Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pin It Weekly #204


Pin It WeEkly #204! Fleur de Lis Quilts celebrates its fourth AnnIversary of 
Pin It Weekly in only 3 weeks! 
we were shooting for 
25 pins a week...

but I missed last week. Life got in the way, so to speak. I was thinking of trying to make two posts this week, but that won't be quite the same. It's a good thing I hedged a little, I think. Maybe my Mary-math just works the way I need it to. Regardless, no matter how many pins I count, the big day will come, right? 

199 Likes, 15 Comments - Margot Languedoc (@thepatternbasket) on Instagram: “I started my Autumn Feathers quilt this week. I think I might need one for every season Can't…”:

My first pin is one that I discovered on Sunday. Isn't it pretty? Speaking of pretties, let's start with Blinking Cat's "Tatting" board.  

Down the Garden Path by sarahwood8: Tatted bookmark - Hearts Desire:

Winners of the 2014 Show 'n Tell Contest : The Tatting Corner: Supplies for Crocheting, Lacemaking, Tatting:
craft lessons: lace fan! tatting tutorial - crafts ideas - crafts for kids:

Cottage Charms USA (Charmed Life) has a cool lettering board. 

Nursery Wall Letters, Wooden Hanging Letters, Shabby Chic Girl Nursery Decor, Baby Shower Gift, Monogram, Initial: Antropologie Library Letter Knock-off step-by step tutorial-:

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at

could totally make this yourself... modge podge maps onto the cheap cardboard letters from a craft store. doing this. $12: This cool Zenspirations monogram 'B' was hand-colored by Joanne Fink with Sakura's new Moonlight gelly roll fine pens. Delightful!:

Sarah Longhman's "Watches" board has some pretty awesome time pieces. Which would you like?

A round gold case with classically curved lugs,elegant hue, the gold hands match the case colors and underscore their prominent design,color-coordinated mesh strap, inimitable and upscale watch.: A round black case with classically curved lugs,elegant hue, the black hands match the case colors and underscore their prominent design,color-coordinated leather strap, inimitable and upscale watch.:

Men's manly fashionable style.: A round rose gold case with classically curved lugs,elegant hue, the rose gold hands match the case colors and underscore their prominent design,color-coordinated NATO strap,inimitable and upscale watch.:      

Christel Schäfer has a board called "Brot und Brötchen backen," 
which means baked bread and rolls in German. How yummy do 
these look?

Krosses Krustenbrot - smarter - Zeit: 45 Min. | Immer noch mein Seelenbrot vor Augen, habe ich mir die Kombination von Emmer und Dinkel zu eigen gemacht und ein neues Brot gebastelt. Dieses Mal ist ein Roggensauerteig im Spiel, außerdem wieder ein Emmervorteig und zusätzlich ein Brühstück aus Dinkelschrot. Ein richtig aromatisches Brot mit langer Frischhaltung und Saftigkeit. Sobald ich den Brottopf aufmache, strömt mir dieser Weiterlesen...:

Leckeres Chia-Eiweißbrot - Essen ohne Kohlenhydrate:

Selbst gebackenes Toastbrot aus Hefeteig in der Kastenform: Dinkelbrötchen Mehr:

Let's call it a night with a few quilts that I've pinned recently. Most are HST quilts because that's what I was pinning on Sunday. 

Seeing Red Quilt Tutorial                                                                                                                                                                                 More:

nice combination of flying geese and checkerboard pattern

modern half-square triangle quilts | Found on Rescued Hexi quilted by Shelley Sieverkropp with clever echo hexagon design. 2017 Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace. Photo by Sew Fun 2 Quilt

What have you been pinning recently? Share in the comments.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New pattern and dress ~~ finished

Last Sunday I wore a new dress to mass. It's one I'd started a few weeks ago and put aside because, well, there were too many other things going on. I started with several yards of this linen that I bought along with an entire box of linen fabrics. 

Most of the pieces are about three yards. They are also pastel. I didn't buy them for garment sewing, though. I was thinking more of using them for quilt backings. 

I happened to run across this piece and decided it has enough color and design to use for a garment.

I could not find a pattern in my extensive collection. Imagine that. My clothing tastes have not body has. I still love the little sheath dresses of my 20s and 30s; I just can't fit into them.

That said, I decided to make something closer to a comfy dress with a few gathers that would allow airflow. It gets hot in Louisiana. I married two patterns, adjusted the size, and made the dress long so that I could decide on length after seeing how it looked on my body. I liked the end result, so I'm especially happy that I took notes and can use the pattern again.

Front views

All of these pictures were taken before I hemmed the dress sleeves and bottom. I ended up cutting eight inches off the bottom so that the hem just touches the top of my knees. 

Back view
Obviously I also did not iron before taking pictures. Sorry about that. I peeled it off so quickly after getting back from mass that I didn't even think of taking a picture with me in it. Not surprising for me, I hemmed it Sunday morning before we started getting dressed for mass. 

My only concern is that I'll have to watch for rips. The linen has a loose weave that tends to want to pull out of the seams. I discovered a couple of small rips in the underarm/bust area that needed quick repairs. So after the hemming I added another seam on top of overlock stitches to create flat fell seams in every place that might cause some pulling. 

When I took the dress off, I looked carefully under and around the arms, in the bust and hip areas, even along the back seam and nothing had pulled apart or ripped. I'll keep checking every time I wear the dress just to be safe, but I think it will be okay. Chances are I'll want to wear this one often--it's airy and comfortable! 

Have you sewn with linen that wanted to pull out of its seams? What did you do to repair and insure that the seams would hold?

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Half-Square Triangles

I'm in a half-square triangle kind of mood. Pinterest is chock-full of them, so I thought I'd share some of the information and quilts that are available in the way of ideas.

First up: directions, tips, ideas, tutorials and cheats

half square triangles from two squares. Sew around the outside and cut on the diagonals. This is my favorite method!:

The Magic 8 tutorial - this is a great way to make 8 HST at once - She even does an easy equation to figure out how big to cut the original squares:

Cutting Half-Square Triangles from Pink Petal Quilts!:
Half square triangle quilt tutorial tube piecing:

half square triangles made easy  mind. blown.:

Half Square Triangle Pouch | Craftsy:

Retro Half Square Triangle Pillow Cover:

Amazingly simple way to mass produce HSTs- directions at

Diary of a Quilter - a quilt blog: Half-square-triangle short-cuts and easy square-up:

Next up: 12 quilts, 12 settings (no two alike)

Quilting Blocks: Half Square Triangle Tutorial- different blocks that can be made with half square triangles!:

Beacon of Hope quilt pattern from Quilting Quickly Spring 2014 at Fons and Porter:

Confessions of a Serial Quilter: The Man Quilt - Finished!:

Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts: Modern Mini Challenge Quilt: HST Extravaganza

Half square triangles in a charm quilt

Down Grapevine Lane: Rainbow swirl quilt | Apple wall-art:

I really love this pattern! This version is 60" x 60". Seen at The Recipe Bunny: Auction Quilt Finished, posted 2-Apr 2014:

HST.... wonderful!!!                                                                                                                                                      More

Quilting Blocks: Half Square Triangle Tutorial- different blocks that can be made with half square triangles!:

We love the simplicity of this quilt made by @babynelldesigns!:

all polka dots -- when I finally master HST, this is a fun pattern - must find some black and white dot fabric:

great layout for HST!  Blog post:

Last up: Lagniappe (something extra) by Denyse Schmidt
Denyse Schmidt pattern - In This Corner quilt. clean HST layout                                                                                                                                                                                 More:

Did you choose a favorite? Not yet? Okay then, I've made a few HST quilts. You can find them on my Trunk Show Pinterest board.