Saturday, March 10, 2012


Being a nature lover and a quilter,
it is sometimes difficult to connect the two in a post.
No doubt about it, quilters and artists have taken  the very best
of nature and incorporated it into their art for centuries. 

I've posted about owls, bees, dragonflies, and more dragonflies.

This morning, I found another connection, albeit ever so slight.

Several of my quilting followers have asked me
what a life list is
when I'm talking about seeing new birds. 

Birders are great listers. 
They have a life list, a yard list, day lists,
trip lists, wish lists, state, county, and even country lists.  
I'm sure I'm forgetting a few. 

Now there is e-Bird,
and they can keep track of their lists on the internet
with thousands upon thousands of other birders. 
This opens up a whole new playing field!

Visiting a new area?  Just hop onto the internet for a list
of birds that you can expect to see while you are there.

I looked 'lister' up on
and discovered that a list is also:

1. a border or bordering strip, usually of cloth.

2. a selvage.
3. selvages collectively.
4. a strip of cloth or other material.
5. a strip or band of any kind.

Therefore, although the term is now obsolete,
a 'lister' is also 'one who applies a border or edge to...'.
Quilters are great listers of lists, as well. 
It's the only way they are able to finish all the projects they've started,
and manage their life around their sewing! 
Have a great weekend.
Hope you check off everything
on your list!


eileeninmd said...

Great post, I wish you a Happy weekend!

Lynn said...

I just visited ebirds, thanks for the link. I really enjoyed the bird migration map. Theirs a lot more to feeding the birds and watching them in my backyard than I ever realized. Thanks to your blog I'm learning! That is a great connection.

Simone de Klerk said...

What a fun link you have found between lists and lists!
Have fun listing.

TexWisGirl said...

that's too great! marrying your two loves in one word...

Linda said...

Being a word person, I really enjoyed learning the archaic meaning of lister. This is great information, especially knowing I can look up birds to watch for in new areas. I'm looking forward to it!

Tammy said...

Great post! I've never been too successful with listing, but using ebird has helped a great deal! Hope you have a wonderful weekend also:)

Rambling Woods said...

No the snow goose didn't return...yes I guess we like lists but mine will only be yard birds..

Just Ramblin' said...

How fun to learn something new again. I think it is fun that we are lister's. Now when my daughter tells me to make a list I can say I already am and have been doing it for years! I will have to check out the link. Have a great weekend. Nola

Fiona said...

sounds good.... I am a 'lister' myself - need lists for everything!!

Carrie P. said...

I learned something new today. thanks for sharing that info.

Kay L. Davies said...

Very interesting, Karen. I must forward this link to my quilting friend in BC who is a sometime birder herself and will enjoy your list lists.

Sondra said...

OH I never thought of keeping my list online, but I can see why it would be a great idea!! I still have mine in a book all handwritten.
I love quilts, I admire the artistry of it all and since Ive been into sewing all my life I appreciate the task as well.

Carola said...

Great post. As I'm a long time quilter/nature lover it all makes perfect sense. Keep it up.

Finn said...

What a fun post Karen! And nice to learn something I didn't know. I've been aware of the various "birder" pursuits, as we have many avid birders here in WI. We are on one of the migration flyways as well as home to many Eagles. Didn't know about the sewing definition, what fun! I'm off to make a list *VBS* Hugs,Finn

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Hubby and I are amateur bird watchers and have a mini list of the birds we've seen in our immediate surroundings.
Interesting connection to the sewing world! I've never heard the term list or lister in that context. :-)


the cuby poet said...

I too make lists which get lost and have to be made again and again etc! Interesting post. :)

walk2write said...

I'm "leaning" toward "listing", and I've always been kinda edgy, haha! I really enjoyed this post, Karen. You know what a word freak I am. Nature lover too.

Mom of 12 said...

Hey, KaHolly, My son, Dog Walker will talk about his Nature merit badge soon. He just worked on his Citizenship in the Nation merit badge on his blog. If you would like to, you can just go onto his site and read all about it. It's good.

Dog-Walker said...

That's a good list of connections. I never heard of ebird, but I heard of Red Robin. I did put up a new post on my blog. If you want, you can come see it. It's a recipe you might want to try.

Mom of 12 said...

Lists sort of stress me out...when I was younger I was a list maker but lately I avoid them unless I really need them. Thanks for visiting Nate's blog!

O'faigh said...

Hello Karen, great post on the similarities....Hugs, O'faigh

Linda said...

I didn't know that a lister could be made of cloth! What a great little bit of knowledge. Thank you!

Kathie Brown said...

Karen, good for you! what a fun post to read. I did not know of its alternate meaning. What a interesting connection between 2 things that you enjoy!