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March 19, 2019
Quilt Con (episode 5) Can It Count for Sunday Quilt Inspiration? from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 I've been busy helping Richard care for his elderly parents, which is taking a great deal of time. That said, I suppose that for the time being, I'll be posting on a do-it-when-I-can basis. 

That may mean only a few times a week, though I will try to keep up with my Pinterest posts. I'm writing this with full knowledge that I missed Sunday's Quilt Inspiration. To make up for it, here are a few more Quilt Con pictures from last month. Enjoy!









Thanks for understanding our family needs and forgive me for those times when ...

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March 11, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Quilt Con (episode 4) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Photos coming, but first a few personal notes from Quilt Con.


I happened upon Tula Pink of Pink Door Studios. She made it big with her Etsy shop and wild fabric lines. The huge vendor booth looked familiar (I passed by a couple of times) and I kept wondering what that familiarity was. Her fabric lines, of course! They are beautiful, colorful and happy. I take issue with some of the language that appears on her work, but maybe I'm just not that modern.


DEMO17 - My Obsession with Shibori Resist and Indigo with Debbie Maddy, Moda Fabrics + Supplies

I ...

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February 27, 2019
Quilt Con (episode 3) THE WINNERS from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

These are the big winners. Let's start with "Best in Show," which is followed by a collage of close-ups. 






















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February 26, 2019
Quilt Con (episode 2) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

More eye-candy from QuiltCon! 















My apologies that I don't remember which of these are the winners or in which order. However, I am sure that I have the correct titles attached to the quilts. 


So which is your favorite thus far? Oh, there are more pictures coming. I just need some time to work on them.

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February 24, 2019
Quilt Con (episode 1) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

There are more photos on my Instagram or #theMQG on Instagram if you'd like to see other pictures. For now, though, I'm adding some of the winners to this post. And check it out, I figured a short cut to keying in all the information on each quilt! Remember that you can click on each picture to get a close-up view. 





























To help you make sense of these, I posted the  pictures in winning order. (It's difficult to see the place number on the ribbons.) I'll post more on Monday or Tuesday, depending on when we ...

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February 22, 2019
Pin It Weekly #269 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy Weekly! Here are some recent quilt pins that I found. All modern, because you know, QuiltCon is happening right now!


This concept would make a good mini-quilt  quiltcon-juli

Amazon.com: Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 20 New Designs with Historic Roots (Stc Craft / Melanie Falick Book) (9781584799009): Denyse Schmidt, John Gruen: Books


Denim quilt II, wedding gift for N&K

Martingale - Piece and Quilt with Precuts (Print version + eBook bundle)

Bars Quilt 2016. Image courtesy of Tara Faughnan. The Creativity Project Week #33 Leland Ave Studios/Kim Soper
MARY LOU...have this book...and lots of scraps...love the black background...those blue flowers make my heart sing...Plainsong by Geri deGruy Fiber ~ 20" x 16"

Flying Geese anyone?

Wendy Hook 2015 50"x 75" "Static" hand dyed cotton

Portions & Possibilities: Old Forge Quilt Show

chezzetcook modern quilts: A Patch of Geese: A Finish

Monkey Business quilt sewing pattern from Abbey Lane Quilts  #quiltpatterns  #quiltspatterns #quiltideas #quiltingpatterns

All of these are on my "heart, quilts" board. It's getting oh, so close to 9,000 quilt pins. Isn't that something else?

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February 18, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: graphic lines from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

In just a few days many of us will be traveling to Nashville, TN, for QuiltCon, which begins on Thursday. I pray that you all have safe travels and that you enjoy the show. If you're planning to attend QuiltCon on Friday, let me know. (Leave a note here or email me at mary.marcotte@gmail.com.) I'd love to meet you, perhaps for lunch, and to have a chance to get to know you in person. It's almost always better, don't you think?


s.o.t.a.k handmade: blogger's quilt festival (fall 2016)QuiltCon Magazine 2018 - The Quilting Company

QuiltCon 2019 ++ Quilt Submissions

Emergent by Kari Vojtechovsky.  QuiltCon 2015.  Photo by Fresh Lemons Quilts.

I'm so happy to see that @qvilted's quilt made it into QuiltCon! She's one of my quilting crushes.  Check out her work! Congrats Yara! #quiltcon #quilt #modernquilt

The Modern Quilt Guild

Cabana quilt designed, pieced and quilted by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill | Whole Circle Studio. Pattern available soon. Cabana exhibited in "Minimalism" category at QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah Georgia and selected for "Best of QuiltCon 2017" international traveling show.

On a New Path by Melody Baker QuiltCon 2017QuiltCon 2018 // Some of My Favorite Quilts

1st   Place: Urban Trek  60” x 72” Pieced and quilted by Heather Black Inland Northwest MQG, Spokane, WA

Warp and Weft  Pieced and quilted by Cheryl Brickey  Greer, South Carolina, United States  Greenville Modern Quilt Guild  @MeadowMistDesigns  43 x 41 inches  | QuiltCon 2017 Award Winners | MQG Community

Enjoy these quilts and over 8,000 others on my "heart, quilts ...

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December 7, 2018
Mystery in Black and White from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since I picked up backing during the after Thanksgiving shopping craze, I decided I should load up my 2018 Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild mystery quilt. I've been trying very hard to keep working on finishing things instead of starting things. I think it is a challenge for every creative person.
I quilted this one with a wavy hand-guided design with a few swirls to fill in some of the arcs. More wave than swirl overall.
I had some time this week to finish the binding. A finished quilt is a happy quilt.

As part of my quest to buy ...

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November 28, 2018
MQG entries ~~ photographed, entered, paid ~~ finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

This is a quick post to update you on my entries for QuiltCon, which will be held in Nashville in February. I have every intention of going if possible. It's just nine hours of driving from here. (Said like nine hours of driving is typical.) But there's a ploy in play: Richard wants to go to the Ark Encounter, which is only three hours from Nashville. I'm thinking, let's do both!

Dropcloth


We'll see how that pans out. In the meantime, I'm hedging my bets by entering a few quilts into the show. Hopefully ...

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November 10, 2018
Baton Rouge MQG - November from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My second meeting of the BRMQG was most informative. These women are a special kind of inspirational. The business part of the meeting could be a company board meeting. The presentations are well in keeping with the theme and ideas of what modern quilts are. And the show and share is, well, see for yourself. Just don't ask who the quilters are. I haven't a clue. (I'll probably never learn their names since my "muddled" brain, Dr. Hargrave's term, struggled to remember names before the BD meds.)





One quilter-four quilts

One quilt-two gorgeous sides
And a ...

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November 7, 2018
MQG Pouch Swap from Becca's Crazy Projects

The DC Modern Quilt Guild and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild are doing a bag swap at the next Baltimore MQG meeting.

As one would expect, partner assignments went out weeks ago and I just got around to constructing my swap bag. The recommended pattern was the Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead. It's a free pattern with a great tutorial. I dug around in my stash for the appropriate colors. At least I hope they are the appropriate colors.
Then I fiddled with Electric Quilt 8 until I had design I liked. The block finishes at 12" by 12 ...

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November 2, 2018
fun with Sherri Lynn Wood from Ellyn's Place

Last week the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild invited Sherri Lynn Wood to speak and teach for their guild members. Lucky for me, visitors were also welcome! Thursday night, a friend & I visited their guild meeting to hear Sherri speak.
If you don't know Sherri, she literally wrote the book on improv quilting. Her thought process is fascinating and her speaking style is engaging! If you ever get the chance to hear her speak, I recommend it (hint: she's the keynote speaker for Quiltcon 2019 in Nashville. Will I see you there?)

On Friday, my friends Bonnie, Anne & I ...

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November 1, 2018
Dropcloth ~~ a modern finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I decided about a month ago that I wanted to enter a few quilts into QuiltCon. Hopefully, the jury will accept them, but for now I just want to try. I tried last year but missed the mark, so this year I decided to try a different tactic. I'd make a quilt especially for this purpose.


To that end, I read the rules. Several times. Then I pondered and mulled and thought. And I read the rules again. I decided. One quilt would meet the requirements of the two-color challenge, and the second would shoot for the requirements of ...

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October 21, 2018
Michael Miller fabric challenge from Ellyn's Place

The modern quilt guild issued another fabric challenge and I jumped on board! First of all, free fabric, duh! and second, I really enjoy challenges. We received three colors of the hash dots fabric and peach solid cotton couture, a fat eighth of each. Since it is ok to add other Michael Miller solids, I ordered some of the Marine Cotton Couture, which matched one of the hash dots we received. And, like always, it sat on my cutting table for weeks waiting for me to be inspired.

Finally, I decided to do a variation on my Funky Dresden pattern ...

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Faith ~~ an almost finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I have a finish! It's a quilt I made to enter into the MQG contest American Patchwork and Quilting Two-Color Quilting Challenge


The quilt's two colors are natural white and ash. The quilting changes the direction of light so it looks as though there are two shades of ash. There is only one. I've managed a neat camera trick. (I can't intentionally reproduce that, so enjoy my achievement.) 

Per the rules, there can be only two colors, so either count the thread as one, or make the threads match the fabric. I decided to go with ...

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September 17, 2018
Mystery in Black and White from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared my version of my latest mystery quilt.

I finished up the center of the top with black setting triangles cut from some leftover quilt backing. 
I used some more leftover quilt backing to make a narrow (1.5" finished) inner border and a wider (4" finished) outer border. It measures about 56" by 68" which isn't a big quilt, but as big as I intend to go with it. This one will get set aside until I can either piece a backing or buy some. I might have something suitable around here somewhere. I haven ...

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September 10, 2018
Mystery in Black and White from Becca's Crazy Projects

Due to conflicting schedules, this is how my mystery quilt project has been languishing. This past weekend, I finally managed to get the rest of the clues. In truth, this project has been taking up two project boxes and I have new projects that want some of that project box real estate. I use the Iris 12" by 12" clear boxes for quilts, bags, and even yarn.
That meant I managed to get to work on this quilt. The directions for these blocks are written with the stitch and flip method of adding those corners. This is, in my opinion ...

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July 31, 2018
Small Piecing: SFMQG - QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge from madebychrissied

Small Piecing QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I'm finding it hard to believe that on 31 July I'll have lived in South Florida for a whole year. 
Doesn't time fly and sometimes we're left wondering just where it went to.
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July 24, 2018
Bingo Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild is having a bingo event again this year. What is Quilt Bingo? Well, it is an event where you play bingo and the big prizes are quilts made by the guild. For a list of the kinds of prizes one might win at Quilt Bingo you should check out this great post, complete with links to free quilt blocks, bag patterns, and other quilty goodness.

I volunteered to quilt one of the quilts. I didn't make any of the blocks. They were made by members of the guild.
I quilted it with swirls and ...

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June 1, 2018
Shards from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last month I shared my Geodes quilt.

I had some leftovers from that quilt. I'm not a fan of leaving oddly shaped units around so I put them up on the design wall and decided I had enough leftover bits to make a crib-size quilt.
I quilted this one with a swirl-flower motif because I figured it needed something to soften up those angles.
This will be my contribution to the Baltimore Maryland Quilt Guild for our charity quit project. I just need to add the binding and it will be ready to go.

I've made some great ...

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