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August 12, 2020
Third time's a charm................... from Exuberant Color

 I tried one more layout, turning the zig zag vertical instead of horizontal like I showed yesterday.  I liked this one the best so.....

I sewed it.  It is 36" x 48" as I predicted.  I know the backing will be another black and white print.  The only decision left is whether the binding needs to be blue to cap off the end of the zig zag or should it be another black and white print.  I will audition a few fabrics.

I did something "normal" yesterday.  Well, maybe it wasn't too normal.  I went to the gas station ...

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August 11, 2020
New project................ from Exuberant Color

 I sewed all of the blocks of what I am calling a baby quilt at this point because it would measure 36" x 48".  The triangles are 6" finished.  This is the layout I thought I would like.  Then I saw pinwheel blocks on point with alternate plain squares on Pinterest and thought that was pretty neat.  That would increase the size of this to approximately 51" x 68".

I turned a few pieces to get this layout.  I love zig zags.

We had quite the excitement yesterday as a fast moving storm with 80 - 90 mph winds approached us ...

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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 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 31, 2020
Kansas Dugout................. from Exuberant Color


With this shape in a layout of 4 alike it is the Kansas Dugout traditional block.  The only difference is the traditional block has a square set in to the hole made by 4 of the diagonal shape instead of 4 triangles making the square.  I just put the blocks up randomly on the design wall and figured I will play with the layout today.  But, I'm pretty happy with it just the way it is.

I looked at it from a different angle.......not sure if I'll move the blocks around.  I could put them in top ...

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July 30, 2020
Final decision............. from Exuberant Color

I took the parts of 4 blocks to the design wall to decide how to place the corner triangles.  One fabric is white with black scribbles, the other black with white scribbles.  Because they look like hand printed fabric it really isn't consistent across the fabric.  There is almost an even amount of black and white in both of them so the value is pretty close in them.

In the first layout the 4 light corners are in the centers of the blocks and the 4 darks are where the blocks meet.  That is the layout I thought I ...

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July 28, 2020
A little progress............ from Exuberant Color


I didn't make a lot of progress but I now have 17 sets of 4 with the corners sewn on.  For questions about my pieces, I have GO dies for my die cutter for both the diagonal piece and the corner triangles so I can cut 6 layers at a time.
This is the last 9 that I have ready for corners.   I think I want 30 blocks so I need to find 4 more fabrics.  I actually cut one fabric twice so I may use that one and just look for 3 more.
The heat spell finally ended ...

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July 27, 2020
Sunday sewing therapy............. from Exuberant Color


My main floor studio is the room the farthest away from my 2 window A/C units so I didn't spend as much time in there as I thought I would yesterday.  If you look closely the 2 corners are different fabrics.  They are part of the Opposites line of Marcia Derse fabric which came out last year.

This is the layout I'm going to use so there will be all white background triangles in the centers of matching pieces and all dark background triangles where 4 blocks come together.  There will only be a subtle difference but ...

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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 6, 2020
Fabric love............ from Exuberant Color

I have spent some quality time with my Marcia Derse fabrics the last couple weeks.  Wouldn't you think after making all of these quilts that I would be almost out of the fabric?

Well even after making all of those quilts and tops and making 8 curated packs of the Marcia Derse fabric for my pop-up shop (which opens tomorrow for subscribers to my email list) I still have some left.  There is even one more pile of her latest 2 lines that isn't in this box. Surprised?  No, I didn't think so.
I have some ideas ...

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

I couldn't make a decision what to finish in June so I only had starts instead.  Two of the projects were sewn together by the end of the month, one more is clipped in rows ready to sew.
This Kaffe collective quilt top started out as just rectangles and then I had the bright idea to work in a few orphan blocks.  It ended up 48" x 65.5"
This Marcia Derse quilt has a summer beach vacation vibe.  I showed 2 layouts and the comment votes were about half for each.  I decided on the first one because ...

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June 30, 2020
Started sewing.......... from Exuberant Color



I decided to sew this quilt top together for another finish for June.  I still have 3 rows to sew so I'll finish it this morning.  I didn't get anything quilted and totally finished so a couple tops sound good for my monthly total.  

It cooled off last evening after a few storms passed near us but it was still tropical humidity.  I went out and pulled some grass around my peonies and found a few other weeds to pull.

I will be mentioning my pop-up shop every day until it opens so newcomers and occasional readers will ...

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June 25, 2020
Waves and net......... from Exuberant Color


I loved all of the comments and votes yesterday for my layout.  One that I hadn't considered was running the rows horizontally so they would look like waves.  I decided to change the top and right triangular section to waves and leave the rest as net on the beach to see if that would work.  I think I would have to run all of the fabric rows horizontally where I have them all vertical now.  I think that might be fun to try but I ran out of time yesterday.  I'm working on a pop-up shop and that ...

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June 24, 2020
Beachy colors................ from Exuberant Color


I was looking through my Marcia Derse fabrics and one of her older lines was called "Shoreline".  The colors were reminiscent of the beach, water, driftwood, sea grass and other coastal things so I thought I should make a summer vacation quilt.  I added a few pieces from some of her other lines too to have a good variety.  This is the first layout, kind of like twisting rope.

This second layout looks like a net thrown over the sand.  I just had to turn the blocks in every other row for this layout.  Which one should I sew?
Here ...

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April 3, 2020
Strange Times from The Snarky Quilter

Who knew quarter inch wide elastic would become such a sought after commodity? And the surge of videos on how to make bias tape is another sign of our times. Then, there is a rush to buy HEPA vacuum cleaner … Continue reading

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