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November 11, 2018
Sewn together.............. from Exuberant Color

I started sewing this rectangle colorwash 2 nights ago and finished it last night.

It is 24.5" x 38.5".


















I had to flip it and see if I like it better that way.





















Then I figured I needed to see it as a landscape orientation.







And then I had to flip that to see if that was better.

I will have to make a decision so I know which edge to put the hanging sleeve on.

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November 9, 2018
Rectangles........ from Exuberant Color

I wanted to play with rectangles in my next colorwash.  I have a little work to do in the pink area and then it will be time to sew.













Coming soon!  I have buds on 7 of the cacti.  This one is old faithful that usually blooms 3 to 5 times every year.  It has a lot more buds this year than usual so maybe it is planning to only bloom once this year.

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November 1, 2018
Construction begins from Art In Search

     The last color tweak of the colorwash and the last black and white before I took it down, column by column and clipped them for 19 across. There are 21 rows.


      And 7 of them are sewn together so far. The web works.


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October 31, 2018
TV night........ from Exuberant Color

Tuesday nights are my 3 hour TV session so I was pretty sure I would be able to finish sewing my Kaffe colorwash #2 in that amount of time.  I had 4 rows left to sew on to have it all webbed in one direction.








I got all 16 seams sewn the other direction by 10 p.m.  Then I had to press it and do the staystitching around the edge. By 10:30 p.m. it was back up to the studio to have its picture taken.  It is 34" square.  I have even chosen my backing fabric.

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October 30, 2018
Emptying the design wall............ from Exuberant Color

I'm itching to create something else on my main floor studio design wall so it was time to take down the pieces and start sewing the Pure Kaffe Colorwash #2.  I have 4 more rows to sew on and the seams one way will be done.

As we get closer to winter I will spend more time at night in the main floor studio.  The lighting is good in there so I can do photography there too.

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October 27, 2018
Inching towards perfecting from Art In Search

     The batik colorwash I have been tweaking and tweaking I hope is coming to the time where I can take it down and sew it. I rummaged through all my batik scraps trying to find some dark reds to make the corner more defined and smoothed. Sometimes, it is like a Rubik's cube- move one piece and others scream out to get moved. I moved some of the light colors also. This is the red corner that kept bothering me.

     After cutting some more squares and rearranging, I had this.
    And this is what the black and white looks ...

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October 22, 2018
Really the final layout........... from Exuberant Color

Would you believe I spent another 2 hours yesterday moving pieces and cutting a couple new squares?  It is really ready to sew now.  The photo on the left is as it was when I had done a week of tweaking but knew I wanted to add a row on the right and a row on the bottom.  3 days of more tweaking later and it is going to be sewn.  The photo on the right is my insurance in case I have a question about where a piece goes when I am sewing.  You know, when you drop a ...

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October 21, 2018
Ready to sew........... from Exuberant Color

I spent another 3 hours refining this pure Kaffe colorwash yesterday.  I cut 5 new pieces for it and rearranged a few others.  I ended up with 3 pieces with wrong sides up in the center and darkened the top right corner. 




I decided to flip the photo 180 degrees and see if I liked it better that way.  No decision made there.  A fairly dark binding is needed on this one since there aren't very many really dark fabrics in the Kaffe collection.   If I had added some Brandon and Philip (the collective) I could have gotten the ...

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Kaffe colorwash refined a little........... from Exuberant Color

Well, it looks better after spending a whole day refining it.  

Below is yesterday's photo on the left and today's photo on the right.  I can still see a few areas to refine and it looks smoother in person than in a photo. 


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October 20, 2018
Colors, colors everwhere from Art In Search

    Pretty darn fortunate to be taking a colorwash class with Wanda online. I love these types of quilts. I made a floral one a year ago or so, but it sold at a quilt show. The only quilt I ever sold, wish I had it back. I am using batiks I have collected and collected. I have them on cafeteria trays I bought on Amazon. They are sitting on the ironing board at the design wall.  Lots of tweaking yet, but at least pieces are up.




Colors in photo are not true- they are not so dark.

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October 19, 2018
Kaffe Fassett fabric colorwash 2 from Exuberant Color

I have been working on another Kaffe Fassett fabric colorwash and showed it to my online class students yesterday in our live session.  I"m not done tweaking it yet but wanted them to see it at this stage.  There aren't any Brandon or Philip fabrics in it so it is not the Kaffe collective, just pure Kaffe.

I have started adding a row to the right and a row on the bottom.  I need to cut more pieces before I continue.  It still needs a lot of tweaking too.

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August 22, 2018
Photo shoot..... from Exuberant Color

This is a "behind the scenes" photo while we were working on the online Colorwash 360 class.  

The colorwash on the wall at the left is floral fabrics working into bright color areas.   It is made with all commercial print fabrics.

The one in the center is made with the batik 2.5" squares kit that I will be selling with the Colorwash 360 class.  The one laying on the table is the Kaffe fabric colorwash which I showed a few days ago and is also made from a 2.5" squares kit that I will be selling with the ...

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August 18, 2018
Exclusively Kaffe.... from Exuberant Color

I made a Colorwash of exclusively Kaffe Fassett fabrics many of which are early and out of print.  It is not the Kaffe Collective which includes fabric by Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs.  It is exclusively Kaffe.  This wallhanging is made from the kit of 2.5" squares that will be offered to students of Colorwash 360.
I used one of the larger prints on the back and I thought the black Fern print was perfect for the binding.


Are you interested in making a Colorwash wallhanging too? 

If you haven't heard, I have an Online Course launching on ...

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August 16, 2018
A colorwash finish for August....... from Exuberant Color


I finished the binding on this batik colorwash wallhanging yesterday.  It is for my daughter and she wasn't sure which edge she wanted at the top.  This is the first choice.

The back is a striped batik.  I put a hanging sleeve on both the top and bottom.

Now it is flipped 180 degrees with the rod in the other hanging sleeve.

The stripes on the back are in many colors.  This end has more red in it.  Which way do you like, the top photo 1 or the third photo 2?

Are you interested in making a Colorwash ...

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August 7, 2018
Binding and label.............. from Exuberant Color

I finished the binding and label on the Kaffe colorwash quilt last night too late for a photo.  I'm much better at photography when I'm fully awake.  I showed this one earlier in its unfinished state.

We got a dribble of rain yesterday and are still hoping for more.  It is cloudy this morning so maybe it may feel cooler although still pretty humid.

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August 4, 2018
Progress on two............ from Exuberant Color

I unpicked some more tubes for the bottom half of the TAW quilt.  I'm almost to the center and hope to get at least 9 tubes unpicked today.









I prepared a colorwash for thread basting so I could do a row now and then through the day yesterday.  I finished basting it last night.  This one is for my daughter.

Last chance to see the Pop-Up Shop.

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June 6, 2018
A finish for June 2018.......... from Exuberant Color

I finished the floral colorwash that ended up just a little bit under 24" square.











I thought this was the perfect back for it.













The binding is a dark green with little shots of many colors that are in the wallhanging.







In the outdoor scene my Red Penstemon (Beardtongue) is blooming.  The blooms are the very palest pink.  Down in front of them at the bottom left are Balloon flowers competing for space.  They will be periwinkle and pale pink when they bloom.




There are lots of buds so a lot more blooming to take place.






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May 30, 2018
Decision made.......... from Exuberant Color

I decided on this orientation for the colorwash.  The bunny is at the bottom now and lying on his back.  He is going to stay that way.








I dug up a huge hosta in the evening yesterday.  It pulled apart easily into 8 parts.  I planted one back in my garden.  A friend wants one and my granddaughter is going to take the rest back home with her 2 states away this weekend.
In its place I planted a tiny hosta.  Since it is so close to the tree it was tricky to dig the big one out with all ...

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May 29, 2018
Colorwash sewn........and rotated............ from Exuberant Color

I sewed the cross seams of the colorwash and now just have to decide which way it hangs.  This is the way I designed it.








Now making quarter turns to the right.













This direction puts a couple bunnies upside down.  That is sometimes a problem with prints, a one way design.









This is the 4th direction, bunnies sideways (hint: they are on the top edge here in the green fabrics).









My first radish was big enough to pick.  This is my first year to plant them.









I have never had baskets with such a variety of plants before.  Some of ...

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May 28, 2018
Time to sew........... from Exuberant Color

After changing pieces for 2 1/2 hours yesterday I finally said Enough!  I did lots of changes to the top left corner and some in the purple section.









This collage photo should enlarge if you click on it.  It shows the final layout left and the previous 2 days on the right.





I have all of the vertical seams sewn and it is now waiting for a press job.  It was 97 degrees yesterday so I wasn't in a rush to turn on the iron at the end of the day.  I'll do that this morning.








I ...

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