Monday, November 5, 2018

Pumpkins for Pick a Pumpkin Hop!

Pumpkins! Who wants pumpkins?! Today is my stop on the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop hosted by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks - welcome!


Pumpkin applique runner by QuiltFabrication

I'm just loving my new applique pumpkin block, made into a runner - so fresh and modern! Not only in design, but also in fabrics, cause I got the grey going here! 


Pumpkin applique runner closeup


Notice there's no white sashing in between the blocks. When they were on the design wall, I liked how my eye was teased by the shifting of grey/orange to orange/grey to grey/orange of the blocks. White sashing would have broken up that effect, so I opted to place it only in the border.

Also notice there's a thin line of green in between the white and orange borders. 


green flange on Pumpkin runner


I had both the white and orange borders on, and decided the runner looked boring. Off came the orange, the thin flange of green was inserted, and the orange went back on. I'll have a tutorial on how to make that flange as part of the border soon so you can try it on one of your quilts. (Update - see Inserting a Decorative Flange)

The quilting uses rulers and Scotch inch tape (affiliate link) to make those diagonal lines behind the pumpkins - the tape was a life saver!


quilting using inch marked tape


After stitching 1/4" from the applique, the inner parts of the pumpkin were left un-quilted to give the pumpkin a puffy, rounded look.


pumpkin block

This easy to applique pumpkin block pattern is available at Craftsy and Etsy, but keep reading to see how you can win a copy! Before we get to the contest, how about some other ideas for these pumpkins? 

Stacked Pumpkins, as a wall hanging decoration


Stacked Pumpkin blocks

Nine Patch, for the wall or table


Nine Patch Pumpkins

Pumpkin Placemat


Pumpkin Placemat


A whole patch of scrappy pumpkins,



or maybe black and white.



For even more creativity, combine these pumpkins with other pumpkin blocks from the hop to make a large quilt - the possibilities are endless! Here's the list of the other pumpkin creators:

Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop Schedule



Since I'm in love with those big, orange gourdes this time of year, I want to share that love with you by giving away both the Pumpkin Block and the Pumpkin Harvest patterns to 1 (one) lucky winner!


Pumpkin block by QuiltFabrication
Pumpkin block pattern


Pumpkin Harvest by QuiltFabrication
Pumpkin Harvest lap quilt pattern


It's easy to enter via Rafflecopter - just answer a fun question, and for a second entry, follow QuiltFabrication on Bloglovin. Contest opens today, November 5, and ends at midnight November 10, 2018. Please be sure to provide an email address so that I can send you the PDF patterns via email. Winner will be announced at the November 14, 2018 Midweek Makers #149. Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Tell your friends and have a great time with the hop!




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86 comments:

  1. I didn't carve a pumpkin but I did sew some pumpkins. Yours are super cute and I love all the layout suggestions. Another project I would love to make!

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  2. Thank you very much for sharing your projects with us. I absolutely love your pumpkin harvest quilt.
    Ronelle

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  3. No pumpkin carving here. Love your table runner!

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  4. No I didn't carve a pumpkin this year. But I worked the Harvest Festival at church. Love your pumpkins and the gray is awesome.

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  5. I did not carve a pumpkin this year, but the house is decorated. Great project!!

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  6. No carved pumpkins at our house...

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  7. I love your pumpkin pattern, and enjoyed seeing all the way the block can be used!

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  8. No we did not carve a pumpkin. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. No, this year we did not carve pumpkins.

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  10. No, I did not carve a pumpkin this year; however, I have been looking at a lot of the talented people that did, and I am amazed!!

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  11. I didn't carve a pumpkin ... I leave mine intact (and use black cardstock or a permanent marker to make a face or design) and use them to make turkeys after Halloween! I really like your runner -- the pumpkin template is really clever! :)

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  12. What an adorable runner. Love the pumpkin in orange and grey. The flange is subtle but adds so much.

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  13. Ooops, sorry. No, I didn't carve a pumpkin but I did buy one to sit on the front steps. :)

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  14. What a great table runner. Thanks for the details. I had 3 real pumpkins out this year as well as 3 fake white Jack Skellington pumpkins.

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  15. Great pumpkin design. I missed out on the carving this year, although my chickens did attempt their own carvings in the pumpkins I left out in the front yard!

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  16. Love the pumpkin. My favorite of your suggested ideas was the placemat. I didn't carve a pumpkin but I did make a few from fabric and threads.

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  17. I have to say no. With no kids at home anymore, the carving is not a big issue. I did put out all my pumpkin decorations though!

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  18. Great pattern! The color combination is one I would never have thought of trying but it works beautifully. Carved pumpkins go bad so quickly here in our warm weather that I opted to use a fake one for my decor.

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  19. I didn't carve a pumpkin but I made pumpkin bread. Your pumpkin quilt ideas are great plus the tape idea is a new one for me.

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  20. Does it count if I have the grandkids carve the pumpkins? I LOVE your design and finished project. I agree that the white would have broken up the flow.

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  21. I didn’t carve a pumpkin, but I did make some from fabric. I love your table runner!

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  22. Yes, we carved one for our special needs classroom. The students really enjoyed it. I like your pumpkin runner very much! Thank you!

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  23. Oh my gosh, Susan, you never cease to amaze me with your talent for creating and quilting. I love those pumpkins! Each little detail from the grays to the flange added so much. I use blue tape, too, and love how easy it makes things. No pumpkin carving happened at my house, but maybe next year.

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  24. This year I left it to the grandchildren to carve the pumpkins

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  25. This is so pretty. Love the pumpkins.

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  26. Love, love, love that pumpkin block! Sadly I didn't carve a pumpkin this year but I did hang up a few ghosts!
    deb(dot)rick(at)live(dot)com

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  27. No pumpkins were carved here. They just aren't as fun as when shared with children! Love your pumpkins - totally fabulous!!

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  28. These pumpkins are just adorable. I love your choices for fabrics and border treatments too. Reminds us all to take a second look sometimes!

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  29. I bought a pumpkin for decoration, but we didn't carve it.

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  31. I love your pumpkins! I wish they were machine embroidery designs! I follow on Bloglovin'.

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  32. Susan, Adorable table runner! It definitely has a fresh modern look!

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  33. My husband and I didn't carve a pumpkin, but our son-in-law and his 4 children who were visiting us from CA did carve one. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  34. No pumpkin carving this year, just fabric pumpkins

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  35. cannot remember the last time I carved a pumpkin - it is just me and at 73 have no incentive to do so.....my grands live so far away

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  36. Who can resist a cute pumpkin quilt????

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  37. Love, love the table runner! No pumpkin carving this year, but I'm thinking about carving my styrofoam pumpkins! Thank you, Susan

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  38. I did not carve a pumpkin this year but I have some I am going to make with fabric scraps. Love your pattern.

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  39. Hi Susan, I clicked before answering your question. No, I did not carve a pumpkin this year but I did make fresh pumpkin pie. :)
    Thank you for the chance to win your patterns. You do beautiful work and it is kind of you to inspire us. Liz

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  40. Ahhh, love it, Susan!! I did not carve a pumpkin this year!

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  41. Nope, no pumpkin carving this year. I just love your design. It looks great without sashing in between.

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  42. Really like the negative and positive look on the pumpkins...very modern

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  43. Thanks so much. Beautiful blocks

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  44. This is a wonderful pumpkin design. Your choice of fabrics is very striking. Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win. I love pumpkin season ... :-) Pat

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    1. No pumpkin carving for us this year, something that we always enjoyed as a family. Our adult children did and we enjoyed theirs, though. The tradition lives on ... :-)

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  45. Not much more fun that a fresh, modern pumpkin design to sew up! I love both of these! No pumpkin carving around here...my pumpkins sit happily perched along the feet of a scarecrow on my porch. They'll stay there til Thanksgiving!

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  46. I did not carve a pumpkin this year. I let the grandchildren do that for me!
    yoyopattycakes @ hotmail dot com

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  47. Your pumpkins are wonderful and look good as a table runner, wall hanging and placemats. Very creative. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

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  48. We didn’t get to carve a pumpkin this year. I love your runner, leaving out the sashing is a great idea.

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  49. I absolutely love your pumpkins! I love the modern look and have never seen one like this!!! Awesome!!

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  50. Oops and no carving this year darn it!!

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  51. Your pumpkin is fabulous, and i like the idea of making a quilt with all the pumpkins from the hop. That's super! I did not carve a pumpkin this year, nor even buy one.

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  52. Nope but did watch my brothers boys do them... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  53. Lovely design and what fun to see it in different colors and layouts. I don't do pumpkins for decor, but grow them to donate to a rescue animal center as special food treats.

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  54. Oh, Susan, your pattern is so fantastic. I love your modern take on those "big, orange gourdes" and your quilting always inspires me. Thank you, so much for joining the Pick a Pumpkin blog hop! No carving here, I like pumpkins to last through November so I just put them out on the porch.

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  55. No pumpkins carved--but I did have a pumpkin latte!

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  56. I love your pumpkin. No carving this year, maybe next year.

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  57. No pumpkins this year. We live way out in the country and don't get any trick or treaters, so any time we do jack o'lanterns, it's only for ourselves. This Halloween I was the only one home, and I took a pass. Maybe next year.

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  58. I love your pumpkin runner - perfect! And the little green flange is a classic touch that just sets it off. You are good at these things! No, no pumpkin carving for us this year. We live in the country and so get NO trick-or-treaters, so I'd just rather being sewing :)

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  59. No, I did not carve a pumpkin this year and haven't for many years, although I've given "expert" advice to grandkids in the past. :) I did sew some pumpkins--have a blog post later this week. LOVE that runner--the green really does help set it off. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

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  60. Great table runner! Thanks for sharing. No pumpkin carving for me ...

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  61. Ooohhh! This is GORGEOUS! SO not traditional - Want, want, want!

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  62. I love that block! It makes a lovely table runner!

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  63. Those are the cutest pumpkins I've ever seen! I love how you quilted them, too.

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  64. Cute design. I didn't carve a pumpkin, but plan to bake chocolate pumpkin cupcakes. I used the canned stuff, lol

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  65. Hi Susan! I don't know how I missed visiting on Monday, but time got away from me. I never imagined that you would add the flange border in the middle of borders!! Wow - not only have I never tried a flange at all, but I'm not that creative to think of this apparently. You've blown me away. HAHA! Really, I look forward to your tutorial. I'll be thinking about it all day and where I could use it. Happy Happy Wednesday to you! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  66. I love your project. Also, I have never tried flange in my quilting. New technique to try. I did not pumpkin carving. I was working crazy overtime and dealing with a city sewer backup.

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  67. I LOVE this block! I didn't carve a pumpkin this year, but I did decorate one for my quilt guild's show. Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday!

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  68. I love your table runner! so modern! No carving pumpkins -- we keep them whole :)

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  69. No carved pumpkins this year, left it up to my son, the chef !
    Love your pumpkin pattern !

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  70. What an awesome pattern Susan, I love that grey/orange effect also. Never would have thought to put the grey with orange, it's beautiful and I do love the modern feel it gives also.

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  71. Nope, did not carve a pumpkin this year, but I did pass out candy!

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  72. The only pumpkin carving here, is chopping them in half to cook them. 😉

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  73. Wonderful design, and I am a follower

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  74. No pumpkin carving here, either, sadly. (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

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  75. Nope, no pumpkin carving here. I haven't done it in years. Great design!!! I agree...it is fresh and modern looking!!

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  76. Pumpkin carving is not a thing in Australia, although you now can get carving pumpkins if you re keen. Great project, as always.

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