Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October Eves....

Visiting all the wonderful blogs these days can sure attest to the popularity of Halloween - so much creativity and whimsy going on.... here at Taylorsoutback, things are very low key compared to many others. The overall look is more of Autumn - a leafy garland along the fireplace mantle, a bundle of Indian corn on the table or perhaps a favorite seasonal tea pot waiting to serve a delicious tea.

Propped on the hallway bench is a large pillow - this came out of a long ago workshop I took with Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. It was my introduction to working with wool applique and a lot of fun...

But the real conversation starter is the rather large embroidered pumpkin - which some of you may have been introduced to before...
Thinking this was going to be something smaller, I started cutting out the pieces and quickly realized that it was not going to fit on the coffee table very well. So every Autumn, it holds forth on the buffet, making its own statement...and a reminder to me to check dimensions of patterns before purchase:o) To give you an idea of its scale, there are 8 yards of braided green cording surrounding it. I must admit though to having grown rather fond of it over the years and always chuckle when I walk by.

A few other minor accents, and that is the story of Autumn at Taylorsoutback...Miss Jenny has us on a Fall Break with Alphabe-Thursday - so be sure to visit all the other Autumnal postings.

"Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
Now for October eves!"
-Humbert Wolfe 

 

25 comments:

  1. Your decorations are lovely. That is a big pumpkin!

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  2. Hi Pat! What a great embroidered pumpkin! Looks like your house is all ready for Fall. I really like the poem and my October Eves!

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  3. I love your teapot! It is beautiful and your post is lovely. I like the autumn them here too. Enjoy the week.

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  4. Pat, you have such lovely handmade things! I know they are treasures to you--they would be to me, too!!

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  5. Somehow I 'disappeared' my own comment! I wanted to say that I love the wool applique cushion and that all of your needlework is witty or beautiful.

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  6. These are beautiful! I love the big pumpkin!

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  7. Your pumpkin is lovely! I am sure it will look wonderful anywhere in your house.

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  8. Oh such lovely handmade goodies these are! Bring on the October Eves for sure, but make sure they're warm! Okay!

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  9. We keep things pretty low key here, too, except when our empty nest is filled with visiting kids!

    =)

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  10. Your decorations feel very much like autumn and I admit I like your fabric pumpkin even if it is BIG. :)

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  11. Way too ambitious for a confirmed Halloween slacker like me, but I'm so glad that other people take the time so I get to enjoy it too. :) Thanks

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  12. Your primitive pillow is wonderful! All of your decorations are lovely. (Ooooh, that teapot!) Welcoming in the autumn season is my style also. Never paid much attention to halloween, except for the children's costumes when they were small. Happy autumn!

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  13. I love the teapot and the pumpkin. It's not a big thing in our part of the world to decorate for the seasons.

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  14. I love your teapot and that pumpkin is absolutely fantastic! It would make me smile too :)

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  15. Lovely decorations! I have seen that pumpkin in a shop and was surprised at the size too. I love your pillow.

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  16. I'm not a great fan of Halloween decorations, a few autumnal touches here and there but pumpkins are for children.

    I no longer have any children, besides Halloween razzmatazz was not the custom in Germany in my childhood. It was much more a religious festival.

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  17. What a wonderful post; so classy! I must confess I don't really 'do' Hallowe'en anymore. I find your autumnal decorations are absolutely beautiful. The teapot is charming but the real showstealer is your pumpkin which is gloriously overgrown.

    Redbush tea with maple syrup? Lovely.

    I hope you don't mind I linked to your blog on my last post; I was just so very grateful for your kind words on my previousl post. Thank you.

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  18. What a fantastic pumpkin! All we have run to is one solitary pumpkin on the table outside, face carved by my daughter - it all seems to be passing my by at the moment!

    Pomona x

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  19. I lover your Autumn decorations! Maybe because the seasons aren't as well defined where I live, but I don't have seasonal decorations. I love yours! It makes me want to go out and buy some!

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  20. Your autumn decorations are lovely! But gee whiz Pat, no matter how hard I look, I can't see any bittersweet!!
    =: o

    (oh well, "good things come to those who wait")

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  21. what a fun post to look at. I love that tea pot and your embroidered pumpkin is wonderful.
    great pillow too - well everything I guess!!
    xx

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  22. What treasures! Love your style girl!

    Sorry for the late visit!

    This was wonderful.

    A+

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