Thursday, October 20, 2016

Island Batik Pumpkin Fest

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors are having a Pumpkin Fest! First of all, who doesn't love pumpkins? Their size, their unique shapes, their colors are just too much fun!

I personally love pumpkins especially pumpkin lattes, pumpkin scones, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie (I think you get the idea). So I was delighted with this month's theme.


I used wonderful fabrics from Island Batik
that just scream pumpkin. Look at all these beautiful shades. 

I thought of a lot of different designs, but decided on this one! It is called
 "Gibbs in the Pumpkin Patch."

Here is a closer view.

And still another view. Don't you just love how all the pumpkins are not only unique in size, but in color as well?

There is one other thing that is unique about this picture and that is Gibbs, my cat. Do you see that his left ear is tipped?
This is Gibbs and he is a feral cat. His left ear has been tipped which told me that he had been fixed as  eartipping is an effective and universally accepted method to identify a spayed or neutered and vaccinated community cat. He just appeared in my neighborhood one day. I have been working with him for a year. 

It has been very trying at times because he has been very slow to trust me, but he is slowly coming around. 

I thought he would be a "Purrfect" addition to my Pumpkin Fest design as it would be just like him to be in the Pumpkin Patch at night under the full moon.

I haven't quilted this yet as I really like it and I want to make sure I quilt it the right way. Getting ready for International Quilt Market in Houston next week hasn't given me much time and I don't want to rush. So I will share when I do get it quilted later this year.

I hope you will share your favorite pumpkin treats and also tell me any stories about your kitties.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful fall!


  1. What a lovely design and the fabric colors are spectacular. Nice to learn a bit about Gibbs. (At first I thought Gibbs referred to the moon in your design as the gibbous moon.)

  2. What a beautiful quilt and Gibbs is a cuties, can't wait to see this quilted.

  3. I love it! Great job, and Gibbs is so cute to model for you.

  4. Love your pumpkin project Nan. I did not know that about tipping the ear, but am glad to hear there is a way to recognize spayed/neutered feral cats. My initial thought was that maybe he had lost it in a fight. Have fun at market.

  5. love all your pumpkins 🎃 and the cat too. a purrfect touch!

  6. Very attractive pumpkin-y design. (Can you tell I made that word up?) Great project!

  7. All those pumpkins in those lovely batiks bring the colors of the season to life. Having Gibbs included is a great bonus!

  8. Adorable! We once got a mostly feral cat to come to us by sitting very still outside for many minutes while holiding out fresh cooked turkey for him.

  9. Gibbs is a perfect addition to your wonderful pumpkin patch. One of my kitties curls up in the pumpkin basket I use for Halloween treats. The other one crawls under the robes of my Grim Reaper as I am setting him up. They seem to love Halloween almost as much as I do. :)