Thursday, August 27, 2015

First Fall Decorations!

My first 2015 holiday decorations are officially done! This is my patchwork pumpkin wall art.



We moved into our house last summer, and I haven't done much decoration in general...let alone any holiday decorations. In fact, we were gone for Christmas last year, and I didn't put up many decorations in 2014 other than a few Halloween ones which were mostly outside.

I really wanted to do some fall decor this year, so I decided that my entry way was going to get tackled first. I saw this and table runner pattern and was inspired:


I decided that I wanted to make some patchwork pumpkin wall hangings. So, I found an outline of a pumpkin and printed it out. Then I used some 2.5" squares in orange to form a large enough piece of patchwork to cut out my pumpkin applique. I backed the applique with Steam-a seam and then ironed that applique onto some linen. I then stitched around the edges with some zig-zags, then stretched it on some stretcher bars on top of some batting.

Viola!



I didn't take any pictures of the steps of my process...sorry! But I found this blog post by Connecting Threads that basically did the same thing.

Actually I made two of them to go around our photo wall. Here they are in my entry way...


I'm happy with the way they came out, although I feel like I probably could have quilted them and put in a little more embellishment to jazz them up. Oh well! I was really just trying to get this project done though so I could move onto the next one! Maybe next year I'll do a little something more with them, but I'm good for this year.

When Christmas rolls around I'm going to put some new wall hangings in this area anyway.

Until later, happy crafting!
Jamie

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25 comments:

  1. Hi Jamie. I love your patchwork pumpkins! Great fabric choices. Sometimes simple is better. Thanks for following me over at Fancy Foot Farm. I've followed you back. I look forward to seeing what you are up to over here.

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    1. Thanks! Looking forward to see your work too!

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  2. They're lovely and look perfect on the wall. Just the right pop of colour.

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  3. They are so cute Jamie and i love how you made them scrappy but otherwise kept them simple! They are perfect little pumpkins!

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    1. Thanks Lara! My husband thinks they are a little boring, but I think that might be because our walls are the same color as the linen I put them on. I'm thinking of a border or something to help it stand out a bit.

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    2. You could attach lengths of ribbon as a border. Maybe with some orange and black polka dots or something?? Could be festive!

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  4. SEW cute!! I can see them on some black fabric of some sort, too (for a totally different look!) I really SHOULD try something like this for our house...

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  5. The patchwork pumpkins are delightful but if you're looking for a way to tie them in with the photo wall, try inserting a small fold of black fabric about an inch to inch and a half from the edge. I have one quilt that needed something and by taking a 3/4 inch strip of fabric, folding it in half and tucking it in before the final border it just popped the block and made it dramatic.

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    1. Thanks Nell! I just may give that a try!

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  6. Sweet little wall hangings Jamie. They set off the photo wall nicely.

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  7. Oh my gosh, I love them! I love anything pumpkin related! Nice!

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  8. What sweet pumpkins. They look perfect hanging on either side of your photo collage.

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  9. Nice, I like your decorating idea.

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  10. I like those pumpkins. You are way ahead of the game. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Love your pumpkins. It's almost that time of the year again.

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