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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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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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January 26, 2019
Reese's Quilt ~~ finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Reese is one of my seven sisters. She was a sewist and made many of her now-adult daughter's little-girl dresses. She hasn't sewn in years. Many years. 

A couple of weeks ago we went to her home for a baby shower. She had decided that some of the many items from her sewing room needed a new home. That meant, "Here, Mary, I don't want this clutter. Thank you."

As we were talking about the huge bag of sewing "stuff," she mentioned that she had made a quilt top years ago. It turns out that top was ...

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June 2, 2018
Mrs. Bertha's quilt ~~ a finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Just under the wire, too. I've had this quilt top for a couple of months. One of my guild sisters asked me to "quilt it heavily." (She maybe should not have given me an "whenever you can" deadline.) I had great fun as you can see. There are 72 small blocks and every one has a different motif! 



I was getting nervous for bit, then realized that I can make up create design more, which I do anyway. It seemed that my brain was tapped out around number 56 50. 




I looked around and found a couple of inspiring ...

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April 21, 2018
Gone in a Seam ~~ Finally Finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I very rarely leave a project in the middle of some step. I like stopping points. But I was working on this Crown Royal quilt top and had to leave it "à portée de main," or in Louisiana French, "à main," as is.

Correctly translated "porté à la main" means literally carried by hand.

But who in Louisiana ever says something in French and means it literally?



Eventually the longer phrase was shortened to "à main" which, when translated literally is the hand, but means to pick up and go. Without plans. As I'm dressed. Without anything I might ...

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March 13, 2018
Memory Tee-shirt Top ~~ Finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Last week I told you that Richard gave me a hand cutting tee shirts for a memory quilt for a client who had purchased one for her older son a couple of years ago. That help really paid of: I was able to begin sewing blocks together and got a couple of strips made, although they were far from working together. But I have to start somewhere. 



I made a few more seams yesterday and got this far with the top. One of my problems was that I had way too many shirts. So I spent some time trying to ...

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