The Pumpkin Sampler-A Machine Quilting FREE Project!

 

 

Pumpkin Machine Quilting Sampler, Machine Quilting, HalloweenGood Morning, Quilters!

I am off on a quilting jaunt-teaching at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina and then I am heading straight to Houston for Quilt Market!

One of the projects we will be working on is the Pumpkin Sampler I designed for Quilt Shop Gal a few years ago.  You can find the pattern and instructions HERE.
Pumpkin Machine Quilting Sampler, Machine Quilting, HalloweenOnce you start doodling, you will a lot of ways to quilt this fun little project.Lori Kennedy Quilts, The Pumpkin Sampler
Lori Kennedy Quilts, The Pumpkin Sampler
This year, I mixed it up by using different fabrics and Aurifil wool thread.  I used a 90 Topstitch needle and I LOVE this easy way to add a bold border motif.
Pumpkin Machine Quilting Sampler, Machine Quilting, HalloweenOf course, Roxie loves everything I make!

Wait!   Is Roxie eyeing that wool like it’s a treat?

Pumpkin Machine Quilting Sampler, Machine Quilting, Halloween

#bewaredogsandspools!

What about YOU?

Are YOU making any Halloween quilts? (Seven Spooky Motifs tomorrow)

Have you ever stitched with wool thread?

Does YOUR dog or cat like spools of thread?

Does YOUR pet love your quilts?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Adventurous Stitching,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

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How to Make Velvet Pumpkins

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters, Crafters and Autumn-Lovers!

Several weeks ago, at a family party, we made more than 30 velvet pumpkins.  By putting our heads together, we tried several methods to refine our process.  I think you are going to love these gorgeous table decorations.  They pair well with quilts, make great gifts and are fun to make as a group project.

 

THE SUPPLY LIST

 

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Velvet-Look for velvet with good drape and rich color.  (Or for a different look, try wool?)

We used Silk-Rayon Velvet from Treadle Yard Goods in St. Paul, MN.  (Between $25-35/yard)  It is available online from several sources, if YOU have a source you recommend, please leave a link in today’s comments.

You will need a minimum of 1/4 yard–for small pumpkins, up to 2/3 yard for larger pumpkins.  Each piece of fabric will yield multiple pumpkins in a variety of sizes.

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Pumpkin Stems-Last year, after the first frost, we obtained two large bags of pumpkin stems from a local farmer’s field.  Once the pumpkins freeze, the stems are easy to remove.  Check out a local farmer or garden center and ask for their leftover pumpkins.  Also, save pumpkin tops, squash stems or use vines or twigs from your trees.  Be creative!

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

More Supplies

  • Rice-buy in bulk–it takes a lot!
  • Strong thread
  • Large hand-sewing needles
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun/glue
  • Marking pen
  • Variety of round plates, bowls, pizza pans

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

STEP BY STEP

Trace and cut out circles from the velvet.  Nine inch diameter minimum….

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Choose a strong thread…Hand quilting thread, buttonhole twist, or Sulky 12 wt cotton…

Double or triple the thread….If it breaks when you pull it to gather–you have to start over!

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a long running stitch 1/4 inch from the raw edge.  (Leave a long tail on the knot to pull later.)

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Pull both ends of the running stitch thread to gather the circle of fabric into a pouch.

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori KennedyFill with rice.  We found that filling the pumpkin quite full looked the best.Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Pull the ends of the running stitch as tight as possible and hand tie in a double knot.
Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the pumpkin closed.

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Choose a pumpkin stem.

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Add hot glue to the pumpkin stem.

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Invert the pumpkin onto the stem (this prevents the hot glue from dripping onto the velvet.)

That’s it!

You have a gorgeous pumpkin!!!

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Once you get started, you will want a rainbow of pumpkins!

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Then pair them with your favorite fall quilt!

Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy

NOTE-We tried inserting the stem into the pumpkin pouch before gathering and glueing…but we found this method easier and we liked how they looked better too!

The hardest part of these adorable pumpkins is finding the velvet and the stems…once you find a source for these-you can make these quickly and easily.

Have fun and send photos!

Happy Autumn!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Doodle a Pumpkin!

Pumpkin DoodlesGood Morning, Quilters!

  “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion”

–Henry David Thoreau

(I wonder if Mr. Thoreau ever saw the  gorgeous velvet pumpkins available now—I’d like to see the philosophical pretzel twisting to decide where to sit then!?)

Our friend, Andrea has a pumpkin tutorial HERE — now where to find some velvet???

We couldn’t have a week of pumpkins without a little doodling….

HOW TO DOODLE A PUMPKIN

It’s EASY– pumpkins are so irregular in nature–one simply can’t go wrong!

Pumpkin DoodlesBegin by drawing an oval.

On either side of the oval, attach an elongated letter “C” and a reverse letter “C”.

Pumpkin DoodlesNow add another “C” and reverse “C”–this time draw the “C’s” a little taller.

Pumpkin Doodles

Add a stem…

Pumpkin DoodlesAnd quilt  doodle as desired!
Pumpkin DoodlesDon’t stop at one…Pumpkin DoodlesWhen you’re finished doodling–Quilt a pillow…

and ENTER TO WIN  the Free Motion Quilt Challenge for October at QuiltShopGirl…

I’d LOVE it–if an Inbox “Jaunter” won!–There are so many great prizes!

From Stillwater to Sleepy Hollow–

Happy Quilting!

Lori

NOTE-The background quilt is one of my daughter’s college quilts–heavily quilted and ULTRA SOFT!

More photos to come…

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!