If you are new to my blog, welcome! I have an eclectic assortment of finished quilts and projects on the go at any given time and I love to try new techniques. I also co-organize TGIFF!, a fun, touring finish linky party with Laura of Quokka Quilts. We are celebrating our first anniversary this month with OctoberQuest, where participants get a chance to win one of two $50 gift certificates to Mad About Patchwork!
For this blog hop, participants were asked to make a 10.5" or a 12.5" unfinished block that fit the Wicked theme. I wanted to play with dark purple and orange. I had thought about doing this for my Colour My World Orange challenge, but wanted to use purple and green so I saved this project for the Wicked Blog Hop 'cause what's more wicked than an asymmetrical 1/4 pumpkin? Such wickedness not to show the whole thing! Don't you wonder what it's hiding? So cheeky!
This block is made using fusible web appliqué and it can be made either 10.5" or 12. 5". You could also add some wording or do some funky quilting in the negative space. This would also be a great project for some thread painting on the pumpkin or satin stitching the edges down. Or you could just leave it plain. Oh, the possibilities!
To make this Cheeky Pumpkin:
5 values of orange going from light to dark -- 1 is the lightest and 5 is the darkest (Tip: Take a photo or a photocopy of the oranges to make sure that you can see the differences in value). You can use prints or solids (I used a mix of both)
2 values of green
11" by 11" or 13" by 13" purple for the background
Paper-backed fusible web (SteamASeam 2, Misty Fuse)
1. Print out the pumpkin template (Note: The template is the mirror image of your final pumpkin).
2. Your orange value 2 fabric is the foundation for your pumpkin. Use the template to trace the shape of the whole pumpkin onto the freezer paper (Tip: Use a light box or window to help see the lines through the fusible web paper).
3. Cut it out roughly and iron it to the back of your orange value 2 fabric.
4. Cut out the pumpkin along the lines, remove the paper and lay it on your purple background.
5. Trace all the orange value 1 shapes onto the paper side of the paper-backed fusible web. Roughly cut them out, iron to the back of orange value 1 fabric and trim to the traced shapes. Remove the paper and place in position on the pumpkin, using the template as a guide.
6. Repeat step 5 for each of the orange values starting with orange value 3. As you will be layering value 4 on top of orange value 3, make the bottom of your orange value 3 pieces longer so they will tuck under value 4. Do the same with orange value 4 fabric shapes for value 5. Layer them on the pumpkin, using the template as a guide.
7. For the stem, trace one foundation stem piece for green value 7 (the darker one) onto the fusible web.
8. Repeat step 5 for green value 6 (the lighter one) and layer it on top of green value 7.
9. Once all the pieces are in position to your satisfaction, iron them down to they are secure on the purple background. Embellish as desired and trim the block to your desired size.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave me a comment or send me an email. Let me know if you give this a try, I'd love to see it!
Thanks Wendy for organizing a great hop! Hope you had a Wicked time while you were here and do check out the other fabulous stops on the Wicked Blog Hop tour today:
Quilt Matters (Oui, c'est moi!)
Sew Paint Create
See you on the quilt side!