Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winner Winner Christmas Dinner

I know, I know. Thanksgiving hasn't even happened yet.  Well, maybe not, but I'm already getting into the Christmas spirit.  Last night Richard and grandson Lane pulled the tree and boxes of ornaments down from the attic.  Then they shook out and stood up the tree, leaving the decorating for me.  I did that today, then realized that I'll need new ribbon since the old ones were puppy shredded last year.

I haven't decorated the tree in a couple of years--Richard usually does it all while I'm at work. However, I insisted that we be the first ones in the family to have the tree up.  We've NEVER been first for this honor.  That's because Richard's mom generally kicks everyone out of her house on Thanksgiving afternoon so she can put up her tree.  She buys and wraps gifts all through the year, so by this time, most of her gifts are bought, wrapped and ready to display.  She's just about impossible to outdo. 

Not this year.  This year it's our turn.  Oh, I'm not really thrilled, mind you.  I don't have to be first and Richard usually is the last one in a line.  I just wanted to be first one time.

Turns out it's not all that.  No one is singing my praises or congratulating me, or even saying, "Hey, you win."  Why not?  Really, why the heck not?  I worked hard to get two big men into the attic.  I had to promise cheesecake to make it happen.  I also had to put the decorations on the tree, and chances are pretty good that now I'll have to undecorate after Christmas.  (I tell Rich you made the mess, you clean the mess.  I fear he will use my words in about a month.)

So much for saying "nanny-nanny boo-boo" to everyone I know.  Next year we may not even put the tree up.  After all, if this is the big to-do for getting the tree up first, there's no reason for bothering, is there?  

I'll just open presents and smile my happy smile knowing I don't have to con a man or two.  

Mrs. Claus must have to work really hard to get Santa out into the middle of a cold, frosty night.

Birthday....Bust :-(

Have you ever known a 4-year-old to have a birthday party in which several other children were invited and no one showed up?  That's what's happened to Fleur de Lis Quilts.  It's sad and disheartening, but I've decided to move on.  

Much of what I write about is for myself: a way of recording my ideas, my quilting story, and events, So in a way it makes sense that I continue in that vein and not let my lack of interested, engaged readers affect who I am or what I write.  People will either read or not.  

On the other hand, I have to admit that it stings.  After all, there were a few people who visited.  They, apparently, just chose not to enter the giveaway.  

Regardless, I have one faithful follower: Kaja, who visits a couple of times each week and leaves her sweet comments.  Since she is the only one to comment on the giveaway, she wins by default!  Congratulations Kaja!  I'll send the New Orleans recipe book and the fabric, in yellow, once I hear from you.

I've already sent you an email and it would be best to respond to that so that I'm sure to get your note.

I hope you enjoy your prizes!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Four Years of Blogging CELEBRATION and GIVEAWAY

I've really enjoyed blogging.  I like writing and having an outlet for some of my work.  I also enjoy reading other blogs, keeping up with what is going on in the quilting/blogging world and, mostly, I love meeting new people.  

This outlet is just as much an inlet for me.  FOUR fun years!

So enough celebrating, let's give something away!  First I have this sweet little recipe book that Richard and I picked up on our last trip to the Big Easy.  The title is Favorite Recipes from New Orleans, the recipes are from some of its famous restaurants and everyone looks and reads absolutely delicious.  Well, I mean, the one or two that I looked at. 

Just take at look at Cherries Jubilee.

And there are beautiful photos of some of those restaurants.  The photos alone would be worth the price of the book. 

And so what about the quilting part of the blog?  Well, there's something for that, too.  I've been taking advantage of the very generous sale at Sew Fresh Fabrics which is eventually closing it's online store.  To that end, they are giving 30% off of all purchases of whatever is left on their shelves.  I've decided to cut some of the fat quarters into 4 1/2 inch squares so that I can play with a few ideas (eventually) and, of course, I thought you'd like a few of the squares.  Since I've barely started cutting on the Studio cutter, I thought I'd let the winner choose a color or two.  It really doesn't matter to me, since I can play with whatever color I happen to have.  
This means we'll have two winners: the first name chosen by Mr. Random Number will win the recipe book, the second will win some 4 1/2 inch squares.

These are the pieces that came in this week, but again, you don't have to choose yellow or green: I have plenty of other colors, patterns, and prints.  If you'd like to do something really scrappy, or modern, or "everything and the kitchen sink," I can do that, too. Four years of blogging should mean, oh, 40 squares, don't you agree?

So what do you have to do?  
Well, heck we're celebrating four years, so let's give you four chances:
                               1. like Fleur de Lis Quilts on Facebook
                               2. follow Fleur de Lis Quilts blog, 
                               3. follow Fleur de Lis Quilts on 3rd Revolution
                        and 4. tell us which color, print or type of fabric you'd prefer (solids, prints, modern, mix it up).

Surely you know that you'll need to leave a comment for each chance...please do.  And don't forget your email address so I can contact you on Friday, which will be the final day of the giveaway.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Modern Monday Material

Glossary of pattern names - Cute DecorNot's fabric, but you know that alliteration just had to be!

I do remember my mom and so many other seamstresses of her day calling it material.  I must have been in my 30's before the word fabric stayed in my head. Now when I hear a little lady of a certain age say material, I can't help but smile.

For starters, here's a really nice little glossary of fabric patterns. 

I'm betting that if you know fabric, most of them are likely familiar with the terms, but look all the way down.  What is vermicular, I've only ever known as loops or stipples. I seems I could be wrong: vermicular is the correct name, but only because that is the scientific word for worms.  Hmm, I think I'll stick with loops.  

These photos are all from the same Pinterest board by Modern Quilts Unlimited.  We are lucky to have the quilt shop near us!

I Love orange!!

Pink chalk this website! Awesome fabric you can't find at JoAnn's or Hancock!
Pink chalk fabrics

Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt
Chicopee by Denyse Schmitt

Jenn Ski: My new abstract fabric!
Jenn Ski

From Modern Quilts Unlimited Winter 2014 Camelot Fabrics Mint to Be, a fresh new collection from Camelot Design Studio, features an array of mint, orange, turquoise and navy hues. The 21 warm, vibrant prints in the collection include pretty florals, as well as ombre, ikat and madala patterns.
Camelot Fabrics Mint to Be

From Modern Quilts Unlimited Winter 2014 Art Gallery Fabrics Geometry is back with a bang in the new Minimalista collection by the Art Gallery Fabrics in-house design team. The four tonal color stories—Noir, Watermelon, Honeycomb and Turquoise are each made up of seven eye-catching patterns that range from innovative textures to graphic florals.
Minimalista collection by the Art Gallery Fabrics

Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine offers quilt, accessory and home decoration patterns and publishes quarterly, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

Fact: The most popular post of all time is LSU Rural Life Museum published in July of 2011.

Hint: modern material

Memories: The cutest little sewing machine I'd ever seen is at the Rural Life Museum and put me on track to getting my very own. 

I'll see you tomorrow for the giveaway announcement...let's celebrate Fleur de Lis Quilts' four years of blogging together!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: IQA Winners!

Okay, enough waiting for the winners--below are the big money quilts!  

 Unfortunately, I missed taking photos of the information sheets because there were always people in front of the quilts, even though I tried to get to them several times.  I'm not complaining, but know that it's possible that this last info sheet follows the wrong quilt. I apologize if that is the case. The other sheets are in their correct places.  

Fact: Fleur de Lis Quilts has followers from Germany, Russia, Sweden, UK, Ukraine, and Australia.

Hint: I'm still working on the giveaway!

Memory: I taught you how to attach an eyelet in 2012.  It has been one of my most popular tutorials!