Hello Everyone! Today I’m sharing the Minis and More Parade project for August, Mini Pumpkins by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. This is also on my list of finishes labeled August Minis and More for the 2017 Finish-A-Long.
This was really fun to put together. I had seen this quilt on Cluck Cluck Sews blog and Instagram posts. I was glad when I saw Sherri and Michele had selected this one for our next project. One of the fun things about making this quilt is that there are several styles of the pumpkins; short, tall, scrappy and solid, some with leaves and some without.
I love fall fabrics and have quite the collection, but I didn’t have enough oranges that were predominately orange. So, I just had to add 4 more orange fat quarters for the pumpkins to my stash. A few of the fabrics I’ve had for a while and now there’s not much left of them. One of my favorite fabrics is the orange grunge, the solid tall pumpkin below. This picture doesn’t really show how vibrant it is. I bought several yards so it would last a little while.
The background fabric is from Cheddar and Indigo by Nancy Gere for Windam Fabrics. I love this line and thought the small check was perfect for my background. I bought a fat quarter bundle of the whole line at a local shop recently. I have so many projects in mind and never enough time!
I also really like the brown and orange oval dot binding that I used. I only had a fat quarter and I didn’t have the selvage with the name on it. I bought it either last year or the year before, so if anyone knows what it is, can you please let me know. I’ve looked locally for it, and no one has it any more.
For the quilting, I used an orange Aurifil 50 wt to quilt the pumpkins in a cross-hatch pattern.
I decided I wanted my lines to be straight, so I attached the ruler foot and quilted away! It’s a little slower, but much more accurate.
For the background quilting, I wanted to try something new so I started looking through my books for some ideas. I decided to try this new design I saw in Christa Watson’s book The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting she wrote with Angela Walters. It’s a double loop and mine aren’t all the same, but with some practice, I hope to improve it.
To see more Mini Pumpkins, visit Michele and Sherri. Sherri has also been working on some mini maple leaf blocks and there’s been some discussion of mixing and matching them and the pumpkins together. I need a fall pillow so I may make one for me with both of them. If I do I’ll use Sherri’s tutorial from a set of placemats that was last September’s Minis and More project. She also has a mini Maple Sky Mini Quilt if you prefer leaves!
Thanks Sherri and Michele for hosting. Can’t wait to see what September’s project will be. Thanks for stopping by and please continue to pray and help however you can for all the Harvey victims.