Thanks to Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks for hosting this festive event. See below for a list of other bloggers showcasing some quilty pumpkins this week.
I’ve got a pumpkin project to show but before I do, I have a few pictures of a real European Pumpkin Festival.
Tu-Na Helper and I spent more than two weeks this past summer in Germany. One of the many beautiful places we visited included the Palace at Ludwigsburg.
This particular palace was hosting a pumpkin festival on the rear grounds. Once we finished touring the inside, we moseyed around to the exterior.
We saw pumpkins of every shape and size.
Some we’ve seen here in our part of the U.S.
and some we’ve never seen before.
I’ve been to our local pumpkin patch but they don’t have the impressive displays that we saw at the palace.
There were displays of birds and bees,
rabbits and foxes,
insects and arachnids,
squirrels and even a moose.
We saw impressively carved pumpkins
and pumpkins of many sizes including the one that holds the largest pumpkin award on German record.
At least I think that’s what the sign below the pumpkin read.
With all this pumpkin inspiration, I decided to make Tu-Na Helper a new mug rug. We do like our coffee and he doesn’t have a fall-themed mug rug.
I had just purchased EQ 8 to help me design block patterns and quilts. They recently emailed a lesson that include a paper pieced pumpkin. I opened that block in my new program and made it smaller, added the lettering, and pushed the print button.
After all I am referred to as the Queen of the Tiny Pieces by some of my friends.
After picking out the fabrics I set to work.
I do like paper piecing.
Before long, I had finished sewing that little pumpkin
which was now ready for quilting.
All it needs now is the binding
but there wasn’t time to sew that on before our annual migration south.
I actually left ND a week ago and am taking the scenic route visiting our daughter in Austin, Texas before arriving at our winter home in Arizona.
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What I Learned Today:
- I am hungry for pumpkin pie. That might be because of looking at all the pictures of pumpkins or maybe that’s because I am getting tired of apple pies.
- Tu-Na Helper sure knows how to stuff a Prius full. We are taking lots of apples to our daughter.
- I think my other mug rugs in AZ are smaller. I might have to remake this one so it will match the others in size. I’ll know in a few days.
Question: How do you like your pumpkin: baked in a pie, displayed on the table, or quilted? I do like a good homemade pumpkin pie but this little pumpkin is so cute.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
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