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March 26, 2021
The Golden Hen Pincushion Pattern and Giveaway from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Golden Hen pincushion

I just finished updating one of the first three patterns I wrote. The Golden Hen pattern that I originally created as a baby rattle is now available as a pincushion. Oh my goodness, it feels so good to get something off of my list of things to do!! I love these hens and they are so much fun to make. I am literally smiling the whole time I make them because they are so stinking cute. Here at Casa de DEMOO, I am working on a flock of them. I will be listing them as finished goods in my Etsy ...

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September 28, 2020
2021 Tea Towel Calendar from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Hello everyone! I just need a quick blog post to share my 2021 Tea Towel Calendar. It is available at Spoonflower.com and ON PAPER here. Click the image below to download the 11″ x 17″...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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August 11, 2020
Goldfinch from Quilt Doodle Doodles

 

We celebrated my nieces graduation a couple weekends ago. The tables were decorated with vases of wildflowers freshly picked that morning. It was such a beautiful detail and I was smitten with the yellow flowers which my sis told me were gray headed coneflowers.

 These lovely flowers were the inspiration for my new Goldfinch design. I dug thru my fabric and found the perfect shades of fabric to complete my design and I bet you have fabric that will work for this sweet appliqué design too! 

I spent a morning doodling and came up with an adorable design featuring a ...

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Goldfinch from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

 

We celebrated my nieces graduation a couple weekends ago. The tables were decorated with vases of wildflowers freshly picked that morning. It was such a beautiful detail and I was smitten with the yellow flowers which my sis told me were gray headed coneflowers.

 These lovely flowers were the inspiration for my new Goldfinch design. I dug thru my fabric and found the perfect shades of fabric to complete my design and I bet you have fabric that will work for this sweet appliqué design too! 

I spent a morning doodling and came up with an adorable design featuring a ...

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June 16, 2020
Arkaroola Birds: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Mallee parrot colours at Clever Chameleon

Thirsty, Busy, Romantic Visitors

June seems to be nesting season at Arkaroola. There are lots of pairs of birds around, and I’ve even been seeing a few different species collecting nesting materials. A Little Crow went past my lounge room window on the weekend with several large sticks in its beak. The Mallee Ringneck Parrots seem to be collecting moss or lichen from my roof. And all the lads have started trying to impress their dinner dates by bringing them to the very exclusive Chameleon’s freshwater café and bar.

The nights here have become very cold recently, which ...

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February 24, 2020
Two Drawstring bags from Quilting Stories


Drawstring bags

Green drawstring bag

Green drawstring bag

Orange drawstring bag

Orange drawstring bag

Orange drawstring bag

Since my first drawstring bags, shown here, I became addicted to sewing bags! For those ones I  did not follow a tutorial, but I was inspired by pictures on Pinterest and by the tutorial I used previously from Threading My Way

As regards those two fabrics, I am so happy that I found a way to use them, and I think that the result is quite satisfying. They were in my stash for years, and seeing them from time to time I was wondering what was the purpose of  buying such a kind of printed fabric. I find them lovely ...

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October 19, 2019
Love with a Twist: Articulate Avian from Clever Chameleon

Articulate Avian balloon parrot appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

The Soul of the Party at Love with a Twist…..

Love with a Twist quilt along button

You know that intolerable squeaky noise that balloons make when they are twisted and folded into shapes? Well, did you know, that’s actually the trapped soul of a departed parrot? The screeching balloon is passing on the parrot’s desire to party one last time before he heads off to wreak havoc in the afterlife. True! </p>
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November 21, 2016
Special delivery! from Me 'n' Henry Lee

mailboxLiving out in the country as I do, my mail arrives via rural delivery, with a very kind and patient New Zealand Post person driving by 6 days a week to put all sorts of interesting things in my mailbox.  (I’ve mentioned squishy parcels in previous posts – they’re definitely the most interesting deliveries I receive </p>
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April 9, 2016
Hello 50th Birthday from Scraps of My Life

Hello there!

Another recent card make to share today, this time for a friend who turns 50 this year (and for once, I'm not late with this card - whoot!).


Technically this is a scrap-lift of a card design a did a few years ago but I loved the way it worked out so just went with it.  I used up some older October Afternoon Cakewalk papers and paired them with some Pebbles chipboards and stickers from the From Me to You and a Valentine's collections.  How adorable is that little bird?  And of course a 50th birthday needs ...

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