Pumpkin Spice Season

Monday, October 12, 2020

The leaves are beginning to change color here in Missouri, and that makes me want to sew autumn things! Do you remember this quilt? When the fabric designer, Nancy Archer, mailed me fabric for that quilt, she also sent a half-yard bundle of her Pumpkin Spice collection too!

Autumn star quilt with Pumpkin Spice fabrics

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Pumpkin Spice fabrics

The Pumpkin Spice collection is a mix of leaves, pumpkins, and pears, and all the prints have a nice medium tone to them. (Some prints can be found here.)

Pumpkin Spice fabrics

I found two fabrics in my stash that really coordinated well with the fabrics. One was a large yardage piece of Parchment by Island Batik, and the other was Kona Wine.

I didn't have much of the Wine fabric, so I headed to Pinterest to try and find a pattern that didn't require any background fabric, but still used an accent color. Which led me straight to the Starry Night pattern by SweetJane.

I cut the Pumpkin Spice yardage into squares and created a giant Sudoku puzzle on the floor in order to get a "random" arrangement of the fabrics.

Quilt sudoku

As soon as I was happy with the layout, I quickly stacked the squares into rows and used my numbered pins to keep them in order. With three boys running around the house, the floor is a safe spot for about negative 10 seconds!

Using numbered pins to organize chain piecing

I pieced the whole top in one evening - and matched my not-pumpkin-spice-flavored drink with the fabric too!

Sip and sew

The Parchment Island Batik fabric was *just* shy of being wide enough for the backing fabric, so I cut an extra piece from all the prints and pieced them into the one long row and added that into the back. (There is a picture a few photos down.)

1989 Gammill longarm

Then I loaded it onto my longarm with Warm & Natural batting (using Red Snappers).

Medium-sized meander

I already had Aurifil 50wt #2325 Linen on the longarm from the previous quilt, and it was the perfect light tan for this quilt too!

Trimming the quilt before binding

I free-motioned a medium-sized meander over the quilt top. It's the fastest thing I know how to quilt, and I really love how it looks.

Adding a satin label into the binding of a quilt

After trimming off the extra batting and backing fabric, I machine sewed on the binding. (Tutorial here.) I even remembered to add one of my new EverEmblem tags! (You can use the code SLICEOFPI at checkout on their website to get 10% off your order this month!) I'm so happy with these and have no idea why I waited so long to get them!

Satin quilt label on fall quilt

This view of the back shows off the pieced squares I added to widen the backing fabric.

Simple pieced quilt back

The quilt already has a great crinkle texture from the quilting, so I know a quick wash will really make this one a favorite this fall!

Pieced quilt back

Pieced quilt back

Autumn quilt made with Pumpkin Spice fabrics

Doesn't the quilt just beg for a warm cup of apple cider or wassail??

Autumn quilt made with Pumpkin Spice fabrics

Star quilt made for fall

The finished quilt measures 44" x 52", which is a great lap/throw quilt in our house!

Pumpkin quilt with stars

Fall quilt with stars

I haven't updated the quilt count on my website for awhile (adding that to the to-do list!), but this is my 16th quilt finish for 2020 and my 376th quilt finish since I made my first quilt in 2010!

Autumn quilt with stars

I'm excited to have a new quilt to use this fall as we make memories at pumpkin patches and go on hay rides with our boys!


  1. Love those Autumn colors, and those stars are just right, they really pop!!

  2. It does look like a wonderful Autumn quilt! Congrats on all of the finishes - #376!

  3. What a great idea! Thanks so much for the labels code, too, that helps.

  4. The accent stars are awesome. Well done.

  5. Perfect accent fabric for a gorgeous collection! Love the fall colors in the collection. Your quilt is sweet and simple but shows off the collection wonderfully. Thanks for sharing on the 300th Wednesday Wait Loss.


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