Stitch a Strippy Pumpkin Quilt Block for Fall

I found this cute pumpkin quilt block ( and thought it would be a nice project for “getting ready for autum”.  The block, in its original format would finish at an 8″ square but I wanted it to be at least a 12″ block, so I could make it into a wall hanging.  So how to enlarge the project and keep things in proportion?  After doing considerable research online (which gave me a headache and was so confusing) and asking others how they enlarge blocks (another headache and very confusing), I was lucky enough to have a friend share with me an invaluable resource.  It’s called a proportion calculator and here is the link:  All you have to do is fill in the original dimensions (width and height) and either the reproduction width, reproduction height, or desired percentage.  Click Calculate to receive the final dimensions or percentage.  I knew I wanted my strips to be 2 1/2″ wide, so for each piece of the block, I used the calculator to make the necessary adjustments.  I did not have to adjust my background squares (they remained 2 1/2″) but all other pieces were resized.   There is value, for me, in doing little projects like this.  I learn something new, I continue to hone my skills, but most of all, I enjoy the challenge of creating something I can share with friends and family.  So I am now working on two more of these cuties!