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June 4, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Sunday Quilt Inspiration is becoming more and more difficult lately as it's a struggle to think of anything new. I thought I'd take a look at a few of my older posts in the hopes that I'd come up with something. Then it occurred to me that there are a couple of posts that I could "rerun." This is one that I especially like. Anything in blue is my update from today. I hope you are inspired.

Let's take a look at a few inspiring quilts, shall we?  These come from two of my favorite quilting ...

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February 12, 2019
Cotton Quilters Guild February Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


On Monday last the Cotton Quilters met at our usual time and place for a very unusual surprise. I had my friend and fellow-blogger from Quilts and Dogs blog visit with us and present her fabric exploration theory. Wow! She's awesome. 

She has played with fabric more than anyone I've ever met. I can't remember all the ways she colors and works with fabric. Let's see--dyeing, discoloring, discharging, bleach, rusting and using natural materials, such as flowers, fruit and veggies, wood and mud. She also showed some of her quilts.








We easily spent an hour ohh-ing ...

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January 14, 2019
And the WINNERS are... from Butterfly Threads


Thank you so much to the thousands (literally) folks who visited the blog hop and commented on the blogs for chances to win a copy of my new book. The winners have been chosen and contacted. The signed copies of the book will be shipped today!

Friday January 4 - C&T 
Saturday January 5 - Tanya
Sunday January 6 - Val
Monday January 7 - Lori
Tuesday January 8 - Heather
Wednesday January 9 - Audrey
Thursday January 10 - Susan

I would like to offer my sincerest appreciation to the volunteers who so kindly took the time and energy to write such wonderful reviews and ...

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November 3, 2018
Wanted: Bloggers from Terificreations's Weblog

“Bloggers are welcome.” Carey Bresenhan, during the opening statement of the Premier Schoolhouse. She went on to mention a rumor started a few years ago saying that Quilts, Inc didn’t want and wouldn’t welcome bloggers as part of the overall media reporting on Quilt Market and the happenings of the quilting world. Bloggers are welcome.… Continue reading Wanted: Bloggers

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September 25, 2018
Online Quilting Friends from Butterfly Threads


I've always met my favorite people in the craziest places. I met my husband on a bus! But that's another story for another day, LOL.

I have met some really amazing people online since I began this old blog of mine. It's been so wonderful to connect with such interesting people who all quilt, but who are all so different in so many other ways.

Some of these folks are up to some really cool stuff that I want to share with you. I know their blogs are linked on the sidebar, but I want to share ...

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September 24, 2018
September Cotton Quilters' Guild Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My gray, yellow and red version
I had great plans for writing about our September meeting, which we delayed by a week because of the Labor Day holiday. Then the computer mishap and the resulting week of limping along to finish a church project, followed by another week or so of geek repairs. 

Now that we're beyond all of that, I've looked over my pictures from the meeting and think I may remember some of that day which now seems so long ago. 


Mary C's Christmas version
I asked everyone to bring in their blocks or quilt ...

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September 23, 2018
Bipolar 4: Connection {an art quilt series} finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I have Bipolar Disorder and that I've been trying to work through the emotions and problems of the disease. An art quilt series seemed appropriate for the task, so I started one back in May or June. Because I decided to hand quilt the first couple of quilts and machine quilt others, I am finishing them in a bipolar sort of order. Well, what did anyone expect?



This is number four, Connection, in the series. As I go along I'm researching ways to overcome the ...

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August 11, 2018
Meet Marty Mason from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

On Thursday I finally got around to writing about our August meeting. In that post I teased everyone with a little about our special guest, Marty Mason, and promised more today. So here we are. Marty is a quilter from North Louisiana who blogs over at Marty's Fiber Musings. I contacted her a while ago and asked her to come to one of our meetings to give a trunk show. 

Wow, did she surprise! I knew she'd do a great job--she's given trunk shows and workshops before--but even though I'd attended one of her presentations, I ...

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August 10, 2018
August Cotton Quilters' Guild Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My version of the Row by Row
quilt on the design wall
On Monday the Cotton Quilters met at our usual place, usual time. But oh wow! did we have an unusual meeting. More on that in a minute. First, we held a meeting. You know, pledges, updates, minutes and reports: business matters.

And, as we have for the last five or six months, we shared our row quilt blocks. Then I gave out the final block. It's a Dresden fan that will round out our 70 x 84 quilt. 

As you can see from the picture on the ...

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July 20, 2018
Pin It Weekly #251 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Wow, I've posted about five years of weekly pins. Some of my own pin, some from followers, some from pinners who just happen to have great boards and ideas.

Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon
From the Audubon Society, find it at:
https://www.pinterest.com/mary_marcotte/humming-bird/
Five years! 250 posts. I'm quite happy with my stick-to-it ability. (It's a rare thing.)
Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon
From the Audubon Society, find it at:
https://www.pinterest.com/mary_marcotte/feathered-friends/
I just had to look back and see when this started. Apparently the Pinterest bug bit me hard in the summer of 2012. By the end of ...

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April 30, 2018
Everyday Improv from Ellyn's Place

Yesterday was an incredibly fun day. McKinney Modern Quilt Guild welcomed Debbie Jeske from A Quilters Table to lead us in an improv workshop. Debbie is my go to improv guru, so it was fun to learn from her in person. Fourteen of us filled the room with fabric, color, enthusiasm and laughter.
We learned lots of different improv techniques all represented in this quilt that Debbie shared. 

This is the tidiest corner of my workspace! It looked like a tornado had blown through, there were scraps everywhere!

Bonny shared my workspace. Hers was all neat and tidy. hmmm I ...

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January 22, 2018
Gidday to Lou and Tony from Romany Quilting

One of the lovely things about blogging and travelling is the chance to meet up with fellow bloggers, as we did yesterday. Lou and Tony live in Timaru and Lou blogs as Manxgirl.  I was hoping we would get the chance to meet up, and they kindly invited us to their home for a BBQ meal – so kind.  What a great evening we had, getting to know each other, meeting Belle the cat, having a wonderful meal, and of course, a little Show and Tell on Lou’s part.  Here’s Lou in her sewing room with a WIP hanging ...

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Annie’s Store and meeting up with NickiJ from Romany Quilting

Annie’s Country Quilt Store in Tinwald, Ashburton,  is a real delight.  Stepping onto the verandah of the 100 year old cottage, there were baskets of goodies to check, and that’s before I even stepped through the door.   Room after room was full to overflowing with beautiful goodies, leaving me to wonder just where to start looking. 

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Passing by on Sunday, I really didn’t expect the shop to be open.  But, as I was told, they are open 7 days a week.  How’s that for great service!  I asked permission to take a few photos as I ...

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January 11, 2018
Pin It Weekly #229 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

What have you been pinning? I've been pinning lots and lots of yoyos. Yoyos in wreaths. Yoyos in quilts. Yoyos on pillows. Yoyos in ornaments. Yoyos here, there, everywhere!


There's a reason for all this interest in yoyos. My guild is playing "The Great Yoyo Race." It's a game that I wrote about yesterday. You can see the game rules here.  

So cure -Yoyo dog, You'll find other creative works to do on this blog/site. :)


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yoyo quilt hair clipsAs yoyo flowers is one of my favourites,  so I decided to make this lovely wreath with cute yoyo flowers.              This yoyo wreath is...


A bunch of projects to make using yo-yos, which are so cute!

.would be great on a pillowcase.Charming Yo-yo Tree

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Yo yo dress - /angiefloyd9/sewing-little-girls/  BACKYoyo ideas

You can find these and about 40 other pins showing cute, fun ways to use yoyos on my Pinterest board, "yoyo, projects."

~ Beginner Quilting - Learn To Design A Yoyo Quilt ~  Visit and Like our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rustic-Farmhouse-Decor/636679889706127
If you would like to join in with me and make some yoyos, let ...

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January 4, 2018
Pin It Weekly #228 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy first Pin It Weekly of 2018!

Playing FootsieOne of my bloggy friends sent a sweet card for the holidays. What a wonderful gesture! Preeti, of SewPreetiQuilts, has been a wonderful friend in other ways, but I want to focus on her card because it's so darling. Thanks sweet Preeti!

And since Preeti is definitely on my mind, I decided to check out her Pinterest site. She has one! Yay! These are from the board that shows her quilts. Aren't they something fantastic?


Esmeralda by Sew Preeti Quilts

Jelly Roll Twist pattern from Fat Quarter Shop

 Kaffe Fassett, Plus Quilt, Angel's Midnight Gardden, Big Block Queen Size quilt, Sew Preeti Quilts

She has another board of quilts that she is interesting in maybe making one day. Ah ...

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November 16, 2017
10 Projects Made with Rayon - AGF Rayon Blog Tour Recap from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey Makers!

How’s it going!? You must be prepping all your holiday sewing! I love this time of the year because it’s filled with tons of inspiration. It makes me want to make everything I see! Last month, we had a huge dose of inspiration from a few makers that tested their creativity with our newest substrate: Rayon.

From funky garments to quilty projects (who knew you could make quilty things with rayon?!), these talented makers showed us their tips to sewing with this substrate along with tons of possibilities. Check out all 10 projects made with rayon ...

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November 10, 2017
The AGF Quilt Block Collection Blog Tour - Hosted by Sharon McConnell from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello makers!

Guess what?! A new blog tour is coming your way! Starting Monday, November 13th the lovely Sharon McConnell from Color Girl Quilts and inventor of the “Classic Curves Ruler” will be hosting the AGF Quilt Block Collection Blog Tour. Yay! In case you’re not familiar with our AGF Quilt Block Collection Youtube series, it’s all about learning sewing and quilting techniques by making fun quilt blocks you can incorporate in your projects.

Quilt block collection tour graphic

We’re excited to see all the projects the participating makers will be sewing with some of the blocks from the series. Make sure ...

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October 23, 2017
Setting Goals Post 9 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



By delving deeply into ideas from different lists, we've been talking about the different ways to add indepth content to your blog articles. The topics and links that we've already discussed are at the bottom of this article so you can easily go back and read anything you've missed or that you'd like to review. 

Today l
et's talk about goal setting and ways to write about this topic on your blog. Many people write some sort of goal setting post in late December or early January. That's a good idea since many people ...

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October 19, 2017
Pin It Weekly #218 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Nancy of Grace and Peace Quilting has both a blog and a Pinterest site. I happen to follow both because both are terribly interesting. She is a long-arm quilter with a few winners under her belt. Visit her blog and see why. They are pretty awesome! 

The quilts below are some that she's pinned on her "Scrap Quilts" board.

Confessions of a Fabric Addict: I May Have A Scrap Problem... A Challenge For You!

Ring Cycles Quilt by Houston Quilt Bee | Addicted 2 Fabric

Quilt Fabrication

Confessions of a Fabric Addict: I May Have a Scrap Problem... Some Inspiration!

Little Crosses Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen

Another of Nancy's boards is "Medium Density Quilting." Yes, she has separated her quilting motifs by the density of the stitching. Brilliant, no? These are a few medium density motifs.

Baptist Swirls - 6" rows

Loopy Over You- Paper- 6" W6-JB-LOY

Americana Flourish -- 10"

Cinnamon - Paper - 6"


Modernish 2 - 12" wide

And since I'm there already, here are three ...

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October 18, 2017
Bloggers You Follow Post 7 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



Most bloggers have followers that they can write about. That's what we discussed in Post 4 (here). Yet, bloggers are also followers ...and we all have favorite blogs that we return to again and again. There are a couple of good posts right there on your sidebar. 

The reasoning behind the idea is pretty straight-forward: as a long-time reader, you have had the opportunity to get to know the blogger, having interacted with her blog, emailing her on occasion, and maybe even meeting her in person. Conventions and shows provide a wonderful opportunity to match a person to the ...

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