|This is a mother Killdeer. She lays her nest right on the ground in the middle of fields and meadows.|
She has a pretty smart trick she uses to protect that nest. When a potential predator comes near the nest, she darts away from it and shows the bright rust colored feathers on her back.
That's just to get your attention. Then she puts on an act like a fake "whiplash" victim! She flutters around acting like she has a broken wing! She calls to her mate while she puts on her show and pretty soon, he shows up and joins in the act! This is in hopes of drawing the predator away from the nest and toward the parents, who appear to be easy prey.
So where is the quilt inspiration? I found these fabrics in my stash that I think would be beautiful in a quilt. The colors I chose are all inspired by this comical little bird, her nest, and the surrounding grass.
Hmmm......I wonder if a similar trick would work to keep me away from the kitchen? I can see it now....."Oh, no! I think I hurt my ankle! I need to just sit and rest it. Do you mind bringing my little Featherweight right here in front of my chair. And maybe that stack of fabrics I've been working on. Thanks, honey! Oh, and my rotary cutter and mat....."
I hope you find inspiration everywhere you look today!
Don't forget to join me for the "It's For the Birds" blog hop starting on the 7th. I will be posting on the 8th.