Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunlight and Shadows Quilt Block and Groundhog Day

Sunlight and Shadows Quilt Block Pattern Information

My Shadow

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow –
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an India-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Did the groundhog see his shadow where you live?  Inquiring minds want to know!

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Redwork Birdie Stitches for June - Only 8 Months Late!


  1. That is funny because I was reciting that poem as we drove to the Women's Conference and the shadow was not cooperating to keep the sun out of my eyes. I think the other six women in my car thought I was a bit nuts. If the groundhog had been here, he would have had to over-sleep in order to wake to his shadow. The morning was rain and the sun came out around one thirty.

  2. The local news station said that if that ground hog was here, he'd be run out of town. We're sick of winter, and he told us we get more.


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