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January 20, 2019
I Ate an Elephant! from The Quilt Quine

My Esoteric Elephant class sample quilt rampaged away with me. Partly this was because I had not really decided in advance what designs would be used. Mainly it was because I just could not stop adding details to the quilting which the students will not actually have time to do in class. 


I tried using an acetate sheet to audition the quilt designs but I did not notice that it did not cover the whole area that I wanted to doodle on and the bright green felt pen slipped, leaving a mark. This was was really prompted me to start ...

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January 13, 2019
QuiltCon entry update from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My three entries for QuiltCon, sadly, did not get juried into the show. I'm disappointed, of course, but I can't wait to see the ones that did get into the show. I fully expect to be in Nashville in February, and that's coming quickly!

The Dropcloth


If you are planning to attend QuiltCon, let me know either in the comments or in an email at I'd love to meet up with followers and friends!

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January 7, 2019
Sewing with Friends from Laurena's Longarm Quilting

Sewing with Friends is this Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.  We start at 10 AM and go to 4 PM.  Sue Pedersen will be available from 12 noon to 4 to help you with projects and questions.

Bring your equipment, projects, a snack to share and all your friends!


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December 30, 2018
Lazing Around Over Christmas from The Quilt Quine

I like to spend Christmas Eve cooking so there is not much preparation to do in between watching the kids open presents and trying not to eat a whole chocolate orange before breakfast. I discovered late in the day that everyone actually did want red cabbage so I had to make a list minute dash to the shop to hunt for a vegatable that will most probably end up as hen food before the holiday is finished.

We had a very lazy few days with leisurely walks, glasses of sherry at any time of day, and inventing ways of making ...

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December 21, 2018
Quilt Show Planner Printables from Flying Parrot Quilts

With the new year almost upon us, it’s time to start thinking about which quilt shows to enter in 2019! I did a post some time ago on planning for quilt shows, and I thought I’d share some printable stickers so you can get in on the fun.

If you’re reading this and thinking “I don’t enter shows!” then let me encourage you to think about doing so. There’s nothing quite as fun as seeing your quilt hanging in a show, and lurking near it to watch show visitors ooh and aah over it.

The ...

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December 17, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration -- Houston IQS {page 8} from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

These are the last of the Houston photos that I have. Well, those that are good enough to consider sharing. I'm not even sure just what I have here.

Life Stories Told Through My Quilts 
Family Reunion by Barbara Ann McCraw

Big Blue by Barbara Ann McCraw

Trip to the End of the World
Voyage en Namibie by Bridgit Didier 

Mount Fitz Roy by Rita Dijkstra

 Landscape Quilts 

Sunset Splendor by Barbara Triscari

 Fire in the Stone by Kimberly Lacy

And Yet She Persisted by Rachel Derstine

Antelope Canyon by Vicki Bonhoff

Lava by Marilyn Lone

 Hanging out to ...

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December 14, 2018
Have a Sew-Sew Holiday! from Laurena's Longarm Quilting

Burlington Electric Quilters wishes you the best and most joyous holiday season.  

Our Holiday Hours:

  • Dec. 24-26 – Closed
  • Dec. 27 – 29: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Dec. 31: 9 AM to 2 PM
  • Jan. 1-2: Closed
  • Jan. 3-5: 9 AM to 5 PM

Our Thursday hours are changing to 9 AM to 5 PM.  If you need a late-afternoon or evening appointment, give us a call for special arrangements.




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December 13, 2018
Black Thread from Laurena's Longarm Quilting

One of our customers had problems using King Tut black thread this week.  The thread broke more than King Tut threads of other colors, and since she was doing a large quilt, we ended up frustrated before we finished.

I have since done some research on black thread and want to share what I learned.  In general, it seems like black thread is more over-dyed than other colors, in order to get the black color.  This applies not only to quilting threads, but other black threads, such as embroidery threads, as well.  Cotton threads tend to be more fragile than ...

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December 10, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration -- Houston IQS {page 7} from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I know, I'm late again with Sunday Quilt Inspiration, but on a positive note, the Christmas gifts are all in my spare bedroom! So Yay! for that, right? In other happy news, I found a few more photos from IQS that I could correct enough to post. I hope these inspire you!

                                        Painted Surface category
Allegory of  Life by Christine Alexiou

La Dama de Cedanyola by Marina Comerut Ramirez

What Remains by Ana Buzzalino

  Spiraled by Sherri Lynn McCauley

Auto Arachnid by Esterita Austin

Magical by Joanne Baeth

Byzantine Beauties, The Pots of Istanbul by Tami Graeber

 The Orion ...

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December 3, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration -- Houston IQS {page 6} from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I'm not sure how many more IQS posts I can get as a result of the photos I took while in Houston, but this one is a show stopper. All of the quilts are winners. (Some even won ribbons.)

I'm starting with this one because I'm proud that I outsmarted Google Photos to get the collage I wanted. (Finally)

The rest are just my regular ahn-pictures, but I love the quilts!

People, Portraits, and Figures category
Twins with Friends--Do You Feel a Breeze? by Henry Donges

Ashes of Roses by Ellen Parrott

Summer Time by Monica Nirolau ...

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November 28, 2018
MQG entries ~~ photographed, entered, paid ~~ finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

This is a quick post to update you on my entries for QuiltCon, which will be held in Nashville in February. I have every intention of going if possible. It's just nine hours of driving from here. (Said like nine hours of driving is typical.) But there's a ploy in play: Richard wants to go to the Ark Encounter, which is only three hours from Nashville. I'm thinking, let's do both!


We'll see how that pans out. In the meantime, I'm hedging my bets by entering a few quilts into the show. Hopefully ...

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November 27, 2018
Guest Blog – Bill Locke on the Importance of Quilt Market from Terificreations's Weblog

Please welcome today’s guest blogger Bill Locke of Studio Bill Locke, Montreal Canada. Bill designs, and makes quilts, has an active quilt on-line quilt shop, and an astute business sense. I stopped to look at his booth, taking a moment to realize it’s his. After a quick hug we started talking. Bill shares our conversation… Continue reading Guest Blog – Bill Locke on the Importance of Quilt Market

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Tactile Architecture at IQS {page 5} from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Tactile Architecture is my favorite exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. I've submitted a quilt or two in the past, neither of which got in, but I love looking at and analyzing these quilts the most. I suppose it's because it's also one of my favorite genre of quilts to make.
Spinning Wheel by Sharon McWilliams

Tel Aviv Symphony by 6 Hands: Azrieli Towers
by Leanne Shilo, Liat Engler, and Orit Mondiano

 Yorkville Shack by Deanna Apfel

Circular Infinity by Susan Michael

Earthquake by Betty Hahn
See Taiwan ~ Taipei 101 by Hsi-Chen Hsu 

Crumbling Facade ...

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November 26, 2018
Houston IQS {page 4} from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

From the A Celebration of Color exhibit:

Sunrise by Christina Arcenegui Bono

An Explosion of Happiness by Eva Arellano Martin

Alex's Colored Pencils by Phyllis Carlyle,
Thea Carlyle, and Alex Carlyle

Hexagon Charm by Cheryl Miller

 Absolutely Certifiable Insane by Connie Peterson
Quilted by Janet Mason

From the In Full Bloom exhibit:

Forget Me Not by Fiona Lindsay

 Mama T's Garden Party by Theresa Marler and Mary Covey

So Sorry, I missed the title and maker for this one.

Flora Australis by Denise Griffiths
Flora Australis by Denise Griffiths

Yellow Roses for Mom by Vicki Bohnhoff

The Yucca ...

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November 24, 2018
International Quilt Festival #4: Fine Finishes (to be retitled to Bindings and Piping and Facings, Oh My!) from Art and Quilting in Camden

Bindings and Pipings and Facings, Oh My! class in Houston 2018:  Truth in teaching: this is usually what my teacher’s table looks like: a hot mess!

I LOVE teaching this class!  I LOVE that EVERYONE gets how to achieve a perfect mitered corner no matter what width your binding!  I LOVE showing students how to use Susan K. Cleveland’s Piping Hot Binding tool–students come into class thinking “I’ll try it but don’t think I’ll ever use it” and leave with the tool in hand planning how they CAN use it because it rocks!   Then ...

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November 23, 2018
International Quilt Festival #3: Machine Quilting Forum and a free afternoon from Art and Quilting in Camden

Machine Quilting Forum 2018–here’s my station (the middle panel was blank as it was the de facto projector screen.  THANK YOU SO MUCH to Janome America and Greg Sanford for making sure I had a machine on which to demo!   LOVE MY JANOME!

The day began with “leisurely speed dating” for machine quilters at the Thursday morning Machine Quilting Forum.  For those who have never had the pleasure of attending, the 3-hour session begins with all the attendees sitting for the better part of an hour as the six instructors each got 8 minutes to introduce themselves and ...

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November 22, 2018
International Quilt Festival #2: Collage the Garden, Wednesday and Preview night from Art and Quilting in Camden

First off, Happy US Thanksgiving to one all around the world–this was written ahead and scheduled to post because (a) not everyone is in the US and (b) sometimes we need some R&R from the feasting and festivities!

My second full day at International Quilt Festival 2018 I got to teach one of my “Quilting the Garden” workshops, Collage the Garden.  Along with Thread-Coloring the Garden, the two classes can be combined into a two-to-five day workshop–any guilds or retreats out there interested????   My students were, of course, brilliant!    They had a choice of either the tiger ...

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November 21, 2018
Houston IQS {page 3} from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Retired to the Country by Denise Oyama Miller
I've managed a few minutes to prep some photos from the International Quilt Show in Houston. These are all part of a special exhibit called "Textures of the Sierra Nevadas," all quilts by Nancy Ryan and Denise Oyama Miller

Somewhere in Nevada by Nancy Ryan

I really enjoyed viewing them from a distance, but for me the real pleasure comes from  scrutinizing the details and trying to figure out how the quilters make them look so realistic. Looking at the quilts is much like looking at a painting, and I always ...

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Houston IQS {page 2} from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Bringing you more of the photos that I took at the International Quilt Show in Houston on Thursday and Friday. I hope they inspire you! And if you missed page 1 from Sunday Quilt Inspiration, you can find it here.

Three Bankers
These first three are all works by the same artist, Lorraine Turner.

Angels Among Us

Unbridled Sea Horses
The next ones are all just sort of random. My next post will cover the quilts from Tactile Architecture.
My Flower Garden by Margie Lawrence

Feathered Star by Linda LaBrot
Like Butta by Mary Markworth

Exploring Taiwan - A Story of ...

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November 17, 2018
Texas Was Great from Pointless Quilter

I took a long trip in early November to the great state of Texas.  The first part of my trip was to visit my sister who just moved to New Braunfels.  She took me all over that part of Texas.  We went to San Antonio, Austin, and all points in between.  I had great barbecue at the Salt Lick.

Also went to a Cracker Barrel (not that impressed this time) and she took me to a Buc-ee's gas station.  WOW!

We took a tour of the Alamo.  No pictures taken but learned a lot about Texas history there.

San ...

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