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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Quilting, Family & Football

” How Time Flies” really hit home this weekend :)

I was to babysit Koopa while my youngest went to a concert. He rolled in very late and stayed overnight. Slept for a good part of the day on Saturday and then ran some errands and visited a few friends. When he came back that evening,  I had just started to watch “Titanic” on Netflix.

I’d forgotten how good this movie was! Well I was not sure if HE would like it but he became intriqued and ended up watching it with me and just staying over for another night.  ( Breakfast is usually better here than at his house, just sayin’ :) Plus he sleeps under quilts :)

“How Time Flies” ?? I recall being in a movie theatre with his older brother and some friends of ours, watching this movie. They were in middle school! The boys were laughing at the moms and girls crying. And now here was my youngest seeing it for the first time :)

Well, Koopa got to stay over for another night and have some more porch time…

In my last post I showed Scrappy Granny’s finish and a few readers asked what was next.

Well, I had sandwiched two quilts ; one for tying and one for hand quilting. I worked on each of them for a bit, and then put them aside until I finished sewing the binding on to Scrappy Granny.

I have pulled them both back out.  Awhile back I showed that I had started tying this 1857 top, but some might have missed it.

What is funny is that a Facebook memory showed up today. On August 21, 2016 I had finished the top and taken a photo.

Over the weekend I did some more tying and then finished the hand quilting on one block of the Botanical Quilt.

I really had no plan for this quilt. Audrey over at Quilty Folk often mentions letting the quilt speak to her and that is what I did. I outlined and echo quilted somewhat and then decided to just follow the musical notes a bit. I think that each block in this quilt will be treated differently.

This is from the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt project. I have the whole pattern but just made these six big blocks and put a border on.

A BIG DEAL in regards to football happened to one of my grandsons :)

From the local newspaper….

“The goal many WPIAL high school football teams set before their seasons commence is having the opportunity to play at Heinz Field.

One local team that loves football, despite being several years younger, is getting that opportunity during halftime of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons preseason game Sunday, Aug. 20.

The Division 2 team of the Chartiers-Houston Youth Football Association – comprised of third and fourth graders – will take the stage on the North Shore to scrimmage Southmoreland. Both are members of the Washington/Greene Youth Football League.”

Photos below courtesy of my DIL.

Happy Eclipse of the Century Day ! :)

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