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January 31, 2019
Update – Honey Bee Variation Quilt – 1948 from Lotus Cove Quilting

 

You might remember this quilt, that I posted in 2014. It was made in 1948 by my great grandmother, Rose Brown Tague. The traditional honey bee block, in pink and purple, alternates with snowball blocks with green corners. The original post can be accessed under “Family Antiques” in the right-hand column.

I recently found an old photo, taken of my grandmother, Mary Josephine Hamrick Tague, holding nine-day-old me, her first grandchild. Covering her chair is this new quilt, positively dating it to 1948. That’s my father’s writing; he probably took the photo.

1948 sep 10 grandma tague holding jaye bower fish

It would be great if there ...

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January 16, 2019
Getaway Blog Hop with Island Batik from Clever Chameleon

Cat on a Wall quilt by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Paisley Park meets Cat on a Wall

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop. This is my last project as a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador, and accordingly, a biggie.

Back in July I received a “Surprise” package. Inside were glorious Paisley Park fabrics that had to be kept secret for the longest time! But today I can show and tell all. My instructions were to use as many of the different fabrics as I could to create a quilt of at least lap size. And if I wished, to incorporate themes of travel and destinations.

Paisley Park fabrics by Island Batik.
Paisley ...

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January 15, 2019
Paisley Park – Colour and Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Paisley Park color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Are you ready for a trip to Paisley Park?

“Got your hat? Where’s your water bottle? Have you put sunscreen on?”…. Those are the questions of the day here….. 41C (105.8F) and UV index 13! Or perhaps where you are, a trip to the park requires a different sort of hat…. and a coat and scarf and boots….

Photo by Doug Kelley on Unsplash in similar colours to Paisley Park
If Paisley Park was a place, I reckon it would look like this…..

Depending on your perspective, Paisley Park may be either a cool relief from the summer heat or a bright spot in a cold day. Thankfully a trip ...

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January 6, 2019
2018 – Green Fuse – Finished from Lotus Cove Quilting

Green Fuse – a full-sized bed quilt – was part of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild’s “Taking Flight” show (September 29, 2018).

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I used a bright lime thread for all the quilting.

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2018 Green Fuse Floral Quilting Details

2018 Green Fuse Floral Details

2018 Green Fuse Floral Details

I quilted florals on the white area, seedlike ovals on the green, and roots on the gray.

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2018 Green Fuse Quilting Detail “Rose”

Also among the roots was part of the Dylan Thomas poem “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.”

More quilting details in next post.

 

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December 31, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: favorites from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

morning.
https://fleurdelisquilts.blogspot.com/2014/02/
sunday-quilt-inspiration-traditions.html?spref=pi

I thought I'd share our favorite quilts from the last few weeks. These, according to Pinterest, would be the most repinned pins (did I just coin a word?) from my "heart, quilts" board and blog posts. Should the photo be of particular interest to you, there are links in the captions which brings you back to the original blog post
Without further adieu: Your Favorites



Family Tree by Osami Gonohe, detail. 2013 Tokyo International Quilt Festival, photo by A Quilter By Night
https://fleurdelisquilts.blogspot.com/2014/03/pin-it-wednesday-58.html

https://fleurdelisquilts.blogspot.com/2018/12/sunday-quilt-inspiration-houston-iqs.html

Fracture. Best use of a panel that I've ever seen!
https://fleurdelisquilts.blogspot.com/2015/08/sunday-quilt-inspiration-doors-and ...

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December 24, 2018
Christmas Tablescape from From My Carolina Home

Setting a more formal table for Christmas dinner, it is time to get out the Lenox Holiday Tartan china inherited from my mother.  She had exquisite taste, and these dishes were her favorites for holiday meals.  I decided this year to use a green and gold theme since I haven’t done it this way before, beginning with a dark green tablecloth.   A fire in the fireplace makes a warm and inviting room.

Christmas Tablescape 2018 at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I just love the design on these dishes, and this year tried to use all of the pieces for the place settings.  I don’t have bread ...

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December 11, 2018
Good Fortune Clue 3 from TheEclecticAbuela

So far, I'm keeping up with the clues in Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, Good Fortune.

Here is a sampling of my units from clue 3:



Friendly Bunny

Another rabbit--this one is all dressed up

Butterfly and Smiling Snail

I love having little up-close surprises!

I'm linking with Quiltville's Mystery Monday #3.

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December 4, 2018
Scrap Sewing Project from Goer

My son and I are working on a little scrap sewing project. The first step of our project was to sort through all of my bags of scraps. (My scraps are currently housed by color in gallon zip lock bags.) It's a bit of an "I Spy" project, so we wanted to pull any interesting scraps that had fun pictures on them. In a few cases, we pulled a piece of interesting fabric from my stash, like those awesome giraffes that I haven't used anywhere yet. We're piecing them together in monochromatic blocks which are rounded out ...

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November 10, 2018
green squared away blocks from Making A Lather

The first thing I discovered making the October squared away block, was that 1- 2 1/2 in strip was not enough to do a whole block. So, it was back to the drawer and find something to finish what I already had cut.
The red squared away blocks have gone awol. But I am sure, like always, after a bit of clean up, I will find them.
It seems that there is a time determined in the universe of how long I can keep sewing without a proper cleaning, and I try to push it. I am afraid it ...

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November 4, 2018
old quilt rescue from Making A Lather

I found this quilt at a flea market. It was hand pieced, but machine quilted and not finished. It needed the binding. I felt like it needed rescued. I wonder how it was previously rescued and long armed but not bound. The colors and fabrics are fun, but they don't seem that old. Were quilters hand piecing in the 60s or 70s?


Quilting is always changing


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November 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Taking Time Out Teal Bear from Clever Chameleon

 

Teal Bear of Taking Time Out appliqué by Dione of Clever Chameleon

Today we meet the most chilled out bear of the Beary Colourful family. Please welcome the blue-green Teal Bear of Taking Time Out!

Teal Bear is ready for a holiday. Or a weekend of leisure. Or even just a few hours of unbooked time. He loves taking time out of his busy schedule to smell the roses or shoot the breeze. Today he is in the mood to head down the beach without any particular plan….. build a sand castle, collect some shells, have a paddle, or maybe just get some sand between his toes. Uncomplicated time with a few ...

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October 30, 2018
Succulent Blue-Green: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Succulent Blue-Green color scheme by Clever Chameleon

November is nearly upon us, which means several things…..

  • You need to finish up your Blue-Violet creations before the end of Wednesday and get them linked up to Patterns by Jen for your chance to win a $25 voucher for Cherrywood Fabrics.
  • There are only two sleeps until the 11th Beary Colorful Bear arrives and sneak peeks are in full swing on Facebook.
  • We get to start thinking about my favourite part of the colour wheel… Blue-Green for November.
  • And my boy is nearly 8. Turns out, he is suddenly developing quite the sense of humour….

Even though I haven ...

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October 27, 2018
the last birch trees from Making A Lather

I made 2 dark green birch trees for the rainbow scrap challenge. I think it is time to start laying out the blocks and deciding on the color arrangement. I may have to take it to the library and use their tables.



And, I am already eyeing what rainbow quilts I might do next year. I found these two while cleaning a shelf. This is an Emily Herrick design that everybody was making awhile ago. I didn't get around to it, Better late than never. I like that it uses 2 1/2 inch strips.



Rainbow baby in quilty ...

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October 20, 2018
1st row tokoyo quilt from Making A Lather

This quilt has really been a test of patience. I didn't realize it, until, I put the first row together and did a jig - well, what passes for an old lady jig. Doing just a little on a few blocks at a time, did not give me that special finish feeling. I didn't get to really see if it was going to look right either, I had to go on faith. But, now, I am really excited. woohoo.


My Granddaughters wanted to make a crochet necklace and when they discovered how fun the yarn winder was, they wanted ...

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October 13, 2018
rsc green from Making A Lather

I didn't think there were any greens left to do on the tokoyo subway quilt here, but, as I was starting to sew blocks, I found 3.


so I am trying to get the green finished for this month's rainbow scrap challenge



I am linking to


Oh Scrap

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September 18, 2018
Aurora Star Revisit: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Aurora Star color scheme from Clever Chameleon

Today I have for you a recycled idea and a brand new quilt!

Starstruck theme by Island BatikFor September, the theme for the Island Batik Ambassador projects is “Starstruck”. This theme immediately and happily put me in mind of a quilt design I conceived for Colour Inspiration Tuesday last November. Finally, I had a reason to put “Aurora Star” at the top of the ideas-to-play-with priority queue. Then, noticing that it’s now Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Week,  I found the extra motivation I needed to get a quilt finish on the table asap. Literally. Ha! There’s a filthy big clue to what I ...

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September 11, 2018
Colour Inspiration Tuesday: Welcome to My House blog hop from Clever Chameleon

Welcome to My House color scheme by Clever Chameleon

My house is part shambles, part memories, part make-do, and all love. So is my mini quilt!

Welcome to My House! This is my stop on the latest fun blog hop being hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt where every stop has a project with a house on it.

Well…… most stops……. technically my mini quilt doesn’t feature a house after all. I started with the best of intentions, but being improv, it evolved slightly.

Welcome to My House blog hop

But it is a quilt that features the essence of a building, and every kid you know will wish they lived there ...

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September 4, 2018
Banksia Bonanza: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Banksia Bonanza color scheme from Clever Chameleon

Welcome to Australian Spring! 

Here in Adelaide the 1st of September is officially Spring. But the signs have been around for a few weeks….. a lot of native plants here flower in late winter before it gets too hot and dry. Likewise, the pesky possum who persistently calls our shed home has been wearing her latest baby on her back for a while now. 

Last weekend we had the opportunity to meet a Filipino lad we helped group-sponsor through university. The meeting was held at the Adelaide Zoo, which of course was bursting with both flora and fauna Spring-ness. The ...

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August 21, 2018
Fabric of Nepal – Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Nepal Colours color scheme at Clever Chameleon

Gifts from Nepal

At times my husband travels overseas for work. One of the conditions of him being granted domestic leave to do so is that he brings back something interesting from the country(s) he’s visited. </p>
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August 10, 2018
Heritage Story: Green Strip Quilt from Nestlings By Robin

KAY'S GREEN STRIP QUILT

You have met Kay before here on my blog.  I adore working with her to finish these lovely works of art.

Heritage Stories
This quilt had rows of pieced swirl blocks and I wasn't sure at first how to best showcase them.  There is a suggested rule of thumb that using curved quilting on geometric and geometric on curves are good ways to accent a design so that was what I leaned on to quilt these blocks.  They are a variation of a Snail Trail so I decided on large concentric swirls coming from the centers ...

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