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February 10, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: college memories from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Having just spent most of my week with a bunch of teenagers who all plan to attend a college, I thought it might be a nice idea to take a look at some of the college memory quilts that are on Pinterest. 

An LSU commissioned quilt for a retiree from her coworkers.
I've made a couple, one LSU and one SLU, which are the first ones on this list. Everything else is just sort of randomly selected and not necessarily on my boards.

Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: SLU Tee-shirt Quilt

Other, randomly selected, college tee-shirt quilts...
I like the mismatched pattern and border around the edges. Also like the black border between shirts and square edge pattern

I am going to do this with all my High School Sports shirts....Neat Idea!   T-Shirt QuiltTshirt 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

Turn your old favourite shirts into a T-shirt quilt! | Craft projects for every fan!

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt for Beginners a Step-by-Step Guide | FeltMagnet

Turn your old favourite shirts into a T-shirt quilt! | Craft projects for every fan!

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt for Beginners a Step-by-Step Guide | FeltMagnet

As I leave Beta convention and all of that fun behind me, I can't help but think of all ...

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February 4, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Chinese coins from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Antique: Coin #FreeShipping antique Folk Ancient Chinese Dynasty Bronze Wealth Tong He Yuan Bao Copper Money Coin BiA couple of years ago AHIQ held a challenge to make Chinese coin quilts. Ann and Kaja made some gorgeous quilts; in fact, Ann made several. Today I ran across a couple of familiar-looking quilts on Pinterest. You probably guessed it. Two of their quilts! I'm not certain that they should be on Pinterest, but there they were.

Chinese Coin, a Feng Shui suggestion for AbundanceDa Ding Tong Bao bronze 1 cash coin cast in 1188 AD during the Da Ding reign (1161-1189 AD) of Emperor Shi Zong 1161-1189 AD, of the Jin Dynasty, S-1085. The S-1086 variety has the Chinese character 'Shen' of the reverse top side of the coin.

Since I was searching for an inspiration for today, I got straight to it. Here are both of those and several more. 

like this Chinese coin only about 3 coins wide...chinese-coin-quilt-for-mexico-001

Chinese Coins by Freddy Moran

Pocket Change quilt, a variation on a Chinese coin quilt, by Prairie Tallgrass Studio.

Nice way to use up scraps ~ inspiration

Chinese coins, it seems, is a popular pattern ...

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January 28, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: M A P S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Don't you just love old maps? If you're answer is yes, then I have two suggestions for you today. Firstly, go to the AHIQ blog and see what others have done with the 2018 map challenge. It's  impressive. This link brings you straight to the wrap-up but you can navigate your way around from there.

Vintage World Map Canvas Print

World Map Quilt Pattern

Ruben Marroquin — Now on view New York City Map by Ruben Marroquin...

world-map-quilt   @Sarah Secret   This is an awesome idea. Make the quilt map, and add circles on the places you have been.  :-)

Saatchi Art Artist Victoria Potrovitza; Drawing, "Happy Landscape III" #art

WoW! Love this quilt!The map (after Mondrian) Window Curtains

2018 Spring Paducah Winning Quilts – AQS Blog
USA Selvage Silhouette Quilt Pattern from Quilts by Elena Selvages

DIY Quilt - World Map

map quilt process - Holyoke 1938

And secondly, go to my "quilts - maps" board to see more map quilts.

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January 21, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: modern triangles from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Not just modern. Not just triangles. Modern triangles! 


To the Point Boys Quilt #quilt #triangle #boys #orange #blue #grey #limeMary Keasler - Triangle series #12 Like the machine quilting on this - very complimentary for HST

Modern quilt

rose+twill : caitlin on Instagram: “Just a few things I'm bringing to Thrifters+Drifters this Sunday! Be sure to check out @thriftersdrifters to see all of the other amazing…”


TGIFF! - Colour Pop! - I love the way the colors progressDare collection half square triangle quilt | Pat Bravo

Triangle strip quilt

All of these and over 8,000 more quilts are on my "heart, quilts" board. By all means, do visit!

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January 14, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: MQG past from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I'm getting so very excited at the prospect of attending QuiltCon in just over a month. I can't see enough modern quilts. Enjoy these moderns from previous QuiltCon exhibits and the people who make up the MQG.

Mountain Horizon Quilt Pattern

Most people take a quilt class to improve their skills and to spend time with friends. Both are excellent reasons to take a class, but there’s another, often-overlooked reason to take a class: you get to see how other quilters approach the design. And it’s not just the students in my classes who enjoy this—I do too!  Not long ago I taught Pick-Up Sticks, from The Quilter’s Practical Guide To Color  , at The Quilt Crossing in Boise, Idaho. The 8” x 8” finished-size blocks are cut and sewn im...

Organic Mid-Century Mod by Laura Bennet

Untiltled (Improv Half-Log Cabin) by Heather Jones

AUSTIN MODERN Quilt from Quilts by Elena

Modern Quilt Month 2018 (2)

Formation quilt sewing pattern Card from Purple Pineapple Studio #quiltpatterns #quiltspatterns #quiltideas #quiltingpatterns

Modern Triangle Quilts: 70 Graphic Triangle Blocks - 11 Bold Samplers – Bryan House Quilts

Equilateral Sampler {Modern Triangle Quilts} - Bryan House Quilts

QuiltCon 2019 ++ Quilt Submissions

My Curved Triangles #2 got accepted into 2019 QuiltCon Nashville. #QuiltCon2019

More quilts like these on my "heart, quilts" board

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January 7, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: cacti from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Oh my poor cacti. The little succulents that couldn't fill the pot. The ones I tried to save by putting into a terrarium and wrote about here. Those cacti.

Cacti and succulents are not heavy feeders but do benefit from light feeding during their growing period - usually the warmer months of the year...
They aren't doing well. I will likely have to start over in the spring if I ever want to see that pot spilling over like my inspiration from the International Peace Gardens. Thus, an ode to my pitiful cacti. (I can't show them to you. It's too pitiful.) Inspiration for cacti of a different description.

Urbanika Moda: Decorando con cactus y suculentas / Decorating with cacti and succulents

Let’s talk about Indoor Plants.  I will admit that I have had many a challenges with keeping them alive…from the Ficus Tree that I brought into the bathroom every time I took a shower so it can feel like it was in the Tropics…to the Countless Zebra Plants that I made Humidifying Tents to then …

How to Take Cuttings from Cacti and Succulents | World of Succulents

So you get the idea. There are some succulents that do not ...

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December 31, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: favorites from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


I thought I'd share our favorite quilts from the last few weeks. These, according to Pinterest, would be the most repinned pins (did I just coin a word?) from my "heart, quilts" board and blog posts. Should the photo be of particular interest to you, there are links in the captions which brings you back to the original blog post
Without further adieu: Your Favorites

Family Tree by Osami Gonohe, detail. 2013 Tokyo International Quilt Festival, photo by A Quilter By Night

Fracture. Best use of a panel that I've ever seen! ...

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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 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 29, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: pegboards from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Since last week's organization ideas were so popular, I thought I'd add a few more. This one is all about pegboards. Here's hoping your craft studio finds a peg board or two.

Creative storage inspiration is anything but in short supply with this collection of 21 Ways to Easily Organize your Craft Room or Workshop. Not only will you have a place for all your supplies, it’ll look great too!When I was planning my new sewing room I spent rather a lot of time browsing the internet looking for ideas, particularly for storage. I came across a post on Honeybear Lane about how to make a lar…

Stephanie's Sewing Set-up, Pegboard to the rescue!

 Pegboard Sewing Supply Storage | $100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | DIY Home Decor | Budget Decorating | $100 Room Challenge

Extra large pegboard for sewing tools.  Make it easier by buying frames instead of building but either way a great idea for organizing tools and making them handy!

My Sewing Room - Pegboard from Block Designs; Clock and frame from Habitat; Thread rack from Amazon

Gueessss what? Peg board wall is done and on the blog!!!! I love it so much. Like LOVE. Like kind of mad I didn't do it like 3 years ago! And while you are there-- check out the 25 other awesome craft rooms! I'm sharing a few of my favorites in my Instagram stories!

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October 22, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: studio organization from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

While beautiful and fun, these organization ideas won't break the bank!

Like the book shelves along the wall...and the sewing station.

Any kind of furniture with drawers: dressers, file cabinets, desks. If it has drawers, it will make a great piece to add to your space.
Cutting Table (Dresser side) and Design Wall | Flickr - Photo Sharing!Flat storage drawers for fabric. Great space!

Drawer units can be extremely useful when you need to keep your small things stored in one place where you can easily find them. ALEX has 6 drawers, castors and a white finished back, so that you can move it from room to room and still look good.

ikea helmer hack with rifle paper on drawersStationary cutting table with self-healing cutting top and storage drawers underneath  [La Bella Vie]

You don't need drawers  - this is so much better

Furniture with shelves can hold a multitude of items: fabric, books and mags, baskets and boxes, tools. If you find a bookshelf, snap it up, paint it and voila! fabulous storage.

Check out this colorful and organized craft room makeover with a giant pegboard and get inspired by dozens more craft rooms!I love seeing Artists stuff cupboards to the gills with supplies and their favorite things

Don't forget cubbies!

Who doesn't love rolling storage? Or storage for rolls?

How to choose machine embroidery stabilizers by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With NancyLove the idea of having an ironing board on wheels; this would be perfect in the sewing room.

Craft Closet and Rolling Craft Cart: this is absolutely brilliant! I think I even have one of these old sewing tables in the basement. Ahhhhh! so perfect.Vinyl Storage Solution for Small Spaces (And First Look at My New Craft Room) - Silhouette School

10 Craft Room Pegboard Organization Ideas | Love the color combination!

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October 1, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: N U M B E R S //past posts\\ from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

As I was thinking of today's quilt inspiration post, I found that it's becoming quite difficult to find new ideas. I've been keeping a list of ideas for several years, but haven't added to it in quite a long time. And the ideas still on the list are pretty lame. 

Minick & Simpson: big stitch quilting of Nightingale.....

This afternoon it occurred to me that I have several posts that are popular and I could try to revisit a few of those in the hopes that inspiration would come to me soon. So the next few weeks will revisit some of the posts that ...

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September 3, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: CLOUDS from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

When real life objects seem meaningless,vlouds of varying colours and shapes become significant.Aren't clouds just beautiful? All floaty and soft and colorful. I love to look at the sky. And to enjoy the clouds. Just a few days ago Richard and I were driving through a threatening storm. The clouds were pink and coral on our east and, toward the south, dark purplish gray with lighter and darker grays mixed in. 

Immediately I saw a dragon in the dark grays and Richard found a dog in the east. My dragon lasted for several minutes but his dog morphed into a bunny and then a fantastical flower that surely Dr. Suess drew ...

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August 20, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: plaids from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Plaids are different. Let's look at a few.

I had no idea there are so many types of plaid!

Beautiful bolts of Tartan ~ Britex Fabrics, San Francisco.                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Vebier Plaid - Caribou - Alpine Lodge - Fabric - Products - Ralph Lauren Home - RalphLaurenHome.comDarice Pastel Yarn Dyed Plaid Fabric


$78 Free shipping on F Schumacher fabric. Search thousands of fabric patterns. Strictly 1st Quality. Item FS-3452002. $5 swatches available.Multi_Plaid fabric by duckerdesigns on Spoonflower - custom fabric

Flannel fabric bundle, Plaid flannel, Red Plaid, Red Fabric, Gray fabric, Lumberjack, Apparel fabric, Kaufman, Bundle of 4, Choose the cut by FabricShoppe on Etsy

And for a few quilts that make good use of plaid fabric.

Americana Cambridge Plaid Patchwork Quilt Throw - great inspiration, this would be so soft made out of flannel.

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Plaid valentine quilt by Marjo (The Netherlands).  MBW quilts and other material issues: February 2012Yay! The stripes on the fabric are straight! I thought I was the only one who is meticulous about stripes.  :-)

Quilt made from homespun plaids using the hopscotch pattern.

Patchwork Plaid Quilt Twin Plaid Homespun Fabrics Quilt Made By Lauren Applebee Patchwork Plaid Baby Bedding Plaid Patchwork BeddingPlaid Quilt Design Plaid Bedding Ideas Find This Pin And More On Quilts Plaid Tartan Gingham Homespun By Tartansanta Plaid Fabric Quilt Patterns Quilts Plaid Quilt Patterns

Quilt made out of stipes or checked or plaid look

Plaid Flannel Quilt Patterns Find This Pin And More On Fabric Plaid Quilt Ideas By Fabricfunk Plaid Fabric Quilt Patterns Plaid Quilt Tutorial Quilts Plaid Quilt Patterns

Stepping Stones pattern - love the colors of the homespun fabric in this quilt; black fabrics were used for the the centers....

Easy Plaids Scrap Quilt Pattern. So dynamic. I love the colours.

Join the 2,000 other followers and see over 8,000 other quilts on my Pinterest board, "heart, quilts." 

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August 6, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: F A R M from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Farmhouse style seems to be one of the styles of 2018 so let's see how that may have inspired quilts.

Country Backyard Landscaping | Country Garden | Farm, Garden & Landscape. #PinMyDreamBackyard

Learning how to save your seeds is just part of living a more self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle!Handpainted distressed "Life is better on the Farm" sign "one a day" winner by DeAnna McCasland Photography on Facebook! #child #lifestyle #photography

Farm:  Down on the #farm.This farmhouse laundry room makeover is amazing! Go check out this One Room Challenge room reveal.

Some quilts are farm quilts because they depict farms; others, no matter how modern, are inspired by the plain farm style of old. 

Love these blocks from Farm Girl Vintage book

I want to show you something fun that    we did for our    Farm Girl Vintage Retreat    last week.   This is my Farm Girl Tractor    (w...

Dreamy and Artistic Quilt art to inspire - Rhinetex Lifestyle Fabrics http://www.rhinetex.comMemory Quilt from family clothes

I started this quilt when the @beelori1 Farm Girl Vintage book sew along started back in May 2015. The tractor block was always going to be the star of the quilt, with all the other blocks set around it. Working out how to set the 16″ x 20″ block amongst...

Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Quilt + Tutorial | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

This sweet Apple Bloom Quilt is 58 x 58 Inches (170 x 170 cm) and great for picnics, as a play quilt or a cozy sofa quilt. If you want a bed quilt you can easily add another Log Cabin row or two. Each row will including the border build 16,5 inches (41 cm).

Love how my #farmgirltractorblock #farmgirlvintage quilt turned out, even if Brent says I was wrong to mix my tractor colors.

16 Farm Animals E-Book

Farm Girl Patchwork Pumpkin and Scrappy Maple leaf blocks. I'm getting ready…

How adorable is this Farm Girl Vintage Quilt that @sewbella50 has been working on? #southernfabric #quilting #sewing #farmgirlvintage #quiltsofinstagram #quilt #loriholt

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July 30, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: art quilts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I'm doing something a little differently today. Instead of finding inanimate objects or colors or whatever, I've pulled some of my favorite art quilts and am pairing them with everyday quilts--those not made to be viewed as art. Everyday quilts here means the maker was making them to be used in whatever capacity on a daily basis. 

Here are many of my modern / abstract quilts.  The most recent are at the top.
Beginning with this beautiful little aqua art quilt,
one might be inspired 
by the color, 
A vintage Philco television, with its side-mounted speaker and signature screen shape, inspired this Mod TV quilt from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. The Weighted Log Cabin block variation has a shape similar to the Philco and a midcentury modern feel.
or by the color and block.

Mixed media wall hangings by textile artist Sharon McCartney (these images no longer on her website)
These smart neutral
quilts might inspire 

this winter landscape
I just can't seem to get enough of these birch tree quilts! I have had a few people ask me to write a pattern and give a class for my birch tree quilts,
or this birch tree quilt
with a lovely blue sky.
Wonderful Mini Swap                                                                                                                                                                                 More
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July 23, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Hummers from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've always been infatuated with little hummingbirds. Once, when I was still very young, I caught one in my hand as it buzzed around my mom's roses. 

HummingbirdNapo Sabrewing (Campylopterus villaviscensio)

It stuck me (as opposed to pecked) me in that soft part of the palm that connects the thumb and forefinger. I think it surprised me much more than hurt. He got away!


Once I got up close and personal with that pretty little fella, I really became curious. No, I didn't try to catch another one. I just look at them as they fly around and at the many ...

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