Friday, November 5, 2010
Thoughts About Pumpkins
Last week I made several pumpkin coasters. Some I'll mail to friends, some I'll keep. Are these not the cutest things? I found a pumpkin applique picture on the internet, printed it off and made a template of it. Waaaaay too big. Started over. Cut the size down and tried again. Better! I used a very light weight fusible for both the front and back and ironed one of them to some batting. I trimmed that, then ironed the other (not sure which was front and which was back!) to the batting on the other side. I did a blanket stitch around the outside and a "hand quilting stitch" (which looks nothing like hand quilting to me) for the definitions of the pieces of the pumpkin. Before I did the blanket stitch at the top I put a wool stem in between layers. When I did the blanket stitch it held the stem in. Done! Quick and easy and uses up some scraps. I should do some leaves the same way....and maybe acorns.
Now that I look at that picture though it occurs to me, wouldn't it make a cute table topper to make a bunch of these and overlap them like they are in the picture and them sew them somehow to each other? There are 5 in the picture so with 2 or 3 more it would make a nice size table topper. I need to think about how to do that.
Do you have pumpkins left from Halloween? I do too. And it's about time to cook them - I've done that before though not often. This time I'm going to try canning the pumpkin. If you've canned pumpkin I'd sure love to hear from you - how you did it, how you liked it, how you used it. Last year I ran out of pumpkin and I hated that! I couldn't find it anywhere and every time I asked at the store they said there was a freeze and it was a bad year for pumpkin. I'm like a little squirrel I guess - I want to store some up.