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Friday, April 22, 2011

All Aboard! and America the Beautiful

These fabrics from Exclusively Quilters came in this week:
All Aboard! features a panel with four pictures:

And these coordinates for All Aboard:






On the Exclusively Quilters website there are free downloadable patterns for these four quilts using these fabrics.
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We have all the coordinates for these quilts! 
Perfect for Father's Day!








We also got in a few fabrics from the America the Beautiful Collections including this panel with 5 pictures of our national bird the Bald Eagle:
 We thought these would be perfect for our 
Quilts of Valor quilters.
Fun Facts about our National Bird:
As of 2007 Bald Eagles are not on the Endangered Species list anymore- they are however still a protected species.
There are 9,789 breeding pairs of Bald Eagles. Once paired they only breed together so long as they both live though, they will separate during the non-mating season and find eachother again during the breeding season. They lay 1-3 eggs in nests built in tall large trees near rivers or a coast.
Bald Eagles have 7,000 feathers, weigh 10-14 lbs, live up to 30 years, can lift up to 4 lbs and have a wingspan of 72-90".  They can fly up to 10,000 feet in the air and can reach speeds of 30-35 mph during level flight (even higher during dives). Eagles are strong swimmers which help them catch their favorite food- fish.
The call of a bald eagle is not the beautiful sound you hear in the movies. That call is actually made most commonly by a Red Tailed Hawk.
The Bald Eagle became our National Bird by only one vote: the turkey was the very close runner up!



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