V is for.....
It's not for Vicki or Vacation. Sigh. Vacation is over.
We came home Saturday from one of our best vacations ever. When we go to Maine my allergies go away almost immediately and I don't take much medicine at all while I'm there. I've been home less than 48 hours and I'm already back on high Benedryl doses. But I'm lucky that I get to escape for a bit and it won't be much longer before the seasonal mold dies down here.
I didn't post after the 31st because my friends arrived in Maine to help me celebrate my birthday. It was great to have them there and I did meet my goal of hiking Cadillac Mountain on my 60th birthday. It was me, Chris and my friend's husband and we hiked the North Ridge Trail. Anne, Lora and Dale actually got up at 4:00 that morning to drive up and see the sunrise but, sadly, they were clouded in and didn't see anything. The same thing happened on the hike. We got to the top and had a great view of mist! I didn't care, I've seen the views from there before. I just wanted to complete the hike and I did.
Then I came home and took a nap.
Many of you probably know that my favorite bird is the vulture and "V is for...." is the name of this quilt that my friend, Anne, made for me. The vulture pattern is from Sally Trude.
I've had "Make a vulture quilt" on my wish list for a while but now it's magically done! I had actually been a little worried about my friend since COVID started because every time I talked to her she was working on some bags and making absolutely NO progress. I couldn't figure out what was wrong. She's usually so productive. Now I know that she's actually been really productive, she just couldn't tell me!
One of the coolest aspects of this quilt is the stamped border. She actually carved these stamps!
She even bought some vintage linens, dyed them and stamped them too. I can't wait to use the placemats.
You wouldn't believe how much vulture art I have around my house now. You might be wondering why I like the vulture so much.
It all started when we first moved to this house on 10 acres. The whole idea of 10 acres was overwhelming to me at the time and nature kind of freaked me out. One day during the first year we were here a giant pregnant beaver died at the edge of the pond. It was disgusting and I nagged Chris to do something about it. He knows nature much better than me so he naturally ignored me and the beaver. Low and behold, 3 days later there's a wake of vultures cleaning up the mess for me and they cleaned up every speck of it. From then on I started paying a lot of attention to vultures because they are nature's perfect vacuum cleaner.
Fast forward about 10 years and we started having a serious raccoon problem that we needed to take care of. Over one weekend we had to dispatch a number of them. That time I kept an eye out for my friends and they put on quite a show for me. I've loved them ever since.
I like collecting vulture art because there isn't very much of it so I can't get too out of hand. I can't wait to sleep under my vulture quilt.
I'm glad to be home. The laundry is done and everything is put away and it will be nice to be back in my routine this week.
it is nice to have a goal like that for your birthday! I have hiked in Arches National park for 3 birthdays - 55, 60 & 65 and made it to the top each time - now in a couple years to go back to do it on the 70th (the arch you always see in the photos the name escapes me at the moment) it is quite a hike to it.
9/7/2020 06:07:31 pm
That is a super good friend who would go to all of the work of carving 2 beautiful vulture stamps!
9/8/2020 12:14:40 am
Carved a stamp! Wow! I must admit the vultures are cute --the ones on your quilt and linens.
9/8/2020 07:57:49 am
Happy Belated Birthday Vicki! Glad you had such a great vacation and I love your Vultures!
Vicki in MN
9/8/2020 08:02:50 am
Happy late Birthday!! Glad you enjoyed your day with friends. Vultures- you would have loved our yard yesterday, there were three of them here. We've never seen more than one at a time.
9/8/2020 08:28:46 am
I agree that vultures have their place in the cycle of life. But I have seen them pretty close and they "scare" me. But then, most birds scare me if they are too close. (Thanks Alfred Hitchcock!)
9/8/2020 08:34:09 am
Happy birthday! I am so glad you made your goal of making it to the top of that peak. Clearly I need to set at goal for my next big birthday. The quilt is fabulous! I don't know that I have a favorite bird, but I do like all the predatory birds that are around where I live. They keep the rodent and chipmunk populations in check. We have hawks, falcons, and owls. I have seen an eagle from time to time and of course vultures!
9/8/2020 10:37:41 am
Happy 60th birthday!
9/8/2020 06:16:24 pm
Happy, albeit now belated, Birth Day! I love vultures too, although I don't have a collection of them. For some reason though I seem to have started a collection of Magpie/Crows which I suppose are close. The collection wasn't something I started but has been added to pretty much every year by #1 son's mother-in-law who seems to think I collect. I just looked outside the window to see if the vultures are there tonight but I guess they're holed up elsewhere because it's threatening rain.
Tina in NJ
9/9/2020 09:05:11 am
I’m glad you had a good birthday trip. Anne is an amazing friend! We have turkey vultures here because we’re close to a reserve, and they are ugly! But in a cute sort of way.
9/9/2020 09:22:15 am
Awesome quilt. Vultures are quite ugly....but useful. i've seen a few up close here.
9/9/2020 12:15:07 pm
Happy Birthday, and congrats on meeting your Bday challenge. I've started celebrating on the first day of each month that I'm still alive, with champagne. Unfortunately, my husband is not drinking as he isn't well; it's just not the same.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.