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March 6, 2019
Tweaked again........ from Exuberant Color

I changed some of the corners of the blocks at the transition point.  Since light blocks have light corners and dark blocks have dark corners, where they meet is high contrast and not blend.  I changed some of the dark corners to mediums and light corners to darker lights.  I think the blend is much better.  Visualize this on a twin bed and almost a row and a half will be hanging off the sides and end of the bed so what you will see on top of the bed is half dark and half light.  The part that hangs ...

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March 5, 2019
Fine tuning done.....I think...... from Exuberant Color

I'm still not totally happy at the transition spot between dark and light but I think it might be as good as it is going to get.  I had 8 more light blocks started so I will finish them and see if one of them is better before I take this off the wall and sew it.
Here are some of my yellow batiks laying across the ironing table waiting for me to decide on a pattern.  I need the scraps so I can make more crazy pieced blocks.

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March 4, 2019
Brrrr!!!! from Exuberant Color

It was 2 degrees at 11p.m. last night and still going down to below 0 overnight. We are probably going to break a record today for the coldest high temperature on Mar. 4th.

This is the current layout of the pineapple log cabin blocks.  Thanks everyone for your input yesterday.  I am making a large quilt!  I think the green block in the center needs to be moved and I may take off the top corner triangles of 2 blocks in the bottom row and change to lighter value triangles.  When I moved the blocks to the double design ...

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March 3, 2019
And then I wondered............ from Exuberant Color

As I was walking into my studio yesterday afternoon I saw my dark pineapple log cabin blocks (needed just 2 more for a quilt of 35 blocks) and next to them the light blocks waiting for 14 more blocks.......and thought what if I have the light blocks at one end and the dark ones at the other end and merge them with an irregular line of the 2 kinds mixed.  It would be a twin size quilt if I do this and I had made the resolution to do smaller quilts this year.

I have 8 more blocks made ...

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March 2, 2019
Lots of sewing.............. from Exuberant Color

My 2 friends came over yesterday and I worked on two new One Block Wonder projects.  Here are 4 blocks' pieces of one of the fabrics on the design wall .

I forgot to take a photo of the fabric before I cut it and this is all there is left of it.

Here are the pieces from the other fabric which had a 12" repeat so I was able to get all 6 strips out of 2 yard piece of fabric.

I didn't take a photo of this fabric either and this is the remaining piece.
Here are all ...

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March 1, 2019
Unteraegeri Log Cabin Quilt Finished! from Patchwork Sampler Blog

My February OMG project, Unteraegeri Log Cabin, was a UFO for over 15 years but is now finished. Hooray for challenges that get things moving! It was the only thing I finished this month, but I’m happy for any progress. I’m just sorry it took so long to finish. Log cabin quilts are among my favorites and this design is very striking.

At the beginning of the month, the quilt was sandwiched and a little quilting completed. I finished quilting the top, quilted all four borders and added the binding. Since my longarm is still not working, I ...

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February 27, 2019
Progress on projects........... from Exuberant Color

I have 27 pineapple log cabin blocks in progress, 4 different stages here.  I will have enough dark ones to sew the dark blocks into a quilt (35 blocks).  I have 12 light blocks started.

I put the rest of the Kaffe 6" bow tie blocks up on the design wall and it is filled so it is time to move them to a double wall.  This wall has poor lighting so these blocks will look a lot better in a different spot.  I will make one more batch of blocks and then try some different layouts.

I bought this ...

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February 25, 2019
The other project............ from Exuberant Color

If you have been reading my blog for a long time you probably know I'm working on more than one quilt at a time most of the time.  This is my other quilt, Kaffe collective fabrics in the bow tie block.

I turned every other row around for a different layout.  I'll probably try more layouts as time goes on.  I have more blocks ready to put up on the design wall now.  The blocks are 6".

I cut more pieces for the light pineapple log cabin blocks but didn't get any piecing done.  Here I have ...

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February 24, 2019
6 more blocks added...... from Exuberant Color

21 light pineapple log cabin blocks now on my Friday night design wall.  

I started out cutting from my scraps and when I ran out of pieces large enough to lay on the die (7.5" x 3.75" and 9" x 3.75") I went to my piles of batiks that are 1/4 yard or less.  I cut for over an hour to have some new dark pieces to work with.
Right now every other block is one that is mostly color coordinated with the ones between being just multi-scrappy colors.  I need at least 14 more blocks ...

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February 23, 2019
Lights and darks............... from Exuberant Color

My view of the design wall yesterday.  I have decided to make 2 quilts.  The dark one is 7 blocks tall and 5 blocks across on the bottom row and that is the proposed size now, approximately 50" x 70".

I tried something different with the 4 new light blocks.  Can you spot it?  See below.  

I only got 4 of the 12 started blocks done because I had to cut more fabrics.  I was tired of repeating the same ones over and over.


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February 22, 2019
Pineapple progress........... from Exuberant Color

This was my view from my sewing machine last night.  I put the 12 new dark blocks up on the design wall.  I still haven't removed the light blocks as a border since I haven't made any decision of layout yet.  I wasn't sold on the light blocks as border before but now that it is 4 dark blocks wide in the center I do like it better.
I had 2 light blocks started before and now I have 10 more started so there will be 12 blocks to put up on the wall tonight if all ...

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February 21, 2019
4 blocks done............. from Exuberant Color

I spent hours yesterday pressing fabric and cutting pieces for these blocks with my GO! pineapple log cabin die.  I got one more round on all 12 blocks but only finished the last strip and corners on 4 of the blocks.  My bobbin thread ran out and it was close to 11 p.m. so I stopped at that point.

Luckily the temperature got above freezing yesterday and melted off the inch of new snow with ice pellets on top of it.  It sounds like we are going to get a couple sunny days now with temperatures above freezing.

Clarice ...

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February 20, 2019
Errand day and sewing........... from Exuberant Color

Yesterday the sun was shining and the roads were clear so I ran some errands.  It was still below freezing but didn't feel so bad with little wind and lots of sunshine.

Last night I started working on pineapple log cabin blocks again.  On the left are 4 light blocks and on the right are 12 dark blocks.  They still have 2 more rounds plus the corners.  I usually only make 4 blocks at a time instead of this many.

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February 17, 2019
One more layout................ from Exuberant Color

Here is one last layout before I start making more blocks, dark blocks in the center with light blocks as a border.
This layout is one I showed last week with the opposite layout, light center with dark blocks as a border.

In a comment yesterday someone said if I make 2 quilt tops, one dark and one light that they could be the front and back of the same quilt.  One problem with that is that these are batik fabrics, tightly woven and it is already hard to quilt through the layers of seams so it would be a ...

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February 15, 2019
Playing with layouts............. from Exuberant Color

I still haven't made any decision on the layout for my pineapple log cabin quilt.  I changed it back to every other one dark/light on point.  This would need half blocks to fill in on the edges or setting triangles of one fabric.

Then I changed it to a straight set with the same dark/light alternating blocks.  I will have to make a decision soon so I know how many of each kind of blocks I need to make.  Of course I could make 2 quilts, one with all dark, and one with all light blocks.

Meanwhile ...

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February 10, 2019
Diagonal layout............. from Exuberant Color

Andrea asked yesterday whether I had tried the blocks on point.  The answer is yes I tried that while my 2 friends were here Friday but I only had 4 light blocks made at that point.  I did like them on point.  Now that I have more blocks made I put the light ones in the center with the dark ones around the perimeter.  There isn't as much difference between the dark and light blocks when they are on point (the straight version is on yesterday's post).
I had 4 triangles in my batik scraps box that were ...

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February 9, 2019
5 more light blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

My 2 friends came over to sew on another frigid day yesterday.  I worked on another project while they were here and made 5 more light pineapple blocks with my die cut pieces last night.
This would give you an idea of what they would look like with the light ones in the center of the quilt and dark ones as a border around them.  I need to cut a lot more light fabrics.  I have to keep repeating the same ones now.  I will look through my 2 stacks of light batiks and pull some more today.  So far ...

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February 8, 2019
Dark and Light............. from Exuberant Color

I sewed 4 light pineapple log cabin blocks last night.  I showed all dark ones a couple days ago.

Here is the mix of dark and light blocks as shown on the cutting die package.
Here is a shot of both all light and all dark.  I'm not sure which way I will go now so I'll just keep making blocks.
I'm using pencil boxes that I bought for 50 cents each to keep the pieces organized.

I put pieces of cellophane tape on the lid so I can write the letters of the pieces with a ...

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February 6, 2019
7 pineapple log cabin blocks........... from Exuberant Color

I'm cutting all of the pieces for the pineapple log cabins from my batik scrap box.  I'm almost out of die cut pieces so it will be back to pressing and cutting today.  I have made all dark blocks so far (dark centers and outside corners).  I will probably make 2 light blocks now and alternate with dark ones to see if that is the way I want to go.  I really like it as all dark blocks already.  I will need to cut some light fabrics from yardage because the scrap box is mostly medium and dark ...

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January 14, 2019
Three Projects in Process from Quilting Studio Adventures

By in process I mean the ones that are actually started and not just ones that are in fabric piles on the studio floor - more on those in the next post.  You know I'm a sucker for jelly rolls and layer cakes.  I saw this line Thrive by Natalia and Kathleen and loved the gentle graphics and color.  Against this background of a dark cool grey?  I'm in love.  As I put these shapes and colors together, I kept thinking of how I want to hand-quilt this.  So I made nine 29" blocks.  Each center is a ...

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