

Pumpkin Mini Quilt
Pumpkin Mini Quilt

I chose 4 embroidery designs from Embroidery Library to use for this project. The members of the group aren’t required to use the same designs. I did give the members heads up on what I was planning because the designs were on sale when I created this project.

After quilting I added the embroidery designs. To attach the backing I used mono-filament thread on top to stitch in the ditch around the pumpkin, stem and leaves. I used the remaining pieces of the 2.5 strips to create a scrappy binding.

The mini quilt measures 22 x 22 inches and I’m looking forward to hanging it in my office.

Pumpkin Mini Quilt
Pumpkin Mini Quilt w embroidery

The shading on the leaf designs is awesome!

fall mini quilt
leaf shading

Happy Sewing!

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12 thoughts on “Fall Will Be Here Soon!

  1. Hi Karla! I just love this, and one little Like button does not convey just how much I like it!! This is adorable – on its own but even more so once you added the embroidery words. That background fabric look so cool, too, when you showed a closeup of it. I thought it was plain white from afar, and those leaves motifs really hit home the message. This will look so nice hanging in your office. ~smile~ Roseanne


  2. Linda Farineau on said:

    Hi, Karla, I LOVE your work and ideas! Now that I, too, am retired and devote more time to my sewing / quilting, I was wondering what machine you use to do your embroidery. Thanks! Linda

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  3. lindafarineau5121 on said:

    Hi, Karla, I LOVE your work and ideas! Now that I, too , am retired and have more time to devote to my sewing / quilting, I am thinking about embroidery. What machine to do you use to do yours? Thanks so much for sharing! Linda

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    • Hi Linda, thank you! I love Babylock machines…I have a Destiny, Spirit, Ellisimo and Esante. I also have an old Viking Designer SE. Before retiring I made personalized baby gift items and sold them on Etsy. Originally I planned on a getting a 10 needle machine as my retirement present but ended up getting the Destiny instead. The Spirit is embroidery only and I use it the most.


  4. That is wonderful! Almost enough to make me want an embroidery machine, but then, hand works, too! The leaf shading is terrific. You created something great for your group to make.

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  5. Well, how cute is that!? A perfect little quilt to welcome in the fall season!

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  6. bewtjwgmailcom on said:

    I will be glad when it gets here, 99 yesterday in N. Ga.

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