Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pumpkin Extravaganza

Come the cool fall weather, I get a real hankering for pumpkin. A slice or two of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving isn’t nearly enough to satisfy my seasonal craving, so I’m always on the look-out for alternative treats.

My friend, Linda, brought me an extravaganza of pumpkin goodies recently: cream cheese frosted pumpkin bars, muffins, cookies, and whoopee pies, each delicious and rich with pumpkiny flavor. To give proper credit, her daughter, Emma, did all the baking. Can you imagine how good their house must have smelled?

Here’s an autumn inspired doll quilt with a pumpkin theme. The pattern is Pumpkin Seed, a slight variation of the popular Orange Peel design. In this case, the appliquéd segments are a bit narrower than the more robust Orange Peel.

18” x 21”

My friend and former QBU colleague, Mary Radke, made the quilt top for me, using Cherrywood hand dyed cotton fabrics. Mary machine appliquéd each pumpkin seed segment to a background square. I hand quilted, outlining each segment and continuing the pumpkin seed design into the border. The design turned the corners nicely at the top of the quilt, but since the bottom corners were unresolved, I filled the space with the date of completion.

Have a great Thanksgiving. I’m very thankful for you!


  1. pumpkin whoopie pies~yumm~!!~

    love the little doll quilt~!!
    and a very clever way to resolve the corner~!!~


    hope your holidays are full of family, friends, happiness and the taste of pumpkin~!

  2. Nice to see a post from you.
    Oh I just love this little quilt
    you have such a wonderful collection of little quilts.
    pumpkin I Love it too and admit to making pumpkin bread all year long!

  3. I've never had a Whoopie pie either :) A favorite pumpkin treat of mine is to spoon pumpkin ice cream between gingersnaps. Yum! Your baked treats look fantastic too. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well--we will be about 16-18 gathered at our house this year. Not too bad a crowd :)

  4. Having transplanted to NE, I am new to the Whoopie Pie phenomenon, too. I'll have to keep my eye out for the pumpkin flavor.
    Love the quilt - those fabrics are just delicious.
    A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  5. OMG this looks fabulous!
    I love everything pumpkin.
    been sick sick sick this week - still trying to catch up on blog reading.
    I'm so happy to see you blogging -xo

  6. The whoopie pies look yummy,I love red velvet and choco. What a beautiful gift from your friend,Thank you for sharing,Amy

  7. Love the little quilt, you know my daughter turned 19 on the 19th of the 9th in 1999.
    Merry Christmas

  8. What a charming quilt-- love the dusty antique feel of the cherrywood and your quilting is beautiful. Funny like Christine I have a 9 story, my sister turned 39 on the 9th of the 9th in '99.
    Thanks for sharing it.
    Take care and if you have a minute come see my antique quilts

  9. Just came from Taryn's link up for little quilts. This quilt caught my eye. Love the look and the hand quilting finished off this special piece to perfection! Very nice!

  10. Another mini discovered at Taryn's link. This is just lovely! The soft, hand dyed fabric colors, the hand quilting, and the year is was completed stitched in the corner... very nice! I'm going to have to spend some time looking at your older posts!

  11. Nice colors and what pretty little stitches!