Saturday, October 31, 2009

Meet Pumpkinstein

You’ve seen this quilt in various stages of unfinished, from the very early days of this ‘ol bloggity blog, and more recently as a just-pieced top.

It was unearthed about a month ago, and finished on Monday. Photographed with my D90 just before I shipped it out for repair, then immediately up on the wall. I figured Halloween would be a good day for the “big unveiling.”

PumpkinsteinOutside.jpg

I probably started this thing shortly after the magazine was published. In the fall of 2005 (September/October 2005 Quiltmaker, if you’re curious). I remember seeing the sample at Bearly Stitchin. I know there was a class that (I think) I couldn’t take because of my work schedule. I don’t think I bought a kit, but I know several of my running buddies and I at least started doing this quilt.

PumpkinsteinBlock.jpg

I have a template plastic cutout of the half-pumpkin. I’m sure I used that to trace the shape onto fusible web. The blocks were laid out, photographed digitally in a long-lost photo, and pressed left or right so they would nest properly when it came time to piece the quilt. When I pulled out this quilt last month, I was certain I had more zig-zagging to do, but I didn't. So the blocks were trimmed down and the top was pieced in a morning at The Quilt Company.

PumpkinsteinBorder.jpg

The quilting pattern on the border was in the magazine with the quilt. I traced it onto Golden Threads paper, needle-punched as many copies as I needed, and was off to the races.

PumpkinsteinLabel.jpg

Did my now-standard computer-printed label, made a hanging sleeve out of the backing fabric and went on a hand-sewing mini-marathon

PumpkinsteinWall.jpg

Craptastic photo just to show you where this quilt is hanging. I was standing in my front doorway to take this picture

PumpkinsteinInside.jpg

All in all, I’m very happy that it’s done. I love seeing it on my wall and will enjoy it (seasonally) for many years to come! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

11 comments:

floribunda... aka Julie said...

great quilt! I'm going to have to see if that issue of Quiltmaker is still buried in my closet...

Trillian42 said...

So cute!

Jenn said...

Love it!

Bezzie said...

Love it and I really like the quilting in the borders!

Zonda said...

Awesome! Especially the stitching in the borders! Great fabrics!

Jen said...

Yay! Happy Halloween!

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Love it! It's perfect, not too kitschy, very classic.

SJ said...

It looks fantastic! Seriously, it makes me wish I knew how to quilt.

turtlegirl76 said...

Oh wow! That is just too cool! I love it!

Heather said...

ooooh, batik pumpkins!! delicious.
I love the pumpkin quilt border, too. Nice job.

Donna Lee said...

That's one of the best quilt patterns I've seen in a long time. You do such beautiful work.