Friday, November 09, 2018

pick a pumpkin outtakes . . .

Bet you didn't expect to see that in a blog post title today! But I thought it might be kinda fun.  I shared the final projects on my Pick a Pumpkin day (which included a giftaway!) . . .
But you didn't get to see the *process*. 

I shared that originally I was just going to do the valance and added the placemats on the spur. But that's not quite true.  Originally _first_ I'd thought to do a wall-hanging . . .
Designed it in EQ and everything. Not sure what changed my mind, but it was after I'd done the first two pumpkins . . .
I thought about the Five Little Pumpkins song.  Only in my head it was four. 
But wait, you might say, that's not the border you used on the final!

You'd be right.  Because I had the row of pumpkins stitched and ready to add the backing, and I decided the sashing/border fabric wasn't what I wanted. When I was looking for my batting, I opened a bag that had the gold leaf print, and I knew that would be perfect (plus I had enough to do both the valance *and* the placemats).  And it would fit in the RV's decor. And gosh, I actually thought, Oh well, let's just get on with it and be done. But I couldn't physically make myself go any further. I tried, really I did, but I just couldn't do it! So then there was this . . .
A lot of ripping. Good grief! 

But I was very pleased with the change. So then I was looking for an appropriate backing. Because this is what happens when you take on a project, flying by the seat of your pants, without a thought-out plan in place before you start working on it.  I had a piece of a fun print I'd used for some autumn mug rugs . . .
And it was the *perfect* size with a small exception. Yeah -- that tiny rectangle missing from the bottom corner.

What do you do when the perfect print falls short, literally? 
Throw a pumpkin label on it!  And they all lived happily ever after.
Almost. A quilter *was* harmed in the making of this Pick a Pumpkin project.

But I'll live to quilt another day. The Nook, however, needs some serious attention before I can go back in there and let the creative genius flow . . .
Yikes; it may be a while before I tackle anything else . . . !

And look . . . there was one more pumpkin cookbook Kindle freebie.  I know you desperately wanted one--you'll be rockin' the pumpkin recipes next season.  LOL!  This one is Pumpkin Cookbook: Seasonal Pumpkin Recipes by Martha Stone.  Pretty straightforward, non?  I just browsed through the pages really quick, so I can't do more than say it's pumpkins and and it's free! 

Q:  Why was the Jack-o-lantern afraid to cross the road?
A:  It had no guts!!

Okay...maybe I'm ready to retire pumpkins for the year.  Or maybe not?  I believe I've got some seasonal baking left to do . . . pumkin la vista, baby!

:)

10 expressed . . .:

Linda in Calif. said...

Hahaha Love your jack-o-lantern joke. This was a great post, I loved reading it. Oh my gosh - this is exactly how I make my quilts! No plan, flying by the seat of my pants. Or with a plan and then changing my mind. So nice to read (see with pictures) that you do too. Great looking pumpkins - you did good. AND glad to see you will recover to sew another day, looks like that hurt.

tink's mom said...

Yet another smile on my face today. Thanks

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

You are supposed to rip the seams, not your finger.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

And that is the honesty in you - we all have those 'work days', but don't always confess it.

Mary said...

Commenting from my phone this time. You Crack me up, you know! Thanks for sharing the whole process. 'Rippin'along! It happens!! Happy Pumpkin baking, still Pumpkin pie Season!

Needled Mom said...

These are so cute - especially the purple one. I love the colorful addition.

Janet O. said...

You have been a valiant pumpkin ambassador this week, Denise! It has been fun following along.
I think your original sashing choice appears more Halloween-ish. Your final choice is more of a Fall feel.
Sorry you got a boo-boo on your finger. :(
The Nook doesn't look too bad to me--that says a lot about the current state of my sewing room.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Great joke, Denise! My grandkids boys 7, and girl 9, will love it!! Loved that your process is a lot like mine most of the time! LOL I get a little idea and it just evolves from there - sometimes involving a trip to the quilt shop! LOL My creative process flows from my kitchen table (my cutting table-it's tall and about 40 x 83 so it holds a really big mat and a LOT of fabric - to my sewing studio which WAS my dining room now converted - to my quilt cave - and anywhere needed in between! LOL I have a quilt show to start getting ready for for our guild next year and I've been requested to make our donation quilt for next year, so I really HAVE to get everything cleaned up so I can find what I need! Thanks so much for sharing your process and project again! Your purple punkin' is my fave! And, take care of that ouchy!

Kate said...

Changing the border fabric out had to be a pain, but I agree that gold leafy print was perfect! Hope you've recovered from the sewing injury, even when they are small, they still hurt. Happy stitching this weekend.

Kris said...

Oh, my gosh Denise, what a fun, fun post!! LOVE your valance and the placemat!! And how cleaver to use a label to cover up the missing corner!! And I was wondering how you got a picture of my cutting table?? Hope your boo-boo gets better!! :-)