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Friday, October 21, 2022

Pumpkin Spice ~ Part One


Welcome to part one of my Pumpkin Spice sew-along.  This little cutie will be done quickly as there are only two parts....why drag it out?  It's pretty simple and we have lots of quilts we want to make, right?  So, let's get started.

Before we get started, if you're just joining us, you can click here to buy the pattern.  It's not too late at all.

The block we're making is called Mosaic Windmill, and I love it!  I'm certain I will use it in a large quilt in the future.  

We begin by making all of our Half Square Triangles.  Refer to your pattern and be sure to trim
them to size.

As I post the photos, you'll notice the colors of the fabric change.  That's because I took the pictures outside, over several days, and the lighting changed for each photo.

Well....and I'm not the best photographer!  

Next...let's make a bunch of Flying
Geese.  Gather (4) orange and (4) rust print squares.  Draw the diagonal line.  

Make sure you correctly position the correct color on the correct side of the black print rectangle.  Otherwise, or LeMoyne star won't turn out the way it should.

The secret to perfect Flying Geese made with connector corners are:

*Make sure the diagonal line you draw goes from point to point and is accurate.

*Position the connector corner square perfectly on it's base.  

*Sew (scant) just next to the drawn line, and inside the seam allowance.  This allows for a few threads when you press the triangle.

*Always press then trim.  Press the triangle to be sure it aligns correctly, matching the base print.  If it doesn't, rip and do it again.  If it does, then it's safe to trim the two fabrics for the seam allowance.  

***CORRECTION to the pattern.  Some of you may have a pattern with an error.  Look on page 2 of your pattern, in the Flying Geese section.  The last sentence should say 'Repeat to make (16) Flying Geese units'.  Please correct your pattern to make (16) Flying Geese, not (4) Flying Geese.  My apologies for this error.

Click here to see a tutorial on Perfect Flying Geese.

Next, let's make our Pinwheel centers.

*Following your pattern, sew (4) Half Square Triangles into a Pinwheel; press.

Make a total of (4) Pinwheel units.

Let's make a LeMoyne star block.

*Using (1) Pinwheel unit, (4) Flying Geese units, and (4) black print squares, arrange the pieces for the block.  Sew into rows, then sew the rows together.

Repeat to make a total of (4) LeMoyne star blocks. 

Be sure to measure them so they are the correct size.

That's a lot of sewing for this week.

We will complete our blocks and quilt next week!  This has been fun!  Thanks for sewing along with me.  

****IMPORTANT NOTE****  I received a few emails from people confused about having to pay for the Pumpkin Spice pattern when they received their kit as it was advertised as free.  The kit comes with your order and is after the promotional event ends.

All of my Quilt Archaeology patterns are free for the three days of the promo event.  Once the promo event is over, there is a nominal fee for all patterns.  In the future, just be sure to go through the steps to get the free pattern and download it before the promo event is over.  

Now...for news on what's new IN THE STUDIO!

My new Redwood Cupboard fabric collection is arriving at your local quilt shop now.

The collection features six luscious beige and creamy tan neutral prints....

....six deep and delicious red prints.....

....and six warm and toasty brown prints.

This gorgeous print is from the Old Sturbridge Village archives and is from the early 1800s.  Gosh I just love it so.  The photo is enlarged, so it is not true to size.  It made the perfect border for the two quilts I designed with Redwood Cupboard.

I also added this lovely print for contrast.  It worked perfectly, and would make a lovely border on its own.  

Let me show you how all of these prints look in the quilts I designed.

Redwood Manor by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts
This is Redwood Manor.  The large Carpenter's Wheel is center stage with LeMoyne Stars in the center and the quilt cornerposts.  All blocks are made with modern piecing techniques....no dreaded Y seams!  You can see the dark brown/black print as the sashing and how the contrast really sets the Carpenter's Wheel blocks apart.  Love it!  Notice the border print, too!

The second quilt is called Crossfire.  It's a simpler quilt but no less stunning.  Just one block in four different colorways gives this quilt a lot of movement and interest.  The fabrics do their thing and make this quilt irresistible!  The dark print is used as a framing border, and the border print shines again!  

As always, I encourage you to ask for Redwood Cupboard at your favorite quilt shop first.  We must support our LQS!!  They are a treasure, and we want to be sure they are around for years to come.

IF your LQS doesn't carry Redwood Cupboard or other Heartspun Quilts fabrics, I always have my fabric in stock.  Click here to shop Redwood Cupboard fabrics.  Also available in Fat Quarter bundles.

Click here to buy the Redwood Manor and/or Crossfire patterns.

Keep your needle busy and your heart content.  Be well, my friends!

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