Wednesday, June 22, 2016

e,i,e,i,o........

This week brought us the rest of our vowels for the Repeat QAL.  We added the a, i and u to all of our e's.  I think there is a game show where one has to pay for their vowels....no??????




I'm looking forward to moving away from the vowels.

I worked on some of the Bullseye blocks for the Block Lotto this month.  This was a new to me technique, but kind of fun to create.



I also made good progress on a mini quilt for the ALQS10.  I have been a participant in this swap for a number of years now and absolutely love the way Kate runs it.  There is still time to join in if you are interested.  This year our mini quilt is only 10" square.  You can submit up to two quilts.  I have received the nicest quilts in return over the years.


I promised photos of our growing baby cockatiel.  It is still very vulture-ish looking, but improving as more and more feathers appear.  It is now starting to eat seeds on its own and the parents are encouraging fledging.  Dad is the only one still feeding it as mom has moved on to better things.  The baby loves being held and is starting to chirp a bit.

Last week.....


 This week......  starting to venture out on its own.


We had a wonderful weekend of celebrating all of the fathers in the family but I have no photos to share of it.  We were way to busy having fun together.

......but......we enjoyed our first BLTs of the year with our first fresh tomato from the garden.  This week the peaches are ripening. Although smaller than normal with the lack of water, they make up for it in quantity.   I know what my week ahead has in store for me.



I'll be back when the canning is done.


23 comments:

Ramona said...

Your letter blocks are so uniform and precise... they look great! And that little bird is just too cute. Have fun canning. Home canned peaches are the best.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very neat blocks, Mary...but that little bird is the neatest I've seen!!!! Very interesting little guy...

Michele said...

I've never seen a baby cockatiel before! Your letters look wonderful and so precise! Enjoy your canning :-)

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Your letters are nice looking. The fabric you chose is great. The letters almost look like a washout version of the background. Your little one is sweet. Birds always make me wonder how can something be so homely then get so beautiful? Our baby chicks are going through the awkward teenage stage---fluff, feathers,challenging authority.

Kathy S. said...

Your letters are perfect! Love the background fabric. Ohhhh! your baby bird is adorable! I planted my garden here in Ohio just this past two weeks. This year I had to wait until after Memorial Day to get good plants at the greenhouse and for the ground to be warm enough this year. (We had snow in May!) Happy canning!

I haven't tried the Block Lotto blocks yet. It's on my to-do list.

krislovesfabric said...

Great looking vowels :) And that baby....awwwwwww!

KimM said...

Letters are looking good....and that wee one - So, so sweet!!
xxx

Quilting Babcia said...

Sweet baby bird! Your produce looks wonderful as well, we can only dream of August when the tomatoes begin to ripen, and peaches are for more southern climes - or at least closer to the lakes where the winter temps are more moderate.

Carol S. said...

Oh my goodness, that is the sweetest bird! I use to have a cockatiel, but I'd never seen it as a baby.

Maria said...

Great vowel blocks and the bullseye ones look interesting...
Oh the ugly oh sorry the sweet little guy is growing fast . How nice you can handle him...
Pleased you had a fabulous Fathers Day..
Yummy produce from the garden..

Jeanna said...

The bull's eye has curves! Curves are dangerous...well for me at least. I love the block.

Sweet baby bird...thanks for sharing the growth photos, very interesting.

I love fresh peaches, so many wonderful recipes.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I love the fabrics you are using for your letter blocks! Very pretty. I've never seen a baby cockatiel so your photos are very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

Mdm Samm said...

had to laugh at your sweet bird....not to pretty just now, but you know it will be a beaut. and look at your fruits of your labour already...we have only flower buds....it will be a while before we will be picking...and your blocks...welll surprising you are getting so much done....x

CathieJ said...

Cockatiels are such pretty birds but this little fellow....umm....well soon I guess. Don't get me wrong, I love the pics, but I never knew the chicks looked like this. Enjoy your canning and sewing. I like the colors of the bulls-eye quilt.

OPQuilt said...

So many fun things in your post--from baby birds to your first tomato (congrats! I think all of ours burned up in last week's heat) to peaches, quilts and vowels. Yes, I think you had to buy the vowels, if I remember correctly. I was wondering where you'd been lately and now this morning, here you are. So glad to see you again!

Elizabeth

Stephanie said...

So ugly it's cute. Awww....is there a name for the baby? Wheel of Fortune lets you have free consonants but you have to buy the vowels. LOL. If you add a "K" to the vowels you've shown you'll have Kauai! I'm picking zucchini but no ripe tomatoes yet. Can't wait! Happy Canning.

Wacky Woman said...

Love you feathered friend.Canning, good on you. I haven't planted anything this summer. I thought I might go buy some herbs for my herb garden and call it good this year.

Teresa in Music City said...

I'm loving seeing these letter blocks come to life! Your background fabric is working beautifully - yum!!! I'm saving the patterns and hope to get started on mine next week. Middle granddaughter is visiting for the next couple of weeks, so sewing time is limited. So enjoying seeing the baby cockatiel grow up. Perfect example of "ugly duckling to beautiful swan" story :*). And is there anything more tasty than BLT's from freshly grown tomatoes? Nope, I don't think so either.

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

I am absolutely in love with your blocks, Mary. You used very pretty fabrics for them.
And your bird is so cute. Many people would say that's ugly, but for me it is really beautiful.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

I have never seen a baby cockatiel before. Her feathers are growing beautifully. Mmmm... BLT!! Must have been so good with fresh tomatoes. Your post name made me laugh again! The vowels are looking so crisp and sharp and your curves on the Bullseye block are incredibly precise. Amazing! I always love reading your posts :)

-Soma

Createology said...

Your quilt blocks are each amazing. Your sewing skills are wonderful. And you garden and can peaches. How sweet your little baby cockatiel is. My Grandma had averearies and raised parakeets, canaries, cockatiels and mynah birds. She also sewed and canned and did lots of homemaker things that I miss. Summer Sunshine Smiles...

Raewyn said...

Your letters are looking great - I love the fabrics you are using for them. And the bullseye looks like a fun block too, once those curves are mastered! Cute baby Cockatiel, how precious that mum and dad are letting you handle him.

Valerie Reynolds said...

You are making great progress on your letters!! Now, to be honest...aren't baby birds so ugly! LOL!! Until they get their down. Anndddd they grow sooo fast!