Saturday, June 28, 2014

If Pumpkins Grew on Trees

I spent this week in my sewing corner with a quilt project I had started quite some time ago. The joy of picking up this UFO is that some of the cutting was already done. A few more sessions and I had produced a pumpkin patch quilt top which I am calling, "If Pumpkins Grew on Trees".


As with many of my quilt projects, I spent some time drawing diagonal lines on my little squares and I quickly progressed to chain sewing.


Once I had my 25 pumpkins, I sorted them into pumpkin piles. 


Then it was a matter of sewing on the leaves.


Did you notice the pattern I used? It is called "Fresh Squeezed" and was designed by Amber and on sale through her blog at A Little Bit Biased


I couldn't resist turning these lemons into pumpkins and decided to keep the leaves rather than change the design into stems. Hence the name, "If Pumpkins Grew on Trees". I also see an apple quilt in the future 


I adapted the size of the quilt, preferring to stay with one narrow green border. The finished size will be about 36" x 43".

The next step is to determine how to quilt my pumpkins.


Because of the size, I should be able to manage quilting it myself by machine. Perhaps I'll do my favorite cross hatch design, or maybe some echo quilting in and around the pumpkins. Only time will tell. For now, I will leave the pumpkins growing in the garden...


It's a great day for quilting!










39 comments:

  1. Very creative of you to make this design work for you. It looks great. I love that shot on the fence.

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  2. Clever gal! I think pumpkins should grow on trees - too cute. Oh, an apple version would be sweet.

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  3. Very clever! I love it! You did a wonderful job.

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  4. This is a fabulous quilt. You have done such a great job changing the pattern and creating your own wonderful version. Clever you.

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  5. Perfect name for a great quilt! Love the photos with the sun shining behind... so beautiful!

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  6. Love your pumpkin quilt in all of those batiks ! Just gorgeous !

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  7. My motto is "One can never have too many pumpkins!" I love that you used batiks to construct yours in their varied stages of ripeness. We didn't get any pumpkin seed into the ground this year...sad face...too many other projects taking precedence to plant a garden.

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  8. Great pumpkin quilt with all those gorgeous shades of orange . I think an apple quilt is a great idea :-)

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  9. They look so cute! It is fun to pick up a UFO!

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  10. Well...just typed a message and it isn't here to you. So let's try again, shall we?! I said I loved that sun coming through your quilt top..so pretty. Why not quilt those pumpkins with some curved lines, vines in the sashing and fill background with quilting to make your pumpkins POP! You can handle that right? Go for it!!!

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  11. It looks great Lesley - they could also be Oranges couldn't they? I love all the orange fabrics you have used - well done on reviving a UFO!

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  12. What a fun quilt...just love them.

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  13. Your Fall will never be the same!! Brilliant!
    P

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  14. What a fun pumpkin quilt! It looks beautiful hanging on the fence and in the tree.

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  15. I'd love to see a pumpkin tree! Your quilt is really fun.

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  16. What a great pumpkin quilt. I would never had thought to turn lemons into pumpkins--I always thought they made lemonade. *LOL*
    Very clever of you!

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  17. Very good day for quilting indeed! Your post just screamed Fall to me today! Love that you are "brave' enough to show your quilt top with the sun shining through....my seams are NOT good enough yet!! Someday though...someday! Love your pumpkin quilt!

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  18. Oh my gosh! I love it so much! I am a big fan of the cross-hatch. Looking forward to seeing what you decide.

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  19. Great quilt and I love the name! Good luck figuring out the quilting design - that always is a little hard for me to figure out. ~Jeanne

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  20. What a cute little quilt and iI like how you adapted it to fit your needs. Yes, I can see apples, peaches, oranges and who knows what else!

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  21. If pumpkins grew on trees, I sure would eat more of them :) I love pumpkin but the season is so short here. I love all the different colors of your pumpkins!

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  22. Lesley's Great Pumpkin Patch....of the tree grown sort. hahaha...love how you've made the pattern work for you! It's a darling quilt. And an apple quilt sounds wonderful too. A few green apples thrown in with a bunch of red apples...that's the vision I got at your suggestion of the quilt.

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  23. So cute, Lesley! You have a jump start on a fall project... I like your idea of an apple quilt, too! Just want to say how I love your photos of quilts blowing in the gentle wind with the sun behind them.... they look like stained glass!

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  24. That is darling. It will be so nice for the autumn,

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  25. So pretty. I think pumpkins SHOULD grow on trees! But not drop off on our heads......

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  26. It's wonderful Lesley. I love the idea of pumpkins growing on trees. If they did I'd definitely have one in my garden.

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  27. What a beautiful quilt. I love pumpkins I think I may have to get that pattern. Thanks for the inspiration. x

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  28. I love how you tweaked that pattern to make it work for you ... And got an absolutely fabulous quilt as a result! Love the orange fabrics you chose.

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  29. It is really adorable and I can't wait to see how you finish it off.

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  30. have a few UFO'S over here. You may have inspired me to pick a couple of them up. Such a cute quilt. I love it!

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  31. No muss, no fuss pumpkins, Leslie! You're a gal after my own heart as I Heart! anything pumpkins! Just adorable!
    Cheers!

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  32. This is so adorable Lesley!! Love the lemons.......err...I mean pumpkins!!!

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  33. Lesley,
    I LOVE pumpkins and this quilt is absolutely adorable! You did such a great job on it....now the wheels in my head are a turnin'!
    Blessings,
    Heather

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  34. Love your pumpkins and the gorgeous fabrics you have used. I am pleased they don't grow on trees because they would cause a few headaches when they ripen and fall.
    Good luck choosing your quilting plan.

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  35. You are just too, too clever. And another UFO bites the dust!! Yay!! You can quilt scrolly viney things around the stem/leaves, for starters. Well done! Wish I could say I've been as productive.

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  36. Great cheerful quilt Lesley,love it.x

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  37. I love pumpkin quilts! One of these days, I plan to make one…..

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  38. Hahaha I misread one line as "sorted them into pumpkin pies"! Seems quite appropriate. Looks great outside. You seem to be having a beautiful sunny day there. Summer arrived?

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