I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 30, 2016

30 Dots Has September ~ Dottie 365 plus Nature Notes

"The days go so slow but the years, they go too fast."

Hi! Today is the last day of September.  How come March and April don't fly by like these late summer, early Fall months do?
I have all my Dotty 365 blocks finished for the month, hooray! September 30 block is block 330 only 35 [36, it's Leap Year//  50 to even the rows] more to go! The year has gone too fast.

I continue to enjoy this project, I find it relaxing, yet interesting. I'm excited now to see the final textile that will result from my year's efforts. This month I tried to use darker toned Dot fabrics to increase the graphic impact and contrast in my Dots.
Mostly the choices were things to remember, or references to old times, fun times. A few are scraps from current projects, especially P2, which was my main sewing focus this month.
Morning glories, Monarch butterfly migration...

Full moon and a  medical appointment day.

A sad day, a beach day...

Hydrangeas, P2 flowers, shells....

 Dragonfly migration days....

P2, first day of School, Kitties visited, Cape Cod blueberry memories...

a Mo day or two...and more Cape Cod days, butterflies on the late roses.


A nature note, for those who don't visit here for endless quilt quandaries and musings! [and for me.] As I sit each day sewing on my deck I am now seeing  flocks of birds filling the skies. The migrating birds follow the coastline west, then south. The empty saltmarshes here provide safe resting territory and abundant food, plus I imagine the coast makes a good sight map for their travels. Lately I've been seeing small flocks of oystercatchers. They are easily recognized by their odd awkward flight. In the spring they arrive in small groups of two or three, often nesting as threesomes once they arrive. This is an oystercatcher decoy or carving.

But in the fall they form larger flocks of perhaps eight or ten birds. Maybe they are the parents and babies from summer? In late September they begin their practice flights, round and round the beach. Tomorrow they will stll be here, stalking small somethings yummy along the tideline. But Sunday they will be gone. Just as they arrive always on St Patrick's Day, they leave for their winter homes on October 2nd. I've lived here many years. Some things never change....Have you ever kept a birding journal or nature journal?

PS Finding ''madders'', red-brown prints, once created by a vegetable dye called madder...for Lori's new sewalong. So excited, i's again a mystery quilt.



gone to the beach....

365 Project at Qulty Folk :HERE


  1. I think your circle project has been the most personal I've seen. Will you leave them in order of the days?
    I agree the beautiful fall months zip by and were bundled up far too soon!

  2. The little pug dot looks so much like Mo! Almost the same pose as him at the table, too. Mike says he looks sad, like he wants something you won't let him have. Con artist?

    Love the dots you choose - I STILL think you should leave them in calendar form and not use fill-in dots, LOL.

    I'm glad you're getting out more lately, I enjoy seeing your 'scenery' and have missed it. Maybe not as much as you missed getting out! I hope you continue to improve and can enjoy your long fall season. The marsh? looks like it's already got it's fall coloring! No color here yet...

    Interesting info about the oyster catchers. Makes me wonder how they know what day it is, and when to leave?! Do you know where they go for the winter?

    Take care, and thanks for sharing!

    1. The marsh photos are November of last year, still green here now.

      The oystercatchers don't go so far, just to Florida and the Carribean.

      Interestingly, they DO mate for life, so the pairs/ 3-somes I see are the same ones each year.And yes they do form threesomes! Lol!

  3. The year has gone much too fast! Your circles are wonderful. So evocative and full of memories for you.:)

  4. I love all your dots and the pattern on the background fabrics. Kisses for Mo!

  5. It gives me a feeling of comfort to learn what certain dots symbolize for you. A day in the life :) I never would have thought to add in some darker dots for contrast. You're so good at this.

    I never thought about flocks of birds taking practice flights. I've seen it, just never realized what they were doing. Duh.

    Thanks for sharing your dots, and your musings. Always look forward to it.


    PS plumeria and hydrangea doing well. They're in an area that gets some shade and some over spray from the lawn sprinklers. Hoping for a little rain this winter.

    1. Hi! I m a litle worried aout your earthquake warnings! Hope you will be okay!

      Great that both the plumeria and the hydrangea have survived. And good that you can water your lawn.
      Now that I think it over, the birds are maybe circling to set their nesting location somehow in their inner bird GPS systems? Though I found no literature about that idea so far. As I mentioned I think they are also practicing their group flying, most shorebirds just waddle around and don't fly much until Fall. I saw a big group leave on Sunday morning! Around , around, around..then off! Ooops, to the north, but hopefully...
      I was kind of thrilled, tho sad to see them go.

  6. Some lovely memories to look back on.


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