Fall whimsy meets practical patchwork quilting with this delightful pumpkin wall hanging. Designed for intermediate quilters, this fall wall hanging pattern uses classic patchwork for the base of the pumpkin and stem design and features charming details like a four-point star and colorful borders. Decorate your mantel or entryway with a dash of playful autumn décor with this colorful fall quilting project.
Skill Level: Adventurous beginner/Intermediate
Time: 3-4 hours
Finished Size: 12 1/4” x 12 1/4”
Seam Allowances: 1/4 ”
- Assorted cotton for pumpkin – cut 72 – 1 1/2” squares. (*A Square Blocks)
- Pale yellow cotton – cut 5 – 1 1/2” squares. (*B Square Blocks)
- Teal background – cut a 10” square
- For borders in orange (1” wide), maroon (1 1/4” wide) , teal (3/4” wide) x 45” long
- Three fat quarters in blue and green fabrics for pumpkin stem
- 5” square of teal green for leaf and leaf stem
- Cotton backing fabric 18” square
- Fusible batting, 10” square
- Binding, 1 1/2” x 60”
- 20” x 20” square of muslin or thin white/natural linen for turn applique
- PDF Templates – These are located at the bottom of this page. Please see printing instructions below.
Note: To download the templates, click on the pattern download button at the bottom of the page. We recommend opening your pattern download using Adobe Acrobat.
- Cut five – 1 1/2″ squares for center of star and star legs (pale yellow).
- Cut seventy two – 1 1/2″ squares out of assorted oranges, pinks, maroons, and yellow fabrics.
- With a pencil, draw a diagonal line on the backside of four pale yellow squares.
- With right sides facing, match a star leg block (B square) with one of your assorted (A squares) fabric. Stitch on the drawn line and trim 1/4” away from seam. Press seam open with a warm iron.
- Place your star leg blocks (A&B squares joined) around your star center (A square) block. Then add four corners from your remaining assorted A squares.
- Assemble the top row and press. Repeat for the other two rows, then stitch your top row to your center row, and then your center row to your bottom row. Press. This is your sunspot square.
- Make 5 more nine-patch blocks out of your A squares in no particular color order.
- Assemble your blocks so that there are three nine-patch blocks in two rows and a single column of blocks to the right side. Stitch together.
- Trace your pumpkin (template) shape on a piece of thin white or natural cotton.
- Trim 1/4” away from drawn line.
- Pin tracing to the right side of your patchwork piece. Stitch right on the line. Trim away excess fabric.
- Make a slash in the thin cotton to turn pumpkin right side out.
- Press. Set aside.
TO MAKE YOUR STEM BLOCK:
- From your blue and green fabrics, cut two strips of each fabric that are 1 1/2” wide by 5” long.
- Sew three strips together to make a stem block.
- Make 6 stem blocks.
- Cut your stem block ’s into 1 1/2” strips.
- Arrange your strips into a new block that is 3 squares wide by 6 squares long. Stitch blocks together.
- Trace your pumpkin stem (template) on thin cotton. Trim to about 1/4” from the traced line and pin to your stem block. Stitch right on the drawn line. Trim excess fabric away. Dab a bit of Fray Check on the small stem end. When dry, slash cotton, and turn right side out. Press. Set aside.
- Cut a 5” square from a green fabric of your choice. Trace the leaf (template) pattern onto thin cotton. Cut the leaf shape about 1/4” away from line. Pin to right side your fabric square and stitch right on the line. Trim excess fabric away. Put a bit of Fray Check in the inside corners and at the points of the leaf. When dry, slash cotton, and turn right side out. Press. Set aside.
- To make your leaf stem, cut a 1 1/2” by 3” strip of green. Press in half lengthwise. Unfold and then bring one side to the center and press. Repeat with other side. Fold in half and press again.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
- Cut a 10” square of background fabric and a 10” square of fusible batting. Fuse the batting to the wrong side of your background fabric.
- Place your elements on the background square, centering pumpkin. The bottom of the pumpkin should sit about 1” away from the bottom of the background square. When you are happy with your arrangement, pin your pumpkin stem in place.
- Using a blind stitch, hand applique your leaf stem to your background fabric.
- Pin your stem and leaf to your background fabric and applique.
- Pin your pumpkin to your background fabric and applique.
- Cut eight 1 1/2” squares from two of your orange fabrics. Make four half triangle squares in the same way you made your star leg blocks.
- Cut one strip of orange fabric 1” wide x 45” long. Cut a second strip of maroon fabric 1 1/4” wide x 45” long. Cut one strip in the background fabric 3/4” x 45” long wide. Stitch together lengthwise to make a triple strip. Cut two triple strips, 8 1/2” long. Cut two triple strips 10 1/2” long.
- Stitch one of your orange half-triangle squares to each end of your 8 1/2″ triple strips.
- Stitch one of the 8 1/2” long triple strips to each side.
- Stitch one of the 10 1/2” strips to the top and bottom.
- Layer your quilt hanging with a piece of batting and a square of backing fabric. The batting and backing fabric should be at least 3” bigger than your pumpkin square. Baste or pin in place and quilt as desired.
- Trim your quilt hanging when finished.
- Bind your quilt as desired.
- Make a rod pocket by cutting a strip of fabric 10” long by 3 1/2” wide. Press 1/4” in on each end. Fold in half lengthwise and stitch. Press. Hand stitch to the back of your hanging.
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