Patches' Pieces, Wildlife

Around the Pond

New on the game cam this week is a badger.  The badger tends to be transitory with few Columbia grounds squirrels residing in the field to become dinner. The geese are being geese. The goslings are growing and hiking along the pond’s edge.  The turkeys are being camera shy.  The deer look like they need a good combing.-Patches

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Annual Quilt Show a Winner

Over 100 quilts were on display for Scraps & Threads annual quilt show.  In addition there were several special displays including Quilts for Cops, PIGS, Veteran Quilts, and the Star Baby Quilt Class. Quilts for Cops is a project spearheaded by Melody Casey. The guild is providing “small quilts for cops to keep in their cars.  The quilts could be used to provide some comfort for someone in need.”

Eureka Patrolmen accepting quilts from Melody Casey for the Quilts for Cops program
PIGS, Projects in Grocery Sacks

Veteran Quilts are quilts “made for veterans in VA facilities here in Montana. This is a project started by Bunny Franklin to provide quilts to the veterans at the Fort Harrison VA Hospital in Helena.”

Quilts for Veterans
Quilts for Cops

PIGS are “Project in a Grocery Sack.”  Guild members select 4 fat quarts that are placed in a “sack along with their names secreted inside the bag. Guild members randomly choose a bag not knowing whose they choose and in a given amount of time create a quilty item of some kind for the person whose name is found inside the bag.  At the end of the specified time all the PIGS are gathered together at a regular guild meeting and the sacks are returned to the rightful owners with a finished project inside.”

Ribbons were awarded in 5 categories. Winners in the large quilt category were: 1st. Sandy Mason with Mineral Matrix, 2nd. Melody Casey, and 3rd  Melody Casey. Winners in the medium category were: 1st. Lucy Ravitch with Teach me, 2nd. Annie Dueker, and 3rd  Melody Casey. Winners in the small quilt category were: 1st. Annie Dueker with Spiral Galaxy, 2nd. Renata Schroeppel, and 3rd  Kathie Elenberger. 

Winners in the Mini’s quilt category were: 1st. Annie Dueker with Great Ball of Fire, 2nd  Annie Dueker, and 3rd  Susan Crandall.  Winner in the other quilt category was Terrie Philips with Compass Rose Table Runner. The Best Theme quilt went to Annie Dueker with While Momma’s Away. And the People’s Choice Award went to Annie Dueker with Spiral Galaxy. -Patches

Patches' Pieces, Wildlife

Game Camera: Sandhill Cranes

Perhaps you’ve heard the distinctive call of the sandhill cranes recently? -Patches

We’re actually in at the very south edge of the breeding range for Sandhill Cranes. They’re not particularly picky eaters- they’ll eat snakes, frogs, insects, seeds… Often, we’ll see them in the spring, hunting frogs in shallow water.

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Backroads of Montana films at Tobacco Valley Historical Village

The filming was for a 15 minute segment of Backroads of Montana that is expected to air in mid-May.  Watch the Historical Village Facebook page for exact information when the PBS segment will air.  A special thanks to Rita Collins for serving as the Village’s media liaison and secretary.

Filming the Hand Quilting

Friday March 12, Ray Ekness of PBS Montana filmed the hand quilters in the old schoolhouse at the Tobacco Valley Historical Village in Eureka.   Ekness is the director of the Broadcast Media Center at the University of Montana.  Ekness spent the day filming, interviewing, and observing the hand quilters.

Quilts

Area quilters rejoice! In other quilting news, Scraps and Threads quilt guild will host their annual quilt show during Rendezvous, April 23-25. The quilt show is at the fairgrounds in Eureka. Other area quilt groups have been invited to participate in the quilt show. Expect to see lots of new and colorful quilts.

The Eureka Outdoor Quilt show is August 7.

The Flathead Quilters’ Guild has announced their annual Quilt Show is a go. The dates are September 18 & 19 at the Flathead Valley Fairgrounds.

-Patches