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April 21, 2017
What’s in Your Ears? from Terificreations's Weblog

      Music is so fun. Weird fact: I didn’t listen to pop music, watch mtv, or go to the movies as a teenager.  It’s a long story for another blog entirely. So now, when something fun comes up I like it and add it as a station on Pandora or find a YouTube … Continue reading What’s in Your Ears?

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March 26, 2017
Make Your Own Postcards from Cheryl Lynch Quilts

There are so many apps available that can be used to transform your photos into fun pix or into drawings suitable for using as a pattern to make a quilt. Each month, in my newsletter, I try to share an app that I have found to be useful or just plain fun. I am far from a computer guru, so I only can choose ones that work on my iPhone or iPad. For other platforms you'll have to experiment like I do.
This morning I was searching for a monthly app and came across PicsArt. It's free. And ...

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March 4, 2017
Cats on quilts photos | Just for fun from Craft Gossip

Cats and quilts go together like needle and thread – truth. Honestly, my cat, Emma, thinks she’s in charge of my sewing space. Amanda (Jedi Craft Girl) and Tina (Emily Ann’s Kloset) routinely share photos of their cats on quilts via Instagram, and this common thread sparked a friendship.

Together, they created this cute badge to urge all of us with cats to share our favorite photos of them all up in our sewing business. So far, there are 677 photos under the hashtag #KittyQuilter. Such fun. Don’t miss it.

Click to read Amanda’s announcement post and ...

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February 28, 2017
Mardi Gras: the real story (Pt 2 The Parade) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Part 2 of 3   Read Part 1 here.

The parade is getting near! When you can hear the police sirens, the teens will miraculously appear. They just do. Expect a few extra teens to show up and expect to feed them. About this time the younger kids get antsy. They will begin to jump around, insist on fixing their perches--the wagon, the ice chest, the barricade, your chair, your shoulders--whatever will raise them 8" off the ground. They will then whine because they can't see anything. 

Mardi Gras Bead Tree!                                                                                                                                                      More:

Parades move slowly (there is nothing to see until after the police ...

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Mardi Gras: the real story (Pt 3 Going Home) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Packing up. Getting out of the city, any city, every city, is difficult. That is until you attempt to get out of a Mardi Gras city. Mardi Gras cities are a whole other conundrum. One best left to the minds of those who know the streets. You just want to get out. It won't happen until you cry in distress. Crying when you sit in the car is cheating and will only make your head pound harder. You can easily get in, find a parking space, go ...

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February 27, 2017
Mardi Gras: the real story (Pt 1 On the Road) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Part 1 of 3  

Bourbon Street In New Orleans for Mardi Gras:
NOLA Mardi Gras
Even though Richard and I rarely go to Mardi Gras any more, I have been many, many times. In fact, there were years of tears when I could not go because a child was sick or I had to work. Then there were the years of going for momma, who loved a party! Her Alzheimers had gotten to that middlin stage of knowing she had the disease but was still fighting it. One way she fought was to do everything she loved.

All that said, I thought I'd share my version of ...

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February 23, 2017
2016 OPAM (One Project A Month) PROJECT FINISHES from A Quilter and The Chief

During 2016 I finished 40 ProjectS

Among my finishes I made 9 quilts of various sizes, 4 quilted table toppers, clothes for my grandkiddos, 12 hand knit projects, and more. While I finished fewer projects than last year, I did complete 3 big projects that I have been working on for several years, including this beauty, 

"Journey of a Quilter," which is hanging in my sewing room.
  • (1) Knit V-Neck Vest for my grandson
  • (4) Knit Dish Cloths
  • (1) Flannel PJ bottoms for me
  • (5) Flannel PJ Bottoms for my grandkids
  • (1) McKenna Ryan Art Quilt Wall Hanging ...

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February 14, 2017
Back from Beta! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

We survived Beta! It got a little dicey at times, but with almost 7,000 teenagers in one room (albeit a large room) one can expect some tiny issues to present themselves. My duties at convention are relatively easy--if everyone cooperates. I am in charge of stage left. Because the stage is 60 feet wide and 40 feet deep, it's impossible for one person to manage it all. So someone has right, someone has front, I have left.

Betas hanging out in the hall.
photo from National Beta Club website  

The person on stage right handles sponsors, trophies, minor ...

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February 13, 2017
Character: explored beauty from Terificreations's Weblog

Melanie Testa is by far one of the most joyful, and thoughtful quilters I’ve ever met. A beautiful, creative soul. One of my most treasured memories is having lunch with her and Elizabeth, we were on the receiving end of some seriously disapproving looks from because we were laughing so much. This still brings a … Continue reading Character: explored beauty

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February 9, 2017
The Splendid Sampler….Welcome! from Quilting with Kimberly

Hello! Welcome to my little corner of the quilting world! Whether you’re a return guest or a brand new friend, I’m so glad you’ve stopped by today! I’m very honored to be #99 of the 100 designers of the Splendid Sampler Quilt. I live not too far from Pat Sloan and was just tickled pink when she asked me to be part of this amazing project. If you’re looking for the block directions and a quick, photo tutorial of how to construct block #99, the Four Corner Spinwheel Block, you’ll find them a little ...

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February 1, 2017
Family Times from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've not been getting into the studio much lately, especially last weekend. Our youngest granddaughter celebrated her 7th birthday with a party on Saturday. She's the dark haired one in these pictures. Caki and Sophie are close in age and in love. What a pair!

This sweety is a fun-loving, never serious, darling. We love her so very much and had a fun time watching her and her friends run, jump, and play for a couple of hours. To bottle that energy!

On Sunday the oldest granddaughter celebrated her baby shower. Yes. BABY. Shower. I'm not believing ...

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January 21, 2017
Mad about Maddie from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Collars for Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
Our Beta Club decided to run for a state office, which we ordinarily do. BUT, by this time we generally have everything--costumes, props, backdrop--everything done. Made. Complete. Glittered. Sewn.

A random collar

The sewing falls to me, by default, of course. But we rarely have more than one or two costumes that need a little "tweaking." This year our theme is "Mad about Maddie" using the Alice in Wonderland idea. 

It's cute. It's fun. It's (visually) loud. We want cute, fun, and loud. We're trying to get the attention ...

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January 9, 2017
my 2017 projection from Maria the Quilter

Well hello there! Yes, it has been a while… a LONG while. there’s a good reason though, and that reason is that 2016 was crazy busy. I had the busiest year by far out of my seven years of longarm quilting for the public! Like 140% of business compared to the prior year!

This has all been a good thing, because things happened: I paid off a student loan, I put money in savings and CD’s for my girls, and I sort of learned to say no. Most importantly, I had an intervention with some quilty friends at ...

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January 4, 2017
On Tidying Up from Terificreations's Weblog

Tidying up in preparation for free motion quilting is an essential step. Because I needed space on the floor to baste the quilt. After spending a good bit of yesterday doing said tidying my sweetie and I were watching some show, which I paused for a moment. Scratch! Scratch! Scratch! Damitol! Wouldn’t you know it…mouse. … Continue reading On Tidying Up

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December 28, 2016
The Crazy Bunch from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My family is such a fun-loving crew. Traditionally we wait to have our get-together/gift exchange on Christmas night. This allows the kids to wake up to Santa surprises, go to mass, and visit their in-laws, or whatever they choose to do.

This year we decided to exchange gifts, have supper and then play games so the little ones could join in the fun. They had been running around screaming for most of the evening and the adults decided this would help to settle them down a little. Of course, not one made much of an effort to pick up ...

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December 11, 2016
Natchitoches Trip to Europe from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Last weekend Richard and I went to my sister's house in Natchitoches for the annual Festival of Lights. I wrote a little about the weekend last Sunday

The rain was much that the parade was cancelled for the first time since 1959. It was a steady, cold rain that went on for two days and nights, so going out for some sightseeing or festival shopping was out of the question. 

We are a hardy lot, however, and had no problem entertaining ourselves. The guys watched football and UFC, visited, and laughed at their own crazy stories. We ...

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November 3, 2016
Sweet Dreams are Made of these from Terificreations's Weblog

This Nike commercial popped up into my fb newsfeed: The Cubs win the World Series. At this point in the day this is not news. As a Yankee fan I’m happy for them. They worked hard, the played the game hard, they won. Kids all over will be sleeping in this morning and quite frankly … Continue reading Sweet Dreams are Made of these

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October 18, 2016
Fall 2016 Quilters Depot Retreat! from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

You all know I stink at recording things for posterity with the camera!

So here are the pictures I did take!  Sorry for any blurriness.  My phone was full of Penguin opening night pictures and videos so I didn't have enough room so I had to use the old fashion

Great work to everyone!  The dates have been set.  Prices have not since I have to make a change with the lunch and I'm trying very hard not to raise the price to pay for it.  However, I have three choices.  Subway boxed lunches or going ...

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October 15, 2016
Painted Canvas Zipper Bags... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

The Art Sisters are painting canvas today

We are working in the Quilt Palace Kitchen

The primed canvas is on the table.

Inspirational images are taped 

on all the cupboards.

We begin at 11 am

We rolled on the first layer of craft paint 

with sponge rollers

The first layer is dry we are ready to add more...

We are adding marks with corn on the cob, 

rubber bands, jar lids, pool noodles, bubble 

wrap, netting, corks, mostly found items.

The second layer is dry...

We add a third layer of paint...

We are using black and white paint...

We ...

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October 12, 2016
Because every sassy quilter needs one…… from Quilting with Kimberly


Would you like to know the story
behind my pink velvet pincushion?

Years ago during my travels overseas I bought a plump, pink velvet pincushion from a tiny shop in Heidelberg, Germany. When I filmed my very first CRAFTSY class in my home studio, the three young men on the production crew who came to film the class saw my pink pincushion and thought it was just the funniest thing!


They began kidding around and having fun by moving it around the set – much like an “Elf on the Shelf” – so the pink pincushion would appear in different places in ...

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