Blog Tour Bitty Blocks: Doris Does Pumpkins

This is the final Blog Tour Bitty Block in celebration of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now. I hope you’ve enjoyed these little darlings. They sure are fun to make.

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I asked Doris Rice to design today’s block. She’s known as the Quilting Queen Online and she’s a member of our Addicted to Scraps team. This group makes quilts using Bonnie Hunter’s Addicted to Scraps blocks, found in every issue of Quiltmaker.

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Doris Rice designed this 4″ self-sashing Bitty Pumpkin for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour. Free quilt block pattern!

I was pretty excited when Doris sent me her idea, because these little pumpkins are what I call self-sashing: the space between the blocks is included in the block itself. Very clever!

Here’s how to make Doris’s Bitty Pumpkins. They finish at 4″ x 4″ (4-1/2″ unfinished).

Materials and Cutting
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Orange (pumpkin)

1 square 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

Green (stem)

1 square 1″ x 1″

Cream (background)

1 rectangle 1″ x 3-1/2″
2 rectangles 1″ x 1-3/4″
4 squares 1″ x 1″
1 rectangle 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

 Sewing

Make the stem:

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Join these patches to make the stem.

Use Stitch-and-Flip to make the pumpkin: Put a 1″ background square on all 4 corners.

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Background squares go on all four corners.

Sew across diagonally. Trim off, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Open out and press.

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Stitch-and-Flip complete

Sew the stem and the pumpkin together.

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Sew the stem and the pumpkin together as shown.

Sew a 1″ strip to the top and a 1-1/2″ strip to the side as shown below.

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Sew a 1″ strip to the top of the block and a 1-1/2″ strip to the side as shown.

One Bitty Pumpkin complete!

You might like to try putting them on a dark background, as Doris did. These have the 1-1/2″ strip on the other side, but it doesn’t really matter.

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Try dark backgrounds for something different.

See how cute they are all lined up? Now you can see how that final strip creates space between the pumpkins.

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Bitty Pumpkins in a row.

Doris had some serious fun.

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Make yourself a whole pumpkin patch!

You can make the stems a little wider on some pumpkins. So very cute.

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