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July 15, 2019
Retreat finish (the final one) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Some time ago (it may be years now) I decided it was time to use some of the 2½” strips that I had cut perhaps years before that. You see, this is a story of epic proportions. Because years before either of those I began worrying that I would leave behind tons of fabric when I go. What foolishness! Still, I worked on a series of small quilts. 



The nursery rhyme series: Nimble and Quick was a blue bargello, both versions of He Loves Me was Dresden plate applique, Around a Girl's World, The Coolest Bug Collection, That Was ...

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July 14, 2019
Retreat Finish (the second one) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Before I show you my new finish, I thought I'd show you what is going on in the studio. It is not a happy sight, is it? Ahh, that's how it goes. Chances are that it's never going to embroider again. 


Not that it has embroidered any for me anyway. Firstly, it made horrible stitches. Secondly, as we discovered today, the gizmo that holds the PC card is broken. So I have hundreds of designs that I can't use. 

The news gets worse: I've invested more money in the machine than it's worth. Have ...

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July 11, 2019
Retreat Finish (the first one) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I managed to sew up three quilt tops while on retreat last week. Despite the wine. And the shenanigans. And the huge amount of time we needed for eating. Oh, and we did sleep. Apparently I was a worker bee extraordinaire! 


The first quilt I worked on is this easy little quilt that consists of all these modern fabrics that I've been collecting. I cut 2½" strips of white from yardage, then pulled all the moderns I could find. Those I cut into three sizes all 6½" long. Pieces are 2½", 4½" or 6½" wide. I worked out the ...

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Retreat inspiration from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My retreat sisters worked on a variety of quilts over the weekend. Oh my! What a beautiful array of works in progress. Here are the ones I was able to grab photos of before they were taken down to make room for more. 

Tracey's QAYG with the front on the left and back on the right.
  

Glenda's fish quilt based on one by Nicholas Ball of Quilts in the Attic blog in his book
  Inspiring Improv: Explore Creative Piecing with Curves, Strips, Slabs and More






These four are to be part of a show at the State Arboretum ...

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July 7, 2019
10 reasons to retreat from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

If you've never been on a quilt retreat, you have been missing out. Know what you'll experience? 



  • collaboration -- encouraging words and helpful suggestions 
  • camaraderie -- infectious spirit and energy pumping creativity
  • sharing -- ideas, tools, reviews, blogs, viewpoints, suggestions
  • inspiration -- work you can admire and feed off of 
  • like-mindedness -- people understand what you're doing, and why you're doing it
Cheers to Bertha for
providing the wine!
  • social -- people who laugh with you, eat with you (drink with you) and celebrate with you
  • conversation -- amazing discussions of important issues in the quilt world
  • service -- someone begins with "Oh, I ...

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July 5, 2019
On Retreat from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A couple of older kits ready to go.
Today is the first day of a quilt retreat with other women from the Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild. We're at a beautiful retreat house in Baton Rouge that has lots of space: cooking, laundry, living and, of course, sewing. The quilting area is a large, L-shaped room with sewing tables for 12, cutting areas, pressing stations with Oliso irons, and sitting areas. 

Amanda Jean's QAL
I've been prepping for this retreat between all the other things that are happening. Mostly I decided what I want to work on ...

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May 8, 2019
Back From Retreat from From the Strawberry Patch...

Dogs in Sweaters ~ 45" X 60" Well, yes, I AM back from retreat! We had an absolutely wonderful weekend in every way and I did get a LOT done. The projects that I took to work on were polar opposites, though. Next time I'll know better. The jelly roll rug requires nothing more that mindless sewing: joining the strips, one after another and then folding them with the batting inside as they were

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Back From Retreat from From the Strawberry Patch...

Dogs in Sweaters ~ 45" X 60" Well, yes, I AM back from retreat! We had an absolutely wonderful weekend in every way and I did get a LOT done. The projects that I took to work on were polar opposites, though. Next time I'll know better. The jelly roll rug requires nothing more that mindless sewing: joining the strips, one after another and then folding them with the batting inside as they were

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May 1, 2019
Drafting the Apron Pattern from From the Strawberry Patch...

Think of this as part #2 from the previous post. The apron found among my mother's scrap bins has provided itself for drafting purposes. I drew up and cut out an apron to be what I thought was an exact replica. It all went together well. Before I added the buttonholes I decided to try it on. The fit seemed good, and I liked the length. Mr. Goodneedle thought it looked like a

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Drafting the Apron Pattern from From the Strawberry Patch...

Think of this as part #2 from the previous post. The apron found among my mother's scrap bins has provided itself for drafting purposes. I drew up and cut out an apron to be what I thought was an exact replica. It all went together well. Before I added the buttonholes I decided to try it on. The fit seemed good, and I liked the length. Mr. Goodneedle thought it looked like a

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April 27, 2019
Prepping and More Prepping from Heart Desire Creations

Off to another retreat! I’m a  guest at this one, so I get to do a lot more sewing. Prepping has been going on for about a week and I am SO ready! There’s something wonderful about being in a room full of creative quilters that serves to feed my creativity and productivity.

First – a scrappy flimsy that needs a border. It’s a strip quilt and I’ll be doing more strip blocks, making them into small half square triangles with a white-on-white, and adding as a border.

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Second – a baby scrappy quilt that was started a ...

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February 12, 2019
Baton Rouge MQG meeting from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Last Monday the Baton Rouge MQG met for our February gathering. We certainly do have some talented quilters in our group. This post is basically our Show and Share from that meeting.

Mother and daughter who attended a quilt retreat. They each
made a quilt using the same pattern but in different colorways.



Our mother and daughter team who each made a QOV quilt

The maker of this quilt bought a pack of grandmother's fans and decided to set them in this black background, which sets the fans off beautifully.



Lori's huge king size quilt. Imagine this on ...

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January 27, 2019
Sunday Stitching Post #2 from Urban Quilter

I'm back from retreat and all my sewing stuff is unpacked and put away. It was a fun retreat and fairly productive. I finished the bargello wall hanging top, made excellent progress on both quilting my log cabin and piecing the Streak of Lightening quilt. I decided not to work on the guild mystery quilt over the weekend, but everything else on the goal list got done.
My fifteen-minutes-to-stitch goal is at 20/27 days for the month so far (74%). I haven't managed a single Thursday, but otherwise it is going well.

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January 24, 2019
Getting Ready for Retreat from Urban Quilter

Baby Quilt finished and ready to deliver
to the Guild's Charity Quilt Project coordinator
This weekend is quilt retreat and I have gathered my projects and am packing my supplies. My goals for retreat are:

  • hang out with my friends
  • finish all the units for my Streak of Lightning Quilt 
  • quilt my log cabin lap quilt which is basted and ready to machine quilt
  • make progress on piecing the green and pink bargello I started at retreat last Fall
  • maybe work on my AQG Mystery quilt
  • Finished Ballerina Bears Quilt
  • turn in the baby quilts I quilted for the ...

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November 4, 2018
September 2018 Meeting Recap from NYC Metro MOD Quilters

Welcome Back!

It's great to start another year of quilting inspiration!


We had a fun icebreaker where members introduced themselves and told us something about their lives.



The scrap table is looking good!



Some interesting items on the raffle table...


Announcements
  • There are two Board positions opening up in June: Secretary and President.
  • Maureen Hyslop will be our new Block Lotto Chairperson.
  • Our Winter and Spring retreats are all set to go. More details later.
  • Lisa Mason will be teaching us how to make these adorable pin cushions:

Start gathering your bases now!


Round Robin Quilts
Eva brought in ...

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October 15, 2018
The Fabric Made Me Do It – Again! from Heart Desire Creations

Keep Calm Squirrel[1]Remember my rant about reducing my WIPs? Huh – guess I lied! How weak am I when I begin to look through my fabrics. Maybe I can justify this one, though – it’s a leader ender to have on hand at upcoming retreats.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! This also puts me as a member in good standing in the Squirrel Club!

I was going through my scrap bin of Kaffe fabrics which was filled to the brim with beautiful, colorful prints. I saw a quilt online recently that’s done with all half square triangles ...

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September 18, 2018
Retreat Report from Urban Quilter

Binding detail of baby quilt
I had an excellent time at retreat this year and was super productive (for me anyway). Here is what I got done:
  • Finished quilting my rainbow string quilt.
  • I made one flag quilt top. Decided this is a terrible project for retreat as I need to press every row as it goes on and the walk from the sewing machine to the iron every 2 minutes is annoying. When I make these in my sewing room I can just swivel my chair to press rows as I go along. 
  • I am almost finished with my ...

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September 13, 2018
Retreat from Urban Quilter

This coming weekend is the Amoskeag Quilt Guild's fall retreat. Once again I will be going along with several members of my bee. In addition to eating, drinking, relaxing, and hanging out with my pals here is what I hope to get done at this retreat:

    I am also taking along a few other odds and ends in ...

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    June 27, 2018
    Two More! from Heart Desire Creations

    Needle and Thread ThursdayMy goal for June was to quilt and finish as many Hospice quilts as possible.  I have been working on it for the last few days, but because so much of my time went into finishing my new sewing table, I could not begin earlier.

    I pulled out all the quilt tops and if I had not already had a backing stored with them, I chose one. I also prepped the binding for each. Oh my – look at all those bindings!

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    I prepped the batting for two of the quilts and sandwiched them. Now it was ...

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    April 28, 2018
    Surprises & A Great Retreat! from Heart Desire Creations

    Last week was the Spring Quilt & Sew-In Retreat and it was a blast! There was so much sewing going on, but that is truly the least of it. The sharing, assistance, laughing and teaching moments were all such treasures. The generous spirit of all who attended was just amazingly wonderful. How lucky am I to bring these quilters back together each year!

    And there were surprises! Beverly made these darling heart appliqued bags for everyone and a few extras for the wonderful employees of the inn where we stay. She also made  cute little butterflies (mine, unfortunately, is camera shy ...

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