a. You will
start with a fabric base. Beginning in the centre, place a large pumpkin
coloured three or five sided patch. Pin in place and begin
adding scraps, one at a time.
b. Follow this
pattern. Place the new scrap face to face, edge to edge on
top of the already constructed centre patch, sew ¼"
seam, trim if necessary, open up, finger press then pin
into place. Choose another side to the left or the right
and continue adding pieces or pieced scraps until base is
covered. Try not to leave any of the base uncovered unless
it is in the corner sections where you will add corner
blocks . Check with folded edge of sky square to make sure
you have enough base to cover pumpkin and 1/4" needed
for seam. At this point you may use your sewing machine to
fancy up the seam lines with embroidery or you may add the
corner blocks and then add hand embroidery to the seams
when the block is completed.
c. Corner blocks
are added as for Snow ball. Add corners, face to face with
diagonal line marking the cut corner. Sew on the marked or
folded diagonal line. Press corners out. Next, trim off
extra "under corner" pieces ¼" from seam
line, leave base in place. This will stabilize the pattern
block. (Pin corner block on top of base when adding block
to block so that the corner will lay flat on the base and
not pucker or fold.)
d. Appliqué on
stem to long sky strip or slice centre of long top sky
piece, add stem and rejoin sky to other side of stem,
re-cut the top sky piece to the 8 ½" length.
e. Join stem and
sky to pumpkin.
f. Now add hand
embroidery if you wish.
Where to find possible embroidery stitches? Most
quilting books and magazines have a simple list of easy
embroidery stitches. Cross stitch , feather stitch, long
stitch, lazy daisy, button hole and crows foot from folk
art patterns are fairly easy.
If you have a fancy dancy or a simple quilting machine
you may have some possible stitches. If you aren’t an
embroiderer but want to participate in the block draw, be
Amish and leave them plain.