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January 19, 2022
Final layout sewn........... from Exuberant Color

I moved the top small block section down in the right column from the photo yesterday.  I was happy with the layout now and sewed it all together.

Next on my list was to make a sample block with the pickle dish die.  There are little tiny notches to match every single piece when sewing the outside arc and inside melon piece to the arcs.  That is what sold me on it and I waited for a good sale to buy it.  I haven't decided what fabrics to use in a quilt yet but I think I will have ...

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January 16, 2022
A couple stars......... from Exuberant Color

I love the Lemoyne Star cutting die but I never remember which color has to be face up and which face down to continue making stars like the ones on the left.  I finally wrote it on the die.

Here is a close up of one of the stars on the left and then the 3 on the right that are reversed in coloration.  Those 3 will go to the Kaffe orphan block box and I can finally continue on with all of the blocks being alike.

I have more blooms on the orange cactus.  Several buds are almost ready ...

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January 9, 2022
The next 5 rows............ from Exuberant Color

I folded the first 5 rows in half and hung it as high as I could reach on the design wall.  Then I designed the next 5 rows.  I will look at it again this morning and see if I want to move anything.  It would be 90" long if I stop at 10 rows.

Out of the remaining pieces I chose 11 more tumblers in case I want to add the 11th row for a 99" length.  I didn't want to pin this row of  pieces on last night because they would have covered the baseboard heating vents ...

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January 8, 2022
First finish of 2022.............. from Exuberant Color

The blue stripe was the perfect binding to finish this Kaffe fabric orphan block quilt.  The top looked so unfinished on the left side before the binding was added.

The binding fabric was the Kaffe stripe that is printed crosswise so I had to cut the strips lengthwise.  I had 1.5 yards and thought 4 strips would be enough.  I was short just this little bit and I didn't want to cut another strip so I went to the Kaffe scrap box and figured this print would work.

I'm glad I had enough of the red cabbage ...

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January 7, 2022
Quilted.........and rows sewn........... from Exuberant Color

This photo might not look different than the one yesterday but the Kaffe orphan block quilt is quilted now.  I took it off the frame but haven't trimmed it yet.

I quilted it with a large meander to keep it nice and soft.  Dense quilting shrinks the quilt as well as making it stiffer.  I couldn't afford to lose any size on this one.  I originally thought I would put a border on it to make it a little larger but nothing I tried really worked so it is just barely large enough for my nap quilt.

After ...

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December 31, 2021
Last top finished for December........ from Exuberant Color

I sewed the bottom row on this Kaffe orphan block quilt top yesterday.  It is 48" x 63.5".  The light fabrics on the 3 Starry Path blocks aren't Kaffe fabrics but everything else is a Kaffe Collective fabric.  I'll look for backing fabrics on Saturday.

We have a snow storm coming Saturday with 4-8" of snow predicted and then the frigid weather will be here for a couple days.  It sounds like good sewing weather to me.


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December 30, 2021
Borders, another row added and a finish............ from Exuberant Color

The border is sewn on and I think it really finishes the design of this little rail fence quilt top.  It is about 39" x 52".  Most of the Kaffe fabrics in the strips are from the 1990s and early 2000s.  I cut a lot of strips about 10 years ago and this was made from that group.

I have a bottom row sewn but it isn't attached yet.  The big blocks on the bottom balance the big blocks at the top.  The binding will be a darkish color to contain all of the edges. This isn't a ...

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December 28, 2021
Sewn together.............. from Exuberant Color

Moving the panel of 3 stars up to the top was the solution for balance in this quilt.  I added a piece at the bottom of the flying geese and I may change it to a light color; I'm not sure right now.  This is only 53" x 63" at this point, not long enough to cover me in a recliner if I decide it is for me.

This little rail fence quilt is about 32" x 45".  Even with a border it will only need one width of fabric for the back.  

I think this Brandon Mably fabric ...

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December 27, 2021
Lazy day.......... from Exuberant Color


I didn't do much all day and by evening I decided I need to get back to the Kaffe orphan quilt top and get it finished.  I went through the flying geese block for one more to finish the right side border.

I found one that had the same "sky" fabric as the top group of 3 so I sewed it onto the top and then sewed all of the sections of that border together.

I finally decided on a blue and purple fabric for the border of the bottom star.

In the overall view I see that I ...

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December 26, 2021
Using some old blocks........... from Exuberant Color

I have played with these blocks several times and always ended up putting them back in the box of Kaffe fabric pieces and parts.  About 6 weeks ago I did a layout with them on one of my design walls in the basement and I decided yesterday it was time to sew them together.

I was watching a movie that didn't end until 11 p.m. so I kept sewing and got the top all together.  Since it is small it will probably get a border added.

I'm glad I had a couple cactus blooms on Christmas day ...

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December 24, 2021
Winding down.............. from Exuberant Color

I recut the strip above the stars from another place in the fabric so the black flowers would be smaller.  I also tried a couple pieces of it above and below the bottom star block.  No decisions yet.  I spent time cleaning up the kitchen after the marathon baking and generally slowed down for the rest of the day.

I'm still looking for the squares made of 4 quarter square triangles.  I didn't find them but found a bag with half square triangles paired and ready to sew.  A little mindless sewing.  I just needed to be feeding ...

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December 23, 2021
Fill in strip............. from Exuberant Color

I knew there was a Kaffe fabric with flowers in a row that might work in this spot.  I found one with pink in it to try.  I haven't sewn it on yet.

Here it is in the all over photo.  I think it works. At the bottom I trying to decide what fabric to border that last star block with.  I haven't found the quarter square triangle blocks yet.  I also need to add one more flying geese block to the bottom (or the top).

I froze the last 2 one cup packs of the Amish Friendship ...

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December 22, 2021
More decisions........... from Exuberant Color

I found 4 lavender fabrics to audition for the border of this last block and I was pleasantly surprised that this was the winner.

I have sewn the 3 star blocks together and now I have to decide what will be above and below them.  I know I have some quarter square triangle blocks that are matching in color.  I'll have to look for them today.  I may end up with just a strip of fabric at the top and then borders around the star block at the bottom.

I love my Dr. Pepper but my doctor has done ...

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December 21, 2021
A little sewing.......... from Exuberant Color

Yesterday I got the last package finally finished and mailed it shortly before noon.  Then I baked the last two batches of cookies.  Finally there was time to do a little sewing.  I sewed the pink print border on one of the blocks and then tried all of the other fabric strips for the last block but wasn't happy with any of them.  If I hadn't been so tired by that time I would have looked for another fabric but I'll do that today.  I think it needs to be a lavender Kaffe print because there is ...

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December 19, 2021
A little sewing............ from Exuberant Color

I made it into the studio yesterday afternoon and put borders on one of the star blocks.  Then I went to the basement and found the remaining 2" strips that were cut years ago and pulled out 4 choices that might work on the last 2 blocks.

I have 2 champagne color cacti blooming.  This photo was taken a couple days ago with the sun coming through the blinds.

This is on the other plant, photo taken yesterday.  I have one bud on a pink one and one bud on the orange one.

I made 3 more batches of Chex ...

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December 14, 2021
Monday's progress.......... from Exuberant Color

I have the flying geese sewn together in groups of like pieces so I can change the arrangement if necessary.  I just need one more block to achieve the right length.  I also sewed the Snail's Trail blocks together as a row and they set the size for the width of the quilt at this point, 48".  This means that the column left to design should finish at 12" wide.  The Starry Path blocks are about 9.25" and the bottom star is 8.5".  The top block is 6.5".  I just have to decide if all of ...

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December 13, 2021
Sewing and Sunset............. from Exuberant Color

I added the vertical column of squares and 4 patches first and then added the row of 16 patches at the bottom.  Amazingly they both fit without any spacers.  Now I need to make some decisions about the next vertical group of blocks.  I can go ahead and sew the Flying Geese and see how many more I will need.

There was an intense colorful sunset last night even deeper toned than it looks here.  I just happened to be looking west at the right time to grab my camera.

All 4 buds have opened now on the hardware store ...

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December 12, 2021
Orphan blocks............ from Exuberant Color

It has been 8 months since I last played with these Kaffe orphan blocks.  I put them up on the design wall and then sewed together the section with all of the Bear Paw blocks.  The rest of the blocks are loose and subject to change.  This is layout 1 of the Snail's Trail blocks at the top.

Here is layout 2 with some of the Snail's Trail blocks turned a quarter turn.  I think I like this one better.  The 3 Starry Path blocks coming down the right side could have strips between them so the area ...

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December 11, 2021
6 blocks........... from Exuberant Color

I made 3 more Snail's Trail 8" blocks with more of Philip Jacobs large floral prints.  The background fabric is Kaffe's Aboriginal Dots.  It is probably one of my least favorite colors, kind of a sea green with pink dots.  The reason I chose it was for the value; it wasn't a white (too light) background.  I only have enough for 6 more blocks so for the "real" quilt if I'm making one I need to change the background fabric.  Meanwhile all of these will go with the blocks in my partially planned Kaffe orphan block ...

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December 10, 2021
A new die............ from Exuberant Color

 I got the new 8" Snails Trail die.  It's perfect for using the layer cakes (10" squares) and I can cut 3 blocks with one pass through the cutter.

There are several layouts as well as using an alternating plain block for every other block.  I have a couple more new dies I haven't used yet so I'm hoping to make some more trial blocks.  If I make them in the right color group I can use them in the Kaffe orphan block quilt I had started designing a few months ago.

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