String-Pieced Pumpkins

20 09 2017

Grandson Aidan’s birthday is near Halloween, and he is enthused to decorate (already) for both celebrations. We decided a pumpkin quilt that he could keep “forever” would be fun to make. For inspiration, we used Bonnie Hunter’s string-pieced pumpkin design published in the Quiltmaker September/October 2017 issue. You can see pictures of a table runner Bonnie made with string pieced pumpkins here.

To begin with, we dumped my shopping bag of strips and strings on the sewing room floor, searching for all the orange, rust, tan, and green. After ironing the selected strips and cutting paper foundations from an old phone directory, I changed my sewing machine needle to size 90 and decreased the stitch length to 1.5. Piecing the four pumpkin blocks on the paper was quick and easy; in a couple of hours, all were complete.

Aidan decided he would prefer a long, skinny wall hanging rather than a Four Patch style block layout as pictured above. This layout makes the quilt more versatile as it can also be used as a table runner. Sashing and border strips were cut 2 1/2″ wide from Wilmington Prints black “Criss-Cross.” The quilting design is a spider web pantograph with metallic gold thread. (I suggested metallic silver thread, but Aidan’s choice of gold turned out just fine! Click on the picture, zooming in to see the quilting details.) Lime green binding makes a lively finish. With a hanging sleeve on the back, we are ready to decorate for fall and Aidan’s birthday!

 

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4 responses

20 09 2017
Kathy Hansen

I love this Aby! I have a variety of orange batiks on my cutting table right now waiting to turn int Bonnie’s quilt!! Great minds quilt alike! Lol💕🎃🎃 🎃

20 09 2017
Karlyn Sieg

Aby,
I love this idea!! It all looks very holidayish!!!

20 09 2017
darladolinger

Love the bright pumpkins. Darla

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22 09 2017
Pam Bonstead

The quilting is always my first thing I like to look at, but I especially like the arrangement of the pumpkin stems, two facing one way on the left, two facing opposite on the right. Also, the hearts floating around the middle right pumpkin is really fun. 😊Happy birthday, Aiden! And Happy Halloween!

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