It seems quilters really like birds and I’m no exception. DH and I enjoy watching the birds at our feeder for about nine months of the year and the migration of different species through the area is fascinating.
We have had so many birds hang out this winter and new ones coming through in flocks in the last few weeks. Red Polls, Mountain, Black Capped and Boreal Chickadees, and the Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers are our winter staples. We have been blessed this spring with flocks of Junkos, Pine Siskins and White Crowned Sparrows and a visit from a beautiful Varied Thrush.
And these beauties are back in town along with numerous other water birds.
But we’ve put the last bag of seed in the feeder for this spring. There is so much for the birds to eat in the wild all summer that we don’t feed them when it is warm. So time to make some cloth birdies to brighten up the yard!
I started out with a few bird flags for the To Boston with Love gathering of prayer flags to show the world’s support for Boston. Quilters from all over the world are sending flags and they will be displayed at The Museum of Fine Arts Boston from May 23rd through June 16th. To me birds are a symbol of peace and unity. Here are my birdie contributions.
You’ll notice a few Boston crabs in the last one
But then the birdie fun really started!! I have a clothesline and an indoor drying rack. I didn’t own a dryer until about five years ago and I still use it only sparingly. I decided this year that I needed a new package or two of clothespins…. And how about a new clothespin apron sporting birds in the garden…
The bird on the left is a Vireo; I know because they swoop around a pond up the road in May – mating season I think. I’m not sure what the other two are… Here is the apron in action.
I am thrilled with how it turned out!!
A big thank you to Sophie from Block Lotto for this fun and easy bird block. I noticed that others used it during the hop.
And thank you to Leslie from the Seasoned Homemaker for the apron pattern.
And a big special thank you to M-R from whom I won the wonderful background fabrics in her Fugly giveaway back in February 2012. They are from the English Country Garden Collection by Rose and Hubble. Perfect colours for my colourful birds to hide in!!
I do have a giveaway. A birdie giveaway in fact. My friend Linda and I were down to the Alaska coast on the weekend and visited the quilt store. I picked up two 1/2 yard pieces of nice bird fabrics. The winner can choose the owls or the loons. And I have a little package of sweet bird buttons as well.
Everyone is welcome to participate. Leave me a comment letting me know if you use a clothesline or not. If you have previously commented on my blog posts in April or May I will give you a second entry. I will close the giveaway on Saturday, May 18th at noon Pacific Standard Time.
Please hop on by and check out what others are doing on this last day of the For the Birds blog hop.
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