Sunday, 21 October 2012

Now There's Some Cheek!

Cheeky Pumpkin
Welcome to my stop on the Wicked Blog Hop! The tour starts today and runs until October 31st. I'm very excited to be a part of kicking this Wickedness off!

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:

Materials:
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)

Directions:
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!

104 comments:

  1. I jusst love this block! Pumpkins are one of my favortie things about fall and this is great. I may have to give this a try. Thanks!

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  2. Great block! The background really does make it look wicked.

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  3. Holy smokes that's soo effective. The pumpkin almost jumps off the fabric ... very pretty!

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  4. wow, you have a real eye for saturated color! Happy Anniversary!

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  5. This is great! I thought you painted it before I saw the closeup!

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  6. Yes, it does look painted, wonderful project - thank you for sharing.

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  7. Wow ... amazingly wow! Your work is beautiful and I'm very happy you shared such a cheeky piece of Wickedness! Enjoy the hop and thank you so much!

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  8. Its lovely - great tutorial too - thanks for sharing.

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  9. Beautiful pumpkin! Your tutorial is fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Wow it almost looks painted. Great Pumpkin! Thank for sharing the tutorial

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  11. This block is just to beautiful. No wickedness in sight! It looks amazing. Thank you for the tutorial~!

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  12. What a great Block, thanks for sharing and the tutorial. Susie x

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  13. Your block is awesome. Thanks for sharing the tutorial and the pattern to the great pumpkin.
    Britt-Inger in Sweden

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  14. Wow! this is fantastic!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Stunning - your shading is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing the tutorial because I'd never be able to make it otherwise! blessings, marlene

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  16. eye catching...beautiful colors....check out well you know..

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  17. Very nice. You have some wicked talent there.

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  18. I LOVE this!!! Will definitely have to give it a try!! Just gorgeous!

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  19. Oh my goodness! What talent you have!!

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  20. Very beautiful effect, thanks for sharing how you made this wonderful pumpkin!

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  21. That is an amazing pumpkin! Pumpkins are my favorite part of fall & I cant wait to try this!

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  22. Great pumpkin!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy quilting
    Bea

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  23. Great pumpkin!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy quilting
    Bea

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  24. What a great block and use of fabric! Thank You for the pattern.
    And now you are stuck with me following you to see all the neat things you come up with.

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  25. This is an awesome pumpkin! Thanks for hopping!

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  26. That is one great pumpkin! Love the colors and thanks for the tutorial!

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  27. I love the pumpkin, the wonderful contrast between the purple, green and orange , just lovely!! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. This is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

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  29. Great post; congratulations on winning Md. Sam's contest. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous pumpkin pattern. This one is a keeper.

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  30. Pumpkins and Hallowe'en, they go together and I love your pumpkins. Thanks for sharing

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  31. Oooo, that is wickedly beautiful--love it! Thanks for the pattern and instructions. ;O)

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  32. WOW...cheeky pumpkin is a piece of art. Congratulations on being honored today. Luv the wickedness you shared with us today. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  33. love the look of this pumpkin I think I will be trying this out later this week..... thanks sew much for sharing
    in stitches

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  34. Wonderfull wicked pumkin.. :-)
    Congratulations to beeing honored as well!!
    I'm a new follower...
    have a wicked Halloween

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  35. That pumpkin is gorgeous! I would love to do one that is about 36" square and stretch it on a stretcher frame to mount as art! I love it!

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  36. It's beautiful, absolutely!

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  37. this is amazing M-R!!! Wow, I dont usually like pumpkiny things...but I love this!!

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  38. Beautiful pumpkin. I love that look of only seeing part of the pumpkin.

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  39. Love your block :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  40. Beautiful; great technique.

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  41. Very nice! Thanks for being part of the hop!

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  42. Got to say that this is a great block, great design, great use of color, great pattern.....outstanding plus!

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  43. love it M-R..you did a wonderful job with the detail and color,..

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  44. very nice...love the way to colors all pop

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  45. Love your choice of colors to make the pumpkin "wickedly" boo-tea-ful!
    Love it because I see a block with unlimited ways to embellish!
    I"m thinking of wicked, spooky words in orange or green on the purple,
    perhaps even a Halloween poem.

    Thank you for a fabulous block and sharing your talents.

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  46. Hi!!! Love your WICKED block!!! Thanks for the fun!!!!

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  47. Wonderful use of various oranges! Love it!

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  48. Wow!! Your block is wonderful!! I just love it!!! Thanks for sharing it with us,,

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  49. Your pumpkin is beautiful, not really Wicked at all. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing it with us Hoppers.

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  50. OMGosh, I love you! I have tons on hand dyes and what a great way to play with them. I am off to "me" dungeon to have me some fun!!

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  51. M-R, Your Cheeky Pumpkin is gorgeous. From California, USA, thanks for sharing.

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  52. How cheeky of you to leave 3/4ths of the pumpkin in hiding!!! Love your creativity!!!

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  53. Absolutely a WICKED PUMPKIN block! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  54. -beautiful wicked pumpkin, thanks for telling us "how to"
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente - Germany

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  55. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  56. Rosemary B here:
    interesting effect with the fabrics.. almost looks like a painting.
    Thanks for sharing

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  57. This is beautiful-looks like a painting.

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  58. What a wonderful pumpkin! Great talent you have to make this look so real!

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  59. Lovely, what a great cheeky pumpkin! Thanks for sharing!

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  60. Wow, I thought that was one piece of fabric at first. Beautifully done. Thanks for the tutoria. :)

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  61. Love, love, love the pumpkin! Thanks for sharing the cheek and for hopping with us :o)

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  62. oh my gosh, what great talent you have. Thanks for sharing and for being in the hop.

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  63. Your pumkkin looks like a painting.It`s just fantastic.Thanks for sharing!!

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  64. What a beautiful pumpkin!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. I agree with other comments your pumpkin looks like a painting. Thanks for the tutorial and sharing.

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  66. You did a great job on the pumkin, its beautiful.

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  67. What a great cheeky pumpkin! Great job!
    Thanks for sharing!
    cheers
    maggie

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  68. It's beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial and pattern.

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  69. Very creative. Very talented you!

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  70. I am going to give this a try...it is beautiful and thanks for the tut...I also became a follower...

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  71. Thank you for the lovely tutorial. It's a fun project.

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  72. Super cool pumpkin block! Thanks for the instructions!

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  73. Whoa! Beautiful pumpkin! Looks so complicated but you surely did a wonderful job with the project as well as the instructions. Loved the purple you used, too.

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  74. very cool, thanks for sharing.

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  75. Purple and orange are my two favorite colors, I love this block!

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  76. Love how you used all kinds of different oranges to make it look like a real picture! Thanks for sharing.

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  77. Very cool block! Thanks for the instructions! :)

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  78. Your block is so beautiful congratulations on being in the top two! It was fun sharing this wicked day with you have fun the rest of the week.

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  79. Love the pumpkin. And that purple fabric you used for the background... I want :)

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  80. Your block is beautiful. I just love to do applique also. It makes things come to life. (I think) Thank you for sharing.

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  81. This is wickedly pretty. Thanks for the tut.
    Congtats on being one of the chosen!

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  82. Such a gorgeous piece! Just lovely

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  83. What a great block! It looks so 'real'.

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  84. Great pumpkin. The shading effect looks good. Thanks for the pattern.

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  85. This is so neat! It looks amazing and like it's not even possible to create something this cool without it preprinted on the fabric.

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  86. This is so elegant!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  87. This is fantastic! Tucking this process away in my head for later.

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  88. Thank you for sharing this wonderful technique.
    Your pumpkin is gorgeous :)

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  89. You are such a talented lady:) I love your cheeky pumpkin.

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  90. That is really gorgeous. It looks just like a painting.

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  91. Great pumpkin M-R! Thanks for the tutorial,,,maybe someday! Thanks for sharing.

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  92. MR, I am so excited to see you on one of these blog hops! I have been in most of them up to this month. I just LOVE your pumpkin, as always you do such high quality work! I still have the goal of getting through all of the colour my World colors before the end of the year!!

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  93. Amazing. I'm just in awe of how you did this. You are so clever and talented. Love it!

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