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September 14, 2018
Need to organize........... from Exuberant Color

I really should organize this pile of African fabrics.  I was thinking that the large prints in them might work well in a half hexagon quilt.  The die is 9" long.  I like to always have a cutting project going while I'm working on something else.

When I was in the backyard yesterday I was reminded I need to dig up this Pulmonaria/Lungwort that has hopped out of the garden and into the grass.  There is another smaller one about 3 feet from this one.

Another shape that can be cut from the 6" squares offered in the ...

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July 1, 2018
The die I used for the X part......... from Exuberant Color

On the left is the X block piece and on the right is the original signature piece from a Studio die.  I actually got a quote from Accuquilt for making the die for the piece on the left in 2 sizes.  It was a little more than I expected and I couldn't order it at the time but I told them they should consider making it in several sizes because it was a wanted shape for many blocks including the Kansas Dugout block.


Fast forward to their new product a couple years ago.  The QUBE came in 4 blocks ...

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March 9, 2018
Cutting again........ from Exuberant Color

I had company in my studio yesterday so I worked on several things.  I made a couple more blocks for my batik Hunter Star and then cut up the remainder of the strips leftover from the neutral bricks cutting.  They are 3" finished size.






I was going through a stack of fabric and pulled out a couple pieces that I just love.  I need to cut into this one.






I like this one too.  The mottled batiks are so pretty but it is hard to figure out how to use them.







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February 28, 2018
86 more pieces.............. from Exuberant Color

Two friends who I hadn't seen since November came over to sew yesterday.  While they worked on their projects I worked on the final cutting of the half hexagons with my GO die on the Studio die cutter.  I cut 32 fabrics into 86 more pieces so now I have a total of 321 pieces.  If my calculations are right I could make a quilt 81" x 104" with them.  That means I couldn't fit all of the pieces on a double design wall.  I think I will separate out one piece of each fabric, design that section ...

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February 26, 2018
Glorious sunshine............. from Exuberant Color

I cut 61 more half hexagons with my GO die on the Studio die cutter yesterday.  When I brought them upstairs to lay them with the others the sun was shining through the west windows.  It almost felt like spring yesterday but this is northern IL and I'm sure we will see a little more winter.  I have more fabrics pressed ready to cut today.
Isn't this a beautiful batik?  I had to have a half yard of it.  I have no idea what I will do with it other than smile every time I look at it.

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February 25, 2018
Sorting and cutting............ from Exuberant Color

As I was looking through the huge blanket box for plaid scraps mixed in with yardage I decided to cut another quilt.  I think the half hexagons cut with my GO die on my Studio cutter is the way to go.  I have only cut 78 so far and I need over 200 so this will be an ongoing project.  Here is the post where I show the half hexagon quilt made with Kaffe fabrics.  That one is a large couch quilt but I want this one to be twin size or larger.  I think I will leave out ...

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January 10, 2018
Looking through the cutting dies........... from Exuberant Color

I have decided the next neutral quilt will be bricks and I will use these dies to cut the pieces.  The brick is a finished 3" x 6" size and I will need 3" finished squares for the beginnings and ends of every other row.  I may come up with one more quilt to cut at the same time.

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December 4, 2017
First finish in 4 months........... from Exuberant Color

I finished hand sewing the binding and this quilt is finally finished.  It is a little under 41" square.  There are African fabrics, Australian fabrics and batiks in this one.  This makes 20 finishes so far for 2017.  My goal was 26 and I was on track until August.  Now I'm not sure if I can finish 6 more by Dec. 31st but I will try.
I did some die cutting with my Accuquilt Studio die cutter yesterday too.  This is a stack of 104 half hexagons for a project I showed one day last week.  I have only ...

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November 30, 2017
Not getting much done.......... from Exuberant Color

This is one reason I'm not getting much sewing done.  The embroidery machine came into my studio from the table in the kitchen when company was here.  I also moved all of the furniture so a queen size air mattress could be here in the studio last week.  I haven't gotten it all put back yet.
I dug up the canna bulbs yesterday.  My daughter in law wants to plant them next year.  This was 5 bulbs when planted in June and now there are 10 or 11 in this large pot.







I ran across this page which ...

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