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The Pumpkins' Arrival

As I look out my window and examine the changing leaves on the trees, I am reminded how quickly autumn has arrived. I really love this time of year and wish it would slow down and stay for awhile. The cooler weather, beautifully changing foliage, smells of pumpkin spice, and fun activities all go along with the season. It also calls to my mind, pumpkins! Those of you who know me, know I love pumpkins and might even have a bit of a pumpkin problem. I stitch them and grow several varieties in my small garden. Yup, I love pumpkins!

A poem dating from the 1630s, “A Forefathers’ Song” tells the important role the humble pumpkin played in the colonists’ diet: “Stead of pottage and puddings and custards and pies, Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies, We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon, If it were not for pumpkins we should be undone!” Yup, that confirms what I have long known; pumpkins are cool and have been for nearly 400 years!

Several designers have released fun new charts featuring pumpkins, both primitive and contemporary. The Scarlet House has released a delightful design called “Fall Frolic”, complete with an adorable squirrel and a stack of pumpkins. Or take a look at Lizzie Kate’s “Autumn Smalls”; there are striped pumpkins, and plaid pumpkins in this collection! Stacy Nash Primitives has issued “Toil and Trouble Pinkeep” or our Challenge piece, Blackbird Designs Away We Ride that would be a fun addition to a stitched pumpkin collection to be sure!

I hope the month of October finds you excited for the season and our meeting on the 8th. Please bring your stitched autumn or pumpkin-themed piece to Show and Share! Also, don’t forget, it is the annual Stash Sale! Bring your donations and some spending money to shop for that must have addition! We have some surprises in store for those who participate in the Sale, either by donation or shopping or both!

Happy stitching,

Danielle Gavito, President

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