Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"It's For The Birds" is here! and a giveaway.

If you have been flying all over blogland looking for a place to land, then this is it! "It's for the Birds" blog hop starts today! First I would like to say a very special THANK YOU to Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt for organizing all the wonderful blog hops that we get to enjoy. Also a special THANK YOU to Mary of I Piece 2-Mary for being our cheerleader. These two ladies are amazing!!
Here is todays' list of very talented participants and today is my day too!
Tuesday May 7th!

So let's get started!
 The first project I made is a wall hanging I call "Home Tweet Home".

I love the solid colors in this quilt. They are so vibrant!
Star quilts are one of my favorite quilt patterns and I designed this one like a Medallion Quilt. I really like the "Alegria" blue bird fabrics . These birds were designed by Gennine D. Zlatkis, If you haven't seen her fabrics or art work , please check it out. Her work is amazing!
The fabrics are "Alegria from Project Anthologies, Flea Market Fancy from Jen at Loom and Shuttle on Etsy and Pure Elements from Julie at The Intrepid Thread . It measures 29" square.  I free hand embroidered "Home Tweet Home" and stitched in the ditch around the star. And I did free motion stippling in the FMF Posy turqoise fabric.This little wall hanging is flying off to find a home at my daughters' new apartment.

  My second project is a matching pillow.
 
My first Wonky Log Cabin Block! I really enjoyed making this Wonky Log Cabin block. I used a tutorial from Quilt Dad .
The back is an allover bird print from the "Alegria" fabric line for Cloud 9 fabrics and the fabrics on the front are a mixture of Alegria and fabric from my stash. This pillow measures 17" square. I machine quilted it in a grid pattern on the back and outlined each log on the front. 

Now are you ready for some Tsuru?
I started out English Paper Piecing some of the tsuru cranes from the main print fabrics. I had intended to make a table runner (also for my daughters apartment), but somehow I decided SATURDAY the 4th of May that I wanted to make a quilt. So here is the flimsy.



The cranes ,and my thoughts, kept going in circles until they finally got their act together and headed home , in a "V".
Now if you haven't seen Tsuru by Rashida Coleman-Hale, let me tell you it is gorgeous fabric to work with. I love the colors and it really has a great super soft feel to it. This quilt top measure 46x52". I plan on using the Motif Madness in ivory for the backing and Making Tracks in indigo for the binding. Not sure yet if I will add borders. I purchased my Tsuru from Pink Castle Fabrics. This is probaly the most modern looking quilt I have made. At least to me it looks more modern than most of my projects.
Now last but certainly not least ,I would like to introduce you to a very special little helper that I have. Please meet....

Daisy, The Handy Hen!

Boy, does this fat little hen like to strut her stuff. She carries quite the load. Daisy keeps my scissors, rotary cutters,marking pens, thread, needles, safety pins,quilting pins,bobbins and even a needle threader all within easy reach.
She doesn't even get her tail feathers ruffled when I carry her outside for some hand sewing. No sir. I designed Daisy to be a good hen. No backtalk outta her! She just sits quietly wherever I put her and keeps all my tools nice and handy!

I sure hope you have enjoyed my little birdie projects today! If you are still hanging in there then you are one lucky duck because I have a giveaway! Actually I have two three giveaways.
First, I have a Honeycomb precut by moda of happy-go-lucky and a 25 pc pkg of  2 1/2" Hexagon papers from Paper Pieces.

Secondly, a fat quarter of this beautiful vintage fabric with matching reproduction vintage buttons and three skeins of DMC floss

 Daisy decided she wanted to get in on the action and have a little giveaway too! She is offering a cute 5"charm pack of Crazy Daisy from Benartex!

So how do you get a chance to win one of these gifts? Simply leave me a comment right here on this post. Tell me what your favorite bird is! You don't have to follow my blog, although I would love it if you did! (and I follow back) If you would like, you could tell me how you would finish my Tsuru lap quilt! Please only one comment per person. And please make sure if you are a no reply blogger to include your email address in your comment.
Now you have one chance to win one of these gifts. I will either use Mr Random.org (if I can figure it out) or I will use a very handsome farmer husband that I know to pick a number out of his hat.! Either way, we will have three lucky duck winners by friday that I will annouce right here on this blog! Now I hope you enjoy the rest of the "It's for the Birds" hop! There are some fantastic projects coming up!! So go check them out!!
Thank you for stopping by! I love to read your comments and cherish each and every word!!

101 comments :

  1. All of your projects are just great! I love your hen! I need one of those. I am always losing something. It is nice to meet you and thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  2. Love your birds, wonky, hexie and of course Daisy with her fantastic feathers! Thank you for sharing and would love to have that handsome farmer of yours to pick the winners!

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  3. Love all your birds. You did a great job and Daisy is too cute. I love how you can start out small on a project, and it keep growing.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  4. All of your bird projects are fantastic. Daisy is really adorable.

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  5. Love all your projects! I love wonky log cabin blocks! Daisy the chicken is what I call a foo, foo chicken.....soooo sweet!!

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  6. Wow - I love your projects - they are all gorgeous. THe kingfisher is my favourite bird :-)

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  7. Those birds are amazing, and the alegria fabric is a great find, thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

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  8. Your projects are wonderful and I love your carry all.....for your quilt if it were me i would just do maybe a small border and then finish it up, great job. I love lots of birds but my favorite is the humming bird.

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  9. Great post - isn't the hen adorable !!!

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  10. Love the hen. Very useful, I'm sure!

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  11. I love Eastern Bluebirds. Their colors are so brilliant. I see them pretty frequently and always call them "the bluebird of happiness" so when I see one I know it will be a good day!

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  12. Hi Jan,
    your birds projects are alle absoutely great but Daisy ist a special beauty!
    I love how your modern quilt turns out. I think I would add a whide edge and a indigo binding...
    I do follow you now ☺
    Thanks for the chance to win, lovely giveaways ☺
    Bente

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  13. Today it's a cardinal tho I do love a good raven ;) Your projects are all stellar and I am in love with your birdie hexies!

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  14. I love the fabrics you have used! What a wonderful collection of projects you have made. I especially love Daisy. My favourite bird is the blue fairy wren.

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  15. Jan, Great job on your projects! The joy you had while creating them shines through! :) You are soaring on the wings of creative adventures!!! Currently I am smitten with the Carolina Wren nesting over our front door...I love all birds...don't really have 'a' favorite.

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  16. Your projects are all great, but I really love the pillow! My favorite bird is the Cardinal.

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  17. great projects...very sweet. thank you for the lovely giveaway!! I like the cedar wax wing..though I don't see them much lately...seem to have left this area.

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  18. The quilt and pillow are great but that hen is fantastic!

    p.s. Your word verification is still on...

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  19. Your quilt and pillow are wonderful, but that daisy hen is also a great thing to have. I am following you now on GFC and BlogLovin.

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  20. The colors of the wall hanging are just wonderful. And I love how you did the cranes.

    I don't have a favorite bird....well maybe the robin as it signals spring.

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  21. I love your bird pillow and the quilt with the cranes is so beautiful and fascinating. My favorit is the Scandinavian Black bird.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity and for your great give away

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  22. Your projects are great. I do like Daisy! Everyone needs a Daisy in their sewing room! Thanks for the giveaways.

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  23. Daisy brings a smile. My Grand daughter has a car named Daisy...she is 17 and it has daisy decals on the sides of the old junker car she drives...Those feathers make her special don't they

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  24. I like Cardinals. Thank you for the chance to win such lovely prizes.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  25. Love all of the bird fabrics that you used in your projects.... great job! I love wacky crows and thanks for the great giveaway!

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  26. Your projects are all just wonderful and yes, I did follow you! I think adding some Shashiko to your quilt would be a nice touch for finishing it off, but it is lovely as is.

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  27. I love the hen holder! Sew cute. Lovely projects.

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  28. I am a new follower...love your projects! You should tue. Off your word verification so more folks will leave comments. ; )

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  29. I'm also a new follower on Bloglovin. I love your wonderful projests. My favorite bird is the red bird/cardinal and I love watching the little mexican dove that eat seed off the ground right outside my window.

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  30. Fun things I don't know which is my favorite.... the HEN is a HOOT no a CLUCK!!:-)

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  31. All your projects are wonderful! I love the "home tweet home" wall hanging and matching pillow. The fabrics and colors are fabulous. The cute little hen is whimsical and useful ... an amazing combination! I know nothing about Tsuru so I cannot offer suggestions as to how to finish but I love this quilt top, especially the migrating cranes. Great giveaways. I am a new follower so I can find my way back to your quilty goodness. Thanks for sharing ... Pat

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  32. Great job with all your projects! I especially love the wonky log cabin pillow. My favourite bird is the snow bunting. My hop project (on the 15th) will feature one.

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  33. I love all your projects.Sorry, I know nothing about finishing quilts. I like making small "things" to give away. My favorite bird is the male cardinal. Love the bright red. And I LOVE your chicken. Any chance of telling us how you made her?

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  34. Super cute projects. I love birds of all kinds but the tiny hummingbirds just pull at my heart strings. Now your Daisy, though...she is quite amazing! I need to ask is there a pattern for Daisy? and could you share where you got it (if there is)?

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  35. I enjoyed all of your projects. And Daisy is an adorable hen.

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  36. All the projects are wonderful. I was at the doctor's office yesterday where they were showing back to back episodes of BBC Planet Earth. The narrator was describing how the cranes have to fly over the Himalayas to get to their winter grounds in India, a trip not without hazards. Interesting! And here you are with a crane project the very next day!

    That Daisy is a hoot! LOL My fav bird: the cardinal. THX for the giveaway chance---the winners will be lucky to receive any of one of them.

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  37. What lovely projects you've done!

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  38. Why Jan you were flying with your creations...each one better than the last...way to go you tweet thing

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  39. First I'm now a "FOLLOWER" of your blog. I love watching Mockingbirds scare up bugs to eat. Love your hexie quilt. I don't think it needs borders at all. It looks finished to me.

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  40. Great projects. I do love your fancy chicken! What a perfect way to store your favorite sewing items!

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  41. I like the American Goldfinch, my state bird..I will be anxious to see how you finish your crane piece, sorry I don't have an idea for you tho. And I love your chicken!!!

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  42. LOve your projects. The bird fabric on the back of the pillow is gorgeous. My favorite bird is the Eastern Bluebird.
    thanks for the giveaway. I would love those hexies.

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  43. love your daisy the handy hen
    love the cardinal

    thanks for chance to win your giveaway

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  44. Hi Jan-your bird fabrics are fantastic and so are your projects. My favorite is the one with the yellow-orange flowers. From California, thanks for sharing and for the chance of winning some great things.

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  45. My favorite bird is the cardinal!
    Love your bird pillow, hexi cranes, and Daisy!


    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  46. love what you did with Gennine's fabric - I'm still hoarding mine!

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  47. WOW, what else can I say! I love the fabric you used in your projects, but I just simply love your Daisy, the Handy Hen!!!

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  48. My favorite bird in the Hummingbird:)
    I would just quilt the top and then bind it in a solid dk blue. It is beautiful!!!!

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  49. My favorite is the hummingbird. I love how you did the hexie geese in formation.

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  50. All of your bird projects are amazing! Those fussy cut hexies are beautiful...you were very busy! My favorite bird is a hummingbird.

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  51. I love your projects! and the Alegria fabric is stunning!!
    My favourite bird is the wren!

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  52. Your projects are all lovely. I really like the crane hexies and that chick holder is perfect.

    My favorite bird has to be the orioles.

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  53. I love all your projects, you are very talented babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  54. My favorite bird is my chickens of course! They are a constant source of entertainment and relaxation. I could watch them for hours. The plus is that they also give me eggs. Who could ask for anything more?!? Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  55. Your projects are all just wonderful.Great job!!
    My favorite bird in the Hummingbird.

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  56. Love your chicken. She is looking great. Your fabrics are awesome. Thanks for sharing.
    Frederika

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  57. great projets! love your fussycut hexies ... your truru top! doesn't need much to finish - layer and binding! some quilts don't need more. my favorite bird is the red breasted nuthatch.

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  58. Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity! I am a new follower and I look forward to being inspired by you.

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  59. Love your projects. How creative you are!

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  60. Oh my gosh I love Daisy she is so cute, would you happen to have a tutorial for her? For my favorite bird I guess I would have to say the cardinal, I love the color red. Thank you

    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  61. My favorite bird is the cardinal. But tell Daisy I think she is a very cute chick.

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  62. I love your projects, the bird fabric is so cute also. I am a follower and thanks for participating!

    By the way if I am still a no-reply blogger, my email is quiltlikecrazy@hotmail.com.

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  63. I think Flickers are pretty cool.

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  64. Hi!!! I love all of your birdies!!! I love love your Daisy!!! Too cute and so handy!!!! I love hummingbirds!!!

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  65. Love your birds. I love swallows. I think the are so pretty. I think I love goldfinches the most. :-) What a nice giveaway. Thanks!

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  66. You certainly are a very talented lady. Love the birds. I enjoy watching the different finches at my feeders. Thanks for the chance to win

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  67. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.netMay 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    love your projects. My favorite bird is the cardinal. Probably a lot of people will say that, but we have had a pair living around our back yard. The male is beautiful. This morning he sat on one of the wires at the back, and with the green of the trees behind him, he was beautiful. Then on the other hand -- the female keeps attacking her image in a window on our back porch. The term bird-brained comes to mind:)

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  68. My favorite birds are cardinal and hummingbird. Thanks for the chance.

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  69. What neat projects you made and such pretty fabrics. Love the bird pillow. thanks for the chance to win. I just followed you.

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  70. I love finches, but I enjoy all birds.....All your bird projects are beautiful...I really like the Asian wall hanging....great giveaway......

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  71. Wow, you really out did yourself! Love your fabrics!! I love hummingbirds, I just wish they would slow down so I could admire them!~

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  72. I really like the holder your made. very creative! My favorite bird is the Cardinal...love the bright red ones!

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  73. Your work is wonderful. Love your Hen.

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  74. Loved your projects!! You are so creative. My favorite bird is the Eagle. I watch eagle cams when I am sewing. Thank you for the chance to win this give away.

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  75. Loved all your beautiful creations!! Your fabric choices were perfect!! Love blue birds!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!

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  76. Very Creative! You have been very busy!

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  77. My favorite bird is "Bird of Paradise". I know that is a flower. As for the winged kind, I would say the Eastern Blue Bird or Indigo Bunting.

    Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

    senstrings (at) yahoo dot com

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  78. "Cluck, cluck, here Daisy." I'd love to have Daisy as my helper, too. She is absolutely adorable and pink, too. You've been working with some gorgeous fabrics and I loved the cranes flying in "V" formation though the hexie was darn cute also. My favorite bird is a wren. We're waiting patiently for the return of our wrens - my husband heard one last week and we were excited but he must have just been visiting on his way further north. I even keep track from year to year when the wrens come back!!

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  79. Daisy is delightful! She must make you smile every time you walk into your sewing room. And your Tsuru quilt is lovely too. I think sashiko quilting would complement its Asian theme, and you certainly have a talent for stitching, so it would turn our beautifully. As for birds, I like chickadees because they come and visit my birdfeeder every day. They are like friends.

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  80. Wow! You've been busy! I love all your wonderful creations - especially Daisy! I love all birds - don't really have a fave. And we are using the same blog template too! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  81. Great projects! You found some wonderful bird fabrics and I LOVE the Tsuru quilt. Some sashiko shapes in the quilting would look great. My favourite bird is the loon.

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  82. My favorite bird is a duck. I know boring right?

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  83. Wonky and log cabin are two of my favorites but I have never made a wonky log cabin, at least on purpose. Your projects are fantastic, especially your fabrics. I love that you decided to make a runner a whole quilt at the last minute. I don't have a favorite bird. I have about twenty. I hope everyone doesn't ask that question.

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  84. I think my favorite birds are the Kookaburra's as they come and visit our backyard and laugh from time to time in a family group, which my boys love, happy quilting Sue SA (Australia).

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  85. My favorite bird is the cardinal. Miss Daisy is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  86. I love your birds, I love the fabric you used. My favorite bird is a puffin, but since they don't live here, I like sparrows in my garden the best.

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  87. Wonderful projects and your Daisy may be my new favorite bird! I love her boa accents! My other favorite birds have to be hummingbirds and flamingos! Thanks for hosting! pbstrand@msn.com

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  88. My favorite bird is a red tailed hawk. I love your projects, what wonderful use of fabric!

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  89. HELLO FROM MONTANA! LOVE THE MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD WHO IS VISITING HERE RIGHT NOW! THANKS FOR YOUR BLOG+NEAT GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  90. My favorite bird is the cardinal. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful birdy projects. That chicken holding your tools is just great.

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  91. My favorite bird is the white throated sparrow, I love their song.

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  92. Well I love cardnals and chickens (free eggs), I am a follower!

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  93. Your pletha of birds is sooooo fab!!!! I really love the Blue Heron that likes to fish in the river behind our cottage.
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  94. Great projects and your little Daisy is just too cute!

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  95. First, you are lucky to have a handsome farmer. I miss the handsome farmer that I grew up with as a dad. Second, thank you for participating in the blog hop. Third, I hope to see you in future hops. Fourth, I'm sorry that I'm so late in viewing your entry. Fifth, Your are very creative and prolific. Sixth, etc. - I love all your creativity and projects. I am hard pressed to pick a favorite. Again, thanks for participating and being a great inspiration.

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  96. Your have tweet bird projects. Love them! Thanks for sharing!

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  97. I like your wonky log cabin block. My favorite bird is the chickadee!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  98. The wonky pillow is my favorite.

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  99. The wonky pillow is my favorite.

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