I’ve been thinking about making one of these pumpkins for a while so on Friday I decided to stop procrastinating, bite the bullet and got down to business. I made a list of everything that I needed, gathered it all together and started the Great Pumpkin Journey.
By day’s end, this is what I found in my pumpkin patch…a pumpkin of course…crazy quilt style!
So if you’d like to follow along to see how I made this little guy, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, pull up a chair and join me on my Great Pumpkin Journey.
You’ll need 10 – 6 1/2” squares of fabric.
I didn’t have 10 different orange-y fabrics so I duplicated 2 of them. The ones in the upper tier are for a second pumpkin…when I get around to it.
You will also need a template. I made mine on a piece of computer printer paper simply because it was easier to copy that way.
Below is a photo of the one I drew. It is a 6 1/2” square with a line drawn from one side to the other but not centered and on a slight angle. Then there are two lines drawn on either side of this line, once again not centered and on different angles. Where you place these lines will determine the shape of your ‘patches’. Use my template below as a guide. Make a photocopy of your template as you will need two of them. I used the ‘copy’ feature on my printer to do this. Trim off the outside edges on both copies so all that remains is an intact, 6 1/2” square.
Separate the 10 – 6 1/2” squares of fabric into 2 piles of 5 each then place one paper template on top of each of the stacks. Align the layers of fabric and the templates to form a neat stack.
The lines are your cutting lines. Starting with the center line and using your rotary cutter, cut across this line and through all layers of fabric. Cut through all of the lines and repeat this step for the second stack of fabric. Discard the bits paper.
Stack the two piles on top of one another with like shapes matching.
Randomly stagger the order of the fabrics in each pile so that they are not in the same sequence within each pile.
Each of the two sets of 3 pieces on either side of the center line are worked on separately. Starting on the left side, sew two pieces together and repeat this for all ten layers in those same two stacks. Chain piecing makes this step go quite quickly.
If you chain pieced, snip the connecting thread that is holding them together and iron the seams open.
Note: Every seam in this project is ironed open.
As is the style with crazy quilts, I elected to do a decorative feather stitch, centered on the top and in the center of each sewn seam. This is the reason why all of the seams are ironed open…to facilitate the sewing of the decorative stitch across an evenly distributed seam allowance.
Sew the third piece to the other two…
and iron the seam open. Add your decorative stitch to the right side of this seam.
Square off the center seam line only.
Repeat this exact procedure for the three pieces on the other side.
Join the two sides together and iron the seam open.
Don’t forget to add the decorative stitching on the top of the joined seam. Repeat this step to make 10 blocks in total.
Square off each block to 4 1/2”
Make two rows with five blocks in each row. Play with the blocks until you get a sequence that you like. I tried to make sure that no two of the same fabrics lined up side by side…but if it happens, who cares? It’s a crazy quilt!
Sew the five blocks together in each row and then sew the two rows together. Remember to iron each seam open and to add the decorative stitching on the top of each new seam.
With right sides together, sew the short ends to form a tube.
Turn the tube right side out. Iron the seam open and add the decorative stitch to this seam as well.
With doubled thread, sew a running stitch approximately 1/4” in from the outer edge and around the the entire perimeter of the bottom.
Gather together and fasten off.
Stuff with fiberfill. Sew a running stitch around the top edge in the same manner as you did for the bottom and gather it towards the center. Do not fasten off yet.
Insert a branch into the center for the stem, easing it down as far as you can, then fasten off the gathering thread.
Note: For the stem, I just went into my garden and found a branch that had fallen from a tree and cut it to the appropriate size.
Cut two 12” pieces of grapevine wire (I purchased mine at Michael’s some time ago) and wrap each around a dowel or pencil to make them look like tendrils. If you can’t locate the grapevine wire, any wire will do, including florist’s wire.
Add a drop of glue to each of the ends and gently ease them into the center of the pumpkin on either side of the stem.
Tie some raffia around the stem, add some wool leaves with a drop of glue and there you have it…a crazy quilt pumpkin…all finished and ready to compliment your Fall decor.
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Edit: Yesterday I completed a companion pumpkin with ‘primitive’ style fabrics. The only thing different is I chose to omit the decorative top stitching.
Don’t they make a happy couple? ♥
Kaaren, I love the crazy tutorial - thanks! I also really like the grapevine wire and had no idea it existed!
A very handsome Happy couple!!!! Love them Kaaren...
Thanks for making a tutorial... :o))
Wow perfect for your Halloween. Your tutorials are excellent, so easy to follow.
Another wonderful post. Both of the are very cute!! I have made the pumpkins out of a tube before and even out of patterned pieces and out of wool - I have a few of each I think, but what a neat idea to make it out of a crazy quilt. They both are cute but I think I like the simplicity of the fabrics in the first one. And they do make a great couple. You now have a head start on your fall decorating!!
Have a wonderful Monday, Kaaren.
Cute pumpkins! Thanks for the great tutorial Kaaren! :0)
Awesome, awesome tutorial, Kaaren! It's an adorable pumpkin!
This is so cute, I'm going to try this. Any chance of you showing a close up picture of your feather stitch along the seam. I love the look of it, but am not sure how to get it centered on the seam.
Thanks for the tutorial!!
Oh, my..how cute is your pumpkin!
Thanks for the clear tut on making it!..you're good, girl! lol
What a great pumpkin!! Thanks for the tutorial -- you make it sound so easy and your tutorial is really easy to follow!
Hi again, I just realized that you can do the decorative stitch on the machine! I have my fabrics already picked out. Thanks again for the tutorial.
What a great idea! Thanks for showing us how to do it. It's on my list for sure.
Kaaren--Thank you so very much for the excellent tutorial! I just LOVE the pumpkins--and will have to make one (or maybe more) of my own! Thanks again!!
So cute. Getting ready for the fall I see.
Oh Kaaren, thanks so much for the tutorial!! They are just darling, and something I need to try!!
Very nice! Love the tutorial. Thank you. It looks big!
I love this pumpkin! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!
I love it...I didn't know there was grapevine wire either!
Gosh you're clever Kaaren,
I love this!!! I do love pumpkins, but oh so cute!!
Thanks for taking the time and effort to do this...Love it, love it!!
Of course burnt orange is one of my fave colours too :D
This is now on my to-do list....mwah ha ha ha!
thank you for the clear and complete tutorial.
Oh WOW Kaaren!
Thank you so much for a wonderful tutorial! Your finished results are incredible :-)
It's so interesting to see different 'products' from around the world. I have never seen or heard of grapevine wire before.
Thank you once again!
How cute! I may just have to make up some of these for the fall (my favorite season)!
CUTE! It's fall-ish weather here in Ohio...after my return from the desert heat!
Oh Kaaren, you have captured my heart with these little gems! I love pumpkins and yours are incredibly fun! I can't wait to give them a try!
Awesome tutorial, Kaaren. I've been hoping to make some pumpkins for several years now! May have to get 'roun tuit'. Can I ask how tall your pumpkins stand? Both look wonderul! Thanks for sharing the how to.
What a nice addition to a fall tablescape. Thanks for the tutorial!
I loved the pumpkins!! The "crazypatch" block was a great idea. Terrific tutorial as well.
A great excuse for me to purchase some orange fabrics!!
Kaaren, They are so cute. Thanks for the tutorial
What a fabulous idea! I collect pumpkins and these would make great additions. Many thanks for sharing.
Kaaren, I love your pumpkins thanks for the tutorial I'm a real "fall" person sew will be making some for decorating with.
These are so adorable! Thank you!!
Thanks for the tutorial Kaaren. I'm really getting into this "Prim" the decorations are fantastic. Speaking of which your fall decorating is beautiful.
lovely, thanks Karen for tutorial... Quicly, a link on my blog...
I made a smaller one and hope to make a bigger one later this week. Thanks!
Thanks for the great tutorial.
Gracias por ese tutorial ,me gusta mucho hacer zapallos para esta temporada.
Hi, a lovely tutorial for pumpkins!
A lovely blogg, I will come back soon for more inspiration.
Greetings from Sweden
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