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July 5, 2020
Lazy day........... from Exuberant Color

Last night I was trying to figure out what I did all day.  I remember I did a load of laundry, went out to take garden photos, .................couldn't think of anything I did all afternoon.  I went out last early evening and pulled out a bunch of bind weed and Goldenrod, cut down volunteer trees.  I sewed the 4 blocks above while I tried to remember anything else I had done.  I think I must have spent a few hours on the computer which I think is equal to sitting in a chair and reading a book.  

The centers ...

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July 1, 2020
Looking for motivation from Stitchin' Therapy

  I am beginning the month of July, looking for motivation.  Hoping for inspiration too!   The month of June was very slow, and non-productive.   So I was very happy to see Bonnie Hunter post a new leader and ender challenge for the year today.     Just in the nick of time for me....and it is squares which I have tons of :)
  I have been doing some simple sewing and I mean really simple for June.  

 I found a project sheet saved from somewhere years ago, and decided to sew up batiks.  I have lots of batik scraps and a huge envelop ...

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June 28, 2020
Repeat fun............ from Exuberant Color

That was so much fun Friday that I made 4 new blocks yesterday.  I have lots more strips to use........

I also made 3 more Churn Dash blocks with the Kaffe Collective fabrics.  I have 12 done now.  I'll bring them upstairs to get a good photo of them all together tomorrow.

I'm still working on a pop-up shop.  If you want 24 hour early access you can sign up on the email list form on my right sidebar.  I don't have a date set yet but it will be soon.

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June 27, 2020
Easy sewing............. from Exuberant Color

I had a hard time getting started doing anything yesterday.  We had some rain in the morning and then stronger storms in the late afternoon.  My rain gauge had 3/4" of rain in it.  

I was going through all of my cutaway strips strips yesterday.  They are the crooked portion I cut away on my batiks before I make the cuts for a project.  I decided to sew a few blocks.  They will go with the blocks in this post eventually.  I have 69 sewn right now and will make more off and on until I come up with ...

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June 18, 2020
Ribbon Star Wedding Quilt from {The Sweetest Dreams}

Last weekend I was able to give my niece her wedding quilt. Her shower was supposed to be in April but it was cancelled due to the COVID situation. Their wedding is scheduled for July 25th but they’re unsure if it will even happen. It’s so sad that so many gatherings and accomplishments can’t be celebrated properly.

Congratulations to Joelle & Bradley.

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June 13, 2020
My Friday............ from Exuberant Color

My first thought yesterday was to clean my main floor studio.  You can see to the left many layers of "stuff" piled on what should be a cutting table.  Almost everything in this room is on wheels and I need to move everything out and vacuum really well.  Then I realized I can't vacuum while I have the blocks on the design wall or they would go flying everywhere so onto plan B.
Plan B was to play with stash.  I have been going through my Marcia Derse stash and had pulled this combination of soft colors.  I think ...

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May 26, 2020
Finishing day............. from Exuberant Color

Since it was hot and humid I decided to work in the cool basement.  First I finished this 16 patch quilt top and pressed it and did the staystitching around the perimeter.  It is 56" x 71.5", all batik fabrics.

Then I chose a binding fabric for the one I just quilted and got the strips cut and sewn end to end.

I was on a roll so why not finish it too.  I think the binding fabric looks great with both the front and back.

I finished it about 10 p.m. but decided to wait until today ...

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May 24, 2020
A little sewing, reading and weeding......... from Exuberant Color

We only got a couple very short rainy periods yesterday so I got out twice to pull or dig weeds.  I did start sewing the jewel tone 16 patch together but spent more time reading than sewing.  I'm at the end of a book and it is hard to put it down.
Another variety of hardy geranium is starting to bloom.  A few star flowers are in there too.

The white flowers start out with bright green grassy areas and when the grass starts to die down the flowers bloom.  As much of a spreading nuisance as it is ...

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May 23, 2020
Another layout.......... from Exuberant Color

I added some of the darkest yellows back in and sewed the new blocks (fabrics shown yesterday) so there was a little more orange.  7 x 9 is the layout I had planned, 56" x 72".  I have enough leftover blocks to make it 7 x 10 but am not sure I will add them.  I see I have one block turned sideways (top row, 4th from the left).
I did some weeding, filled the bird feeders and bird bath and then took some photos.  I rarely find 2 Jack-in-the-Pulpit flowers so close to each other.  They are surrounded by ...

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May 22, 2020
A Warm Tribute from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Quilted Legacy Blog Hop is an effort to honor the legacy of Paula Budinger, who passed away earlier this year.  Paula blogged at and later at Many of us knew her through her blog and quilts. Paula loved colorful, scrappy quilts, and made kid quilts for Project Linus. Paula also studied quilt history, learned dating old quilts, and collected antique and doll quilts. 

To celebrate Paula's life and her love of quilting, some quilter-bloggers decided on a blog hop where each one of us shares a quilt we make for a ...

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Playing with jewels....... from Exuberant Color

I haven't pressed my jewel 16 patch blocks yet but decided to take one of each and put them on the design wall.  Here they are loosely grouped by color.

Then while I was watching "who wants to be a millionaire" I added some of the duplicate blocks and mixed up the colors.

Then I removed the lighter yellows and added more duplicate blocks.  The difference between this photo and what I see when I am in the room with this is all of the wonderful texture created by the designs in the fabrics.  You lose that totally in ...

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May 21, 2020
64 jewel tone blocks........ from Exuberant Color

The last batch of jewel tone 16 patch blocks are done.  Now I need to press all 64 of them so I can start designing with them.

The purple blocks are buried in the piles but all jewel tone colors are included.

I mowed the grass yesterday, 55 minutes.  The grass was really tall so I had to set my blade higher.  Then I went to the hardware store and got 3 more tomato cages and got them put in place.  

Prioritize...... a word that of course I had heard before but somehow it hit me that I was not ...

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May 20, 2020
More jewel tone blocks............. from Exuberant Color

18 new blocks add to the stack of jewel tone 16 patch blocks.  There are 10 more to sew later today.

I know you think I sew on a pristine clean sewing cabinet.  Here is the real truth, a notebook with my lists of quilts awaiting quilting, blocks finished the last 2 days, a tub of yellow, black and white batiks for more crazy pieced blocks, 2 Kaffe books for research, a couple new masks and a pile of pieces for more of them, a few yards of elastic.  I can only dream of a totally clean surface.  It doesn ...

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May 19, 2020
17 blocks................. from Exuberant Color

The next batch of jewel tone 16 patch blocks were completed yesterday.  There are 2 each of the 6 shown here.  I now have 34 blocks complete for this quilt.

I decided to sew some blocks in the solids and print series.  I sewed 5 star blocks to add to the 17 finished that were in the box.  I have all of the solid color triangles cut for the rest of the blocks.  Now I just need to find the print fabrics I want to add.

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May 18, 2020
Jewel tone 16 patch blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

I may have overdone it a little Saturday digging holes and hands and knees planting.  I was pretty stiff and sore and took it easy yesterday.  My Fitbit said I fell asleep immediately and slept 6.5 hours before I woke up the first time.
I sliced all of the 16 block stratas and started sewing blocks.  First up was the turquoise, blue and purple group.  The green batch is laying on my sewing table for the next session.
This is the Hardy Geranium plant that got flattened last year by the hail pile that came off the corner of ...

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May 15, 2020
Miscellaneous........... from Exuberant Color

Working on a few different projects: Jewel toned batiks for a 16 patch quilt now ready to slice and create blocks.

More of the stratas for the 16 patch quilt.

On the design wall, I cut some of the bird batik to see how I like it with the crazy pieced blocks.  This is a long term project.  Don't expect to see it finished any time soon.

We had heavy storms Wednesday night and it knocked off a lot of the petals on the Redbud trees.  The trees are starting to leaf out so it was time for the ...

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May 14, 2020
Finishing up the order................. from Exuberant Color

I worked until 2 p.m. to finish up my order of feminine masks.  This is one side......

Here is the other side of the 7 masks in the photo above.  I got them mailed out and then started more outside cleanup.  I have plants for my pots and my tomato plants but didn't plant them yet.  There is supposed to be a strong storm sometime today with quite a bit of rain so the ground should be nice and soft to dig in tomorrow or the next day.
I sorted the rest of the fabrics I have cut ...

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May 13, 2020
Feminine masks........... from Exuberant Color

I had been concentrating on more masculine masks for awhile and had a request for some feminine ones.  I spent a large part of the afternoon outside mowing the back yard and digging out weeds where my tomato plants need to go.  When I came in I got busy on these.
The photo above is one side of the masks and this photo is the other side of the same 7 masks.

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May 12, 2020
Another 16 patch........... from Exuberant Color

About 2 weeks ago I pulled 2.5" strips for another 16 patch quilt.  I have 5 drawers full of strips I have cut over the last 13 or so years.

In the last 10 days when I have had spare minutes and nothing in mind to sew I have been sewing pairs together.  I'm ready to sew the next seam to hold pairs together and then I can slice them into segments to make the blocks.  Link to my tutorial for the 16 patch blocks is on yesterday's post.
I'm back to my 6 masks a ...

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April 29, 2020
Still playing............ from Exuberant Color

I have filled in the space between the panel and the blocks which are sewn together as 2 side panels and a top and bottom row.  I still haven't decide which panel or for sure what fabric will fill in the space around the panel. I hope to decide all of that today.

Both of these panels have the same fabric surrounding them.  I surprised how different the intensity of color is in the crazy pieced blocks in the 2 photos.  The camera is adjusting for the contrast between the panel and the blocks.

This is the early Peony ...

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