IMG_1484We are about to wrap up one of the best fall seasons in memory here in Minnesota.  We have had eight straight weekends of sunshine, warm, daytime temperatures and cool evenings.  These are all the requirements for beautiful leaf color everywhere.  I try to visit the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this time of the year.  It’s a pretty spectacular place with great architecture and sprawling acreage of beautifully landscaped gardens and forests of every kind of tree possible that thrives in this climate.  Never underestimate the power of spending time in nature.  It is so restorative and inspirational.  I snapped a few pictures to share with you on my day out and about.  You can see where my inspiration comes from for my fall fabric collections.  Since fall color is so important to me, it was a strong consideration in the plants and trees I chose for my own yard.  Not only do I have beautiful foliage during the  spring and summer, when October comes my yard pops with color.

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

IMG_1485University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

IMG_1486The view out my front door at my house.

IMG_1082Pumpkin house at the Arboretum

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pumpkin hill house129Pumpkin Hill House is my quilted interpretation of a pumpkin house.  It is found in the Thimbleberries Small Wonders book published by Landauer Publishing.  This is a great book to find a number of small fall and Halloween projects that are pretty fun to make and even more fun to use and display. Check out Seasons for more views of projects from Small Wonders by Lynette Jensen.