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October 16, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: pun'kin from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Pumpkins are the gourd of the day at this time of year. I saw a family at Walmart pushing a buggy with five or six huge pumpkins and a net-bag with lots of small fake ones. But with Thanksgiving and Halloween coming along very rapidly, it's time to find a few. 

If you're going to decorate with pumpkins, you should at least know the different kinds!
Curious about why I wrote pun'kin rather than pumpkin? My daddy said the word that way, and he sometimes called us girls pun'kin. With eight daughters, he said it fairly often, so when I hear the word, I think of his pet name for us. E ...

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October 12, 2017
Pin It Weekly #217 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I have a wonderful friend who sews Greek letters onto tee shirts, blankets and other items for college students in fraternity and sorority organizations. Long story short, she broke her arm. Sewing is almost impossible until she has surgery and a hard cast. Guess who got a call! 

Are we surprised? No! And what do you do when your friend is crying on the phone while in the ER? I mean, come on. I had to help out. The picture above is of the two tee shirts and the one below of the three blankets.  

I've helped her in ...

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October 8, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: The Power of THR3E from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

It's true, three has some pretty special powers that no other number has in quite the same way. There's the most obvious, the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Can't be a Christian without knowing the power of this particular Three.

Types of Triangles |

But three is a cool number anyway. How about the three sides of a shape? That's what we'll deal with today. There's the triangle, which is the only (equilateral) real triangle. It's the only one I ever really remember because I finally made a neumonic for myself: equi means equal, and lateral ...

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October 5, 2017
Pin It Weekly #216 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I enjoy creating boards and adding pins to my Pinterest very much. However, finding new pinners and especially new followers is another way to spend some of my Pinterest time. Just recently I discovered Hyun Young Kim, a young woman who has great taste in just about everything. These pins are from one of her boards titled "Plant." 

Cutting the grass would be painful but I like the sizes of paving, could use gravel/slate.

 Landscaping: 10 Classic Layouts for Townhouse Gardens: Gardenista

Decorative (no entrances) bird houses on garage wall ähnliche tolle Projekte und Ideen wie im Bild vorgestellt findest du auch in unserem Magazin . Wir freuen uns auf deinen Besuch. Liebe Grüß

Ogród tworzę nowoczesny czyli wewnętrzna walka jak nie zostać kokoszką :) - strona 311 - Forum ogrodnicze - Ogrodowisko

日本庭園 Japanese Garden

Planters on roof terrace


Another pinner by the name of Mary, has a board that I could look at all day. It's called "Cottage Garden" and the colors are unbelievably gorgeous. 

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Bellflower- best plants for cottage gardens This tough perennial produces spikes of white or blue blooms in early and midsummer. Like most cottage garden plants, the flowers are great for cutting. Name: Campanula percisifolia Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-8, depending on variety More on Growing Bellflower

Shabby soul: Beautiful Gardens

Roses and Patina: July 2013Roses and Patina: 2014

Dry-climate plants -- Trachelium caeruleum (violet-blue, front), Mexican bush sage, lavender-grey catmint, yarrow (Achillea 'Anthea'), & red flax

Cool 36 Modern English Country Garden for Your Backyard of drought tolerant plants

Wouldn't you love any of these beautiful gardens or pots or plants? I ...

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October 2, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: SKYSCRAPER from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

This picture is what brought me to the idea of using skyscrapers as quilt inspiration.  I'm not certain why it appeals to me so, but I think the fabrics have something to do with that. I've always loved indigo fabrics. Mixed with the grays and a hint of blue, it's just the modern look that I love.

#splendidsampler block 94 Skyscrapers designed by @peppermintstitches #usingmystash #debbiesyearlongproject #catchingup

And so, I did a quick search and found a few American skyscrapers that I think are interesting and a few that are familiar, if only from photographs and television.

american copper: a look inside SHoP's new york skyscraper

One Bryant Park (Bank of America Tower), Cook+Fox Architects, NYC, New York.  This building has been proclaimed to be the "greenest skyscraper in America", as well as said by the architects to be "biophilic".  Seeing as this thesis is concerned with the subject of biophilia, it seems only appropriate to challenge or confirm these statements.  Being early in the thesis process, I will only state at this time that this impressive building deserves deeper investigation.New York City, c. early 1930s. Digitize your own photo history with Pic Scanner…

Trump Hotel in Las Vegas NV. How many people are employed here? How many people does Hillary employee? You guessed it. A true American helping the American people with jobs vs. a women claiming she has a ticket-for what? job deployment, child neglect, welfare, joblessness, gun control, higher taxes for elite politicians, debt explosion-hyperinflation leaving us with no social security for American workers who have paid their fair share year after year. These jack asses of the world order has end

Lower Manhattan | Instagram photo by /greg/.rox.photographyWillis Tower (Sears Tower), Chicago by by Skidmore Owings and Merrill; SOM Architects :: 110 floors, height 442m

Empire State Building, New York, USA

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September 26, 2017
Pin It Weekly #215 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilts left a sweet note on last week's Pin It Weekly, so of course I had to race over and see what she's been pinning. Oh my sweet lady! She has been super busy organizing and pinning quilts! 

crazy mom quilts: miscellaneous Monday

We may have to give her the title of Quilt Pinning Queen. She has, oh, 40 or so boards, almost every one about quilting of some manner. Now, some boards have only a few pins, but that just means her curating is selective, so you can trust that her boards will have what she promises ...

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September 25, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Peacocks from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Nature Photography: Peacock Feathers                                                                                                                                                                                 MoreHave you checked on oddities in the form of quilts? I mean, peacocks are not that common, but they sure do inspire. Perhaps it's the color, the wonder of their mating dance, or just the beauty and grace of the bird. Whatever it is, it works! Here are a few of the more colorful Pinterest peacocks.

Peacock. When I was a kid, there were wild peacocks near the local library. One day Dad & I came out and one was on top of our car! (We went back to the library for a while so he could go away.)


...BEAUTIFUL COLORS!  -  Pinned 3-26-2015.

The PIEBALD PEACOCK is the result of a genetic mutation. The meaning of piebald is that areas are left unpigmented while other areas are of normal coloration. It is a partial albinism. The color of this peacock may seem strange; however, it is beautiful.Beautiful Peacock by: Miss keeper                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Peacock-what can you NOT do with log cabin blocks?I'm guessing you didn't know there are so many beautiful peacock-inspired quilts. I certainly didn't. In fact, I didn't know that peacocks come in so many rich, jewel-toned colors. 

I haven't the faintest clue what brought me to ...

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September 24, 2017
First Birthday Party Crafts: Expectations and Reality from Craftcore

I was looking forward to putting together a small party for my son Jacob who turned one (already?!) at the beginning of this month. I love Pinterest for gathering inspiration, but browsing Pinterest can give you some really high expectations for what a child’s birthday party should be like.

However, Pinterest-style parties can come with $$$ price tags (have you seen the kid parties that cost more than small weddings?!). Additionally, those plentiful Pinterest crafts can take a lot of time – time that is more valuable than money. I know, I run a craft blog: I should want to craft ...

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September 15, 2017
Pin It Weekly #214 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

How are things in your Pinterest? My little corner of Pinterest has a follower by the name of Blinking Cat who has many boards that you may well enjoy.  These few come from his/her tatting board, but there are boards for knitting, sewing, crafting, quilting, kids, blogging and, oh, so many more. It's just easier if you go there.

Down the Garden Path by sarahwood8Tatted bookmark - Hearts Desire

He's beautiful. And I got the pattern for free at the linked website!

I have been pinning some fun pillow covers...

Pillow Cover, Decorative Pillow Cover, Living Room Decor, Rainbow Nursery, Patchwork Pillow, 18 x 18 Inches, Rainbow Patchwork Triangles

Mint Pillow Set - (12x20) Stripe and (20x20) Color Block  by JillianReneDecor - Modern Home Decor - Turquoise

Quilted pillow idea .... Fun! Love the colors!


Ooooo isn't this Fab.#patchwork Love the the different colourful diagonal stripes. Simple but effective

And some fine art readers...

The Library ~ Elizabeth Shippen Green (1905)
The Library ~ Elizabeth Shippen Green (1905)

Louise Catherine Breslau (Swiss, 1856-1927) - Reading, c. 1889:
Louise Catherine Breslau (Swiss, 1856-1927) - Reading, c. 1889

Sunday Afternoon by Malcolm_Liepke (367×559)
Sunday Afternoon by Malcolm_Liepke (367×559)
And one of my favorite painters ...

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September 11, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Sticks from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Richard and I spent the weekend working at our annual church fair. Last night I worked in the Bingo game while Richard took care of cleaning the yard and taking out the trash. Today I helped served lunches while Richard (poor guy) chopped cabbage for the cold slaw. 

We ordered shredded cabbage with all the pretty colors--red cabbage and carrots--already shredded. Our order was so messed up: we got chopped, not shredded, cabbage and none of the color. So our day was longer and harder than normal, which is already difficult enough. Meaning we're exhausted. 

Nature Paint Brushes.  A fun outdoor art activity for kids. Easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers (EYFS). Summer process art.

And voila! I opened ...

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September 7, 2017
Pin It Weekly #213 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy weekly! Time to see what people are a'pinnin.

Dorte Rasmussen Denmark has many quilt boards (everything from colors to kinds to block types to sizes) one of my favorites is titled "Country Life Oh Yes." Here are a few of her pins.

Horse Hide Chest 2 :: Henderson County Historical Society Museum

Lovely blue and white quilt

Somewhere to do the Laundry - in rustic fashion.white blue pitcher, grain sack runner, quilts

Colourful vintage patchwork dresses on the line!

Ojai Cottage | Barn Doors | The Polished PebbleLaundry Day

Priscilla Gray has ten boards, one of them is Weddings and has some charming ideas. Here are a couple of them.

Geometric copper wedding reception hanging feature with burgundy flowers | Blush & Mint PhotographyChoosing a clear tent for an outdoor wedding gives the impression of dining and dancing in a greenhouse. It is stunning during the day with its glass effect but even more beautiful at night- with the lights gleaming right through the tent.

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Shabby & Chic Vintage Wedding Decor Ideas ❤ See more: #wedding #vintage #decorrustic treen stump wedding arch /

One of my sisters uses the name Charmed Life on some social media, so when I saw the name, I followed thinking it was her. Nope. It's not. But that's okay because this ...

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September 4, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Fidget Spinner from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

You know those little toys that kids and parents were paying crazy money for during the summer? The ones that did nothing except spin. I still haven't figured out the interest, but I did see one on a quilt. Stay with me a minute and you'll see it, too.

Hand Spinner galaxiSHARE & Get it FREE | Rainbow Floral EDC Metal Time Killer Fidget SpinnerFor Fashion Lovers only:80,000+ Items·FREE SHIPPING Join Dresslily: Get YOUR $50 NOW!

Cheap price 4Fun-For Fidget Spinner Logos Tri-Spinner High Speed Spin on sale
Fidget Hand Spinner Anti Stress Ansiedade PS4 PlaystationCheap price Gyroscope Home DISNEY Cute Spinner Fidget Hand Toys Triangle Fingertips Peg-top Toys Toy Game Whipping Top Scopperil Finger Tip For Fun And Stress Reduce on sale

ECUBEE Diamond EDC Fidget Spinner Hand Spinner Reduce Stress Gadget

May I assume that you get the idea? These silly toys now come in many colors and styles and shapes and sizes and so on. But if you look closely, you'll see that they are on quilts, too.

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quilt centers

Liz Kuny, contemporary quilt artist - her quilts are fabulous!
improv works

Stepping Stones Quilt Free Tutorial
stepping stones blocks
Optical illustion wall hanging pattern. Spin Out Quilt Pattern KWA-1040 by KwiltArt - Kathleen Andrews.

wonky star quilt
wonky stars ...

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August 28, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: COLLEGIATE from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

quilts+made+with+panels | novelty quilt using panels and squares: theme University of Utah ...College classes in our area either just started or are starting this week--that is, provided that they are not in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. While we're hearing a great deal about the flooding in Houston (and well we should) there's not much being said about the surrounding areas, some quite a distance away. 

I just completed this t-shirt quilt using my fan shirts from my daughters collegiate gymnastics career.  4 years, 4 shirts--so I filled with Snails Trail squares in different sizes because they look like flips.  I also pieced a one inch piano key border, and set it off from the main quilt with a one inch inner border.  I stabilized the ts with a lightweight woven bonded fabric.  Backed with flannel.  Ts are stippled but not over the printed portions.  Fun to do!
Most of the Louisiana gulf region is evacuating ahead of the storms that began moving in last night. It's going to be a miserable week for many people as they evacuate, worry about their belongings, and return to the damage. 

All that said ...

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August 16, 2017
Pin It Weekly #211 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Just a few things I've been looking at for the last few days. I think I may have a theme going, though that was not my intent. 

What a simple yet elegant way to display lovely handkerchiefs!I think that we should do this with our extra blankets after the wedding. We can roll them up too, that way they look a little nicer. --T

Embroidery hoops with doilies make up a collection to cover a wall. Various sizes scattered along the wall give it a different look that looks pretty. I love the pillows on the bench also.

Mix and match cork coasters

Vintage Pillows

Awesome use of materials, rebar railing!Plant stand - made out of a railroad tie!

railroad tie junction box on top of the tie a single set of wires More More

Cut slits, weave in a scarf, tie in a bow. The easiest t-shirt refashion ever!21 creative succulent container gardens you can buy or DIY, like this succulent wonderland framed wooden vertical garden.


Farm Animal Dish Towels, Set of fourBeautiful dinner plates.. wow... I'm in love with a dinner set..

Old Country Store Hand-Lettered Labeling

Have a great week!

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August 14, 2017
Giving credit where credit is due from The Crafty Quilter

As a designer and a blogger, I try to be as careful as possible about giving credit where credit is due.  It was pointed out to me last night that I neglected to give proper credit on one of my images from my previous blog post, A Roundup of Turned Edge Techniques.

I used the photo of a block that I had made from The Splendid Sampler which was spearheaded by two amazing quilters – Pat Sloan and Jane DavidsonThe block was designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs for The Splendid Sampler.  I adore Anne Sutton’s work ...

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August 6, 2017
I've Been Rockin' those UFO's Lately! from Sew........This Is My Blog

I pulled out a UFO the other day.  (I'm determined to get as many finished this year as I can.)  

This particular quilt top was started in 2011 when I participated in a block swap involving "made fabric."  That's when you take your small scraps and sew them together, then use that "made fabric" in other projects.  Some people call them crumb quilts.  If you google "crumb quilts" or search Pinterest for them you will see some great quilts made that way.  Here are some examples.

 In this blog post from 2011 you can see how my blocks ...

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July 10, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: TRAVEL from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

This Pin was discovered by Nicolette Mason. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest.I actually started this inspiration with the word road, but that didn't go very far. Ha! Pun intended, I suppose. 

The reason for this inspiration? Ah, we leave in the morning for a nice little road trip. More on that later, but the packing and hauling and organizing stuff in the camper gave me little time to come up with an idea. So here we are. Almost. On the road, I mean.

For those of you interested, this year's hashtag is #marcottesgowest. 

Ever since I was little, I've wanted to ride this by motorcycle : )  US 50 - NevadaCountry road: You can never take the girl out of the country; for it is always in her heart:) @Kate Mazur Mazur Mazur                                                                                                                                                     More

Take This Road Trip Through Alabama's Most Picturesque Small Towns For An…

Northport, of my favorite drives...the ferry to Washington Island is at the end of this road

a small road that crosses the property to the  guesthouses

Everything you need to know about Route 66 before planning that ultimate road trip.Magnificent American Road   |    23 Roads you Have to Drive in Your Lifetime

And because the quilts are just as important, here are a few...
Excellence Award by Be*mused, via Flickr - from the 2012 Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival

The Appliqued Curves Method- New Quilts & A TutorialFree Quilt Tutorial:  Driving Quilt for kids that love cars.  It's even cooler with "The Pigeon" fabrics to go with "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus."

Cut, sew, and glue fabric remnants to make a fabric map of the U.S.

Perfect quilt for a little boy!  From the book Pixel Play.

Quilt idea for a boy and his cars - This fun Road quilt is too cute.We are getting road trip ready with this U.S. lap quilt free tutorial and pattern from Flamingo Toes on! Click for the pattern and instructions.Now if only I was talented and could make these!! Perfect thing to take to a restaurant!!!

stitched map - Anne Biss  Check this womans site out. Too cool.

TONS of examples of different kinds of road playmats to make

Thanks for coming by ...

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July 7, 2017
Pin It Weekly #210 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

It's another Pin It Weekly. Aren't we racing through the summer? It will soon be back-to-school time and, for those of us in the deep South, some bearable days of temps in the 70s. Oh, to be so blessed right now!  

Wouldn't you love to meet Judi Bennett in person? I would and here's why: we have many things in common. Our Pinterest sites, for example, share many of the same type of boards. It's possible that we are pinning from each other! But even more intriguing is her board, "Respect, Honor, Sacrifice."  

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

The American Patriot Page — Devildoc66

Let's not forget all of the men who can't be there for their children today because they are serving our country. Happy Father's Day to all Military Dads and Thank You for your service!america. I am very proud for the men in my family that have done that. Vietnam, Gulf War, and still in the Middle East fighting for Freedom.

Early Morning Rain

Tracy Milligan ...

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July 3, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: R U S T from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

According to Wikipedia, rust occurs when iron or its alloys corrode. Since I asked how does rust occur, and I already knew that answer, I decided to find an answer that I could call scientific
Enter Wonderopolis, which explains it this way: 
The surface of a piece of iron will begin to corrode first in the presence of oxygen and water. Given enough time, any piece of iron will change entirely into rust and disintegrate.

The process of rusting is a combustion reaction, similar to fire. Left in contact with oxygen, iron will react with the oxygen to form rust ...

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June 29, 2017
Pin It Weekly #209 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy Wednesday! It's time for Pin It Weekly and I have been pinning some new quilting ideas. One of those ideas is a new board of quilting books. Already I have over 125 pins. 

Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts by That Patchwork Place Things Quilting with Alex Anderson: From First Step t...

a common thread by gwen marston

I met Amanda Jean Nyberg at my very first Quilt Market ever. She was debuting her book, Sunday Morning Quilts (co-authored with Cheryl Arkison) and I was lucky enough to procure an autograph…intuitive color and design book by jean wells

Art Quilt Maps by Valerie S. Goodwin -- Transform the places you love—and places you’ve always imagined or wanted to see—into hypnotic art quilts. Award-winning artist Valerie Goodwin shows you how to make quilted maps with easy fabric collage techniques and innovative designs based on maps of your favorite places.

I've also been pinning quilt blocks because I've been looking for a few blocks that really speak to me. I'm working on a special project and want some ideas. While I'm doing that, though, I'm pinning what I find. 

Bee In My Bonnet: My Flower Box Quilt Block Tutorial and Sew Along!!!

It's July, and that means it's time for another beautiful block from Gen X Quilters (& Y too) using our Lucky Penny collection. Join in for some summer fun by clicking on the picture.

Churn Dasher Quilt Block Tutorial - 5", 7-1/2", 10" and 12-1/2" blocks - 10 layout variations

Nine-Patches and Triangles Get Together to Form Goose in the Pond Blocks: How to Make Goose in the Pond Quilt Blocks

I found the pattern for this Card Trick quilt block free on-line at Quilter's Cache:

Road to California Quilt Block Pattern: About the Road to California Quilt Block

Sew Australia Block for Kelly--August | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

As I mentioned earlier, these are all on my "quilt, blocks" board along with, oh, 450 other pins. 
Have a great ...

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