So why am I quilting pumpkins in June? Well, this block design has been going around in my head for weeks. I love the Fall colors and pumpkins. And since our guild bi-annual quilt show is this October, I thought a pumpkin quilt would be just the thing. So I thought I would start by making one block and see how it goes.
The pumpkin itself is pieced from strips to make it scrappy. I created the stem and the black “border” (really a block within a block) with improvisational piecing to give it a wonky look. I used machine applique (with a wide satin stitch) for the leaf and vine. I also had some fun with the machine quilting.
This small wall hanging will go in the silent auction at the show. I’m hoping to make the quilt about twin sized. I have a few other quilts I have designed (in my head) that I would like to make as well. I’m not a very fast piecer, so we’ll see what happens. I’ll post my progress and maybe that will keep me on track as the summer progresses.
So what I have been doing lately? Quilting for customers. This one is a sampler quilt by my good friend, Gale. The first pic is of the front of the quilt which is essentially a two color sampler. The other pics are of the back where the quilting really shows up. I love to quilt sampler quilts (where all the blocks are different). I get to come up with different designs for each block.
Today I’m spending time working on my own projects. Our guild has a quilt show coming up and I need to have my things finished by the end of August. I have several quilts I want to show. Unfortunately, most of them are still in my head. That’s because I’m still designing them! It would be much too easy to follow a purchased pattern. Will any of these (imaginary) quilts make it to the show? It’s too soon to tell.