Now, today's post.....Pets.
One can't really have kids, or at least not boys, without also having a parade of animals come through the house. Over the years, we've had all the traditional pets -- cats, dogs, birds, fish, guinea pigs -- and some non traditional pets as well -- snakes, frogs, insects, snails; all found in the yard, captured, deposited into bug cages kept around just for this purpose, and loved on/watched for days or weeks or months, depending on the life span of the animal in question and Mom's Tolerance Level for said critters. The tarantula, for instance, only lasted a day and a half. The tree frog was allowed to stay much longer.
Because our menagerie has included many beloved animals, most of which we no longer have, and has been a trademark of sorts about Life With Boys, I couldn't make my diary quilt without some slight nod to these furry (or not) loved ones.
The block itself is not my favorite; I found a printed fabric and made a scrappy patchwork from it. I think I need to redo it and add some element that ties it in to the rest of the quilt, but for now, it stays like this.
|Pets: The Block|
tribute to the dogs, cats, birds, and other pets we've had over the years
And here are a few pictures of some of the animals that we're paying tribute to. Once I add the setting triangles to frame out the block and turn it on point, I'll embroider their names into the surrounding fabric. I'm just not that far along yet.
|...and Canela now.|
|"magrinho" - a stray siamese who the boys loved but was never officially ours|
|Lia and her newborn kitties|
Lia was the Artist's cat; she ran away after we gave away her kittens
|Pipa, one of Lia's kittens|
|Ponkan & Padrao, 2 more of Lia's kittens|
|Galinha, the last cat to leave our house when the neighbors got crazy.|
the Artist's favorite, and the only one of Lia's kittens that we kept
|the current crop of birds|
|Praia, our first Brazil cat, part Siamese.|
she ran away after Lia had her kittens.
|an old picture of the guinea pigs - Polly (the big one) and Millie (who is now as big as Polly)|
|Nickel, a stray we had in the US; she adopted us after she had kittens and hid them in our garage|
|Nickel's three kittens|
we kept them and socialized them until time for them to be re-homed
we gave them away at our Moving to Brazil garage sale
Have you had, or do you have pets? What sorts? What's your favorite type of pet?