January 20, 2019

Pumpkins Quilt

Orange Patchwork pumpkins quilt.

Pumpkins in January?  This quilt has been in the making for a while.  Way back in September I wanted to make a Halloween quilt, but could never come up with a design idea that I liked.  Then finally in October I saw  the pumpkins quilt over at Cluck Cluck Sew, and around the same time I was making blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage book by Lori Holt which includes a patchwork pumpkin block.  So I shifted gears to a "Fall" theme rather than Halloween. This idea was perfect because I really want to use  my scraps and this definitely made a dent in the orange bin!

Cluck Cluck Sew has a pattern for a pumpkins quilt (as well as others - all of them quite nice!) but I like to go my own way so I just started sewing. Since I was using lots of small scraps, I wanted to use what I had regardless of size so a pattern wouldn't work too well for me anyway. But I don't usually use patterns, preferring to fly by the seat of my pants and make it up as I go along! This method can create problems at times, but those are just more challenges to figure out a creative solution for.  :)

Some of my pumpkins are made from small squares, some from strips, but many are made from odd shaped pieces that I sewed together in an improv slab style of piecing. Wonky, improv, freestyle is kind of may favorite way to piece a quilt.

This small quilt measures about 36 by 48 inches, so I had it hanging on the wall in my studio for a while, but it should be nice draped over the gray chair in our livingroom in the fall. I opted for a light gray background rather than my usual white. It's quilted with simple, horiontal, organic wavy lines using my walking foot. I was going to use an orange print for the binding, but my husband thought a green print would look nice, and I think he was right. It picks up the green from the stems.

Hope these pumpkins in January brighten up your winter day! 
Thanks for stopping by.



  1. A lovely visit to Sugarplum Patchwork. Beautiful creations!

  2. The quilt is beautiful! As someone who celebrates Autumn/Halloween/Christmas all year, this is such a treat to see on this very cold wintery day! Love your glitter houses too!


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