Island Batik – Pumpkin Fest


This month’s Island Batik theme, naturally, is Pumpkin Fest.

Some years ago, I was contacted by a distributor of Simply Plaid fabrics. He wanted quilters to see the value of using plaids in prints and asked if I would design some quilts using their fabrics. One of the ones I came up with, I named, A Simply Plaid Halloween.

Since this month’s theme includes pumpkins, I remembered that quilt and immediately wanted to see it in Island Batik‘s wonderful fabrics, so I recreated it. Below, you will see the original and below it, the Island Batik version, with which I am so very pleased!


A Simply Plaid Halloween

I enjoy my husband’s artistic talent, so whenever possible, I use his art work. He likes drawing Halloween pumpkins and ghosts, so I took several of them and arranged them to create this wall hanging. I added the moon, a bat, and autumn leaves.

I just had to see how this design would look in the gorgeous Island Batik fabric lines I was given. I must say that I absolutely love the way it turned out! You may notice just a few, very minor changes to the origianl design – more leaves, for one. Also, in the first one above, I actually cut out those very small ghostly facial features and fused them to the ghosts’ faces. This time, with Island Batik’s Sprinkles, I used a fabric marker to draw them. Those ghosts are cute, aren’t they? The pumpkins and the ghosts look like they are all having fun! I wonder if the bat will frighten them off? You think?

An Island Batik Halloween

An Island Batik Halloween – Click here for the pattern.

All the appliques were fused to the background. I left the edges raw. To quilt the background, I followed the swirls in the fabric. I did the same to the borders following irregular triangular lines in the fabric. Irregular lines seemed just perfect for Halloween.

The fabrics used are a mixture of Island Batik‘s newest, plus some of those used in previous projects. – the leaves, ghosts and borders.  The pumpkins and the background are all from their newest fabric lines. Look for them on their website.


Three of the Pumpkin Fabrics I Used.

My Luscious Island Batik Fabrics

My Luscious Island Batik Fabrics

You won’t want to miss any of the great patterns our Island Batik Ambassadors have created for Pumpkin Fest!  Here’s a list. Be sure to visit them all to see their creations!


Bejeweled Quilts

For Quilts Sake

Freemotion by the River

Fun Threads Designs

Happy Cottage Quilter

Kauffman Designs

KISSed Quilts

Lemon Tree Snippets

Made In Scraps

Mary Mack Made Mine

Moose Stash Quilting

One Quilting Circle

Pamela Quilts

Purrfect Spots Designs


The Fit Quilter


  1. KJ

    Both versions are great.

  2. Maria, The pumpkins and ghost are simply Adorable. Very nice 🙂

    • Adele, on behalf of my husband, whose art they are, thank you! 🙂
      I like seeing his art work in fabric. 🙂

  3. Nice!

  4. Nancy

    Maria, the Island Batiks really shine in your pumpkin patch.

    • Thank you, Nancy. 🙂 I agree that they do – and even more so seen in person.

  5. Super cute quilt! Love how it looks in batik!

  6. Maryellen McAuliffe

    Great job! Thanks so much for sharing the list of #IslandBatikPumpkinFest

    • Thank you, Maryellen! Wouldn’t want anyone to miss all the great designs our Ambassadors have created –
      every one of them worth seeing!

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