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March 30, 2019
The time is now.......... from Exuberant Color



Why am I still teaching at 78 years old?

I love to see students learn and grow. 

When my daughter Vicki and I were producing the Colorwash 360 online class last year we knew we wanted to add 40 days of live interaction with me, so I could give personal help to the students. 

Then we had to decide how we would do it.

All it took was a little research, a broadcasting app, a microphone, headphones and a camera and here I am interacting with my students from across the world, and answering their questions live. And no, I ...

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March 29, 2019
Busy day............. from Exuberant Color

I had errands to run and many last minute things to do related to the launch of the sales of my Colorwash 360 online class.  Add in some more time with out of state family and it was a busy day.

The email has been sent to subscribers of my newsletter so they have first chance at the online class and limited quantity colorwash kits. (check junk/spam folder if you don't see it). The public will be able to access the site very soon.  I will be giving a link for it.

No sewing happened yesterday but I ...

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January 28, 2019
The Colorwash, Quilted and Bound from Art In Search

     Last week was a very difficult week for me. I was depressed and grieving over the situation here in NY. I am not a political person, but the line between life and death and the sacredness of human life is very clear. I could not function to sew. I won't elaborate, but to help pull me out of despair and mourning, I took out my Colorwash that I did in an online class with Wanda and quilted it on my Singer 301. 
     I used pencils especially made for marking fabric and I fear not all of it is coming ...

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January 17, 2019
Hanging sleeve...and found blocks.......... from Exuberant Color

I forgot to add this photo yesterday with the colorwash finish.  I used all 2 yards of the backing fabric and had none left for the hanging sleeve.  I looked through my green fabrics and thought this one looked great.

In one of the boxes in the basement I found these 16 flannel blocks and a bunch more 1.5" strips.  I think I intended to make more blocks back in Dec. 2011 or maybe piano key borders, but at this point I just want to finish some things whatever size they are.  I sewed this top while watching the ...

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January 16, 2019
Finish # 4 for 2019............ from Exuberant Color

I put the last hand stitches in the binding of this colorwash while I watched the 10 p.m. news last night.  It finished at 40" x about 63".  All of the fabrics are printed quilting cottons and the pieces are finished 2" x 4" rectangles.













Keeping with the floral/nature theme of the prints on the front, the back is beautiful large flowers and leaves.


















The binding is a fabric from the early 1990s and is a black background with brown stylized flowers and tiny gray leaves.

Now my finishing for the month is over and I will tackle ...

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January 15, 2019
Quilting............ from Exuberant Color

If I would get busy earlier in the day I would get more done.  I thought maybe I had a chance of finishing this quilt but only got the quilting and trimming done.  It is the largest colorwash I have quilted for quite a few years.
I love this backing fabric.  I knew I would never cut it up in little pieces so it might as well go on the back of a quilt.

I have been devoting the first half of this month for finishing.  Now the fun will begin as soon as the binding is done on this ...

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January 13, 2019
Finish # 2 for 2019............. from Exuberant Color


I finished the hand stitching on this rectangular colorwash last night.  I think I am keeping this one.  I don't have a colorwash hanging in my house and need to remedy that.  It is 24" x 38.5".
I got the orphan block top loaded on the quilting machine yesterday and got the quilting done.  I have taken it off the frame and trimmed it but haven't chosen binding.  It will be all by machine so hopefully this will be finished by tonight.
I mentioned yesterday that I was going to do meandering with occasional hearts.  You may ...

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January 12, 2019
Friends day.......... from Exuberant Color

I'm at the slow part of the colorwash quilt.  I got out my teeny tiny scissors to go with me to the living room to work on this.  They are usually in a little travel sewing kit that I have.



While my 2 friends were here yesterday I worked on a backing made with the leftover strips from 4 previous backs of quilts.  Sorry for the crooked photo........

I loaded the backing on the longarm and cut the batting and loaded it too.






It will be the back for my batik orphan block quilt that I made back in ...

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January 11, 2019
Binding cut........... from Exuberant Color

I'm having too much fun sorting through things and didn't do any sewing yesterday.  I did find a binding fabric and cut the strips though.





I took a picture of my winter garden on the kitchen table last night.  The red Amaryllis is in full bloom and the next one in line is going to be white flowers again.  It has 3 bud stalks started.  This one was marked Stargazer too, a red and white mix just like the other one that turned out to be white.  The one in the center has 3 buds started too.  The ...

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January 10, 2019
Qulting, basting, sorting............. from Exuberant Color

I finished quilting this colorwash about a half hour after taking this photo.  I pulled out the bastings and will get it trimmed and choose binding today.









I got the next one basted while doing laundry.













I'm going through boxes and found some old quilt books from around 1990.








They were all great books in their time period.  In fact the Seminole Patchwork book is still one of the best on the subject.






The Fons and Porter Ocean Wave book is from 1989.  All of these will probably go to Goodwill.







This book is autographed by Marjorie Puckett to ...

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January 8, 2019
Found a binding fabric............. from Exuberant Color

I ended up choosing an old out of print Kaffe fabric for my binding.  I got it sewn on and started the hand sewing.






This shows the backing fabric and the portion of binding that is hand stitched so far.







I got the next one basted and ready to quilt on my Pfaff.  This is a batik one made with 1.5" x 3" rectangles.

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January 7, 2019
Quilting, blooms, and how much yardage do I buy?................... from Exuberant Color

I finished the quilting on this Kaffe colorwash last night but haven't trimmed it or chosen binding fabric yet.






The white blooms are almost done and the 8 red ones are just opening.  I have 2 more growing plus I got some Paperwhites for $1.50 and started them too.




Two people yesterday asked in comments how much fabric do I buy for backings when I find fabric on sale.  I knew I had addressed that issue on my blog before and in searching found it in 2007.  That was the year before I got my longarm so some ...

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January 3, 2019
Quilt top inventory.............. from Exuberant Color

It was time to see where I am with quilt tops waiting to be quilted.  I'm starting this year with 32 quilt tops of various sizes.  That is up 6 from last year because I created more new ones than the number I finished.  I also found one that wasn't on last year's list.

In 2015 and 2016 I had 50 at the beginning of the year and in 2017 there were 40.  The 26 that I started last year with was the lowest number I have had in many years.  

Half of the quilt tops are ...

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January 1, 2019
#18 finish for 2018.....Happy New Year!!! from Exuberant Color

Just squeaked in under the wire, finish #18 for 2018.  It is 29.25" x 41".    I will do my 2018 recap in the next few days and colorwash wallhangings were in the majority for finishes.











For the binding on this one I chose a dark brown with a lighter brown swirl in it.  Purple and brown are my two most used colors for binding on a colorwash because they seem to look best with all of the colors at the edge.

I wish all of you a happy and healthy new year!  

I don't do resolutions but I ...

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December 30, 2018
Basting.......... from Exuberant Color

I started basting one of the rectangular shaped colorwash wallhangings. I had chosen the backing and cut the batting for this one almost a year ago.











I washed the Kaffe rectangles quilt and dried it in the dryer.  It shrunk almost 3" in both directions.  The heavier backing fabric softened quite a bit and I'm happy with the way it looks and feels now.

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December 17, 2018
Piece replaced............ from Exuberant Color

I unpicked the seams to remove the piece I wasn't happy with and sewed in the new one.  I am so much happier with it now.  

You can go back to yesterday's post to see the old piece and the new piece and the link to the whole quilt with the bad piece in it.

I was in the kitchen most of the day yesterday baking for packages I need to mail early this week.  I have a little more left to do today.

I sewed the final seam in all 5 stratas for my Kaffe Trip Around ...

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December 16, 2018
It was bothering me............. from Exuberant Color

I still have my floral colorwash top on the design wall in my main floor studio and one piece is bothering me.  It has kept me from finishing the piece.  It is the blue rectangle in the center that looks like cracked ice.








I went down to the basement and found that piece of fabric and cut a new rectangle from a lighter value area of it.  Now I need to unpick that section and sew in the new piece.

You can go here to see the whole colorwash.  It is going to be a better blend with the new ...

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December 14, 2018
All ready to quilt! from Art In Search

     The colorwash is all basted and chalk line marked for quilting. I have the thread, the machine, and not the time. I used the padding stitch that Wanda showed. Youtube is again my friend teaching me how to do it. Because I am quilting out the diagonal, I did the basting in two directions forming a grid on the quilt. I used chalk for the lines. 
     After a lot of deliberation, I chose to use a sketch I made of short diagonal lines out from the center in three concentric squares. Of course, I can't find the sketch to ...

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December 10, 2018
Top sewn........... from Exuberant Color

I got the last columns sewn and added on so now it is a finished top.  It is all printed quilting cottons (no batiks) and it ended up about 40" x 63".  It is the largest colorwash I have made this year.














I took some closeups of the variety of fabrics used.

Remember they are all clickable to enlarge even more.



























This poor little piece of cactus is still in a cup on my windowsill after more than a year.  It bloomed here last year too.  It has huge roots now so I really need to get it planted soon ...

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December 9, 2018
Half way there.............. from Exuberant Color

I'm half way there now.  I actually got a little more sewn after I took this photo.  I love the way it changes when it is sewn together.  A lot of times there is a color on the edge of the square or rectangle that I really don't want there and it ends up in the seam allowance so I won't see it when it is sewn.


The orange cactus is blooming.  I am giving this one to my daughter-in-law but it has been too cold to try to transport it to her house.






The pink and ...

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