Enter If You Dare – Stack O’ Jacks

It is my turn today to show my project for the Enter If You Dare Blog Hop. A big thank you goes to Marian of Seams To Be Sew for organizing it and for inviting me to participate. This is my first blog hop but definitely not my last, I had a lot of fun coming up with a project for today. We had our quilt show here in town on Friday and Saturday, and I was busy both days as a vendor selling patterns and also as a guild member helping with the set up, so I didn’t want to do a big project and considered a mug rug. But inspiration doesn’t work that way… When I thought of doing something with shadow pumpkins on an orange background I realized that I wouldn’t be able to include a lot of detail in a mug rug. Okay, it would have to be a wall hanging instead. The pumpkins are based on actual pumpkins that my husband carved a few years ago, so the project is a family effort. I played around with the layout, and then the name “Stack O’ Jacks” suddenly popped into my head. I thought it was funny, so I stacked the pumpkins on top of each other and decided to keep them that way.

Stack O' Jacks

Heute bin ich an der Reihe, mein Projekt für den Enter If You Dare Blog Hop zu zeigen. Ein großes Dankeschön geht an Marian von Seams To Be Sew für die Organisation und die Einladung, daran teilzunehmen. Dies ist mein erster Blog Hop, aber ganz sicher nicht mein letzter, ich hatte viel Spaß daran, mir ein Projekt hierfür auszudenken. Wir hatten ja am Freitag und Sonnabend unsere Quiltshow hier im Ort, und ich hatte dort einen Stand, um Patterns zu verkaufen, und gleichzeitig bin ich auch Gildemitglied und habe beim Auf- und Abbau geholfen. Daher wollte ich kein großes Projekt planen und dachte erst an einen Mug Rug. Aber wie das so ist mit der Inspiration, sie geht ihre eigenen Wege. Ich hatte dann die Idee, Schattenkürbisse auf einen orangen Hintergrund zu legen, und mir wurde schnell klar, dass ein Mug Rug zu klein ist, um dort ins Detail zu gehen. Also mutierte der Entwurf zu einem Wandbehang. Die Kürbisse basieren übrigens auf echten Halloween-Kürbissen, die mein Mann vor ein paar Jahren geschnitzt hat. Während ich mit verschiedenen Entwürfen herumspielte, fiel mir plötzlich der Name “Stack O’ Jacks” für das Muster ein, und das fand ich lustig, also stapelte ich die Kürbisse aufeinander. (“Stack” bedeutet Stapel, und Jack ist hier die Abkürzung für Jack-O’-Lantern, so heißen die geschnitzten Kürbislaternen auf Englisch).

A closer look at the pumpkins and their real-life ancestors:


Zur Feier meines ersten Blog Hops ist die Anleitung für “Stack O’ Jacks” bis Halloween als kostenloser Download verfügbar. Im November verschiebe ich das Muster dann in den Shop, bei Interesse also bitte gleich herunterladen. In meinem Kürbisstapel sieht man die Stiele der Kürbisse zwar nicht mehr, die Schablonen in der Anleitung sind aber für die vollständigen Kürbisse. Wer sie also nicht stapeln möchte, kann leicht einzelne Blöcke daraus nähen und anders anordnen, es sind viele Variationen möglich. EDIT 1. November: Die Anleitung ist jetzt als Kaufmuster im Shop verfügbar.

To celebrate my first blog hop I will have the pattern for “Stack O’ Jacks” available for free download until Halloween. In November I will move it over to the shop, so be sure to download it right away. Although the stems of the pumpkins are not visible in my stacked version of the design, the templates are for the whole pumpkins, you can easily make them as individual blocks and even turn them into a table runner. Or just pick one and turn it into a pillow. The possibilities are endless, and I hope you will enjoy this project as much as I do. EDIT Nov 1: The pattern is now available for purchase, either here or on Craftsy.

Design variations:

And now it’s time for the giveaway! This is organized by Marian and she makes the rules, you can find them at the bottom of this post. Our sponsors are Fat Quarter Shop with a $75 gift certificate and Timeless Treasures, they donated five lovely fabric bundles. A big thank you to both companies for their generosity.

Es gibt auch Preise zu gewinnen! Die Verlosung hat Marian organisiert, und sie stellt auch die Regeln auf, sie sind am Ende dieses Posts zu finden. Sponsoren des Blog Hops sind Fat Quarter Shop mit einem $75-Einkaufsgutschein und Timeless Treasures, die gleich fünf Stoffpakete gespendet haben. Herzlichen Dank an beide Firmen für ihre Großzügigkeit. Hinweis: Die Portokosten für den Versand der Stoffe müssen vom Empfänger getragen werden.

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Today’s giveaway bundle

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Und zum Abschluss kommt hier noch die Übersicht über die teilnehmenden Blogs, es lohnt sich, dort vorbeizuschauen.

And last but not least, here is the full schedule, be sure to visit all the participating bloggers to see their fun Halloween projects.

 Wednesday, Oct 18
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Doodles
Tea Time Creations
 Thursday, Oct 19
Tweety Loves Quilting
Patchwork Breeze
Quilt In Piece
Ms P. Designs USA


 Friday Oct 20
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Just Because Quilts


 Monday Oct 23
Bumbleberry Stitches
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Pumpkin Patch (that’s me)

 Tuesday Oct 24
Words & Stitches
Seams To Be Sew
Moose Stash
Quilted Delights

Marian’s Blog Giveaway Guidelines:

Please take the time to read it.

  • Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.
  • You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.
  • All winners will be announced on October 25, 2017.
  • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  • Winners are expected to pay shipping costs for the product they won.
  • You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don’t do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.
  • In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway… do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and… Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don’t win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.
  • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  • You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.
  • The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
  • Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn’t read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.





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124 responses to “Enter If You Dare – Stack O’ Jacks”

  1. Christi says:

    I love your pumpkins, stacked or individual.

  2. Betsy says:

    Very creative , thank you

  3. Janet Parde says:

    Thank you for the pumpkins pattern. My grandson loves it!

  4. Susan L. says:

    I love your Stack O’ Jacks Banner! Thanks so much for the pattern!

  5. Alida says:

    Very cool project!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Beatrice says:

      Thank you, Alida. Yours too… I just took a quick look last week, I had no time with the show this weekend. I will catch up today. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I love the wall hanging and the variations you suggested!

  7. Allison Evrard says:

    I love your Stack O’Jacks! They really do look like their “ancestors.” Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.

  8. Liz Horgan says:

    I love your stack ‘o jacks—they are so much fun!

  9. Nancy says:

    I love your pumpkin designs and the fact that you used something from your family memories to keep it alive. Great job.

    • Beatrice says:

      Thank you, Nancy. I figured there was no need to reinvent the wheel since my husband’s designs looked awesome. The vampire is my favourite.

  10. Karen P. says:

    Love seeing your inspiration!

  11. Cindi Young says:

    This one is my favorite today!

  12. Jayne P says:

    Thank you for sharing your pumpkin designs. I think I would use them in a mini quilt

  13. The stacked jacks are great!

  14. Tami Von Zalez says:

    While the pumpkins are great, I particularly like the creation in your blog header ~

    • Beatrice says:

      Thank you, Tami. That’s “Third Weekend in October” by Ruth Powers, the first quilt pattern I ever bought. I was completely in awe and thought I would never be able to make it 🙂 I love that quilt very much.

  15. Joan says:

    These guys are so darn cute. I have to make them up before the big day next week! Thanks for the delightful pattern

    • Beatrice says:

      Thank you, Joan, I am glad you like them. I would love to see a picture if you make something from the pattern!

  16. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    Great designs on those pumpkin faces.

  17. Pam McDonald says:

    Those Jacks made me giggle! Thank you for the pattern 😀

  18. Margaret Handlin says:

    Those pumpkins are just toooo cute. Thank you for the pattern.

  19. Laura says:

    Love the personalities of your Jack o Lanterns. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Tammy Lyons says:

    Love your stack o jacks. You did a wonderful job. Love the orange and black. Your husband did a great job making his jack o lanterns too…Thank you very much for the free pattern .

  21. Lori Smanski says:

    this is wonderful. thanks for sharing the pattern

  22. Allison says:

    Thanks for the pattern – alaready downloaded it! Great design!

  23. Darlene Slocum says:

    The pumpkin Stack is a winner!

  24. Carol Nelms says:

    Very cute, thanks for sharing and the giveaways!

  25. Teri says:

    Love your jack o lanterns! Thank you for sharing.

  26. Angela J Short says:

    Very cool project. Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  27. Cathy B. says:

    How great that you were able to use actual pumpkin models! I was looking for a vertical pattern – thanks for sharing!

  28. Nancy A says:

    Wonderful pattern — thanks for making it available to us.

  29. Lisa Marie says:

    I love your pattern and your clever name for it! Thanks so much for sharing. Looks like your husband has some great carving skills.

  30. Jan N. says:

    Awesome wallhanging! Love how you used the faces from pumpkins your husband carved. Great idea.

  31. Love your wallhanging! I must make this! Thank you so much for the free pattern!

  32. Wendy says:

    Love your Stack of Jacks! Great wall hanging and family project. Thank you!

  33. Nancy says:

    Wow, your husband is a very talented pumpkin carver! And you are a talented quilter..just delightful. And thanks so much for generously sharing your creation and the pattern!

    • Beatrice says:

      Thank you, Nancy, I will pass your compliment on to him. And thank you for your kind words about my work as well.

  34. Sandi says:

    I love your pumpkins! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  35. Janet T says:

    Thank you so much for the table runner pattern. Love the jacks!!

  36. Frances Campbell says:

    What a great project for your first blog hop. Love that it is based on real carved pumpkins.

  37. Vicki H says:

    I love the faces on your pumpkins. Thanks so much for sharing.

  38. Melany says:

    I love your stack of jacks. They are sew cute. I also love the versatility of them. Thank you.

  39. Sue Nugent says:

    Love your Stacked Jacks. They are so much fun.

  40. Barbara Brannon says:

    Oh my! These are just wonderful! Thank you so much for the pattern! Love them!!!

  41. Cecilia says:

    Very cute! I love your Stack of Jacks! Thank you for sharing your project and the pattern.

  42. Mary Furber says:

    Very talented pumpkin carving, I’d say! Thanks for the pattern.

  43. Anna says:

    Tytyty so much I loved it…. happyness04431@yahoo.com

  44. Kathy E. says:

    What a cool project! It is so unique and creative! Thank you for the pattern…I will enjoy making it!

  45. Susan says:

    Thank you so much, Beatrice! That is the cutest Jack O’Lantern grouping ever! I like it both as a square and as a runner.

  46. Melody Lutz says:

    Oh golly those pumpkins have SUCH personality! They are so fun and adorable. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

  47. Marti Morgan says:

    Love pumpkins, and yours are fantastic.

  48. Beth T. says:

    What a fun idea, to memorialize a family Halloween event. Thank you for sharing with us, both the story and the pattern.

  49. Shirley Clark says:

    I love the name! Some of them have glowing personalities! LOL

  50. Robin says:

    Thank you for this clever pattern.I enjoy all your work.

  51. Theresa says:

    Scary pumpkin faces, love it! Thanks for sharing.

  52. Sandra Visser says:

    Thank you for sharing your Stack O’ Jacks pattern

  53. Bonnie Larson says:

    I love your quilt. Thanks for sharing

  54. Sandy Wootten says:

    Very cute pumpkins and very generous of you to share the design with us. Thank you so much

  55. cindy s. says:

    Thank you for sharing! Love your spooky projects!

  56. Marian Pena says:

    Beatrice, I love the stack’o’Pumpkins. As popular as silhouettes have become, this is a lovely way to display the pumpkins. I love them on the orange background. I will definitely make this pattern and thank you so much for the pattern.

    • Beatrice says:

      Thank you, Marian, for inviting me to participate and for all the work you did to make this possible. It was a lot of fun!

  57. Carol S. says:

    Love the stacked pumpkins…spooky!

  58. Jacob says:

    what a cute idea and with jack-o-lanterns you can make them as unique as you are!

  59. MoeWest says:

    Thanks for the pattern! I really like this stacked pumpkins project!

  60. Sharon says:

    Very cute! Love the stacked pumpkins.

  61. Lori Morton says:

    Oh my goodness!! Thank you for sharing the Pattern! The pumpkins are Amazing! You are soooo Creative!! 🙂

  62. Lynne Stucke says:

    Your Stack of Jacks is adorable! Absolutely love this project!

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