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December 6, 2018
Let's play catch up! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Since I've not been able to blog the many goings-on in my life, I thought I'd just get it all in at one time. Or try to anyway.
Let's start with cute. Or ugly. Either way. A miniature horse newborn that looks like a donkey. Sweet little thing has no idea just how ugly she is. 

Momma and baby doing fine
within minutes of birth.
Two days later and she looks
even more like a donkey.











I've managed a little sewing.
A couple of burp cloths for baby Ryder due in January
And a couple of ...

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November 28, 2018
MQG entries ~~ photographed, entered, paid ~~ finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

This is a quick post to update you on my entries for QuiltCon, which will be held in Nashville in February. I have every intention of going if possible. It's just nine hours of driving from here. (Said like nine hours of driving is typical.) But there's a ploy in play: Richard wants to go to the Ark Encounter, which is only three hours from Nashville. I'm thinking, let's do both!

Dropcloth


We'll see how that pans out. In the meantime, I'm hedging my bets by entering a few quilts into the show. Hopefully ...

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October 5, 2018
Buttons and Thread and Scissors! A finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

You might think that decorating for a high school prom would require pretty useless skills. After all, there are very tight budget restraints, few knowledgeable workers and, least of, ridiculously cheap props. This post reminds me of those days of building props. Some for Beta convention and other events, but the heyday of the prop-making scene is Prom. Days of cutting and gluing and painting and hanging and, whew! I don't want to think of any more to-dos from those days.

Instead, let me tell you a story:
Last month a lady called asking for help to decorate a ...

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October 3, 2018
Two Guilds, One Day from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Want to know who attended two, yes two, guild meetings on Monday? This girl. This one right here. Umm. Me. The girl on the right is Mrs. Josie and she's showing off her very pretty set of pillows that match the fundraiser quilt our guild is raffling. 











I attended the usual, first Monday of the month, Cotton Quilters' Guild Meeting in Cottonport. It was informative, stressing, and fun. Then I attended the new-to-me first Monday of the month Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild. It was informative, stressing, and fun. 



Today's post covers the first one. Remember that I ...

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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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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 6, 2018
July Cotton Quilters' Guild Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

guild fundraiser quilt
Today was our guild meeting. I am just embarrassed by how unorganized and unprepared I was!


It really was intolerable and I'm glad I was not a guild member just waiting for things to happen. I'd have been quite annoyed. 

Of course there are things that we do at every meeting: pledge, prayer, prayer requests, minutes and treasury report, that sort of thing. Even those weren't prepared, rather the officers were not at the meeting. When you have to fill two hours and don't have enough "stuff," you need every report.


close up ...

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June 6, 2018
June Guild Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Either I'm getting better at this guild president gig, or I just roll with whatever screw-up I happen to be in the middle of.

Regardless, I absolutely loved our meeting on Monday. I laughed almost the entire two hours!

Of course, we took care of business, both current and new. Then Mrs. Bertha gave an awesome presentation about how she recycles binders that are often in horrible shape. I want to use her method in a couple of days, so I'm thinking about writing a tutorial. 


Then we had show and share. I am very bad about remembering ...

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May 8, 2018
Life... and our May meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Our life suddenly got insanely difficult. Richard's dad, who has dementia, suddenly had an episode of cognitive decline and had to be hospitalized. His mom has Parkinson's so she is very limited in her ability to care for him. 


They are both better now, and he is home, but in an effort to help, we check in with them a few times each day. Since Rich is doing most of the heavy lifting for his parents, I'm the one holding down the fort here. Wow, my guy does way more than I thought!



Mrs. Shirley (our newest ...

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April 15, 2018
Cotton Quilters Guild April Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

On Monday, the Cotton Quilters Guild held it's April meeting, with little ole me at the helm. It's Friday so it's been four days, which I tell you so that you'd understand how long I've been a-bed. (I'm reading Henry James' Turn of the Screw, so expect more of that old-fashioned, British nonsense.)

I'll say I have a stomach bug, but it's possible someone in my life is poisoning me by putting something in my Gatorade. It would be believable if I weren't so darned fab. Anyway, I'm only drinking ...

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March 31, 2018
Five Little Finishes ~~ Pincushions from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been sewing a little, though not much. I had an idea last week that is sort of a secret. My guild has booked a bus to attend the Gulf States Quilting Association quilt show in April. 



The bus holds 35 people and I had 20 or so pincushions already made and sitting in the basket, waiting for a recipient. Making another 15 shouldn't be that time-consuming. I wrote about other pincushions for this project here.

I had to rip out the handwork on this round one.
That flat side was making me crazy!
These were quick and ...

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March 6, 2018
March Guild Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Mrs. Marilyn showing her quilt top.
Each month she shows us how much she's added.
It's the first Monday of the month. That means a Cotton Quilters' Guild meeting. Which means a crazy morning of gathering up stuff, printing stuff, making and organizing a plan, wrapping door prizes, and any other duties I can remember and need to do.

Don't ask me why those things are not done before the morning of the meeting. It's just how I roll. I don't have an answer. 

Some of the Kaffe fabrics that Mrs. Marilyn is using
The ...

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February 7, 2018
Cotton Quilters' Guild Meeting * February from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

On Monday the Cotton Quilters held their February meeting. We began promptly at 1 p.m. (I hate when meetings begin late.)

Counting out their yoyos? Or giving up half?

Remember the Great Yoyo Race? Well, it didn't fly as far as I'd have liked. We did count yoyos and one member had 250! In one month of yoyo making. I think she used child labor, but there is no proof, of course. Since I was using husband labor, I guess I can't complain.

Oh no, we're not talking during a meeting. We'd never do ...

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January 17, 2018
This Guy from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

This one right here. He's my guy and I love him more than I can say. But he loves me more. Hands down. No competition. Here's how I know. 

He's helping me make yoyos. Who does that? Who makes yoyos for no reason except...no really, no reason. The answer is this guy. He's the one. 

Did I tell you about the Great Yoyo Race that my guild is having? Everyone makes yoyos and brings them to the meetings and someone (whomever has the most) wins half the yoyos at that meeting. 


I'd like to ...

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January 10, 2018
Letter from the President from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Hahahaa, yes! President. Of our quilt guild, of course. Can't imagine taking on anything with more responsibility than this office. So yesterday was our first meeting with yours truly at the helm. Things went well. People laughed, I didn't cry, and we began and ended on time. What more can I ask for?

So we took care of the important business of planning our guild trip to the Gulf States Quilt Guild show in April. Then moved on to "The Great Yoyo Race" a game I contrived. In December I asked that anyone who had a completed project ...

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November 15, 2017
Of guilds and churches and crazy from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been quite busy since our return from Houston. It seems that I can't catch up enough to remember what I want to write about. I am, after all, attempting to document some of my quilting life and a little of my life outside of quilting. In other words, quilting is not my only thing! It will, however, be more of my thing. 


Let me explain. The day after we returned from Houston (and one of the reasons we drove home on Sunday) the Cotton Quilters' Guild held its November meeting. It was rather important, since the agenda ...

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October 3, 2017
Six Lessons from Our Guild Quilt Show from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

If your guild puts on a quilt show, you may have all the knowledge you need to continue doing what works for you. But if you are like me, every event teaches you a little something. Although I've worked on Beta Convention and putting together huge events, the quilt show had its own issues.


So what did I learn? Here are a few of the big ideas.

1.  Pre-show planning: finding and comparing venues; determining a hanging system, rental costs, who and how it will be set up; scheduling both people and events; marketing; assigning people to work; etc ...

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September 30, 2017
Death by Quilt ~~ setup finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Maybe it's impossible, but it seems that the 31 quilts we hung today took most of us out. Oddly, I didn't hang even one quilt. I started out giving orders--I'm so good at that--and getting people busy pricing  items to be for sale in our booth. 

Not MY booth...the guild's booth. There are lots and lots and lots of things. Some made by guild members, others donated by people who just wanted to help, and some that are vintage (patterns, magazines, books) all needing pricing.   

Then the quilt hanging system arrived, so there were lots ...

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September 22, 2017
Cotton Quilters' Meeting | September from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Last Monday the Cotton Quilters Guild held its September meeting. After dispensing with our usual meeting agenda, we had a few out-of-the-ordinary items to handle. At the end of the month we'll hold our quilt show and craft fair. 

Several people are working to get things organized, but Pam, the president, is handling most of the details. She's the kind of girl who likes to make sure things are done right. During the meeting, however, I convinced her that I'm handling the booth arrangements and that I have things under control.

At some point we got to ...

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