Tu-Na Quilts: Velda’s Crows

I had a lot of fun sewing the crow blocks for Velda last month. She blogs over at Granny Can Quilt. Those crows took on a personality by themselves. By the time I was done, fabric had flown all over and a huge mess was everywhere.


So I wrote Velda a letter to introduce these feisty crows and included it when I mailed them to her.


You can read more about my April Bee Blocks here.


Here’s a peek at the letter I sent and then you can see if you can pick out who is who.

Hi, Velda!

I really don’t know what happened but I woke up this morning and a whole murder of crows were flitting about my sewing room. Unfortunately, they are not a quiet bunch. So I shut the window fearing anymore would fly in, opened the envelopes (there are two) and shoved them in. Such a ruckus they had so I am warning you as you open the envelopes that “all hell will break lose” in your house.

Let me introduce you to (you’ll have fun picking them out or at least I hope you do):

  • Charles: This is one sophisticated “he” crow. He’s dashing and debonair, and very stylish although his pants never seem to match his other attire. He tends to choose pants that make him appear taller than he actually is.
  • Sharlamane: She prefers going by Sharla and gets rather snippy if you address her formally. She’s a sister to Millie and one colorful bird—both with her attire and her language. But rumor has it that she’s got cold feet with the fellas.
  • Henrietta: This is one sassy old crow; probably stemming from the fact that she was raised by a bunch of chickens. She’s always poking her nose err beak into other’s business and turns green with envy. You can tell when she’s going to throw a fit as her beak starts to turn color first.
  • Millie: She’s an entomologist. Birds, bees, and other insects just seem to follow her everywhere. You can barely tell she’s Sharla’s sister as they never see eye to eye on anything but they do have some similarities.
  • Harry: Now he’s a navy man err crow. He’s always loved the sea. Some of the ladies think he’s rather a “stuck in the mud” kind of guy. Once he’s made up his mind about something there’s no changing it. Watch out for this one. Once he’s attached to you, there’s no way to get him to move on.
  • Roberto: This dashing dude crow thinks he’s hot stuff. The ladies really swoon over him. When he starts talking and flapping and doing his little crow dance, he gets everything and everyone stirred up around him. I think you’ll fall for him too. I had a hard time saying goodbye as I was smitten from first glance.
  • Gertrude: This sweet crow would do anything for anyone. Unless you call her Gertie. Then you’ve made her bad side. She’s always cleaning up around her. Her little beak is always so busy with tidying up that it often looks sore. Dust seems to follow her where ever she goes.
  • Harvey: This delightful crow is rather a noisy and nosey fella. He’s always poking his beak into other crow’s business so much it often looks like it’s sporting a bruise.
  • Abigail: She’s always running late and always in a hurry. She doesn’t seem to mind wearing two different socks. Don’t get in her way or she’ll run right over you.

And there you have these delightfully noisy crows to stay with you forever. Sorry, but I don’t sew quietly. I know you said you didn’t want more but I couldn’t help myself as this was such a fun project. Maybe you can use the extras on the back or just make your quilt larger. Thanks for helping me out.

Have fun, Karen

Now it’s your turn to have a little fun. Can you tell which crow is which? Click on Crow Quiz below to take you to my quiz to see if you can correctly identify the names of these feisty but oh so colorful, new, feathery friends of Velda’s. Thank you to my newly college graduated son for creating this quiz for me (I guess 4 years of college really paid off) He was able to graduate in 4 years with a degree in Computer Science AND another degree in Electrical Engineering. This is one proud mama!

Crow Quiz


What I Learned Today:

  1. When the fabric speaks to you, just go with it.
  2. My quilting is more a matter of enjoying the process and less about creating the finishes.
  3. It’s always stress-relieving to include a little fun in the process.
  4. When it comes to computer stuff, it’s so much easier to ask for help or in my case let a kid do it for me.

Question: What have you done for fun lately?

Linking with Sew Fresh Quilts, Wednesday Wait Loss, Midweek Makers, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?, Sew Can She, and Em’s Scrapbag.

13 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Velda’s Crows

  1. Karen Marlow-Goad

    love your birds! I have three now with the same color legs – the next batch I will change them up and so something else. I like the different colors you are using for your background – I might have to do that – these three just have white.


  2. kathy70

    Great names for all the birds and love the block. Now I know somehow these birds will be in a future quilt Taking the quiz was a fun addition. Thanks and have a great day.


  3. rl2b2017

    Hi Karen,
    What a fun post and quiz! Darn it – got two wrong. I will have to check out Granny’s blog to see what she has planned for all these crows. They are all so cute! ~smile~


  4. Melva Nolan

    Cute post. Those crows really are adorable and I can see why you may have wanted to keep a few for yourself. And great idea with the quiz.


  5. Rochelle Summers

    What a great blog post. You have a great imagination. I have found talking to my quilt helps to keep it going in the right direction when sewing. If I don’t like the answer it gives me, I just take the seam ripper to it…..That keeps me in the driver’s seat!

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  6. Andrea H

    What a fun blog post. And those crow blocks are adorable…oh, and the fun stories and quiz that goes along with them. You are quite creative and fun! Can’t wait to see more of what you do. –Andrea



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