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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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June 10, 2019
Baton Rouge MQG June meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Lori's quilt
As I've mentioned in the past, the first Monday of the month is a wild quilt ride. Literally so at one point because I drive to Baton Rouge for the Modern Quilt Guild meeting which begins at 6 p.m. and lasts at least two hours. 



Marquita's quillt

So last Monday (it's really been a whole week?) I found myself on the I-10 bridge trying to get into Baton Rouge at 5 p.m. Okay so maybe the "wild" part does not happen while sitting on the bridge. 



Still, it's pretty crazy to ...

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June 9, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Stacked Quilts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I have a board, titled "Stacked Quilts," which is I created for pinning the myriad ways that people have found to display and store their quilt collections. Trunks, chairs, armoires, cabinets, baskets, quilt hangers, ladders and many more. Here are a few interesting ones. 


ladders on wall

Quilts cabinet:  I WANT ONE!!!! :-D

Tour Lisa Bongean's Home, Studio, and Warehouse | AllPeopleQuilt.com

Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures: May was a great month, now lets see what June has in store for us

love black & white quilts - a reference to vintage aesthetics while the simple color palette allows them to fit in seamlessly with modern piecesLove

Quilt storage idea - baby changing table

Quilt top storage, via Flickr.

Adore this idea for storing and displaying quilts - where can I get one? :) #whimziequiltz

The Painted Quiltfaded quilts...The top one is on my bed right now...Not faded though!!

Don't these pictures of quilts piled and stacked and displayed give you the urge to go make a quilt? What's your favorite way to store or display your quilts?

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June 6, 2019
Cotton Quilters Guild June Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Ginni is serious about getting caught up with her
BOM blocks. I think she had more, I just missed them.
Monday was the big day. I have two guild meetings on Monday. It's a day of great fun but also kind of tiring. But it's only once a month and I do get to talk and think and see quilts. All. Day. Long! Aren't ya just a little jealous?

Don't get fooled.
When Grandmay babysits, she also puts you to work.
Some of us are "keeping up" with the program.
Most of the meeting we discussed ...

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May 19, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Greco Roman columns.



Camillo Boito-Ornamenti di Tutti Gli Stili, 1882  Doric Perfume Oil
la_grece_antique

Back when I taught Fine Arts Survey at Bunkie High, I studied enough architecture to be able to know the columns of ancient Rome and Greece. When I was pinning earlier in the week, I discovered these drawings. Of course, I had to add them to my "architecture buildings construction edifice structure" board.

QUEST FOR BEAUTY

Rocallas
Here's the thing: now I love them for a different reason. Oh sure, the architecture is stunning, but the lines, feathers, and scrolls are all motifs that I love to include in my quilting. Studying these drawings may be helpful in preparing for my next quilt ...

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May 14, 2019
Cave in Yellowstone ~~ an art quilt FINISHED! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A couple of years ago we visited Yellowstone National Park and much of the Great Northwest from the Dakotas to Montana and points south all the way back to Louisiana. (The post marking the beginning of that trip is here.) Although we have visited over half of the States, the beauty of our country amazes me. And I hope we live to visit the ones that are unbuttoned on our Across America map.

The beauty of the West, especially Yellowstone, has really stayed with me. I love looking at the photos and decided a while back that I needed to ...

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May 12, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Easy Piecing from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been thinking that sometimes a person just needs an easy project. Just a little mindless stitching to allow our brains to rest. Here are some quilts that would fit the bill.


Gingham Quilt- if I knew how to quilt I'd make a queen size one in light blue for our bed :)Easy Quilt Pattern

Easy Patch Quilt

This easy Half-Square Blocks quilt is a great choice for beginners and is the perfect choice if you're working with 10-in precut fabric squa...This tutorial will show you how to make a quick and easy beginner quilt using the quilt as you go method. This is a quick gift to make for the holidays.

Baby Quilt Patterns PDF Beginner Quilt Pattern Patchwork Quilts Girl Quilt Lovey Pattern Bonus SALE

plaid flannel quilt.  This is an easy to sew quilt and is perfect for picnics, ballgames, camping...or even to put on a bed!


Easy Quilt Pattern


15 Simple and Beautiful Quilt Patterns for Beginners - Ideal Me
Easy, beginner four-patch quilt tutorial. Great way to use a variety of fabrics and make a quilt that comes together fast.

Handmade Holidays Nov. 11: Easy Quilts to Make + Give | Sew Mama Sew | Outstanding sewing, quilting, and needlework tutorials since 2005.

Two Four Six Quilt   If you are a beginning quilter crafter, take a look at this project. It is a great one to do in a weekend for great results.

If you're new to quilting, any one of these quilts would be easy enough to begin with. Take you time, ask questions, and lay the blocks out on a flat surface or design wall. Feel free to email me at mary.marcotte@gmail.com if you need help. I'll gladly try to help.


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May 10, 2019
Pin It Weekly #276 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



Vintage-inspired Log Cabin Quilt - Diary of a Quilter - a quilt blogAre you having a good week? I pray that's an affirmative.  And I hope you have had a few minutes of pinning.

It's one of the few things that I have felt well enough to do. I can get off my feet and my hiney, kick back on the sofa, and enjoy some beautiful photos of things I really love. So that's what I've been doing. It's difficult not going into the studio, but I just don't have the stamina to be on my feet for very long. 

Of course, I've found a ...

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May 6, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: WEBS from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

While I was in the hospital, I was able to do a little pinning and ran across this fun little guy. I really like this particular quilt. In no time I was looking at and appreciating web quilts.

Quilt by Angela Garrett - Heart of
Charnwood | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Here are a few of the ones I especially like.

selvage spiderwebs, beautiful quilting

Spider web quilt using pattern by Bonnie Hunter

Tipsy Triangles is a pattern I designed and made for Curated Quilts. The fourth issue focused on Triangle quilts and I had a lot of fun with these improvised triangles! Our submissions included two exacting patterns made with trusty half-square triangle units, so this was a great departure.
Lotsa pieces in this turn of the century (1900) Spiderweb quilt. #americana #antiquetextile #antiquequilt #vintagequilt #patchworkquilt #patchwork #piecedquilt #turnofthecentury #turnofthecenturyquilt #oldquilt #spiderwebquilt #stringquilt



Close-up Serpentine Web Quilt

How lovely is this. A really nice quilt pattern that looks awesome with the Kaffe Fasset fabric.


.Not a real Log Cabin block, but nice effect, great for scraps


Scrappy prints and a variety of corals were used to create this stunning quilt. Adding sashing gives a new twist to the traditional Spider Web block. The GO! Spider Web die, GO! Strip Cutter-2 ½” and your favorite GO! cutter are all you need to get cutting. This pattern is a great stashbuster, perfect for making use of coordinating fat eighth fabric precuts. The finished size is 49 x 49. Fabrics provided by Moda Fabrics

You can find these on my "heart, quilts" board, which has over 9,000 quilts pinned. I hope you enjoy it.

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March 26, 2019
Indigo Dusk ~~ finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Only a month ago I wrote about starting a new art piece in this post. Today the piece is complete! 


It uses some of the same blues as   "Big Sky,"   which I finished in the middle of January.    Both were inspired by sunsets in the Midwest while we were on vacation two summers ago. 

Richard and I love watching the sun rise and set. We just happen to catch more sunsets. My favorite part of the sunset is dusk, when the sun drops below the horizon but still emits light enough to see the colors in the sky and clouds ...

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March 21, 2019
More on "One Big Finish" from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Last week I wrote about this whopper of a quilt! A king with a little extra drop on the sides because I almost could. Almost--meaning I really couldn't but I tried anyway and then improvised.



I decided that we needed a new quilt for our bed since the bed is new, the floor and paint are new, and well, almost everything thing else is new. Why not the quilt, right? But the bed is a king and I've made only one of those before. 


After thinking about it quite a long time, I decided that I should go ...

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March 15, 2019
Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild -- What Fun! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


The BRMQG invited me to give a lecture at our meeting on Monday evening. I had a wonderful time. I haven't taught in such a long time and I've missed it. 



This class, though, was more about presenting than teaching. I did talk about my philosophy of improv and how I found my way into the modern movement. And I showed about 15 quilts. The whole thing lasted an hour and, happily, I had just enough "teaching material" to talk about and quilts to show. 



Of course, there was other business. Several of us had attended Quilt Con ...

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March 10, 2019
The Biggest Finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories










A quilt story in pictures...
The first fabric pull is close.

A second fabric pull fills the bill.

Now a fabric pull for the backing, all from mom's stash.

Wide strips cut, sewn and loaded on the long-arm.

Really, this is right on the edge!

So much binding! Well over 400 inches,
which makes 
11½ yards! 

Sewing on the binding, then
flip it and sew some more.

And a finish!
More about this quilt later in the week, but here are the quilt stats in the meantime. And I'd love to know what you think, so please leave ...

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