It was inspired by a panel purchased at Material Mart here in Midland. I knew I wanted to use it for some blocks in my own design, and began by paper piecing 3 pumpkins from a Leisure Arts book, “100 Paper Pieced Quilt Blocks”. This book was published in 2009, so may be hard to find, but I especially like it because it includes a CD of the patterns so that they can be printed any size. I keep a shelf of quilting books that include a wide variety of techniques, both as inspiration and for occasions such as this.
For me, paper piecing always includes a bit of quiet cussing and some seam ripping, but then it turns out looking just like it’s supposed to! Very rewarding.
Anyway, once the pumpkins were done I mixed in some blocks taken from the panel and added borders using both panel and some other fabric I thought worked well, and here it is!