Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Another Pumpkin Quilt Block Tutorial: The Fabric Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween

There are so many ways you could go for a quilt block representing Halloween.. pumpkins, ghosts, bats, witches.. But for this day in my National Days scrap quilt project, I thought I'd do a good old classic Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin quilt block with a gnarly face! Especially since the pumpkin, Frankenstein and candy corn all have their own National Days. So without further delay, here is my gnarly faced Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin! :)

Like the last few blocks before him, he also uses lots of smaller scraps. 54, to be exact.

Here are the instructions for carving some fabric pumpkins..

Fabric A - background:
(3) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(2) 2" sq.
(2) 2 x 2 1/2"
(2) 2 1/2" sq.

Fabric B - grass:
(1) 1 1/2 x 8 1/2"

Fabric C - pumpkin:
(13) 1" sq. (~)
(5) 1 x 1 1/4" (+)
(2) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(2) 1 1/4 x 2 1/2"
(1) 1 1/2 x 2 1/4"
(2) 1 3/4 x 2"
(2) 2 1/2 x 3"
(2) 2 1/2 x 3 1/2"

Fabric D - face:
(8) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 x 1 1/4" (+)
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(2) 1 1/4" sq. (=)
(2) 1 1/2" sq. (*)

Fabric E - stem:
(1) 1 1/2 x 2" (#)

--Match the symbols (~,* etc.) in the cutting instructions with the symbols in the assembly diagram.

Using the simple corner flip method illustrated in the video above, and fabrics and sizes indicated on the unit, make the following corner flip units. Note the video shows double upper corners, but these units' corner flips vary. Mr. Jack-O-Lantern has soo many corner flip units. 


Once you've worked your way through all of the corner flip units, get ready to sew allll the little seams! Assemble your Jack-O-Lantern Halloween quilt block as shown below. (I know I'm being repetitive in all of these posts, but here is the obligatory reminder to use SCANT quarter inch seams.)


Once assembled he will be an 8 1/2" quilt block (8" finished in quilt) 

Did stitching that mouth give you fits? Ugh! So many tiny seams! I guess I could've made the face with just a few larger squares, but I left it this more complicated way because it made it more unique and used up more tiny scraps, which was the whole over-arching goal of the whole project. Apologies if any of these blocks have made you curse or rip your hair out! 

There are so few blocks left now, I can't wait to show you the whole filled in grid of the 144 blocks!

Thanks so much for dropping in and for being on this ride with me! Creativity makes my heart happy. 💗

See you soon with more! Have a great day!

Happy Stitching!


P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of these blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*if you're looking for any of the other 100+ blocks I've posted so far. Getting closer to my goal of 144 blocks! If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!

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