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Thursday, October 24, 2013

On committees, kettles and carcasses (plus some stuff)

Just before supper last night I happened to look
out my studio window to see this...

I dashed out with my camera to try to get some
pictures.  These are turkey vultures and this
was only a very small portion of the numbers
that were flying lazily over and around the

Did you know....that a group of vultures is called either a committee, a venu or a volt?  In flight they are called a kettle, and when feeding together they are a carcass?  I didn't either....until I looked it up.  It was a very impressive sight anyway!
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There is a wonderful post about studio organization
on Sew Many Ways today.  Her studio is a
lesson in how to get the most out of a space 
and there are absolutely dozens of great ideas
you can adapt to your own area.

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Finally, here is the section of the crazy quilt purse
that I finished working on today...

And here is a closeup....

Today I did the seams surrounding the leopard.
The seam to the left of the cat and the pink one to the
right are both designs from Pam Kellogg's books.
The blue seam at the top(ish) is just alternating 
blanket stitches and the seam below is two rows of 
cretan stitch highlighted with some beads.


  1. Hello dear MA
    This is such a lovely post!
    I knew nothing about vultures and now I do - it might come up in a crossword - Hopefully it's locked into a wee corner in my brain to call up one!!!LOL

    LOve this CQ piece - the leopard is gorgeous and all those beautifully embroidered seams - I will have a go one day I know!

    Enjoy your weekend - over here it's our long Labour Day weekend.

  2. Well, it does seem appropriate that when feeding, a group of vultures is called a carcass.............
    Your CQ purse looks wonderful!

  3. Interesting about the vultures.
    Enjoyed your post.

  4. Anonymous11:03 AM

    WOW! Do you suppose that it is a sign that you are getting older and the vultures are gathering??? Nah...they must be looking for me! LOL Interesting sight none the less.


  5. How great that you got to see a kettle of turkey vultures and even take a picture! All the stitching on your crazy quilt purse looks lovely.

  6. Very interesting about the vultures and who in world could keep us with all of that LOL ... I will try to remember the 'committee' at least ;)

    Your crazy quilting is always such fun to see with all of your lovely stitches and embellishments!

    Happy Weekend to you and yours MA

  7. We have a lot of t. vultures, too, and I love to see them floating on the wind currents up there. On the ground working on a dead deer, they're pretty scary fellers. But i'm always grateful to scavengers, nature's garbage men.

  8. Oh my but that many turkey vultures is a little creepy! lol! It reminded me about the old movie, "The Birds".

    Your crazy quilting is gorgeous! I love all those interesting stitches.

  9. Hi MA, we have turkey vultures here too. Have you ever seen them up close? They are so incredibly ugly! Every now and then, I'll see one sitting on the fence across the street from me. Makes you wonder what God was thinking! LOL!

    You're stitched piece is gorgeous!!!!

  10. I think that I hate that woman. She's far too organized. How does she every get any work done? LOL!

  11. Aren't words amazing? Did you know that a group of crows is called a 'murder' of crows?


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