Baby September Squirrel & Hand Quilting on the Botanical

I often have a mama bringing baby squirrels here but it always in the spring or early summer. This summer I had little twins hanging out for awhile, and last year one became so tame that she’d eat peanuts out of my hand.

Some years the baby would be climbing the screens of my window…always a source of great interest to the cat sitting indoors on the other side of the window!

To my utter surprise, there was a little baby September squirrel  climbing the screen, making a racket, in mid-September! I don’t want them tearing up my screen so I tapped on the window, scaring him but he clung on. So I went outside on to the porch and there was mama squirrel sitting on the fence nearby. She’d brought him to the lady who feeds her peanuts. No wonder I have squirrels every year. Mama comes, then brings the babes.

That is the lady that I was telling you about. We gather walnuts from the tree down the road, and eat other things, but if  you come here, she’ll feed you peanuts, corn cobs, and she saves the fruit around the peach pits and apple cores for us as well. Always come here when you are hungry, little one. ”

A bit later, they took off….little ‘un chasing after Mama.

Meanwhile, while I have just been referring to this latest hand quilting project as the Botanical quilt top, for those of you that are unfamiliar with it,  Doreen from Aunt Reen’s Place  and  Dawn from Collector with a Needle had hosted a sew-a-long for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt of 1858.

 I purchased the pattern from the Virginia Quilt Museum and worked on six of the blocks over a period of time for a couch quilt.  In addition to paying for the pattern, if you wanted to work on the actual sized blocks, you had to go to Staples or somewhere like that and pay for the pattern to be enlarged, so I quit after six of them, though I can always use the full pattern for another top down the line if I so choose :)    If you’d like to see other people’s work on this you can visit Dawn & Doreen’s SVBAQ site HERE

When I considered how to quilt this, I thought that I’d echo quilt. I did that in the first block. But as I looked at the blocks, without planning it, three would work great for echo quilting and three would do better with crosshatch and they’d all be opposite of each other….so that is what I decided to do.

This block was echo quilted and then I followed the wavy lines of the musical notes in the background fabric.

I finished up the cross hatching on the second block :

The cross hatch goes much faster. The third block will take awhile ( echo ) …I just started it.  Any Slow Stitching going on this weekend will involve the hand quilting of this block.

One more thing before you leave :)   I was on my way to the grocery store the other day, sitting in traffic due to some road construction, so I took a phone photo of this house on the main street.

They decorate like this on a yearly basis :)  This is their late-summer decor. They’ll go full-out for Halloween in awhile, as well as for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Spring and then Summer :)  This is just the front! They do this around the entire house.  When I take a walk I am amazed at the back of the house as much as at the front.

Do you have any places like this in your area?

My sister lives in a housing plan about 20 minutes from here, close to where my mom is, and where I grew up, and one of the houses on the main street prior to entering the plan goes crazy at Christmas. The kind where the entire house and yard is lit up and people make a point to visit it. They add on every year.

THAT place is the kind that has grown so much at Christmas that they take donations…here, the neighbor just likes to decorate ( and I guess climb many a ladder to do so :)  Whatever they go through, I enjoy seeing it :)

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Mid-September

We’ve been having the sort of weather where you have to change clothes 3x per day. Long sleeves and a sweater or hoodie in the morning, changing to a lighter cotton shirt later on or shedding some layers, and then getting fairly warm in the afternoon.

It went to 83 degrees this afternoon…a quick change to something sleeveless and shorts prior to getting 2 of the grandkids after school. That’s the warmest that it has been in awhile. Our chilliest was 41 degrees one early a.m.  and no, I did not turn on the furnace :)

I simply did what Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable does, and she had posted about that last year or at some point.  I got a quick shower, dressed, and put my big fuzzy bathrobe over my clothes for the morning until it warmed up.

I mentioned in my prior post that the DIL had minor surgery ( getting better every day ) and I’d been helping out with cooking and laundry and so on. Yesterday she and I and three of the grands went to the grocery store after school.

I’d forgotten what it was like to do major grocery shopping with little kids but I WILL say that we all started using the long cucumbers in the vegetable section as microphones to sing in to along with the music for a minute or so there , to Mama’s Dismay :)

I  managed to applique another Airship Propeller Block since my last post. I turned this project over to following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month. This month is orange and I had so little that I resorted to peach for one block and I chose pastels for this one.

Fall is coming but we are in the middle of two seasons here and the pastels in the fabric mirror many of the flowers in the garden right now.  ( Cosmos, zinnias, roses, sweet william, foxglove that has returned, an unnamed flower, and peegee hydrangea turning from white to pink  )

Meanwhile while helping out with cooking for my son’s family, one day we did an English Shoulder Roast ( this is so tender ) with Golden Mushroom Soup…I find that this is the best soup to use with a roast in the crockpot.

I roasted some vegetables, made a cucumber salad, and a corn souffle which they all loved. I don’t know why I make this so rarely….only around the holidays…because it is so very simple.

I pulled this photo from a prior post but I don’t see that I ever posted the actual recipe ( the pan that I made for them doubled the original recipe which is below the photo:

  • In a bowl, mix ( with a spoon, no need for a mixer with beaters )
  • 1 can corn or the equivalent of summer corn on the cob, cooked and cut off of the cob
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 cup  milk ( I usually use 2 % )
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter ( to cut up into small pieces and sprinkle over the mixture once it is in the pan )
  • Mix and pour into a pan to cook on 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Check it the same way that you do a cake…if the edges are browning and the knife comes out clean in the middle it is done.  If you double this for a big family or potluck, it will take the full hour or a bit more.

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