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I looked through my stash. No parakeets. Toucans & chickadees & parrots. But nothing that looked like a parakeet.
I looked in my stash too - Mama loved birds so I have a lot of different birds but no parakeets...got robins, chickadees, flamingos, doves, cardinals, lots of hummingbirds.
I did find one place you can order a 9x9 swatch for not much:
Suze, you gave my memory a good kick and I went to Etsy.com where I found various options for items made with parakeet fabric.
One small item was cute (made in Netherlands) and another small item was cuter (made in Ohio) but the one I liked best is made in New Hampshire and so I ordered that one. Why buy something with pink parakeets or yellow parakeets when my Skeezix was turquoise? I held out until I found something that was close to my childhood pet. LOL
I swear this heart failure business is really messing with my thinking lately. I'm going in for a surgical procedure in two weeks and it had better work and get my blood pumping better so my brain works better.
Thank you for that idea. I will use it when I look at that block in the future.
Thank you for searching your awesome stash. Cannot believe I stumped you.
There is a block called Ornery Husband as well. It's been so long since I made one that I have no clue what it looks like any more.
Couldn't find Ornery Husband in the Brackman book or at Quilter's Cache but I found something called Contrary Husband online so I can use that one.
Thanks for the suggestion because my DH is actually more contrary than I am.
Thus far I have made three nine inch blocks.
You will have a puzzle to put together. You will enjoy that as you like puzzles. I'll check my stash for fabric with a parakeet in it.
ETA: Glad you found a fabric with a parakeet resembling your childhood pet. This sounds like a fun quilt.
I'm glad you see my motivation for tackling this project, Cathy.
The last two largish quilts I worked on did not "spark joy" (to quote the famous Marie whatshername who has people cleaning out their closets). I made one small wallhanging that was fun to work on; it was a kit but frankly there are not many appealing kits out there that ring my chimes.
So when my fevered brain took me down the path to this idea I pounced on it ...could I make an autobiographical quilt with blocks that reflected my history?
Why not give it a whirl? Making my own rules as I go along. I think it is Suze that has said, "Your quilt, your rules". (Or maybe it is Ami.)
Pieced blocks only