Stitch a fall theme table runner and trio of stuffed pumpkins that designers Camille Roskelly of Thimble Blossoms and Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. created for a web-exclusive Scrap Lab challenge. Fabrics are from the Pumpkin Patch Plaids collection by Renée Nanneman of Need'l Love Co. for Andover Fabrics.

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Materials for Table Runner

Designer: Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms

  • 18x22" piece (fat quarter) solid cream (triangle-squares)
  • 4-18x22" pieces (fat quarters) orange, black, gold, and brown plaids (triangle-squares, backing, binding)
  • 13-1/2x31-1/2" batting

Finished table runner: 30-1/2x12-1/2"

Quantities are for 100% cotton fabrics.
Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Materials for Table Runner

From solid cream, cut:

  • 20-3-7/8" squares

From orange plaid, cut:

  • 8-3-7/8" squares

From black plaid, cut:

  • 5-2-1/2x21" binding strips
  • 4-3-7/8" squares

From gold plaid, cut:

  • 1-13-1/2x16" rectangle
  • 4-3-7/8" squares

From brown plaid, cut:

  • 1-13-1/2x16" rectangle
  • 4-3-7/8" squares

Assemble Blocks for Table Runner

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each solid cream 3-7/8" square. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under each square.)

2. Layer a marked solid cream square on an orange plaid 3-7/8" square. Sew squares together with two seams, stitching 1/4" on each side of drawn line (Diagram 1).

3. Cut squares apart on drawn line to make two triangle units (Diagram 2). Press open each triangle unit, pressing seam toward orange plaid triangle, to make two orange triangle-squares (Diagram 3). Each triangle-square should be 3-1/2" square including seam allowances.

4. Using solid cream and the color listed below, repeat steps 2 and 3 to make the following:

  • 16 orange triangle-squares
  • 8 black triangle-squares
  • 8 gold triangle-squares
  • 8 brown triangle-squares

Assemble Table Runner

1. Referring to Table Runner Assembly Diagram for placement, lay out triangle-squares in four horizontal rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row. Join rows to make table runner top. Press seams in one direction. The table runner top should be 30-1/2x12-1/2" including seam allowances.

2. Join short edges of gold plaid 13-1/2x16" rectangle and brown plaid 13-1/2x16" rectangle to make 31-1/2x13-1/2" table runner backing. Press seam in one direction.

3. Layer table runner top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired. Designer Camille Roskelley machine-quilted 1/2" from edges of solid cream zigzags across the table runner top.

4. Bind with black plaid binding strips.

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Materials for Three Pumpkins

Designer: Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co.

  • 4-18x22" pieces (fat quarters) gold, orange, brown, and black plaids (pumpkins, veins, leaves)
  • 18x22" piece (fat quarter) solid cream (pumpkin)
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Three 1-1/8"-diameter buttons to cover
  • Glue gun or fabric glue
  • Heavy-duty thread
  • Chopstick (optional)

Finished pumpkins: 8" in diameter, 3" tall

Quantities are for 100% cotton fabrics.
Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Materials for Pumpkins

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" for patterns and tips on making pattern templates.

From gold plaid, cut:

  • 2-1-1/2x21" strips
  • 8 of Pattern A

From solid cream, cut:

  • 8 of Pattern A

From orange plaid, cut:

  • 2-1-1/2x21" strips
  • 8 of Pattern A
  • 1-3" square

From brown plaid, cut:

  • 12 of Pattern B
  • 1-3" square

From black plaid, cut:

  • 4-1-1/2x21" bias strips
  • 1-3" square

Assemble Pumpkin Bodies

1. Sew together eight gold plaid A pieces in a row along curved edges (Diagram 1). Backstitch at beginning and end of seams. Finger-press seams in one direction.

2. With right side inside, sew together remaining curved ends of pumpkin Step 1 unit, leaving top open for stuffing, to make a flattened ball (Diagram 2).

3. Turn right side out. Stuff firmly with fiberfill.

4. Using heavy-duty thread and a running stitch, hand-sew a scant 1/4" from unfinished edge of opening (Diagram 3).

To make a running stitch, pull needle up at A and insert it back into fabric at B (Running Stitch Diagram). Pull needle up at C and insert it back into fabric at D. Continue in same manner, loading several stitches on needle at a time.

5. Pull up gathers as tight as possible. The gathered opening at top should be about 3/4"-diameter. Double-knot thread at the end to secure gathers and complete pumpkin body.

6. Repeat steps 1–5 using solid cream A pieces.

7. Repeat steps 1–5 using orange plaid A pieces.

Assemble Leaves for Pumpkins

1. Join two brown plaid B pieces, leaving straight edge open for turning (Diagram 4). Turn right side out. Press to make a leaf.

2. Using heavy-duty thread and a running stitch, hand-sew a scant 1/4" from open leaf edge (Diagram 5). Pull thread ends to slightly gather leaf; the unfinished edge should be 1" across. Double-knot thread at the end to secure gathers.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make six leaves total.

Assemble Veins for Pumpkins

1. Referring to Diagram 6, fold a black plaid 1-1/2x21" strip in half lengthwise with wrong side inside. Press, then unfold. Fold long edges in to meet in center; press again. Fold in half lengthwise, matching folded edges. Topstitch along folded edges to make a vein strip. Repeat to make four black vein strips total.

2. Repeat Step 1 using two gold plaid 1-1/2x21" strips and two orange plaid 1-1/2x21" strips to make two gold vein strips and two orange plaid vein strips.

Finish Pumpkins

1. Following manufacturer's instructions, cover the 1-1/8"-diameter buttons with a brown plaid, orange plaid, or black plaid 3" square.

2. Referring to Diagram 7, arrange black vein strips on your work surface. Center gold plaid pumpkin body with opening up on crisscrossed vein strips so vein strips are centered between pumpkin body seams. Pull up both ends of a vein strip to meet at pumpkin body opening; tie strip ends together. Repeat with each vein strip until all are tied around pumpkin body. Trim vein strip ends to 1" long. Tuck ends into opening.

3. Position brown plaid leaves so they cover opening in pumpkin top. Use glue gun or fabric glue to secure leaves. Position brown plaid covered button over gathered leaf ends and glue in place to complete gold plaid pumpkin.

4. For cream pumpkin, repeat steps 2 and 3 using orange plaid covered button and gold and orange vein strips.

5. For orange plaid pumpkin, repeat Step 3 using black plaid covered button.

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