Piece pumpkin blocks in a palette of rich fall colors for a seasonal quilt. Fabrics are from the Country Charm collection by Holly Taylor for Moda Fabrics.

July 28, 2020

INSPIRED BY: Pick of the Patch from designer Chelsi Stratton of Chelsi Stratton Designs

QUIlT TESTER: Diane Tomlinson


Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

  • 3—10" squares assorted A prints (blocks)
  • 3—18×21" pieces (fat quarters) assorted B prints (blocks)
  • 3—18×21" pieces (fat quarters) assorted C prints (blocks)
  • 3—18×21" pieces (fat quarters) assorted D prints (blocks)
  • 8" square brown print (blocks)
  • 3/8 yard brown leaf print (border)
  • 1/2 yard binding fabric
  • 1-3/4 yards backing fabric
  • 31×67" batting

FINISHED QUILT: 22-1/2×58-1/2"


Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order, keeping A–D pieces sorted by letter.

If you prefer to make triangle-squares larger than necessary and trim them to size, cut 3" squares instead of the 2-7/8" squares listed in cutting instructions.

From each A print, cut:

  • 2—2-7/8" squares
  • 4—2-1/2" squares

From each B print, cut:

  • 4—2-1/2×10-1/2" rectangles
  • 2—2-1/2×6-1/2" rectangles
  • 2—2-7/8" squares
  • 1—2-1/2" square
  • 2—2" squares

From each C print, cut:

  • 1—2-1/2×14-1/2" rectangle
  • 2—2-1/2×6-1/2" rectangles
  • 4—2-1/2" squares

From each D print, cut:

  • 2—2-1/2×18-1/2" rectangles
  • 2—2-1/2×14-1/2" rectangles

From brown print, cut:

  • 3—20-1/2" squares

From brown leaf print, cut:

  • 4—2-1/2×42" strips for border

From binding fabric, cut:

  • 5—2-1/2×42" binding strips

Assemble Blocks

These measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seam toward darker fabric.

1. Gather a set of pieces from one A print (two 2-7/8" squares and four 2-1/2" squares), one B print (four 2-1/2×10-1/2" rectangles, two 2-1/2×6-1/2" rectangles, two 2-7/8" squares, one 2-1/2" square, and two 2" squares), one C print (one 2-1/2×14-1/2" rectangle, two 2-1/2×6-1/2" rectangles, and four 2-1/2" squares), and one D print (two 2-1/2×18-1/2" rectangles and two 2-1/2×14-1/2" rectangles).

2. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of A print 2-7/8" squares, B print 2" squares, and C print 2-1/2" squares.

3. Layer a marked A print square atop a B print 2-7/8" square. Sew together with two seams, stitching 1/4" on each side of marked line (Diagram 1). Cut apart on marked line. Press open to make two triangle-squares. Each triangle-square should be 2-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four triangle-squares total.

4. Align a marked B print square with one corner of an A print 2-1/2" square (Diagram 2; note direction of marked line). Sew on marked line. Trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press open attached triangle. Add remaining marked B print square to opposite corner of A print square to make stem subunit. The subunit still should be 2-1/2" square including seam allowances.

5. Referring to Diagram 3, lay out B print 2-1/2" square, triangle-squares, remaining A print 2-1/2" squares, and stem subunit in three rows. Sew together pieces in rows. Join rows to make leaf unit. The unit should be 6-1/2" square including seam allowances.

6. Align a marked C print square with one end of a B print 2-1/2×10-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 4; note direction of marked line). Sew on marked line. Trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press open attached triangle. Add a marked C print square to opposite end of rectangle to make a side unit. The unit should be 2-1/2×10-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second side unit.

7. Referring to Diagram 5, join C print 2-1/2×6-1/2" rectangles and one brown print 2-1/2" square in a row; add C print 2-1/2×14-1/2" rectangle to make top unit. The unit should be 4-1/2×14-1/2" including seam allowances.

8. Referring to Diagram 6, sew B print 2-1/2×6-1/2" rectangles to side edges of leaf unit. Add remaining B print 2-1/2×10-1/2" rectangles to top and bottom edges.

9. Referring to Diagram 7, join side units to side edges of leaf unit. Add top unit to make a pumpkin block. The block should be 14-1/2" square including seam allowances.

10. Referring to Diagram 8, join D print 2-1/2×14-1/2" rectangles to side edges of block. Add D print 2-1/2×18-1/2" rectangles to top and bottom edges of block. The block now should be 18-1/2" square including seam allowances.

11. Repeat steps 1–10 to make three blocks total.

Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, sew together blocks in a row to make quilt center. Press seams in one direction. The quilt center should be 18-1/2×54-1/2" including seam allowances.

2. Piece and cut brown leaf print 2-1/2×42" strips to make:

  • 2—2-1/2×54-1/2" border strips
  • 2—2-1/2×22-1/2" border strips

3. Sew long border strips to long edges of quilt center. Add short border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward border.

Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with binding strips.