This quilt was originally a queen size and I wanted it to fit my king size bed. So I added sashing between the blocks, and a wider border. I also changed up the pumpkin blocks a little bit and used five of them (because there are five of us) and left off some of the other applique. I wanted more of an autumn quilt that I could leave on the bed past Halloween.
I machine quilted it on my now deceased Bernina 440QE. I machine quilt everything on my home machine for a few reasons: I can't afford a long arm service, I like to machine quilt, and it makes me feel like I did it all by myself!
I quilted it block by block and it went really well for the most part. I prefer free motion quilting, but I also like the look of outlining and adding ribs to the pumpkins and stems to the leaves.
The applique was all done by hand, using needle turn and freezer paper. I also used bias strips for the stems. I machine pieced the blocks and the borders.
The backing is the wonderful star print by Jo Morton(?) I'm so sorry I am not sure about that any more, but it has been two years.