A Whole Village Pumpkin Quilt Finished

Happy birthday, sweet baby Alice, who turns one today. To celebrate the event, a Pumpkin quilt has been made by a group of family members. The premise is “family coming together with the goal to make a festive birthday quilt for Alice.”  Of course, Sue and I made a few pumpkin blocks for sweet Alice.  The idea of a whole village of family members making these pumpkin blocks is just a fun one!

Pumpkin Fun!

Lauren, Alice’s mom, selected a pumpkin pattern by Cluck, Cluck, Sew.  It calls for 25 total blocks made in five different pumpkin styles.  I’ve shared this photo before, but I just adore this shot of Alice picking out her favorite fabric. ♥ Alice is fortunate to have several extended family members that sew/quilt and TWO grandmothers that quilt.  How lucky is that sweet girl?!!  Here she is trying to decide on her favorite block before they were shipped off to be sewn.

Grandma Rosalie put the quilt top together over Labor Day weekend, and a snazzy backing fabric was purchased.

The quilt top was enlarged a bit to 69″ x 86″.  That’s a whole lot of love in the quilt top with all the different pumpkins.  Ebb and Flow is the name of the dark green backing fabric that comes in 108″ width.

Pumpkin Quilting Choices

We raised our hands to offer to quilt this beauty right from the get-go.  Layering it on our island is a snap, and I didn’t even fret too much about how to quilt it.  Thanks to good blogging friends who share close up photos of their quilting, it was easy to decide on a quilting pattern.  Vicki at Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting unwittingly gave me the idea when she shared a finished table runner photo.

Allover Leaf Design

All-over quilting design on Vicki’s table runner

I loved the idea of an all-over leaf design with a few swirls thrown in wherever I feel like it.  After a little practicing with paper and pen, I started quilting from the center out to the edges.

Pumpkin Seeds of Goodness 

You will see all the different fabrics that were chosen for this quilt in these photos.  It was fun to examine them as I was quilting around the quilt top.

Alice Pumpkin 4

Pumpkin Fault Free

There were a few times of stress during the quilting of this pumpkin quilt.  I finished off a spool of thread and enjoyed a huge thread knot.  Adding Alice Amelia’s name to the quilt was important. I ended up stitching it from right to left which is not as easy as it seems!

Alice herself picked out an actual pumpkin at the farm, and I had to include that sweet decision!

Alice picking her pumpkin

You can imagine all the squishy goodness in this just-washed quilt before it was sent to my birthday buddy.

Alice after washing

Pumpkin Finale

Alice Pumpkin 3

One final shot of the whole quilt laying on our living room floor.  Plus the birthday girl pumpkin on her pumpkin quilt reading her Halloween book!  Peek – I see you!

Happy Birthday, sweet Alice!


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27 Responses

  1. I love that this was a family finish. What a special quilt for a special little lady!

  2. What an adorable little pumpkin! Of course, I mean Alice. The quilt is perfect:sweet, fun and just a bit quirky, and she can enjoy it for all her Halloweens.
    Well done!

  3. Carol S. says:

    This is really a beautiful quilt…love it!

  4. nanamickie says:

    Wonderful pumpkin quilt and love the baby, she’s a cutie!!!

  5. Susan says:

    That’s a great field of pumpkins!

  6. Kathryn says:

    Oh my gosh this is absolutely gorgeous and I love that so many of you had a hand in it. I wonder if Alice will be a quilter one day? I hope so.

  7. That pumpkin Quilt is so perfect for this sweet little girl! I love the quilting on it and how on earth did you figure out how to quilt her name from right to left. You must have doodled her name backwards for hours! 😁 Carol

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Carol! I wrote it out the normal way with a water-soluble pen. Then when I quilted it, I had to go backward so I just followed the pen mark. I was certainly a bit off but you could still read her name. That’s when I decided to add two hearts as a distraction. HAHA! ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. Vicki in MN says:

    Awww she’s the cutest pumpkin in the patch!! I appreciate the shout out too;)

  9. Jeanne says:

    Oh, what a delightful quilt!! Well done 🙂

  10. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    I LOVE this idea and you two hit this quilting out of the pumpkin patch! What a wonderful keepsake – so many hands working together to sew love into every stitch. An heirloom for certain!

  11. Laura says:

    She looks sooooo sweet…I want to bring Alice home with me! The pumpkin quilt turned out great…now I want to make one! I need more hours in a day! 🙂

  12. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, This is a fabulous pumpkin quilt for such a cute little girl who will love it! I am in love with the quilting you did! You did a fantastic job at quilting this and especially the name backwards, it looks perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this great fun and inspiring post with us! Have a spectacular day!

  13. quiltinggail says:

    oh wow!!! Love this quilt! The variety of pumpkins, the quilting … oh yes … seriously in love!!! AND if it is for your birthday buddy … that means that YOU have a Birthday … now or soon … so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    And of course, happy Quilting! 🙂

  14. What a great birthday gift that quilt is – so very cute! Your quilting looks great, Roseanne!

  15. Rochelle Summers says:

    Fantastic! A great idea for a birthday present and how wonderful to have a family with so many sewers. Beautiful quilting.

  16. I just love everything about this quilt from the family members coming together idea, to the sweet little pumpkin it’s for! You rocked the quilting too Roseanne; leaves and swirls has been a long-time favourite of mine to quilt. And the backing? Perfection.

  17. What a wonderful idea and such a happy quilt!

  18. Today’s post is a work of art in itself.
    This quilt is one case where ‘squishy’ pumpkins are A-okay!

  19. Remarkable and joyful!!! Just as your needle dances on the fabric swirling into leaves and curlicues, so does my heart when I see such happy pumpkins that will stay fresh long after fall turns into winter.

  20. Brenda @ Songbird Designs says:

    This pumpkin quilt is beautiful and so is little Alice! I love the motif you decided on for quilting. Great job! I know Alice will enjoy hamming it up on this quilt for years to come!!

  21. beautiful pumpkin quilt- what an amazing family project – you can definitely see the love ♥♥ Alice is adorable and very lucky!

  22. What a great family project, and the quilting looks so nice. Little Alice is quite the cutie, and a natural in front of the camera! Love this quilt!

  23. Shannon says:

    That is a beautiful pumpkin quilt and the quilting is marvelous!

  24. Cheree Hull says:

    Fun quilt and a great way to remember the day! Of course, pumpkins are always my favorite for anything, especially quilts.

  25. Denise says:

    It turned out so good that it make me want to make a pumpkin quilt. Good job.

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