Block of the Month

September Block of the Month

Hi fellow quilters,

Welcome to our September Block of the Month!  We’ve started a Face Book group for everyone who would like to share a picture of the project that you’ve made with your blocks, or to see the pictures from other quilters.  We’d love to have you join our Facebook group,  2018 BOM  and post your BOM photos.

When I was a kid on the farm in Montana, September was harvest time!  The mornings were always a bit cooler than summer time, with a chance of light frost as the days grew shorter.  The produce in the garden was in danger if we didn’t bring it in before the first hard freeze.  So we’d pick corn to freeze, apples to store in the root cellar, and we’d dig up the potatotes too.  We usually had a really nice pumpkin patch, filled with pumpkins for making jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin pies.  Our Mom makes the world’s best pumpkin pie! 

As I was thinking about pumpkins, this poem came to mind.  It reminds me of harvest time on the farm!

When the Frost is on the Punkin

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock,
And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens,
And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best,
With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.
– James Whitcomb Riley

Now, back to our topic!  This month’s block is foundation pieced pumpkin block, with cute appliqued leaves and embroidered tendrils!

10 Pumpkin compressed

The pumpkin block is very easy to make, and would be suitable even if you’re new to foundation paper piecing.  I used two different orange prints for my pumpkin, but you could choose up to seven fabrics for a very scrappy pumpkin block.  My block background is a low-constrast tan printed with little tan leaves and vines.  The appliqued leaves are optional, but I like the addition of some green to the block.

The pattern is available to purchase in Ms P’s Pattern Shop!


Here’s the miniature quilt that I made using the “Pumpkin” block:

10 October Pumpkin compressed

I surrounded the center block with a plain border in the same fabric that I used for the block’s background.  The border is enhanced by an appliqued vine and more pumpkin leaves.  I quilted my miniature quilt with diagonal lines, and then made the binding with a tan and black check fabric.  It is going to be SO cute with the rest of my autumn decorations this year!

The pattern is available for purchase from Ms P’s Pattern Shop!


Thank you for stopping by for a  visit today!  I hope that you’ll enjoy making your “Pumpkin” foundation paper pieced block.  If you’d like to share a picture or see the pictures of projects from other quilters, please join our Facebook group,  2018 BOM  and post your quilt photo.

We love to read your comments!  Have you tried out any of the BOM patterns yet?  

Until next month- Happy quilting,



5 thoughts on “September Block of the Month

  1. I have always liked that poem, thanks for the reminder of it. It does bring back some childhood times, even though we weren’t farmers. Montana is a lovely place to live, both sides of it. =) Thank you for the BOM pattern. I’m saving them until November when I will be ready to start something new. =)


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