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September 14, 2018
Clearing my Head from Terificreations's Weblog

My sewing room hasn’t been functioning well for a little while. A non-functioning sewing room isn’t a good place for any quilter. We want so much to be in a space that simply doesn’t work. While on a vid call a few weeks ago I showed part of it, stuff I’d been working on and… Continue reading Clearing my Head

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August 23, 2018
The Streets of Dawson City from Nita Dances

Dear Vi,You might have heard that the streets of Dawson City are paved with gold,but the truth is, they aren’t paved at all.Here’s evidence: boot brushes outside the door of every establishment.And miles of boardwalk.This summer has been a writing retreat for me. I left home with a sketchy idea for my next novel, and today I’m well over halfway there. I’m writing about 1,000 words every time I sit down, which has been about 5 days per week. Sometimes more, sometimes less. When I’m not writing, I’m ...

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August 13, 2018
The Forest: a novel by Edward Rutherfurd {book review} from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Edward Rutherfurd || Russka

It's Monday morning and I am finally realizing that I have not posted Pin It Weekly and Sunday Quilt Inspiration! I'd say that is because I just didn't have enough time, thank you doctor's appointments

Richard had two tests and an appointment; I had two appointments, and the dreaded look-inside-the-entire-human-digestive-system scopes. Luckily I've blocked out (or drugged out) every possible moment of our time with doctors. 

On the happy side, all of the waiting room sitting meant I got to read! I'm almost in the middle of Edward Rutherfurd's The Forest.

The forest: a novel by Edward Rutherfurd (Book)

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August 7, 2018
On Second Chances from Terificreations's Weblog

A couple of weeks ago I posted this: Something of an unofficial hint. Last night I had phone call with one one of the folks with C&T, while there are a couple of details to work out (mostly timeline) I am writing a quilting book. Giving up writing my first accepted book was and still… Continue reading On Second Chances

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March 11, 2018
Well, I didn’t see that coming from Terificreations's Weblog

I can always tell when I’m a bit stressed as blogging and quilting become a bit of a challenge. Several posts are in the drafts folder waiting for inspiration, and perhaps something else, the trash bin, the right time? Writing ideas are much like quilt ideas: right time, right place, right skill-level – the words… Continue reading Well, I didn’t see that coming

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March 9, 2018
Third Act from Kim Hanson Quilts

Months ago, I came across an editorial piece in a women’s business magazine. The writer, a middle-aged female, was lamenting her reality; that she had spent so much time on building her business that she had missed out on precious time with family. Her business was very successful and over the years, she had expanded its reach.  She was rightfully proud of what she has created, yet so regretful of the day-to-day family activities she had not witnessed.

As I read her words, I realized it was exactly the opposite for me. I’ve always had such grand business ...

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January 24, 2018
Ultraviolet Colour Palette from Kim Hanson Quilts

Good Wednesday to you all!  Thank you so much for joining me here.

Last Wednesday, I posted stage one of our first contest for 2018. If you scroll down to last week’s post, you can browse through all wonderful, thoughtful comments that we received.

Last week, I came across a Facebook post for Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018 – which is Ultraviolet.  You can see the beautiful, rich colour here.

I think it’s an inspiring colour and I love pairing purples/ultraviolets with teal and pink and sometimes yellow.

Now, for stage 2 of our contest ...

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January 17, 2018
Backyard Retreats from Kim Hanson Quilts

Happy Wednesday everyone. It’s still winter here in Calgary, and we’ve got a long way to go until it’s over, until it’s spring.

But nevertheless, I can’t help myself…..thoughts of spring are still rolling through my mind. I came across this fabulous piece from Houzz, as I subscribe to their email. It’s a wonderful article about “backyard retreats” and I so wanted to share it with you. You can find it here.

I’m particularly fond of the last little retreat, #8 – the one that looks more like an English cottage than a ...

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November 10, 2017
Head and Shoulders, Knees and…Elbows? from Nita Dances

Dear Vi,

I hate to be a complainer, but I just have to tell you:

Too much hand quilting, knitting, typing, and gripping heavy weights at the gym have given me tennis elbow in both arms and caused the arthritis in my hands to flare up.

It’s my own fault. I let it go too far. I let it get away from me. I let it get to the point where it hurts to even pick up a cup of tea.

And that’s not all. Poor ergonomics in my sewing and writing life are affecting my shoulders, neck ...

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November 1, 2017
Lists and Guides Post 16 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



For the final post of our Write 31 Days series, I thought we'd take a look at posts that are popular but relatively easy to write, lists or guides. You can approach this type of post in a number of ways and you can provide almost any type of information. My favorite is to keep an ongoing list of resources that I can share with my quilting readers. 

Very often while I am reading or blogging, I run across sites that I've not seen before. After reading or perusing the site, if I'm impressed with it ...

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October 31, 2017
Curate Your Interests Post 15 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



Curate used as a verb can mean "to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation," as defined by dictionary.com. This is the definition I intend when using it in this post.

Note that this definition implies three separate actions: gather, sift, and select (not necessarily in that order). Let's say you decide to curate photographs of European castles for your blog. Generally there's a point or connection to your collection--a reason for pulling together these particular photographs. Be specific in explaining the reason so that readers aren't left wondering, "What is your point?"

Every ...

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October 30, 2017
Hobby Timeline Post 14 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



Many people like to read about the important dates that occurred in the history of their hobby, interests, country, etc. Let's say you are interested in muscle cars, specifically the Ford Mustang. Wouldn't it be interesting to know that Ford debuted the Mustang in April of 1964 at the World's Fair or that the car was name for a fighter plane, the P51 Mustang and not the Mustang horse depicted in its logo? Don't you now want to know why or how that was changed?

Those little tidbits of information are the kinds of material you ...

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October 27, 2017
Personal Library / Readers' Circle Post 13 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



Writing about your personal library may seem difficult, but there's are reasons for the books you've chosen to bring into your life. That's how I think of my library--as part of my life. Very likely that's because I read daily. Yes, daily. Even if I'm busy. Or there are things going that overwhelm me. There's going to be some reading in the chaos.

Now when I say library, I mean literally (in my case) a library of books--mostly hard back. I don't do the e-book thing yet. I don't need to since ...

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October 26, 2017
Personal Belongings Post 12 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories




This idea of sharing your personal things may seem strange at first but can make for an interesting post. Followers, and people in general, are curious and most of us like human contact. I may not be able to visit you personally, but as I get to know you via internet, I am more and more likely to want to more. Sharing your personal things is a way of sharing your life.


Keeping in mind that TMI (too much information) is real, let's consider what you might share and why.
  • vehicles--For some people the vehicle you drive and ...

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October 25, 2017
Travel Experiences Post 11 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Continuing our discussion of blog writing ideas, I've come to the idea of sharing your travel experiences. This is especially interesting if you take good photos and are able to describe the scenery in them. Again, you are telling a story; this one just happens to be about your experiences in foreign lands, natural settings, or large cities. 

Years ago I spent a weekend in Chicago. While there I saw my first Andrew Lloyd Webber show, "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with Donny Osmond as Joseph. We window shopped along the "Magnificent Mile," where I bought a small ...

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October 24, 2017
Product Testimonial Post 10 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Have you ever purchased a product and discovered that you love it? Did that experience encourage you to return to the brand when possible? I discovered that I love a particular brand of scissors when my husband gave me a pair along with other quilt-related items. Made of titanium the scissors stay sharp (almost dangerous) and never rust or get old looking. I've had them for several years and they still shine, cut like a razor, and have not needed any adjustments. Of course no one touches my scissors. No one. Not even to cut fabric. These scissors haven ...

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October 23, 2017
Setting Goals Post 9 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



By delving deeply into ideas from different lists, we've been talking about the different ways to add indepth content to your blog articles. The topics and links that we've already discussed are at the bottom of this article so you can easily go back and read anything you've missed or that you'd like to review. 

Today l
et's talk about goal setting and ways to write about this topic on your blog. Many people write some sort of goal setting post in late December or early January. That's a good idea since many people ...

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October 21, 2017
All the miscellaneous bits and pieces from Nita Dances

Dear Vi,

Today I sent out another query letter for Holding Space. That makes nine. Out of the nine, I’ve received two rejections and one request for a Full. That means the agent liked the query enough to want to read the full manuscript. That’s pretty exciting. Even if she decides it isn’t for her, it’s a huge boost to my writerly self esteem.

And I’ve got a short story out on submission, but I won’t hear for awhile yet.

Meanwhile, I’m working on two new manuscripts. This is a bit discombobulating –  I ...

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Your Journal Post 8 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


If you are a blogger or writer who keeps a journal, you have a goldmine of articles. There are a variety of ways that you can keep and publish your journal, and we'll get to those in a bit. 

First let's chat about what a journal is and why someone, anyone, would be interested in your journal. For some people a journal is a diary of sorts, a place to write or forge in some way a meaning of the day's events. It can be as simple as recording the people and occurences that one has experienced ...

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October 18, 2017
Bloggers You Follow Post 7 :: Write 31 Days from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



Most bloggers have followers that they can write about. That's what we discussed in Post 4 (here). Yet, bloggers are also followers ...and we all have favorite blogs that we return to again and again. There are a couple of good posts right there on your sidebar. 

The reasoning behind the idea is pretty straight-forward: as a long-time reader, you have had the opportunity to get to know the blogger, having interacted with her blog, emailing her on occasion, and maybe even meeting her in person. Conventions and shows provide a wonderful opportunity to match a person to the ...

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