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March 29, 2023
Finished!........ from Exuberant Color

The binding is done!  Yay!  This beauty is about  57" x 72".  I cut the pieces with my hexagon, half hexagon, and equilateral triangle dies with 4" sides.  A lot of time was spent designing this on the design walls starting March 21, 2016. (Archive on right side bar.)

I used Hobbs 80/20 batting, gold variegated YLI cotton thread on top, Superior Bottom Line thread in the bobbin.  The backing is a Liberty print colored by Kaffe Fassett.

The fabrics on the front are Kaffe Fassett collective and Martha Negley prints.

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March 28, 2023
3 corners............ from Exuberant Color

A lot of time was spent hand stitching yesterday.  I'm proving I have made it around 3 corners with just one long side to go.

The photo is too light but I couldn't get it to adjust any darker.  I'm trying to show here that there is purple in the backing fabric too so the binding is great on both sides of the quilt.

How about one more photo of the pretty cactus bloom.  

Sunny day yesterday and we did make it up to 50, almost to our normal high for this date.


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March 27, 2023
Binding............... from Exuberant Color

 The binding I chose is an early Kaffe fabric from 2001....just think, 22 years old.  I snagged several yards of it from an ebay seller about 12 years ago.

I got one short side hand sewn and about 35" down a long side.  That amounts to about one fourth done.

My one lonely champagne color bud finally opened yesterday.  I have one orange and 3 red blooms ready to open on other cacti.  I sometimes have blooms all the way to the end of April so I'm still hopeful.

One photo just isn't enough so here is ...

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March 22, 2023
The Favor... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I am spending the day machine quilting... 

I work on a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen

This isn't my quilt...

I am doing this machine quilting as a favor.

The maker of this quilt top chose the fabrics

from my fabric cupboard,

then asked me to cut it into squares...

She put the squares up on the design wall

and arranged them to her liking...

She sat down at her sewing machine

and stitched the squares together.

I helped her measure for the borders.

I cut them and she stitched on the borders 

and completed the quilt top.

Christmas Break ...

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March 19, 2023
Baby Shower and Life from Mama Spark's World

I went to a baby shower today for my son's best friend and his wife.I had a long time friend ride with me and we met up with one more friend at the party.I have not seen these ladies in such a long time!It was such a joy to catch up with these ladies.Here are the mama and papa to be with me.Doesn't she look amazing?They are the sweetest kids and are going to be fabulous parents!I got all the

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March 17, 2023
A little green for St. Patrick's Day............ from Exuberant Color

Before I can hang a finished quilt on the design wall for its portrait I need to use the lint roller.  I don't want a lot of threads on the back of a finished quilt.

I think this is the only quilt with this much green in all of my shelves of quilts.  I love green but haven't made an all green quilt for many years.  This one will have to do for the Irish celebration.  It is 50" x 70",  Kaffe collective and Martha Negley fabrics in the top, quilted in a wavy crosshatch with yellow variegated ...

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March 11, 2023
Two Finished Quilts! from The Cozy Quilter

I have two finished quilts to share with you this week.  They are both Rainbow Scrap Challenge finishes, the first from 2021 and the second one from 2022. This pattern is by Gudrun Erla from her "Quilts of Iceland" book.  I used a turquoise Kona solid for the binding which co-ordinates nicely with the bicycles fabric on the back of the quilt. 

I used my drunkard's path rulers and lots of my colourful scraps to make this circles quilt. I quilted in the ditch between each quarter circle block as well as a diagonal cross hatch through the circles ...

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Meags and Me New Patterns from Mama Spark's World

I had the opportunity to work on 2 of the new patterns coming our for Meags and Me. I love pattern testing for these guys!  Patterns I did were Tweet Tweet and Bird Brain.  Tweet Tweet is at the quilter's and I just finished Bird Brain last night.Here are pics from Bird Brain.I did a machine free motion straight stitch around the applique.I used the same for the legs, beak and ( ) on the birds.I

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February 14, 2023
Second finish for February 2023 from Exuberant Color

Binding is done so here is the formal portrait.  This baby quilt ended up just under 40" square.  Fabrics are Kaffe Fassett collective.  This is one of the quilts made to try to empty a box of 2.5" strips of which most were cut over 10 years ago.  There are many early Kaffe fabrics in this one.

I'm so happy I chose the pink big blooms fabric for the back.  I used Hobbs 80/20 batting, pink So Fine 30 wt. thread on top and pink Bottom Line thread in the bobbin.

The binding is also one of ...

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February 12, 2023
A Finished Quilt and A New Start from The Cozy Quilter

 Almost all of my sewing time this week was devoted to finishing the turquoise and gray wedding quilt.  Several hours were spent at the sewing machine, adding lines of quilting with turquoise thread using my walking foot.  The herringbone part of the quilt was quilted with diagonal lines following the pattern of angles of the turquoise strip piecing. 

The backing of this quilt is turquoise flannel--so soft and warm!

I did the hand stitching of the binding in the car.  I had some solid turquoise in my stash which was used for the binding.  I just noticed the thread formed ...

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February 11, 2023
Cutting and hand stitching............ from Exuberant Color

The next 4 heart blocks are cut and waiting to be sewn.  There is that Martha Negley tree rings again, this time in pink.

All of my stitching time was spent on the hand finished binding.  I have rounded 3 corners now and am about 15" down the last side.  I should be able to finish it tonight.  Maybe I can get some stitching done on the baby quilt too.


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February 10, 2023
Blocks and binding.......... from Exuberant Color

I sewed 4 more heart blocks.  I just need another 4 for an 80 block total.  The quilt will still be only 48" x 60" so I'm still trying to decide if it needs to be larger.  I could add some pink 4 patch blocks here and there and increase it to 54" x 66".  I am cutting these blocks with an Accuquilt GO die.

I also sewed 3 more Snail's Trail blocks.  This makes a total of 15.  I think I need I need at least 35 blocks for a quilt 60" x 84".  I'll cut ...

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February 9, 2023
Binding................. from Exuberant Color

Binding was cut and sewn on yesterday.  Last night I hand stitched one side.

I loaded the baby 16 patch quilt on the longarm and quilted it yesterday afternoon.

I chose loops for the quilting on this one.  Pink So Fine 30wt on top and a pre-wound pink bobbin.  The batting is Hobbs 80/20.

This vintage Kaffe Fassett fabric was chosen for the binding.

It looks good with both sides of the quilt.

I sewed the binding on and hand sewed a short distance so I could take a photo.  I have plenty of hand sewing to do tonight ...

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January 31, 2023
Quilted........... from Exuberant Color

Success again, quilting done.

Again I did the organic straight lines, random spacing.

I used this variegated thread on this quilt.  I think maybe it will work for the next quilt I'm going to finish too.

Every wobble is a step I am taking as I walk sideways while I quilt, moving the machine from end to end and back again, row after row.  I think I have now figured out how to avoid that but this one is very organic.

I bought a batt of this variety to try it out and decided I liked it.  Then I ...

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January 21, 2023
Binding on the Longarm – How To from Gwen's Quilts

Last week I wrote about making my temperature quilt. I had several questions about how to apply the binding while the quilt is still on your longarm frame. I explained this in a past post, but thought you might like to see it again (or see it for the first time!)

I’m willing to bet 9 out of 10 of you bought your longarm machine because you were not happy wrestling that large quilt through your domestic machine to do the quilting. Am I right? We solved one problem. But, then what do we do? We finish the beautiful ...

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Binding on the Longarm – How To from Essie's Quilts

Last week I wrote about making my temperature quilt. I had several questions about how to apply the binding while the quilt is still on your longarm frame. I explained this in a past post, but thought you might like to see it again (or see it for the first time!)

I’m willing to bet 9 out of 10 of you bought your longarm machine because you were not happy wrestling that large quilt through your domestic machine to do the quilting. Am I right? We solved one problem. But, then what do we do? We finish the beautiful ...

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January 16, 2023
First finish of 2023............ from Exuberant Color

The Friendship Star quilt top was made in April 2021 and the backing was chosen early last year.  I used all of the 4" triangles that were cut from scraps in 2019 and only cut the center squares specifically for this project.  It is small, about 47" x 59".

I used flannel on the back, a very small plaid.  I thought the green went well with the front of the quilt.  

I found a green print that looked good with it for the binding.  I had just a half yard of it and now there is just a small amount ...

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January 15, 2023
Finding my Rotary Cutter from The Cozy Quilter

 The condition of my sewing room has deteriorated over the last month or so to the point where I could not find my rotary cutter... it was time for a clean up.  I spent over an hour putting things away, folding fabric, sorting through piles, etc. and still no rotary cutter.  I tried to think of the last time I used it...then, I remembered I used it at a recent guild sewing day---it was in the bag I took to the sewing day.  Oh well, the sewing room is looking much better and I had a new project planned ...

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December 30, 2022
The crazy quilter's day off! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

With the beautiful weather, it would be hard to work indoors, so I asked the "boss" if I could take the afternoon off. She said YES, and I was gone! It was a 15 KM+ day walking, and I got to walk someplace different. 

Can you believe it was 10 ABOVE yesterday? No sun, but it was warm and really too nice to be in the house. 

Warm temperatures

I live in the 6th largest city in Canada, but it's a strange city. It's comprised of many small villages that were gobbled up as the main city grew ...

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December 29, 2022
Confessions from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 A quick note about the Barn Star Sampler. 

Barn Star Sampler

A number of you have realized that you can purchase a PDF of the book directly from the author, and there are other places where you can buy different versions. The Hobby Horse still has about 8 copies! Whether we run the class through The Hobby Horse or I do it myself, we WILL have a class on this quilt. Sooooooooooooooooo    --- if you bought it -- just wait! 

If you want to go ahead and sew it, there will be no need to sign up for the class. Part of ...

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