I really can’t explain why, but I love it when I see a big old crow and he goes “Caw, Caw.” Then he may strut around a bit and say it again; this always makes me laugh.
So when I decided to make a Fall table mat, I knew it had to have some of these charming cawing birds.
The applique pieces are my own drawings, I do love to doodle. For some ideas, I googled a few key words including “garden signs.” When I saw a photo of a “No Crows” garden post, I knew I had to add one of my own to my little pumpkin patch!
I did zig zag stitching around the pumpkin applique pieces and raw edge for the birds and sign. I also straight stitched around the outside of each piece. To finish, I free motion quilted a loopy pattern on the bottom for a vine-like feeling and a kind of meandering pattern for the open space, to look like the clouds in an Autumn sky.
I drew the big crow’s feet (talons?) and sign lettering directly on the fabric with a Sharpie pen.
Oh and I made the big fella a hat that I forgot to applique on. Now I am not sure if I want to, what do you think?
Autumn was late this year, as we had a veritable September heat wave here in Pennsylvania, with temperatures into the 90’s for many days in a row. As much as I love the thought of a postponed winter, a recent cool crisp day was welcomed. Yesterday it was a sunny 69F and a perfect day to go to the Bloomsburg Fair.
I found this “Scared Crow” roosting amongst the Scarecrow contest exhibit. Dorothy deservedly took a ribbon, but the crow won my heart!
- A group of crows is called a murder.
- “A crow’s brain is the size of a human thumb, huge relative to its body, putting their intelligence on par with primates and allowing them to solve complex problems. –CBS News
- Crows have been known to have a penchant for shiny sparkily items, and have been reported to making off with coins, metal bits and even family jewels! 💍
Hoping all is well in your corner of the world.