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May 16, 2016

Summer Sampler 2016 - Turkey Vulture

May 16, 2016
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Yes!  Today is the kick off of the Summer Sampler 2016 and I am honored to be the first designer up to bat with my Turkey Vulture block.

So...............................
Turkey Vulture, huh?  Odd name for a block?  Perhaps. 
I designed this block right after returning from spring break with my family where we hit the road, heading to see family in Camp Lejeune, NC.  As it turns out, that's not all we hit.
About 60 miles from our destination, a turkey vulture on the side of the road took flight directly into us.  Thank goodness my husband was driving because I fully admit I ducked and covered.  The giant bird smashed our windshield top to bottom and showered us with shattered glass.  Luckily, no one was hurt (except probably the bird).

We pulled off at the next exit, the kids really only concerned if the dvd player was still in working order.  My husband snapped the above photo, asking me to give the thumbs up.  I was not in the mood.

Anywho, when designing this block I started off with the Hovering Hawk block and started playing from there.  I couldn't get this turkey vulture story out of my head, and I thought if I pixelated the center of the "hawk", it would look just like our smashed prism windshield.
Inspiration strikes in funny ways sometimes.  ;)  I can't wait to play along with the Summer Sampler 2016.  I hope to keep up and I'm making mine from my scrap bin.  Hope you enjoy this week's block pattern!
 
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5 comments:

  1. This block wins best story for sure.

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  2. Cute block.
    We have a gang of 4 turkey vultures in our neighborhood in Northern Virginia. They are always finding dead stuff, they work as a teem and pick up the animals off the road and OH GROSS it is pretty disgusting those beasts.

    Oh, and your block is adorable

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  3. This has happened to me too. Except in my case the only damage was that the bird vomited all over the windshield.

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  4. Whoa! That must have been really scary, especially with your whole family in the car! I'm so glad the safety glass did its job. Inspiration really "struck!"

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  5. I have no idea what a turkey vulture is.... but I love your block! Great story :)

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