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October 19, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: B O O K S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Since I've broken the news of my forthcoming book, A World So Fierce, I thought I'd take a look at the quilts that represent books. 

There are many bookshelf quilts. I knew that going in, but wow! I didn't expect to find so many more since the last time I pinned some to the "books" section of "heart, quilts." 

There are  over 150 pins on this board alone. I imagine there are a few duplicates, since it's difficult to remember them as I go along. 

Have you made or considered making a quilt with books? What ...

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October 11, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: leaves of three, let me be... from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 Has anyone ever told you that phrase in a effort to keep you out of poison ivy or poison sumac or poison oak? Yes, I know of three vines to which I am highly allergic. 

I watch for the leaves, but I also know where they are most likely to thrive and know the itching difference. Yes, it's possible to tell. Poison ivy blisters and will release a clear liquid that will spread the itching. It's pretty miserable.

Poison oak itches more and feels like it gets deeper into your tissues. There are no obvious blisters but the ...

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October 6, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: vintage quilts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I'll be honest, I'm sort of out of ideas for SQI. I'm sure more will come to me at some point, but honestly, it's getting more and more difficult. Yes, I have a running list. It's down to some of the really strange brainstorming ideas. Yes, SQI is always running "somewhere" in the back of my brain. (That's probably where the strange ideas come from. Perhaps we shouldn't go there.) 

Anyway, in desperation--it is Monday morning, after all--I'm just going to post pictures of quilts. Old quilts, because they don't get ...

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September 28, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Words and Phrases from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

In September of 2015 I wrote this SQI about using text in quilts. At the time I was collecting fabric with words, which was becoming an easier goal anytime I walked into a quilt shop. Today at least one piece in a line of fabric has some kind of lettering or words. And I have enough text fabric to make several quilts. 

Nevertheless, words and how we use them still fascinate me. There are always words in my head. And I analyze sentences, usage, mechanics at the drop ...

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September 21, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Red and Black from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 Four years ago I wrote this SQI post because, as I mentioned, I was deep into making these red and black headbands for students at our school. The end of football season is generally a couple of weeks of miserably cold, damp wind. Ear coverings are especially nice if you're sitting on a metal bleacher.

Uniforms are khaki pants with either red or white polo shirts, so the girls are looking forward to having something that matches their uniforms but still can add a little contrasting color.  
These headbands are reversible, which makes them especially useful for that purpose ...

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September 13, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: SUNRISE / SUNSET from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Sunrises and sunsets, when I get to see them in person, remind me of the beauty of individuality. Every one is stunningly beautiful and stunningly different. In fact, I've been on my way home, seen a gorgeous sunset out of my windshield, and pulled over several times to take pictures of the same sunset. 

One time, while driving across the I-10 bridge in Baton Rouge the sunset looked like it could not get any better, so I pulled over in Lobdell to take a photo. Then on Hwy. 190, it changes before my eyes--every few minutes the colors become ...

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September 7, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Coffee and Tea from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Mello Joy Between Roast 

16 oz. Ground Dark Roast Coffee

Black Tea | Lipton

Cafe Du Monde Coffee and Chicory - 15 oz. 12-Pack

 Here in Louisiana, we are all about hot coffee and ice tea. Community Coffee is the ONLY one we drink here in Avoyelles Parish--it's a Louisiana product, after all. 

However, there are others. Cafe du Monde, for example from the famous NOLA French Quarter market. And then Mello Joy coffee which you can easily find in the Lafayette area. 

As far as tea goes, there's only one that's passable in the Marcotte clan--Lipton. It has to be sweet, ice cold and served with a real glass (made of glass as opposed to plastic) filled with ice. Yeah ...

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August 24, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Swirls from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 Welcome to my world which, for the next week, will consist mostly of tracking TWO hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Right now every weather channel is predicting that both will make landfall on the Louisiana coast, possibly near New Orleans. Then hello, central Louisiana, which is where my home sits.

We're not overly concerned for ourselves. Generally by the time a hurricane arrives, it has worn itself out in the south. It has to battle lots of towns, trees, and swamps.

Outdoor furniture, trees, trailers, and anything else not nailed down is up for a swirling, churning ride ...

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August 17, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: YELLOW from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 Although we've gotten a few rain storms here, they are short lived and before you know it, the sun is drying things up again. We are talking about a brilliant, sweltering, yellow sun. I doubt that it's any brighter at the equator. Regardless, I've been thinking yellow today. The steam on the concrete only adds a hazy, mushiness to the yellow. It's bright y'all. I thought I'd share the glory...

Short inspirational quote art print that says You Got This in a colorful yellow and white typography design. #yellowaesthetic #motivationalquotes

Colors for Life

And a couple of yellow quilts to add to the glow. Don't forget about my "heart, quilts" board!

Large-Scale Prints are Stunning in This Quilt - Quilting Digest

Yellow-and-White Diamond Quilt | Blogged at Salty Oat. | Flickr

Timeless Traditions: The Secret Life of Quilters.....

Schumacher With all the charm of a traditional quilt, Tristan Patchwork is a jacquard weave with wonderful character and dimension. Since 1889, we've been setting the bar with our exceptional products. A passion for beauty, respect for classicism and eye for the cutting edge are woven into everything we do. Color: Yellow

Stunning! Vintage Dated 1951 Yellow & White Pickle Dish QUILT 84x74

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July 19, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Crosses from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I hope you are having a blessed Sunday. As Catholics we are watching with growing concern the destruction of Catholic churches and statues around the country. What happened to freedom of religion in the United States? This should be a worry for everyone, since burning one church means people can burn others. The anarchy in our country...I don't know quite what to say. But let's move on to today's SQI. I used crosses in SQI in 2014, but it seems apropos to cover it again with perhaps a few new pins. 

And a few quilts with ...

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July 12, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Gallery Wall from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

As I write this post, my darling husband is hanging photos for a gallery wall in our living area. More on that process on a later date. Today let's get inspired by some beautiful gallery walls.

If there's a quote you love or that is especially meaningful to you, try making it the focal point of your wall gallery, like this gallery wall idea quotes does

When it comes to your walls there is no easier way to amp up your own personal decor style than with the addition of a gallery wall (or two). Installing a gallery is a lot simpler than you would think, but if you’re like many and find the thought of arranging and hanging multiple frames daunting and intimidating, then I am going to break the process down into some simple tips and tricks for you.

11 Easy Ways To Put Together A Gallery Wall - Chatelaine

The BEST gallery wall ideas are just a click away! Gather tons of inspiration to help you plan a gallery wall in your own home: whether it’s behind a couch, on a staircase or around your tv, you’ll get some great ideas on how to decorate your living room walls! #gallerywall #walldecor #homedecor #decoratingideas

The Easiest Gallery Wall You Could Ever Do

You might be thinking to yourself, "Okay chick, how does this translate to quilts?" And you be thinking a good question. When I look at photos of gallery walls, I think memory quilts. Firstly, we use the fabrics or tee shirts because they have meaning to the user. Secondly, the design settings can easily apply to both. Think of each tee shirt as ...

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June 28, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Kiddos from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I really started out thinking about the sewing camp that I had last week, but honestly, it's almost impossible to find quilts that children have made. Maybe I'm using the wrong search terms. Anyway, I did find more, yes more!, quilts specifically made for little ones. So let's go with that, okay?

Just for fun and because I generally begin with pictures of my inspiration idea, these are my own grandies. Well, the younger ones anyway.

Don't they inspire? Okay, then let's look at a few quilts for kids...
Baby Beluga Baby Quilt

Sparks Baby Quilt tutorial by Alissa Haight-Carlton from Handmade by Alissa. This is such a modern baby quilt!

Fresh Dew Drops: June - 12 minis in 12 months 2018 - Mini Charm Fun with Nest

Scattered Squares Pillow « Moda Bake Shop

Modern patchwork quilt with fairies | hand quilted girl lap quilt in pink | handmade baby quilt | fairy fabric | girl crib quilt

And lastly, quirky monsters seem to ...

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June 14, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: B E A C H from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 It's the BEACH! All beach! Sand, sun, water, sky, waves, sunburn.

20 Geniales fotografías que deberás intentar con tus amigos

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June 7, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Sugaridoo Bernina QAL from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Yesterday I told you that I've caught up with the Quilt-Along that Mettler Thread and Bernina sewing machines are sponsoring through the Sugaridoo blog. It's a fun QAL that you can join at any time. And it's also a beautiful way to be inspired. These are just a few of the thousands of photos on the QAL Facebook page.

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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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