With September well underway and the weather turning chilly, I’ve got pumpkins swimming in my brain like apples bobbing in a barrel. Pumpkins seem to be the universal symbol of fall. In September, Starbucks rolls out its famed Pumpkin Spice Lattes (I had my first one yesterday!), and pumpkins appear on the glossy pages of every cooking and decorating magazine. Pumpkin patches, petting zoos, and local farms are filled with rows of the large orange gourds, sorted by size and shape; even grocery stores and hardware stores are sure to have outdoor pumpkin displays in just another week or two. The week before Halloween, pumpkins will be carved and set out on porches filled with cloves and votive candles, and their roasted seeds will be enjoyed almost as much as packaged candy. By Thanksgiving, pumpkins will be baked into delicious breads and pies in their last appearance of the season.
As I decide what to quilt for the fall season, it occurs to me that pumpkins are the perfect motif throughout autumn. Their cheerful orange color and simple round shape make them a good fit for quick and easy quilts, and they can easily be adapted for Halloween or Thanksgiving decorations. Jack-o-lantern faces are easy to applique onto finished pumpkins, and quilting lines mimic the natural ribbing on the gourds.
It turns out that quite a few other quilters agree with me! I found plenty of pumpkin quilt patterns and pumpkin applique patterns on other quilting blogs, so I put together this collection of 12 Pumpkin Patterns: Free Tutorials for Fall Quilts to showcase all the awesome pumpkin quilt patterns out in the blogosphere. In this collection you will find every pumpkin pattern you need for all of your fall quilting projects.
To design your own quilt, choose one of our pumpkin quilt block patterns and make several for an easy patchwork quilt. Leave the pumpkins plain for Thanksgiving or autumn decorations, or add jack-o-lantern appliques and black sashing for a Halloween quilt. Of course, you don’t have to use these blocks just to make decorative quilts. Use any of our pumpkin blocks or pumpkin applique patterns to make quilted trick-or-treat bags, door hangers, table runners, and more. One of the most unique pattern in this collection is a quilted dog coat embellished with applique pumpkins!
If you’d rather skip designing and jump right into making a quilt pattern, you’ll love the spooky applique quilt, the happy jack-o-lantern quilt, and the jack’s lantern patchwork quilt. Making these jack-o-lantern quilts will be just like carving pumpkins, but without all the mess! The best part about quilted jack-o-lanterns is that they can be used year after year. Soon you will have an entire collection of jack-o-lantern quilts to decorate the house for Halloween!
Once the fun of Halloween has passed, check out some of our harvest pumpkin patterns for more subdued Thanksgiving decorations. My favorite is this autumn wall hanging, which perfectly captures the feel of fall with its pumpkin, leaf, and acorn appliques.
What are your favorite fall quilt patterns? Have you made a pumpkin quilt pattern? Show it to us!