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December 2, 2021
Just playing with leftovers............ from Exuberant Color

I'm just playing around with the leftover narrow strips of Marcia Derse fabric making 8.5" x 11" pieces.  I got two of them sewn together but not trimmed to size yet.

I got the third one planned and have sorted all of the other colors into groups, more playing until I decide what to do next.

I was not getting  comments sent to my email yesterday so I decided to remove my email address and then re-insert it and hope it would work.  Instead there is no way to enter an email address in the box.  I left ...

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November 30, 2021
Still reorganizing............ from Exuberant Color

You know what it is like, you  move one thing and then you have to move a bunch of other things.  I'm almost more day.

I'm taking leftover strips from the Gridlock quilt to make some small table protectors.  The finished size will be 8.5" x 11".  I haven't decided if the center should be a square or a rectangle in a rectangular shape.

I brought the last of the tomatoes in from the garage.  I picked all of the larger size green ones on Oct. 30th before the freeze.  I read somewhere that ...

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November 28, 2021
Portrait time........... from Exuberant Color

The seams are all sewn, the pressing is done, time for a portrait.

I posted this on my Instagram feed too and it looks a lot brighter there, the difference between a real camera and a phone camera.  I think the colors are truer in this photo.  This one ended up 68" x 92".  It will shrink up a little with quilting.

(Reminder: this quilt was inspired by the Gridlock quilt in Kaffe Fassett's book Glorious Patchwork and again in the book Kaffe Quilts Again.  Both of them in the books were made by Liza Prior Lucy).

I had ...

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November 27, 2021
Last Gridlock seams sewn, but............. from Exuberant Color

 The last 3 seams have been sewn but I just couldn't get motivated to press that huge top.  Maybe today........  So I prepared a collage of the other quilts I have made over the years with Marcia Derse fabrics.  The blue and white zig zag baby quilt isn't included so there are actually 8 and when I finish the Gridlock top there will be 9.  I sold 2 of the tops and gifted one of the finished quilts.  I still own three of the finished ones in the collage, one top is waiting to be quilted.

I ...

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November 26, 2021
3 more seams.................. from Exuberant Color

 It's not very straight on the wall but you can get the idea, just 3 more long seams to sew.  When I get it done and pressed I'll put it up on the design walls in the basement where I have my extra lighting and get a good photo.

I'm glad I got my yard work mostly done on Wednesday.  It was cold and windy yesterday and night time temperatures dropping into the teens.  I guess I should get my winter coat out of the garment bag in the basement.

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November 25, 2021
Yard work and prep work............. from Exuberant Color

I got in a good session of yard work yesterday afternoon.  I raked more leaves onto the lawn and chopped them with the mower.  I emptied 5 pots but still have a couple more to do.

Last night I cut a few more squares to have 17 for the last row of border on the Gridlock quilt.  I think this assortment will work but I can always cut a couple different ones if I need them.  I also fixed the 36 patch block that I wasn't happy with.  Now the serious sewing begins.

I'm still knitting dishcloths while ...

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November 24, 2021
My day yesterday........... from Exuberant Color

I started out yesterday sending a remote pacemaker reading to the dr. office.  I had an errand downtown next and then I baked a double batch of Kringlas.  I have posted the recipe previously and this is the recipe with buttermilk in it.  I gave my granddaughter suggestions of what I would bake and she chose this one.

Her second choice was frosted creams so I baked them too.  This box full is going into my freezer.  It is a large recipe so there is enough for all of us.

This is the view from my sewing chair.  I have ...

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November 23, 2021
Sets of 3 squares........... from Exuberant Color

I decided one row of squares around the quilt top was enough.  I am starting to sew them in sets of 3 squares to match up with the quilt blocks.  The top 3 sets on both sides are sewn.  The rest of the squares are just loose on the wall.  I can move the sets of 3 around to new places as I finish designing if I see something I'm not happy with.  I might get this top sewn together this week.  I have some baking to do today to send with family to my granddaughter's house 6 ...

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November 22, 2021
Border audition.............. from Exuberant Color


The original Gridlock quilt had a one row border of squares all around it.  I thought maybe a 2 row border would work and would increase the quilt to twin size.  I don't have all of the different colors cut yet for the border but wanted to see whether one row or 2 looks best.  I think maybe the one row is better.  I need to plan this border before I start sewing the quilt top together because 3 border squares are the size of one Gridlock block so they will be sewn in groups of 3 and added ...

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November 20, 2021
Decision time.......... from Exuberant Color

I made the last three blocks for the Marcia Derse fabric Gridlock quilt top.  Now I have to make the decision whether I am going to add a narrow strip into any of the 4.5" strips in the blocks.  The bottom strip on all 4 of the blocks on the left side is a full 4.5" strip with no narrow strips breaking it up.  There are 7 more blocks like that scattered through the other 4 columns.  I moved several of the 36 patch blocks to new positions.  I'm happy with all but the middle block in ...

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November 18, 2021
3 blocks to go............ from Exuberant Color

I sewed 2 more 36 patch blocks and the green block in the top left corner.  Then I added a strip into the bottom right block.  I moved a couple blocks to new positions.  After I finish all of the blocks I will take the remainder of the 4.5" strips and cut the 4.5" squares that go around the perimeter.  I just have to decide if it will be one row or 2 rows so I know how many to cut.

My backyard is a beautiful gold.  The maple tree has lost about half of its leaves so ...

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November 17, 2021
A finish!................ from Exuberant Color

The binding is finished!  It shouldn't have taken so long but it isn't my favorite thing to do.  This batik colorwash is 39" square.  Closeup photos of the binding are in previous posts this month.

The backing has many colors and a few of them show in this photo.  This one is ditch quilted in both directions with Invisifil thread.

The green block in the top left corner is just pieces.  I'm trying to decide if it is ready to sew.  One more 36 patch block is sewn and 2 more are partially designed.  So...I didn ...

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November 16, 2021
Gridlock blocks 27 and 28.............. from Exuberant Color

Gridlock block number 27.  It took me awhile to find a center square for this block.

Gridlock block 28.  I really intended to make the last three blocks in lighter colors so I hope I will be able to do a good layout with the blocks I have made.  I have one more block like this to make so it will be lighter colors.

Here are the 28 out of 35 blocks needed for the quilt.  There are 3 new 36 patch blocks here too so I sewed 5 blocks yesterday.  The final layout will be determined when I get ...

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November 14, 2021
Slow progress............ from Exuberant Color

 I'm starting off today with the same photo I showed yesterday and next is the inspiration quilt so you can see the look I am working toward.

This quilt was made by Liza Pryor Lucy and is in the 1997 Glorious Patchwork.  This caught my eye when I first bought this book but I never made it because it looked like I would have to use solid color fabric to reproduce it.  Then over the years I accumulated the Marcia Derse lines which are perfect for it.  I am making mine one row longer and I'm contemplating using ...

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November 13, 2021
Slowly.....a few more blocks.......... from Exuberant Color

I made a few more blocks and turned the blocks sideways on the design wall.  This is the view from my sewing machine cabinet.

I turned the photo 90 degrees and cropped it to show it how it will look.  I need to add one more row at the top, 3 more blocks with a square center and 7 (and a part) more 36 patch blocks to go.  The bottom three 36 patch blocks aren't sewn together yet.

I'm wondering if my 36 patch blocks are too colorful.  

This is the next fabric to cut for a block ...

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November 11, 2021
36 patches sewn............ from Exuberant Color

My goal yesterday was to get most of the 36 patches sewn.  The 2 on the right aren't sewn yet because I'm not happy with them.  I can't continue the designing until I turn the quilt blocks sideways and finish it with the length of the quilt horizontal on the design wall.  Since almost all of the 36 blocks were just strips of 6 squares it wouldn't have been easy to turn them.  I will be adding 2 more rows of blocks for a finished length around 92".

I looked out my kitchen window and realized ...

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November 10, 2021
2 more blocks................ from Exuberant Color

This is one of my favorite blocks so far.  Yellow is my favorite color so that might have something to do with it.

I only have the smallest little bit of the purple dotted fabric.  I'm glad there was enough to use in a block.

I made more pieces for the 36 patch blocks as well as the 2 new blocks.  I'm running out of space on this design wall. I can just build the next 2 rows of blocks on the left side (where I have plenty of room) and turn all of the blocks sideways.  I ...

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November 9, 2021
Parts for 36 patch blocks............. from Exuberant Color

I needed to find some more light Marcia Derse fabrics for the 36 patch blocks.  The top 3 are from her palette line of almost solids.  The one that looks like a line plaid is a lighter beige print than it looks like here.

I worked  on the 36 patch blocks yesterday.  None of them are sewn together yet.  They are pieced rows, either a single row or a double row depending on whether I was sewing individual squares or strip piecing.  They are taking a lot longer to make trying to make the block interesting instead of all the ...

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November 8, 2021
Working on Gridlock............. from Exuberant Color

I sewed three Gridlock blocks last night.  It took me awhile to find fabrics for this one.

I decided the fabrics in this block were graphic enough that I didn't need to insert any strips.  I can always go back and add strips into the long pieces if I change my mind.

I like this green block.  It was fun to use 2 stripes in the strips next to each other.

I think I need to change the center square in the top right block.  It won't take long to pick out the square and replace it.  I ...

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November 6, 2021
Gathering and planning............... from Exuberant Color

I have one group of pieces for one block on the design wall.  It may get a strip inserted in one of the long strips.  Mostly I just pressed and cut more fabric strips and put groups together for consideration.

This is one of my favorite pieces of Marcia Derse fabric and I see she has reproduced in 6 colors and it will be released for sale soon.  The only problem is that it is digitally printed and so many of those are way brighter than our screen printed fabrics and they don't always play well together.

This is ...

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