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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Individual Goals



Two Red-shouldered Hawks flew into a nearby tree,
calling and calling and calling.



This House Finch was grooming himself on top of the fence
when he heard the menacing, relentless calls of the hawks.




He thought he might be safer




if he dropped down a level
and watched and waited patiently,
he'd be safe.




He's just so cute!

While his goal is to stay alive,
mine is to make a quilt for my nephew, a Marine,
from start to finish,
by month's end.

His sister received hers at Christmastime




and now it's his turn.
I want to leave it in Maine with his mom
for his June birthday
when I pass through next month.

I started with this pattern,




changed it up a little bit,




and got right to work.




This is only as far as I've gotten,
but I know if I commit
by linking up to
Sew Bitter Sweet Designs



I'll be sure to meet my goal.

I'd better get back to my machine!
Those small sawtooth stars are a lot of work!

~karen


31 comments:

Sondra said...

Love the little finch hiding he is so clever!! The quilt is going to be amazing...he will love it!!

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

are you starting back to Canada next month already? you will go from winter to more winter - or has it not been cold where you are in Texas? pretty bird!

Linda Reeder said...

Those stars require a lot of precision cutting and sewing! Impressive!

TexWisGirl said...

how awesome to make the quilts for both of them!

and i adore that very smart, cautious house finch!

Roy Norris said...

Hi Karen, hopefully the lovely House Finch remained safe.?

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Gorgeous photos!

DeniseinVA said...

Oh that is so cool, to have a gift like that is very, very, very special! Both quilts look lovely. Your little finch knows how to survive. I once saw a woodpecker dive under the deck rail out of sight, looking to the sky and then leave when he knew it was safe.

Lin said...

Superb bird pictures! Good luck with the quilt. xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

The quilt will be lovely great photos of the finches x

eileeninmd said...

I am glad the finch knew to hide.. You are awesome making the lovely quilts, they look so pretty. Have a happy day!

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

Ohhh.. I love the little bird, dear Karen - so adorable!
Very nice new project and lovely quilts!
Hugs, Deborah

Maria said...

Great photos of the finch...

Marines quilt will be lovely.

Carol said...

That bird is beautiful as is the quilt!

Vickie said...

The first photo of the bird would make a beautiful art quilt !

Fiona said...

love the bird pictures.... she is very pretty.... your new quilt is coming along great too...
Hugz

Julia D @ Jada's Quilting Adventures said...

Wow. Great pictures! I love the Sawtooth Star block. I can't wait to see the quilt finished :)

Allie said...

What a pretty, pretty bird! That quilt is going to be amazing, love the stars!

Montanagirl said...

The Finch photos are neat - and that quilt will be beautiful!

Kathie Brown said...

Glad to see you are still watching birds. There will probably still be snow when you pass through next month. We have had so MUCH! Good luck with your quilt and God Bless your nephew! I hope his goal is to stay alive as well!

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the birds. Very pretty little star blocks. I look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

Lesley said...

Great pictures! Beautiful quilt you made for your niece, and a great start on the one for your nephew!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant photos of House Finch Karen.

Carrie P. said...

your quilt is going to be fabulous when you get it made.

LynCC said...

Nice change-up! I'm wanting to do up a Marines quilt for my son-to-be while he's at Basic. I found some fabric - just need to figure what to do!

Judy said...

Wonderful bird photos-thanks for sharing them! I like the quilt design that you're working with and best wishes on meeting your month deadline.

Carla said...

Quilt looks great so far. Love the little house finch. I see a few of them around here. They are pretty.
Thanks for sharing

Marilyn Kircus said...

Looks like you have a busy time ahead of you. I just saw a comment from you from a few years ago and wondered if you were anywhere around Houston. I'm going to be paddling at Sheldon in April to see the rookery and wondered if you wanted to join the group going.

O'faigh said...

Hi Karen, good luck with your goal.Enjoyed seeing your little house finch.Mother Nature.Kind Regards, Lyn

Lorna McMahon said...

Your sister's quilt is quite lovely! Love your plans for your nephew's quilt. You've made a great start. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

I always enjoy your bird shots Karen - thank you for sharing with us. An abundance of migratory birds here right now -- we're so lucky to see and enjoy them. How is that quilt coming along ? I think we're "Karens of Certain Type" that we most always tweak a pattern before making it. I'm in really good company ;) And you went to QuiltCon!! You lucky girl! It looks like you and CraftyDaughter had a splendid time -- good for you! Loving all the images you shared. Thanks for the sweet comments on the blog this morning -- I do hope the YouTube Video helps. Please reach out if you get stuck on anything - I'll sure try to help you. Hugs -- Karen

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

Hi dear Karen,
Your bird picture are so cute!!
The new quilt is going to be fantastic - great project.
Hugs and kisses, Deborah