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December 12, 2017
A little sewing............ from Exuberant Color

I finished sewing the 2 sections I showed laid out on my post yesterday and added them to the 2 halves and then sewed it all together.  It came out close to the 36" in length that I wanted.  Now I have to get out the Christmas fabric box and find a backing and binding.  I sewed a little more on the half hexagon top too but forgot to take a photo.
I decided to set my pale pink and my very pale pink cactus plants next to each other.  They have more blooms this year than they have had ...

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December 11, 2017
Catching Up... from Indigo Threads

It's been such a looong time since I posted, and I'm not quite sure where to start.  Let's just say that Life has been busy!  And so have I.  It was a long, hot, smokey summer and a very busy autumn, with a visit to my sister, a quilt show and a visit to California, as well as having bronchitis, holidays and generally Life.  But I'm here now, with a few things to share.

First off, I have a finished quilt to share!  This one was a few years in the making.  The blocks were started ...

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December 7, 2017
Quilting finished........... from Exuberant Color

I finished the ditch quilting late yesterday afternoon and then it was time to pull out the basting thread and trim the excess backing and batting.

I was looking for more of the black background Y2K fabric but couldn't find any so I used the other black print that is in the blocks.  It is in the "comma" line from Moda from a few years ago.

The binding looks good with both the front and the back.  I only got about 2/3 of one long side hand stitched last night.  This will take me a couple days to ...

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December 3, 2017
A good sewing day.............. from Exuberant Color

I got the pieced border sewn onto this quilt top yesterday.  Now the tricky part will be getting an accurate measurement for the last 4" border of the same print as the first border.  I don't want it ruffled but I don't want it too tight either.  I will probably baste it on with a long stitch to check if it is the right length before sewing the permanent seam.
I finished quilting this one and sewed on the binding.  I have started the hand sewing on it.

I have had these 2 pieces of cactus rooting in ...

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November 30, 2017
Not getting much done.......... from Exuberant Color

This is one reason I'm not getting much sewing done.  The embroidery machine came into my studio from the table in the kitchen when company was here.  I also moved all of the furniture so a queen size air mattress could be here in the studio last week.  I haven't gotten it all put back yet.
I dug up the canna bulbs yesterday.  My daughter in law wants to plant them next year.  This was 5 bulbs when planted in June and now there are 10 or 11 in this large pot.

I ran across this page which ...

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November 10, 2017
Miscellaneous day................ from Exuberant Color

Yesterday was one of those days, doing a little of this and a little of that.  I got several things put away and a little cleaning done, grocery shopping, filling the bird feeder, bringing in the amaryllis bulbs.  A cold front came through and there was a freeze warning overnight.
I do most of my knitting while watching the 10 o'clock news and weather.  I finished these 2 dishcloths in the last 3 weeks.

I wanted a photo of my pretty yellow tree before the freeze.  I'm sure it will drop most of its leaves in the next ...

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November 4, 2017
Stratas........... from Exuberant Color

My daughter-in-law came over yesterday morning and helped me empty all of my pots and clean up the garden spaces.  She did the heavy work, I did some light work.

Last night I sewed some more stratas for the 4" finished 16 patch blocks.  I had the idea yesterday of adding in some 8" blocks too.  I will probably play with the idea on the design wall next week.
My cactus plants don't have a lot of blooms at one time so I was happy to have 3 at once.

I'm hoping for constant blooming all winter with ...

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October 26, 2017
Alternate blocks........... from Exuberant Color

My littlest great-grandson and his mom visited me yesterday morning.  The little guy is a confident walker now and he moves fast!  I think he enjoyed playing with the toys without his big brother being here.  Later in the day I cut some 10.5" and 5.5" blocks to alternate with the triangle blocks that I have been sewing the last few nights.  Now the quilt should be closer to 60" x 80".
It was too dark and gloomy to take a photo of the first cactus bloom 2 days ago.  Today the sun came out for awhile so ...

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October 23, 2017
Playing with stash......... from Exuberant Color

Yesterday I pulled out my black and white batiks.  Most of them are from the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Here is the photo on the pattern I showed Saturday on my blog post.  The size I am making takes 10 black and white horizontal bars.

Here are the 10 I pulled as possible choices.  I am wondering if the white on top will work for the little background squares.

By tonight or tomorrow this bud should be fully opened on my cactus.  This plant has 7 buds and I have another that has smaller buds and they will be ...

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October 22, 2017
Borders on......... from Exuberant Color

I had enough of the leaf batik to cut 3.25" borders so now the top is somewhere near 61" x 76".  The stars are floating now with the border sewn on.  I pulled out another project and did some sewing on it.  I will give it to someone who does service projects.  It was a sample when I was teaching the disappearing 9 patch I don't care for the fabrics.  I also found a bunch of floral blocks in the box, some 9 patches not sliced yet as well as many strips ready to make more blocks.  I ...

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October 2, 2017
A walk around the garden......... from Exuberant Color

I thought I might get to the design wall yesterday but didn't.  We walked around the yard and checked out the gardens.  The bees and butterflies are still all over the aster blooms.

At first I thought the butterflies were small Monarchs but then decided they must be Painted Ladies.

I think this is the last Goldenrod to bloom.  All of the rest of them have gone to seed.

The Sedum has changed from its pink hue to a soft red.  

Now we are supposed to get 3 days in the 80s after some gloriously cool days.  

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September 28, 2017
More fun sewing....... from Exuberant Color

There were 2 more new shows on TV last night so I sewed more blocks like I showed yesterday.  When I run out of one fabric I just substitute one that is similar.  The cross bars are the same in both blocks, the verticals are different.
I end up with three of the square blocks and one rectangular block with the number of strips I am using.

This is the variety so far.  I don't know what I am making so I'll keep making more of them and then eventually get to a design wall and play.

The ...

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September 22, 2017
Fun sewing........ from Exuberant Color

I found enough flannel scrap pieces to cut the last 4 tumbler shapes.  I sewed the last 4 rows onto the quilt top yesterday morning.  I will press it later.  Since I can't do any machine quilting right now there is no hurry.
Last night I was looking for something and came across a bag of scraps from this quilt that I basted right before my pacemaker surgery.  I paired the scraps and sewed these little wonky blocks.  I'm not sure what they will turn into.  They are small, about 4" x 6".  They haven't been pressed ...

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OBX Continued from Mama Spark's World

The next trip was to Jockey's Ridge.   It is a state park and there are multiple sand dunes there.    This was the lead up to the ridge. These were the dunes.   Thank goodness the day was overcast or the sand would have burnt our feet! Such a great view once we were up on top of the ridges The people walking on top of one of the ridges reminded me of

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September 20, 2017
The back garden........... from Exuberant Color

The back garden is really showing signs of fall.  The Rudbeckia which was so huge and full of flowers is dying back.  The birds will love all of the seed heads.  Now I can see the Cannas better.  I won't be digging up the bulbs this year so I'll find out if they can survive our winter.  I have 2 pots with them that I will bring inside and plant again next year.  I'm glad I worked on the back garden as much as I did because I won't be doing much to it now.
The ...

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Advocate For Nature from Splendiferous

Honoring Rachel Louise Carson,

Marine Biologist, writer, naturalist, one of most influential people of 20thcentury

An author of several books, and nature writer, Carson was the winner of National Book Award for The Sea Around Us.  She wrote Silent Spring in 1962 as a warning about chemical pesticide and fertilize use.  The book led to testimony before Congress and national television exposure in 1963.  Carson was vilified by chemical industry and some in government for speaking out, but was ultimately proven correct when studies of dead wildlife found high concentrations of chemical pesticides.   
Ocean scene with net overlay ...

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September 16, 2017
Some sewing, some nature......... from Exuberant Color

I sewed a little bit yesterday.  I have 8 more pieces to add onto each row to finish the bottom half.

I spent a few hours reading finishing a murder mystery.  Now I need to look for another book to read.  There are plenty of them waiting to be re-shelved.

The asters are just starting to bloom.  They are so much darker than this though.  Sunlight washes out the color.

This little group is in the shade and they look bluer but are still lighter than looking at them with the naked eye.

I'm not sure if these are ...

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September 9, 2017
Sewing a little.......... from Exuberant Color

My daughter-in-law stopped yesterday afternoon with an elephant ear from the fair for me.  It was still warm!  Yum!!  Deep fried bread dough, butter, sugar and cinnamon, what could be better.
While she was here I asked if we could make a path to my sewing machine.  She moved the dining room chairs out and rearranged the bookshelves on wheels.

Next I needed to clean off the top of the cabinet.  Most of it was just shifted over to a shelf on the rolling cart.

Remember the little 2" pinwheels made of the Australian fabrics?  The fabric I thought I ...

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September 8, 2017
Nature Post from Becca's Crazy Projects

Back to work this week meant I was super busy all week and didn't get much chance to do crafty things. You'll have to be satisfied with some photos collected over the week.

There was my friend the buck. He rarely moves off when I walk by.
This pretty flower. I have no idea where I came across it.
This one, along my side yard on a tree that should be removed before it takes down part of my fence.
 Another encounter with that buck. I'm not kidding, he barely looks up when I'm less than ...

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April 12, 2016
Free Rock Instagram Background Download from Childlike Fascination

Waterfall in the Woods

Recently the beloved and I took a walk through the woods. We’ve been trying to make time (not find, make) to spend time together outside the house. Hiking is cheaper than going out to dinner and for me it’s great to use my body hiking since my weekdays are filled with a desk job and often times more computer work when I get home.

I haven’t taken a lot of photos that haven’t been of quilting projects or Mini Barn Quilts so it was nice to get back into my roots of hobby photography: taking pictures ...

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