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February 14, 2019
#2 finish for February 2019........... from Exuberant Color

I think it is only fitting to have a finished red quilt on Valentine's Day.




I have to admit that I wasn't feeling the love for this quilt in its unfinished state.  Crazy piecing is always so unfinished looking with all of the seams that come to the edges of the blocks and bias edges included.
Once the binding is on the quilt it is so nice and straight and elegant looking.  It really needed that nice dark binding to finish it off.  It ended up at 55" x 79".



This is my view as I'm approaching ...

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February 12, 2019
Red binding............. from Exuberant Color

I sewed the binding on this red crazy pieced quilt yesterday afternoon and last night started the hand stitching.  I have one long side and half of one short side done.  At this rate it may take me 3 sessions to finish it.  I rarely do hand stitching during the daytime hours.

We had freezing rain last night....I think this is the third time since the beginning of the year.   I haven't tested any outside surface to see how slick it is.  I'm staying in today.  More hours for quilting.

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February 11, 2019
Red............ from Exuberant Color

I was going to quilt the red and white star quilt but I couldn't decide whether to use red or white thread.  I finally decided I don't want to see white thread on red or red thread on white so I will hand baste it and quilt it in the ditch on my straight stitch machine.  I had this red crazy pieced quilt on my list to do in February so I pieced the back, loaded it on the frame and quilted it yesterday.
My thread is SoFine by Superior in a dusty red and I did a ...

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November 28, 2018
6 blocks........... from Exuberant Color

I made 2 more blocks and rearranged them many times before I was happy with the layout.


















Here is the edge to edge layout.  They will finish at 10" each so this is only 20" x 30" with this layout.


















When I got home from the Thanksgiving trip my pink Christmas Cactus was really blooming.  There are at least 20 more buds so I should have pretty pink for awhile.

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November 27, 2018
Winter is here........... from Exuberant Color

I was in Omaha NE from Thanksgiving day til Sunday morning.  We headed home with blizzard warnings with high winds in our path.   Luckily we only hit one area of about 90 miles that was pretty treacherous and were home by 3 p.m.  The real snowstorm and strong wind in our area started after 6:30 p.m.  Around 8 p.m.  I heard a noise that sounded like it was on my roof.  About an hour later a policeman came to my door and told me my phone line might be interrupted for awhile.  The tree across the ...

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November 22, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving day!.............. from Exuberant Color

After I finished baking and cleaning up it was playtime for me.  The meal isn't at my house so I didn't have to clean house too.

I had lots of odd shaped scraps left from cutting the half hexagons last week from the African fabrics.

I decided I would do some crazy piecing and see if they would work well.










I was afraid they might be too wild looking but I think they came out okay.









Right now the largest square I can cut from them is 7.5" so I think I'll dig into the larger ...

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September 2, 2018
A visitor's quilt......... from Exuberant Color

My niece Karen stopped by to show me the quilt she is working on.  She learned crazy piecing from me at her guild's workshop this spring.





I took photos from two angles.  She has 90 blocks sewn together now and is thinking of adding one more row on each of the 4 sides to fit her queen size bed.  I just love it and think she is doing a great job on it.


Look what came in the mail Friday!!  My favorite quilt in it is of course made with triangles.  Antique quilts were the inspiration for the quilts ...

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August 31, 2018
Red and pink crazy pieced top........... from Exuberant Color

I think it's name should be "Luscious".  Making the crazy pieced blocks depleted all of my red, pink, burgundy and coral batik scraps and I ended up cutting a strip off yardage to finish it.  There are a couple orange pieces in there too.  I thought I had a large enough piece of red batik to back it but I couldn't find any last night.  I do have enough of several regular printed cottons.  The ending size is 56.5" X 80.5".



I'm receiving a number of questions about the Colorwash online Course that will open ...

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August 29, 2018
Something easy........... from Exuberant Color

I just want something easy to work on while I plan a next project so I looked through my list of already started quilts.  This one fits the bill.  Both end borders are made and the spacer border is already cut.  The only decision I need to make is whether to add a border all the way around of the same deep red batik.

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April 30, 2018
And now there are 8............ from Exuberant Color

I finished cleaning the basement and baked the 2 batches of cookies.  Then I decided I should try to clean off the sewing machine cabinet in the main floor studio.  I had the beginnings of 2 blocks and the pile of solid colors laying there so I made 4 more blocks.


Then I took them down to the basement and added them to the first 4 blocks.  The color is more true on the photo above.  They look pretty washed out in this photo.

We're expecting 3 really warm days in a row starting today.  We need rain and ...

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April 24, 2018
4 blocks............ from Exuberant Color

I had a huge amount of clean up to do yesterday.  Almost every table in the basement had piles of fabric on them.  I have cleared off 4 of them and will do the rest later today.  Last night I was going through the workshop items and one of these blocks just needed one more strip and then trimming 2 of them into 10.5" squares.  I don't have a plan for them right now.  I have 2 more blocks started too.  All of these solid color fabrics are from the 1980s when I was teaching from Roberta Horton ...

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April 22, 2018
Workshop results........... from Exuberant Color

The crazy piecing workshop went well.  Everyone went home with a few blocks and a new technique to continue with.  By the time we left it was warmer outside, not exactly no jacket weather but sure nicer than what we had last week.
I heard some doves in the backyard and was surprised to see the ring neck doves.  I don't think I saw any last year.

For those of you who asked for recipes for the scones:  I have to admit we used purchased mixes for them.  They were SO delicious that I don't think I would ...

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April 21, 2018
Workshop day........... from Exuberant Color

Today is the crazy piecing workshop I am giving at my local quilt guild.  This is one of the quilts I showed them on Monday night at the trunk show.  I named it Rainbow River.


The first batch of scones were so good we baked another batch.  This one is apple cinnamon.  I had to try one before I remembered to take the photo.  My company is headed home this morning.

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April 18, 2018
Crazy pieced blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

I am teaching a crazy piecing workshop on Saturday so I thought I would make some blocks in several different kinds of fabric for inspiration for the students.  The 30s reproduction blocks are trimmed with a 6 1/2" square ruler
I decided to make the solid color blocks larger so they will be cut with a 10 1/2" ruler.

I have company coming to stay for a few days so they can attend a funeral so I may only get a few more blocks made.  I have several examples of batik crazy piecing so that is 3 categories ...

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April 9, 2018
Border audition............. from Exuberant Color

I sewed the rest of the pieces for 2 long border sections yesterday.  The blocks in the main part are 8" so it is somewhere near 56" x 64" right now.  These border sections are 6.5" and the dark red strip will finish at 2".  If I put them just on the 2 ends it will be about 56" x 80", a nice large couch throw quilt long enough for a tall person.  Another idea was to put a 3" strip of the dark red all around the quilt in addition to this pictured border audition.

My trunk show ...

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April 8, 2018
Crazy for Red................ from Exuberant Color

I got the blocks sewn together into a top so now I'm ready to work on a border.  I was thinking maybe I just need a border on the 2 ends to make it more rectangular.  I'll play with ideas later today.  Although I'm naming this one Crazy for Red it has probably 50% pink, orange and red/purple added into it.  Of course pink is a shade of red so it still qualifies for that name.
The other thing I did yesterday was to sort the plaid and stripe half hexagons into 4 groups.  The idea ...

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April 7, 2018
Next in line............and stash enhancement.......... from Exuberant Color

This is next in line to sew.  I still haven't made any more border blocks for it but I think once I get the main part sewn I will be ready to do them.




This is three of the new Philip Jacobs prints in the Spring 2018 Kaffe Fassett Collective line.  There are more colors of it but these three were calling my name.












It is a large print so a strip cut across this fabric will have a fairly long length of each color.

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March 15, 2018
Four seams and it is together................. from Exuberant Color

Remember these blocks?  It has been awhile since I showed them and they were in a spot with poor lighting.  I decided to separate the blue and purple blocks out like a border and auditioned a few fabrics for the 1" strip.  I'm not positive now that the bright pink was the best choice but it is going to stay.  I think the binding needs to be the same color but a darker shade.

Here are three mottled batiks that I found yesterday.  I really need to come up with a project that will use a lot of them.

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February 15, 2018
Sashing cut................ from Exuberant Color

I had a busy day yesterday so I only got the sashing cut.  I put a few strips up around the top left block to see how it is going to look with the spacing.  Hopefully I will be able to make a decision on the corner squares today.

I hung this quilt on a backdrop stand so my niece could take a photo of it.  I decided to take one too since most others that I have of it are too dark.  This was taken with natural light from an east picture window.  I have shown it and its ...

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January 19, 2018
Blocks on the wall....... from Exuberant Color

My best photography wall was covered with something else so I put these on a poorly lit design wall.  The nine multicolor blocks work pretty well together.  I noticed my pile of blue and purple blocks on the table so I put them up like a border.  I will not be sewing this together but I took a photo of it anyway.  I had other tasks yesterday and didn't get to the sewing machine at all to make more blocks.

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