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October 5, 2018
Pin It Weekly #256 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy Weekly! Here are a few quilts that I recently pinned.

CROSSROADS - Diane Melms

First up, everything by Diane Melms--she may be my favorite new quilter. Here are five of her fantastic pieces.
Diane Melms CROSSROADS Click on any image to view as a slide show.

Chroma Stacks - Diane Melms
Diane Melms quilt. The opposite of minimal, but I love this one too!

Structures - Diane Melms

Next, I've been watching Perspective in Landscape Drawing by Patrick Conners, one of the lessons on Craftsy's Bluprint platform. (No affiliation.) And the result is that I really want to begin a landscape quilt. 

Art Landscape Quilt Patterns | 206 on the lake

"Birches" - sewn fabric collage by Merle Axelerad;  "Each of these textile art pieces are created by sewing thousands of fabric pieces together collage style to create the final fabric collage. Unlike traditional collage, Merle Axelrad uses no adhesives in creating her landscapes."Art Quilt by Kathy Schattleitner (Grand Junction, CO) Incredible!!!

Passages quilt, 37.5” x 32”,  ©2016 by Ruth B. McDowell. Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

 Of course, I can't start yet another project! I have too many irons in the fire now, but I can enjoy the landscape works that I do run across with new knowledge of ...

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September 26, 2018
Pin It Weekly #255 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I imagine it's time to get back to pinning. Question: was I on a herringbone/chevron thing before the computer crash? Well, whatever happened, it was hefty because there are easily 15 chevron quilts in one small section of my "heart, quilts" board

Planning a new quilt | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

What is a Jelly Roll in quilting terms? A Jelly Roll has forty 2½” x 44″ strips of fabric. These forty strips are layered, rolled up tight, and tied with a bow. Jelly Rolls are wonderful and save so m
Flourishing Palms: Reentering Reality Since Retreating "Picket Fences" quilt pattern by Elsie Campbell from String Quilts book

Modern quilt layouts - Google Search

Aren't they pretty? Also on the board are lots of easy scrap quilts. Something we all need if we're ever going to get those scrap bins under control, am I right? Here are a few:

Additional Images of Modern Quilt Magic by Victoria Findlay Wolfe - ConnectingThreads.comScrappy Strings HST layout 4

Stepping Stones pattern - love the colors of the homespun fabric in this quilt; black fabrics were used for the the centers....

Elsie Campbell, Artist, Dad's Plaids quilt - This is a pattern in her String Quilts book (2009).

Easy Plaids Scrap Quilt Pattern. So dynamic. I love the colours.

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September 14, 2018
A gourmet finish for a quilted designer cushion from Quilt Social


This week has been so much fun as we have learned how to express pretty words through quilting using the beautiful Gütermann Dekor rayon thread.

Yesterday we completed the background quilting to really make the letters and trapunto sections stand out. Now it’s time to complete our designer cushion.


Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion
Say it with free motion quilting – designer cushion


Preparing your pieces

Trim the quilted cushion front to measure 18½” square. Set aside for now.


Trim the quilted cushion front
Trim the quilted cushion front


Prepare your machine with a new SCHMETZ 75/11 Quilting needle and the standard sewing foot.

Thread withGütermann 50 weight ...

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September 13, 2018
Making quilted words pop – it’s all about the thread from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was such a fun day!

We set up our machines for free motion quilting, did our first set of outline quilting, learned how to trim the batting for trapunto and layered our piece to prepare for today’s background quilting.

Now it’s time to really make those quilted words pop as beautifulGütermann Dekor rayon thread brings life to our designer cushion!


Beautiful thread makes the design come to life
Beautiful thread makes the design come to life


All of the stitching from now on will be done with Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread that contrasts with the background fabric.

I used a single color ...

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September 12, 2018
Quilting words – so much to say using Gütermann Dekor thread! from Quilt Social


I hope you’ve been having fun getting ready to free motion quilt words and more for a designer cushion.

Was it hard deciding what you wanted to say? Maybe you’re already making more than one?

In yesterdays post we learned how to mark, layer and baste your piece. Now it’s time to create our trapunto using wonderful Gütermann thread.


It's time to quilt!
It’s time to quilt!


Prepare your machine for free motion quilting

Put a new size 75/11 SCHMETZ Quilting needle on your machine.

A quilting needle will pierce the multiple layers of batting and fabric quickly and ...

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September 11, 2018
Mark, layer, baste, easy preparation for machine quilting from Quilt Social


Quality materials and good preparation are the keys to successful machine quilting. Yesterday we gathered our supplies and cut our fabric and batting to size. Now it’s time to prepare our pieces for quilting.

Let’s go!


Good preparation is the key to success.
Good preparation is the key to success.


Our pillow front will be quilted twice in some areas to create an effect called trapunto.

This is a form of stuffed quilting in which some areas use two layers of batting to give a raised, 3-dimensional effect.

Our Gütermann Dekor rayon thread will really make the quilting stand out!

Marking Matters

Before we layer ...

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September 6, 2018
Pin It Weekly #254 (Surprise!) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

"These Pins got you 18,533 impressions in the last 7 days! Be sure to claim your website and create Pins daily to grow the reach of your content on Pinterest."
So that little note got my attention. I'm not certain what 18,000 impressions might be exactly, but it can't be bad. I've looked at this email, which arrives once a week, every now and again. I wasn't impressed. For the most part my Pinterest and this blog work together and somehow generate about 5,000 impressions weekly. 
Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: Harley Davidson customer memory quilt

Yeah, 18 is a big number. Well ...

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September 3, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: CLOUDS from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

When real life objects seem meaningless,vlouds of varying colours and shapes become significant.Aren't clouds just beautiful? All floaty and soft and colorful. I love to look at the sky. And to enjoy the clouds. Just a few days ago Richard and I were driving through a threatening storm. The clouds were pink and coral on our east and, toward the south, dark purplish gray with lighter and darker grays mixed in. 

Immediately I saw a dragon in the dark grays and Richard found a dog in the east. My dragon lasted for several minutes but his dog morphed into a bunny and then a fantastical flower that surely Dr. Suess drew ...

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September 1, 2018
House cleaning on Pinterest from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Richard likes to watch television at night. I can't sleep with the flashing lights and the sound, so last night I decided to pin a few ideas for a friend. She's been thinking of painting a few wooden, farmhouse style signs. Well, Pinterest is not lacking in ideas for that idea! I had 41 pins in very little time.

I started with signs, pinned a few quilts as they popped up, then started editing boards. I've been thinking of renaming boards just to make them a bit more interesting and informative. Why not start at 11 p ...

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August 29, 2018
Pin It Weekly #253 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Are you pinning this week? I am not. I've been in the studio jumping from project to project. Not really getting anything finished, but advancing none the less. Since I haven't pinned anything of interest, let's take a look at what is trending.

Hair: Balayage color
Keep right up to date with approaching trends here and now as we cover the major trends and the best hairstyles for 2015! Side-swept hairstyles for 2015 This is one of the most frequently featured hairstyles for 2015, as seen on the runway models from Wang, Chai, Zimmermann and Som plus lots more. However, each …

Fantastic ideas of balayage hair colors and highlights for all those fashionable ladies who are searching for latest trends of hair colors right now. You have to know that, balaayge has become one of the most popular hair colors in 2018. It is growing more and more popularity in year 2018.Ponytails must be one of the oldest hairstyles known to womankind, yet every new season the fabulous hair-fashion designers manage to come up with a new twist on this very popular hairdo! The ponytail has stayed popular with woman all over the world for so long, because it’s practical way to keep long hair controlled[Read the Rest]:

Trending Now! The most popular hair trends for 2018 ✨Brown Hair With Bronde Balayage Highlights

DIY: industrial design
20 Savvy Handmade Industrial Decor Ideas You Can DIY For Your HomeA desk and shelf wall unit with the design you want and the function you need. The industrial strength pipe fittings support 8 long stained 2 x 12

Industrial Design Table "DIY" Parts Kit, 1-1/4" Black Pipe- Optional table top/seats, FREE SHIPPING!!

DIY Industrial Pipe Projects are an easy way to add a touch of industrial decor to your home. Here are 10 of the BEST DIY industrial pipe projects.20 Savvy Handmade Industrial Decor Ideas You Can DIY For Your Home

Fall Decor: leaves
60 Cheap DIY Fall Decor Ideas - Prudent Penny Pincher                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Fall challenge for Flirty fleur with only fall textures and no flowers! Designed by Floral Design by Lili

Tomato Cage Fall Tree nature autumn leaves fall diy steps fall crafts fall decorating autumn pics fall pics fall porch

31 Amazing fall decorating ideas using white pumpkins

I Was Going To Bag My Leaves This Fall. But Now I'm Going To Do THIS Instead!

What's trending on your Pinterest?

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August 19, 2018
festival of quilts 2018 from Charm About You

quilter pins badges festival of quilts 2018

Festival of Quilts is probably the highlight of the year for quilters in the UK. It's a chance to showcase talent and be inspired by the amazing display of quilts, an opportunity to meet up with friends and of course shop all the wonderful stalls and stands. 
I have to admit I wasn't going to attend this year. I hadn't arranged to go with anyone, I was working Friday-Sunday and I've been so busy that it seemed almost impossible to take time off.  And then there's my anxiety, no small thing but it makes it ...

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August 16, 2018
Pin It Weekly #252 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

How to Cut Fabric and Make a No-Sew Appliqué| Where The Smiles Have BeenI have a Silhouette Cameo machine. Now I'm not so excited because it's not my machine. It's actually Stacey's Cameo 3, but she doesn't seem to want to deal with it. 

How to thicken a font so it will cut nicely on your Silhouette machine.

It's taking space in my studio, so I've decided to use it. The problem is that I haven't the slightest idea how. Uhhm, Pinterest, please. 

This is such a cute wedding or anniversary gift for adventurous couples! --- Adventure Together Print 4 Personalized Map Mountain Print by AGierDesign --  This is my original trademarked design! We have over 2000 five star reviews on Etsy :). Shop our secure Shopify website

Simple tips to help you visualize designs in Silhouette Studio (scheduled via

And so these pins. Mostly tutorials. A few project ideas. And a couple of lettering thingies. I have to start somewhere, right?

CLICK HERE to see the tutorial.

Craft-e-Corner Blog * Celebrate Your Creativity: Applying Vinyl to a Curved Surface - Garden Flower Pot for Mother's Day

My Vinyl Direct Vinyl Cutting Machine Settings Silhouette Cameo Vs 3

I have a feeling that I'll go down a rabbit hole when I ...

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July 20, 2018
Pin It Weekly #251 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Wow, I've posted about five years of weekly pins. Some of my own pin, some from followers, some from pinners who just happen to have great boards and ideas.

Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon
From the Audubon Society, find it at:
Five years! 250 posts. I'm quite happy with my stick-to-it ability. (It's a rare thing.)
Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon
From the Audubon Society, find it at:
I just had to look back and see when this started. Apparently the Pinterest bug bit me hard in the summer of 2012. By the end of ...

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July 16, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Reproduction Fabrics from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

At yesterday's quilt show in Krotz Springs, there were quite a few quilts made of reproduction fabrics. Although they can be muddy and muted, they can be very pretty when done in traditional designs. Here are a few collections...

Civil war reproduction fabrics for quilting projects.    Assortment of 10 fat quarters (each measuring 20 x 22) in a variety of reproduction prints. Lots of colour schemes.

Civil War Melodies- New Civil War era reproduction fabric from Judie Rothermel.
Blue 1860s reproduction fabric

Marcus Civil War Peace & Unity Fat Quarters 12 pcs                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Savannah - Jo Morton Andover Fabrics The Noble Quilter carries the full line of Savannah.Civil war fabrics and quilt kits at a Better online quilting and fabric shop

Civil War reproductions turned into beautiful quilts...
Martingale - Civil War Legacies II - Carol Hopkins

A Block of the Month honoring the wives of 12 prominent generals who served during the Civil War

Road to Appomattox: Bed Size Civil War Quilt Pattern by Maria Tavy Umhey, in McCall's March/April 2015Image result for all blue civil war quilt

Madder reds, poison greens, cheddars, shirtings . . . if you’re like best-selling author Carol Hopkins, you can’t bear to toss a single scrap of that Civil War reproduction fabric you love. And now yo

Civil War Cheddar! Antique c1860 York County PA QUILT 88x82 Flying Geese Border | eBaymade from scrap stash using 5" squares. Would look great in civil war fabrics and shirtings and plaids

Got a passion for Civil War fabrics? Discover books by authors who will inspire you to revisit the past with needle and thread. And all that gorgeous reproduction fabric!

Wild Goose Chase in Civil War reproduction fabrics, originally posted by Maureen Cosgrove on the Quilting page on facebook.Easy Quilt to make, looks good french general or in civil war reproduction fabric.

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July 12, 2018
Pin It Weekly #250 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy Weekly! Here are a few pins that showed up on my feed in the last few days.

How beautiful is this?Images



Confessions of a Fabric Addict: I May Have a Scrap Problem... Some Inspiration!Spring| Maria Shell

Vintage Fleur de Lis | Urban Threads: Unique and Awesome Embroidery Designs

I think I'm in love with this shape from the Silhouette Design Store!

Have a happy weekly!

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June 28, 2018
Pin It Weekly #248 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The Polka Dot Quilter is a new follower with several quilt boards. I really like her "black & white quilts" board.

Quilt.Ready to Ship  This Black and White Irish Chain Queen size quilt is ready to ship. It is made from 100% cotton and measures 90x90  This listing the last larger border is black. I have another listing in my shop with a white border as the last larger border.  It would lookCraftyblossom: black and white cross quilt.

Black and white log cabin star

Black, white, and blue grey patchwork triangle quilt blanket baby toddler boy woodland animals rustic black and white nursery nest nurseryEasy Quilts Summer 2013; absolutely love the black and white!! TONS of quilt ideas in here-- check it out!

This is such a fantastic "Courthouse Steps" variation by Alexis Deise. I especially like the strips of grey fabric that make an appearance in a few of the blocks.

Rebeccamata is a new pinner who has only a few boards, but she's gaining ground with her "tatting patterns" board.

Interesting tatting shuttle case - though I like to carry one or two shuttles (with balls of extra thread) in a separate fabric zipper pouch that fits into my of my pet peeves is having a few minutes I could use to tat and my hands have to sit empty and bored. And it's a lot more calming than playing games on my iPhone.

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Josephine Cross

Interlocking Tatting Rings - how to, with a needle

Finally, because she has such pretty curls, here are a few pictures of Milly. 

Have a board you'd like me to feature? Leave the address in a comment and you'll be next. 
Have a great week!

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June 25, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: CASTLES from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy inspiration! Here's hoping these castles from my "castle, home" board inspire you. 

It was partially destroyed by a great fire March 13, 1932, just after the baron Robert Lejeune, then owner of the castle, had been installing new central heating. The castle now remains in ruins. Only the chapel behind the castle was spared and still in reasonable condition.

Vorselaar Castle, Belgium

So beautiful and yet so sad, we stopped here after our visit north on our way to Bilboa. If I had money, I would want to fix this place up!!

Englefield House, Berkshire. Miss Havisham’s ‘Satis House’ in "Great Expectations."  Englefield House and gardens are regularly used as a film location and the estate can be seen in The King’s Speech, as well as Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, Poirot, Inspector Morse and Jeeves and Wooster. The gardens can be visited from April to October.

Medieval, Marienburg Castle in Hannover, Germany

Caerphilly Castle ~ is a medieval fortification in Caerphilly, South Wales. Constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century.

Ruins of Gondars Castle, Ethiopia | Raphael Bick

Conwy Castle, Wales.

Dresden Castle, Dresden, Germany

Coimbra, Portugal. Castle

With over 500 pins on this board, choosing just a few was quite difficult. But we must move on to castle quilts. These are all in my "baby, quilts" board.

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at

Blondie's Castle Quilt - I love the detail! by Talk Is Cheap Quilts

castle quilt block | Oranje Quilters' Guild

Ice Palace by Heidi Pridemore

When You Wish Upon A Star quilt. Disney

I will be making this. It needs a different coloured dragon, though.

<b>Much like acid wash jeans or zombies, these styles were dead but are back — and when done right, totally amazing.</b>

A paper pieced fairy tale castle to make all your dreams come true! Or a pirate castle from where all great adventures start.

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June 21, 2018
Pin It Weekly #247 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Bible Verses About Faith: where there is hope, there is faith where there is faith miracles heppenHello Pinners!
I have some interesting news--apparently there are a couple of people who visit my Pinterest board. Check it out--

284.8k monthly viewers

That's what Pinterest counts, anyway. Well, they don't count it in red, I did little color thingy. But the numbers are all Pinterest bean counters. (I don't think I can count that high. I'd look away for a second and forget what I was doing. Ha)

What are they looking at? Well, that's interesting, too. According to the activity button info, Sunday Quilt Inspiration is having a bigger effect than ...

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June 18, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Love batiks? They are such pretty, fun fabrics. I had a love affair with batiks for a while. 

paisley fabricBatik Fabric. Gorgeous colours.  I like the more subtle batiks, where it stays within the same color family.LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!  Bali Batik Fabric Palm Fronds by PearTreeRoad, via Flickr

Bali Batik Fabric Midnight Jungle | via PearTreeRoad blue aqua teal turquoise goldTeal batik    LOVE this one!!!very cool Batik from Lunn Designs. available in 2 colorways

traditional batik "look" , the dye moves through the cracks in the wax creating vein-like linesTotally Tropical Batik Fabric Seaweed - AloeBeautifully simple batik.  Love this ...would love to bees and hives.

sunflower quilt pink yellow | Batik Fabric- Sunflower Yellow on Pink | A Celebration QuiltBatiks for ChristmasHoffman batik Oak leaves

Batik quilts? Wow, there are so many! Here a few that I found in about six seconds! (Okay, maybe minutes.) Enjoy.

Exuberant Color: Colorwash quilts- 2.5 x 4.5 batik scraps

Batik Quilted Table Runner.  Well, Mom, this might have turned me on to batiks!

Oregon Batik Waterfall By Bear Creek Quilting Company Batik Quilt Pattern Books Batik Quilt Patterns For Beginners Free Batik Strip Quilt Patterns

Baby Girl Modern Batik Quilt, Baby Girl Quilt Blanket, Variety of Colours Baby Quilt, Pink Yellow Orange Nursery Bedding, Toddler Lap Quilt

Love the floating border with matching bindingGorgeous lap and throw quilt pattern. Here & Square Quilt Pattern QCD-032 by The Quilting Cupboard - Ann Kisro. Check out more of our quilt patterns. Subscribe to our mailing list for updates on new patterns and sales!

Batik Quilt & SHAM PDF Pattern/Tutorial drunkard path block.

Free Batik Quilt Patterns | Painter's Palette.Use my leftover H2O Row Quilts

Vintage Inspired - A Remake Of Winding WaysHere is the final installment of the Island Batik April Challenge. My Winding Ways quilt remake includes these modern elements: • A diagonally bisection to emphasize the two fabric • An overlapping square...

Look for these and more on my "heart, quilts" Pinterest board. Have a great week! 

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June 16, 2018
Pin It Weekly #246 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Others are having Blogger issues with their comments. I'm having problems getting Blogger to load on the computer. Other sites load like normal, but Blogger takes about three times longer. It reminds me of the early years of internet when we had to dial up and listen to those crazy noises. Remember those days?

Pendleton Serrado Reversible Twin/Throw Blanket
Pinning lately? Here's what's happening in my little Pinterest world. Late, of course!  
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Sometimes Crafter // AGF Stitched Blithe Quilt

Nine Patch Stretch Quilt Pattern Download DP141200D | Keepsake Quilting

Topsy Turvy, Mandie Manzano

Fluer de lei

Native Feather Vector Set of feathers vector
Fleur de Lis

Big, bright and modern! This quilt will add color and style to any bedroom. Big blocks of colors are brought together in this contemporary design. You can order it in a variety of colors, or you can make a request and Ill design something just for you. This quilt has a finished size of

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