Friday, October 13, 2017

I Love Fall and a Pumpkin Quilt

It's no surprise that fall is my favorite season. I think this is true for most people. The milder temperatures and gorgeous color associated with the season are very comforting. But, fall eludes Southern Californians. By "milder temperatures" we mean it's not 100'F! We have to go north or east to really see fall color but we can pretend by surrounding ourselves with pumpkins, fall colors, seasonal foods like soup and stews and cozy quilts.

This pumpkin quilt pattern by Allison Harris is the perfect fall quilt. I purchased a fabric bundle kit from SewLux because I did not have enough orange fabrics in my stash. Chrissy did a great job coordinating the orange, brown and green fabrics. I also purchased the background from SewLux. 

For the quilting I resorted to my go to squiggles and swirls and threw in some seasonal words, leaves and pumpkins. I have gotten very comfortable with the quilting process but know that my skills can always improve. The best way to learn is just do it and embrace your mistakes.
I think this quilt represents my first successful all machine binding. It's not perfect but I am getting better at it. 

For the backing fabric I used a print from Cotton&Steel's Lil Monsters collection. I even incorporated a little strip of the selvage into the label.

For the photo shoot I wanted to go to a pumpkin patch but then I saw one of the local grocery stores had a big pumpkin display in the front of their store, so I took advantage of the free location and snapped away. This proved to be a good idea since I did not need to worry about people running through the background.

This quilt has already gotten a lot of cuddles and has a permanent (seasonal) place on the sofa. My friend, Pam, who is my daughter-in-law's mom, told my DIL to steal it when I wasn't looking :-))

My grandson in his pumpkin jammies was too tired to smile for the camera but this photo is adorable, none the less.

I had enough fabric remaining from the quilt to make three table runners, one for me and two to give as gifts to quilty friends. I just added a few more orange fabrics from stash and ended up with three table runners each measuring approximately 16"x58". For each table runner I used Essex yarn dyed linen in the Flax colorway. I used a different background on each one and quilted each one a little differently.

This last table runner is for me. I tried a double sided binding for the first time and I love it. It is a little more time consuming but I love the way it turned out. 

Quilt Stats:
Pattern-Pumpkins by Cluck Cluck Sew
Fabric-Assorted orange, green and brown fabrics purchased as a kit from SewLux
Background Fabric-Moda Crossweave in Graphite
Backing-Party in Grey Lil Monsters collection by Cotton and Steel
Binding-Green from the kit
Quilting-by me on my Bernina 820
Thread-Pieced with Aurifil 50wt. and quilted with Aurifil 50wt.


Unknown said...

The quilt is gorgeous, Di, and I love the table runner! Thanks so much!! ❤️❤️❤️

Debbie said...

Your pumpkin quilt turned out SO nice, Diane!! I love all those oranges!

Kay said...

Fabulous. I could easily snuggle in this. x

mascanlon said...

Think I will add this quilt to my retreat projects! It came out so well and I am impressed with your machine quilting skills. 👏

Robby said...

It's terrific, and you did a fab job on the writing. Embracing the hiccups as we learn is one of those things that stalls me out. Good reminder.