Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Flood, a Finish, and Fur

My last post began with photos of our fall scenery as seen from the back deck of our house.
Our creek runs along the base of the hill, not visible in the above photo but about 30 feet back of the woodpile in the distance.  Forty-eight hours and 4 inches of rain later, the creek had risen about five feet and was well out of its banks

and we could see these rapids from our back windows.

Thankfully the flooding in our area did not cause any serious damage.  There is an inch or so of water in our unfinished basement which will be gone in another day or so when the water table recedes. South and east of us in Pennsylvania conditions were much worse.  But the rains have stopped and the skies cleared late Saturday afternoon.

And, just before supper on Saturday I took the last stitch on the binding and finished the second quilt for grandbaby #8!  These first photos were taken indoors in less than ideal lighting conditions.

These fabrics are wonderfully soft and I tried to keep the quilting from becoming too dense.  After washing it remained nice and soft, the Polydown batting gave it just the right amount of loft yet it is very lightweight.
A closer look

Late Sunday afternoon the skies cleared a bit, the sun emerged for a few minutes, and it was dry enough to try an outside photoshoot.  

my favorite spot to photograph quilts - though better in early morning light

Later as we were eating supper, sort of minding our own business, we happened to look out the window to see this
across the road in our neighbor's driveway
we hurried out to the front porch to capture this visitor who hung around just long enough for us to snap these photos, then lumbered off back into the woods.
No, the cellar wouldn't make a good winter den, thank you!

And how was your weekend?


Barb said...

Oh My that Bear!
great finish and a fun place to take photos.

Debbie said...

Wow, the flooded waters and then the had some excitement! The finish quilt looks great especially in the tree:)

Needled Mom said...

Love the finished quilt! Great photo shoot of it too.

Those waters looked dangerously high. That bear was a bit close for my likings. Yikes.

Barbara said...

Pretty exciting stuff in this post. The baby quilt turned out so cute, and I can't get over the size of that bear!

Janet O. said...

My goodness, it has been rather exciting in your neck of the woods, literally!!
Beautiful finish on the baby quilt.
BTW, the color in that top photo is breath-taking!

Kyle said...

Well, my weekend seemed pretty dull compared to yours. Hope your basement didn't have any damage. It's amazing how fast the water levels can rise. Your quilt looks fabulous out there in the Autumn colors and did you hear me gasp when I saw your bear pictures. He looked very close! Glad he headed back into the woods.

Ruth said...

What an exciting weekend! VERY exciting to see the bear! The baby quilt turned out great! Very unique! Love the backing!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Such a cute baby quilt and oh my that bear and the creek flooding...certainly not a dull weekend there!

Lee said...

Not sure how I missed this post but wow, oh my! You wouldn't find me outside snapping photos of a bear (I had my own midnight encounter with one while camping under the stars in Yosemite a long, long time ago!). Lovely quilt, and hope you're dried out by now.