Meet Dottie, Lottie, Slim and Squatty, the hexagon pumpkins who started my designing journey. Right after kiddo #4 was born, I remember sitting with her sleeping in my arms. I was thinking of quilt ideas. I had been working on a hexagonal table runner, and was about to start on a machine applique pumpkin for my mom’s birthday. Wishing I could figure out a way to hand stitch it, I suddenly wondered if I could English paper piece it with hexagons. The rest, as they say, is history. I can’t help smiling when I look at these little guys.
This pattern has several variations. It looks cute as well without faces on the pumpkins, or you can use the instructions for Squatty to make an apple coaster. Are you thinking teacher gifts yet? I know I am!
As always, this pattern includes comprehensive diagrams and directions, so even if you’ve never English paper pieced before, you’ll be sewing along in no time. This pattern includes template pages for the various shapes for you to copy and cut out, or you can buy 1″ hexagons and half hexagons from Paper Pieces.
You can ask at your favorite local quilt store for Pumpkin Patches (available from The Pattern Peddlers, TCQ 194).