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January 18, 2018
In full color............ from Exuberant Color

In this little basket are trimmings from previously made crazy pieced blocks.  I thought about throwing them away a few times but didn't follow through.




This is the group I pulled out and pressed to use as centers for new blocks.







Here is block 1 before trimming..........










and this is after trimming.










Block 2 before trimming..........










and after trimming.











This is the next four blocks.













Number 7 and 8.







Number 9.  I will put them up on a design wall today and see how well they work together.

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January 16, 2018
2nd section sewn, 2 to go................. from Exuberant Color

It seems like the camera wants to emphasize the gray today.  It really is prettier in real life.  I sewed the second section of 8 rows last night after I got home from my great-grandson's 4th birthday party.  

I added these three fabrics after I had already sewn the first section.  I don't think it is noticeable that they aren't in the top section.  The center fabric looks a little blue in this photo but it is a nice gray.


I do my knitting while I watch Wheel of Fortune and again while the 10 o'clock ...

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January 15, 2018
Quilter’s Planner GiveAway from Carol Lyles Shaw

My first GiveAway for 2018 is a Quilter’s Planner and QP Mini!

If you’re interested in winning this wonderful Quilter’s Planner package, it’s really simple!  Comment below with an answer  to one or both of the following questions.

Question #1.

If you make modern, modern traditional or contemporary quilts, have you considered using batiks?  If so, what challenges do you face when you think of using batiks?  What tips, tutorials or other help would you like to get for using batiks in your quilts?   [I’m interested in your thoughts because I will be an Island ...

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Next section designed........... from Exuberant Color

I didn't get to the sewing stage but I did get the next section designed.  The top 8 rows are sewn, the next 9 are not.  I'll check this again this morning to see if there is anything I want to change before I sew.

The snow started in the late afternoon and it sounds like there might be 2 or 3 waves of it with as much as 4-5" by the time we are done today.  It is light and fluffy so it will be easy to shovel off the sidewalk.

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January 13, 2018
First of 4 sections sewn........... from Exuberant Color

I ended up adding 7 more fabrics for a total of 48 fabrics and one more brick to each of the horizontal rows so now it will be 72" wide.  Remember when I said I was going to make more smaller quilts because I already had too many large ones?  Well, I blew it.  It will be 93" long if I stop with a full brick row and 96" if I end with a row starting with half bricks, to be determined later.

I still have this many fabrics left after cutting for this quilt.  Most of these are at ...

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January 12, 2018
Now there are 41 fabrics............ from Exuberant Color

I cut 10 more fabrics into the brick shape and added one more brick to the width of the rows.  Now it should end up at about 66" x 84".  I have enough bricks cut to add 2 more rows to the length which would make it 90" in length.  I have to decide now whether all of the squares to fill in the ends of every other row will all be the same fabric or be a variety.  I'm happy with the assortment of fabrics now that I added the last 10.  I think there is a better ...

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January 11, 2018
Bricks on the wall.............. from Exuberant Color

I cut 8 bricks from each of 31 neutral fabrics and started playing with a layout with 2 of each.

















I'm thinking I need to add more variety and found these 2 fabrics last night that I will cut today.







This is one batik that was in the 16 patch that I didn't cut for this quilt.  I have 1 7/8 yards of it so it is a potential back for the 16 patch quilt.  I haven't decided if I should use if for that or just keep cutting it up.  It is darker than it ...

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January 8, 2018
First top sewn in 2018...... from Exuberant Color

The neutral 16 patch top is sewn and is about 48" x 64".  I think this photo shows the colors the best of all of the photos I have taken so far.













You can see how the camera wants to wash out the colors with a straight on view.  Probably something half way between these 2 photos is what it looks like in daylight.










You can see there is a lot of color in some of the fabrics too.









This is one of my favorite blocks.













While I was at it I knitted a neutral dishcloth too from 3 partial ...

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January 7, 2018
All blocks completed........ from Exuberant Color

I decided on 48 blocks and completed the last batch last night.  Here they are with the 2 blocks in it with the gold checked fabric that I wasn't sure about.













And here it is with those two blocks replaced.  This is more of the look I was after.  There is one combination with a muted purple, several with dull greens and at least one with blue in it.  The rest are neutrals.







This is the view from my sewing machine in the main floor studio.

I sewed all of the vertical seams and 5 of the cross seams ...

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January 6, 2018
4 blocks to go.......................... from Exuberant Color

I made 14 new blocks and then sewed the duplicate blocks of the 15 blocks I showed yesterday.  I need to make 2 more combinations for 4 more blocks.  The bottom 4 rows are the same as the top 4 rows except reversed from right to left.




I pulled these possibilities for the last two combinations.

Last night was the last of double digits below zero for us.  It is supposed to get up in the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday.  We haven't seen warmth like that for a long time.

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January 5, 2018
Making some blocks............ from Exuberant Color


After I finished all of the chores of the day I sliced the 16 patch stratas that I had sewn the night before.  There are 2 blocks from each strata.





I sewed one of each of the blocks.  The contrast is a little higher than I thought it was going to be.  I'm not sure I like the one with the gold check in the top row but I'll wait until I have the other 9 stratas sewn and blocks made before I make a decision to take anything out.

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January 4, 2018
We finally got around to blogging about our Cadence Court BOM! ... from Wolf Creek Quilting



We finally got around to blogging about our Cadence Court BOM! Head over to our blog to read up on all the fun facts and see all 8 versions of this pattern we made including this amazing version we made up in @me__and__y0u batiks! ⠀

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Switching to neutral............ from Exuberant Color

I did a lot of die cutting on a project and some laundry yesterday and didn't have anything to sew last night.  I went to my 5 drawer chest of 2.5" batik strips and pulled out  bunch of fairly neutral strips.  I'm going to make a 16 patch quilt with them.
Here is the next batch to sew.  This quilt will go great in a room with gray or beige as the theme.  It will just be a couch throw.  I get all kinds of ideas for other projects while I am sewing a no brainer project.

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January 3, 2018
A new piece........... from Exuberant Color

 I have created my first colorwash piece of 2018.  Why did I make it rectangular?  When I was getting ready to finish the Old Italian block small quilt I decided I was going to piece the batting.  While going through the boxes of batting pieces I found one that was the kind of batting I like for my wallhangings (Warm and Natural) and it was a small rectangle.  I decided to do a colorwash that would fit on it.  This piece is 22" x 31.5".  Warm and Natural has scrim (polypropolene sheet) that the cotton is punched through and ...

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January 1, 2018
Finishes #25 and #26...I did it!!!...................................... from Exuberant Color


I had a goal in 2017 to finish 26 quilts and I made it and it isn't even midnight yet!!

This little quilt with the Old Italian block finished at 37.5" x 46.5", truly a lap quilt size.  You can see the source and my beginnings here.  I always loved this block when I saw quilts made from it but I think I don't need to make a large quilt from the block.  I'm glad I tested it with a small group of fabrics.
On the back is an old batik that I got on ...

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December 31, 2017
Finish #24 and more.......... from Exuberant Color

I finished the last of the red crazy pieced blocks and made 2 extras.  The 2 blocks I pulled out are at the right.  They were just too different than all the rest.  I needed to get this off the design wall since this is my photography wall.


I found the larger lint rollers at Target this year.  The label says extra sticky and they do a great job on cleaning the threads off the design wall.






Here is finish # 24 for 2017.  I finished the binding by machine.



















Here is one more peek at the backing.  I'm so ...

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December 29, 2017
Scrap Attack! from Sew........This Is My Blog



Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has put forth a Scrap Attack challenge for 2018.  Here's how it works.  I have chosen twelve scrap projects for the coming year, written them on slips of paper, and put the strips in a little gift bag in my sewing room. At the beginning of each month I'll pull a slip from the bag and that will be my scrap goal for the month along with whatever other project I'm working on at the time.  

Here are my twelve.

1.  Make something using some of these 2.5" batik ...

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Red, again............. from Exuberant Color

Here is the newest batch of little pieces trimmed off as I create the crazy pieced blocks.







I sort them into groups of matching sizes.






Here are some centers pieced.










I continue to add to them, working on all six blocks at the same time.








They are waiting to be pressed and trimmed but meanwhile I need to make 2 more blocks.  I have started them and will work on them today.  Then I have to concentrate on finishing something before the end of the year.

We got a little snow yesterday and it sounds like more coming today.  It ...

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December 28, 2017
7 more red blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

Seven more blocks are finished.









I filled in with one block that was missing in yesterday's photo and then put on another row on the right side.  If I finished it as is it would measure about 48" x 78".  If I add another row across the bottom it would be 56" x 78".  I think it will get a border all around like I did on the blue one that I linked to a couple days ago.
It was -7 degrees yesterday morning so Jack Frost visited my kitchen windows.








That is sunlight hitting my neighbor's house ...

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December 27, 2017
Red.......... from Exuberant Color

I pressed the blocks I made a couple days ago and trimmed them.  These two were started with little 4 patches in the center.





This one has 3 strips sewn together for the center.  I always have a little pile of small pieces from trimming the length of strips that are added.





Here is a group of strips to use for another center.









Here they are sewn together along with another started block with a 4 patch center.








I took the finished blocks to the design wall and also added some possible border blocks that I made earlier this year ...

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