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June 7, 2021
FOMO? How to follow Curlicue Creations from Curlicue Creations

Do you currently follow my blog by email notification?  If so, please be aware that in July, the Feedburner that provides this service will no longer be available.  I don't want you to miss out on new patterns and inspiration!  So, here's a few ways you can follow me.  

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I promise I won't bombard you with an overwhelming number of emails.  My newsletter will go out to you every month or so, depending on what's happening at Curlicue Creations.  Each ...

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October 19, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: B O O K S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Since I've broken the news of my forthcoming book, A World So Fierce, I thought I'd take a look at the quilts that represent books. 

There are many bookshelf quilts. I knew that going in, but wow! I didn't expect to find so many more since the last time I pinned some to the "books" section of "heart, quilts." 

There are  over 150 pins on this board alone. I imagine there are a few duplicates, since it's difficult to remember them as I go along. 

Have you made or considered making a quilt with books? What ...

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October 11, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: leaves of three, let me be... from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 Has anyone ever told you that phrase in a effort to keep you out of poison ivy or poison sumac or poison oak? Yes, I know of three vines to which I am highly allergic. 

I watch for the leaves, but I also know where they are most likely to thrive and know the itching difference. Yes, it's possible to tell. Poison ivy blisters and will release a clear liquid that will spread the itching. It's pretty miserable.

Poison oak itches more and feels like it gets deeper into your tissues. There are no obvious blisters but the ...

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October 6, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: vintage quilts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I'll be honest, I'm sort of out of ideas for SQI. I'm sure more will come to me at some point, but honestly, it's getting more and more difficult. Yes, I have a running list. It's down to some of the really strange brainstorming ideas. Yes, SQI is always running "somewhere" in the back of my brain. (That's probably where the strange ideas come from. Perhaps we shouldn't go there.) 

Anyway, in desperation--it is Monday morning, after all--I'm just going to post pictures of quilts. Old quilts, because they don't get ...

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September 30, 2020
Pin It Weekly #334 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Just a few recent pins...

                  From barn shed corncrib silo granary mill

            From craft diy make

            From heart, quilts

just for fun :-)

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September 24, 2020
Pin It Weekly #333 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

  Hello Weekly! Do you remember when I wrote last week that I really wanted to paint a mason jar? Well, I did. It's not so much fun, actually.

I painted a few in fall colors. Then distressed them. Then put a sealant on them. The paint still wants to scratch off. I had conned Rich into making some crates for them, so they are going in my little shop at Griffin's, but I don't know about this painted glass business. 

Notice the crosses leaning on the jars? There are three. Rich made those because (I think) it ...

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September 21, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Red and Black from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 Four years ago I wrote this SQI post because, as I mentioned, I was deep into making these red and black headbands for students at our school. The end of football season is generally a couple of weeks of miserably cold, damp wind. Ear coverings are especially nice if you're sitting on a metal bleacher.

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 ...

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September 17, 2020
Pin It Weekly #332 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 It's Weekly time! Here's hoping that you're having a fabulous week. I've been crafting. That's all. Crafting. And enjoying every minute. I thought I'd share some of the ideas that I've been toying with. I haven't made them all, but I'm hoping that the next week or so will see most of them complete. 

I really want to paint a mason jar!

 Who doesn't love wooden candy corn?!

And because I've gone a little crazy with the door hangers. 

 Hopefully I'll finish the door hangers that are waiting ...

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September 13, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: SUNRISE / SUNSET from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Sunrises and sunsets, when I get to see them in person, remind me of the beauty of individuality. Every one is stunningly beautiful and stunningly different. In fact, I've been on my way home, seen a gorgeous sunset out of my windshield, and pulled over several times to take pictures of the same sunset. 

One time, while driving across the I-10 bridge in Baton Rouge the sunset looked like it could not get any better, so I pulled over in Lobdell to take a photo. Then on Hwy. 190, it changes before my eyes--every few minutes the colors become ...

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September 11, 2020
Pin It Weekly #331 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 Happy Weekly! Let's meet a couple of followers, okay? The first one is Ana Victoria and her board called "Diseños que me inspiran," which translates to "Designs that inspire me." How apropos is that?

Hello to Lorena Pazos. She doesn't have many followers, but she's got some beautifully inspiring boards. Here's one for Christmas.

And lastly, Marie LeBlanc (that's a South Louisiana name!) I'm pretty sure she is from La. just because I've look over her boards. But! She has one on immigration. Isn't that an unusual topic? Let's take a ...

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September 7, 2020
Using EQ8 with Pinterest to Create a Quilt Palette: AQS Letter Home, 5 Baby Quilt Options from Cheeky Cognoscenti

AQS Letter Home Quilt, Original Colorway

Have you seen the AQS Letter Home QAL?  This one-block quilt caught my eye as I was hunting for quick but interesting baby quilt ideas.  Although the QAL (quilt-along) instructions are for a 60" x 60" finished quilt, this easily becomes a 42" x 42" quilt by shrinking the block size to 8" and adding a 2" border.  I do like the original AQS colorway (shown above), but since I was resizing the quilt in my EQ8 quilt design software anyway I thought I'd experiment with some alternative color palettes to see if ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Coffee and Tea from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Mello Joy Between Roast 

16 oz. Ground Dark Roast Coffee

Black Tea | Lipton

Cafe Du Monde Coffee and Chicory - 15 oz. 12-Pack

 Here in Louisiana, we are all about hot coffee and ice tea. Community Coffee is the ONLY one we drink here in Avoyelles Parish--it's a Louisiana product, after all. 

However, there are others. Cafe du Monde, for example from the famous NOLA French Quarter market. And then Mello Joy coffee which you can easily find in the Lafayette area. 

As far as tea goes, there's only one that's passable in the Marcotte clan--Lipton. It has to be sweet, ice cold and served with a real glass (made of glass as opposed to plastic) filled with ice. Yeah ...

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September 2, 2020
Pin It Weekly # 330 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


The weather has been quite blue/blah and gray/icky since the hurricane. We absolutely can't trust the sky. However, the temperatures make up for that. We absolutely CAN trust the temps. 

Hand Painted Oil Painting Abstract Indigo Wall with Stretched Frame 7 Wall Arts® – CAD $ 119.53

So I've been feeling a little gray and blah. I did load a quilt top on the long-arm and I've gotten in the groove. I had forgotten I had this top. It was in the bin waiting a turn. Apparently, there's no rhyme or reason to taking turns in my world. This is neither the oldest or the newest in the bin. So... 


But ...

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August 25, 2020
Pin It Weekly #329 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 Fleur de Lis Quilts has reached 11,000 followers! Birds of a feather, right? Okay, that's my segue into showing a few bird pins before showing some of the quilts I pinned this week.

© All Rights Reserved  Black-Capped Chickadee taken in Langley, BC Canada

Chickadee by Casper Storm on Capture Minnesota // Chickadee, plain and simple. One more...

Interview with Modern Quilting Duo Hopewell #modern #quilts #contemporary #gray We learn more about Hollywood modern quilting duo Hopewell and their contemporary quilt designs inspired by painting and architecture.

Probably not these colors...

November « 2010 « Sue Spargo

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August 24, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Swirls from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 Welcome to my world which, for the next week, will consist mostly of tracking TWO hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Right now every weather channel is predicting that both will make landfall on the Louisiana coast, possibly near New Orleans. Then hello, central Louisiana, which is where my home sits.

We're not overly concerned for ourselves. Generally by the time a hurricane arrives, it has worn itself out in the south. It has to battle lots of towns, trees, and swamps.

Outdoor furniture, trees, trailers, and anything else not nailed down is up for a swirling, churning ride ...

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August 17, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: YELLOW from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 Although we've gotten a few rain storms here, they are short lived and before you know it, the sun is drying things up again. We are talking about a brilliant, sweltering, yellow sun. I doubt that it's any brighter at the equator. Regardless, I've been thinking yellow today. The steam on the concrete only adds a hazy, mushiness to the yellow. It's bright y'all. I thought I'd share the glory...

Short inspirational quote art print that says You Got This in a colorful yellow and white typography design. #yellowaesthetic #motivationalquotes

Colors for Life

And a couple of yellow quilts to add to the glow. Don't forget about my "heart, quilts" board!

Large-Scale Prints are Stunning in This Quilt - Quilting Digest

Yellow-and-White Diamond Quilt | Blogged at Salty Oat. | Flickr

Timeless Traditions: The Secret Life of Quilters.....

Schumacher With all the charm of a traditional quilt, Tristan Patchwork is a jacquard weave with wonderful character and dimension. Since 1889, we've been setting the bar with our exceptional products. A passion for beauty, respect for classicism and eye for the cutting edge are woven into everything we do. Color: Yellow

Stunning! Vintage Dated 1951 Yellow & White Pickle Dish QUILT 84x74

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August 14, 2020
Pin It Weekly #328 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 PIW! Let's meet some new followers! These pinners all have a #quiltlife in common. Take a look at one of Catherine Bonser's quilt boards. She has over 20 boards with the word quilt in them, so you're bound to find something, right? 

Giraffes in a Row Quilt Pattern PDF Instant Download modern | Etsy

Sweet Tweets quilt

Cute idea for baby girl quilt

Dog Daze & Feline Frenzy Free Quilt Pattern

These pins are from Michelle Lee Heckeman-Parke who has plenty of her own quilting pins to share--over 13,000!

And lastly, Lisandra Santos, who got my attention with this first pin. But the pincushion cuteness does not quit. Take a look.

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August 7, 2020
Pin It Weekly #327 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Hello! Happy Weekly! Actually, I'm not so sure it's a happy weekly. Pinterest and I have been fighting. For some odd reason it won't always load. I'm thinking I've almost reached my limit of pins. Is that even a thing? Oh horrors, I hope not!

So I haven't been pinning much lately. Also, I've begun a new project. I'll tell you about it when I have something to tell. That may take a few more days. In the meantime, I thought I'd dig deep into my "heart, quilts" board and find ...

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July 30, 2020
Pin It Weekly #326 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Welcome back to PIW!  My Pinterest has over 10,000 followers! How did that happen? Let's say hi to a couple, okay? Starting with

How to Make a Gradient Circle Flower Quilt – On Williams Street

William Morris in Quilting: Quilt Convention excitement - Part One  Australia

Okay, I admit it: I've already snagged a few of Phyllis' pins. Then I discovered that 

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July 23, 2020
Pin It Weekly #325 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Check out this girl's Flickr page.... so much beautiful sewing!!
Have I told you that I'm really bad at math? Here's one example of many, embarrassing many: I always check to see what number the next PIW is before actually typing in the number. Sometimes I double check. About six weeks ago I did that. Well, I did something.
Design Trend: Neutral Walls with Pops of Bold Color - Modern Parents Messy Kids
I thought it was check the number and add one. Then I proceeded to number the next PIW by skipping a slew of numbers. I went from the end of the 310s to the 330s. How does something like that happen? I assume it the same way I can ...

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