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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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September 13, 2020
More gradations........... from Exuberant Color

Continuing on from my blog posts the last 2 days, here are some more quilts where I used smooth blend/gradation.  Four of them are made from strata (strips sewn together).  They are using the blending techniques I teach in my Colorwash 360 online class.  

For anyone interested in the class click here to enroll.

Last night I pulled out my mini collage pieces, one finished and 2 ready to quilt.

We added the mini class for this project into the Colorwash 360 class for students not wanting to make a large colorwash piece but who wanted to work with ...

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September 12, 2020
Strata Gradation/Colorwash........ from Exuberant Color

As I get ready to teach my online Colorwash 360 class again I start thinking about all of the ways I use smooth blend/gradation in my other quilts.  One of them is Trip Around the World which is made from strata (set of strips sewn together).

Another is the strata for Strips 'n Curves.  They both depend on a smooth blend/gradation for the resulting glow in the finished piece. Lessons learned in my class lead to stunning quilts in the future for my students.

I have been working on the 4 kinds of colorwash kits that will be ...

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February 20, 2020
A bunch of squares................. from Exuberant Color

Yesterday I remembered that I had some trays of 1.5" squares that I used for colorwash.  I pulled them out to see how many I could pull out for my postage stamp blocks.

This is the group I pulled, enough for 2 2/3 blocks.  Last night I got 4 blocks sewn in one direction.  I'll press them and sew the other direction today and hopefully sew a couple more too.

A couple people asked about the recipes for the cookies that I bake for my art quilters group.  Their favorite is the peanut butter cookies.  This is ...

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November 19, 2019
Errand day........... from Exuberant Color

The weather was nice yesterday although it was only 36 degrees.  I had errands that were put on hold with the snow last week.  I had an 8' fluorescent bulb burn out in the basement and had another fixture that hasn't had bulbs for almost a year so I bought 4 new bulbs 2 to a package.  The rest of the day was spent on choosing items for the pop-up shop this week, doing the photography and writeups, figuring out prices and the next thing I knew it was time for bed.  The fabric pieces above were on my ...

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November 18, 2019
Finish #5 for November............... from Exuberant Color

The last and smallest of the colorwash wallhangings is finished.  This one is 28" square.

The back is a purple batik so the binding is a dark purple batik on this one.

The first white cactus bloom is fully open.  I have a couple other colors that should be open today.

My granddaughter gave me a blueberry scone mix for my birthday so I baked them last night in my ceramic scone dish.

I'm working on a quick pop-up shop this week.

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November 15, 2019
Auditioning bindings................ from Exuberant Color

Thanks everyone for the warm birthday wishes yestereday.  It was a very relaxing day.  I played with fabric most of the day but didn't get around to anything serious until last night when I was trying to find a binding for this colorwash.  I'm auditioning dark greens this time.  The one on the left is black with green sprays of leaves and at night looked the most promising.  I wanted to wait for daylight today though to check them out before I make a decision.

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November 13, 2019
Last one quilted............ from Exuberant Color

This was my design wall yesterday, my backdrop for the last live broadcast for this session of my Colorwash 360 class.  I haven't decided which way is up yet for the 2 on the right.  The one on the bottom right is just basted in this photo.
I took the basted one off the wall last night and quilted it while I watched my 3 hours of TV.  After I trim it I have to find bindings for both of the small colorwashes.

Yesterday was a record breaking temperature day.  It was the earliest date we had 7 degrees ...

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November 12, 2019
Another basted................ from Exuberant Color

This is the last colorwash that I basted.  It is the one made from the kit we sold to this session of my Colorwash 360 online class.  I used the same pieces of blue tape to hold down the backings of all 4 of the colorwashes.  I threw the tape away now because I'm not going to be basting anything else for a couple weeks and it wouldn't be good that long.

This is the batik I chose for the back of this one.

My indoor garden is starting to bloom.  This is the palest pink, almost white ...

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November 11, 2019
#3 finish for November........... from Exuberant Color

I finished hand stitching the binding on this floral colorwash around 10 p.m. last night.  It is about 31.25" square.

The backing is a home decorator fabric and was tough to hand stitch through.  After 3 hand stitched bindings my hands are aching.  I have one more to do but maybe it will be a couple days before I do the hand sewing.

There is a partial frog in the beige/brown section.

Snow today......Predictions are from 2" - 6" with 4" being their best guess.

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November 10, 2019
Binding chosen............ from Exuberant Color

I finished quilting the floral colorwash and started looking for binding  I think this is the one I'm using but I'll look one more time today to be sure.

Here is one of the novelty fabrics used in this colorwash.

I finished basting colorwash # 4 and have one more to baste.  First I have to cut some batting and find a backing fabric.

I raked leaves for about an hour yesterday afternoon.  We have the big vacuum truck that comes around to pick up the leaves.  I'm planning on putting in another hour today while it is ...

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November 8, 2019
Still hand stitching......... from Exuberant Color

I finished basting the floral fabric colorwash and then went back to hand stitching the binding on the rectangles colorwash.  I have a little over 2 sides done.  Today I will baste the African colorwash and finish this binding.

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November 7, 2019
Heading toward a finish or two............. from Exuberant Color

After finishing the quilting on the second colorwash I trimmed the first one to prepare for binding.

I cut the hanging sleeve and binding for it.  I got the binding sewn on and started the hand finishing.

Here is the backing fabric on the one I just finished quilting.

I have the third colorwash on the drafting table ready to baste.  It is going to be in the low 30s today so I'll probably be in the basement a good part of the day.  It is the warmest place in my house in the winter.  I have hot water ...

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November 6, 2019
Quilting in the ditch........ from Exuberant Color

Tuesday night is my 3 hour TV night so I did ditch quilting while watching the shows.  My 19 year old machine is a quiet stitcher.  Here I am quilting in one direction on this colorwash.

I have 6 lines left to quilt in the other direction after 3 hours of quilting.  Today I hope to finish those 6 lines and get another colorwash basted.

We're in for 2 days in the 30s later this week with snow flurries and then temperatures in the 20s next week.  This is definitely early to be this cold.

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November 4, 2019
October 2019 monthly recap.......... from Exuberant Color

I finally found time to make a collage of the finishes for October.  The cool colors colorwash is 26" x 31.5" and includes batiks, Kaffe, African, and other printed quilting cottons.

The pink and green 16 patch baby quilt measures around 35" after washing.  The larger pink and green 16 patch quilt was 47" x 62.5" before washing.  I haven't measured it since but since I did loops as the quilting design I'm sure it shrunk a little in crinkling up.

I finished one quilt top which measures 28" x 34".  My daughter has already claimed ...

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October 30, 2019
Small finish is better than no finish................ from Exuberant Color

I finished the binding on the cool colorwash wallhanging last night.  It is 26" x 31.5".  This one is a mix of batik, African and printed quilting cottons including a few Kaffe prints.

This photo was taken at a slight angle so I need to get a better straight on shot today.

I just love the fabric that is on the back, from my mid 1990s stash.

I hope I can finish one more before the end of the month.  I'll have to see how motivated I am.........

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October 29, 2019
Binding.................... from Exuberant Color

I have the binding partially done on my cool colorwash

This is the fabric that I chose for the binding.  It could have been blue or purple and worked.  

The reason I chose blue was because it went better with the backing fabric.

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October 28, 2019
Finally quilting............ from Exuberant Color

I am lagging way behind on my finishing this year.  Last night I finally quilted this cool color colorwash wallhanging.

Now I need to trim it and choose a binding fabric.  Since this one has regular quilting cottons, batiks, African, and Kaffe Fassett fabrics I don't really have to put a batik binding on it. It is so much easier to hand stitch regular quilting cottons than batiks. 

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October 25, 2019
Look what I found........... from Exuberant Color

I was cleaning off my sewing cabinet to prepare for machine quilting a colorwash and I found 12 more blocks that weren't sewn yet.  I already designed 2 quilts from the blocks so now they will go back up on the wall so I can add these in.
There are 12 blocks here and I had 2 leftover from designing so I should be able to add a row to the width and the length of the larger of the 2 quilts.  Check out this post for the 2 designed quilts.

Last night I added a border to the ...

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October 24, 2019
Sewn!............. from Exuberant Color

I put the photo of this African colorwash on Instagram and someone asked what size squares I used (2.5").  After I answered her someone else then commented they thought it was a big bed quilt.  I decided the photo with a yardstick for perspective was necessary on Instagram and also here on my blog.  Then when someone wanders onto my blog in the future they can see immediately that it isn't a queen size quilt.  I am contemplating adding a border to this one and I will probably work on it on Friday.

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