Sewing : Quilty 365, Whimsy, & Rose Applique

Before I show MY stuff, I caught Mama Robin in the neighbor’s yard with some dried grasses in her mouth. SHE is weaving…..now, I could not get a good picture of her nest since doing so was painful…she’s built it in my barberry bush but do you see how she’s incorporated a little bit of plastic paper in to the nest?  Now is that IMPROV, right? :)

mama robin with dried grasses

nest with plastic

QUILTY 365 :  By Mid-April, I’d finished the third section and sewed the panel on to the right side. The mid-section represents the Kabbalah Tree of Life ( I was reading a book on it when I started this project) and it’s looking pretty weird by now, huh? :)

But the grandkids love it.…kind of like a Weird Where’s Waldo thing. ” Can you find Christmas, do you remember where your birthday circle is Javis? ”  etc.  Brent asks “Where is MY circle?”  I explain that he’s not had his birthday yet!

I think that when the other side is done, I’ll probably do a bottom section there with “Quilty 365” and suns, moons and stars or something…

Quilty 365 April 14 collage

Sundays, holidays and birthdays have larger circles. I took this photo of the latest panel when I had sewed the twin’s birthday circle on and prior to having to prep more circles for the week :

twins circle polaroid

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WHIMSY Quilt Blocks: I had posted last week ( HERE )  about getting back to this project and I completed these blocks.

whimsy blocks NEW ONES

I have some pieces for another hexie block prepped. I’ll be happy after this if I can just do one or two a month for Whimsy in between other projects, when time permits.

Isabel and Benjamin : I am hoping to finish up this 4th Isabel’s Rose Applique block before the next 1857 Album Quilt blocks are announced, and the color for May’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Rose Applique fourth one working on

I have plenty to keep me busy for the weekend and Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts though I have to say that I am excited about being asked to photograph a friend’s family Syrian Easter get-together on Sunday afternoon ! I know that there is going to be a lot of GOOD FOOD there! :)  They wanted to pay me! I was like ” are you crazy??  Well, ok…pay me in a loaf of Syrian bread”   I am going to participate in a gourmet feast ; that’s enough. It will be fun.

I hope that you’ll be enjoying your Sunday as much as I will be enjoying mine :) Two Easter dinners this year is not a bad thing.

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Lessons from a Nesting Mama Duck

Last April, my youngest son posted this picture from his phone on Facebook of the duck’s eggs by the pine tree in his yard. I did a story about that but not on this blog…this is new to FLB.

duck eggs nate photo

A few days later, after seeing his photo, I went down to visit nesting Mama Duck.

Had I not known from him that she was under the large pine tree I’d have never seen her. As it was, I walked around the tree twice before finding her in this cleverly camouflaged nest. Can you see anything?

camo cannot see pic

A little closer now from a different angle :

camo duck

She is a Mallard. The females are plain…only the males are brightly colored. Seeing how she blends in with natural materials while nesting, one can understand why the female is colored this way.

She just stayed there quietly while I took a few pictures. I marveled at her composure. I did not try to get too close, nor try to touch her but surely she was afraid or apprehensive at my presence? Yet she stayed the course, and stayed on her eggs.

mama mallard

As I was snapping photos of her I kept thinking of virtues such as humility, patience, perseverance, and faithfulness.

Humility because while her spouse is garbed in brilliant colors she is plain.

mama duck

Her clothing is plain because of her purpose…which is to be able to fulfill her mission, safely camouflaged in order to do so.

Looking at her I was reminded of human beings who work behind the scenes selflessly, or anonymous donors, versus the sort of people who get more attention due to their fine feathers.

mama duck camo

As to patience, perseverance and faithfulness, there was heavy machinery clanging not too far away, a train going by in the distance, and then this strange human circling the nest taking pictures.

mama closeup

She made me think about how blessed the animal kingdom is, when you consider it. She’s got an inner programming to sit on these eggs and protect them. She’s got an instinct and intuition to rely on that tells her to stay there because I am harmless and mean her no ill will.

Now were she a human, just sitting there on the eggs and praying…God would tell her “it’s ok…this is not a situation that you have to worry about, such as a raccoon coming along. This is just some harmless lady. ”  And then, being human, she’d say ” OH God spoke to me! But wait, no…that was probably just my imagination. And I’d be crazy not to worry…what if? And what if this, and what if that, and oh I just remembered something else to worry about and of COURSE God wouldn’t really answer me…what was I thinking! I must be nuts. I am not some saint that God would really answer.” And pretty soon she’d be shaking and a nervous wreck or fighting within herself between the several voices going on in her all-too-active mind.

( ask me how I know :)

mama duck peace

Mama Duck had none of this turmoil. She had the “peace that passeth understanding ”  and I probably learned more in spending 10 minutes with her than in reading 10 books about that.

mama duck last pic

I need to remember Mama Duck every time I worry about something, give it to God, and then take it right back to worry about again.

I need to remember Mama Duck every time that I consider words such as trust, and peace, and phrases such as staying the course.

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