It was REALLY hard not to purchase fabric for this project.
I LOVE the colors of Fall.
I just want to bond with all the oranges, deep reds, eggplant purples and pine greens and have them come home to live with me.
In the end, I took a deep breath and stepped away from the fabric.
Not literally stepping away, since I was shopping online... but you get the idea.
I'm getting better at walking away from fabric as I get more practice at it.
It's definitely a learned skill. And I'm not at all perfect at it.
I may still go buy that Autumn Blenders Jelly Roll. (Then next year can I say I got it from my stash....Hmmm...)?Shop your stash
I'm very happy with the assortment of fabrics I was able to find in my sewing room.
I'll bet you can do it too. Any fabric with an Autumn theme or hue will do.
Look at the changing leaves in your area. Those are the colors you are looking for.
Then you can add some dark purple and maybe blue or pink and at least one more orange than you think you'll need.
If you haven't figured it out yet... I love orange.
Especially that dark pumpkin orange that pops up in the Fall.
All the quilts I made the first year I was quilting were heavy on orange.
I finally had to make a conscious effort not to put orange in a couple of quilts.
It was hard at first.
But, just like learning to shop from my stash, I was finally able to do it.
But not this month! This fall I'm bathing in orange fabric because I can!
... and because we are making pumpkins.
Meet Timid Tom
Poor Mr. Turkey is hiding in plain sight, trying to avoid an invitation to the Thanksgiving feast.
If we're being honest here, I've tried to avoid that invitation a few times myself.
This cheeky project has been a long time coming.
I started writing the pattern last year but never actually put thread to fabric.
The wall hanging is traditionally pieced, has some strip piecing, and also includes some machine applique.
The project will take some time but it's cute enough to be worth it, absolutely!
And if you just want to make the pumpkins without the turkey, that's ok too.
Here's the itinerary...
Today we'll play with 2-1/2" squares, next time we'll build a fence.
After that we'll finish up the fun parts. Not that today won't be fun...
Let's just move on.Supply list for Timid Tom Turkey
For today you'll need:
Standard sewing supplies: Sewing machine, thread, rotary cutter, mat, ruler, etc.
I STRONGLY encourage you to get a Guide Foot if you haven't already.
Fabric: Use what fabrics you like for an autumn theme. You'll need 5 (five), 2-1/2" x WOF strips in Autumn leaves colors. Fat 8ths are fine too.
1 yard light background print or solid. (this is enough for the whole project.)
In future you'll also need:
Fence Fabric: Whether you want to make a white picket fence or brown rail fence, you'll need fabric for it. About a linear 1/4 yard (9 inches x WOF)
1 linear yard for frame and binding. I'm using a stripe I've horded for just the right project.
Dresden Plate template/ruler. Any size 22.5 degrees or narrower will do. It depends on how many feathers you want. The link is to the 18 degree ruler I used.
1/2 yard Fusible fleece or fusible batting
Spray baste or double sided fusible interfacing
Thread for machine applique
Fabric to make feathers
Yellow scraps for feet. A 5" square should be plenty
Green or brown scraps for pumpkin stems, about 5" squares
Fat quarters to make pumpkins.
We'll need 5 assorted 2-1/2"x WOF strips in Autumn leaves colors.
As you can see, small prints and blenders are better than large, busy ones.From each strip cut: 1 (one), 2-1/2" x 4" rectangle, and 11 (eleven) 2-1/2" squares.
Cut 4 (four), 2-1/2" x WOF strips from the background fabric. Subcut 50 (fifty) 2-1/2" squares.
For each leaf you'll need 7 squares of color, the 4" rectangle and 6 squares of background.
Make the stem blocks
Starch each rectangle lightly a couple of times. Press with a "down-up" motion. Don't slide the iron on the fabric. That may distort the threads.
From each starched rectangle subcut 1 (one) 3/4" x 4" strip.
Fold 1/3 of the strip over lengthwise and press well. Another spritz of starch is a good idea also. You really want this crisp. See the photo.
On the FRONT of one of the background squares, draw a line diagonally from corner to corner.
Align the raw edges of the pressed strip along the drawn line. If you have applique glue or fabric glue stick, use it to keep that strip lined up straight. You don't want it to shift when you sew.
Using a guide foot, sew the strip to the background about 1/8" from the raw edge. Sewing should run along, but not on, the folded raw edge.
If you've sewn this in the right place, you'll be able to push the stem over the seam, folding only one layer of fabric. Both raw edges will be hidden "inside" the stem.
Finger press the folded edge of the stem over the sew line and press flat. Be gentle. You want to FOLD the fabric over, not stretch or push it. Again a little glue to hold it in place is useful.
Press before topstitching for maximum flatness.
Using a guide foot and matching thread, topstitch very close to the folded edge of the stem.
Press the stem block flat. The stem should lay flat on the background when finished, not rounded or lumpy.
Don't trim the stem ends unless they are obnoxiously long.
Make the HSTs
Pair 1 background square with 1 colored square, right sides together.
Draw a line diagonally, corner to corner on the back of the background square.
Sew ALONG that drawn line.
Trim to 1/4" seam allowance along one side of the line.
Press the HST to the dark side.
Repeat to make 4 HST's of each color.
Assemble the leaves
Sort your fabrics by colors.
For each leaf you'll need:
1 stem unit
4 HST units
3 colored squares
1 background square
Set the remaining squares aside.
Arrange the units as shown in the photo.
Sew the leaves together as you would any 9-patch, nesting seams as you like.
Press the seams so the stem remains straight.
Make 5 leaves.
Sew them together in a row as shown above.
Stagger the direction so they appear to "tumble."
The leaves unit will measure 6-1/2" tall x 30-1/2" wide.
Set the Tumbling Leaves section aside.
Make the checkerboard
For the checkerboard you'll need 20 colored, and 20 background, 2-1/2" squares. If you don't have enough squares left over from the leaves, cut some from the fabric you intend to use for pumpkins.
Sew a background square to each of the colored squares. Make 20 (twenty) 2-patches.
Arrange them as shown above in a checkerboard pattern.
First sew them by 2s into 4-patches. Furl the seams as shown.
Sew the 4-patches together, nesting seams. Press to the side as you choose.
Your checker board will be 4-1/2" tall x 30-1/2" wide.
Awesome work! And fun too. I love cute, fast units. Set these aside for now.
Next time we'll finish the background. It's SO cute. You're going to love it!
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