I realized not too long ago that I didn’t have a Fall quilt – and clearly that is a situation that needed to be fixed! And when Lauren Nash released her newest quilt line – Calico Crow – I knew that it would be perfect!
The fabrics are perfect colors for Fall projects and they have the sweetest illustrations – little crows, pumpkins, leaves and flowers. I love it! There is even a print made up with little recipe cards from Lauren’s family recipes.
I used the simpler prints in this line for my this new quilt pattern – I thought a scrappy look for this strip quilt pattern would be really fun.
This was my first time taking a quilt onto a vacation as well! We found the perfect cornfield in Virginia to take some photos and right across the street was the sweetest church built in 1853. So of course, I had to take some photos there too!
This Strip Quilt is super simple to make – I think the longest part is cutting all the strips to the right lengths. After that – it’s just straight line sewing and so fun to put together. So let’s get started!
Colorful Strip Pumpkin Quilt with Free Pattern
Quilt Size 61″ x 68”
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- 1/2 yard – Brown Fabric for stem – Calico Brown
- 1/2 yard – Red for leaf – Plaid Red
- 4 yards Swiss Dots Orange on White – backing fabric
- 1 yard Riley Blake mini gingham in black for binding – cut on the bias
Cut your strips 2 1/2″ wide and to the lengths according to the numbers on the layout. In the orange prints, T is the Tracks print, P is the Pumpkin print, C is the Crow print, F is the Calico Floral Print. In the Cream prints, C is the Crow print, P is the Pumpkin print, F is the Plaid Floral print. For the crows print, cut them out with the selvedge instead of against it so that the crows will be the right side up.
Set up your work area – you might find it helps to lay out the rows in order according to the layout so you can just take each set and sew each row together quickly.
Use the layout as a guide for piecing. I found it easiest to start with the far left strip, sew the full length together, then go to the next strip. Once you have 5 or 6 strips, line up the strips and sew the rows together. Continue piecing each strip, then adding it to the overall quilt. Make sure to use the pattern guide to check how the strips should line up as you sew each row. Start lining up each strip along the bottom edge and let the top edge be a little off. You can trim it all at the end.
That’s really all there is to it! Sew each strip together, then sew it to the overall quilt!
I’ve built in a couple inches all the way around for the sides to give you some room for adjustments if you need them. I recommend leaving the top and bottom uneven and quilting the front, batting and back together, then trimming the ends straight. Your quilt might be a little bit off of the 61″ x 68″ – there can be slight differences in seam allowances and that sort of thing but as long as your ends are straight, it won’t really matter.
My quilt was quilted by Julie Williams Quilting – she used a really pretty leaf pattern on it and I love how it works with the fabrics.
For the binding, I used the Riley Blake basic gingham and cut it on the bias so the gingham would be diagonal. I love how it pulls out the black in the cute little crows!
I can’t wait to hear what you think!!