Moved Out of UFO Column

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Not sure how long this small quilt has been a UFO.  Long enough to have used fabric intended for the binding on another project.  Batiks are great, finding another coordinating fabric was easy.  So happy to move this project to the completed column.

On to the next project, kennel quilts.  The “Kershaw Group” of longarmers gifted me a ton of batting scraps followed by fabric from Susie Necker.  I think kennel quilts will be a project for the Tabor City Quilt Retreat.

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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.

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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.

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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 http://www.quiltstotherescue.org.

Send your tax deductible quilt or pieced top to:

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