We are smitten with our newest pattern addition!
So happy to introduce you guys to our newest pattern… Pumpkins in a Row. The latest addition to our growing “charm pack” quilt projects [among others, they include Pumpkin Trio, Oh Christmas Tree, Daisies and Butterflies], Pumpkins in a Row is such a fun way to use a charm pack of our All Hallows Eve collection or any other favorite Halloween grouping that has a mix of oranges, greys and blacks.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED: With one charm pack you can make all of the pumpkins, the steams and the little scrappy cream border. You need to add some of our favorite ivory solid for the background [available in the shop anytime], an orange print for the inner border, a group of any of your favorite oranges for the prairie points and a cream print for the outer border. Substitutions can be made of course… depending on what you have. If you have good greys or blacks, you can use those for the inner border and/or prairie points. We are just suckers for orange… every single time :-)!
CONSTRUCTION: The construction is simple and totally straightforward using our favorite SEW AND FLIP method. If you are familiar with our patterns then you know exactly what I mean. Is fun and easy! For those of you who are new to Fig Tree Quilts patterns, it is a basic way to get fabulous shapes like pumpkins and stems without having to work with templates or bias… just squares!
QUILTING: I know for most of us, with a small project like this one, we want to tackle it ourselves instead of sending it out to be quilted. Me too! So although I always send my larger quilts to my favorite long arm quilters, a table runner like this is my perfect excuse to get in a little bit of quilting on my regular machine. My favorite method and stitch? Large zigzags in straight lines. I turn my zigzag to the largest, longest and widest setting I can and I start sewing lines. That’s it folks! I set the lines about 1/2″ to 5/8″ apart and follow the line before it for my guide. The stitches don’t have to be even or lined up or perfect in any way. When you are done, they mimic hand stitching and its fabulous! I have done lots of pillows and runners like this and love every single one of them!
PRAIRIE POINTS: For a bit more in depth explanation, tune in with me tomorrow for a video tutorial on how to do Prairie Points but for those of you who have done them and just want a few pointers, here are mine:
BINDING: Bind the remaining 2 L/R sides like regular binding. You will have to tuck the ends under and bind the corners closed. This might be the trickiest part… not because it is complicated in any way, but because you have a lot of bulk to tuck in there. Personally, I usually trim out some of the excess fabric of my binding to make the end less bulky…literally just cut out a little piece of the backside of the binding, then I maneuver it with my fingers, flattening it out as best I can and stitch down with a few more stitches than I would normally use on regular binding.
That’s it, voila! Enjoy!
Finished Size: 16 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ plus prairie points.
Originally introduced last week as a part of our LITTLE BOX OF FIGS subscription box. It is now available for everyone. If you are a store and would like to order, please contact us via email. If you are a retail customer, the pattern is available in both paper and PDF format in our shop anytime. Thanks so much!