Looking Forward to Fall
As the carefree days of summer begin to wane and school books beckon our attention, the dreams of cooler weather, bright azure skies, and frosty nights begin to fill my thoughts. It's difficult to believe that Fall is nearly upon us. Fall--that break from the sweltering summer temperatures when the need for a long-sleeved shirt or light sweater reminds us that we will soon be visited by winter's unforgiving cold. Fall--the last hurrah from nature's paintbox before the earth settles down for a long winter's sleep. Fall--when the trees and flowers parade their scarlet and golden splendor as a testimony to God's limitless creativity.
Today I picked up this table topper to work on after setting it aside for over six months. I started it for our table last fall and then shelved it when life got busy with preparations and sewing for Kyle and Caleb's rooms. Honestly, I had totally forgotten about it until today when I starting thinking about Fall stitching. I found it tucked away in a stack of unfinished projects, lacking only a little hemstitching and the final quilting.
This little piece of stitchery is one that I believe captures the mood of the Fall season. The center consists of small squares in rich autumnal hues, a mixture of lights and darks. Each end sports chunky flowers, leaves, and berries hemstitched in matching tones. I'm planning to complete it this week. Then I plan to give it away to one of you. Truth be told, I'd love to keep it, but I want to have a Fall give-away and I don't have enough time to start something else. I need to commence the Christmas stitching!!
I'm aware that Fall doesn't officially begin until September 23rd. However, my plan is to draw a name on September 1st. That at least gets us in the correct month, right? If you'd like to be in the drawing, all you have to do is say so!