Thursday, June 16, 2011

Quilts, Tigers, Flowers, and Birds

First the quilt.  I entered this little quilt in this weeks "Quilting Gallery" contest.  The contest is for miniatures.  I made this quilt from a photo I took while living up north.  Voting starts tomorrow.  Their blog is listed on my side bar of blogs I follow.  Soooo....if you would be so kind I would love for you to vote for my little quilt.  Thanks in advance.

Tuesday night my daughter Kelley and her husband Chris took my Husband and I to the Detroit Tigers game.  They played the Indians and won....took over 1st place.  My favorite pitcher Justin Verlander pitched a shut out.  Sorry the picture of him is so fuzzy.  Weather was great, game was fantastic and a good time was had by all.

Wednesday Terry (hubby) and I went for a ride and had a picnic.  We went to Kensington Metro Park.  After we went for our picnic we walked on one of their many walking trails.

First we saw this cute little turtle.  It is only about 4" long.

Then we came across this black snake basking in the sun.

This mother Sandhill Crane was taking her young for a walk in a field.

These miniature rose type flower had such an aroma.  With a slight breeze blowing it wasn't too bad.  But if it were really hot out the aroma would have been sickening.

We came across this flower in a wet swampy area.  I know it is some type of orchid but not sure what.  I thought it would make a nice picture quilt.

The birds at this park are so used to people that they come right up to you.  This Cardinal was flitting around us for a good part of our walk.  You are allowed to bring bird seed with you and feed the birds.  We didn't do it this time.  But a Downy Woodpecker did land on my husband's hand but left so quickly that I couldn't get a picture.

We took a different trail for a short time.  It had an elevated boardwalk that encircled a small lake.  I had to get a picture of these Water Lilies. 

The last thing we saw was the above picture.  Sorry its fuzzy but these nest were high up in a tree on an island in the center of the lake.  Know what they are?....Give up?....If you guessed Great Blue Heron's you are right.  There was an adult and 3 babies.  It was a real treat.

Today we were exhausted from our travels and didn't do too much.  No sewing for me, although I do have some hand applique calling my name.

Hope you are enjoying your evening and had a wonderful day.

Hugs, Cat

I almost forgot....tonight is Friday Night Sew-In.  Be there or be


LaDonna and Diana said...

I remember that quilt! Lovely pictures! So glad the weather was nice!


West Michigan Quilter said...

I love your little quilt! Beautiful. I hope you win!

Maureen said...

Beautiful quilt! I made a note to vote for it tomorrow.
Sounds like you all had a busy and fun 24 hours. I'd be exhausted too!

Linda said...

Your walk was better than a trip to the zoo with all the wildlife! :-)

Hope your quilt wins! It's so pretty! I will vote for you!!

Siobhan said...

Hi just saw your quilt in the Quilting Gallery. It is gorgeous, love it :)

Cheryl said...

Love all the wildlife pics, especially the heron nest! Good luck in the gallery contest...I am off to vote.

Em said...

LOVE LOVE the little quilt! I will vote for sure.

Lori said...

Wow! Nature walk at its best!!!
Cute mini. I'm hoping to go vote right now!!

Allie said...

I LOVE your quilt - I'll be more than happy to vote for you!! The game looks like fun, boy Verlander sure can pitch, can't he? The guy is amazing. Love the pics from your walk!

Cathy said...

You guys are the greatest. Your comments always give me the warm fuzzies. Hugs

Carrie P. said...

OH, that would be so neat to see the heron in a nest.
Great nature photos.