Thursday, September 13, 2012

Applique in Progress ?

It all started with the Fall Issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.  Inside is a beautiful Applique quilt named "Chocolate BonBons".

I fell in love with it (never having done anything with a dark background like that).   So I went to the website where the Kit was being sold Sew Graceful Quilting and found two sisters and the designer of "Chocolate Bon Bons" - Kay Harmon.   While I was on their site... a picture of a fall quilt scrolled by -- and I was IN LOVE again !   (what is the chance of that happening twice in a lifetime ?).

I sent the QS an email -- and found out this one is named "Pumpkin Crazy" and the pattern is in a book called "Need'l Love - Falloween Threads" -- Isn't it just beautiful?  It's designed by Janet Miller.  They had kits at once time, but had since been sold out.  (DARN).

About a week later -- I rec'd an email from Kay who said that someone had purchased a different quilt kit and this one is available - ?if I still want it ?  Can you imagine !!   Oh goodie goodie !  Yes I still want it !.  I made the transaction final with Darlene at the QS and in a day or two - - I have the kit on my doorstep.

Sew excited !!

I washed everything -- picked out thread to accompany the wool and the cotton applique.  Thankfully I had this color Mettler thread... it matched the HomeSpun and Prim Cottons perfectly!

I made freezer paper templates from the pattern in the book, ironed them onto the right side of the fabric.  Put a few applique pins in before basting the two layers to the background (I hate leaving pins in -- thank you Sharon Stroud for teaching me to baste).

My needle turn approach combines the methods of two great instructors that I've had over the years... Sharon Stroud and Debbie Wick.

I use some of each method -- sometimes I stick just to one method or the other... this time though... a combination.

I needle turned the pumpkins using the freezer paper method (with no pins) and when you peel the freezer paper away -- so nice to have one pumpkin done.

 It's a couple days later -- and now I have all 8 pumpkins needle turned -- and a few stems.

I hope to finish it -- as soon as I quilt this little 30x30 table topper for Paisley's Benefit.  


Thanks for stopping by today.


Linking up to Esther's WIP Wednesday and Angie's Applique Thursday.  Thank you ladies for continuing to inspire !.

PS - Linking up to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday... and I did finish and deliver Paisley's Quilt -- see it here.... Hugs!


  1. Love the pumpkin quilt! Its the right time of year for it !!

  2. Cute project! Would love for you to come share at Quiltstory.blogspot on Tuesdays too!

  3. What a wonderful fall project! You are going to have such fun making it!