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

Slow Stitching, Back-to-School & Gardening

I am in southwestern PA. Today was more like October 1st than September 1st! :)

It was around 50 degrees this morning, cloudy and breezy so no sun to warm you up a bit, and late afternoon when I checked, it had not gone over 59 degrees!

Starting tonight we are to begin to see the remnants of Harvey…a rainy weekend is in store for us. While the forecasters are not predicting that we’ll get much, I recall Ike being stalled over us for days on end and this area had major flooding.  Many years prior to that PA. had a similar situation with Hurricane Floyd.

But Harvey and Texas….just breaks my heart. What those folks are going through is horrific.

Here, I am just settled in for a cool and rainy weekend …probably  enough rain to make the grass that I just mowed and the weeds that I just pulled start to grow again :)

  • I have some slow stitching to keep me busy. When I did a sewing review ( previous post )  I realized that 7 or 8 of the little baskets still required circles.  So I prepped the circles to sew onto the existing baskets and prepped a few new baskets for this month.
  • I can always put more hand quilting stitches in the Botanical top as well.  The first block was echo quilted with wavy lines following background musical notes….this one will be a grid.

My oldest son lives in Missouri now, working for Boeing.  He and his fiancee and her son came here last weekend for a wedding.  Fourteen of us met up at the Original House of Pancakes for a long and leisurely breakfast.  After that they had to race off to the wedding but here is a photo that I *stole* from the fiancee off of Facebook :)

Also * stolen* are a few of my DIL’s photos to make this collage. My grands are in two different school districts. Three started earlier. One was on his way back from getting a haircut style that he’d requested.  We don’t have Kate as often as we used to but on this day all grades were represented.

Outdoors, I have tomatoes producing and grapes ripening on the vine.  The Rose of Sharon bushes are still in bloom, sunflowers that I planted in MAY are just opening and the fall tall grasses are ripening to the delight of the birds.

Because I relied so much on seeds this year versus purchasing plants at the nursery, things were a bit sparse early on, but now between the bushes in bloom, perennials, and the flowers from the seeds as well as volunteers, the entire house is surrounded by flowers and exuberant color at the end of August. A few shots as an example…

If you are not in Texas, how about you ? Have you had any effects from Harvey as it moves north or are you experiencing this unusually cool weather lately?  

Having asked that, I remember that when I was a kid, right around back-to-school time it DID cool off.  The same when MY kids were little, come to think of it.

 I have gotten so used to the hotter extended summer temperatures in the last decade or so that I’d forgotten that, or is it just me ? 

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