The holidays are such a fun time for quilters! So many opportunities to quilt for our homes, quilt for gifts and quilt for ourselves! Lynette Jensen was thinking of this when she designed Pumpkin Blossom, a lovely wall quilt or table topper offered with the Thimbleberries Project of the Month. She’s so excited about it and wants to fill you in on this project. Here she is, with her thoughts on Pumpkin Blossom:
Is there anything more beautiful than autumn? For me, the colors are the best, the temperatures are moderate and the pumpkins are ready. I wait for them all year. I make a trip in my little red pickup truck every year to my favorite pumpkin farms and bring back a load of all sizes and shades of orange. I tuck them into the landscape all around the house, saving the best specimens to use indoors.
Pumpkin Blossom is a sweet little wall hanging quilt or table quilt pattern that adds just a hint of fall into your home. It isn’t a Halloween decoration so it can be used much earlier in the fall and can linger into November. The appliqué is certainly the star of the show in this little piece, but I think you can see the possibilities without the appliqué, as well.
Replacing the cream background with another fall floral or leafy print would make this completely different… always nice to have options when working from the same quilt pattern.
Fusible web has become a very popular method for adding appliqué shapes to a project. The edges can be finished by using a hand blanket stitch with contrasting thread or with a decorative machine stitch. Everyone seems to have their favorite method. Personally, I prefer using the hand blanket stitch with pearl cotton or embroidery floss; I like small hand stitching projects now and then, so I took advantage of this with this festive wall quilt. It’s very relaxing to stitch a little at the end of the day.
Here’s a quick fusible web tip:
One of the objections to using fusible web is that it can make the appliqué shapes stiff, especially if the shapes are layered as they are in this project. To prevent this:
— Make sure to use a light weight fusible web. The whole purpose of the fusible web is to secure the edges of the appliqué to prevent raveling.
— Draw a line about 3/8″ inside the traced line of the appliqué shape. Cut the fusible away on that line, removing the center of the fusible web before ironing onto the wrong side of the appliqué fabric. The fusible web will look strange with the center missing, but it will keep the appliqué shape soft and the fused outer edges will keep the fabric from raveling. When ironed on to the quilt block background piece, the edges will be secure and ready for the decorative stitch, whether by hand or machine.
Seasonal wall quilts and table toppers are quick projects, making them fun to make between those longer projects! It’s perfect for the entirety of the fall season, from the beginning of October through the end of November, and even into December. If you’d like to work on this, and other Lynette Jensen designs, you’ll find them offered with the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club.
Before I sign off, RJR Fabrics is giving away a Garden Collage fat quarter bundle. Most of us like quilt patterns using fat quarters, so this giveaway would be really fun to win! Enter by midnight on Thursday, October 6, 2016 by adding a comment below discussing your favorite Thimbleberries or Lynette Jensen design! A winner will be chosen at random and emailed the following day. Keep an eye out in your email inbox. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and good luck!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Linda E. of Missouri — winner of the RJR Fabrics Garden Collage fat quarter bundle giveaway — and thank you to all who participated!