Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Christmas in July with My Little Chickadees and Fabric Giveaway!

I love fabrics with animals and personality, but not so juvenile that they wouldn't appeal to an adult (for a gift). When asked to participate in this Sew in Love with Fabric Christmas in July hop, I knew that I would enjoy working with My Little Chickadees. I asked for 6 pieces (it was SO HARD) to choose


My Little Chickadees Fabrics
Look at these fabrics. You would have a hard time choosing, too!

My Little Chickadees
Here is a little bit of the print with the widely spaced chickadees:


And here's a block I finished just yesterday. It is Block #30 in The New Hexagon book. But I had to change the name. The book spells it: Debbie. Gasp! That's not how I spell my name, right?

This is Debby (with a "y" and not "ie)
And here is how I fussy cut that little chickadee in the center:

Fussy cutting with a freezer paper window

Go take a visit to Sew in Love with Fabrics to see what I did with these fabrics. They are fun and sweet and I know you will be inspired. Or at least, they will bring a smile to your face!

The GIVEAWAY for this posting will be a fat quarter bundle of My Little Chickadee fabrics.

Remember, there is a FABRIC GIVEAWAY not only today but every day this week. Here is the schedule in case you missed it. 

Here's the Benartex Christmas in July Blog Hop schedule - 25-29 July 2016:
Monday: Chris from made by ChrissieD, featuring Jolly Penguin and Friends
Tuesday: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts, featuring My Little Chickadee
Wednesday: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts, featuring Sparkle
Thursday: Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than Housework, featuring Holiday Cheer
Friday: Benartex blog featuring Joyful

Just leave a comment here on my blog about what you liked best in the tutorial using My Little Chickadees. The contest is over Friday night at midnight. Contest winners are limited to USA residents only at this time.

127 comments:

  1. This fabric is so sweet with the little birds! I really like the Twisted Hexagonal block and the mug rug that features a bird in the center. Every bird gets to shine in the spotlight in these projects!

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  2. I would have had a super hard time choosing too! So charming. I liked your chickadee ring the very best. The other projects are fun, but the chickadee ring stole my heart.

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  3. I think the freezer paper template for fussing cutting a motif is brilliant!

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  4. I love love the little coaster/mug rug! What a cute set that would make! :)

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  5. Those were beautiful, Debby. I really like how you did the framed border. The chickadee fabrics are gorgeous and perfect for your fussy cutting.

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  6. Hi Debby. I'm fairly new to quilting, so I like all tutorials! Your post today was the first time I heard about using freezer paper to create a fussy-cut template. I love your fabric line!

    Nancy_sue_ryan@yahoo.com

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  7. I am in love with epp, so all of this speaks to me. Adorable adorable! I am wanting to try fussy cutting my hexies after reading this!

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  8. I am in love with epp, so all of this speaks to me. Adorable adorable! I am wanting to try fussy cutting my hexies after reading this!

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  9. Thanks so much! I love how you showed to fussycut the fabric! And so cute how you added the fabric border. I have some borderprints in my stash and never new what to do really with them. You just gave me a great hint!

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  10. I liked the variety of looks achieved with hexies. And the way those adorable birds were definitely the stars of the show.

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  11. I love the part w/ the fussy cutting w/ the freezer paper - I am new to this and the tutorial is great! thank you!

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  12. Love how you cut and sew, then RIP! Fussy cutting with freezer paper - great tip!

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  13. Great tutorial with freezer, thanks! Love this fabric!!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  14. Hi,love your tutorial+how to do EPP! Thanks for sharing! Neat fabrics too! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  15. love hexagons and the the chickadees were showcased

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  16. I loved your tutorial, but also loved how you showed us all the other little treasures that you made.

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  17. Hi Debby! (See, I spelled it correctly!) love these fabrics, and I'm on my way to see your project over there!

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  18. I just love the fussy cut little chickadees!! They are the sweetest! :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  19. Fussy cut chickadees--love the birds and the hexies!!

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  20. I loved seeing the process you go through to make your designs. The Chickadee Ring on the Sew in Love blog is lovely. Thanks for showing us how to make it.

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  21. I love the idea of the see-thru cut out for making the fussy cuts. Thanks so much for the great idea!

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  22. I loved the Chickadee Ring, thank you so much for sharing how you fussy cut them and utilizing different shapes. I love this fabric thank you so much for the tutorial.

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  23. Birds are my favorite thing in the world for quilting. I love seeing how to cut with the freezer paper template and how to use the interfacing to make a center block. I would love to win some of this adorable fabric. Thanks for the tips. Helen hrglover@hotmail.com

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  24. Debbie--I'm in love with this collection, and your hexi piecing is such a clever showcase for the birds. My daughter would be so thriled to receive a Christmas present showcasing her favorite birds.

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  25. Fussy cutting with a freezer paper window is new to me and such a great idea! My favorite bird is a chickadee!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  26. I love that you showed how to "fussy cut" the birds on the fabric. I tend to overthink things and you made it look so easy!
    Sandy A

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  27. What I liked the best was your fussy cutting the chickadees to make the center ring. I could see using this spaced out fabric to make multiple gifts and trinkets for the home. Loved this tutorial!!
    dhardenburg (at) prodigy (dot) net

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  28. I am not a fan of Hexagons at all, but seeing the way that you fussy cut each of the Chickadee's and made each pattern piece fit perfectly was so inspiring. Plus, seeing the gorgeous final project...I know I will be making this. Thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial and this lovely fabric. I love Chickadees and am really hoping that I win this prize!! Thank you for the opportunity and for sharing your fabulous tutorial! Have a fantastic creative day!

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  29. You took a print that might be hard to use in a small piece and made it work. Great tutorial and tips - thanks!

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  30. I liked both Dawn and the GFG hexie projects in your tutorial. I also think that is a great reminder, how you use the 'window' to fussy cut the chickadees. They are one of my favourite birds, so happy and so strong in their ability to survive in some very very cold climates (I used to live in central Alberta, brrr).

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  31. Really appreciate your showing the fussy cutting aspect of making your blocks. That widely spaced motif fabric could be daunting, but you have shown an excellent use of it.

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  32. Really cute. I like the strip print used after the "oops". Good thinking! Great prints.

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  33. Hi, Debby, Great tutorial (as usual!). I appreciate seeing what didn't work as well as the great result on the hex unit. I especially like the mitered border with the varying design. It adds another layer of movement and interest. Thanks as always for sharing and continuing to inspire. (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com)

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  34. I love those little chickadees....and what I liked best about your tutorial is what you did by making the block and deciding...nope, I don't like this and changed the borders...and how you used other birdies and the pieces of fabric your ripped out to make something that you did like your vision of...thank you for all your wonderful tutorials Debby, they are very much appreciated....

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  35. Liked seeing how you made fussy cut template from freezer paper. Thank you.

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  36. I love your determination to make that border work! And then your persistence to make use of the cuts that didn't work. Everything came out so cute!! Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  37. I love the little chickadees too! They are so cute! I love this fabrics and like you I would have a hard time choosing 6 from the collection.

    I had never tried the freezer paper method of fussy cutting but now I'm going to try it. It looks like a very good way to do it. Thanks!

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  38. I like your method of making a window template for the fussy cuts. Also the way you showed all the attempts at getting that table topper to live up to your expectations. Those chickadee fabrics are adorable.

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  39. Those are such cute projects. I'm going back to read the instructions for the small wreath in your previous blog. If I win the fat quarter packet it will definitely be a project I'd like to try. Thanks for they great tips.

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  40. Debby, hey from down south:) Hope you're staying cool.
    I loved your border work too, and of course the tips and and exacto's on cutting w/freezer paper to get that little chickadee centered.

    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I love that you fussy cut the wide spaced chickadees. Love the fabrics that you used, chickadees are my favorite bird.

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  42. What I liked best is your wonderful fussy cutting!

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  43. I like your idea of putting the chickadee in a window. It really sets it off.

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  44. I like the little hexagon coaster. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  45. I like the hexagon coaster--really shows off the chickadee!
    bjkaup(at)abbnebraska(dot)(com)

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  46. This is such a sweet collection and your idea for fussy cutting is fantastic... I'm going to try that out!! Thanks!

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  47. The little chickadees are so cute! I love all of your fussy cutting!! I think you did a great job mitering the corners! My favorite!!!

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  48. I just love this fabric. I've always loved Chickadees! They were such cute little birds to watch daily on my bird feeder I had just two feet outside my kitchen window. They got so used to me standing there at my sink directly in front of the window and cooking that they didn't even fly away every time I moved. And this fabric is just beautiful.
    I really like the mug rug you made and the 11" x 13" super-sized Judy block as well.

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  49. I just love all of the Chickadee projects and the fabric itself. The twisted hexagon is my favorite. jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. Debby, I love how you fussy cut your chick a dees. I have that template . Now I know what more I can do with it.

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  51. Debby these fabrics are so wonderful. your projects are great. thanks for sharing

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  52. Love how the fussy cutting showcased this lovely fabric! The hexagon fussy cut block was the best.

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  53. I love how you fussy cut those little darlings and I'm in love with your border. Gorgeous! I would love to win this fat quarter bundle. We have chickadees build in our nest boxes and the babies are so cute and chattery! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  54. I love birds and yours are wonderful. You have given me new ideas.

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  55. I like the framed border very much.

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  56. I love what you did with the border fabric. Very cool!

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  57. I like thuis fabric, so cute. IT Would be Nice to make a tabblerunner for Christmas

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  58. Loved the freezer template idea and the chickadees.

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  59. The fussy cuts!! And using the border fabric. this is a great fabric line.

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  60. Loved the freezer template idea and the chickadees.

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  61. I love the fabric that is Christmassy (made up a new word) without being too holidayish (another new word). I love little birds. So many ideas exploding my head with what to do with this sweet collection.

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  62. I love the fabric that is Christmassy (made up a new word) without being too holidayish (another new word). I love little birds. So many ideas exploding my head with what to do with this sweet collection.

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  63. Your fussy cut blocks have such unique shapes to them.

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  64. I love your Hexagon topper! I also like the Twisted Hexagon block. Those would make great potholders or mug rugs.

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  65. I like the Little fussy cut chickadees. Nice collection! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  66. This is just the greatest fabric as I love those little Chickadees. Fun to cut those little guys out so carefully and I do like every project you made but especially using the border print for the final Judy block - 11"x13". A nice usable size. Anne Shelbaer

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  67. Love the little chickadees! The fussy cut "Judy" hexagon block is my favorite-great ideas-thank you, Susan

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  68. I am in love! Hexagons showcase the sweet little birds featured in the beautiful Christmas fabrics beautifully. My favorite is the July 1st block with the chickadee centered over the hexagon made from the "kite" shape. Table toppers and mug rugs are great small quilts for holiday and special occasion fabrics.

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  69. I liked all the projects and I especially liked the idea of using freezer paper for a template for fussy cutting.

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  70. I love your idea of using the new hexagon patterns to make coasters. The fussy cut chickadees are adorable!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  71. those fussy cut chickadees are the cutest ever.

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  72. I love that little chickadee in a diamond (the last one you show). Unique block and cute bird!

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  73. I like how you made a template for your fussy cutting. Brilliant.

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  74. I have a tiny decorative bird house that I sat out on top of an arch to my flower garden, a chickadee decided to make her home in it and now I hear the babies crying for food. I had to laugh, its so tiny but guess she likes it. This fabric would be fun to win in remembrance of my little chickadee and her babies.
    sewfabrics at outlook.com

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  75. My favorite part? Your use of the window templates was fabulous!

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  76. What a great way to make the window template. (I still have a lot of a roll of 350' of freezer paper -- it's always nice to come up with another way to use it!)

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  77. love the chickadee's. The freezer paper framing is a new idea to me. I will be using it.

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  78. Nice projects. That table topper is really nice. I like how you showed your fussy cutting to make that project pop. Love the little chicks. I feed the birds daily while my cats and I are both entertained by the variety of brids that stop by.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  79. Way to cute, be still my heart. I have Chickadees in my bath room decorations. I love the hexi circle of Chickadees. All are very cute and fun. I can see why you had a hard time picking which 6 you wanted. Thanks for the gift giveaaway.

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  80. Interesting method to fussy cut using freezer paper. I really would like to make a table topper for my mother in law. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  81. I love fussy cutting but never tryed freezer paper....Just my charm square.... ty for ideas...love the colors and chickadees.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  82. It would be fun to try that with the scroll background chickadees as well.

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  83. I like the Judy block, but my favorite tip in your tutorial is that you actually gave the angle for your triangles! That is useful information when you have to cut something beyond the size of your ruler.

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  84. I love the chickadee in the diamond...great idea with the freezer paper...thanks for the generous give-a-way....jecagain@gmail.com

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  85. I love the fussy cutting freezer paper idea. Thanks so much for sharing

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  86. Using the freezer paper as a template to help with the placement is a great idea! Thanks for sharing and for the chance.

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  87. The little chickadees are so adorable! I love that you can use the variations to make them face different directions!

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  88. Love the little chickadees. and your hex block. We are in the middle of our second batch of barn swallows over our front porch. your little birds look almost but not quite like the barn swallows.. they are adorable.

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  89. your chickadee fabric is beautiful. love it. thanks for the chance to win

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  90. This is not just for the birds and how lovely the chickadees would be on my table. Enjoyed the fussy cut blocks.

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  91. Enjoyed seeing the freezer paper to fussy cut blocks.

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  92. I liked the tips for using freezer paper. Thanks!

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  93. So many great tips, how do I pick? I guess it would be the freezer paper. Thanks. Diane O

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  94. I love how you fussy cut the adorable chickadees for EPP!! I just started EPP and love it! I love watching the chickadees that visit my feeders...my favorite! They don't seem to be afraid of me because they like to hang out with me while I fill the feeders. They are so cute!

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  95. I really liked the nice picture to show exactly how you fussy cut for your block.

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  96. I like the Chickadee Ring wall hanging. Love all the different fussy cuts.

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  97. I love the Twisted Hexagon block. So cute with the little birdie in the center. Beautiful bundle. Thanks for the lovely giveaway

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  98. Now that is super lovely fabric... I would so love to do some fussy cuts also.. Bet I can do a nice quilt with them!!

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  99. Loved seeing the fussy cut Chickadee in the finished block, great idea!

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  100. I liked the way you fused the center so no Y seams. Neat!
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  101. I love that twisted hexagon block. It was the perfect showcase for your chickadee block. I really like how you used the freezer paper template to get the perfect center.

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  102. I really like the way you fussy cut the cute little Chickadees!

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  103. It's unanimous, we all like the way you fussy cut the little Chickadees!

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  104. Love the way you fussy cut. This is giving me all sorts of fabulous ideas for some of my "collection" fabrics.

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  105. We have chickadees at our feeder all the time. I would love this fabric- have never tried fussy cutting before, but this would be the perfect time to try something new!

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  106. I like the idea of using a freezer paper template to find the best centers. That One Little Chickadee is so darling!

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  107. You have easy to follow directions I love this fabric!

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  108. I love how you centered the adorable chickadees using freezer paper!

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  109. what a great idea, freezer paper, now why didn't i think of that!!!! thanks so much for the tip, the fabric is beautiful, you're so right, impossible to choose!!!!

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  110. Love how you fuzzy cut using the freezer paper window. I will have to try that. Barb at betcrawford@verizon.net

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  111. I love that the little birds are widely spaced so it's easier to fussy cut them, they are adorable.

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  112. I've never seen the freezer paper window technique! Cool!!!!

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  113. I like the colors you chose to support, but not overwhelm the bird.

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  114. I love how you showcased the chickadee.

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  115. Fussy cutting with freezer paper! Love the idea!

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  116. I agree with mjl - fussy cutting with freezer paper.

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  117. I love the perky little birds on the border fabric. I have so many ideas flying around in my head for that!! Sue Boos

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  118. Adorable fabric and great technique with the freezer paper. chocolatewiskers@aol.com

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  119. I appreciated the way your tutorial showed us how to make the best use of all of the great fabric in this line, not only the darling chickadees.

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  120. I missed the contest, but that's okay. I love the block, and the chickadees!

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  121. Your method of fussy cutting.

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  122. Your method of fussy cutting.

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  123. I am also a Debby with a "y" and not an "ie". Love it! :) Sorry I missed the giveaway, but still like checking out your blog.

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