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July 22, 2017
Marcottes go west (pt 2) wild flowers from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Perhaps I should mention that I've decided to suspend regularly scheduled programming until we return to the land of normal internet. Unfortunately that's including email and comments. I could easily take care of those, but it's frustrating to write a note only to lose it a minute later because the connection is interrupted.
So for now thanks, love and gratitude; I'll write back soon. :)


In the meantime I will try to post some of the pictures and stories of our vacation. We are now visiting my youngest sister in North Dakota. Jeanne and Al have two ...

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July 20, 2017
Welcome to my mountain studio from Quilting with Kimberly

You might have read here on the blog or on my Facebook page that my husband and I bought a cabin in the mountains two years ago. It was a long-cherished dream of ours to own a mountain retreat and future retirement property and we searched for several years before finding the perfect-for-us place. We bought a bank-owned property with stunning views and sunk a lot of sweat equity into it to make it exactly what we envisioned. The lower level of the cabin is wide and spacious and perfect for a quilting studio. Unfortunately, it came equipped with some ...

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Curious Cattle....Video from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


In the evenings we enjoy spending time

in the pasture with the cattle...



tonight we went across the river 

to visit with the yearling cattle...






They are between 13 and 17 months of age

and very curious....just like children...






This is our beauty, Golden Girl.

She will become a mama cow 

in our herd someday.






They crept closer and closer to us until  we could 

feel their breath and they were licking us.

Now, that's what I call a FUN evening!


I captured a video of the herd around us.

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July 5, 2017
Move Aside Testosterone from Lisa H Calle's Blog

 

SEW(something I don’t normally do) + Testosterone (my three boys, my husband AND even my dog) = Me sewing a bag.  Yes, you heard correctly, this “quilter” (non sewer) decided on a whim to try her hand at sewing a bag.  And here’s why: I discovered this wonderful pattern for the Sew Together Bag at Pennington Quiltworks.  If you haven’t stepped inside “Pennington Quiltworks” do yourself a favor and pay a visit to this store. In addition to coming across this darling pattern, I also felt the need to embrace the estrogen part of my world, every now ...

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A long holiday weekend…… from Quilting with Kimberly

A long holiday weekend calls for a bit of time away and my sweet husband and I ran away to our own paradise in the mountains. We love it here. The weather has been absolutely perfect and the pace has been slow and relaxing. There’s sewing on my agenda for the rest of the week and I’m really looking forward to uninterrupted quilting time! Whatever you’re doing or wherever you are this Independence Day, I send you blessings for a peaceful 4th of July.

 

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July 3, 2017
Language Barrier: A Serious Look from Terificreations's Weblog

*Authors note: I started this blog post a couple of years ago and now have no clue why I started this post, though I have some suspicions. The longing to be a better teacher will remain constant, as well as the longing to learn more about quilt making in all it’s variations. This is NOT … Continue reading Language Barrier: A Serious Look

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May 28, 2017
Retired! the cake (pt 1) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


I'm really not as excited as the picture card says. I'm supposed to be, I guess, but it's just not happening. Of course, on my very last day I worked until four o'clock. It's alright, I don't need to go back.  I hope.

A couple of my sisters and I planned to meet for supper to celebrate. They began inviting a few more family members and ended up with 26 or so people! That's how we do things in this family...start small and let it grow.


Everybody jumps on the fun train ...

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May 10, 2017
Trail Camera.....Bear Video from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Whenever we run out of water at the house...



We know the water line Bear is back again...







We decided to set up a trail camera to see

just what the Bear is doing...






Here he has the water line in his teeth...






In the video:

He spends time rubbing his back side 

on a tree trunk,

He rolls around with the water line 

between his feet,

He eventually breaks the water line in two and

is delighted when water splashes out at him.

So glad we set up the trail camera...

this Bear is delightful and entertaining.



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Celebrate! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Wide awake and looking
for a bottle from DeeDee.
Our youngest son celebrates a birthday today. He is 33 now. The middlin one will be 35 in two weeks and the oldest makes 38 in July just a few days before our 39th anniversary. And somewhere in all that celebrating I get to retire. Lots of changes for us, but by the grace of God, all good changes.

And of course, there's this little addition to the family. She came for a visit last night so I could help mommy with a little English homework. Good thing I've ...

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April 30, 2017
My Middle Child And His Girls from Quilts + Color

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Andy and the family were were here for a visit and dinner Saturday evening. This was their group hug as they were leaving. Left to right: Tina, Kendall and Sarah. Sorry you can’t see Kendall’s pretty face.
Drew was here too but he left early as he said he had a date. I’m waiting for her picture.
It was a fun evening. I called it the Last Supper as it was the last chance to have them all here before I head north.
We had my famous Mexican dip, a green salad, ham, mashed potatoes and my ...

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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. 


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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.
  • DECEMBER
  • (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
  • NOVEMBER
  • (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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