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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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November 13, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration -- Houston IQS {page 1} from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Velvet Flowers by Linda Anderson 
Oh my goodness! Houston was a blast! Unbelievable fun, tons of quilts, sisters and friends, quilters, vendors, books, food. You get the picture. We did not stop. For four days. Hence the reason I'm a day late getting this post out. Please forgive me.

Let me back up just a little. At first there were issues. One friend couldn't go, then she could, then she couldn't. And all of that was fine, except she was going to drive and had taken care of the hotel accommodations. 

But as is often the case ...

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October 19, 2018
Dramatic Opulence: "Virtuosa" Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Do any of you LOVE going to see plays or performances?!

It's such a fun event! Getting all dressed up in a nice outfit, entering the theater and taking a seat, waiting for those red curtains to lift up and for the show to begin! From the introduction of the characters to hearing their stories be told through action or songs, the lightning, the set design, the costumes, and overall mood is just incredible, especially from a production point of view! Theater reminds us to be in the present and to be fully immersed in what's ...

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September 4, 2018
Quilter’s Meet and Greet from From My Carolina Home

Today I am participating in an event called Quilter’s Meet and Greet – a blog hop of quilting bloggers, some new, some established.  Welcome to From My Carolina Home!  I am a longarm quilter, pattern designer and speaker for quilting enthusiasts, and I’ve been blogging for over 4 years. I do lots of free patterns and projects, along with my published ones.  I have numerous tutorials on the blog for new and experienced quilters, gathered at the top of the blog in pages.  One of my most popular is Quilt Borders Understanding the Why, which talks about why it ...

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August 10, 2018
August Cotton Quilters' Guild Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My version of the Row by Row
quilt on the design wall
On Monday the Cotton Quilters met at our usual place, usual time. But oh wow! did we have an unusual meeting. More on that in a minute. First, we held a meeting. You know, pledges, updates, minutes and reports: business matters.

And, as we have for the last five or six months, we shared our row quilt blocks. Then I gave out the final block. It's a Dresden fan that will round out our 70 x 84 quilt. 

As you can see from the picture on the ...

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July 6, 2018
Pin It Weekly #249 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Pinning lately? These are the last five pins that I pinned:


http://adireafricantextiles.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/african-textiles-in-close-up-2-sierra.html

Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: Pin It Weekly #170Black, white, and blue grey patchwork triangle quilt blanket baby toddler boy woodland animals rustic black and white nursery nest nursery

This is such a fantastic "Courthouse Steps" variation by Alexis Deise. I especially like the strips of grey fabric that make an appearance in a few of the blocks.
Cathedral Windows Quilt Pattern Duvet Cover - Digital Art - WickedRefined, visit sproonflower.com for matching fabric and wallpaper with this design.

And these are the last five of my pins that someone else pinned from my boards:

Pinwheel

Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: Pin It Weekly #170Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: Sunday Quilt Inspiration: squared

This Elephant Pin Cushion is Adorable!!! I REFUSE to Buy the Pattern (Because I'm Broke!) BUT I Think I will Try to Create my Own Pattern. ***For those of you who would like to purchase the pattern I've linked the picture to a place to buy it.***

The Bobbin Patch :: Kits :: Bag kits :: Jumbo Bag. I want one of these really bad!


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July Cotton Quilters' Guild Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

guild fundraiser quilt
Today was our guild meeting. I am just embarrassed by how unorganized and unprepared I was!


It really was intolerable and I'm glad I was not a guild member just waiting for things to happen. I'd have been quite annoyed. 

Of course there are things that we do at every meeting: pledge, prayer, prayer requests, minutes and treasury report, that sort of thing. Even those weren't prepared, rather the officers were not at the meeting. When you have to fill two hours and don't have enough "stuff," you need every report.


close up ...

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June 6, 2018
June Guild Meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Either I'm getting better at this guild president gig, or I just roll with whatever screw-up I happen to be in the middle of.

Regardless, I absolutely loved our meeting on Monday. I laughed almost the entire two hours!

Of course, we took care of business, both current and new. Then Mrs. Bertha gave an awesome presentation about how she recycles binders that are often in horrible shape. I want to use her method in a couple of days, so I'm thinking about writing a tutorial. 


Then we had show and share. I am very bad about remembering ...

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June 4, 2018
celebratory from Charm About You

*GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED*

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