Hummingbird #68

Block #68 for Rachel H.

Block #68 for Rachel H.

I am still under the weather, but I managed to get one bird knocked out. I am getting a little faster at them; this time around it only took me 38 minutes. Sigh…

Tonight’s bird is dedicated to one of our old neighbors, Rachel. Rachel is a very sweet lady who was not happy that we moved. To be honest, we didn’t really have a lot of time to warn the neighbors before the sign went up in the yard. I do regret that.

Our last neighborhood was a patio home community with mostly retired people, and they loved my husband; Rachel especially. He was known for his green thumb so we would often get calls asking for advice on plants and trees. He would go to Rachel’s every year and help her fertilize her yard. One time, Rachel called him to see if he could help with her new cable box. He farmed that one out to me.

The thing I loved the most about Rachel was her resilience at her age (almost 80), even after her husband passed she was living on her own and always out and about, driving herself, sweeping her front stoop, baby sitting peoples dogs and feeding the neighborhood squirrels peanuts. She told us once, “If you ever see the paper still on my door step in the afternoon, you better send someone in to check on me…”

I hope she is doing well and still feeding those squirrels.

Thoughts on this process:

Well I am sad to say that I missed two birds. I need to come up with a more efficient way to both make these ahead of time and write the stories. I am also sad to say that I accidentally repeated fabric on a bird. I believe it was birds 6 and 66. When I put the stash together for this project, I tried very hard to weed out the repeats. On both accounts, I knew it was just a matter of time. Oh well… I march on…

Date Made: March 11th, 2015
Block #68
Days on Project: 70
Blocks Made: 68

For Rachel H

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