How can it be September already?! I’m not sure I’m ready for the summer to end but already you can feel the evenings starting to draw in. There’s a chill in the air first thing in the morning.
The apples are ripening on the trees and my little plum tree is heavy with tiny purple plums. This is the first year we’ve had a decent crop of plums. Last year it produced exactly two plums and my son knocked one of them off with his football. He halved our fruit harvest with a single misaimed kick! This sudden surplus of fruit has drawn others to the garden, like this creature!
I know they are villains and disastrous for the native wild-life but there is something appealingly plucky about them! They swing off our washing line and do breath-taking acrobatics on our (squirrel-proof!) bird-feeder. This one posed beautifully for my camera. They’re so common in our garden that the Little One’s first recognisable sound was a special noise she made which meant, ‘Oh look, everybody, I’ve just spotted a squirrel in the garden!‘. We’d all come running to tell her how very clever she was!
For the Calendar Quilt, I added a native red squirrel. The squirrel’s body is made up of four main pieces so it was easy to put together. I used satin stitch to add in the Squirrel’s eye.
After all the vivid colours of the summer blocks, I enjoyed choosing some autumnal prints for the September block. I hunted out some yellow, orange and burgundy fabrics for the tumbling oak leaves.
To fit with the September theme, I added little acorns along the bottom.
When I showed it to the Little One she said, ‘Aren’t the acorns upside down?‘ I was a bit baffled and explained about how they grow, each in their own cup. Then the Middle One came in and said ‘The acorns are upside down.‘ (The Middle One never lacks certainty.)
I had to resort to Google to settle the argument about acorn orientation. I can only assume my daughters spent so much time cartwheeling over the lawn this summer, they no longer know which way is up!
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