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October 29, 2020
12" colorwash sewn........... from Exuberant Color

 

Before and after tweaking but before sewing.  The lighting wasn't as good in the one on the right but I think you can see I changed pieces to get a smoother value transition.


Here they are in comparison to the 40" colorwash, left photo before tweaking and sewing, right photo after tweaking and sewing 12" colorwash.  I'll get a close up photo to post tomorrow.



It's blooming season now for the cactus.  Lots of buds and 2 blooms fully opened on this one and buds ready to pop on the pink and white ones.

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October 27, 2020
And 24 hours later........... from Exuberant Color


I knew there was snow in the forecast but didn't think it looked like we would get it....but we did.  It didn't stick around for long but it sure looks like an early winter again.


I wanted to play with my 1.5" batik squares that I cut from scraps.  I didn't know if there would be enough variety to do a colorwash that will finish at 12" square.  Today I will take out the pieces that aren't working well and cut some new ones to fill in.

 

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October 26, 2020
Sewn together............. from Exuberant Color


I completed the sewing on my colorwash top.  It is about 40" square.  I rotated the photo all 4 ways but decided I like it best just like I designed it.








 My Viburnum bush is really pretty this year.  I think it has only turned completely into these beautiful colors a handful of times since I planted it in 1995.  Usually just one or 2 branches turn and then the leaves fall off.



I searched for how to get green tomatoes to turn red and this is what 2 of the sites showed.  A banana with just a little green ...

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October 25, 2020
2/3 of seams sewn................ from Exuberant Color


 I have sewn 13 cross seams, 6 to go so I am 2/3 of the way done.  I had a few sidetracks yesterday.






One of them was sewing 5 more masks.  Some had denim on one side and plaid flannel on the other, some had plaid flannel on one side and batik print on the other side.




Indoor garden season is starting.  I have buds on 8 plants.  This white one was my super bloomer last year.

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October 24, 2020
Rows sewn in one direction.......... from Exuberant Color


 I alternated between washing windows and sewing rows yesterday.  All rows sewn in one direction.  Now I have to turn on the iron.

We started out close to 70 degrees yesterday morning and were down in the 40s by afternoon.  It was predicted to go down to 30 by morning so I covered my tomato plants again.

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October 23, 2020
Sewing started........... from Exuberant Color


I didn't change any more pieces in the colorwash and after my live session was done I started sewing.  I'm almost to the halfway point of sewing in one direction.

From Wednesday late afternoon and through the night into yesterday morning we got over 3" of rain.  We haven't had that much rain in one day for months.  More rain expected.

Today I am going to seriously work on washing the insides of my windows and hope to make it most of the way through the house.

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October 22, 2020
Final............. from Exuberant Color


Just one photo of the colorwash today.  This is the FINAL layout.  I'm not going to even consider changing anything today.  Each change (8 yesterday morning) includes taking a photo, loading the photo into the computer, studying the photo, back to the design wall, repeat, repeat, repeat.

Yesterday afternoon I baked some Amish Friendship Bread.  A friend gave me some of the starter earlier in the summer and I froze 3 portions in September so I could pull it out and bake on a cool day.
 
 

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October 21, 2020
The corners........... from Exuberant Color


I'm finally happy with the blue corner.










 The red/rust corner is better now too.










I was already pretty happy with the green and brown corner.









The camera isn't kind to the purple corner.  It is a combination of blue purples and red purples.






I did some changes in the center and was quite pleased until I see a photo of it.  I guess I'll have to look at it again this morning.

I did a little change where the orange meets the green too.





This is yesterday's photo for comparison.

I spent a couple hours ...

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October 20, 2020
Tweaking all day again....... from Exuberant Color

I played with this all day yesterday again because my painter was back and I didn't want to start on something new.  I have the red corner looking a little better but now I don't like the blue or the purple corners so I'll have another day of tweaking.  Below is the photo from yesterday for comparison.  I will have some peace and quiet today with the workers gone so I can start concentrating again.

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October 19, 2020
A very relaxing day............. from Exuberant Color


 I thought I had all of the pieces on the wall, that this was maybe my final layout and then I counted rows.  I never put the last row on the right side edge.  Back to the drawing board.........








Ok, 20th row added but it needs some changes in several areas.













I have softened a few areas now but still want to work on the bottom right corner.  I see a couple other pieces in the photo that weren't glaring problems when looking at it in person.  It's close and the best part is that it was the ...

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October 18, 2020
Relaxing........ from Exuberant Color


Another busy day yesterday,  I mailed some packages to my students and then watched my sister-in-law's graveside service on Zoom (her son was buried just last weekend, neither death was Covid related), and then the painting continued outside and storm windows were put on.  They worked all the way to 6 p.m. and have just about another half day of work to do.  They discovered a possible place where the mice came in last year and they will be back to fix that.  I have never had as many mice in my house as I had last year ...

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October 15, 2020
Still working........ from Exuberant Color


 I'm still working on the second batch of African colorwash kits for my Colorwash 360 students so I have nothing new to show.  I'm so happy to have a large class and am having fun doing critiques on their progress.  

Today is the 4th live broadcast so I'm prepping for that and answering any questions my painter has while he is painting the house trim.  The second window A/C unit came out yesterday and it will reside in the garage until next summer.  This will be the first winter in a long time that I will ...

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October 12, 2020
More of nature's beauty.......... from Exuberant Color


 Even the Milkweed plants turned color this year.  I think they were more of a brown the last few years when they died.





I don't know why I didn't notice my south neighbor's tree and bush before.  His Burning Bush is a different variety than mine and wasn't affected by whatever killed most of my bush a couple years ago.


This photo was taken as it was starting to get dark and the color was just brilliant.

The painter is going to come today or tomorrow to start painting my window trim and doors.  I was ...

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October 6, 2020
Colorwash sewn, border auditions............ from Exuberant Color


All seams are sewn and pressing done.  It is 26" x 33.5".













I pulled some of the animal print fabrics to see if I want to add a border to this wallhanging.  The one on the left could be interpreted as tiger or zebra.  I called the other ones cheetah but maybe they are ocelot.  I'm not up on my wild animal info.

I'm still cutting squares from my African fabrics and have about another 30 fabrics to press and cut.  I was totally out of some of them on my trays of squares and down to ...

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October 5, 2020
Almost done............. from Exuberant Color


 Yesterday I alternated between sewing the African colorwash together and cutting more 2.5" squares for future African colorwashes.  I have 4 seams to go.  I will probably try an animal print as a border for this one like the cheetah border on the last one.  I have tiger, giraffe, cheetah (in many colors) and zebra to try.


I didn't know if Asters are good flowers for bouquets but decided to try them.  So far they are staying nice.

I covered my tomato plants last night since we are supposed to have frost early this morning.  I have so ...

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October 4, 2020
A cutting day......... from Exuberant Color


I finally sorted all of my African fabrics by color and then checked to see which ones I needed to cut.  I spent the whole day cutting 2.5" squares and then I looked through my regular fabrics for some that look like African prints.  I found the 4 on the left bottom corner on my first pass through the fabrics.  I also looked through some batiks for some that looked compatible.


This is my final layout for the African fabric colorwash.  I will take the pieces off the design wall today so I can start another one.

Today is ...

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October 2, 2020
African fabric............. from Exuberant Color


 Since I didn't have an African fabric colorwash at my house any more I needed to be working on one for my students working with African fabrics to see. I had it about half designed for the live broadcast yesterday and I continued working on it afterwards.  I have changed a few pieces since I took this photo though.  I have cut some more fabrics and thought about adding to it but then I decided I maybe need to just sew this one together and make another with the new fabrics added.  I will probably tweak it for a ...

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September 30, 2020
Stashbusting Sewalong anyone? from Jean's Quilting Page

 A few years ago I decided to do a colorwheel stash assessment as part of my monthly sampler classes. I knew we all had plenty of stash and I had been intrigued by some colorwash quilts I saw others making, most notably Wanda at Exuberant Color. I started going through my fabrics and cutting 2.5" squares. I colorized them in groups, and started taking them to the monthly classes. I encouraged the students to cut their stash into 2.5" squares. They were cutting through their stash by color, and keeping the colors separated. They would then bring them ...

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September 23, 2020
Indoors and outdoors.............. from Exuberant Color


 Inside I am gathering and preparing for my first live session for my Colorwash 360 class.  This is my backdrop for the first broadcast.




This is the photo I posted last year that shows my computer and mic set up with my camera mounted on top of my computer.  We needed a higher quality camera than the one included in the laptop.  This is sitting on my sewing cabinet and I usually leave it here during the weeks of all 6 live sessions so my sewing during that time is usually on smaller items unless I sew on one of ...

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September 14, 2020
Floral fabrics and fall photos............ from Exuberant Color

When I first started making colorwash quilts I used only floral fabrics because that is what Deirdre Amsden from the UK used.  She was the first person I saw doing colorwash in 1987.  She used Liberty Lawn fabrics.


I only made one with Liberty Lawn fabrics.  A friend gave me some of the squares and also hand quilted it for me.

We are in the enrollment period for my Colorwash 360 class until Friday night.  Here is a link to the sales page if you want to learn this technique too.


I know this photo isn't very clear because ...

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