Thursday, August 20, 2020

~ Next To Be Quilted ~ Bumpkin Pumpkins ~

Do you ever make a quilt top that you love and it becomes a UFO because you can't decide on the quilting?  It happens to me way too often.  That's why I have, at last count, 30 quilt tops waiting to be quilted.  They are tucked away with backing and binding waiting on me to make a decision.  So it's time to just get them finished.  No time like the present, right? So two days ago I pulled out the one I felt was the most important.  My Bumpkin Pumpkins quilt is one of  my published quilt patterns available in my Etsy pattern shop.  I absolutely love this bright and cheery fall quilt.  But I'm still drawing a blank as to what quilting design would look best.'s still hanging just like this on the frame.  Maybe I should just put it on the frame and fly by the seat of my pants.   Sounds like a good plan.   If I'm still drawing a blank later this afternoon that's exactly what's going to happen.

There's plenty of white space for willy nilly background fills.  That sounds doable and easy.  I could give this whirly looking block a little movement with some free motion quilting.  And maybe those pumpkins would look cute with different quilted faces on each?  Hmm...I might be onto something.

And the Flying geese need a little help to fly south for the winter.  My first thought is to do simple free motion arcs from corner to corner but I do that on so many of my quilts.  Perhaps a little more quilting motif brainstorming is needed.

The multiple border is the part that is really giving me troubles.  I'm drawing a TOTAL blank.  I could quilt them separately or together.  Overthinking might be the biggest problem!

My go to quilting design is feathers, feathers and more feathers.  But would feathers work on a Autumn/Halloween-ish quilt?  Well phooey, looks like it's off to Google and Pinterest for a little more quilting inspiration.


Hope to see you soon with some quilting in this monster.  

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  1. Well, I was thinking feathers for the geese - until you said that about Halloween. Hmmm..I bet you could do a string of pumpkins and leaves in the outer black border. Oh I should have started with: This is a BEAUTIFUL and delightful quilt. I love it. Faces on the pumpkins - good idea. I think I would do a bit of ruler work on the white borders on either side of the green sawtooth border. Like diagonal lines. Yes, Pinterest. That's the best idea. Hahaha

  2. Fabulous Quilt! The outer border is amazing! Can't wait to see how you quilt this beauty. My favorite season.

  3. Beautiful quilt! You have such a wonderful way of choosing fabrics and your patterns are always so pretty! I'm sure whatever you decide on will look good: I've yet to see you produce a dud!! :-) Hugs, H

  4. You've got THIRTY of your own quilt tops awaiting quilting?! I'm so jealous! I only have THREE! One for E2E (and I think I found the perfect design for it last night), one with lots of appliqué that needs custom quilting (I ALMOST feel ready to tackle that one!), and another one that could go either way. As far as quilting inspiration goes: Like you, I love Pinterest and I have a zillion boards. But I find I can get sucked into Pinterest and lose track of time, going in different directions and forgetting what I was looking for in the first place. I have a couple of really good reference books that I like instead, two by Angela Walters and one by someone else (I can check if you're interested) and I love that instead of being project-based books they are organized by the shapes we come across on a quilt top: Designs for squares, designs for circles, flying geese, triangle designs, border designs, etc. Some free motion, others for rulers, with Angela's stitch paths included. I have found that, when I stumped with what to put on a quilt, having those books right next to the long arm helps me find something that works well quickly so I can get right to quilting it. I love your idea of pumpkin faces, by the way, and I'm looking forward to seeing how you tackle this one!


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