Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Glorious Autumn Spinning Pumpkins Block


Hooray – this is the week that I finally get to share my Glorious Autumn block with you.  Becky at Patchwork Posse and Eleanor of Quilt in a Day have blazed the trail this week over at the Quilting Gallery so make sure you pay them a visit.  Find out what makes the Patchsmith’s tick whilst you are there by reading my profile and make sure you check out the Quilter’s Super deal – there is a different one for each block release. 

But today is my turn and I would like to introduce you to the Spinning Pumpkin Block.  
The Spinning Pumpkin Block fulfils my three requirements for this block – it is functional, it is quick and easy to put together and it is suitable for beginners and experienced quilters alike.  Also the pumpkins spin around the block so it can be viewed from any angle – isn’t that versatile?

I have included a PDF download of the block construction and also included with it a free Patchsmith pattern to turn three of these blocks into a lovely, colourful table runner.  Feel free to download this pattern for personal use only.  However, this pattern is not to be distributed or sold, neither can items made from it be sold without the Patchsmith’s permission.  Don’t forget to add your photos to the Glorious Autumn Flickr group when made so we can all get a good look at them - we are a nosey lot here at Patchsmith Palace! 
If time doesn’t allow for you to make the table runner just now then why not make the Pumpkin Patch mug rug from my Craftsy store.  This super little mug rug takes just a couple of hours to put together and there is plenty of room on it for a cup-of-tea and a pumpkin muffin.  In fact, if you batch make it (a bit like pumpkin muffins) then you should be able to make one for you and one to give away in a single afternoon.  (Pop over to Simone de Klerk's website and see how she has turned this little mug rug into a glorious runner.)
Alternatively the Autumn Pumpkin wall banner measures just 18½” x 12½” so there is room in every home for this seasonal hanging.  The central panel of this little quiltie is made up of three sections using both patchwork and appliqué and it uses the ‘long triangle’ patched unit and quick strip borders.     As all Patchsmith patterns are only $1.99 (approx £1.30 in GBP) you could make both the wall quilt and the mug rug for a truly cosy look this autumn.

GLORIOUS AUTUMN GIVE-AWAY
What is more, up until midnight on 14 October 2012, I will be giving away one pattern free with every 25th pattern purchased from my shop.  To qualify just leave a comment in the Paypal message box when purchasing, stating which pattern you would like to receive free if you are one of the lucky ones.  Winners will receive their free pattern within 24 hours of purchase.

GLORIOUS AUTUMN COMPETITION
I have a goodie pack to give away which includes autumn notions and four seasonal fat quarters donated by my local fabric store, The Eternal Maker in Chichester, UK.  The store was set up five years ago by mother and daughter and is a treasure trove of fabrics, buttons and trimmings.  If you are in Southern England pop in and take a look.  Anyway, I digress (as usual!) as the competition concerns the spider on the Autumn Pumpkin wall quilt.
I have always been afraid of spiders and October is known in our area as Spider Month.  You may have noticed their webs, newly spun, when you inadvertently walk into one as you go out in the morning.  When I was little and my Grandpa would take me for an early morning walk, he would tell me that when I saw a spider I should name it; this would make them less scary.  And it does, to a degree.  It also makes it much harder to hit them with an encyclopedia just to make sure that small, itsy-bitsy little spider (who is now called Doris) doesn’t come after me!!

Well, the spider on the Autumn Pumpkin wall quilt (and his doppelganger on the mug rug above) is one spider that will not come after you.  He will just sit and smile at you from his hanging place on your hall wall.   However, my Grandpa would not be pleased because I have yet to name this happy little chap.   Any suggestions?    Leave a comment below and I will pick one lucky winner on 14 October 2012 who will receive the fabric and notions pack together with the little spider mug rug above (make sure you can be contacted by email).

However, you should note that this spider can’t be called Doris, because she is lying under the encyclopedia Britannica on my lounge carpet!

52 comments:

  1. What a beautiful block! Thank you so much for sharing. It will make a great table topper. Love how you turned the pumpkins.
    What a great story about your grandpa. I think you should call your kind spider after him.

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  2. Love your pumpkins! Thanks for the pattern!
    How about calling your spider Boris??

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  3. Wow, what an awesome free pattern! And I like that it is a PDF file, with such clear instructions!! It makes such a pretty fall pumpkin wall hanging!

    I had to look up one of your words...doppelganger!! I am learning some good English words from you!

    I will be looking at your directions tomorrow to see exactly what the ‘long triangle’ patched unit is... that has me curious. :)

    Susie

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  4. Charlotte is a great name for a spider - she was a lovely one!

    Your mug rug is beautiful, as is your pumpkin block. YAY for fall - my favourite season!

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  5. totally love the spinning pumpkin block. Thanks for sharing. Your mug rugs are adorable. You spider looks like a happy fellow, so how about happy jack?

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  6. Love your pumpkins! Absolutely perfect for autumn!!! Morris, yes, your spider looks like a Morris to me! Thanks for the opportunity to win your lovely giveaway!

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  7. I never kill spiders! We have loads in our house as it's 130 years old, I either put them outside gently, or leave them there! I'd call your spider Heinrich.

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    1. In reality neither do I Wendy. We actually have two protected species here in England. I have a spider catcher which enables me to catch them and pop them outside.
      So just to reassure everybody ........ NO SPIDERS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS BLOG.

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    2. But you would know about spiders in England - coming from up north!

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    3. What does a spider catcher look like?

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  8. How about Miss Muffett after the nursery poem.
    paweis at yahoo dot com

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  9. Your block is lovely, I look forward to making it.
    Your spider looks a very happy spider, I would name her Gloria....:)

    We had a spider who lived in our hallway for a long time, our grandchildren love him and called him Redips, Spider...spelt backwards.
    Isabell
    ColourinStitch.

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  10. Your block is darling -- thank you for generously sharing your pattern and instructions!! Pumpkins are a definite fall favorite of mine! Spiders? Not so much. After a bite from a brown recluse landed me in the hospital for a week and left me with a not-so-pretty souvenir on my leg, I'm more than a little fearful of them! Luckily I do know the difference between harmful spiders and good/helpful spiders! :)

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    1. Ah but this little eight-legged friend wouldn't bite anybody so you will be quite safe here.

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  11. I just love your Autumn block. Very cute and you are so talented. I am just a little afraid of spiders but my black cat will just love this mug rug. I think these mug rugs are just perfect. Thank you for the chance to win your goodie pack. Just in time for fall quilting. Good choice to make someone happy.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  12. Great block! Thanks. When I was in my 20s over 40 years ago spiders were a problem for me as well. I was really sick with the flu, home alone and was sure the jumping black spider with a white spot on his back was trying to kill me. My neighbor wasn't home to come and kill him for me, so I vacuumed him up and through the vacuum out on the porch. I can kill them now....grin.

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    1. That spider sounds scarey - you did the right thing. If it was me I would've had to buy a new hoover though just in case the spider came back to get revenge!!

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  13. thanks for the wonderful giveaway

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  14. He looks like a Bill! :D I'm not too fond of spiders but this one is kinda cute!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)
    cassandra.land [at] gmail.com

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  15. Sweet pumpkins and your spider. Makes for a great mini quilt. Thank you for sharing..Judith, Texas

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  16. Thanks for the spinning pumpkin pattern. Your spider is either very big or the pumpkins are rather small. I would call him Icky. Fabric spiders are fine but the real ones creep me out.

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  17. I love all your pumpkins. Your block is lovely. Thank you for sharing it with us. That little spider looks like a Fred to me!

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  18. Thanks for the adorable pumpkin block pattern. I will definately be giving this a go. I found your pumpkin mug rug pattern so easy to follow and was really pleased how it turned out. I think "Arry Achnid" is a good name for this smiley spider.
    thanks for the patterns.
    Flossy7@ntlworld.com

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  19. Your patterns are adorable and the spiders are cute even though I think real ones are a little creepy. I know what you mean about walking into a spiderweb in the morning it really creeps me out. I think you should name the spider Shelob.

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  20. Your Autumn Pumpkin wallhanging is adorable. I think you should name the spider Hairy (Henry if you want to be formal.

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  21. I think your spider shoud be called Horace

    h.flopsy23@ntlworld.com

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  22. Love the spider!!!! And of course your block:)
    I would name her Inky because she's black:)

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  23. How cute is that spider!!! I'd call it Spinnaker Spider if it were mine. Don't know why that name popped into my head, but there it is. You need to find the cupcake holders from JoAnn's Fabrics to go with your mug rug. One of my ladies made the cutest pincushion using one of those cupcake holders. They have a round center where the cupcake (or pincushion) sits and eight legs to raise it off the table. They're too cute to be scary.

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  24. Me and spiders don't get on but I think your spider looks like a Bertie to me :-)

    Great block - love your designs.

    chokkaholic@hotmail.com

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    1. Oops wrong email address best change it - you never know I might win (fingers crossed)

      email should be - chokkaholic@hotmail.co.uk

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  25. Hi Amanda,
    Just finished making your block.......it was a joy to make and will be added to the lap quilt I am making for my granddaughters.
    On flickr - ColourinStitch.
    It's raining here on the South Coast.....

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    1. Your blocks looks spectacular. I love it. I too am on the South Coast amidst the rain.

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  26. Your blocks and runners are so fun! I love the pumpkin mug rug probably most of all. The giveaway items and fabric are gorgeous. Thank you for participating in the blog tour. I'm off to make some pumpkins :-)

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  27. What a great designer you are and thank you for creating a lovely block. I am excited to try this and would love your gorgeous selection for the giveaway!
    Kathy
    case2437@aol.com

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  28. Love the pumpkins! They would brighten any fall table or wall or make several and have a pumpkin patch on the back of the sofa!
    Oh, the spider.... terrible fear but I would definitely not smash this cutie. For some reason the name "Harry" came to mind. Most spiders in the deserts of AZ tend to be a little on the furry side.
    Keep 'em coming.... Now off to 'follow' your blog :-)

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  29. Your blocks and runners are just wonderful.Thanks for the cute pumpkind pattern.What about spy me!

    Have a fun weekeknd!

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  30. I would name the spider "Dingle" because she is dingle dangling right in front of us. Thanks for a nice showing and the giveaway.

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  31. La verdad es que no me gustan mucho las arañas, pero esta es muy alegre y me daría gusto tenerla en mi pared junto a las calabazas para no perderla de vista!!!

    Mi correo es maropatch@gmail.com

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  32. Thank you for the lovely pumpkin block.....it is fabulous!!! I love the table runner too and have some fabric in my stash in mind for it. Your spider is the best kind of spiders!! :) Thanks for the chance to win that gorgeous bundle :) Hugs Vicki x

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  33. Thanks for the pumpkin block. It is getting me in the autumn mood. I love your spider mug rug too. I think he looks like a Harry, Happy Harry the spider.

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  34. Love your pumpkins! Thanks for the opportunity to win a giveaway.. dollsem1@frontier.com

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  35. Oh, I love, love, your pumpkin banner and the little Spider Mug Rug is adorable! I wouldn't mind putting my cup of tea on it because it would bring me so much joy just looking at it everyday!
    Hope I am lucky!
    Hugs and thanks for having this Give-Away!

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  36. Love your pumpkin patterns. Fall is such a magical season and the colors you used in your work capture the joy of the season.

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  37. Cute mug rug. I detest most spiders, but this one is cute. I would call him Bobby.

    senstrings at yahoo dot com

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  38. Cute spider! His mouth looks like the moon so I would call him Moony.

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  39. Oh My! I love this blog! The ideas you just gave me! I have 4 grandsons. I think I am going to make them trick or treat bags for Halloween and applique spiders and pumpkins on them! Thank you!!!

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    1. OOPS I'm too excited with your designs - I forgot to offer a name for your friendly spider. It looks like a He to me and George comes to mind - Happy George? I like it!

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  40. I am terrified of spiders too and actually in our house they are not even known by their full name but go by the abbreviation 'sp', even the word sounds scarey to me! You are so lucky to have a local fabric shop too, I have to drive a coiupl eof hours to get to anything at all. I am not sure what to call your 'sp 'how about Sputnick the spider.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  41. This is definitely not a scary spider, he/she needs a cheerful name. I suggest Jenny Spinny.

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  42. How about Silks for a name and what super creative patterns (the best yet) but don't tell anyone I said so OK.

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