For those of you who have followed my career, you know I am a little obsessed with pumpkins. I love the shape, I love the variety of colors and I suppose I also love them because they remind me of my favorite season of the year. In this part of the country where I live, pumpkins are grown in home gardens everywhere. They’re also grown in fields for commercial use. As the pumpkin vines quietly grow and spread all summer the pumpkins develop and are hidden by all the greenery. Then all of a sudden, the leaves and vines dry up and pumpkins magically pop into view and when driving in farm country, this glorious pop of color appears with pumpkins spread about like polka dots. I never tire of this scene. Soon pumpkin stands are everywhere and there always seems to be a new variety of pumpkin that temps me to gather more pumpkins to bring home for my fall decor…indoor and out.
Over the years I’ve published dozens of quilt patterns with pumpkins….throws, runners and wall quilts. Most feature pumpkins rather than Halloween jack-o-lanterns so they can be used September through November. Quilting for Harvest is a book that’s totally dedicated to pumpkin/harvest quilts and still available from Landauer Publishing. There are countless projects that are quick and easy to make and with timeless style. Here are just a few projects from Quilting for Harvest… Fence Sitting, Autumn Night and Pumpkin Patch.
Get creative…Polka Dot Pumpkins are my take on creating decorative pumpkins with artificial pumpkins, Mod Podge and paper napkins. Instructions for these pumpkins are found on the Create section of this site.
CARAMEL PARTY MIX is my famiiy’s favorite treat this time of the year. And, I only make it this time of the year. It is a little hard to resist and keeps well in and airtight container. However, it never lasts long enough for that to be an issue. Check out the recipe on Yum!