Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Preeti's Bird

So I have a wonderful bloggy friend. You may know her. She is the sweet Preeti of Sew Pretti Quilts. Not long ago she posted pictures and a story about a flimsy she had just finished. This quilt top has oh, 63 birds on it, but she had made 64. What to do with the extra? Mail it to a friend, of course! She's generous like that.

My mention that her top reminded me of my mom, who was a birder, was the impetus for the sweet mail. How sweet can a girl be? Apparently very. 

And there's more! Preeti included the left-over backing fabric. The cutest feathers ever a bird could want. I decided to take her idea and fly with it. (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.) So tonight's Sunday Quilt Inspiration is birds. 

Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) sighted by stream in bushes by road on June 23, 2016: Sweet! A tiny blue bird perched on the very top of a small branch. Bird watching when older:

Silver Breasted Broadbill -- It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.:

Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus)                              …:

Lilac breasted roller, what a fabulous little guy. I will have to try to paint him.: Black naped Monarch - Thattekad. Kerala. India:

The Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae), also known as the Lady Gouldian finch, Gould's finch or the rainbow finch, is a colourful passerine bird.:

Hope this beautiful guy comes back to my backyard in Oklahoma City.  Last summer I watched a male and female bring four babies to my feeder.: Have you heard ever seen the SONG"Collide by Howie Day"?   I have decorated this video and I will share song that is more famous, It I get response to you.  I need some SUGGESTION AND OPINION what is the quality of my work.  Your best opinion can help me to go ahead. You can check out.

From of the looks of these pretty little flyers, I like birds in blue and yellow colorings. However, these were just quickly grabbed, mostly based on the fact that the photos are more bird than background.  Now for a few bird quilts.

Grace and Favour: clothesline quilt - what a great use for orphan blocks!:

Doxstars Flight Drunkards Path Orange Peel Quilt by the bored zombie:

Free Bird Quilt Patterns | Quilting / Free Bird Quilt Patterns - Bing Images:

The Quilting Bee Quilt Shop, Ontario:

"The Birds" | Flickr - Photo Sharing!  I think this may just be the most adorable thing I have seen in awhile!!!!:

Bird Art Quilts.  Thread sketching over quilted improv pieced background, painted in with NeoColor II crayons:

Okay, I actually did one very small creative-ish thing over the holidays, which involved messing around with my passel o' vintage fabric scraps and my Cintiq. I used this cutesy birdie art on some ...: Love Birds Quilt - I haven't found a link or source for the pattern to this (yet) but I love the border edge.:

Birds and birdhouse quilt--I absolutely love it!!:

joe tulips quilts: birds.... instructions for bird block:

Birds of a Feather quilt pattern by JoAnn Hoffman for Accuquilt:

What a great way to use up scraps.

Anyone have a pattern for this baby quilt?  I keep coming across the image, but cannot locate a pattern for it.:

And there you are: some birds, some birds on quilts, and a bird from a friend. You can find these bird quilts and another 150 on my "bird, quilts" Pinterest board.  Thanks so very much, Preeti, for the block, the inspiration, and the reminder of my sweet momma. BTW, I've named the bird you sent Ellen, after my mom. As soon as it's finished, I'll share the block I plan -- hope? -- to make this week. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hats Off, Hats On

Exhibit A
There will be no Exhibit B.
Last weekend I decided to attempt a cloche hat. I've wanted one for quite a while despite the fact that I really don't look good in hats. I like hats. I have even been known to wear them. But wear them well? No, actually.

The hat almost works. It's a little big, but it covers my head. I just don't like it as much as I thought I would. Mostly it's hot. 

I guess I'll have to wait until this business of the middle-aged heat wave finally passes. I had hoped 57 would be the magic number but apparently I have to get "upper" in age. 

Ah, I digress. Apologies. The cloche is my dream hat. Not the straw hats that I must wear in the Louisiana summer. Cloche hats are cute, sexy, and fun. Straws are utilitarian, sun fighers, blah if you will. 

I mean, who doesn't love a straw hat when the rays are hitting the part in your hair at 100 degrees? Ever had a sunburn on your head? The part-in-your-hair part of your head blisters. When the heat is that bad, the tops of your ears melt. Nothing short of a straw hat the size of a tree can handle that job. 

Inside band and label
Preferably a well-worn, beaten up old straw hat. One with a string so you don't lose it when you pass out. Because in the South, passing out is the only thing you're allowed. God forbid that you whine a little (or a lot). 

When the temps are 105 degrees, you are most likely sizzling on metal stadium seats. Trees don't grow in those kind of places; they have more sense than that. 

Southerners? Oh no, we don't have the sense of a tree. We go to little league games, Nascar races, football and soccer games and all manner of sit-on-a-hot-metal-seat events. Hats come in handy at those places. Hats and umbrellas. And sunscreen. Don't forget the sunscreen. Oh, and water. A towel to put on the seat. Yeah, that towel is pretty important to the hiney-end; no one wants a cooked hiney. 

Years ago (okay, many years) our boys were teenagers. They are athletes. As parents of three boys, we've bleachered every sport. In wind and rain, in sweltering sun and, once, in a November ice storm. The ice storm was bad. The August sun shining in my eyes at three in the afternoon--the bleachers absorbing heat all day long--was the absolute worst. 

Thank my lucky stars, I'd remembered my entire ensemble: a big red straw hat, a reflective silver umbrella, water, sunscreen and towel. I was the only momma in the stands. (Really. It was a scrimmage and some distance from home.) I did pass out (it's a requirement, remember?) during which time, my ears and eyelids melted Soon after, the seat of my pants burst into flames. Yep, I got a little hot but a big red hat saved my life. Too bad it couldn't save my toosh.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pin It Weekly #197

What are we pinning?  Well, MLaFoe is pinning to her board, "The Hebrides Vikings Celtics Scotland & Britain." 

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland. This was one of our favorite stops in our trip to Scotland this year. #castles:

Abandoned Boats. Salen. Isle of Mull. Inner Hebrides. Scotland.: Holyrood Abbey, Scotland:

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland:

Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom, great capture. An absolute wonder.: Loch Etive, Glencoe, Highland, Scotland:

Karen Cassidy is a new pinner who has two boards, but check out her "Projects" board. She has some cute ideas pinned.

"Tonight the music will play" By Ditte Sørensen, Denmark. Free motion embroidery on textile, photo transfer, and quilted. Size 30x40:

Foto: Take a photo and bring it into Photoshop Elements 3 and remove the background and add a drop shadow. Ta Da!:

TJ James has a board idea titled "beach quilts." There we are...a new reason to create quilts! (Because, you know, we all need that!)

Straight line sewing in two directions - I love this pattern.: Make this quick and easy quilt using just 24 precut 2 1/2" strips. You can also…:

This, that and everything inbetween:

Beach hut framed textile art. Would like to try doing this!:

Making Waves quilt pattern by Laura Nownes: And I? I've been pinning a few beachy ideas that I love for outdoor furniture, maybe ...

Three Beach Huts Cushion - Coastal Living:

and these cloche hats, which have eluded me for over a week! But I'm getting closer. (More on that tomorrow.)

Natural Spring & Summer Cloche Straw Bucket Sun Hat w/ Ribbon Band at Amazon Women’s Clothing store::
Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at

1930's Style Cloche Hat Pattern by DLDesignsHatPatterns on Etsy:

and there we have it: Pins and boards and ideas, oh my!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: BIRD HOUSE

Today we spent much of the afternoon at the Louisiana Nursery Festival in Forest Hill, a very small town that has probably 50 to 60 garden nurseries. It's the place to go if you want or need bedding plants, trees, seeds, or unusual, tropical plants. Everything in the way of green is in a small town with fewer than 1,000 residents. 

Forest Hill, Louisiana – Home of the Louisiana Nursery Festival! - News - Bubblews: The population nearly doubled after people discovered the advantage of having many nurseries in the same town. Most of those new residents are hard-working immigrant workers, who are always pleasant and willing to go beyond expectations to please the customer. I've seen this time and again at the festival and when shopping in the nurseries. (But I don't have time to express my political opinions, so we'll move on.)

The festival is a typical Louisiana festival with high temps (85 today), carnival rides, festival food, craft booths and, in this case, plants. Many, many plants. 

bird house <a href="/laura/" title="Laura Jayson">@Laura Jayson</a> Jayson Jayson Knoke - for the lot :)While shopping we saw a booth with some very interesting bird houses. 

Richard flatly refused to buy a bird house, "made of scrap lumber and rusty metal." There's no reasoning with him, especially when I agree that the price was rather steep.

That helped me decide on tonight's inspiration post. Let's see what we can find.

Home Bazaar Windy Ridge Stone Bird House                                                                                                                                                     More

love the bird houses? - Gardening Pleasures: Trying to find DIY crafts for fall to keep you busy? Here are some fall craft ideas that will have you crafting all season long try some today.

LOG CABIN BIRDHOUSE                                                                                                                                                     More

Birdhouse made ​​by recycled antique material. It has a keyhole from a Sasa~tsu panel of keyhole part of the door. More: BIRD HOUSE – Affordable housing is still available at this bird sanctuary condominium. Several floor plans are available.

Tips for building bird houses, including what birds need to be attracted to a good, safe bird house.:

Finding quilts with a bird house or two on them shouldn't be very difficult!

mini quilt -- today's obviously a "pin cute birds" day:

Love the quilting at the back:

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Cute bird houses--use with garden embossing folder:

Free Birdhouse Quilt Patterns | BIRD HOUSE QUILT PATTERNS |: birdhouse quilt blocks | Recent Photos The Commons Getty Collection Galleries World Map App ...:

Sports Quilt Patterns for Boys | baby quilt patterns, applique, quilts, patterns, bears, ladybugs ...:

Christmas village printable pattern. DIY with paper just like the nostalgic Putz houses!: New Quilt Patterns - Free as a Bird Quilt Pattern:

*free* pattern: Bug-a-Boo quilt by Hilary Gooding, in our free pattern collection for bird houses:

I don't know which I want more: to have Rich make a couple of bird houses for the yard, or to make bird houses myself out of fabric, maybe even on a quilt. Definitely I'll be adding some bird houses and bird house quilts to my Pinterest boards.  
Have a quilty week, everyone!