Saturday, September 20, 2014

I'm a Wimp

Fall has arrived in Cape Breton a few days early
and with a vengeance.
But that's just my opinion.
I'm a wimp.

Most of the birds are gone now,
even my favorite migrants,

the Whimbrels, 
large shorebirds that breed in the Arctic
and pass through on their return to South America, Africa,
south Asia, or Australia for the winter.
Check out those sexy blue legs!
Or is she just cold, like me?

And there are still some American Goldfinches
feeding their young.

Mother Nature is pretty smart. 
Goldfinches breed late in the season
 to coincide with 
when Thistle goes to seed.

Now that the weather has so abruptly turned cold,
I'm able to afford more time to forge my relationship 
with my new Janome.

Goodnight Irene is a complete finish now
(are you sick of looking at it?)

minus the half constructed label,

as is my little sailboat quilt.

The extra sailboat block made a cute label.

Now that my great niece is two, she needs a bigger quilt.

But it's a surprise until it's finished!!

Before I go, I'd like to congratulate fellow Nova Scotia quilt blogger,
Linda, over at SCRAPMASTER,
on having her first pattern published in a magazine.
Well done, Linda!!
If you have a minute, stop by, check it out, and join me
in patting her on the back!

Hope you are having a funderful weekend.

PS. A Quilting Reader's Garden is having a give away
to celebrate a very important milestone.
This is a new-to-me blog
that looks like one I need to follow!


Lois Evensen said...

Love those quilts!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful quilting. laughed at your 'wimpage'. :)

hetty said...

Then I guess I'm a wimp too. Love your Goodnight Irene quilt. I never get tired of seeing it. Your sailboats look great too. And I love those blue legs!

eileeninmd said...

I have to admit, I am a wimp too. I love your Whimbrel and Goldie shots. Your quilts are gorgeous! Well done.. I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Lesley said...

I would never get tired of seeing your quilts! Gorgeous! And yes, I am a wimp too. We actually turned on the heat today!

grammie g said...

Hi Karen...Been a bit nippy here to. Frost last two mornings. Birding is slow, not much for migrants!
Your quilting is beautiful and I don't get tired of seeing it!!
Got your email...hoping things will work out to meet !!


Montanagirl said...

LOVE your quilts!

Linda said...

Thanks for the shout-out! I am all wrapped up today, two pairs of wool slippers. I think it is going to be a loooong winter. Aaaarrgh! Your Irene is just fabulous! Seriously, fabulous!

Fiona said...

the weather changes suddenly.... our spring goes in and out!! what awesome quilts... I love your Irene one and the quilting is perfect for it.... the sailboat one is great and so is the sneaky look at the new one... you have been enormously busy!

Lynn said...

I love that purple quilt, I would never get tired of looking at it, photo or otherwise. And the sailboat quilt is darling. Cute fabrics in it.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love that bird! the quilt turned out great - it is fall here in Wisconsin too but at home in Arkansas it is still summer but here it will be colder than normal winter once again - we get home about Oct 1 and will be fall soon

Teresa in Music City said...

Lovely finishes Karen!!! Those sailboats are adorable :). I'm NOT looking forward to fall this year - not that I ever do LOL!

Susan said...

Hi Karen Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment. Really enjoyed reading your blog. WOW what beautiful birds and your quilts are simply stunning. X:)

Maria said...

Weather here is changing daily too. It has rained all day...
Gorgeous boys quilt and your Goodnight Irene is fabulous. The quilt is just great.

Judy said...

I love reading your blog and seeing the nature photos! Congrats on your lovely quilt finishes. I like that sailboat label-what a great idea!

Vickie said...

It looks like you and Janome are getting along VERY good, wonderful quilting !

Carrie P. said...

The Whimbrel sure is a funny looking bird.
Oh, my goodness! Goodnight Irene is gorgeous. I just love the way it is quilted.
Off to say hi to Linda.
Stay Warm!

Raewyn said...

Spring here is coming and going, the weather is all over the place - almost wish we had the fire going again today! So good to see Irene finished - great quilting on her too! The Sailboat quilt is really cute!! What an incredible beak the Whimbrel has!!

Sondra said...

OH boy Id love to see a whimbrel!! Those blue legs are something...GoodNight Irene looks lovely!!

Jo Ferguson said...

I don't think I could ever get tired of looking at your Goodnight Irene. The colours are beautiful and your quilting is outstanding. The sailboat quilt is adorable. I love your idea of using an extra block as a label. Thanks for the photo of the Whimbrel. I live inland and I've never seen one before. You have to love a bird with blue legs.

Just Ramblin' said...

Love how your quilts turned out. You did an awesome job quilting them.

DeniseinVA said...

The birds are very pretty, the Whimbrel is a striking looking bird. I have never seen one. Your quilts are gorgeous!

Stephanie said...

Mother Nature is an amazing woman! :o) Good Night Irene reflects your love of nature, I think. Those lovely meadow greens and thistle purples. Beautiful. Love sailboats...perfect label.

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Karen Congratulations on your Goodnight Irene quilt -- love the layout and quilting works perfectly for it. I'd say you and your Janome have become best friends. Your other quilts are most pretty too! Thanks also for all your wonderful bird images -- They are the icing on the cake. I would love to visit your beautiful region -- especially during the migration season. Take good care.

Karen Ackva said...

My legs are getting cold just thing about the weather changing. I wish I had such sexy blue legs! ;-) goodnight Irene is quilted perfectly. I love it! You made the cutest label for the sailboat quilt. Hope the projects are getting wrapped up for you to make the transition easier. LG Karen

LynCC said...

Goodnight Irene is so beautiful! I really love the texture of the quilting on it.

Melissa said...

What gorgeous finishes! Fall arrived here today complete with rain. I kind of missed the rain right up until I had to go shopping!

Lin said...

Goodnight Irene is gorgeous and I will never tire of seeing it - my middle name is Irene so maybe that has something to do with it! Beautiful quilt as is the sailboat quilt. xx

Paula, the quilter said...

Goodnight Irene is just lovely and I like the quilting you did on it. The sailboat quilt is really going to delight the little one!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Congrats on your finish. Irene looks great.

Barb said...

Always love your nature pictures and the quilts are wonderful!

Karen said...

Your Irene quilt is lovely. The quilting is amazing. The sailboat quilt is adorable.

O'faigh said...

Hello Karen, I love the colourway of Goodnight Irene .Also, the quilting. Hugs o'faigh

Kathie Brown said...

Karen, I love the blue-legged Whimbrel! we have had shorebirds migrating through as well! You will be migrating soon also, yes? Enjoy each precious moment there while you can!

Sheila said...

Wonderful work Karen , somehow I missed this post . Love your irene quilt and not the least bit sick of it. Your sailboat quilt is adorable too and cute idea for the label . Hugs Sheila