Jacquelynne Steves

Thoughts of Fall and Quilts….

After some unseasonably warm weather, Fall (aka Autumn in the rest of the world) is here, finally and for reals! The weather is cool and crisp and breezy, the leaves are rustling and rattling, and the crows are calling. We have some GIANT cobwebs in the yard and garden… I don’t know why, but this time of year simultaneously makes me want to nest, but also makes me a little melancholy… end-of-summer blues?? Or perhaps, just less sunlight.

This year we will be having Thanksgiving at our house again… I know it’s still several weeks away, but this fabulous weather has put me in the mood for fall decorating and cooking… so I am already starting to think about the menu and the table. And of course, the fact that my magazine addiction continues is helping those thoughts & plans along…. I think I’ve found a few new recipes I’d like to try…

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Last year, we opted for just scattering the table with found treasures from the yard, and we mixed in some purchased flowers and silk leaves. It was simple and rustic.

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Sadly, Grandmom won’t be at the table with us this year… I have been thinking about her a lot lately. Hard to believe she’s been gone for 2 and a half months now. The dessert in the bottom left of the below photo was her specialty, and my brother’s favorite. She brought it to Thanksgiving last year.

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On a different note, later today my husband and I will be leaving for Houston, Texas to go to International Quilt Market. I am looking forward to catching up with friends and being inspired by all of the fabric and colors and quilts and creativity that abound there…. also looking forward to visiting our favorite Mexican restaurant while there! It always makes me want to come home and make 1000 quilts!!!  You can look forward to lots of photos and inspiration when we return!

I hope you’ve been following my blog for National Cookie Month! So far I’ve shared 3 cookie recipes, the final recipe will be featured here next Monday. Then, I will be sharing Thanksgiving recipes on Mondays in November, so stay tuned (and do a few extra sit-ups!!)

HaveACraftyDay-FallLeaf

9 Comments

  • Linda Rattie
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Yes – you will miss your Gramma this year. So sorry. It looks like she made Cherry Cheesecake. That is usually what I bring as well to meals. My son loves it (as does my hubby) Have fun in Houston. I am so jealous. I have never been.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 30, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      Actually it is her version of Black Forest Cake. Really easy. Maybe I should make this year in her honor….

  • Posted October 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Have a great time at Market….I really should go it is so close.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 30, 2013 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      I did have fun and more importantly met up with some new people- that is always good!

  • Judy
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    The first year of holidays after having lost someone close is always very difficult. Enjoy your time at Quilt Market.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 30, 2013 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Judy! I appreciate your kind words.

  • Jennifer
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    I can imagine that the holidays will be a bit hard for you this year – I hope you can hold on to happy memories and remember the fun times with your Grandmother…..

    I hope you have a good time in Houston – sounds like a fun time!!

  • Jacquelynne
    Posted October 30, 2013 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Jennifer. It has been fun & busy, but now it’s time to unpack and buckle down and get back to work :)

  • Christine
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    I just love your table decorations for Thanksgiving – so beautiful!! I especially love that you incorporated so many natural elements into it. I bet this year will be hard without your Grandmother – I hope you can still enjoy Thanksgiving with the rest of your family.

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