The Birds

The ones who visit your yard and feeders, not the movie by Alfred Hitchcock or novel by Dame Daphne du Maurier, are interesting, entertaining and educational to watch.

I admit, my first interest in birds came about as a way to provide stimulation for my indoor-only cats.  I enjoy watching my cats stalk and talk to the birds as they perch atop a condo or run from window to window.

It’s amazing how many different birds visit our yard and how a bird can tell just the right time of day the mealworms will be replenished.

An old Boy Scouts fundraiser birdhouse, mounted on a metal pole, weathered and chewed on by squirrels, housed a Great Crested Flycatcher family this year.  I have had more residents in this house than any others.

Three babies looking out while Mom or Dad watched from a nearby Lob-lolly pine.


Bluebirds love mealworms.

In South Carolina, a house cannot be a home without the Carolina Wren.  They will build a nest anywhere.  And don’t leave your garage door open for any length of time, unless you want them to build a nest in your garage.

We have Cardinals, Black Capped Chickadees, Towhees, Warblers, Downy, Hairy and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, and dozens more.  Blue Jays are beautiful, just not my favorite because they scream like a hawk and chase all the other birds away.

DSC_0283 Downy woodpecker.

If you love the birds but hate the squirrels, there are variations of bird seed, safflower for one, that squirrels hate.  You can also purchase suet and other seeds infused with hot pepper.  Yowzah!  It doesn’t bother the birds but those pesky squirrels will go bother someone else.

Quilt of Valor Presentation

Honored to wrap North Springs resident, retired Field Artillery Officer, Norman Butler, in a Quilt of Valor.

A Quilt of Valor for every Veteran in our neighborhood is a North Springs Home & Garden Club initiative.  I’m sewing and Donna Royson is quilting as quick as we can to realize this effort.  To continue watching over our Veterans, Donna adds a “Guardian Angel” to every quilt.


Quilts to the Rescue

Quilts to the Rescue  is a charitable 501c3 organization that sells and auctions off quilts to raise funds for animal rescue. They earmark funds for senior or hard to place animals.

Quilting friends, you can help by sending pieced tops and/or quilts.  QTTR supplies backing, batting and binding and they will quilt them.  Full/queen and king sizes are preferred.

For my friends involved with animal rescue, you can request a quilt to be auctioned to raise funds for your organization by completing the application on their website

Send your tax deductible quilt or pieced top to:

Quilts to the Rescue, 1347 W. Isabella Road, Midland, MI 48640


Quilt Guild Meetings

I love attending quilt guild meetings.  They are fun and informative.

Devine Quilters hosted Bernadette Houghton last night.  If I remember only one thing from her program, How to Enter a Quilt in a Show, it is, don’t be offended by the people who critique your quilt.  Embrace their feedback and incorporate their suggestions in to your work.

Personally, Bernadette does not like lots and lots of quilting in her quilts.  She listened to the comments, “Not enough quilting,” in her early work.  She was not offended – instead, she kicked it up a notch.  You can see how her work has progressed from her early days to today on the Devine Quilters Facebook page.

I also love attending guild meetings so I can see my other quilting sisters.  They always keep the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt initiative in mind when shopping and organizing their quilting materials.

Thank you Beth Karr and Cindy Munn for your batting scraps and kennel quilt fabrics!  Quilting sisters, you ROCK!

June Recap

June has flown by!  While absent from social media, I have been busy working on many different projects.  Here is what I’m sewing this month.


French seam pillowcases for children in foster care.  You have heard the sad story before.  Children are removed from a family situation.  When instructed to collect a few personal items, if they even have a toothbrush or change of clothes, it goes in a plastic bag.  Social workers give the pillowcases to the children, to give them something of their own.  A small thing that means so much to a child caught up in a world they did not create.

Preparing for the next call for kennel quilts.  Not including holiday fabrics, 122 are done and ready to ship.  All of my donated batting is cut as is “yards” of fabric.  This past week, Logan Quilt Guild  held their annual sale and auction.  One of my goals was to buy as much cat and dog fabric that I could find and I was successful.  This adorable polka dot cat fabric was donated to the guild by the manufacturer.  I might have to keep one of these kennel quilts for my own kitties.


Quilts of Valor.  Three different projects, all using scraps.  Stars, Bricks and Stones and stars I’m playing with made with scraps from other Quilts of Valor.


The Ultimate Scrap Busting Quilt is a work in progress.  It’s on paper right now – both the design and the strips – hope to submit the finished project to Quilters of South Carolina as a class for 2018 Pieceable Retreat.  The current design will require approx 200 blocks.  I am learning that designing a pattern is not an easy task.

There is an embarrassing stack of fabric and blocks sitting on the ironing board in need of pressing.  It’s just too hot and humid to catch up on right now.  In the meantime, I’ll start more projects.

Mark Your Calendar

99K Singer

This Singer 99K – in a cabinet and sewing beautifully! – is only one of the items available at Logan Lap Quilters annual sale and auction on June 20th.  The event of the year will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 605 Polo Road, in Northeast Columbia.  The sale starts at 10:30 AM.  The auction starts after lunch.

Jane Gold and Theresa Coolidge are our auctioneers for what is always a fun event.  Bring your enthusiasm, plenty of money and oh yes, scraps.  We plan on having a scrap box where you can fill a bag for $.  This is a good time to clear out some scraps that others will treasure.  For members, this is a covered dish event and since we always have plenty of food, guests are invited to join us for lunch.

We are a warm and welcoming quilt guild and would love to have you join us.  For more information, talk to a guild member while you are at the sale and auction.

All About Cats

PetSmart hosted their big MEOW event today, All About Cats.

Lots of coupons, handouts and rescue groups, cat related, were in my local store.  I met a group of volunteers with CAT (Cat Around Town Project).  When I noticed all the kitties were in their kennels on towels, I had to ask if they were familiar with the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt program.

CAT knows about us now.  And I was happy to go home a pick up 30 kennel quilts to get them started.  Annie immediately started making biscuits and Peaches promptly curled up for a nap.

Both of these sweet kitties are in need of a furrever home.  And I was happy to make the introductions between both volunteer groups.


2nd Quarter Challenge Complete

Earlier this year, Aby Dolinger issued the 2017 Pre-cut Challenge.  A specific pre-cut is designated for each quarter.  All you need to do is incorporate the designated pre-cut in to a quilt.

The 2nd quarter challenge was Jelly Roll.  Those 2 1/2 inch strips are so addictive, rolled up and wrapped so pretty and as Aby points out, “…they simply become colorful decorations on the shelves in our sewing rooms.”

Blueberry Crisp, a collection of batik Tonga Treats is what I used to make Plum Pie.  This layout is a variation of Spiral Strips (Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott).  It’s the secondary design and second border that caught my eye.


I used the scraps of the strip sets to make the second border.  It wasn’t until I photographed the top that I realized the cream colored fabrics blend in to the first and third borders.

Plum Pie finished at 66″ square and will be a charity quilt.

One of These is Not Like the Other


Turning Diamonds, a class taught by Donna Royson at the Quilts of Valor retreat, offers two different results from the same fabric and layout.  It’s all in how you cut it apart.

Would you like to get this pattern for free?  The pattern is included in the kit of a Quilt of Valor.  If you make the quilt top, you get to keep the pattern!  It’s such a deal.