Friday, October 14, 2011

Seasonal quilt and sort of a challenge

It all started when a friend had a pattern for a pumpkin wall hanging. I asked to borrow it because I liked it and thought it would be nice on my wall (I don't make many big quilts in case you didn't know that by now.) Anyway, I remember that orange wasn't such a popular colour then (this was in the early 1990s) but as I look at this little quilt I see that I came up with two shades of orange. The label on this one says that I called it Pumpkins (yeah, I know, really original) and that it was completed in 1994.

The fabrics are all cotton polyester because I love working in solids (those little calico prints were/are not for me and that's basically all that was available for a long time for quilters.)

As you can see, there are two shades of orange. I must have been in a hurry to get this done because it is machine appliqued and I know that all the pieces are backed with interfacing because they are stiff. I should have sewn the inside of the pumpkins with darker thread since it doesn't show up at all.

I even sewed the pumpkin vines with the sewing machine. I was inventive (pat on the back.) You can see that I did hand quilt it - because that is what I do. The measurements are 17 1/2 x 23 inches. (click on any of the photos to see a closer view)

The quilt will go up on the wall somewhere. It has been sitting in the cupboard long enough (notice the fold lines?) Thanks to Mary of Outside the Line who kick-started my brain by reminding me of this little gem with her UFO pumpkin/jack-o-lantern quilt post and for emailing me to tell me to blog about it. My thanks also to Carole, the guild member who loaned me the pattern (sorry but I do not know from who or where it originated.)

Sort of a challenge...
And so, are there any other pumpkin/jack-o-lantern quilts out there that you would like to post about so we can all see what goodies are out there? Just leave a comment and a link to your post or photo.


  1. Your post made me think.."Why haven't I ever made a project with pumpkins?" I love pumpkins. So I guess I better add pumpkins to my list!!

  2. Dolores, you've been holding out on us, lol! I love your pumpkins!!! I'm not fond of the little calico prints either....although I'll use them in a pinch. I think I got rid of all mine. This is so darling, and your hand quilting is divine!

  3. I don't have any pumpkin quilts in my history, but I certainly enjoy looking at those of others.

  4. Pumpkins don't belong to our autumn so I have never made a pumpkin quilt, just one block in a country calender quilt. Your pumpkins look very nice but you are right, the stitching lines don't show very well.


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