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May 26, 2024
Quilting............. from Exuberant Color

This quilt has been loaded on the longarm for over a week and is finally quilted.

I decided on loops on this one with a light color variegated thread.

I chose a multicolor stripe type fabric for the binding.  I cut it but haven't sewn it yet.

I finished sewing all of the columns for the center of the Interweave quilt and I think this is the final layout.  I sorted the strips that will be sewn to the top and bottom of each column to be in the same order as the center strips.

One batik was narrower ...

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May 14, 2024
Tools of the Trade from From the Strawberry Patch...

I mentioned in the previous post about getting quilt tops bound and ready for finishing in front of the TV in the evenings. I thought I'd give you a little background on how I prep for that to make the task as easy as possible. First off, after attaching the binding by machine I roll the folded edge to the backside and hand baste(!) the binding into position (with a thread color that DOESN'T

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Tools of the Trade from From the Strawberry Patch...

I mentioned in the previous post about getting quilt tops bound and ready for finishing in front of the TV in the evenings. I thought I'd give you a little background on how I prep for that to make the task as easy as possible. First off, after attaching the binding by machine I roll the folded edge to the backside and hand baste(!) the binding into position (with a thread color that DOESN'T

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May 7, 2024
The Pied a Terre Quilt from Ann Quilts

A couple of years ago, I told Part 1 of this story, in which I mended a memory quilt for a customer.  She shared its sweet story for me to share here.  On the post, you can see the quilt and read the story of family love across generations and many miles.  I've also described the mending and rebuilding that I did. 

Here are a couple of photos from Part 1 to whet your whistle.  In today's post, I will share Part 2. 

Part 2 began when I received this email from the quilt owner.

A few weekends ...

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April 29, 2024
A good sewing day.............. from Exuberant Color

We really didn't get much rain yesterday except in the early morning but I had decided I was going to sew since the end of the month is creeping up and I have my self imposed quotas to fill.  I finished the binding on Charley in the Forest in the late afternoon.

Next I cut the setting triangles for my 1996 quilt.  I need to cut 2 more of them and also the corner triangles today.

After that I cut the binding for this star quilt and got it all finished by machine.

There was still a half hour ...

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April 28, 2024
Inside and outside.............. from Exuberant Color

I spent a lot of time outside yesterday but first, inside.

I hand sewed about 45" on the Charley in the Forest binding.

I trimmed the prints and solids star quilt.  The backing is 3 fabrics.  The one in the middle is a limey green with pink circles.  Since they are opposites on the color wheel I don't know how to describe the color with the mix.

I pulled some fabrics as possible binding.  I'm not opposed to having a light binding because this quilt will probably be for a young person and the darker fabrics may be ...

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April 27, 2024
Another round of squares............. from Exuberant Color

I cut one more group of squares to add to my 1996 project.  It is the same fabric that is used in the center 9 patches.  I think I have enough of the lightest fabric to cut setting triangles and then I can sew this together.

Another 110" is hand stitched on the Charley quilt.  There is only 108" left to stitch.  I may spread that over 2 days.

The last 2 cacti buds are finally blooming.  I think I can safely say these really are the last blooms.

The Redbuds are in full bloom and now the rain will ...

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April 26, 2024
Lots of progress................ from Exuberant Color

A new needle finally made it into my longarm machine after days trying to avoid doing it.  I loaded this solids and prints Star quilt and got it quilted.  The thread broke 3 times but it is the So Fine which I hadn't had any luck with for a couple months, with it breaking 5 or 6 times while quilting a small quilt.  I may try adjusting the position of the needle and see if the next one goes even smoother.

I decided one loop in each square would be an easy way to quilt it.

I used a ...

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April 25, 2024
One more fabric............ from Exuberant Color

I found another Kaffe print in the same red/orange as the button fabric for a possible choice for binding. I have to check all around the edge and make sure that fabric wasn't used in an edge block.

I spent all morning yesterday sorting my brown/rust/gold fabrics.  They had been displaced when I started moving things around in the basement.  I love the rich earthy tones but they don't seem to be very popular with most people.  These fabrics were formerly on a shelf unit where my black and whites reside now.  I can move ...

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April 24, 2024
Charley in the forest trimmed........... from Exuberant Color

Yesterday I trimmed my Charley in the Forest quilt.  Then it was time to search for a binding.  I thought I wanted red but most of the reds were more of a pink tone and most of the fabrics on the front are a red/orange.

After auditioning several Kaffe collective fabrics, this one seems the best.  It is also used on the front of the quilt.  In the photo above it is the background of the tree at the left.  I will look again today to see if I can find anything else that works.

This simulates how it ...

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April 16, 2024
A finish for April 2024............... from Exuberant Color

Brown Bear Paw is finished.  I made the decision to use the border fabric for the binding and it is all finished by machine.  It is 68" x 82".

This will be a raffle quilt to raise money for Prader-Willi syndrome  which my youngest granddaughter's first child was born with.  It is very rare and most of us had never heard of it.  She is organizing a fund raising walk in mid-May and is including several raffles.

Here is the spectacular back.  Having a stash is so wonderful.  I had all 3 of these fabrics, no shopping required.

Cable ...

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April 15, 2024
Sorting.............. from Exuberant Color

I didn't have anything lined up to sew last night so I sorted 1.5" batik squares instead.  I sorted into colors and into light value.  Then I went through the light squares and pulled all of the ones that had at least 4 alike or 4 similar.  I have over 30 light groups ready now to pair with 5 darker squares for 3" finished 9 patches.  This will be TV night sewing.

I was going through a closet to find my father-in-law's slides to give to my son.  In there was a box of nostalgia.  In the ...

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April 13, 2024
Trimming and sewing.............. from Exuberant Color

Yesterday afternoon I trimmed the next quilt to finish.

Here is a peek at the back.  I had quite a bit of the border fabric left to use for a backing but not quite enough.  I had 2 other prints that looked good with it.  My longarm quilter pieced this backing for me because I didn't have it ready for her when she dropped of my Charley quilt.

This close shot shows the center fabric better.

I haven't decided on binding yet.  There is enough of the border fabric to use but I also have enough of the ...

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April 7, 2024
Modern Sampler Done! from The Cozy Quilter

I started making blocks for this modern sampler quilt in October 2020. I had to buy some of the gray background fabric for the blocks but the rest of the fabrics were in my stash--the white fabric has glasses on it and appears in every block.  All of the other fabrics have dots or lines on them in orange or blue and white. It took a year to make all of the blocks as it was a block of the month program.  I made one extra block so that I could set them as shown in the picture below. The ...

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March 31, 2024
40" left to hand stitch............. from Exuberant Color

Almost done, just 40" left to hand stitch on this Marcia Derse Stars quilt.  I may do a second post today with the stats for this quilt on it.

I think this will be the very last bloom on the pale pink cactus for this winter/spring season.

There is one more white bud to bloom.  There is another small bud but I can't tell if it is going to grow or dry up.

Happy Easter!!


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Still Binding and Progress on the Sunflowers from The Cozy Quilter

Easter Greetings from Finn!  We had our family Easter Dinner on Friday afternoon and Finn dressed up for the occasion!  

Snack time featured a chick cheese ball surrounded by a cracker nest.  

I spend some time doing cross stitch this week and just about finished the lower left flower in this last quadrant.  I have a couple of new projects waiting in the wings when this is done. 

I picked up my modern sampler quilt from the long armer's house this week and trimmed it up so I could sew on the binding.  I don't usually measure the ...

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March 30, 2024
First quilt top for March.....and the only one.......... from Exuberant Color

The first order of the day yesterday was to sew this top together.  Spa Quads free pattern from Windham fabrics.  The fabrics are by e bond.  I had to go to Free Spirit's website to see the correct spelling of her name.  The lines are Root and Ravel and I used most of the medium and light fabrics.  The dark narrow strips are dark teal and 2 of them are Marcia Derse fabrics.  This top is 60" x 80".  This was a fun fast quilt top.

I got the binding cut and sewn onto the Maria Derse quilt and ...

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March 27, 2024
Working on two................ from Exuberant Color

I made some more blocks for the Spa Quads quilt. I have one more set of 4 quarters cut and need to cut enough pieces for 3 more large blocks (12 quarter blocks).

I have fat quarters of these 2 eBond fabrics that might get used.  I only get 2 quarter blocks out of a fat quarter of fabric so I need to go through the stack one more time and see if I can see another couple pieces that will work.

I had 3 hours of TV last night so I did a lot of hand stitching on this ...

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March 26, 2024
Binding choice........... from Exuberant Color

The binding choice ended up being the same one I used on another Kaffe quilt this year.

I'm really glad I decided to go with red instead of a black background print.  It's easier on the eyes and I think the better choice of color.

This is the other print used for the back of the quilt.  I'll show the whole back when I get done with the binding.  Large prints like this one work well for borders and backings but don't cut up well in small shapes.


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March 25, 2024
A lot accomplished............. from Exuberant Color

One of the two quilts back from my longarm quilter has been trimmed.  I used 2 fabrics on the back.  This is my Sunlight in the Forest quilt, one of Kaffe's designs but my choices of fabrics.  I did use the same first border that he did.  Colors are more accurate in the next photo.  As I trimmed it I was thinking I would have to use a black background binding and the back is that wasn't sounding like much fun.

Then I came to my senses and realized tat a red would be nice.  I ...

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