Project Design Team Wednesday~Patchwork Pumpkin Table Runner

Posted by administrator on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Hello fabric friends! My name is Amy Smart and I like to write about my adventures with fabric at my blog Diary of a Quilter. Today I am going to share with you a simple Patchwork Pumpkin project that you can put together quickly. You could make this project exactly the way it is, or use the blocks to make a throw pillow or large quilt. Lots of possibilities. 
I made a simple 15 1/4" x 60" table runner. Each block measures 9" x 11 1/4".
Fabric Requirements for this project:
4-5 assorted orange fat quarters - I used a bunch of orange Riley Blake basics plus a few Riley Blake prints I had in my stash.
Black: 1/2 yard black print (I used the black spiders from Too Cute to Spook) and a couple of other assorted basic black scraps.
Green solid: 1/8 yard
Gingham Binding: 3/8 yard
Backing: 1 1/8 yard
From assorted oranges cut:
2 squares 9 1/2" x 9 1/2"
8 squares 5" x 5"
16 squares 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
From black sashing yardage cut:
5 strips 2 1/2" x 42". Sub cut 2 strips into 6 pieces 2 1/2" x 11 3/4". Use remaining strips to create two 2 1/2" x 60" border strips.
From black scraps (including sashing print) cut:
40 squares 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
5 squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
From green cut:
5 squares 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
From binding cut 4 strips 2 1/2" x 42"
Take four of the 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" black squares and draw one diagonal line across them. Place them in the four corners of the 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" orange blocks. Sew directly on all four diagonal lines. 
Trim 1/4" away and press new corners open, pressing seams toward the black.
Sew 2 four-patch blocks with the eight 5" x 5" squares and add corners to those blocks as well.
To create the 16-patch pumpkin block begin by matching 4 black 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" squares with 4 orange 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" squares. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the orange squares and sew pairs together directly on the line. Trim 1/4" away from seam allowance and press blocks open, pressing seams toward the black.
Layout remaining orange 2 3/4" squares with new half-square-triangle orange and black blocks into four rows of four.
Sew together into four rows, pressing seams in alternating directions, every other row.
Sew four rows together.
To create green stem blocks, match-up a green 2 3/4" block with a black 2 3/4" block. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the green and sew directly on the line. Trim 1/4" away and press block open. Match up a 1 1/2" square in the corner of the green triangle. Draw a diagonal line and sew directly on the line. Trim 1/4" away and press corner open. Repeat four times to make 5 stem blocks.
To create stem row, use 3 other black 2 3/4" squares and sew together into a row of four. Press seams all one direction.
Attach stem rows to the 'top' of each of the 5 pumpkin blocks.
Layout five pumpkins in a row, rotating the second and the fourth the opposite direction. Sew the six 2 1/2" x 11 3/4" strips alternating between the five pumpkins and at both ends. Press seams towards the sashing strips.
Add two 2 1/2" x 60" strips to top and bottom of row of pumpkins. Press toward the sashing strips.
From backing fabric cut two 20" x 42" pieces and sew them together end to end. Trim backing to 20" x 66". Now you are ready to quilt. Baste top and bottom pieces with batting in between. 
Quilt as desired. I used simple straight cross-hatching lines. (For more details about basting and quilting see this post.)
Sew four 2 1/2" x 42" gingham strips together end to end to create binding. Binding a quilt tutorial here
And there you go - a simple patchwork pumpkin Halloween quilt table runner. You could easily multiply this project by six, creating six rows to make a darling Halloween quilt. Or you could just make a simple block into a Halloween decorative throw pillow.
Happy sewing and spooking!

Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. Thank you! This is really cute and looks like fun to make. I am thinking of making table runners for different seasons as a wedding gift. This makes me excited to get going on it.
    by Lorene
    October 16th, 2013 at 12:14 a.m.
  2. so so cute!!:) thank you for the tutorial!
    by Sophie
    October 16th, 2013 at 7:51 a.m.
  3. So adorable ~ and totally doable before Halloween!
    by Georgi S
    October 16th, 2013 at 9:11 a.m.
  4. Thank you it's very beautiful
    by luisa
    October 16th, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.
  5. Adorable!!
    by Pam from CA
    October 16th, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.
  6. So stinking cute. As if I need another project :) Would be awesome to have this in my new house when I move in though (right before halloween!) Or I could do it in "Thanksgiving colors" and use it then too..
    by Cassie Zemer
    October 16th, 2013 at 1:12 p.m.
  7. Thank you! Another great tutorial :)
    by Bridgette
    October 16th, 2013 at 4:56 p.m.
  8. very nice and simple...thanks
    by Julie
    October 16th, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.
  9. Very cute!
    by Anita
    October 16th, 2013 at 10:53 p.m.
  10. Wow! This is a very impressive quilt. Thanks for the tutorial Amy.
    by Mrs. Lucky
    October 17th, 2013 at 12:45 a.m.
  11. Adorable! Thank you for sharing this tutorial :)
    by Jenny
    October 17th, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.
  12. Very cute. Can make jack-o-lanterns or thanksgiving pumpkins. Thanks for sharing.
    by Janet
    October 31st, 2013 at 9:04 a.m.
  13. Thanks for the great tutorial.
    by Joyce Mitchell
    November 19th, 2013 at 4:24 a.m.
  14. I love this. I plan on making this next year. I am sorry I didn't see it in time for this year. Thank you for sharing.
    by Bonnie Pfrimmer
    November 19th, 2013 at 8:43 a.m.
  15. Must make this one. Thanks for sharing
    by Linda
    November 19th, 2013 at 8:46 a.m.
  16. These are so cute! And Easy!
    by Beth
    November 19th, 2013 at 10:04 a.m.
  17. So cute and looks easy for an experienced sewer but not really a quilter,
    by Laurie P.
    November 19th, 2013 at 11:53 a.m.
  18. I'm making this -one to hang outside my office, and one as a runner. My question -- what color thread did you use to quilt it? It's hard to tell from the picture.
    by MB
    October 24th, 2015 at 8:56 a.m.
  19. Hi MB, this tutorial was posted by our Project Design Team member, Diary of a Quilter. It's just a guess, but looking at the photos, it looks like she used black thread to quilt it. Hope this helps!
    by Julia
    October 27th, 2015 at 1:16 p.m.

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