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November 8, 2018
Growing Boy, Small Foot from From the Strawberry Patch...

This one, our next to youngest grandchild, Gregory, turned eight over the weekend. His Mom and Dad surprised him and his sister with a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge. But, before they left on their excellent water-park adventure, we celebrated together, on his actual birthday, by attending a movie of his choosing: Small Foot. This is a wonderfully sweet story with incredible animation! The

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Growing Boy, Small Foot from From the Strawberry Patch...

This one, our next to youngest grandchild, Gregory, turned eight over the weekend. His Mom and Dad surprised him and his sister with a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge. But, before they left on their excellent water-park adventure, we celebrated together, on his actual birthday, by attending a movie of his choosing: Small Foot. This is a wonderfully sweet story with incredible animation! The

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October 28, 2018
busyness et al. . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It has been a busy month, which makes me feel a little justified in the huge gap between my last post and this one.  Of course, this is the (so called) blogger who skipped out on blogging from December  2017 through May 2018.  What's 26 days?!?  LOL!

But I realized I need to get on in here and plug the upcoming blog hop I'm participating in!  I'm so excited . . . and if you know me at all, when you see what it is, you'll know why!
It's the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  It kicks off ...

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October 24, 2018
Marking Time from From the Strawberry Patch...

I have a new way of marking time in the Studio these days, the rapid passing of each hour is cuckoo here now; and I love it! (The cuckoo, not the swift passage of time!!) I have been quiet the last two weeks, absent from the blog for good reason; my Mom and Dad have been visiting, we had a wonderful time. They are responsible for this beautiful new addition to the wall. It is a birthday gift,

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Marking Time from From the Strawberry Patch...

I have a new way of marking time in the Studio these days, the rapid passing of each hour is cuckoo here now; and I love it! (The cuckoo, not the swift passage of time!!) I have been quiet the last two weeks, absent from the blog for good reason; my Mom and Dad have been visiting, we had a wonderful time. They are responsible for this beautiful new addition to the wall. It is a birthday gift,

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September 21, 2018
Fleur de Lis is back, baby! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Innocent of all charges!
UPS came by this afternoon and handed over a big box. The inside was filled with mostly air and very heavy cardboard, but in a sliver of space was my Dell computer. That one that Milly plowed onto the floor. 

It's all better, which is great because I expected they would have to replace the whole thing. Nope, but there's a new hard drive and electrical outlet thingy and some plastic casing. That baby can do some damage!

Storms can bring in some beautiful clouds.
I love the way this one has that line ...

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September 17, 2018
bloggers quilt festival: ellie's quilt from Count it *all* JOY!

Greetings!  It's been a LONG time since I participated in the Blogger's Quilt Festival (hosted by Amy's Creative Side), but I decided this was a new day of the week, and it would be fitting to get back into the swing of things . . . so here goes!

I went back to 2012 for today's offering. It was the year my dear little dolly, Ellie was born. My firstborn's second born.  Her firstborn, Everett, was born to heaven the previous year. I'd made a sweet little owl quilt for him . . . but for Ellie, I couldn't ...

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September 16, 2018
Little Trees Quilt from All Things Quilty

I finished my first quilting project of 2018 this week!  I really have not been doing much sewing since we moved to the mountains, but finally I have unpacked everything in the basement studio and uncovered the Gammill longarm.


Little Trees quilt, Jeanne Turner McBrayer

I paper-pieced these trees for another project back in the nineties.  My mother-in-law had painted her kitchen and asked for a wall quilt to go over the breakfast nook.  I bought a pattern and made lots of these little trees and some very nice flying geese blocks.  Then she said, "Never mind, I bought a ...

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September 12, 2018
Dead on the floor from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

While visiting last week, Milly decided to go the wrong way around the coffee table. Wrong only because between Milly and her toy were a few wires. Wires attached to electronic devices that,  it seems, cannot take a little fall.

She saw the wires. Slowed down for the wires. Then powdered through the wires.

I watched the entire devastation unfold sitting as close to the electronics as they were to the floor. Maybe two feet. Surely within arms length. I didn't move an inch. My body did not functuion. My brain was working. I know this because I remember ...

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September 4, 2018
quilter's meet and greet . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Greetings on this happy Tuesday morning!

My heart/mind are in California this morning ... today is my son's 31st birthday (how can I have a 31 year old?!?) ... and I totally forgot I needed to have a meet & greet post!  LOL!  

So, my name is Denise and it's my pleasure to meet you! I've been quilting since January of 2006, but sewing for as long as I can remember; and had the pleasure of growing up with a mom who enjoyed sewing clothes for me and passed that love on down.

My first finish (mind you, not ...

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August 22, 2018
Life's little things from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Do you have those days when it seems that you haven't accomplished much, but a look back makes a few small discoveries?

I've had weeks of those kinds of days. I really felt that I had not accomplished anything of worth lately. Then I drove Richard's mom to a wake. As we were talking, I mentioned my feelings of wasted time, and she began a list my recent doings.


She and my father-in-law belong at the top of the list. I don't do enough for them, but I do try to help. They truly enjoy ...

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August 12, 2018
fanfare . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

When I look back over the blog content for the last year and a half, it really makes me sad.  My little hiatus cost me the published 'memories' of what I'd done, both in and out of the quilty world.  Normally, I'd have shared the fan BOM that my guild was doing . . . the fan is our logo . . . a different fan block each month (for a total of nine), getting more technically difficult to piece as the year went along. It started easy, with this little fan . . .
And ended with a Cleopatra's Fan, that I opted out of ...

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August 1, 2018
Summer goodness from The Crafty Quilter

It’s August!  I have to say, this summer has been good to me.  Quilting may be my number one {all consuming} hobby, but I also love to garden, cook and spend time with my family.  We just returned from a long weekend in Austin, Texas, visiting my daughter’s family.  We celebrated Amelia’s 3rd birthday, and Clara just turned 4 months.  Even though it was sweltering hot, we had the best time!  I’m telling you, I was born to quilt and I was born to be a grandma.  It just fits with me.

Our granddaughters, @ The Crafty Quilter

Amelia Cutbirth, age 3, @ The Crafty Quilter

Baby Clara at 4 months old on her heart quilt by @ The Crafty Quilter

 

We babysat for 24 ...

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July 13, 2018
Busy week...busy work from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I have been keeping busy with all kinds of squirrelly projects. Judy over at Me and My Quilts would be so proud!

First, I chose a new pattern to make an outfit for Milly. Yes, another one. I two put aside that she hasn't worn yet.

I cut the pattern out on paper used for newsprint. To avoid cutting the pattern, I go old-school. I use tailor's tracing paper and the little wheel to draw the pattern onto the paper, then cut it out. Fast and easy. 

The pattern ready to cut out.
 Notice my notes: McCalls, M5353 ...

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July 7, 2018
Summer sewing from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

What summer sewing have you been up to? A bit of quilting or something less hot? Here in Louisiana the temps and humidity are so high that I've been focusing on smaller items. Most of those have been for the grands, but I did get out a pattern and sewed up a top for myself. 
It's not exactly my style, but then it's not a regular tee. I really like loose, soft tee shirts. I had to dress up in heels and dressy clothes enough while teaching that I want to wear light, loose-fitting, comfortable clothes. Right ...

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July 3, 2018
Just Horsing Around... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Last Thursday we picked up our youngest two grandchildren and headed up to Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, VA. When we left here, at 9 AM, for our one and half hour drive it was almost 90 sunny degrees. When we arrived there it was a chilly 62 and threatening rain! Brrrr! Naturally, we didn't have sweatshirts or raincoats; poor planning on my part. We unpacked our picnic

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Just Horsing Around... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Last Thursday we picked up our youngest two grandchildren and headed up to Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, VA. When we left here, at 9 AM, for our one and half hour drive it was almost 90 sunny degrees. When we arrived there it was a chilly 62 and threatening rain! Brrrr! Naturally, we didn't have sweatshirts or raincoats; poor planning on my part. We unpacked our picnic

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July 1, 2018
Triple Blue, Times Two! from From the Strawberry Patch...

We spent a VERY rainy Tuesday evening in the Capital City this past week. We weren't the only ones who were getting wet though. These two cuties were in the pool swimming for their Swim Team. We forgot how wet we were, cheering from the sidelines transcends any and all physical discomfort.  Yes, Mason and Lucy Ann were both TRIPLE first-place winners!  It was one of the best times I have

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Triple Blue, Times Two! from From the Strawberry Patch...

We spent a VERY rainy Tuesday evening in the Capital City this past week. We weren't the only ones who were getting wet though. These two cuties were in the pool swimming for their Swim Team. We forgot how wet we were, cheering from the sidelines transcends any and all physical discomfort.  Yes, Mason and Lucy Ann were both TRIPLE first-place winners!  It was one of the best times I have

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June 9, 2018
Kiddo Fast Finishes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 One afternoon this week I had Milly and decided that she needed a new dress. When she goes home, oftentimes she's wearing the dress or other nice outfit that we managed to hold on to. It's easy to lose things: shoes, bottles, clothes, sippy cups and so on. 


Front of dress showing the sherbet bodice
It's sometimes easier to just figure it out as we go. This particular time I decided to sew a little dress and matching shorts. As I've been cleaning and organizing fabric, I've run across a few pieces that I immediately ...

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