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 :)

You might also enjoy : Halloween Around Here 

Sharing at Kathy’s Quilts for Sunday Slow Stitching

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25 Responses to Baby September Squirrel & Hand Quilting on the Botanical

  1. Karen says:

    we have way too many squirrels in our area, I don’t encourage them or they would be all over the place – normally where you have one there are more – you might just not realize it!

  2. I don’t know of any houses like that around here, but I’m sure there are some. Love your quilt. And the squirrel story is heartwarming!

  3. Eileen says:

    Hello, the squirrels are such fun to watch. I am not sure if I have ever seen baby squirrels. The quilt pattern is lovely, beautiful work. My son likes to decorate his house for Halloween. I have seen a few houses that do it up for Fall. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  4. Judy Miller says:

    Some people think squirrels are a nuisance, but I love them. Friday I got my squirrel feeder box out and filled it with shelled corn, peanuts, sun flower seeds and such. I want them to start early to fill their tummy’s and stashes to get through winter. It is fun to sit inside and watch them–plus Chippie, my yearly resident Chipmunk. The Blue Jays have come in to feast too–they seem to be happy, by all the screeching they are doing. While I don’t like squirrels hanging and chewing my bird feeders, I don’t mind birds eating from the squirrel feeder, so I keep a mixture in there during winter for birds and squirrels and suet blocks hung up a bit higher.

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  6. Deb says:

    So glad she is teaching her babies where to go for food! Love the decorated house…. We have one down here that decorates for each holiday – so fun to see.

  7. Joyce says:

    This summer we had a teenager (or maybe middle-schooler!) come to snack with mommy on the deck. I’ve never seen one younger. Ever since the oak began spilling thousands (I’m not kidding!) of acorns, the visitors have been fewer in between. Must be ODd on acorns and not in need of anything else – at least for awhile!
    Your quilt is a beauty!

  8. Sharon says:

    I so enjoy your blog!…Couldn’t the folks, open their windows and hang up the wreaths this way?

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Sharon LOL I have no clue :) I might have thought about it incorrectly and made it harder than it seemed! :) I think that when we are trick or treating at Halloween next month I should ask her thanks to you : )

  9. Kim says:

    Tons of houses like that around here and I am such a junkie I take the long way home to pass by so I can catch a glimpse! And I have never seen a baby squirrel. Maybe I need some nuts! ;)

  10. Colleen says:

    While I do enjoy seeing/watching squirrels and deer I don’t want them at my house . , as where they are so are rats and mice and they are not welcome at my house.

    I have a year round hummingbird feeder

    My weather is very different as we are near the ocean on the left coast (West Coast near San Francisco)
    So considered mild climate (this summer was hot hot hot) usually not much temperature differences….No snow No ice

  11. Your quilting is beautiful and since I can’t draw a straight line without a ruler or tape, I am always in awe of your hand work. :-) We have a house not far from us that puts up a lot of blow up decorations on a side yard where people can enjoy them as they drive past on the road. That always looks like a lot of work. But your house beats them all. Impressive but you’d have to really like decorating a lot to go to that much work. Not for me, but it is nice to look at so thanks for sharing. :-)

  12. CathieJ says:

    I always enjoy seeing wildlife pictures. Your quilt is looking so pretty. I like the idea of alternate cross-hatch and echo quilting. As for that house, that is a whole lot of decorating. I bet it brings a smile to many people. Halloween and Christmas brings out the mega-decorators in my area.

  13. Gail says:

    Your hand quilting is just beautiful! We have squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits visit our yard on a regular basis. They are so fun to watch!

  14. Anne Ida says:

    Love the quilt! Your quilting look wonderful! How sweet are those squirrels :-)

  15. You should make the squirrel quilt from Sew Fresh Quilts! Your photos reminded me of that quilt!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching and sharing your project with us… loved seeing the hand quilting update!

  16. Kaja says:

    What great photos you got of those squirrels. Your quilting is looking great; I really love this project.

  17. Kathi Clower says:

    Debra, I really do love your quilting… we have squirrels too and I enjoy watching them as they jump from tree to tree in our back yard :)
    I enjoy homes that are festive like the one you shared… but I don’t have time for all that… I just change the quilt in the foyer on the wall and sometimes at Christmas I will decorate a bit more festive than usual! lol Kathi

  18. You always get such wonderful pics of wildlife Deb!

    Admittedly, we didn’t have too many houses that got all dolled up in Massachusetts because it was so remote no one would see it! Time will tell how it will be in NC.


  19. Aunt Reen says:

    Adorable story and pictures of those little gray squirrels! So sweet that you are part of their family circle now. I love your Botanical quilt. Such soothing fabrics and beautiful stitch work. I hope you consider submitting it into the exhibit next Spring!

  20. Val Reynolds says:

    I love to watch the baby squirrels as they “learn”. Learn to cross along fences. Jump branch to branch…all with a crazy JRT yelping at them LOL As always…love to see what you are working on.

  21. Dawn says:

    I love the alternate quilting in your blocks.
    We have a diligent little squirrel in our yard burying walnuts. So cute.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  22. Grandma Kc says:

    I love your quilting but it is those squirrels that tug at my heart! I have at least 4 different adult squirrels that come begging for food. They really like the black sunflower seeds even more than peanuts. They have such different personalities – there is one female who is so friggin’ noisy the whole neighborhood can hear her! After many years of no squirrels, I love it!

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