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March 27, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Preeti's Bird from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

So I have a wonderful bloggy friend. You may know her. She is the sweet Preeti of Sew Pretti Quilts. Not long ago she posted pictures and a story about a flimsy she had just finished. This quilt top has oh, 63 birds on it, but she had made 64. What to do with the extra? Mail it to a friend, of course! She's generous like that.

My mention that her top reminded me of my mom, who was a birder, was the impetus for the sweet mail. How sweet can a girl be? Apparently very. 

And there's ...

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March 25, 2017
Technology Toys for a Renaissance Girl: iPad Apps for Virtual Quilting, Music, and Design Inspiration from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Beth asked a great question about yesterday's post, wondering which app I use on my iPad to doodle quilting designs like this one:

Auditioning Quilting Possibilities on my iPad Mini 4
I realized that it's been awhile since I've posted about my favorite design tech toys, so today I'm going to give an overview of the iPad apps I'm using most frequently for my right brain creative endeavors.

Apple 7.9" iPad Mini 4,9.7" Regular iPad, and 12.9" iPad Pro 
Currently I'm using an iPad Mini 4, the one on the ...

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March 23, 2017
Pin It Weekly #197 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

What are we pinning?  Well, MLaFoe is pinning to her board, "The Hebrides Vikings Celtics Scotland & Britain." 

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland. This was one of our favorite stops in our trip to Scotland this year. #castles:

Abandoned Boats. Salen. Isle of Mull. Inner Hebrides. Scotland.: Holyrood Abbey, Scotland:

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland:

Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom, great capture. An absolute wonder.: Loch Etive, Glencoe, Highland, Scotland:

Karen Cassidy is a new pinner who has two boards, but check out her "Projects" board. She has some cute ideas pinned.

"Tonight the music will play" By Ditte Sørensen, Denmark. Free motion embroidery on textile, photo transfer, and quilted. Size 30x40:

Foto: Take a photo and bring it into Photoshop Elements 3 and remove the background and add a drop shadow. Ta Da!:

TJ James has a board idea titled "beach quilts." There we are...a new reason to create quilts! (Because, you know, we all need that!)

Straight line sewing in two directions - I love this pattern.: Make this quick and easy quilt using just 24 precut 2 1/2" strips. You can also…:

This, that and everything inbetween:

Beach hut framed textile art. Would like to try doing this!:

Making Waves quilt pattern by Laura Nownes: And I? I've been pinning a few beachy ideas that I love for outdoor furniture, maybe ...

Three Beach Huts Cushion - Coastal Living:

and these cloche hats, which have eluded me for over a week! But I'm getting closer. (More on ...

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March 20, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: BIRD HOUSE from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Today we spent much of the afternoon at the Louisiana Nursery Festival in Forest Hill, a very small town that has probably 50 to 60 garden nurseries. It's the place to go if you want or need bedding plants, trees, seeds, or unusual, tropical plants. Everything in the way of green is in a small town with fewer than 1,000 residents. 

Forest Hill, Louisiana – Home of the Louisiana Nursery Festival! - News - Bubblews: The population nearly doubled after people discovered the advantage of having many nurseries in the same town. Most of those new residents are hard-working immigrant workers, who are always pleasant and willing to go beyond expectations to ...

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March 16, 2017
Pin It Weekly #196 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Welcome to Pin It Weekly! Here's what some followers are pinning.

Lydia Villemarette on weddings:
Burlap Wedding Cake Reception:

50 new must-have photos with the groom: Puppy + Bride shot.:

Pre-punched paper at Michael's - wrap it around a glass cylinder:

pinky promise:

Carole Sklenar on things for the home:
Wall Decal Quote  Horse decal with Quote  by TenaciousQuotations, $24.95 Horses lend us the wings we lack.:

Pallet - just stain and take out some slats: Life is better on the Farm vintage sign farmgirl fancies:

Family Room Design Ideas, Pictures, Remodel and Decor:


Maria valeria e Francesco Salvatore:

copyright V&A:

Ella: Duchess Sophie Elisabeth, wearing the diamond daisy tiara when she wed Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, on 3 July 1993.:

Penny Thompson on crafts and DIY projects
 : The+most+memorable+days+usually+end+-+Big+DIY+Ideas More:

Driven by Decor - Hack an Office Organizer to Create a Super Convenient Family Charging Station:

8 Nautical Map Decor Ideas by Anna Örnberg. Cover boxes..., lampshades, books, trays, building blocks and more:

Vintage Wood Calendar Chalkboard Easy DIY Idea for a farmhouse kitchen:

And should you be wondering what I'm pinning...why, the things from these ladies. In fact, I'm getting finger cramps. There are too many things that I love!

What about you? What are you going to pin in the next few days?
If you'd like to be featured on Pin It Weekly, leave a comment or shoot me a note at ...

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March 14, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: HOUSES from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've probably done houses before, I haven't checked my list, but I spent most of the afternoon checking out the houses on Jen and Jan's Blog Hop. What fun! There are so many interpretations of Jan's free pattern, "Quilter's Laundry Day." If you've read my blog in the last day or two, you're probably tired of seeing my version, but I do love it so. 

If you are interesting in seeing all the quilts together, you should visit my Pinterest board, which I built especially for this blog hop.

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March 9, 2017
Pin It Weekly #195 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A Jeanneke Quilts + Scrappy House Quilts has an interesting board of scrappy houses and a few other quilts that I just love. Funny how a modern quilter can love traditional quilts so much. Do you find that you're one style and love another? 


This was one of those happy accidents that spring up from time to time. I had been feeling pretty quilted out, so I definitely hadn't been considering making yet another quilt for Dylan's birthday this year.   I was actually going to make a Liberty fabric wallet (maybe not the most suitable weight, but we wanted to give it a try), but matters were complicated by the Canada Post strike, which prevented me from being able to order the fabric I needed online.   Eventually, I got to thinking abo...:

Yahoo Groups:

Yahoo Groups:

Lace Traveler's "beautiful things in lace" board makes my heart cry for the beauty.
RESERVED for SHERI.. Vintage Kitty.. vintage crochet.. romantic full circle…: .:

Maria Niforos - Fine Antique Lace, Linens & Textiles : Antique Lace:

And she has 2,500 pins!
~lace bag ~shabby chic:

 Maria da  Luz  Gonçalves is another new follower who has many boards and  many, many pins. These pins are from her "SHARE your Mixed Media/ Art/Tips/Supplies/Ideas board which has over 10,000 ...

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March 6, 2017
Shower Thoughts Episode #64 from Hobbies Up To Here

What is it about the warmth of a comforting shower that brings up the most ingenious thoughts and plans? And of course it happens when you are all wet and unable to stop to write down all the great ideas you come up with! Today’s music is brought to you by Reg (AKA Dad). The … Continue reading Shower Thoughts Episode #64

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Paper Crafts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I know, right? Paper bags to inspire quilts? I hope so.

40 Lovely Recycled Brown Paper Bags - craft/packaging/gift wrapping/food: Create a beautiful gift bag in just a few steps! You can fill them with potpourri, candles, or more! The sky's the limit with these butterfly bags.:

Paper bag – heart | krokotak: A MUST PIN FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Learn how to make a DIY gift bag from wrapping paper. It's the perfect way to wrap awkwardly shaped gifts!:

Turn a plain brown bag into something incredible that the receiver will want to keep as a memory reminder.  Great idea.:

DIY your Christmas gifts this year with 925 sterling silver photo charms from GLAMULET. they are 100% compatible with Pandora bracelets. Book Page Crafts:

Something else to make with that brown paper packing material (I usually use mine to make pattern pieces).:

Christmas 12 Best: Wrapping ideas | Bambino Goodies:

And the moment of truth...which is that Pinterest gets a bit confused with the search term "paper bag quilts." I get it. It's not a normal search phrase, but I'm not anything close to normal. In the end I had to relinquish and let Pinterest have a win. I do have some things going on tomorrow that requires my being up an some insane time of the morning. It's so early, that I won't even mention it. So here's what Pinterest offered--bags, paper ...

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March 3, 2017
Pin It Weekly #194 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I recently made an interesting discovery. As a result, I've been burying myself in embossed metal art--beautiful, intricate, intriguing. Some, I've noticed, could easily become quilting motifs.

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Razão de viver....:

Embossed metal is lightly washed with brown stain to capture the look of antiquity. Metal frame; distressed, brown painted finish. Set of 4, as shown; 17 3/4" sq. x 1 1/4" thick.:


Virgen de Coromoto, Repujado en metal, pintura al Oleo:

The few minutes that I haven't been sewing or pinning embossed metals, I have been thinking about an idea I have for a cloche hat. I've wanted one for a while now but don't have a pattern.  I guess if I look at enough hats, I'll be able to create my own pattern. Why not?

Antique Flapper Cloche Hat Silk Velvet Ribbon Trim Stamen Lilac Pink Millinery:

>I was watching ‘Changling’ on HBO last night. Yes, it’s a somewhat depressing movie. But I have to say that Angelina Jolie looks stunning in her cloche hats and bright red lip…:

Women's Romantic Gatsby Cloche Hat 1920's Style Hat by BuyGail, $145.00:

1930's Style Cloche Hat Pattern by DLDesignsHatPatterns on Etsy:

Flapper Style Cloche 1920s Hat Black Linen Eleanor Spring Hats Summer Hats Black Sunhats Hydrangeas Women's Bucket Hat Eleanor Handmade in the USA

I hope you are having a great week, even though it's ...

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February 28, 2017
6 Köpfe - 12 Blöcke Churn Dash - Vergrößern und Verkleinern von Quiltblöcken from Quiltmanufaktur

Schon wieder Ende des Monats und ich musste mich echt sputen, den Churn Dash nach Nadra´s Anleitung auf ihrem Blog ellis & higgs für unseren 6 Köpfe 12 Blöcke Quilt Along auf Facebook zu nähen. Passend zur Butterfass-Geschichte habe ich den gelben Tula Pink Stoff + Biene in die Mitte gesetzt - na ja, war wohl doch eher Zufall....

Ich mag diesen Block schon lange und habe mich bei unserer Planung im Vorfeld mächtig gefreut, das er es in unser Layout geschafft hat! Es gibt so wahnsinnig viel, schöne Quilts aus diesem Block - historische oder auch moderne Varianten. Durch die Stoffauswahl oder ...

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February 27, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: M A R D I G R A S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Mardi Gras! 

family and friends


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Louisiana Zydeco...  Rosie Ledet...awesome performer and musician:
Zydeco musician

Mardi Gras Parade:

Cajun Musician/International Recording Artist Jo-El Sonnier----Native of Rayne, Louisiana:
Cajun Musician/International Recording Artist
Jo-El Sonnier
Native of Rayne, La.

Mardi Gras Tree, considered exterior decor. Love to drive down Johnson street & see the beads in the trees!:
outdoor decor--beads hanging from a tree

Costumes for Mardi Gras

Second Line..Upper 9th Ward:
NOLA second line
Happy Mardi Gras...and beads...laissez les bon temps roulez!:

Mardi Gras quilts? Mais oui!

Mardi Gras Revelry:

Mardi Gras Mask Runner Quilt Top 21x44Tufted Tweets in Diamonds (Reminds me of Mardi Gras).  This is beautiful!:

Hunters Square Quilt Pattern | myQuiltGenie Blog: Scrappy Hunters Star Quilt:

Mardi Gras Parade:

Fleur de France Quilt Pattern The Carnival (Mardi Gras) Alter Ego Quilt:

I find this quilt fascinating.  It's one of the few that has taken the concept of how it's going to look when in use into consideration during the design process.:

Mardi Gras quilt I saw at a quilt show.: Paris Friday of Pelham, alabam Mardi Gras Quilt:

Want to continue the Mardi Gras festivities into Lent? Make a purple, green and gold quilt to donate to a charity. It's not the same as a party or parade, but it's fun never-the-less. 

If you're still curious about the Mardi Gras fun, come back later Monday. I'll have a three-part post with an unexpected twist ...

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February 24, 2017
Pin It Weekly #193 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Here's the catchphrase: What are you pinning this week?

Natures Doorways ~ Purple Allium:

Noelle Wingate has a lovely Pinterest page full of ideas and fun. One of her boards is called "Dollar Store Crafts" and I love, love, love it!

If you want to redecorate your home with new bits and pieces but you're on a budget, the dollar store can be your best friend. Most dollar store decorative items are going to be tacky on their own, but with a little bit of imagination, you can take something basic and turn it into something beautiful! Check out these ideas!

Another follower, Lucinete Silva, has only four boards, but you need to check out her collectible China board. If I ever go missing, that's where I'll be!

Razão de viver....: Cherrie:

Cantinho da Cristybel:

I want to hold this cup in my hand. I want to feel the texture and the weight of it, and run my fingertip along that top ridge. I want to see the colors ...

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February 20, 2017
Meal Prep Monday: Instant Pot Magic from Hobbies Up To Here

Instant pots cropped up in my world around Christmas time. Many friends were gifted the magical pot that cooked instantly and can cook just about everything. Having a kitchen full of items, I wasn’t really jumping at the idea of adding another one to my arsenal. While all the food cooked in it looked great and seemed like this … Continue reading Meal Prep Monday: Instant Pot Magic

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Kitchen Utensils from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

colorful whisks #AnthroFave: While I am writing this blog post, there are all manner of sounds coming from my kitchen. The red head loves to make how-to kitchen videos while making the daily dessert. Occasionally the dessert consists of three jelly beans (or some other candy) on a slice of bread. Seriously. It's delicious. We thank her profusely and put the bread back in the bag when she takes her bath. 

Anyhoo, all the clinking of kitchen utensils got me to thinking about how those utensils could inspire quilts. Let's give it try, shall we?

Fruity ceramic measuring spoons that'll put you in a good mood.:

15 Wooden Crafts for Home:

cute idea for the kitchen!:

Kitchen wood set with Holder. Holder can be wood burned with family initials…: The $19.99 Sockerärt vase is an elegant way to store your kitchen utensils.:

Girly kitchen utensils from Coco Rose Diaries ♥ They tend to inspire a little helper to stay & enjoy the experience.:

Strawberry Kitchen Utensils & Stand by MaMaMeMo on #zulilyUK today!:

#anthrofave: Love this little baking supply area! My baking supplies would take over this, but its cute!:

Clever idea: frame vintage kitchen utensils over a recipe background. Instant home decor!:

spray paint old kitchen utensils and hang on wall for a cute display!!:

Dish towel and kitchen wash cloth: cuteness!:

Wouldn't these make for some ...

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February 16, 2017
Pin It Weekly #192 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

It's time to pin! What are you pinning?

ruler box  So clever! Would be great in a craft room to hold embellishments.:

Fancy Fretwork sewing basket:

DSC_2833 adj blue:

Build a Cutting Table | sherry found a cutting table for her quilting studio the third bedroom ...:

Large Hexagon Quilt Tutorial ~ the polkadot chair. love the large hexies and colors here.: New Friday Tutorial: The Super Simple Squares Quilt

RARE Antique 1902 Soezy Our New No 10 Table Clamp Sewing Machine | eBay  sold  815.00:

Farmhouse Star Quilted Pillow 16" Filled

Quilted Pillow:

Patchwork & Cía: Table Runner - I love the soft colors of this one and simple quilting.:

Funny little machine on ebay now. It's a Class 123 W Needle Feed Short Horizontal Cylinder Machine. Kind of cool!

French 1812 - Sewing case with needle, thimble, scissors, et al in walnut case.

Humble Quilts: the designer of this quilt is Sachiko Yasuda. It is called Buds in A Basket - Picmia:

Overly ambitious borders. Just how I roll. #fmq #apqslucey #apqscanada::

Folk Art Spinning Wheel | eBay:

Blog — Willow Cottage Quilt Co.:

So, my pins this week have been mostly about vintage sewing: machines, items, a darling basket, some kind of strange spinning wheel (did you guess that?), and some not so vintage beautiful quilts and studio ideas. As always, you can find these pins on my Pinterest boards. Have a great week!

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February 13, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: C A N D Y from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy Valentine's Day! I thought we might find some inspiration from the candy that sweethearts tend to rely on as the perfect gift. I hope my sweetheart brings me one of these: 

A detailed, scrumptious look at the chocolates in Whitman's Sampler back on 1955.
maybe one of you could give him a call and tell him.  Be specific. Say, "Go to Walmart and buy a Whitman's sampler for Mary for Valentine's Day. No other kind. Whitman's. Just Whitman's." Then write it on a piece of paper and hand it to him. Yes, it's like that.

This was a tradition at our house at Christmas.  It still is today.  Whitman’s Chocolate Candy Ad Bob Hope (1950):

Forget that I told him what I'd like. Then I ...

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February 8, 2017
Pin It Weekly #191 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Welcome back to Pin It Weekly!

Window from J. G. Cross House, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1911  George Grant Elmslie: Ladder of quilts:

My Rainboots Are Red: :: farmer's wife sampler quilt -- use <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23AccuQuilt" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23AccuQuilt&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#AccuQuilt search Pinterest">#AccuQuilt</a> dies to cut the shapes for this project at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>! by pris...

Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday!

Would love to make one in these colors for winter....Brrr! Triangles Quilt by BlueElephantStitches, via Flickr:


This is Terry’s Broken Herringbone quilt and the pattern is by Violet Craft. I love the fabrics she used but don’t know the name of the collection.

Humble Quilts:


Free printable quilt pattern --- A Little Bit Biased: five fat quarter fun:

The Lazy Quilters Quilt - No Measuring Required! - Tidbits:

50 Amazing and Practical Craft Room Design Ideas and Inspirations.:

Hearts Intertwined - Quilt pattern:

I'll be at Beta Convention from Wednesday morning until Friday evening. I should probably ask you to wish me luck or say a prayer for me. I will have 55 or so high schoolers on a trip for three days and two nights. Imagine how exhausted I'll be.  

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February 6, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: L I N E S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

22 landscape photographs that use power lines to great effects

I've found that I've been drawn to lines lately. I've played with some ideas of using lines in blocks. It's a work in progress, of course, but I'm hoping this quilt inspiration will help me to visualize what's in my head just a little better.

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WEAR YOUR INK: in a continuous line.Wire #tattoo design, art and culture:

Make math fun by integrating art in the classroom with this colorful geometry lesson.

Abstract Photography!! a ton of photo fragments that when in many pieces seem chaotic, but when put together correctly make up a picture:):


Here's a lesson plan that includes a foldable and sorting activity on lines, line segments, rays, and angles.:

Aleksandr Rodchenko, LInear Construction, 1919:

Gouache on paper - Henryk Berlewi:

this is an interesting image - the photographer had a very good eye:

Quilts with lines? Well, yeah! These are mostly modern quilts, but the lines are the most important thing to me right now. 

How so you add wow to a quilt made with super-simple-to-stitch blocks? Amp up the texture with rich prints; then quilt closely spaced parallel lines from side to side.:

Modern Trellis - Must Love Quilts:

One of my very favorite kinds of quilting is organic straight-line, and it's as low-stress as it gets. Though it's even simpler than doing actual straight lines, I've had enough people ask about it, tlove this- the stripes, the chevron placement, awesome - blueprint textiles:

'Tempest' - all in solids with straight line quilting.:

Oh Sew Sweet! Mini Charm Pack Pattern Book 2: little things to sew (oliver + s book) - travel quilt with modern overlapping bars:

Line Art Quilt by SVetne  Lots of possibilities, brights, neutrals or holiday,:

Debbie at A Quilter's Table Maisy Quilt ( pattern by Karyn of Make Something) is gorgeous and clam. "Quilting was organic straight-line with my standby Aurifil light gray 50wt."  To read more visit

Out to Sea Betty Quilt:

.make something small. LOVE this!!: Red Pepper Quilts Solid Stripes Baby Quilt

Since I've started this latest interest/infatuation, I've noticed lines in a huge variety of places: farm buildings, power line structures and towers, houses and ...

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February 3, 2017
Pin It Weekly #190 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Hey, check it out: almost at 200 Pin It Weekly posts! That's a lot! I know I have it in me; I just wasn't sure whether I would stick with it very long. Of course, it's still too soon to celebrate--ten weeks left before getting 200 posts of Pin It Weekly. But we'll get there, don't you think?

A new follower, S Sue, has a great quilting board, which I've added to the many that I already follow.  ha! You can never have too many quilting boards. 

WOW!: Impromptu Quilt Pattern - quick & easy. Showcases both prints and solid and doesn't break the bank with the cost of designer fabric.:

15 Powerful Hip Openers to Release Negative Emotions:

Rosa Solorio-Garcia, another follower, has a crafts ...

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