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January 15, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: C A M P I N G from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

After a day outdoors, nothing nourishes the body and mind more than sharing a hearty meal. Whether you’re a hungry hiker or a trailhead gourmand, if you lack the basics, you can’t whip up the dinner you’ve earned. Stock your pack with these items, and dig in! #LetsCamp: Marly and a friend had a campout. Let me rephrase that: Marley, a friend, Jenny and Adam had a campout. The girls are seven; they are not brave enough to sleep anywhere away from at least one adult. They also have not gotten to that age when a child wants to sleep anywhere so long as they are away from all adults. 

They asked to sleep in our camper, to which Richard agreed. Interestingly, they ate supper in the house, packed clothes then took baths in the house, and went out to the camper well past their bedtimes. Begging Adam ...

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January 13, 2017
Pin It Weekly #187 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Guess what going on in the world of Pinterest! For one, Carole Sklenar has some interesting boards. Here are some of the "Beautiful Bottles/Glassware" she has pinned.

Vintage Art Deco Cut Glass Perfume Bottle Amber Bohemian Czech Fragrance | eBay:

Unusual Blue ART Glass Perfume Bottle With Stopper 6" Bevel CUT FacetedPeacock perfume bottle:

Her "Pop Up Cards" board has well over 1,000 pins.

Pop Up giftbag card using We R Memory Keepers: Pop Up gift bag dies, Other supplies from: Papertreyink, SSS, Stampin' Up,:

Beautiful easel card I want to copy this one!:

Catarina Schuquel is a new follower with many boards and many, many pins. Definitely, you need to check out her Pinterest site.

Queria essa almofada fofa!  Jeito de Casa:

Merry Christmas Quilts eBook:

Sacs d'étéawesome tote with linen and scrappy cotton:

Lori Cariveau has boards from houses to kitchen organization to quilts (you know it!) and at least five boards on mug rugs. Definitely a Pinterest to visit.
sophisticated tree houses for grown ups!  but seriously....are those two toothpicks going to hold it up?

small kitchen...:

Love Heart Sun Catcher – A patina copper free-form wire design with agate and carnelian beads. This decorative window hang is suitable for both indoors and outdoors use. Hang in your window to see...:

Antique Football Team Digital Graphic Image Vintage Sports Printable Download Clip Art Jpg Png Eps 18x18 HQ 300dpi No.4304 @ #DigitalArt #Printable #Art #VintageRetroAntique #Digital #Clipart #Download:

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January 10, 2017
Pinterest for Makers from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey Makers!

I hope everyone has been able to start 2017 with tons of creativity! I know I am! I got an iPad for my birthday and I already started sketching out ideas for all kinds of craft projects. One app I can’t live without when I’m planning things is Pinterest. Their slogan is “the world’s catalog of ideas” and it’s so true!

Pinterest denim

As makers, it’s important to keep our ideas and inspirations organized so that we don’t get overwhelmed during the process. In addition, Pinterest is a great way to show people your ...

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January 9, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Onesie from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Guessing by all the things that have been given to Dusti, her little girl is not going to need clothes. Nevertheless, I spent this afternoon working on a little outfit for the new baby. She's not even here yet and already I'm sewing for her. Something tells me that there will be lots of these little projects. I imagine this is what happens when you spoil a grand and sew every little thing she wants.

I'm thinking that we'll have to trim the ribbon tails when Dusti sees it, but I love the ribbon when the ...

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January 8, 2017
6 Köpfe 12 Blöcke - #12blöckejanuar / Farben, die Qual der Wahl from Quiltmanufaktur

Vor erst 5 Tagen hat Dorthe ihren Block Rolling Stone vorgestellt und innerhalb der wenigen Tagen haben wir schon ganz außerordentlich schöne Blöcke von euch auf Facebook präsentiert bekommen. Vor lauter Staunen und Kommentieren kam ich noch nicht dazu, meinen eigenen zu nähen. Ganz abgesehen davon, das ich meinen ersten Plan verwerfen musste, weil mir mein Hintergrundstoff vor der Nase weggekauft wurde.... Eine neue Idee musste daher schleunigst her und der Zufall hat dabei geholfen, dass ich mich für komplett andere Farben entschieden habe. Darüber und wie man Farben auswählen und zusammenstellen kann, werde ich euch heute berichten.

Quiltmanufaktur - 6 ...

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January 5, 2017
Pin It Weekly #186 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

"#planwithmechallenge Day 15: Gratitude  I like to write down little tid-bits of what I'm grateful for in my dailies, but this is by far my favorite #gratitude page to date in my #BulletJournal  I just love looking back at it from time to time and smiling as I read all of the things that bring happiness and joy to my life ☺️" Photo taken by @boho.berry on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! (10/15/2015): At noon on Monday, the wind picked up and a tornado blew in. Actually seven (7!) tornados touched down in or near the Central Louisiana area causing insane thunder, lightening, rain and drastic changes in the temperature. Oh, and flood watch, again. One tornado destroyed many of the older buildings in the Bunkie area, then decided to go to Marksville to tear off roofs. Along the way, it terrorized another small town. Of course, electricity has been out for most people and still is for some. 

Hi, Theresa here with my second A Day in May project!I made a mini album with some old photos of my daughter.Thank you Marianne for the lovely flowers!The letter decorations are made with paper clay and very old foamstamps ;)Love to play with thread and pearls...Many thanks for…: We were barely affected, thank goodness, except for the electrical outage and this weird ...

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December 30, 2016
Build a Custom Vintage Mail Sorter-Inspired Cubby Shelf for Fat Quarter and Craft Storage from Sew at Home Mummy

While in the process of putting my basement back together after a very long and drawn out basement renovation, my mom decided I most definitely needed more storage space for my fat quarters and miscellaneous crafting gear. My solution was a custom built 32” x 55” x 7” wall cubby shelf with 7”x7” cubby slots, perfect for fat quarter bundle storage:
easy cubby shelf fat quarter fabric storage ideas
Once I had measured up and sketched out my plan, it was off to the hardware store for a bit of lumber (and a positive attitude in tow never hurts).

super easy to build custom fat quarter fabric notions craft supplies scrapbooking storage ideas wall shelf || Sew at Home Mummy
Powder blue UFO power bar from Amazon  ||  Pink ...

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Pin It Weekly #185 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

What does one do when a babysitter chooses to listen to her charge and attempt to make silly putty? Join in the "fun" to prevent real disaster. Nos to almost every request don't necessarily work, you see. Especially when both the sitter and the charge are grands. 

Dish Soap Silly Putty
They watched videos on how to make the silly putty and then decorate a glass jar to store it. 
Note a couple of problems: 
1. The recipe does not work. At all. 
2. Glass jar? For children? Who didn't think this through? 
3. Not every ingredient is readily available in the ...

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December 23, 2016
Pin It Weekly #184 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Welcome back to Pin It Weekly. I hope you're having a wonderful last few days before Christmas! Richard decorated the house last week. Then yesterday we went together to get our shopping done. And today we wrapped gifts together. 

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Our oldest came in from off-shore today, which means everyone is home, so we'll be seeing lots of them and the grandchildren over the next few weeks. In fact, supper tonight was at the Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant in Washington, LA. Oh my goodness! What delicious food.  Visit their website to see the beautiful old building (built in the 1820s ...

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December 18, 2016
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Advent colors from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

catholic advent wreath: In the Catholic church we celebrate the season of Advent as a time of penance and an opportunity to prepare for the Lord. The church is not decorated except for the purple altar cloths and the Advent wreath, which has three purple candles and one rose candle. Today's mass saw all four candles lit. When we return to mass to celebrate Christmas, the Advent wreath will have been put away until next year. 

Advent Candles- Using plain white candles, purchase wide ribbon of 3 purple and one pink. Wrap around  each candle and pin.:

Holiday: Christmas Advent Wreath with Nativity Scene:

There are many variations on the theme, and churches are free to do their own thing (so to speak), but the four candles must have these ...

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December 17, 2016
Making a big move - from Sew at Home Mummy

As I wind down my two-year tenure as the Social Media and Communications Chairperson for the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, I'm starting to focus more on my little Etsy business and my own blog and social media again.

Part of that has been actually finding the time again to post (and I have been having so much fun with that - I've missed it), part of it finding the time to sew and quilt again (again, missed!) and a lot of it has been trying to clean up and better organize my own social media accounts.

I'm groaning ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Red and Black from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I spent most of this afternoon making more headbands for students at school. Our school colors are red and white, but we often add a little black or gray to uniforms just to add some contrast. The five headbands I made this afternoon were all red/black. 

Uniforms are khaki pants with either red or white polo shirts, so the girls are looking forward to having something that matches their uniforms but still can add a little contrasting color.  These headbands are reversible, which makes them especially useful for that purpose. 

I'm linking up these finishes to Amanda Jean ...

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December 15, 2016
Pin It Weekly #183 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Pinning lately? Yes? Me, too!

Newly Updated Craft Room:

Craft room cabinet. Craft room Storage. #Craftroomcabinet #CraftroomStorage…:

Use Buckets and Hooks For Storage Solution | 26 Craft Room Ideas Every Crafter Would Love | On A Budget DIY Organizing Ideas

Wouldn't it be lovely to have any one of these in your craft room? I've been pinning lots onto my "sewing, studio" board and "organized, organization" board

Cassie Lewis has a lovely board on soapmaking.  
Add drops of food coloring to make bath bombs colorful.

Orange Zest Lemon Soap ~ a nice gift for Christmas:

This Homemade Mint Sugar Scrub is easy to make and a great DIY gift idea!:

Rhonda Hedrick has a whole 50 plus pins on her "Pelican" board


Sandhill Crane & chick: -

Jeanine Cox has a "quilting" board with well over 600 pins. Look at some of the pretties on her board. 

Pretty Quilt.:

Curious Nature Crosses, Woods by CoraQuilts ~ MrsCarla, via Flickr:

Christmas quilt:

What a fabulous Christmas Quilt!  Make rag quilt with Christmas flannels!:

Go ahead, pin them! You know you want to. 

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December 7, 2016
Pin It Weekly #182 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

What have you been pinning recently? As always, I've added some quilts (or quilt tops) to my "heart, quilts" board

Freshly Pieced: Wavelength pattern can be paper pieced or use a traditional Kite template.:
You'd think that I'd get all the quilts on Pinterest on that board and be, like, here. They are all right here. But somehow I keep finding more. 
Florette quilt made with all Kona Cottons.:

Sure, there are people who add more quilts to the collective (like me) but those should be easy to keep up with, right? 

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I should never say those kinds of things: they get me thinking! Now I wonder how many quilt pins are added to Pinterest each day. I ...

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December 5, 2016
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: L I G H T S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

We spent this weekend in Natchitoches at the Lights Festival. Natchitoches bills itself as "The City of Lights," which has been celebrated since 1926. 

Creole Christmas in Natchitoches - Natchitoches, LA Christmas Festival - One of my favorite events when I lived in LA.:

One of my fondest memories is of my sisters and me playing and rolling down the hill in front of the lake. I also remember picking stickers out of my clothing, which adds to the humor. 

1. Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights:

Natchitoches Christmas Lights:

Now one of my sisters lives on the lake just beyond that hill, and she is loving enough to invite us (the whole crazy family) to her house for the first weekend of December, which happens to be the ...

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December 1, 2016
Pin It Weekly #181 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy Weekly! Know who's pinning what?

Rhonda Hedrick is pinning pretty teacups and cookies. Isn't that a perfect combination? Let's have a tea party!
Purple Violets Teacup & Saucer   c. 1900: Royal Albert tea pot. Thoughts? So lovely-I'd love to see the tea cups!:

Sunny Vintage Yellows! If you don't have matching china, it's just as beautiful…:

Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies: Cinnamon Roll Cookies:

Arpie Makdessian is pinning coussins (pillows) and hand fans.

French fan:

SWEATER PILLOW TUTORIAL If you can sew a straight line you can make these sweet sweater pillows!: encaje mosaico almohada ...  toque femenino:

Folding Silk Hand Fan Blue with Flower Pattern 9":


Anita Henry's pins are all about fashion. Want to know how to dress? This is the place to go. Anita and about 45 others have 50 boards about fashion. 

Boden Wrap Dress #SS15: LOUIS VUITTON BABYLONE MONOGRAM LEATHER BAG: Your Dose Of Classy!: All the New York Fashion Week Street Style Outfits You Have to See | StyleCaster:

|Lilshawtybad|: Leading Role Grey Suede Lace-Up Heels//:
Formal Evening Gowns by Mon Cheri - Fall 2016 - Style No. 216691 - blue evening dress with lace illusion cap sleeves and neckline and V-back:
The perfect booties:

It's easy to get lost in there and look at the pictures for a while, but I'll let you do that on your own. I warned you though.

Have a great rest ...

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November 28, 2016
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Puritans from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Yes, sure. Puritans deserve a moment. Besides I've been grading papers about the Puritans and The Scarlet Letter. Thank goodness that is over with, but it meant missing Sunday Quilt Inspiration. I'm trying to catch up before too many people realize it! 

Events | Massachusetts Bay Colony | Timeline | The Association of Religion Data Archives:

John Knox (c. 1514 – 24 November 1572) was a Scottish clergyman and a leader of the Protestant Reformation who brought reformation to the church in Scotland.In Geneva he met John Calvin, from whom he gained experience and knowledge of Reformed theology and Presbyterian polity. On his return to Scotland he led the Protestant Reformation in Scotland.:

In Puritan New England, adulteresses were subject to public humility, while their male counterparts were often allowed to quietly fade into the background, facing neither censure nor shame. The story of Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” made it clear that the social mores of the time badly needed an update, and Prynne’s humility, dignity, and grace inspires women even now. She didn’t long for revenge; she only wanted peace and to be accepted for who she was:

Charles Haddon (CH) Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the "Prince of Preachers". He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition. Spurgeon produced powerful sermons of penetrating thought and precise exposition. Many Christians have discovered Spurgeon's messages to be among the best in Christian literature.:

Richard Baxter (12 November 1615 – 8 December 1691) was an English Puritan church leader, poet, hymn-writer, theologian, and controversialist. Baxter became even better known for his prolific writing. His devotional classic The Saints' Everlasting Rest was one of the most widely read books of the century.:

Relating the "Scarlet Letter" to real world matters...including pdfs for students

Here are some things you might not have known about the high school English class staple. - 10 Ignominious Facts About 'The Scarlet Letter' | Mental Floss:

I think I’m finished. Initially, I thought I would fill in some of the grey, but I kind of like the light, filigree look it has now. Gotta go find a frame for it.:

I bet you thought it would be difficult to find some pins for this motif. I did have to search under both Puritans and The Scarlet Letter. Pinterest has mostly embroidered samplers or sampler quilts. But I also found a few quilts that could easily have served the Puritans' needs and aesthetics.

Jane Atkinson from The Scarlett Letter.  Look at that border!:

Ann Grimshaw - I have this in my stash, and want to stitch it for my Quaker wall (which is yet to materialize)

Picnic Quilt  Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop, think I have to do this one

The Scarlet Letter - Vintage Hanky Red Letter A

SDW German Sampler 1710  Scarlet Letter: This stunning black and gray hand-quilted Trip Around the World quilt is Queen Size. The fabrics include a variety of swirls, florals and more

brown and blue:

black ,white,gray, and it is beautiful, I put it on this board because of the blue binding, could use any color that you love or that fits the room it will go in.:

Early American Antique Quaker Schoolgirl Needlework Sampler - 1798, USA (from

And so now ...

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November 21, 2016
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Soft Toys from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been taking advantage of Sunday Quilt Inspiration to show some of the quilts that I saw at IQS in Houston. So I thought that today I would get back on track and use some of the pins that I found this week. 
Giraffe sewing pattern (affiliate link). Super cute stuffed animal sewing pattern

The Owl and the Pussycat Stuffed Animal Hand-Sewing PATTERNS, Felt Cat & Owl Plushie Patterns, Yellow and Gray:
pinterest soft toy patterns to sew | Patterns » Puppy Dog Pete Soft Toy Sewing Pattern INSTANT DOWNLOAD:

Elephant sewing pattern:

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Looking for your next project? You're going to love Fluffy Duck Pattern - PDF by designer Raggy Dolls.:

Circus Elephants sewing pattern:

Penguin Plush sewing pattern -
Cow Plush sewing by DIY Fluffies:
Love And Star Elephant Sewing Pattern:

These and other animal toys are on my "soft, toys" Pinterest board. The baby quilts below are on my "baby, quilts" board.

Ready for a dose of downright darling baby quilts? Start with simple patchwork backgrounds; add a dash of adorable appliqué animals. Click through for more “Awww!” inspiring quilts from the new book Animal Parade 2.: is the images junk of cute, sweet, funny, glorious, charming etc babies. You will able to find a nice, cute and sweet wallpaper of baby for your desktop, laptop, android and mac with...:

Oh-so-cute pattern that will make you squeal with delight!   This precious pattern makes the absolutely perfect gift for any expectant parents and their soon-to-be-born baby! Fun and easy to make, this pattern has 6 block backgrounds and appliques for 9 delightful forest animals, includes a fox, 2 raccoons, 3 squirrels, a hedgehog, a deer and an owl. Pattern includes instructions for assembly and attaching the appliques, as well as full-size tracing guides for each applique. Finished size is 43" x 56".:

the quilt I made baby Addi with Anita good design animal playhouse

Splash! Fun modern baby quilt with adorable appliquéd whale and fish. Easy to follow instructions and templates included in the pattern along with a guide for big stitch style quilting with pearl cotton.   This quilt was made with American Made Brand fabric 100% cotton solids.:

nice colours:

Awesome baby quilt made with a pattern from Shiny Happy World.

Safari Friends Baby Quilt with Fleece by artisticsouldesigns. How adorable is this!? <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23etsy" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23etsy&rs=hashtag" title="#etsy search Pinterest">#etsy</a> <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23handmade" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23handmade&rs=hashtag" title="#handmade search Pinterest">#handmade</a> <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23babyquilt" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23babyquilt&rs=hashtag" title="#babyquilt search Pinterest">#babyquilt</a>

My Dinosaur Baby Quilt- The footprints of friendly little stegosaurs trail across an appliqued quilt finished with a prairie-point border.:

[check out the cute bamboo quilting motif!]Cheering up with a Baby Quilt - caledonia quilter:

Hazel Hedgehog Elizabeth Hartman Quilt Kit with Modern Cotton and Steel Fabrics by PrivateSourceQuiltin on Etsy:

Personalized Baby Quilt - Pink Elephant -  35" X 40" with Green or Pink Minky Binding just under $100 - with a lot of detail and personalized, with some specialty fabrics - closer to being worth the money... And free advertisement for this person ;)

Have a great week and, for my American friends and followers, Happy Thanksgiving. Here's hoping you get a sewing break!

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November 20, 2016
Venture down the Rabbit's Hole from Stitchin' Therapy

  Have you ventured down the rabbit's hole?  You know the one I mean, don't you?'s a handy tool for inspiration for design ideas, or it can suck up your time and deplete your vision.    I have shared many quilting hints, tips and finds on my Friday Finds posts.  Readers asked how I found's a few things I  have learned/discovered along the way.

  •      I ran across a couple of small wood working projects that I showed Sir Old Man.  He said to save those......instead I had him create a new board ...

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November 17, 2016
Pin It Weekly #179 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

What am I pinning, you ask? Well, tonight I'm pinning something that I discovered this afternoon. It turns out that there's a name for the kind of quilting that I like most: graffiti quilting. It's that type of quilting that is...
well, a picture is worth a 1000 words, so

Karlee Porter: Life is Beautiful. Lots of pictures of Graffiti Quilting ideas. Karlee is amazing.:

LuAnn Kessi: Quilting Sketch Book.....FUN:

Krista Withers Quilting - Ghost Shapes Class Sample:

Karlee Porter:

Oh. My. WOW!  Look at these free motion quiltings by Miss Lily- just WOW again :):

LuAnn Kessi: Quilting Designs.....from My Sketch Book:

How Many Different Quilting Designs Does this Quilt Have? -

One Tangle : Day Eighty Five:

IMG_20150423_131951. Machine quilting. xxxx:

Whole Cloth Quilting Design Template | Skill Builder | Jen Eskridge |

Class sample from Heirloom Feathers class.:


Had to give some #graffiti quilting a try today! So fun! #karleeporter…:

photo 10a:

3 hr Great Outdoors class by Joanie Zeier Poole:

Oh, yeah, lots of inspiration on this board! Check out "graffiti, quilting" on my Pinterest.

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