I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Patchwork Pumpkin Workshop

Hey Blog Buddies,
Did you guys enjoy the first weekend in May?  We had great weather here, but I spent the better part of the weekend indoors, since I had the good fortune to be able to attend a workshop led by Debbie Stiehler, a talented canvaswork designer.  Fourteen of us were stitching her Patchwork Pumpkin.  She has two versions--this is the one I chose to stitch:

This is the "autumn" version.
Isn't it just the cutest thing you've ever seen?
I've had my eye on this piece for at least two years
(more about that later).
Here is her Halloween version:
This is simply adorable, too.
I chose the autumn pumpkin because
I didn't want it to be too holiday specific.
Here's my progress after two days:
There will be four other football-shaped pieces,
each with 16 different "patches" to be stitched.
The canvas size is 24" x 14", so it's another BAP!
Here's a close-up of the two patches that are completed...
...along with some others that aren't.
That's the nature of workshops:  you hop around a lot!
I discovered this piece a couple of years ago,
and lusted after it immediately.
It was being offered at an ANG seminar in Texas--
too far for me to go, and a little too expensive to get there.
Last year it was being taught in Green Bay, WI--doable!
But the class was full by the time I registered.  (sigh)
This year my local chapter had Debbie scheduled
to teach another one of her pieces right here in Chicago,
but it was changed at the last minute to the pumpkin!  Woo-hoo!
This was my first workshop with Debbie:
she's a great teacher, very funny and down-to-earth.
Unfortunately, it will be my last one
since she announced that she won't be doing
any more traveling after this year.   :(
But I'm really happy that I finally got the opportunity
to do this piece before she retires!
I will squeeze it into my rotation somehow!
Hope you all had a fun, stitchy weekend.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!


Teresa S. said...

Debbie is coming to Spokane in June. I am taking her American Patchwork box class.

But I just started the pumpkin too. I'll be updating my blog soon about it.

I have already finished her tomato. Did you do that one?

cucki said...

Wow it is looking so pretty ..
Big hugs x

Happy Baker said...

I love the pumpkins and I know your pumpkin will be fabulous when finished!

Anne said...

What an impressive project. It will be a fabulous autumn decoration!

Julie said...

Such a fun piece, this is going to be great watching it grow and develop... can't wait!

Lili said...

Nice project!!
Very pretty start!!
Hugs x

Silverlotus said...

Wow! I love it. How wonderful that you could make it to the class with her.

geeky Heather said...

That pumpkin is going to be too cute and it looks like such fun to stitch!! Glad you got to take a class with her before she stops travelling!

Anne said...

Wow! What an amazing pumpkin. Love all those specialty stitches!! Lucky that you got to take a class with Debbie!!

Karen said...

What a cute design! Can't wait to see it finished!

Topcho said...

Wow, what an amazong design! I'll be sure to mess up if I ever try stitching it XD I can't wait to see more of your wonderful start!

Anonymous said...

This is going to be gorgeous! This is the first time I was able to see a photo of the finished project. Lucky you. What a great addition to your "Fall" collection!

Ola said...

Amazing project, must have taken few hours to make:) x

Anna van Schurman said...

Cute pumpkin! I look forward to following your progress on this one.