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February 17, 2019
One more layout................ from Exuberant Color

Here is one last layout before I start making more blocks, dark blocks in the center with light blocks as a border.
This layout is one I showed last week with the opposite layout, light center with dark blocks as a border.

In a comment yesterday someone said if I make 2 quilt tops, one dark and one light that they could be the front and back of the same quilt.  One problem with that is that these are batik fabrics, tightly woven and it is already hard to quilt through the layers of seams so it would be a ...

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February 15, 2019
Playing with layouts............. from Exuberant Color

I still haven't made any decision on the layout for my pineapple log cabin quilt.  I changed it back to every other one dark/light on point.  This would need half blocks to fill in on the edges or setting triangles of one fabric.

Then I changed it to a straight set with the same dark/light alternating blocks.  I will have to make a decision soon so I know how many of each kind of blocks I need to make.  Of course I could make 2 quilts, one with all dark, and one with all light blocks.

Meanwhile ...

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February 14, 2019
#2 finish for February 2019........... from Exuberant Color

I think it is only fitting to have a finished red quilt on Valentine's Day.




I have to admit that I wasn't feeling the love for this quilt in its unfinished state.  Crazy piecing is always so unfinished looking with all of the seams that come to the edges of the blocks and bias edges included.
Once the binding is on the quilt it is so nice and straight and elegant looking.  It really needed that nice dark binding to finish it off.  It ended up at 55" x 79".



This is my view as I'm approaching ...

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February 12, 2019
Red binding............. from Exuberant Color

I sewed the binding on this red crazy pieced quilt yesterday afternoon and last night started the hand stitching.  I have one long side and half of one short side done.  At this rate it may take me 3 sessions to finish it.  I rarely do hand stitching during the daytime hours.

We had freezing rain last night....I think this is the third time since the beginning of the year.   I haven't tested any outside surface to see how slick it is.  I'm staying in today.  More hours for quilting.

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February 11, 2019
Red............ from Exuberant Color

I was going to quilt the red and white star quilt but I couldn't decide whether to use red or white thread.  I finally decided I don't want to see white thread on red or red thread on white so I will hand baste it and quilt it in the ditch on my straight stitch machine.  I had this red crazy pieced quilt on my list to do in February so I pieced the back, loaded it on the frame and quilted it yesterday.
My thread is SoFine by Superior in a dusty red and I did a ...

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February 10, 2019
Diagonal layout............. from Exuberant Color

Andrea asked yesterday whether I had tried the blocks on point.  The answer is yes I tried that while my 2 friends were here Friday but I only had 4 light blocks made at that point.  I did like them on point.  Now that I have more blocks made I put the light ones in the center with the dark ones around the perimeter.  There isn't as much difference between the dark and light blocks when they are on point (the straight version is on yesterday's post).
I had 4 triangles in my batik scraps box that were ...

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February 9, 2019
NATIONAL QUILTER'S CIRCLE MYSTERY PAPER PIECE BLOCK 1 from Gateway Quilts & Stuff

NATIONAL QUILTER'S CIRCLE

MYSTERY PAPER PIECED

BLOCK 1


I just love quilters! What makes life so interesting is that everyone has different tastes in fabrics and colors and we are all so versatile. Seeing block 1 come to life with all the wonderful variations is so fun! Also some quilters put their blocks together differently (I don't think on purpose) but the end results are fantastic! Need the instructions you can click on BLOCK 1 and the link will take you there. If you haven't signed up for it yet, please do so you don't ...

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5 more light blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

My 2 friends came over to sew on another frigid day yesterday.  I worked on another project while they were here and made 5 more light pineapple blocks with my die cut pieces last night.
This would give you an idea of what they would look like with the light ones in the center of the quilt and dark ones as a border around them.  I need to cut a lot more light fabrics.  I have to keep repeating the same ones now.  I will look through my 2 stacks of light batiks and pull some more today.  So far ...

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February 8, 2019
Dark and Light............. from Exuberant Color

I sewed 4 light pineapple log cabin blocks last night.  I showed all dark ones a couple days ago.










Here is the mix of dark and light blocks as shown on the cutting die package.
Here is a shot of both all light and all dark.  I'm not sure which way I will go now so I'll just keep making blocks.
I'm using pencil boxes that I bought for 50 cents each to keep the pieces organized.






I put pieces of cellophane tape on the lid so I can write the letters of the pieces with a ...

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February 7, 2019
Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

While it may be winter here in Hamilton, once you step into our Batik Boutique you will be transported to a tropical island filled with gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics!

Batik Boutique at Missouri Star Quilt Co

Batik fabric is created using a unique dyeing process in which wax is used to resist the dye. Where the wax is placed results in the design on the fabric, which can then be repeated to create even more intricate designs.

Considering that most batiks are manufactured in Indonesia, our shop was designed and decorated accordingly. From the blue stamped concrete, to the pebbled checkout counter and all of the island themed ...

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You have questions............ from Exuberant Color

There were questions yesterday about cutting for the dies.  This die will cut 6 layers at a time so I have 6 different fabrics in a stack.  If you are making a 2 color quilt, all 6 pieces would be the same fabric.  The insert in the die package tells me how big to cut the pieces.
Here I have put the stack on top of the section that needs to be cut with dark fabrics.

(Under the die are some of the light fabric yardage I have pulled for cutting.)


Then I look back at the package insert and ...

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February 6, 2019
7 pineapple log cabin blocks........... from Exuberant Color

I'm cutting all of the pieces for the pineapple log cabins from my batik scrap box.  I'm almost out of die cut pieces so it will be back to pressing and cutting today.  I have made all dark blocks so far (dark centers and outside corners).  I will probably make 2 light blocks now and alternate with dark ones to see if that is the way I want to go.  I really like it as all dark blocks already.  I will need to cut some light fabrics from yardage because the scrap box is mostly medium and dark ...

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February 2, 2019
A new cutting die.............. from Exuberant Color

I like to take advantage of sales and especially on free shipping so I got a new cutting die.  This is a block I don't enjoy making by other methods but I love the block.  I made a sample last night.  That is my bin of good size batik scraps and I do my pressing and preparing a little at a time.  
This is the other optional coloration.   I haven't decided if they will be both light and dark blocks as shown on the package insert or like this sample.  I can see this project being a fill ...

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January 17, 2019
Sarah’s Tumbling Block Quilt is an Example of Precise Hand Piecing from Quilted Joy

Tumbling blocks is a quilt pattern that many people are familiar with, even if they don’t immediately recognize the name. It is sometimes referred to as a rhombus cube. Sarah could have made this quilt with triangles, but that would have been too easy. There are no triangles, only rhombus parallelograms. This was pieced by hand with a lot of y seams.

Sarah's Tumbling Blocks Quilt

Tumbling Block Quilts have Y-Seams

Sarah's Tumbling Blocks Quilt

For those unfamiliar with the y seam, this means that she had to sew to a specific point and then turn to sew in a different direction. Typically, when a quilter pieces ...

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January 15, 2019
Serpentine - Free quilt pattern from Pieced Brain

Happy Tuesday! How about a free quilt pattern for you today? I designed Serpentine with the Tonga Sky View batik collection by Daniela Stout for Timeless Treasures. It measures 61-1/2″ x 71-1/2″ and the blocks finish at 10". I love the colors in this collection - serene is the word that comes to mind:















I really need one bolt of each of these fabrics and then I should be all set! Maybe... It would be nice to have a whole set of drawers stuffed with batiks of every hue and texture.

The quilt blocks are very simple so the ...

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January 13, 2019
Finish # 2 for 2019............. from Exuberant Color


I finished the hand stitching on this rectangular colorwash last night.  I think I am keeping this one.  I don't have a colorwash hanging in my house and need to remedy that.  It is 24" x 38.5".
I got the orphan block top loaded on the quilting machine yesterday and got the quilting done.  I have taken it off the frame and trimmed it but haven't chosen binding.  It will be all by machine so hopefully this will be finished by tonight.
I mentioned yesterday that I was going to do meandering with occasional hearts.  You may ...

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January 12, 2019
Friends day.......... from Exuberant Color

I'm at the slow part of the colorwash quilt.  I got out my teeny tiny scissors to go with me to the living room to work on this.  They are usually in a little travel sewing kit that I have.



While my 2 friends were here yesterday I worked on a backing made with the leftover strips from 4 previous backs of quilts.  Sorry for the crooked photo........

I loaded the backing on the longarm and cut the batting and loaded it too.






It will be the back for my batik orphan block quilt that I made back in ...

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December 31, 2018
Last Quilty Project for the Year from Indigo Threads

 It's the end of the year, and I've got one last blog post for 2018.

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas and have been enjoying the holidays.  On the 20th we watched our granddaughters dance in their ballet school's Nutcracker selections.  They both dance on-point now and they each had their first solos!  A very exciting time for them!

We had a great time Christmas Eve at our oldest son's home with his family, and then a quiet day on Christmas, just the 3 of us at home.  It will be a quiet New Year ...

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December 30, 2018
Making a Dent - Another Finish from Sew........This Is My Blog

One of my goals this year has been to use up some of the 2.5" batik strips I cut last year.  In May I completed "Hypnotic", a 72" x 72" beauty (if I do say so myself!) for Stephen and Kailey's wedding.  I blogged about it here.  Then in November I finished piecing a gorgeous 98" x 98" top (if I do say so again!) for my sister, Debbie.  I blogged about Debbie's quilt here.  This top is currently with a friend waiting to be quilted so it won't make it off the UFO list this ...

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December 13, 2018
Multitasking............ from Exuberant Color

I started out the morning in the basement doing laundry and starting to load the backing for this quilt.  Then I made 2 batches of Chex Mix and then baked muffins.



Then I went back down and finished loading the backing and batting and laid the quilt top on it and chose my thread.

This is the backing fabric.  It is 40" wide and I bought it in the late 1970s.  It is the first batik I had seen and the store had it marked down to a couple dollars a yard so I bought all of it.  I have ...

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