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A Pumpkin for a Cushion

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion,” Henry David Thoreau. I think this quote sums up my feelings every October when the final days of summer have turned to fall. As many of you are aware, pumpkins are my thing, but more than the festive squash itself, I love fall! The sweltering temperatures of summer have passed and the days begin to grow shorter and cooler. The trees burst forth one more time with magical colors in a final sort of celebration. More simple activities take over the day-to- day routine as there is far less work outside to be done. Stitching, sewing, and baking move to the center of my daily calendar and I look forward to preparing for the three coming holidays and spending more time with family and good friends.

Our SGR year has officially begun and already several events are on the horizon. At this month’s meeting, we commence with our Program, Back to Basics, and the wonderful “Adam and Eve” design by Laura Snyder. Prepare to learn new sampler stitches throughout the year and a good bit of history along the way! October’s meeting also includes our Stash Sale! As all of our returning members know, there is sure to be something special you will want to add to your own stash. So come prepared to shop! November’s meeting will include instruction on drawn and pulled stitches as well as final details for both the Christmas Tea and our first community service project, Toys for Tots.

In case some of you need a bit of eye candy to get you through to our stash sale, make sure to take a look at this year’s Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Edition! There are lots of lovely ornaments to choose from by all of your favorite designers. This edition is hot off the press so there is plenty of time to pick an ornament and stitch it up with time to spare before our Christmas Tea. Additionally, there are many new “fall festive” designs from With Thy Needle and Thread, The Scarlett House, and Heartstring Samplery!

Until next time, Happy Stitching!

Danielle Gavito, President

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