We have a feathered visitor

Our yard had lots of tall, establish trees when we brought the house and a host of bird life.  This is the first owl we have seen, but I suspect he is a little bit lost and we only saw him because my husband was washing the car under this tree.  This is a juvenile Southern Boobook owl, which according to the Birds in Backyards website, is the most common owl in Australia, for more information go here.  I hope he hasn't lost his Mummy and I hope he is going to be OK in the 40C+ heat we are suffering!
 Meanwhile we were avoiding the heat and staying inside, happily playing - me on the sewing machine and my darling boys were playing African safaris again,  plotting escape routes for the zebras!  Its hard to keep a straight face when they are discussing in earnest how to outsmart the lions, those smart zebras split into two groups and crossed the river - outwitting the poor hungry lions!
 I found more pre cut squares in my stash, these are all cowboy themed.  I cut some red horse shoe print to try and pull the different colours together...I not sure I achieved my aim?  Either way a single bed size top is finished and when this is quilted it will keep a little cowboy warm.
This square quilt was made with the rest of the cowboy left over fabrics.  Karen sent me most of these fabrics a few years ago and I have been struggling to know how to put the left overs together.  In the end I made several types of blocks, which looked awful together, but somehow look better with sashing.  At 54" square I am happy with the size of this quilt and there are very few scraps remaining.  The light blue and red border fabrics I had brought myself, so there is a bit of yardage to use up in backings and that potentially will be the last of the cowboy themed fabric!
Happy quilting, Sue SA.

8 comments:

  1. Lots of us hiding inside from the heat. At least you're being productive with your sewing, and the boys using their imaginations. I love listening to those games too.......oh so serious.

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  2. i do love your owl... yes, i feel very sorry for birds and animals in the heat.... love your quilts.. I think you are very clever with the colours...
    Hugz

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  3. You certainly are achieving a lot lately, well done, and I am so over this heat also.

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  4. How cool, an owl visiting. How did you even know it was there? Yeah, that cowboy fabric is done. You did an awesome job using it up. I think any little cowboy would be happy with either of those quilts.

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  5. I just love listening to children planning/plotting things like that. Somehow they always come up with simple solutions that we adults probably wouldn't have thought of. It is difficult not to laugh though!

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  6. Poor little owl – he was probably completely over the heat .

    I think you nailed the cowboy top- it’s going to be a favourite for some little boy. Good job!

    Love eavesdropping on kid conversations. The way they think is so cool. Life is so uncomplicated when you are a kid. (except when you’re plotting to avoid lions)

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  7. I would have loved to see that owl. Your boys are tooooo cute you have to love smart zebras.

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  8. well that's an exotic bird to me, even if he/she is a common owl. we've only had maggies cooling off under our air conditioner hose, and the're definitely not exotic!

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