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September 13, 2018
6 inch squares........... from Exuberant Color

One of the items we offered to the Colorwash 360 class participants is packs of 6" squares in both Kaffe Fassett fabric and in batik.  There are 2 different kits available in each.  The idea for these is that you can either fussy cut or random cut 2.5" squares from them
In this example I would be cutting an area with just red flowers.









On this one I would be fussy cutting the area with the purple flowers with one green twig.







This shows the random cut just straight across in both directions to give me four 2.5 ...

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September 9, 2018
My dilemma............... from Exuberant Color

Last Tuesday everyone voted for the fabric on the right as the background around these Kaffe fabric blocks.  I finally decided to trim the blocks to have parallel sides and square corners.  Now the dilemma.....the fabric on the right is a bunch of jelly beans. If I cut it up to make all of the seams that will be required to get the blocks into 2 columns and then add the 3 vertical strips and top and bottom crosswise strips I will have lots of half jellybeans joining or mismatching with other half jellybeans on a dozen seams.  I ...

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September 8, 2018
Fabric play........... from Exuberant Color

My day started out with this luscious piece of red batik arriving in my mail box.  The flowers are about 3" and it is prettier than its photo.

Then I started looking for something....I had 3 places that I thought it could be in.....and 4 hours later I had gotten rid of lots of papers, sorted and organized a few things, and found what I was looking for.
I wandered down to the basement and one box of large pieces of Kaffe fabrics and my collection of light Kaffe prints was open and needing to be put away ...

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September 5, 2018
Starting another............ from Exuberant Color

I have my pure Kaffe Fassett kit sorted and am ready to start another wallhanging.  This one will be square.  In case you missed the previous one which was rectangular, you can see it on this post.



I will spread the pieces out onto more trays before I start: blues on one tray, greens on another tray.






Some of the fabrics have many motifs on them as the print goes across the fabric so the cut I got in this kit may be different than the one in the original kit that I used.





I pulled out so much Goldenrod ...

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September 4, 2018
Backgrounds........ from Exuberant Color

I found two fabrics that might work as the background for these blocks.  I like busy quilts so the one on the right might be the one I will use.  I tossed around the idea of using both of them together and couldn't make a decision so nothing got cut for it.





We got 1.25" of rain yesterday at noon.  Most of the storms have been missing us so I was glad we got this one.  My Dianthus bloomed early in the summer and I didn't deadhead it so it didn't bloom again.  Finally about 3 ...

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September 3, 2018
Finding blocks........... from Exuberant Color

While attempting to clean off my cutting table in my main floor studio I came across these 6 Kaffe scrappy blocks.  I think maybe they should be spaced wide apart like this with a white background kid print for a baby quilt.  I'll look for that print today.






One of my readers emailed me and asked if I thought a design wall was really important.  I answered her that I was introduced to the design wall concept in 1985 in a Nancy Crow workshop and I have had a design wall ever since.  A lot of my pieces are ...

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August 30, 2018
Backing found........... from Exuberant Color

I was cleaning up an area in the basement and putting away some large pieces of fabric when I spied this fabric.  I have a 5 yard piece and a 2 yard piece, obviously bought on sale to have so much of it.  It is part of the Kaffe Collective and is by Brandon Mably.  I need a little under 6 yards for the back of the Kaffe Trip Around the World.  I have enough that I can try to match the print when I have to piece one of the long lengths.  This won't be quilted any time ...

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August 28, 2018
Kaffe Trip Around the World sewn.....at last......... from Exuberant Color

I love the center of the Kaffe Fassett fabric Trip Around the World.  Three early and out of print fabrics are here: Spools in red and pink, Pansy in orange and Artichokes in green.


I think it ended up at 78" x 95.5"  I need to re-measure this morning.  I have it pinned up sideways on a double design wall.
This photo shows the full sequence of the 18 fabrics used.


The online Colorwash 360 class is open for enrollment for subscribers only on Saturday so it is the last chance to sign up for the mailing list.  I ...

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August 27, 2018
4 more............. from Exuberant Color

I have 4 more strips to prepare and sew onto section 4 for the Kaffe Fassett fabric Trip Around the World.

I pressed section 3 and then sewed sections 1 and 2 together and pressed that seam.  I only got 4 strips sewn together for section 4 and it isn't pressed yet.  Hopefully just one more day and I will have it all sewn together.





The online Colorwash 360 class is open for enrollment for subscribers only on Saturday so it is the last chance to sign up for the mailing list.  I will have a limited quantity of ...

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August 26, 2018
Section 3 and stash enhancement................ from Exuberant Color

I got all of section 3 sewn but I didn't want to turn on the iron so it is not pressed.  The more I get done on this Kaffe fabric Trip Around the World the better I like it.













While travelling through Tennessee we stopped at a quilt shop in Jonesborough, Tennessee Quilts.

My daughter fell in love with the large butterfly fabric and wanted it for the back of a quilt.  I'm not sure what the front of the quilt will be yet.  I also bought 4 of the companion prints that I think will work in ...

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August 25, 2018
Sewing machine turned on.............. from Exuberant Color

I finally made it to the sewing machine yesterday.  I am making the third section of the Kaffe Trip Around the World.  There will be 9 strips in this section and I stopped after sewing on strip #7 last night.

I have to do some unpicking on 10 more strips to prepare to sew the 2 strip sections together into one long strip.  Two will go onto this section and the last section will have only 8 strips.

It was really cool yesterday, barely 70 and light rain.  Unfortunately we only got two tenths of an inch by 7 p ...

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August 18, 2018
Exclusively Kaffe.... from Exuberant Color

I made a Colorwash of exclusively Kaffe Fassett fabrics many of which are early and out of print.  It is not the Kaffe Collective which includes fabric by Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs.  It is exclusively Kaffe.  This wallhanging is made from the kit of 2.5" squares that will be offered to students of Colorwash 360.
I used one of the larger prints on the back and I thought the black Fern print was perfect for the binding.


Are you interested in making a Colorwash wallhanging too? 

If you haven't heard, I have an Online Course launching on ...

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August 15, 2018
A friend's quilt......... from Exuberant Color



I recently went to Paducah KY where the Kaffe Fassett "I am an Artisan" contest quilt exhibit is.  I read Mayleen's blog and she made one of the quilts in the contest.  It is one of my favorites so I had my picture taken by it.  Check out her blog where she talks about it.

I'm working on some bindings right now so I hope to have some quilty photos soon.  

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August 7, 2018
Binding and label.............. from Exuberant Color

I finished the binding and label on the Kaffe colorwash quilt last night too late for a photo.  I'm much better at photography when I'm fully awake.  I showed this one earlier in its unfinished state.

We got a dribble of rain yesterday and are still hoping for more.  It is cloudy this morning so maybe it may feel cooler although still pretty humid.

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June 27, 2018
New project........... from Exuberant Color

I started on a new project over a week ago but I wanted it to be something new for my art quilters to see before I put it on the blog.  On Pinterest I saw some x and + blocks with all the same light background.  When I made my first quilt of this pattern I used both dark and light backgrounds.  This method makes a grid pattern on top of a background.
Here is the first one I made and I finished it in 2015.  It looks more scrappy with both dark and light background triangles and my eye wants ...

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June 18, 2018
My plan........... from Exuberant Color

I decided that the no guilt way to start a new project is to set a timer for 1 hour and work toward finishing some quilt.  When the buzzer goes off the rest of the day can be spent on a new project.  I did some creative piecing on a backing and got it pressed and rolled onto the longarm.
Then I cut some other pieces to try for the insert in the border of Sunlight in the Forest in case I want to do it like Kaffe did.  I don't have either of the fabrics he used.  I ...

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June 17, 2018
Needing borders.......... from Exuberant Color


In addition to the Sunlight in the Forest awaiting borders, the 2 quilts above are also waiting.  The butterfly quilt just needs a border of the same background fabric and the other one has its border fabric next to it.  I don't have to make any decisions, I just need to cut the fabric and sew it on.
This one from 2016 is also waiting for a border but I have to decide what it is going to be on this one.  I'm sure if I looked through the tops on hangers I might find another that is ...

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June 15, 2018
Procrastination sets in......... from Exuberant Color

As soon as borders are the next step I am looking around for something else to do....in this case I sewed another strata for my Kaffe Trip Around the World that I started a couple weeks ago.  I now have 3 of the 5 stratas sewn.
I have wild strawberries growing everywhere.  I noticed them in the grass too when I was mowing on Wednesday.  If I picked all of them I would probably have enough to make jam if I knew how to do it.  I have never eaten the wild ones but someone said they are really ...

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June 14, 2018
Sunlight in the forest progress.......... from Exuberant Color

The center part of the quilt top is sewn together.  I really like it just like this, no border, but what really caught my eye in the Kaffe book was the fabric he used for the first border and I already had some of it.








I don't have any more of the fabric Kaffe used for his 6" border so I was auditioning several pieces and really like this one with it.


In the book another print is inserted at the center of each of the outside borders so I tried this one.











Here is a reminder of the ...

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June 13, 2018
Partially sewn.......... from Exuberant Color

With the photo of my final layout on my computer screen I started sewing sections together.  I had to check many times to see if a certain piece was on the  left or right, top or bottom of a section before I sewed it to the previously sewn part.  I did finish sewing the top last night at 11 p.m. and didn't want to start photography at that hour (which is when I write my post for the next day and schedule it for 3:30 a.m.).  It will be on tomorrow's blog post.
I noticed ...

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