Monday, September 10

What's on the line?

 A "WELCOME" to fall is "on the line.....................

The only thing is............it's not officially fall yet and the temperatures are proof-positive that summer is hanging on for one last fling!  It is supposed to be near 85 today and maybe 90 on Tuesday!! However, when I took this wooly wallhanging out to the line, it was not hot and in fact, it was a lovely day although a bit windy. I have shared this wallhanging before but not "on the line" so I decided it deserved a spot in the quilts that "parade" about "on the line". You can read about the quilt here. As noted in that post, I made the wallhanging in 1998. I gathered leaves from the yard and traced their shapes, then cut them from felt. I used craft felt because I hadn't yet discovered woolfelt from National Nonwovens. ANd yes, I do remember that the leaves that year were almost a colorful as what you see in this piece. Some years they are bright and others they are more muted. I wonder what colors we will see this fall in our area?  This past Saturday, I drove up to Belle Plaine (Minnesota) on Highway 6 which is also known as the Scenic Byway. The road runs along the west side of the Minnesota River and so there are lots of twists and turns and lovely views. I could see that the trees are just beginning to lose their bright green color and turning every so slightly to the colors of autumn. My purpose for the drive.............I was headed to Emma Krumbee's General Store to get some pumpkins............
and realized quickly, when I saw all the cars and people, that I had arrived on the opening day of the annual Scarecrow contest.  It is quite an event!! This big guy is not an entry but stands waiting to greet all the visitors that come to see the scarecrows folks create.
And in the photo below, you can see the visitors heading down the road to check-out all the clever creations that actually win some cash awards for their makers!  I didn't go in to see the scarecrows. In the past, I've been invited to be a judge, though, so I can vouch for how creative folks are with their entries.
I was on a mission to get pumpkins so I headed over here.......
and I found oodles of plump pumpkins that were only 39 cents a pound!!!!
 

There were bushels of little white pumpkin gourds..........

 and loads of little orange ones...........
 and there was squash!!............
 and tons of squiggly, wiggly colorful gourds!!
I bought two medium size pumpkins and three of the little orange ones to add to my front porch decorations, plus a basket of yummy Roma tomatoes. I forgot to take photos of the pumpkins after they made it to the front porch so they'll come later this week. So will those retreat pictures...........and a post about knitting!! That's right. I don't knit but I have something fun to share about yarn! And more fun stuff is coming up. Life is busy, though, so bear with me if I'm a little slow at getting it all posted.
Have a great Monday!
Sandi
 



5 comments:

Grammasheri said...

I love fall and your table runner is a perfect representation of the season. The pictures of the pumpkins and squash make me miss all the times we went to pick out pumpkins with the grand kids in Oregon. Good memories...
Thanks for sharing all this fall goodness with us!

Me and My Stitches said...

I just love all things Fall - pumpkins, gourds, the cooler weather - all of it! And of course, your Fall quilt is the perfect touch to my favorite season!

Beth said...

The fall leaves are great! I need to start pulling out my fall decorations and put up my quilts.
I haven't seen pumpkins yet around here. I will get some when I start seeing them.

Needled Mom said...

It really is getting to be that time of the year. I loved seeing all of the fun fall gourds. The Welcome Fall hanging is terrific too.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

It sure has been feeling like fall here, at least in the mornings. It will feel like fall the rest of the week, too. Yea, windows open.

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