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!
You’ll need 10 – 6 1/2” squares of fabric.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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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.