Pumpkin Ball Quilt Block Tutorial–52 Twisted Traditional Blocks Quilt Along

mercedi broke arm

So for future reference – I do a lot better when I make my blocks ahead of time and get everything ready before the day before I have to post.  Because sometimes life happens.  And sometimes you get a call from the school that says your daughter got stuck on some school equipment and hung from her arm for awhile before freeing herself and that I should probably come get her to bring her to the doctor. 

At this point – it looks like she has some small buckle fractures on her forearm bones.  We’ll find out more once the radiologist has a chance to look at the x-rays. 

Once she was settled into bed and sleeping for the night I did manage to make this weeks block though – so without further adieu … I give you the Pumpkin Ball Block!  (I felt like it was fitting with Thanksgiving and pumpkin pies just around the corner …)

Pumpkin Ball Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 10” x 10”

A traditional snowball block with a border/sashing is easily twisted into a lovely pumpkin!

Cutting Instructions

Pumpkin (orange)


3 – 2.5” x 6.5” strips

Grass (greens)


1 – 2.5” x 10.5”
2 – 3.5” x 2.5”
2 – 2” x 2”

Sky (blue)


2 - 2.5” x 4.5”
2 – 2.5” x 3.5”
1 – 2.5” x 1.0”
2 – 2.0” x 2.0”

Stem (brown)


1 – 2.5” x 2.0”



Start by sewing your three 2.5” x 6.5” orange strips together.


Turn your strips so they are in they are vertical.


On the wrong side of the 2” squares draw a diagonal line.


Place the two sky squares in the upper half and the two grass squares in the lower half.

Stitch along the lines you drew.


Trim the excess corners off and press to the sky and grass squares.


The snowball portion of the block is complete. Now we’re going to sash it. Sew your two sets of 2.5” x 3.5” sky and grass rectangles together.


Sew them on either side of the ‘Pumpkin’ ball.


Next – sew the 1.5” x 2.5” sky to the stem fabric. Press towards the stem. Sew the two 2.5” x 4.5” sky fabrics to either side of the stem.


Sew the 2.5” x 10.5” grass strip to the bottom of the block. Press towards the grass fabric. Finally – sew the sky/stem strip to the top of the block and press towards the strip.


And with that…your ‘Pumpkin Ball’ block is finished!


Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (12/19/14), the PDF will be $1.


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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along

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Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

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