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August 17, 2019
Furniture and a finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

We finally purchased new furniture several weeks ago. I thought it would motivate me to "decorate" the living room. I can't seem to pull it together to accomplish that, but I did finish two pillows. And took pictures of them. In place. On the sofa. Amazing, right?

These are small Norman Rockwell panels that I bought eons ago. I always intended to do this with them. They really didn't go with the old stuff we had. But (in my mind, at least) they sing on the new deep gray leather. Because the pictures are of boys doing boy ...

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Brunch in Arnaudville -- and pictures from the passenger side from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Last Sunday we drove down to Arnaudville, Louisiana, to meet Rory and Meggan for brunch at a cafe called "Little Big Cup." The food is amazing! If you're ever in the Lafayette area along I10, it is THE place to eat. It's my second time eating here, and I've been impressed both times. 

Really, make reservations and go! In addition to the food, the atmosphere is fantastic and the restaurant is right on Bayou Teche. There's an outdoor eating area where diners can clamor down the patio steps and eat right on the water's edge ...

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August 15, 2019
Sunset in pictures from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Just a little backstory: I was driving home from BR just as the sun was setting. The sunset was so beautiful I had to pull over and take a picture. Ten minutes down the road, I was sitting on the shoulder again. And so it went until I arrived home in the dark. These are ALL from the same gorgeous afternoon drive.







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August 14, 2019
Pin It Weekly #290 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Welcome back to Pin It Weekly! You're going to think I'm on a food obsession with this post, so I'm going to introduce one follower and post something other than food. (But the others are all about fun food, so get ready to get hungry.) 

Cary Wagy is one of the new followers whose give her boards fun, titles, like "cute food for entertaining." 

Melted snowman chocolate bark - a super easy holiday dessert. A great option for Christmas cookie swap parties!

Shark Week / Sailor Theme / Under the Sea - hummus & bell pepper octopus. Shark week is almost here!! Woohoo

These Bite-Size Marshmallow Monsters by Handmade Charlotte are a perfect “BITE” sized snack this Halloween. Add this to your party and it's sure to be a ‘monster’ favorite!

Sara Jolley has many quilt boards, nicely organized. Here are quilts from just wherever on her site.

scrap quilt-02

Funky Birds

First off, if you are part of the Make Mine Modern swap, can I just beg you to hold off on making this for yourself?  It might just be head...

Homemade Embellishment Kit...5 Piece Set of Very Sweet and

Finally, Lori Hope is my newest follower. In fact, she became a follower while I was ...

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August 13, 2019
Baton Rouge MQG August meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

It's already been over a week since the Baton Rouge MQG met! I don't know what happened to the rest of last week, but it surely sped right by. What didn't speed by was that darn BR traffic! I'm still in shock. It has to be bad when the on-ramp is clogged and that ramp is a mile away from the bouncy I-10 bridge. Read about that here. But no more whining about the trip. Let's enjoy the show part of show-and-tell.


Can you believe the talent? In addition to all of this eye candy ...

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August 11, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: art deco from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Taking its inspiration from the Roaring Twenties and the decadent tastemakers of the jazz age the bold DECO MARTINI graphic print brings art deco opulence to your interior with exquisite colours of Arsenic greens. Classic has never looked so iconic. Order a sample • Print method: Digital. Hanging method: Paste the wall - no decorating table or pre-cutting needed!At our modern guild meeting, we discussed art deco, what it means and looks like, and how it influences the modern quilt movement. 

Art Deco uses bold design, clean lines, colors and patterns to create geometric shapes. It was most popular from the early 1910s through both world wars and fading from fashion in the beginnings of the 1950s. Intense color, line and shape are characteristic of art deco.

A Fine Art High Definition Vintage 1920 Art Deco Beautiful Flapper Poster Print • Millions of unique designs by independent artists. Find your thing.

Art Deco world fashion tower nyc
ART déco dans les coins des cliparts par MNINEdesigns * Idéal pour une utilisation sur les cartes de vœux, des invitations, des projets imprimables, paquets de fête. papier craft, invitations personnalisées, scrapbooking digital, arrière-plans pour blogs / albums photos / albums et #artideas

1930s Art Deco Curio Cabinet #ArtDecoSuch a cool combo of geometric elements.

1930s-inspired quilts, some meet the art deco design description. 

Heres a quick repost of the finished Touching Star Quilt as requested. This version is a close reproduction of the original 1930s Quilt we found in Massachusetts the pink is almost identical. We have used lots of vintage feed sack reproduction fabrics and a little Liberty lawn. We managed to get more of the pink background fabric so if you want some let us know. The pattern includes the template and is $28.95 we can ship worldwide let us know your state country zip code and we can provide a post

Stunning Vintage 1930s QUILT Rare Spectaucular Pattern & Never UsedThis is Linda’s Dresden Plate quilt and it is made with reproduction fabrics. This will be a wedding gift for her granddaughter who loves vintage things so this will be the perfect gift!

Not one but two.

Baby Girl Quilt- Feed sack Baby Quilt- Granny Chic Baby Bedding- Granny Chic Nursery-Classic NurseryVintage Rare Fan Quilt Antique Estate Find Floyd Country VA 1940s

1800s Quilts | Antique 1800s Log Cabin Quilt Calico Indigo Blue Turkey Red Mourning ...

Cute Hexie/Dresden designTwo Happy Bed and Baby Quilt Pattern

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Cotton Quilters' August Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Monday was one of those wild ride days of two guild meetings. I wrote (here) about sitting on that I-10 bridge waiting to get to the Dalrumple exit, while the bridge bounces and some guy zooms past everyone just to jump ahead of the line. I was a little annoyed.

Guild challenge blocks - ten so far!
Anyway, the Cotton Quilters' meeting went really well. We're gearing up for our show which is next month. Most of the meeting covered the plans in the works for that but, as you can see, we had a great show and tell. Our ...

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August 5, 2019
Marley and the Machine, or The Bug Bit from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Marley has been hanging out with her GramGram and Poppa all week. Entertaining a nine-year-old can be difficult, unless you're willing to ignore the technology in her hands. I'm not. That would, in essence, be ignoring her. 

So how to entertain a nine-year-old? Well, it helps to have a different kind of machine. A sewing machine, of course. She wanted to learn to sew. What grandmother could deny a grandchild such a request? Certainly, not this one.

I put her to work practicing straight lines. Then curvy lines. Then turning corners. She was pretty good at all of ...

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August 3, 2019
Quilters' Guild Acadienne Show from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Logo from Guilters' Guild Acadienne
I have been running around this month doing all manner of quilting and quilt-like things. All manner of fun quilty things. Let's see, there was the retreat at the beginning of the month. I wrote two additional posts about it here and here

Known by Ange Riehl 

Fiddle Stix by Elle Caillouet

Then Richard and I went to the CFAL exhibit at the State Archives. There were so many quilts it took a second post. We beat it to the Quilters' Guild Acadienne show in Lafayette on the same day. 

Granddaddy's Quilt by ...

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July 21, 2019
Indian Creek Reservoir from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Every year my family makes an attempt to get together for a weekend of camping, boating, eating and general water fun. Those of us with campers try to get campsites near each other. That usually doesn't work terribly well, but it's good to have two general areas. One can escape to the other area when necessary.

After all, when many people gather in one place, there's bound to be some noise. Unfortunately, not many of us were available this weekend, but three campers and two boats showed up and brought 25 or so people for an afternoon ...

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July 15, 2019
Retreat finish (the final one) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Some time ago (it may be years now) I decided it was time to use some of the 2½” strips that I had cut perhaps years before that. You see, this is a story of epic proportions. Because years before either of those I began worrying that I would leave behind tons of fabric when I go. What foolishness! Still, I worked on a series of small quilts. 

The nursery rhyme series: Nimble and Quick was a blue bargello, both versions of He Loves Me was Dresden plate applique, Around a Girl's World, The Coolest Bug Collection, That Was ...

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July 14, 2019
Retreat Finish (the second one) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Before I show you my new finish, I thought I'd show you what is going on in the studio. It is not a happy sight, is it? Ahh, that's how it goes. Chances are that it's never going to embroider again. 

Not that it has embroidered any for me anyway. Firstly, it made horrible stitches. Secondly, as we discovered today, the gizmo that holds the PC card is broken. So I have hundreds of designs that I can't use. 

The news gets worse: I've invested more money in the machine than it's worth. Have ...

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July 11, 2019
Retreat Finish (the first one) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I managed to sew up three quilt tops while on retreat last week. Despite the wine. And the shenanigans. And the huge amount of time we needed for eating. Oh, and we did sleep. Apparently I was a worker bee extraordinaire! 

The first quilt I worked on is this easy little quilt that consists of all these modern fabrics that I've been collecting. I cut 2½" strips of white from yardage, then pulled all the moderns I could find. Those I cut into three sizes all 6½" long. Pieces are 2½", 4½" or 6½" wide. I worked out the ...

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Retreat inspiration from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My retreat sisters worked on a variety of quilts over the weekend. Oh my! What a beautiful array of works in progress. Here are the ones I was able to grab photos of before they were taken down to make room for more. 

Tracey's QAYG with the front on the left and back on the right.

Glenda's fish quilt based on one by Nicholas Ball of Quilts in the Attic blog in his book
  Inspiring Improv: Explore Creative Piecing with Curves, Strips, Slabs and More

These four are to be part of a show at the State Arboretum ...

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July 7, 2019
10 reasons to retreat from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

If you've never been on a quilt retreat, you have been missing out. Know what you'll experience? 

  • collaboration -- encouraging words and helpful suggestions 
  • camaraderie -- infectious spirit and energy pumping creativity
  • sharing -- ideas, tools, reviews, blogs, viewpoints, suggestions
  • inspiration -- work you can admire and feed off of 
  • like-mindedness -- people understand what you're doing, and why you're doing it
Cheers to Bertha for
providing the wine!
  • social -- people who laugh with you, eat with you (drink with you) and celebrate with you
  • conversation -- amazing discussions of important issues in the quilt world
  • service -- someone begins with "Oh, I ...

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July 5, 2019
On Retreat from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A couple of older kits ready to go.
Today is the first day of a quilt retreat with other women from the Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild. We're at a beautiful retreat house in Baton Rouge that has lots of space: cooking, laundry, living and, of course, sewing. The quilting area is a large, L-shaped room with sewing tables for 12, cutting areas, pressing stations with Oliso irons, and sitting areas. 

Amanda Jean's QAL
I've been prepping for this retreat between all the other things that are happening. Mostly I decided what I want to work on ...

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June 29, 2019
20 Skills Every Sewist Learns from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Have you ever wondered what skills you've learned as you picked up sewing? It was a topic of discussion on one of the Facebook groups where I'm a member. The writer mentioned several and others chimed in. I've compiled the list of skills with a few examples of each. This list is certainly not exhaustive, but it's a great way to get started thinking about the many skills you have learned along the way.
  1. Artistry (creating and designing, use of color, fit and form)
  2. Chemistry (fiber content, treatment and care of fabrics, glues)
  3. Color theory (using ...

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June 25, 2019
Thread Cabinet ~~ Richard's Finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My husband. My wonderful, loving husband. Forty years we've been husband and wife. 

He's is one put-together guy and knows oh-so-many things. Sometimes I think he just knows all the things. I have no clue how he can know or understand all these concepts and mechanics and stuff. 

He can fix a leaky pipe, cook a meal, cut down a tree, explain a football game. He can tell you how safe (or in danger) you are, how to fix just about anything mechanical, figure out interest rates, grow a garden to feed the neighbors. I've barely begun ...

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June 21, 2019
Dora and Diego ~~ a finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Some time ago I pulled a variety of novelty fabrics and started sewing them together in whatever fashion they'd agree to. Some of them had to be urged into a spot. Others had to be throttled into place.

This morning I searched for a backing and discovered this piece of Dora the Explorer fabric. It's left over from little skorts that I made for Catherine or Sophie who are nine and eight years old, so it's been a while. It was just big enough for backing and binding.
I got a little bored while quilting and decided ...

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June 11, 2019
Postcards for ... from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

At our last meeting the BRMQG folks talked about making quilt postcards. Maybe they are fabric postcards. Either way, I enjoyed the presentation. There was a lot going on, especially since we passed around a stack of, oh, 50ish. 

They were meant to be inspiration. I supposed they were, because the very next day I made these two. They will eventually be mailed (yes, postal service, if you please) to the little granddaughters in Rayne. I have no doubt they will be a hit as anything that arrives through the mail and meant for either one of them is a ...

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