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June 17, 2019
GSQA Pursuit of Excellence class from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Meet Paula (in the pink shirt)
POE teacher
On Saturday I spent my day in Lafayette with the members of Quilter's Guild Acadienne (QGA) and ladies from the Gulf States Quilt Association (GSQA) who had promised to come, learn and return with new techniques, information and associations to their home guilds. 

As a new circuit teacher, I've been wanting to meet some of the members of GSQA. I had planned to attend a meeting last month but there was that whole "spend 13 days in Cabrini hospital" episode and missed my opportunity. Since I'd also hedged my ...

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June 10, 2019
Baton Rouge MQG June meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Lori's quilt
As I've mentioned in the past, the first Monday of the month is a wild quilt ride. Literally so at one point because I drive to Baton Rouge for the Modern Quilt Guild meeting which begins at 6 p.m. and lasts at least two hours. 



Marquita's quillt

So last Monday (it's really been a whole week?) I found myself on the I-10 bridge trying to get into Baton Rouge at 5 p.m. Okay so maybe the "wild" part does not happen while sitting on the bridge. 



Still, it's pretty crazy to ...

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March 25, 2019
Spring Tulip QuiltSpring has finally arrived. McCall’s Quilting... from Living Water Quilter



Spring Tulip Quilt

Spring has finally arrived. McCall’s Quilting May/June 2019 issue is right on time with Tulip Twinklers. The lap quilt is a quilt designed by me for McCall’s Quilting magazine with Island Batik fabrics.

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Island Batik generously provided Bazaar, a collection by Kathy Engle, for this project. 

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The quilt was layered with Hobbs wool batting. The fun quilting is a combination of free-motion and the Westalee Design Spin-e-Fex Feather.

Watch a demo video of Dots and Swirls.  Then pick up a copy of the latest issue of McCall’s Quilting at your local quilt shop ...

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Spring Tulip QuiltSpring has finally arrived. McCall’s Quilting... from Living Water Quilter



Spring Tulip Quilt

Spring has finally arrived. McCall’s Quilting May/June 2019 issue is right on time with Tulip Twinklers. The lap quilt is a quilt designed by me for McCall’s Quilting magazine with Island Batik fabrics.

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Island Batik generously provided Bazaar, a collection by Kathy Engle, for this project. 

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The quilt was layered with Hobbs wool batting. The fun quilting is a combination of free-motion and the Westalee Design Spin-e-Fex Feather.

Watch a demo video of Dots and Swirls.  Then pick up a copy of the latest issue of McCall’s Quilting at your local quilt shop ...

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March 22, 2019
IG Takeover This Weekend with Elizabeth Chappell! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Happy Friday, Makers - 

Hope you had a super productive week and enjoyed the first few days of spring, even though some of you are still in snow! 

Now that Elizabeth Chappell is officially our newest AGF Sewcialite, she's kicking off her first collaboration with us by taking over our IG account, this weekend. This is a great chance to get to know her if you don't already, especially if you're stuck inside and snowed in! :)

Beginning tonight, she'll be posting from her home in Texas and will be sharing some of her favorite projects she’s ...

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March 21, 2019
Episode #100 Y’ALL!!! from Hobbies Up To Here

We’re back and celebrating our 100th episode by talking about real life, depression, therapy and not very celebrate-y things. HA! But that’s life for you. Thank you to all our listeners, friends, fellow crafters, and followers. We love you all and we so appreciate you for being there for us through thick and thin, through … Continue reading Episode #100 Y’ALL!!!

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March 20, 2019
Reminded of a Time When from Terificreations's Weblog

Sometimes social media reminds me of ”a time when…” something amazing was born from something difficult. Scrolling through my news feed this morning a reminder popped up of a time when as a quilting community we posted regularly on the beauty of other people in the quilting community. I especially appreciated Kim Brunner’s thoughtful posts… Continue reading Reminded of a Time When

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March 15, 2019
Our Newest AGF Sewcialite - Elizabeth Chappell! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi There Makers,

You may know her as the founder of Quilter's Candy Box where you would sign up for a subscription box of curated sewing goodies..and now she's officially part of our AGF Family! Please give a warm welcome to the wonderful, Elizabeth Chappell!

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Currently living in Texas with her husband, daughter and two sons, we first noticed Elizabeth while scrolling on social media, and would stop in awe whenever she posted something beautiful using our fabrics. Often inspired by home decor, she finds a lot of her inspiration in rugs and tiles. In 2015, she ...

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February 3, 2019
2018 Island Batik Ambassador  ReviewI am (almost) speechless. ... from Living Water Quilter



2018 Island Batik Ambassador  Review

I am (almost) speechless.  My first year as an Island Batik Ambassador has been, no kidding, life changing.  Island Batik gave each ambassadors two large boxes filled with fabrics and goodies from industry partners. 

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The combined generous supply of Island Batik fabrics and products from industry partners, Aurifil and Hobbs Batting, gave me the resources  to try new quilting challenges and make quilts, totes, pillow, postcards and more.

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Let’s review the Island Batik Ambassador year in pictures. It includes monthly challenges, some just because projects and pattern releases.

February & March - Straight to the Heart ...

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January 4, 2019
A Link In The Chain from From the Strawberry Patch...

This quilt top came to me through a circuitous route, along with other tops and tote bags full of fabric. They came from a dear friend and fellow church member for our group to tie and donate to North American Lutheran Church Disaster Response; should the need arise, quilts will be ready. This particular top languished in the closet. It is a spectacular work of scrap usage and meticulous

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A Link In The Chain from From the Strawberry Patch...

This quilt top came to me through a circuitous route, along with other tops and tote bags full of fabric. They came from a dear friend and fellow church member for our group to tie and donate to North American Lutheran Church Disaster Response; should the need arise, quilts will be ready. This particular top languished in the closet. It is a spectacular work of scrap usage and meticulous

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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 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 27, 2018
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 22, 2018
Turkey..Pie..Nap…Oh MY! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

 

The sun is shining brightly in Hilton Head where I prepare to tee off for a round of golf; my second love in life. But before I venture into the rolling, green hills composed of 19 holes I wanted to wish all my fellow followers a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope your plans include eating WAY too much turkey, indulging in a few holiday drinks and slumbering peacefully as Mr. Tryptophan slips you into nappy land.  Those are my intentions for the next 24 hours!

     What would Thanksgiving be without including Black Friday and Cyber Monday? So let’s whoop it ...

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November 21, 2018
Missing a Deadline from Kim Hanson Quilts

Something crazy happened to me a few weeks back. For the first time ever, I missed a deadline.

Heather McArthur, the editor and publisher of Quilter’s Connection magazine asked me to do a smallish project for the Winter issue of the magazine. She wanted a project featuring some machine embroidery. Naturally, I pounced on the opportunity! I really love working for industry magazines, but especially for Heather.

So, I went about my business as usual. I marked down what I believed to be the deadline on my work calendar and chipped away at my to-do-list. In September, one full ...

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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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