Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop

Lets start with a great big thank you to Carla for staging another terrific blog hop.  Thanks also to all of the hoppers who are participating, sharing their talents and ideas.

Now on to my offering this time around.  I had a tough time coming up with a way to pick my pumpkin.  I love pumpkins but tend to view them as Halloween decor not Fall decor.

Like this recent design by  Elizabeth Coughlin Designs that I fell in love with.

Carla set this hop for the first week of November, definitely not Halloween.

In  one of my  recent posts I showed the receiving blankets I made using this you tube video from Missouri Star Quilts

While I was looking at the blankets all rolled up ready for gifting I had the idea that I could maybe change the sizing/shape and make an easy to do table runner using some of the home dec pumpkin fabric I had stashed away.

Totally fall - perfect for my coffee table

It has no batting, and I did no quilting.  It has a bit of top stitching to hold the layers in place and that's all,  just like the blanket construction.

Well that got me to thinking I could maybe put some batting inside and whip up a set of placemats.

I just stuck the batting in before closing up the turning hole and secured it with the top stitching and an extra round of stitching in the border.  I'm really thinking that the next time I'll skip the batting. I'm really not seeing the need especially if you want to whip up a set for a family holiday meal with lots of attendees.

And then, why not some coasters. I fussy cut the centers and again slipped in the batting and did some additional top stitching of the border to hold it in place.

I am going to list the approximate measurements I used to cut my fabrics as well as the measurements for the finished pieces just in case any of you want to try this and not have to do the math thing.

Table Runner Finished at 14.5 x 32.5

Border/backing fabric cut at 18 x 36
Focus fabric cut at 12 x 30

Placemat Finished at 11.5 x 15.5

Border/backing fabric cut at 15 x 19
Focus fabric cut at 9 x 13

Coaster finished at  6 in square

Border/backing fabric cut at  8.5 in square
Focus fabric cut at  4.5 in square

I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Happy Fall.  

Below is the list of the rest of the participants in this hop.  If you missed any of them it is time to go back and visit them.  So many wonderful ideas are at your finger tips.

Monday, November 5th

Tuesday, November 6th

Wednesday, November 7th

Thursday, November 8th