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September 22, 2021
40 blocks............. from Exuberant Color

I realized as I was sewing blocks last night that 3 of the mottled batik blocks could be used to fill in the last 3 spots.  I may still make some new blocks if I think I need a different combinations somewhere.

There was only one seam left on the 37 duplicate blocks so I got them all sewn while watching 3 hours of TV.

Now I need to move all of the blocks to a larger double design wall to determine the layout.  This might wait for a couple days while I finish up the behind the scenes part ...

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September 21, 2021
Almost to the half way mark............... from Exuberant Color

I have 37 blocks made now and have decided to go with 80 blocks.  I have the 37 duplicate blocks partially sewn and now I need to decide what is needed for the last 6 strips of fabric.  There are 3 FBI shows on TV tonight so that should be enough time to finish all of the rest of the blocks.

Can you believe I still have scraps left after all that I sold at my last pop-up shop?  I will have several bags of them in my pop-up shop that will open at noon ET on Thursday for people ...

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September 20, 2021
27 blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

I got 10 more blocks sewn last night and have 27 duplicates ready to sew tonight.  I have 10 more strip sets ready to press and cut for the final blocks.

I worked on more packs of fabric for my pop-up shop which we are hoping to open on Thursday this week.  Dots were one category and Moda fabrics by Sandy Gervais and Brannock and Patek were another bunch I got processed.  Also Asian themed fabric.

I'm still working on more batik scrap packs, both strips and small pieces.

We are planning on just a 2 day shop this ...

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September 19, 2021
17 blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

I have no idea if I'm on the right path for my recreation of Autumn Coneflowers but I don't mind having extra blocks that I don't use.

Monday night there are 2 new NCIS shows on TV so I'll sew a lot more blocks then.

Below is the photo of the original Autumn Coneflowers so I can see it with the blocks I have already made.  I'm not shooting for an exact recreation, just a general feel of it.


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September 18, 2021
More updating photos.............. from Exuberant Color

While I still had the auxiliary lights set up for photographing quilts I decided to take a new photo of Crooked Cobblestones I.  I have sold or gifted all of the rest of the series.

I took a series of detail shots too while I was at it.

Many people have asked if there is a pattern for this.  It is totally improv.

Some of the centers are less than an inch on one edge, others are over 3" on one edge, whatever size the scrap was that I picked up next.

I found a bag of over 150 blocks ...

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September 17, 2021
Grouping and sewing............. from Exuberant Color

In my quest to reduce my stash to the fabrics I really use (or want to use) my next group to work with was novelty and kid prints.  I had fun grouping fabrics that work well together or have the same theme.  The leftovers went into miscellaneous packs.  This is one bunch that will be offered in my pop-up shop next week.  All of it is quilt shop quality because I worked at and was buyer of fabric for the store.

Then I worked on the Autumn Coneflower 2 blocks.  I cut the 2 strip pieces in half and sewed ...

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September 16, 2021
My reward............ from Exuberant Color

My reward for spending all day with my camera and computer was taking time to sew together the first 12 blocks of the mottled fabrics.  I'm really liking this and think I might like to make a bed size quilt out of this.  I have another 12 duplicate blocks to sew before I make some new ones.

Here they are again as strip sets.  It's amazing how they change when they become 16 patch blocks.

We are enjoying some beautiful weather again for 2 or 3 days.  The forecast to the end of the month is warmer than ...

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September 15, 2021
Frustrating computer programs............. from Exuberant Color

I did get a little sewing in yesterday and have 12 strip sets of the mottled batiks sewn, ready to press and then I can slice them and make blocks.

I spent several hours yesterday taking photos for my pop-up shop next week. Then when I went into my photo program the trouble started.  I worked for over an hour trying to get it to co-operate and finally found that I can resize my photos in Paint.  My photo program was flaky one other time and the problem was that I cleared off my card with my computer and you ...

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September 14, 2021
One or two?................. from Exuberant Color

I got 5 more strip sets made for the Autumn Coneflowers 2 quilt.  This gives me enough to make a total of 72 blocks and I will need a minimum of 63 or a maximum of 80, all depending on what happens at the design wall.

But why work on just one new quilt when I could be working on two.  I have been working on another pop-up shop for the end of next week and one of the offerings will be the mottled batiks.  While I was pressing and cutting for the packs I cut a 2.5" strip ...

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September 13, 2021
Continued from yesterday.......... from Exuberant Color

A new episode of The Chase was on last night so I got 7 more sets of 2 strips sewn for the new 16 patch quilt while I watched it.

I keep going back in my photo archive and looking at photos of the first Autumn Coneflower 16 patch quilt top that I made to see what is missing in combinations for the blocks.  I decided I needed more orange and purple.  I think I might need a couple reds too.  When I make my quilts I don't plan anything in advance and all of the surprises and victories ...

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September 12, 2021
Therapy sewing................... from Exuberant Color

I needed some mindless therapy sewing after working on other things all day yesterday. I pulled batik 2.5" strips out of my cut stash.  I started cutting these stash strips in 2009 and add to it on a regular basis.  I made a 16 patch quilt top in these colors in 2013 and traded it as payment for a bill.  I always loved it and thought I might try to recreate it.

Last night I got 24 sets of 2 strips sewn together.  This will only make 48 blocks and the minimum I need is 63 blocks.  Here is ...

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September 1, 2021
One finish.................. from Exuberant Color

I worked on hand finishing the 2 bindings all day yesterday until late last night. It was too late to do my monthly recap collages so I'll just cover one of the finishes in this post.

This small quilt is 44" x 55" and the pieces were cut with my die cutter and the pineapple log cabin die.  Most of these blocks were leftovers from this quilt and I just needed to make a few more blocks to finish the on point layout.

The setting triangle fabric is a gray/blue and cream dotted print.  From a distance it ...

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August 31, 2021
Make a bed quilt with favorite fabrics from Pieced Brain

Make a bed quilt with favorite fabrics

I have wanted to make a bed quilt with favorite fabrics for the longest time. There is a pattern I designed a while ago that has been calling my name for a long time. Would you want to make it with me?

Colorful Illusions – Queen size – by Denise Russell

I have resized the Colorful Illusions quilt for a queen bed and am itching to make it. It now measures approximately 90″ x 105″ with 6″ blocks in the center and 5″ blocks on the pieced border. I originally designed it using the Timeless Treasures Tonga Fruit Punch batiks. Yet, I ...

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August 29, 2021
Almost finished............. from Exuberant Color

I quilted the small log cabin pineapple quilt yesterday afternoon.  The dusty peach print for the back wasn't quite wide enough so I added a strip of a coral colored batik to it.  I think the binding needs to be a dark cream color like the spots in the setting triangles.

After I got I got it off the longarm and trimmed I cut the backing for the next to be quilted and trimmed the batting to the right size.  It is ready to load today after I press the creases out of the backing.

I finally remembered to ...

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August 12, 2021
Corn maze and pumpkin spice on a quilt! from Pieced Brain

Corn maze and pumpkin spice on a quilt!

Check out this magazine cover for Autumn: corn maze and pumpkin spice on a quilt! Make this easy quilt for your home or as a gift. And, read on for a giveaway!

Yes, that is my quilt on the cover of the September 2021 issue of American Quilter magazine. How awesome! I made “Corn Maze” using amazing batiks from Moda‘s Sunny Day collection. The fabrics have all the colors I most love and fun textures that add lots of depth to the design, making it really difficult to choose just a few for a project. Batiks are my most ...

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June 28, 2021
Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks from Pieced Brain

Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks

Make quick Christmas Quilts with 12-inch Quilt Blocks that you forgot you had! Simple layouts translate into fast gifts or holiday decor.

Last Saturday, after writing a pattern I decided I wanted to spend the rest of the day sewing. I actually wanted to see if I could make a quilt with some test blocks I had. You know that when I test blocks I try to use similar fabrics for many of them so, down the line, I can just put them together into a quilt. That was my mood that day.

The quilt above was the first one ...

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May 20, 2021
Lots of hard work........ from Exuberant Color

When I went outside I intended to dig the remaining plants I'm saving from the front garden but I ended up planting my other 9 tomato plants.  Look closely...there are 3 tiny tomatoes on this plant, the one I planted for my 3 year old neighbor girl.

Two plants farther down the row there are 2 small tomatoes started.

Here is another variety of Hardy Geranium that I need to dig up and put in a pot for the time being.

I pull out more Spiderwort every year but there are always a few I miss.  They are ...

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May 14, 2021
Discoveries as I clean........ from Exuberant Color

 I continued to clean off the cutting table in my main floor studio and uncovered the cutting mat, which inspired me to cut something.

On the table top I found some strips of batiks 2.5" x 8.5" so I paired them and sewed them and then trimmed them into 2.5" segments. This made 21 four patches which I sewed while I had TV time in the evening.  No plans for them, just some sewing therapy.

I also found a box of 2.5" squares so I paired up 4 of one fabric with 5 of another fabric ...

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March 30, 2021
Second finish in March 2021............. from Exuberant Color

 I got the hand stitching on the binding done on the batik Bear Paw quilt.  It finished at 54" x 67.5".  The big squares in the paws were leftover from double 4 patch cutting many years ago.  The sashing strips were 1.5" strips cut at least 10 years ago. The claw triangles were all from the scrap bin.  The only yardage cut was the borders, one of my favorite old batiks.

The backing is also a batik.  I used Hobbs heirloom 80/20 batting.

I also worked on the backing for another quilt but I don't know ...

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March 26, 2021
Backing indecision............ from Exuberant Color

I did more sorting and cutting in the basement yesterday and then I started looking for backing for the batik Bear Paw quilt.  I have enough of both of these but indecision kept me from cutting and sewing it.

I filled the bird feeder and then grabbed my camera for some of the earliest signs of spring here.  All of my Sedum plants have begun to grow.  I think they look like little green roses at this stage.

I have 2 Coral Bell plants that I dug up 2 years ago and they have wintered over fine in pots ever ...

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