The next step on our quilt along adventure is fairly straightforward…. divide your pumpkin seeds into grouping of 4 that you like and add them to the background 4-patches as shown. Remember that the ends don't matter so don't worry about them.
I recommend laying all of your groupings of 4 so that you don't end up with a block of all one color! Once you have made all the groupings of 4 and you like all the combos, simply machine stitch those pumpkin seeds down.
Creating your final layout [in terms of pumpkin seed blocks] at this time is also a good idea. That way you can balance out your stronger colors like the caramel and the red, though out the entire patchwork to make sure that you don't end up with a bunch of blocks that are all stronger in one corner of the quilt.
We used our matching AURIFIL thread collections [we have big ones and small ones available in the shop always] and simply topstitched app. 1/8" away from the edge on each pumpkin seed. You could also just use a neutral piecing thread for all of the top stitching if you prefer. We did not worry about the ends at all.Happy Sherbeting!
The only one place where you might want to pay a little bit of attention to those ends is on the seeds whose outer edges hit the outer sides of your quilt layout [the 10 on each side and the 8 on the top and bottom].
Personally I am not worrying about those too much because in order to avoid that particular problem we are going to be adding the final border on with a very "generous" 1/4" seam allowance in order to get rid of any unsightly corners/ends. That is the beauty of this project. Looks complicated but isn't!
However, if that solution will bother you, then choose your best pumpkin seeds tips for the outer sides of the blocks that will go around your perimeter.
Also to get ready for the next step, cut (48) 2" black squares.
Do not sew any more of the blocks together at this point!