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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Sharing at Kathy’s Quilts for Sunday Slow Stitching

Little Baskets : RSC September Color is Orange

When I had done my sewing review post, in regards to progress and finishes for the first 2/3 of the year,  I had counted up 31 Little Baskets thus far, following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month.

However when I sorted through them, I realized that 7  of them still needed circles to be sewn on, so I caught up with that in the past week.

The RSC September color is orange.

While I could eat a bazillion of these orange cheese balls ( thank goodness that big jar is not here; the DIL texted this photo as a joke )

and while I have lots of orange flowers…

I don’t have much orange in my fabric stash.  I thought to just use some peach shades that I did have.

I hope that your Labor Day weekend was a good one.  My youngest son came in from the place he rents out in the country to stay for the weekend. His roommate’s family have a farm, and two farmhouses…family were coming in from out of state for a big reunion so he just got out of their way :)

While his dog Koopa, who is two years old now still runs around the yard like crazy and jumps super-high at the crabapple tree….like this collage that I posted in June….

He does have his quieter, calmer moments.

Here, he just cracked me up as he totally rearranged the pillows on the loveseat for his convenience.

There’s been lots of good food this weekend…my garden tomatoes ( the DIL grilled them with zucchini, onions, etc. to toss with quinoa )  and fresh fruit smoothies, and pancakes and bacon for breakfast, and eating too much potato salad :)  Did you you have a nice Labor Day weekend?

Here’s wishing you a good week. I need to cut out some new templates for an Airship Propeller block ( the current freezer paper ones are pretty shabby ) and decide on another Elizabeth’s Pride block. And there is lots of yard work coming up down the line…

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