Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: L I G H T S

Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

We spent this weekend in Natchitoches at the Lights Festival. Natchitoches bills itself as "The City of Lights," which has been celebrated since 1926. 

Creole Christmas in Natchitoches - Natchitoches, LA Christmas Festival - One of my favorite events when I lived in LA.:

One of my fondest memories is of my sisters and me playing and rolling down the hill in front of the lake. I also remember picking stickers out of my clothing, which adds to the humor. 

1. Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights:

Natchitoches Christmas Lights:

Now one of my sisters lives on the lake just beyond that hill, and she is loving enough to invite us (the whole crazy family) to her house for the first weekend of December, which happens to be the festival weekend. That means lights, parades, fireworks, a craft fair, boat flotilla, and of course, Santa. 

Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights (Natchitoches, LA):

Natchitoches Christmas Lights 2013 | Photos of Christmas in Natchitoches, Lousiana:

And Christmas quilts to go along with the scenes because, believe me, this weekend was cold and wet (and unbelieveably rainy) so anyone out there would have wished for an extra-warm, heavy quilt. The rain was so heavy that the parade was canceled for the first time since 1959 

Christmas holiday snow globe quilt - Tasha Noel:

modern Christmas Quilt - trees and stars:

Christmas… in May? - The Marcus Fabrics Blog:

Christmas Quilt by Alex Eckert at Ideen Boutique at Flickr.  From the Oh My Stars quilt along.  For the quilt along see

This is so adorable.   From moda bake shop.  Great instructions too:

Another version of Welcome to the North Pole...this one has enough buildings for an advent calendar.:

Cute Christmas quilt (Flurry)  Free pattern here:

Looking for your next project? You're going to love Pinetop Quilt by designer Lindsey Neill.:

My Grinch Christmas Quilt:

My Mother would have loved this idea! She made a  baby quilt using reds.   (Redwork quilt with a variety of cute fills):

This is a cute quilted table runner, 45x12. The bows actually sparkle under lights as they have rhinestones.  This makes a great wedding gift: Though not quilts, these are adorable and certainly would be something that you'd likely see in one of the many boutiques along Front Street. 
Christmas in July ~ Candy Canes « modafabrics:

Bring cheer to your mantle this Christmas with the festive Kringle Mantel Scarf that features 13 vivid panels adorned with unique patterns.:

Here's hoping you're getting into the Christmas spirit and enjoying the Advent season. We have not begun decorating, but that's okay, I prefer to spend time with family. Perhaps next weekend the stuff will come down and someone will put it all together. 


Heather J said...

So many wonderful ideas in this post. Each picture more beautiful than the last. I am completely in love with the mantle scarf in the last picture. It literally took my breath away. Several others have put seeds of ideas in my head. I can feel them tickling away as they root back there in the creative pockets in my brain. Thank you for this post.

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Thanks, Heather, for your lovely comment. That mantle scarf stunned me, too. I've tried to find your email and/or blog and wasn't able to, sorry. Thanks again for the visit!

Unknown said...

I'm sorry the parade was cancelled. I went to college at Northwestern and loved the Christmas lights and festival. I loved the food vendors at the waterfront, especially Lasyone's.
I now live in West Virginia. This really brought back memories.
Merry Christmas!