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August 10, 2020
First quilt top finish for August........... from Exuberant Color


The Kaffe Collective Churn Dash quilt is finally sewn together.  It seems like it was a long journey on this one.  I looked back and see that I made the first blocks on June 17.
The camera is making the light and dark contrasts between blocks higher than it is when seen in person.  I don't like the photo, I do like the quilt.

I had to hang it sideways on the design wall for the photo and then rotate the final photo.  It really isn't any fun getting shorter every year.

My next 2 projects will be ...

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August 9, 2020
Lots of progress........one more day........ from Exuberant Color

 I spent all morning yesterday trying to finalize the layout with the 7 new blocks mixed in.  I would take a photo, load it into the computer, look at it, change a couple blocks and repeat, repeat, repeat about 10 times before I decided on this final layout.  Then in the afternoon I started sewing the different sections together.  I decided to sew those parts into 2 large sections to make the sewing easier.  All that is left now is to press all of the seams I have already sewn and sew the last seam.  I will take it down ...

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August 8, 2020
7 blocks sewn.......... from Exuberant Color

I got the 7 final blocks made but I didn't get them up on the design wall.  I will have to get down on my hands and knees and pin the bottom blocks to the wall and then pin the new blocks to those blocks since there isn't any more design wall down there.  I changed the pink center on the top right block to blue and I'm much happier with it.
Here are the final three.  I hope I have made good choices and I should know today.  I intend to work the final 7 into ...

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August 7, 2020
Outside clean up............ from Exuberant Color


The days are getting warmer as we approach our weekend of 90s.  It was still so nice yesterday that I decided I needed to do more garden clean up instead of sewing.  Because the summer has been pretty dry some of the plants are starting to look like fall.  The weeds were easy to pull out.  My Rose of Sharon bushes look better this year since we had fewer Japanese beetles than in previous years.  The one on the left is the deepest rose color and the one on the right the deepest lavender.

 The white ones are really pretty ...

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August 6, 2020
Decision made............... from Exuberant Color


While I was in a state of indecision I decided to start moving blocks around to distribute both color and value for a pleasing end product.  I spent several hours at it and in the end decided to make 7 more blocks to add a bottom row for an 81" length.  I like it the size it is but I think I'll like it better with the additional row.  I'll start cutting and piecing the blocks today.

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August 5, 2020
Cute little 6" blocks............ from Exuberant Color


The 6" churn dash blocks are so cute and paired with the 12" block they fill the space the same as four 9" blocks.  I ended up just replacing the center square on the 12" block with a lighter color and now it is OK.
The light source is at the ceiling so the bottom really isn't as dark as it looks here.  I need to bring up some auxiliary lights for a night time photo.  The photo at the top of this page is truer color.  You can see the complete layout now and I think I need ...

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August 4, 2020
12 inch block........... from Exuberant Color


For everyone who was confused about my mention of a 12" block and five 6" blocks......here is the explanation.  To remove 9" blocks to put in a 12" block, that leaves a space for five 6" blocks to complete the area.  I think my 12" block might be a little too dark.  It is a really pretty block but......   I will cut the 6" blocks today.  I have the fabrics all chosen and pressed.  Then I'll decide if I need to make another 12" block with a lighter background.  All unused blocks will go into the Kaffe orphan ...

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August 3, 2020
Back to the Churn Dash quilt............. from Exuberant Color


I thought about hurrying to finish this Churn Dash quilt in July but I had this nagging feeling that I still needed to add a row to the right side.  Yesterday I moved all of the blocks to the left 10" and up 8" to make room for the extra rows.  I put up the 7 new blocks I made last week and have 6 left to make.  I still had in my mind to make one 12" block and five 6" blocks to create an 18" space like the large churn dash is in.

If I did make those ...

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August 2, 2020
Great mail............... from Exuberant Color

And it was even three days earlier than they told me it was coming.  I pre-ordered in April...........

I had seen a couple of the quilts from this book on the web.  I love seeing how Kaffe and his crew use the Collective fabrics in their quilts.  So many times they use the ones that I didn't purchase.
One of those fabrics is in the setting triangle at the top of this quilt.  I did not buy that one. There are some pretty quilts in this book, some really simple ones that are quite striking because of the fabric ...

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August 1, 2020
July 2020 monthly recap......... from Exuberant Color

No quilts got quilted, only tops were finished.

My Kaffe collective Basketweave quilt top was the first to get sewn together in July.  I think it has such a summery feel to it so it is perfect for the hottest month.  It is 60" x 75.5".

The next quilt top to get sewn together is the Marcia Derse fabric Kansas Dugout which could also be named 30 Hugs, No Kisses.  It is 60.5" x 72.5".  I did move 2 blocks since yesterday's layout.  I exchanged blocks 1 and 3 in the bottom row. and I think ...

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July 26, 2020
A quilt top!.............. from Exuberant Color


I have been calling this one Onion Rings Strippy but as I see it all sewn together I think I need to call it Basketweave.  The Onion Ring fabric by Brandon Mably gives a consistent weave pattern.  It is 60" x 75.5".  I briefly thought about putting on a 3" Onion Ring border but I think instead I'll use that fabric as the binding.

While I was in the basement doing the photography I decided to cut another quilt with Marcia Derse fabric.  I had so much fun making the Beachy quilt with this shape and I want ...

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July 21, 2020
Time for decisions........... from Exuberant Color


I stuck with it yesterday and finished 8 of the Kaffe churn dash blocks.
Now it is time for decisions, is this the finished size?  Am I going to leave the large block centered side to side?  Is the proportion good or do I need to add another row to the bottom?  I still need to rearrange the blocks for better balance but I need to decide on a finished size first.  The small blocks are 9" so right now it would finish at 54" x 63".

This is a plant in one of my pots.  I love the purple ...

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July 20, 2020
Planning and cutting....... from Exuberant Color


I laid out 2 more blocks to sew but then decide to cut more fabrics for future blocks instead of sewing them.

This is the new batch I cut.  I usually match up pairs before I cut but this time I just pulled fabrics and pressed and cut them.

I paired pieces for 6 blocks and the 2 yellows on the bottom are left over so I will look for 2 more to pair with them.  As I look at this photo I think I will exchange the lightest print on each in the second row with each other.  So ...

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July 19, 2020
Working on two........... from Exuberant Color


I cut 5 blocks but only got three sewn and pressed.  I have used the yellow background dotted fabric as a center in another block so I'll need to watch that they don't end up near each other in the final layout.
There will be lots of rearranging when I get all of the blocks made.
I sewed some more batik strip pieced blocks with the crooked strips.
Two of these were made yesterday, the other 2 last week.  I think I must have about 70 blocks now.

This is one of the first years I haven't ...

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July 17, 2020
2 center square changes.......... from Exuberant Color


This center square is much better.  I knew it needed to have some gold in it.  I have used this print as the center of another block but it is a different area of the print.  The center square I had in it yesterday is the one in the block below.

This center square will do for this one. It could have been a lighter color and looked better but I will leave this one.

This Coneflower is too tall for the area it is in and every year I plan on digging it up and moving it but it ...

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July 16, 2020
More parts sewn........... from Exuberant Color


I got parts sewn again for the next 3 blocks but didn't sew the blocks together yet.  I'm not positive about the centers in any of them since I'm using squares that were already cut years ago.  I may cut something that is a better match for this one.

The oranges fabric looks OK cut up and works in this block as long as the other color in the churn dash has good contrast.

I'm not sure about the center in this one either.  I'll turn on the iron today and press the pieces and ...

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July 15, 2020
Parts sewn.......... from Exuberant Color


The oranges print in this coloration didn't turn out too badly with the light print for the background.  I didn't want to turn on an iron last night so they are just pieces and parts at this point.

I was pretty sure this one was going to be OK.  The centers are some of the early Kaffe fabrics that I already had cut into 3.5" squares.

This one is pretty good too.  I have three more cut out but it is doubtful that I will get the parts sewn before I post this.  The book I am ...

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July 14, 2020
Pairs of fabric............. from Exuberant Color

Just a reminder and link: The end is near, my 7 day pop-up shop is open until midnight EDT today, click here.  Then it will be gone.  


I brought all of the rest of the 10" squares upstairs to check which fabrics I had already used in the blocks on the design wall.  Usually there are 2 of each of most of the fabrics in a 10" stack.  I started pairing them preparing for cutting today.  I have no idea how those oranges are going to look cut up.

This is the second group I chose and the first time ...

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July 12, 2020
Multi-size blocks and block inserts........... from Exuberant Color


A friend and I were chatting yesterday about previous quilts I have made with multi-size blocks.  This Kaffe Collective one is from way back in 2013.  It is 2 layouts I tried and I sewed the one on the right.  I would like to do another Bear Paw quilt some day and maybe try a variation of the layout on the left.


In 2016 I experimented with different size batik triangles and made two quilt tops of my own original design.  There are 4 different size triangles in both of these.  I really enjoyed making them.

The batik one on ...

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July 11, 2020
21 small and one large..... from Exuberant Color


I went with the green flowers for the 6" center of the big block.  The small churn dash blocks are 9" finished and the large one is 18" so this is still a pretty small project, just 45" square.  Just one big block looks good now with this many small blocks.  When I add more small blocks I wonder if it will need more big blocks.
When I made this quilt top back in 2017 I had just one large block but of a different pattern than all of the other blocks in the quilt top.  I like the big ...

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