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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Hey, Y'all! Even though it's still 100 plus degrees here in Texas, Autumn is technically 24 days away. It's almost pumpkin time!! Maybe Mother Nature will take the hint if we all begin thinkin' about the football watchin', hot cocoa sippin', soup makin', leaf-kickin', gingerbread smellin', sweater wearin', nature inspirin' . . . cooler days of AUTUMN!!
A few years ago I was inspired by some wonderful antique silk crazy quilt pieces I found at a flea market.
I loved the rich colors and worn look of them. So what to do with these incredible pieces of textile history? Make pumpkins, of course!
I'm not really much of a seamstress, but with a little thread and stuffing I was able to take each square and make a running stitch around, folding in the corners, and come up with a kind of pocket. I then filled the "pocket" with about a cup of dry pinto beans (to give it a little weight and more shape) and a lot of quilt batting. I pulled it all together to meet at the center then stitched it together. For the stem, I used a wine bottle cork cut in half and hot-glued to the top.
I'm still thrilled with the way they turned out --silk-crazy quilt-perfect imperfectionand full ofwonderful fall color.
So if it's still sizzlin' HOT where you're at, here's a reminder of how beautiful FALL can be.