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May 31, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: B I R D S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

After writing about the birds in our backyard yesterday, I decided that it would be fun to use birds as quilt inspiration, again. Are they beautiful?

Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon

Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon

The 2017 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

Pretty bird!

Fiery-throated Hummingbird - There are about 338 different species of hummingbirds. There are few other birds that rival the spectacular iridescence of the Fiery-throated Hummingbird. Found only in the cloud forest of Costa Rica and western Panama.

Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon

And so bird inspired quilts.... 

"Flying Home" quilt in Pam Bono's book (I have this book)

Gradually, In Full Bloom came together with a large vase of cut flowers as the dominant theme. Description from I searched for this on

bird wall quilt; wool felt applique and hand quilting.

The Patchery Menagerie: Student Bird Quilts

Black Birds Quilt Pattern PDF Instant Download modern

paper pieced birds

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May 25, 2020
Sunday/Monday Quilt Inspiration: Mini Charm Squares from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

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My apologies for not being here for the last week. I have a sister who has Alzheimers, and she's spending the week with us. She needs constant supervision. I hadn't realized how much ground she's lost since the last time she was here. 

Ways to use mini Charm Packs, on Craftsy

At first she seems the same, unable to hold a conversation but capable of answering simple questions. After a while though, it's apparent that it's a charade she cannot keep up for long. I know this charade bit is just a stage of Alzheimers, but it's still a surprise at how ...

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May 17, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: 10" Layer Cakes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The last couple of Sundays I've been using fabric precuts to inspire you, so this Sunday we'll keep going with layer cakes. You can find the SQI post on charm squares here and the SQI on jelly rolls here

Personalized Photo Charms Compatible with Pandora Bracelets. Here is another great info chart from

10" squares are large enough that they can be cut down to any size that is at least ten inches. They are especially good for making disappearing patch quilts, such as disappearing four patch or disappearing nine patch. 

Disappearing 9-Patch With Layer Cakes BABY QUILTS
This D9P is a great example of how complicated they can look. Here's another in softer hues. Both use one ...

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April 6, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Palms and Holy Week from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

For my Christian readers: I hope you had a good Palm Sunday. It's the strangest of Easters, but we can do this. Watch mass on EWTN, which is what Rich and I did this evening. Do you best to walk with Christ this week.  I have planned something each day of this week to help us in our walk. 

Church Bulletin 11" - Palm Sunday - Blessed is he (Pack of 50)

62 Ideas For Quilting Patterns Modern Large Prints

Swish Modern Half Square Triangle PDF Quilt Pattern | Etsy

The Nifty Stitcher: More Quilting with the Q'nique

Oh green nine patch, how do I love you? Let me count the ways. Also, I need a ni...

Traditional Lap Quilt & Throw Patterns - EXCLUSIVELY ANNIE'S QUILT DESIGNS: Irish Fairway Quilt Pattern

Rare in Green! A beautiful Ocean Waves with a rare to find, light green background. A strong, beautiful quilt for the collector or decorator! Thin cotton batting. see photos.

Sage & Sea Glass - Star Chain Quilt designed by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass Fabrics

summer breeze | ... a flimsy | quilt it | Flickr

SundayPalm Sunday mass on EWTN.
Mondayconfession. Father is accepting one person at a time and is hearing confessions in the open pavilion, with at least six feet of distance. It's going to be strange, but we'll ...

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March 30, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Daisies from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy SQI today! It's the end of March (a grandson's birthday) and we're all still in quarantine. This week I hope to add a few daisies (Shasta, maybe) to the garden of flowers that are thriving in the yard. And so, I thought that perhaps daisies would be a good theme for quilts. Guess what?! It is!

And because SQI must always have quilts, here are just a few that I discovered...

Tamarack Shack: Doo Da Daisy Quilt

Daisy String Quilt – Quilt Art Designs

I suppose you could say we're doing great. When I think of the alternatives: a sick baby, a family member suffering from the Coronavirus-19 ...

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March 23, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Face Masks from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Face Mask Pattern - Free Sewing Patter • Craft PassionWith all the issues of the Coronavirus pandemic, running out of supplies seems to be in the forefront of the news. The situation is expected to become much worse in the coming months. Makers can help alleviate the problem:

 "In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield ...

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March 16, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Kaleidoscope from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Teleidoscope - is a kind of kaleidoscope, with a lens and an open view, so it can be used to form kaleidoscopic patterns from objects outside the instrument, rather than from items installed as part of it. Invented by John Lyon Burnside III. A spherical ball lens is often used.

What I've been calling kaleidoscope seems to be "one block wonder" quilts. I can't imagine why because they certainly look like kaleidoscopes. Regardless of what we call them, they are a wonder to watch unfold.

We all remember the kaleidoscopes of our youth--the tubes that had a hole to peek into. You'd turn the tube and the colors and designs would change. If like me, you had to share one with seven sisters, your biggest fear was that it would run out of designs. Not that I didn't share, but I did fret. (I was a ...

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March 9, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Sunset / Sunrise from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Yesterday my sister, Courtney, and I were driving home from visiting another sister, Laura. At the top of an overpass, Courtney exclaimed, "Oh look!" We had a perfect view of one gorgeous sunset. 

I got only a glimpse because I was driving and this particular overpass makes a serious curve away from the setting sun. Nevertheless, I shared a spectacular moment with Courtney. She has dementia, so every lucid moment is important.

As we drove along, she kept looking back and naming the colors in the sky and I enjoyed the few minutes that she was able to verbalize the ...

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March 2, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: hexagon from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

"23 ideas vintage quilting antiques flowers garden for 2019 #garden #flowers #vintage #quilting

Everything old is new again." Have you heard that cliche'? It seems to be especially true these days with the idea of "farmhouse" decor. Now, I won't get into what real farmhouses used to have (and as I was raised in one and knew many families who lived in a true farm house) but it seems that old stuff is popular stuff. If, that is, the "old stuff" is newly made. Haha. A little confusing, no? To me, the best thing about it all is that the cliche' is sort of true: old things have value again. One ...

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February 23, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Coral from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

★★★★★ #1 Shopping App | 10 million members | 100K 5-star reviews | 100% free.I was at a total loss for this week's SQI. So I decided to let the fates and Pinterest help me out. I chose the number five. Then I opened my Pinterest app and looked at the fifth item on my feed. I got lucky! It's this pretty building. I immediately focused on that coral. So, coral it is. Yes, life can be that easy.

Sponges and coral come from different phyla, which means they have completely different body plans. Additionally, sponges and...

Pantone was seeking authenticity in 2019, and so Living Coral was picked, an immersive color that you’ll find any and everywhere in 2019. |

Chartreuse, Mint, and Coral Color Palette - Sarah Hearts

Pantone Quilt 2019 - Cabin Peaks in Living Coral - Cotton + Joy

South Rim + Pantone Quilt Entry

Little Miss Sawtooth Quilt – #7 – The Coral Romantic Version – Quilt Reveal

How to Use Pantone's Color of the Year, Living Coral, In Your 2019 Products - Craft Industry Alliance

Twinkle and Twine: Finished Quilt: Coral & Yellow Quilt As You Go

 19+ Best Ideas For Cake Layer Quilt Patterns Color Combos

Easy Gingham Coral Quilt Top with Fabric Requirements

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February 17, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Tee Shirts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've had several friends ask me about the tee shirt quilts that I've made. That got me thinking about layouts, so I thought I'd share a few with you. This first one is probably the easiest one to use because you can cut all the tees the same size.
Cara's T-shirt quilt.

24 super ideas for t-shirt quilt layout ideas

KeepsakeSewing: T-shirt Quilt - I Arted Shirt - Ideas of I Arted Shirt #artedshirts - KeepsakeSewing: T-shirt Quilt

Tshirt quilt tutorials!!! I started mine (Mizzou, too, how funny!) a long time ago, but was only going to sew shirt squares together... I'm SO glad I kept my scraps, because this one looks SO much cooler!! I can't wait to get working on it! :D

21 Ideas T-shirt Quilt Ideas Layout Squares #tshirt

tshirt quilt idea - never seen one on the diagonal like this. Much better!.

Jersey t-shirt quilts made from 9 to 49 tees. Memory T shirt

49+ Ideas T-shirt Quilt Layout Design For 2019

has some info on working with irregular shapes

As you can see, making a tee-shirt can be quite creative. If the goal is to get as many tees as possible into the quilt, this last one is a good way to go--cut the designs as small as you can and play with placement to get everything ...

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February 9, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 How about some spiritual inspiration? I found these and pinned them to my "graphic sign decor emblem words inspiration" board. Note: you will not find any derogatory, crude, or foul language on any of my boards, including this one. What is inappropriate in my Godly life, I do not allow in my life.

               AA Serenity Prayer Inspirational SIGN by WeHaveAGreatNotion

This is a wood pallet sign that measures either 16 x 16 or 24 x 24. The background is painted White. Wording is Black.  I will handpaint, sand for a distressed/shabby chic/vintage look and seal the piece.  The back is left unfinished and comes ready to hang with sawtooth hanger.  When you place your order, be sure to specify: *Names (if desired) *Date (if desired)  Thanks so much for looking & I hope to be able to make this special piece for you

Large Wood Sign - A House is made of Bricks and Beams, A Home is made of Love and Dreams - Subway Sign

FAITH Sign/It Does Not Make Things Easy/It by TheGingerbreadShoppe, $24.95

AND I THINK TO MYSELF WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Sign Size: 25 x 10 (may vary by up to 1/2) Background: Antique White Lettering: Charcoal Gray Frame: Farmhouse Walnut Back: unfinished wood Turnaround Time: Please See Shop Announcement This is a 100% hand painted and distressed

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January 20, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Buttons (again) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

One of my most popular posts is this one on buttons. Interestingly, just yesterday (which was Sunday, I'm a day late posting) I found a place to exhibit the quilt mentioned in that post. Anyway I thought it serendipitous enough to pull another SQI from the idea. So, first a few buttons from this board....

12 Vintage Art Deco Black & Ivory Coloured Celluloid Buttons

Vintage Buttons from Ebay.

all in green

Mary Engelbreit (@homecompanion) • Instagram photos and videos

Victorian Metal Buttons

And, of course, some button inspired quilts....
how to crazy quilt by hand #Crazyquilting

61+ Ideas Crazy Quilting Ideas Things To For 2019

Embroidery bird wall hangings 32+ super Ideas #embroidery #wall

crazy quilting ideas #Crazyquilting

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January 13, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: 1970 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Looking back at the 1960s last week was different. And apparently, interesting. Thanks for the comments and the notes. Since, I'm short of ideas for SQI, we're going to visit the decades. One decade a week for a while. Or till we get tired of looking back. Or another idea comes along. So here you are, transported back to 1970-1979 or there about:

Cruising Down “The Boulevard” of the San Fernando Valley During the 1970s - Feature Shoot

Vintage Hallmark Betsey Clark 1975 Date Book Clean & Crisp with no writing.

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January 6, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: 1960 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Here are some coincidences for you: just this week Richard and I were noting that we turn 60 this year and we were born in 1960. Tonight I opened blogger to discover (I still don't know how it happened) that I have published--you guessed it--1960 posts. Odd, sure. Gonna let it roll on by? No way!

Immediately I took a screenshot so I could prove it. Ha! But the screenshot was pretty sad as far as being able to see anything. So, I did the unthinkable and enhanced it just a little--enlarged it and turned it into gray scale ...

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December 16, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Sherri Lynn Wood workshop from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I attended a two-day workshop with author Sherri Lynn Wood thanks to the Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild and Quilt Guild Acadienne. Held at A&A Sewing Center, this workshop could not have been more. Class fees paid for everything, and I mean everything. That included more delicious food than we could eat. (South Louisiana, y'all. We know how to eat!)

Sherri Lynn Wood (center) with our fearless
leaders, Torch (left) and Lori (right)
Thanks, ladies, for a wonderful weekend!
And now to inspire you, just a few pictures of some of the pieces we worked on. No one ...

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December 8, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Houston 3 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My apologies for missing SQI last weekend. I'm happy to say that I have a few more pictures from quilts at the Houston Quilt Festival. These are from Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) and from "In the American Tradition."

SAQA had a special exhibit entitled "Layered and Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art." These are some of my favorite works.

The following quilts are all from the "In the American Tradition" exhibit.

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November 17, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Houston 2 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

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November 11, 2019
International Quilt Show ~~ Houston (12 winners) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Best of Show

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November 3, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Houston from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

What a week! It really began on Wednesday, in a way. Richard had a doctor's appointment for plantar fasciitis. We were loading the grandies into the truck when Meme accidentally stepped on the hitch that was lying on the floor of the truck. It slipped out onto the top of my foot. I've been in a boot since, mostly to protect the foot while traipsing around at the Houston Quilt Show.

Houston began early the next morning. We arrived an hour late because traffic in Lake Charles was crazy slow. The delay may have been a good thing ...

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