Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Phabulous Pheasants

I'm a lucky woman! I have been married to the same great guy for almost 22 years. DH's a hard worker and a supportive husband and father. Although he doesn't know much about quilting, he understands that it brings me a lot of happiness and brings out qualities in me that make me a better person. He supports me in all the things that I enjoy doing.

When I met my husband he used to do a lot of hunting and fishing. As our lives have gotten busier many of the hobbies that he loved have dropped from his life as family priorities have taken over. Occasionally he still makes his way to the mountain streams to see if he can outsmart those German Brown or Rainbow trout. Not often enough, though. Still, there is one thing that he makes time for each and every Fall. Pheasant hunting. It's the one thing that he has been able to do with his only brother that brings them together in a somewhat difficult relationship. It also ties him to the memories that he has of time spent hunting in the corn fields with his father. It's very common for him to stop along the roadside and watch the pheasants strutting through the nearby fields.

With this being the year that I am making a birthday quilt for each of my family members, I wanted to make something special for John. He has hinted that the little throw in his home office isn't big enough to cover him. Admittedly, I made it just large enough to cover our daughter when she curled up into his overstuffed chair to read.

So this quilt is just for DH. I will confess that it's not one of my favorite quilts. I'm not very fond of the pattern and I definitely chose the wrong fabric for the inside border. Nevertheless, I know that he will love it and that's what matters most.

Here's a close up of the fabrics that I used. I think that the pheasant fabrics are Granola Girl prints. The top still needs to be quilted.

15 comments:

  1. A nice manly quilt with good fabric for memories. Manly quilts are hard to make. You did a good job.

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  2. The pheasant fabric will be a big hit with John, I'm sure. Good job, Kairle!

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  3. I think it's just fine and I'm sure John will love that you made it from the pheasant fabric.

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  4. I can see it is a quilt made with love for you husband!!!

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  5. I have that pattern, but haven't done it yet. I think it is wonderful with the pheasants for you hubby!

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  6. What a fun quilt and fabrics! I love it. And a great idea for simple quilts. I like that idea!

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  7. Pheasants are such beautiful birds. I always loved it when we saw one when we were out on a family drive. My father was a hunter before I was born - I'm not sure why he stopped hunting. I always remember he'd comment on what a beautiful bird it was and couldn't imagine how he had the heart to shoot them.

    I think the quilt is perfect!

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  8. I'm sure he'll love it.

    I made a flannel quilt for Keith out of a bundle of bright fat quarters my Mom had given me. He wasn't crazy about it when I was making it but he LOVES his quilt now and uses it frequently in the cooler weather.

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  9. Perfect quilt! And I really like those stripes! Good job!

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  10. It is amazing how choice of fabric can really make a quilt read as masculine or not. I think he will like the fabrics - I am using the leafy fabric (bottom right in your close-up) on my bars quilt right now!

    We have pheasants in Canada - there is one in particular who likes to sit on top of the fence post! Such a weird noise they make - almost like an old engine!

    Cheers!

    Evelyn

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  11. as you said, you may not be thrilled with it, but John will love it and that is what counts most! Nice job Kairle!

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  12. John will love it! And you are right...that's what matters!!! The tulips are nice as well
    Hugs
    Laurie

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  13. I think it's a great choice for DH, and I'm sure he WILL love it!!

    We have lots of pheasants strutting their stuff in my part of WI....LOL..it's a regular parade some days..especially once the corn is harvested.

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  14. As long as he loves it, and I'm sure he will, that's all that matters! YOU made it for him, what more could he want. That's great you could find pheasants on fabric.

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