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February 19, 2018
Sewing........... from Exuberant Color

Yesterday afternoon I sewed on the rest of the sashing strips and then sewed the Kaffe butterfly quilt top together.  The border on the pattern is big chunks of Kaffe fabric.  I thought maybe piano keys would work but it may be too busy.




Last night I started sewing a colorwash wallhanging.









I took another photo of the orange cactus on top of the desk and got it in focus this time.

Our warm up (50s) starts today so the snow should melt fast.  Tomorrow might hit 60 and then we go back down to the 30s again for 2 ...

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February 17, 2018
Some sashing sewn...... from Exuberant Color

I have some of the sashing strips sewn on but the blocks aren't sewn together in rows yet.  I did a little rearranging of the butterflies and think this is the final layout but just in case I change my mind I'll wait to sew the rows.  The corner squares will be a little smaller once the rows are sewn together.
I'm looking through boxes in the basement again and I found this project that was started over 15 years ago.






It is paper pieced and here is the pattern.  All of the printed papers came in ...

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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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February 14, 2018
Happy Valentine's Day............. from Exuberant Color

I finished the last butterfly blocks last night.  I think this is the final layout but I won't know for sure until I get the sashing strips sewn on.  

The pattern is shown here. It looks like they used the butterfly body fabric for the corner squares but I think I'll go with something more colorful.

The fabrics are mostly Kaffe Fassett's and a few Brandon Mably's.

I don't usually watch all of the winter Olympics but I had to watch Shaun White.....and what a treat it was!!

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February 13, 2018
Folded corners........... from Exuberant Color

This is the first time I have used the squares folded into triangles as the hanging method on a small quilt.  They are on all 4 corners so the rod can be placed on any edge.  This way the recipient can decide which edge is top.  I am still sewing the binding in place in this photo with about half of one edge to go.
I chose the pairs of Kaffe collective fabrics for the final four butterflies.









Two of them are sewn but not pressed.  I will finish the other two today and then decide the order of the ...

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February 11, 2018
2 more butterflies............ from Exuberant Color

I cut out two more butterflies but before I could sew I had to wind some more neutral color bobbins.







This is the first butterfly with a Kaffe cabbage print for the upper wings and a Brandon Mably dotty fabric for the lower wings.





I used this upper wing fabric in another butterfly but had an extra set of large rectangles cut so I paired it with a different fabric for the lower wings.  The large print has so many different flowers and leaves that the 2 butterflies don't really look alike.

I have 16 done, four to go ...

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February 8, 2018
Cutting squares......... from Exuberant Color

I try to work on this cutting project at least 2 days each week.  It is my Kaffe fabrics and I started with #1 and am up to #83 and I have them sorted by color in these trays.  There is one section that is just multicolor.  I am only cutting prints that are small to medium and skipping all of the larger prints.  Since his fabric numbers up in the 160s now I guess I am almost half done.  His new fabric for spring will come out in April so I better keep at this.

The big snowstorm is ...

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February 7, 2018
More wings.............. from Exuberant Color

I made three more butterflies while watching TV last night, the two with purple upper wings and the brown/aqua one in the bottom row.  I have been alternating warm/cool colors so far.  I'm not sure if that is the way it will end up when I get all 20 blocks made.  Today I will cut the sashing strips and more background triangles for the remaining 6 blocks.  

We are having 4 snowstorms this week, maybe a foot of snow by the time it is all over.  Good sewing weather!

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February 5, 2018
The right and wrong of it............. from Exuberant Color

I was finishing a butterfly block yesterday and looked up at my design wall and realized I was missing 2 light triangles on all of the butterflies.  If you look at the blue one at the end of the center row, that is how they should all look.



Last night I took them down two at a time and added the triangles.  I also finished 2 more blocks.  I am trying to decide whether to stop at 12 (am I really having fun or not sewing all of the flipped triangles?) or go to 20 and add a border to ...

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January 30, 2018
Only one block.......... from Exuberant Color

I cut 20 more fabrics into 2.5" squares for the project I talked about Sunday and cut 2 butterfly blocks.  There is only one finished because I cut two pieces a half inch short on the other one so it is only half sewn.


I wanted to show the full photo of the table runner that I sold in my pop-up shop.  I took a lot of new close up photos of all of the items listed for sale.  I thought you should know that in case you want to see more of each of them than I have ...

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January 29, 2018
Blooming......... from Exuberant Color

The Amaryllis is blooming!  It only has 2 flowers but what beauties they are.  I have never seen this coloration before.






My smaller red cactus is blooming again and there is a pink and white bloom behind it on another plant.







I needed a day of rest yesterday so I pulled the Kaffe fabrics for the next batch of squares but I didn't do any cutting or sewing.  One of these prints may make it into a butterfly block too.

I have a package to mail (another sale from my pop-up shop) and a run to the grocery store ...

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January 28, 2018
Selecting Kaffe fabrics.......... from Exuberant Color

I am looking for more butterfly fabrics so I stacked the finished blocks with a little showing of each so I won't cut any duplicates.  I laid the photo from the pattern there too for inspiration.



I decided to be cutting for 2 projects so I needed to start in bin #3 for the other project.








This is what is in that bin.  The pieces are folded approximately 9" wide and the folded 11" direction goes top to bottom in the bin.







The other project is the 2.5" squares of the Kaffe fabrics.  You can read about it ...

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January 26, 2018
Looking for a project........... from Exuberant Color

Last night while I was doing a load of laundry I started looking for an in progress project to work on after I'm done sewing the bricks quilt top.  I have 19 more butterfly bodies made and quite a few background pieces cut so I think I should concentrate on this butterfly quilt.  There will be sashing between the butterflies.
I had a great response to my pop up shop yesterday.  This table runner is one of the things that sold.  I just finished it Wednesday afternoon.

At noon EST the shop is open for everyone.  Here is the ...

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January 1, 2018
Finishes #25 and #26...I did it!!!...................................... from Exuberant Color


I had a goal in 2017 to finish 26 quilts and I made it and it isn't even midnight yet!!

This little quilt with the Old Italian block finished at 37.5" x 46.5", truly a lap quilt size.  You can see the source and my beginnings here.  I always loved this block when I saw quilts made from it but I think I don't need to make a large quilt from the block.  I'm glad I tested it with a small group of fabrics.
On the back is an old batik that I got on ...

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December 14, 2017
Top sewn!.............. from Exuberant Color

The half hexagon top is sewn together and top and bottom trimmed straight.  It is 58" x 79".  The bottom right corner is kind of dark and I considered taking out a couple pieces and replace them but then I decided not to since this will just be in my share pile of quilts and a non quilter will probably get it.  I wanted to make one to see how many pieces it would take to make a decent size couch quilt.  There are 208 pieces half dark and half light, 104 of each.  Now if I decide to make ...

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December 13, 2017
Half hexagon progress................... from Exuberant Color

I would have had to move my sewing cabinet to get straight in front of the design wall so this looks a little tipsy from an angle.  The left section is sewn together and pressed.  The other 2 sections haven't been pressed yet so one more night of TV watching and I should have this sewn together.


I was putting away the batik orphan blocks when I noticed there were quite a few 8" blocks in there.  It is a combination of double 4 patch and 16 patch.  I haven't decided if I'll sew them together for ...

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December 10, 2017
Starting another one.......... from Exuberant Color

My two friends came over to sew on Friday and while they were here I put all of the half hexagons up on the design wall.  I took down the vertical columns and numbered them because I needed that design wall to photograph the finished quilt that I showed yesterday.  I brought the numbered piles upstairs and got the first 6 columns sewn while watching TV the last two nights.  I will only work on this when watching TV so it probably won't be finished until mid week.  The fabrics are Kaffe, Philip, Brandon and Martha, all Westminster prints ...

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December 4, 2017
First finish in 4 months........... from Exuberant Color

I finished hand sewing the binding and this quilt is finally finished.  It is a little under 41" square.  There are African fabrics, Australian fabrics and batiks in this one.  This makes 20 finishes so far for 2017.  My goal was 26 and I was on track until August.  Now I'm not sure if I can finish 6 more by Dec. 31st but I will try.
I did some die cutting with my Accuquilt Studio die cutter yesterday too.  This is a stack of 104 half hexagons for a project I showed one day last week.  I have only ...

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November 30, 2017
Not getting much done.......... from Exuberant Color

This is one reason I'm not getting much sewing done.  The embroidery machine came into my studio from the table in the kitchen when company was here.  I also moved all of the furniture so a queen size air mattress could be here in the studio last week.  I haven't gotten it all put back yet.
I dug up the canna bulbs yesterday.  My daughter in law wants to plant them next year.  This was 5 bulbs when planted in June and now there are 10 or 11 in this large pot.







I ran across this page which ...

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October 17, 2017
3 blocks........and Kaffe......... from Exuberant Color

I had a rest day yesterday, only stripping beds and doing laundry and sewing 3 blocks.  I will get to the design wall today and rearrange the blocks in a pleasing order.  Then I can sew the top together.





My amazing daughter left here (60 miles west of Chicago) at 5:45 a.m. to drive to Jonesborough TN to attend Kaffe Fassett's lecture on her way home.  I wasn't sure she would get there in time and when she sent me this photo it made my day.  She had purchased tickets before I had my pacemaker surgery ...

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