The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 83 - Pumpkin Patch

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 83 - Pumpkin Patch

This design is also featured in the DVD Beginner Free Motion Quilting Fillers, as well as the ebook From Daisy to Paisley.

Okay, I told you this would happen! As soon as Halloween is behind us, I'd start creating fall designs!

free motion quilting | Leah DayIn truth, I really can't claim complete credit for this design. Sherry C sent me some photos of quilts she had stitched with pumpkins. I'd been playing with the circular shape myself, but I thought they looked more like Chinese lanterns.

But seeing Sherry's quilt made me realize what a cool design this could be. Thanks Sherry!

Inspiration - Sherry sent me not only the images of her free motion quilting, but also photos for 6 different quilt tops!

I'll definitely be sharing my ideas for quilt designs over all of these quilts soon.

Difficulty Level - Beginner. The pumpkins are really not hard to quilt, just make sure to start with a nice circular shape and then fill it as evenly as possible.

Design Family - Independent. This is a meandering based design so it pretty much works like stippling.

You can stick pumpkin patch anywhere on a quilt, but you may want to mostly focus on uncomplicated areas where the pumpkins won't compete with the quilting designs around them.

Directional Texture - No direction. The pumpkins are really attention getting, and the swirly pumpkin vine adds to that effect. As far as general movement goes though, your eye is not really drawn to any one direction with this design.

Suggestions for Use - I can definitely see using Pumpkin Patch in the sashing of a fall quilt. I've seen a quilt with appliqued maple and oak leaves that this would also look terrific with.

Back of Pumpkin Patch
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and make sure to tell your friends where you learned it.

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Oh this is just right for project/s I have in mind for my brother and his fiancee - if they'd been able they would have been married at halloween this year - but they'd had to hold off till the 30th Oct 10
    Super design

  2. Love it, and it could double as Christmas lights.
    Judy B

  3. Lanterns! Perfect for Chinese New Year projects.

  4. I love this one (and the coffee bean design too)!

  5. I just love pumpkins. I made a similar pattern, free hand, on a border. I wish I had thought this up myself. Good job!
    I love what you are doing, it's a real inspiration. Thank You!

  6. This also reminds me of Christmas ornaments amidst a tangled string of lights - just do Christmas balls instead of pumpkins - how cute would that be?! Thanks Leah for your creativity and inspiration!

  7. Been practicing this one all day! My circles need work.

  8. I did this on the outside border of a "Great Pumpkin CHarlie Brown" quilt today and it was SO easy...thanks so much! It was just a little different than loops which I was comfortable with. Thank you for making things seem possible! This added a fun element to my quilt!

  9. Thanks for this one- did it on the border of an "It's the Great Pumpkin" quilt was fun and just one step beyond loops which I was familiar with. You made it seem simple enough to try. THANKS!

  10. Excellent posting of Patch Designs, that is great for us, thanks for this good effort for us.
    Your sharing is very well very helpful for me.

  11. What a perfect quilting design for the fall quilt I just put together! I was stressing over the design I would quilt on it. I'm a beginner quilter and this looks easy enough if I practice a little first. I think those pumpkins will surely look real when quilted on a quilt with pumpkins on it already. Thanks for de-stressing me!


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