This is the spider who is currently residing outside our front door. It is a hump backed orb weaver, and she is about the size of a dime. She's been making a new web every evening for about 2 weeks in order to take advantage of the moths flying around our porch light. We've actually caught moths and tossed them into the web a few times, not that she needs any help.
Last night, she had a visitor. A small spider (well, in comparison to her) approached her very cautiously across the web. When he got within reaching distance, he stretched his front legs out and touched her front legs lightly. She didn't attack him, so he continued petting her for awhile. I got some slightly out of focus pictures, but it looked like spider foreplay might last a very long time, so I went inside. When my husband came home later, he said he didn't see the smaller spider, so I honestly don't know how the romance ended. Most likey the male either went away unsatisfied, or he was successful and then eaten. This morning she's back to her usual daytime spot, on the dry stalk of a day lily.
Are you wondering how this relates to a blog about CQing? Antique CQs often had webs and sometimes spiders embroidered on them, probably for good luck. Spiders are the fiber artists of the animal kingdom, so it seems completely appropriate to me.