Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 37 ~ Back to Quilting


Welcome To Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 37

I have been quilting my Bats & Boos Quilt.

Nutmeg has been my ever present quilty helper and inspector for this quilt. 

This is the first quilt that I have had on my long arm since early this year.

Where has the time gone?

Even Nutmeg looks puzzled.

Katniss is unconcerned.

As long as Katniss has her basket in the window, she is a happy cat.

I am quilting all over swirls of cauldron smoke on the backgrounds.

For the blocks, I am adding some custom free guided quilting.

It is good to be quilting again.

Last Saturday I started a new project for Sew A Jelly Roll Day

This was intended to be a quick weekend project with a purchased pattern.

First I decided to make a Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block to add to the project.

Then I decided to design another block for this project: 

Mini Pumpkin Blocks

 Of course, I decided I had to perfect the pattern. 

More on this soon.

Back to quilting bats and boos today.

What are you working on in your happy place?

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Making a Better Mini Pumpkin Block


New and Improved Mini Pumpkin Block

Same small size

Same pretty fabrics

Looks more like a pumpkin ... ;) 

Many More Mini Pumpkins

(an Mini Pumpkin Tutorial)

Coming Soon! 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Making Mini Pumpkin Blocks


Mini Pumpkin Blocks 

These little blocks measure 3.5" unfinished.

I am making more of these blocks for my patch of pumpkin blocks.

More soon ... :) 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block ~ Free Block Pattern

Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block ~ Free Tutorial

 Here are the cutting instructions for my

Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block

to celebrate Sew a Jelly Roll weekend. 

Thanks to this event, I take one of the sale jelly rolls off my shelf and sew something with it.

This block was hand drawn on graph paper

and I figured the cutting as I sewed.

Cutting Instructions:

From Jelly Roll:

Cut 6 strips 10.5" by 2.5" for pumpkin

Cut 1 square 2.5" for stem

Cut 1 rectangle 2.5" by 3.5" for leaf


(may be cut from jelly roll strips)

Cut 4 squares 2.5"

Cut 1 rectangle 2.5" by 5"

Cut 1 rectangle 2.5" by 1.5"

Cut 2 squares 1.5"

Cut 2 rectangles 1" by 10.5" 

I started by sewing the leaf unit.

I like to use my 1/4" seam ruler to cut off the corners before I sew.

You may prefer to draw a line and cut the extra fabric away after you sew.

After I sewed the leaf, I assembles the stem and leaf row.

After completing the top row, I sewed the pumpkin section.

First I sewed the corners of the outside pumpkin strips.

I used the same, cut and sew method to round the corners on the pumpkin.

Then I sewed the pumpkin strips together

 and added the narrow border strips to the side.

Nutmeg was my quilty kitty inspector for this block.

She helped me press the block, too. 

Here is how we pressed the seams in this block.

This Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block measures 12.5" unfinished.

I am working on more blocks for my Jelly Roll Challenge Quilt.

I am also quilting my Bats & Boos Quilt.

I love fall quilts! 


For another of my Free Jelly Roll Day Blocks, click the link below for my

Jelly Roll House Block

Hmmm ... according to my post, this block was intended to be the first in a series of jelly roll house blocks.  I think I sewed others. 

 I need to find them and renew this project someday.  

So many quilts to sew ... sew little time. 

Happy Jelly Roll Sewing! 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block ~ Sew A Jelly Roll Day


~ Jelly Roll Pumpkin Block ~

Today is 

Project Jelly Roll Day

Also happening today is  a 

 Jelly Roll Jackpot Challenge @ Fat Quarter Shop

Jelly rolls are on sale and there is a challenge with a prize.

I am sewing! 

Here is my jelly roll of choice.

This fabric has been in my stash for some time. 

 This is 

 Calico Crow by Riley Blake Designs

My Girl used this to make her Pumpkin Time Fabric Pumpkins 

and she inspired me to make a pumpkin block for my jelly roll challenge project 

with these fabrics.

I decided on this Shabby Cloud background fabric.

This is the basic block idea.

Free Block Tutorial coming tomorrow! 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 36


Welcome to Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 36

The backing is pieced for my Bats & Boos Quilt 

and I am getting ready to quilt.

I used up a Halloween panel, some of the extra fabric from my quilt and other fabrics from my stash. 

I posted the tutorial for my Witch Hat Block HERE.

Life in the Scrapatch has been busy, but I am finding some time each day to sew and to enjoy the wonderful projects in the making by all my quilty friends. 

Please join us by adding your link

 and visiting all who share their creativity.

Happy Stitching and Sewing! 

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

My Witch Hat Block Tutorial


Witch Hat Block ~ Tutorial 

Here is my promised tutorial for the Witch Hat Block, 

which I designed for my ...

I wanted to make a block with a large purple triangle to add movement to my quilt and extend the purple from the bat blocks and the orange from the pumpkin blocks into the outer block border.

I researched free witch hat blocks online and did not find one that worked, 

so I designed my own block.

I am very happy with how this worked up.

Here is how I made my plan. I drew the block up on graph paper, found a triangle ruler that I could use.  Then I drew and cut cardstock templates.

I cut the triangles using this ruler, which may also be used to just cut the fabric.

60 Degree 8.5" Triangle Ruler @ Quilt in a Day

Any 60 degree ruler will work or you could use the lines on your cutting mat. 

I like making templates and storing them with my block pattern for future block making.  

Then I sewed my first black, adjusting the plan as I sewed.

After sewing, my prototype block measured 12.5" wide but only 12.25" high. 

I did sew the other blocks to match my first block and they fit perfectly with my other blocks, but I have changed the cutting measurement in this tutorial so those who sew it may be able to make perfect size blocks.

Here are the pieces I cut for my blocks ...

Here are my corrected cutting instructions ...

Cutting for one Witch Hat Block:

Background (Black Stars)

A  -  Two 2" x 8.5" rectangles

B  -  Two 2.5" x 2" rectangles

C  -  Two 8.5" Half Setting Triangles (in opposite side pairs) 

D  -  Two 2" squares

Hat (Purple Print)

E  -  One 8.5" 60 Equilateral Triangle

F  -  One 12.5" x 2.5" rectangle

Hat Band (orange print)

G  -  Two 3.5" x 2.5" rectangles

H  -  One 1.5" square

Buckle (gray print)

I  -  Two 1.5" x 1" rectangles

J  -  Two 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles

I cut my first block with the ruler as shown.

Then I cut cardstock templates for the rest of my blocks. 

When sewing the setting half triangles, this is how I position the pieces.

The points should extend 1/4" beyond the edge of the other fabric.

Then I pieced the buckles by adding the I rectangles to the top and bottom of the H square, pressed and added the J rectangles to either side. 

Here is the top of my hat block, ready to add the A rectangles to each side
and the buckles, ready to add the G and B pieces to each side.

Next I cut off the corners of my strip F and D squares.

 ... and sewed.

You may prefer to draw a line, sew and then cut away the extra fabric.

Everyone has their own way of doing things in their happy sewing place.
Always follow your own quilty muse. 

The long rectangles for the brim of the hat is the cutting correction.

I did not change the size of the 2" background squares, so your bottom unit will have a 1/4" inch of purple at the bottom.

After you sew these units together, square and trim your block to 12.5" 

Here is my Witch Hat Block in my quilt.

Happy Sewing!