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I have been thinking about this project for months now. I had so much fun putting it together. I know you'll like it! I love love crazy patch blocks. It is a wonderful way for spastic minds like mine to wig out and just go! Of course I used my Accuquilt dies. However, I only had two sizes and wanted three. Did you know you can have custom dies made by Accuquilt? Accuquilt had 2 sizes of pumpkins so I called the custom department and told them I wanted one sized in between the two I already had. Stacey was so much help! You tell them what you want, and they send you a picture to approve and a price. You say ok, and in about 6 days you have your new die.

So, here is what I got. The small one is pumpkin die #4 large and the large one is on the Accucut site. It is the jumbo size. The smaller pumpkin is available in a Go die.

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The two on the top are the ones Accuquilt/Accucut have in their catalog. The one on the bottom was the resized one to go in between. It was $60.00 plus tax and shipping. 

I wanted to do this with a crazy patch design. I decided to use a tear away to use as a guide. So I cut out a card stock pattern of each and traced it onto the tear away.

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To be honest, the tear away was not the greatest idea. I should have used either a muslin or paper piecing paper. It was really hard to tear off the "tear away" I wasn't sure I wanted to actually tear it off, thinking it would give the pumpkin stability when I appliqued it on.. Seriously in mad scientist mode, I was not thinking straight. 

But I used it as a guide so I would make sure my crazy patch was the right size and I needed a placement guide for the green stem. 

If you are comfortable with doing crazy patch from your head, you start with a center piece like this. (I'll show you how to do it a different way later for you scaredy cats.)

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Match up another piece to one edge.

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Open it up and press. Pressing is very important all along the way. So keep a small ironing board and iron close by. I got tired of jumping up and down all the time.

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Next piece goes on another edge.

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Keep going until the whole pumpkin area is covered plus some extra. 

If you don't want long pieces of one fabric, you can sew a few together and then sew them along an edge.   

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I first sewed a few pieces together a little off kilter and then trimmed up one side
straight.

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  I sewed a few pieces together to match up with the top stem using some green fabric.

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After the whole piece of the pumpkin is covered, use the die to cut out the pumpkin shape. Make sure to match up the green with the stem on the die.

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I wanted the stems to go in opposite directions on some of the pumpkins so some I cut with right sides down and some with right sides up. Here is one pumpkin all done.

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And here is my little pumpkin family.

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Now how to put them together. I decided on a dark blue batik background to set the orange off.

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I decided it needed something. So got out my oak leaf die and got to work again.

Here is the die.

Maple leaf #2 large. There is a GO die that would work great. This one was from the Accucut site.

You could use any leaf dies you want really!
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I sewed some fabrics together kind of catty wampus and cut with the die cutter.

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I layed every thing out and here is what I got. I added a few more with just the red fabric.

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I'll tear off the tear away… it was a totally bummer. Then iron a fusible interfacing on instead. Iron every thing down and finish it up with some borders.  I'll show you the finished project in a week or two.

Ok, I promised to show you scaredy cats how to do crazy patch in a bit more orderly way. If you have EQ6 you can go to the block library and check out foundation piecing blocks. Look for simple crazy patch patterns and print out onto paper piecing paper. C & T Publishing has 3 great choices as these will work great through your printer.  You can print them out in any size you want. Just set up the block size to be a little larger then the die. Another choice is any crazy patch book that has foundation patterns you can print from the book. You can also find lots of book choices at C&T Publishing to teach you all about crazy quilting. Just a little note… if you click on my C&T links and make a purchase. I get a little commission from them. Just make sure you click my link to get there. Every little bit helps..

Hope this helps get the creative juices flowing!

See you next week! 

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