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July 8, 2020
Garden walk......... from Exuberant Color

Everyone has access to my pop-up shop at noon EST today.  Go to my website and click on POP-UP SHOP.  Shipping to US only.


This is part of my driveway garden.  I don't have as many pots as usual but these were already potted last year and brought into the heated garage for the winter.  They aren't growing very fast this year but they are still pretty.

The southwest corner of my yard is a Hosta bed.  I have about 10 different varieties in there.

One of them is a really tall Hosta. I wish I knew where ...

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July 7, 2020
I love 16 patch quilts.............. from Exuberant Color



As I searched through my archives I found twenty 16 patch quilt tops and finished quilts that I have made in the last 7 years.  I have used it as a therapy type sewing through difficult times and as a joyful sewing when I am excited about a group of fabrics.  What is different about my 16 patch quilts?  The huge amount of different fabrics that I use in each one of them.    If there are 80 blocks in the quilt, there are usually close to 80 different fabrics.

In my pop-up shop there are 2 quilt tops, a throw ...

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July 5, 2020
Week 27 of 2020: Stitching Stuff from Life In Pieces

Hope everyone in the USA had a wonderful 4th of July.  Ours was very low key, but it was enjoyable.  We are hanging out at the Scientist in Training's place this weekend. We'll head home in a bit, so I should get in a good afternoon of stitching.  How did your stitchy week go?  How often did you get to play with needle and thread the last week? 



My mojo seems to be hanging around, it was a good week in the sewing room. 

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/June  = 23/30 days ...

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Lazy day........... from Exuberant Color


Last night I was trying to figure out what I did all day.  I remember I did a load of laundry, went out to take garden photos, .................couldn't think of anything I did all afternoon.  I went out last early evening and pulled out a bunch of bind weed and Goldenrod, cut down volunteer trees.  I sewed the 4 blocks above while I tried to remember anything else I had done.  I think I must have spent a few hours on the computer which I think is equal to sitting in a chair and reading a book.  

The centers ...

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July 4, 2020
Blogiversary.......... from Exuberant Color

13 years ago today I started writing this blog.  I had always done a lot of photography since age 10 so this was the perfect outlet for me being a visual person.  I always felt it was easier to convey a message with an illustration or photo so my posts have been photo heavy most of the time.  I am ever so grateful for all of you readers and especially for those who comment and have become friends from all over the world.

I made 6 more Churn Dash blocks yesterday.  As I listened to all of the fireworks being ...

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July 3, 2020
More churn dash.......... from Exuberant Color


I cut and sewed three more churn dash blocks yesterday.  They are only 9" blocks so I will need a lot of them.
As I put each group on the design wall it helps me make decisions like what colors do I want more of and should the centers be light or dark.  I have been using 10" squares so far but I'm about ready to cut into yardage now.
When I went out to get the mail I noticed how much I like the combination of plants in this porch pot.  There is just enough purple on the ...

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Mowing grass................ from Exuberant Color


I mowed 2/3 of the front yard Tuesday night and yesterday morning did the other third plus the south side of my yard.  Late yesterday afternoon I mowed the back yard.  It was in the mid 80s and the humidity had dropped a little but is still fairly high.  I'm glad it is done because low 90s are predicted for the next 7 days, maybe hotter by mid-next week.  Possibly close to 100 they are saying.......a repeat of 2012.

I love my big Hostas in the back garden.  The one with white edges was a little plant ...

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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 29, 2020
Discoveries from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's been a weekend of discoveries just outside the door. These precious little pink blooms appeared on the top of a lemon-scented geranium that I planted in a pot out on the patio. The flowers are truly secondary, I bought the plant as a natural mosquito repellent, it's grown quite large (from now on I'll realize that it needs its own pot as it has taken over and crowded out the Million Bells

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Discoveries from From the Strawberry Patch...

It's been a weekend of discoveries just outside the door. These precious little pink blooms appeared on the top of a lemon-scented geranium that I planted in a pot out on the patio. The flowers are truly secondary, I bought the plant as a natural mosquito repellent, it's grown quite large (from now on I'll realize that it needs its own pot as it has taken over and crowded out the Million Bells

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June 26, 2020
Last pleasant day.............. from Exuberant Color


No sewing yesterday.  It was the last of the low humidity days we have had this week so I went out and pulled lots of Goldenrod, cut branches so I can get to my black raspberries easier (had the first 10 berries last night).  I trimmed back one of the Weigela bushes and started another one.  Then I worked on weeding the garden path.

The Annabelle Hydrangeas are just starting to turn from white to lime green.  We are expecting some storms today so I wanted a photo before the blooms get beaten down by the rain.  I have a ...

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June 24, 2020
Cut It Out! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I have my work cut out for me, literally. I've done research on the history of that phrase and have found the most prevalent explanation as one that comes from the sixteenth century: "This phrase is supposedly a metaphorical allusion to the preparation of fabric to be worked on: once the shapes have been cut out, the tailor still has a lot of sewing to do, by hand in the past, before the cloth

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Cut It Out! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I have my work cut out for me, literally. I've done research on the history of that phrase and have found the most prevalent explanation as one that comes from the sixteenth century: "This phrase is supposedly a metaphorical allusion to the preparation of fabric to be worked on: once the shapes have been cut out, the tailor still has a lot of sewing to do, by hand in the past, before the cloth

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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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June 23, 2020
A few changes........... from Exuberant Color

I made a few changes on the layout of this quilt yesterday to spread out the yellows and golds a little more.  Kaffe had a lot of yellow and gold prints in his first 20 years of fabrics and more than half of the strips in this quilt are his early fabrics.  After I took this photo I took down the rows and clipped them to prepare for sewing the top.

I am still picking the tomatoes as they show a little color.  I haven't seen as many squirrels in my yard the last few weeks but I'm ...

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June 22, 2020
Onion rings layout............. from Exuberant Color



I decided to make the extra seven blocks for an 8 x 10 layout, 60" x 75".  I think this is the final layout but I'll look at it at least one more time to make sure I don't have the same fabrics next to each other.


For me seeing the blocks closer gives a real view on a scrap quilt where there is so much variety in fabrics.

Kaffe collective churn dash blocks

I also sewed three more churn dash blocks.  I haven't pressed them yet so they are a little puffy on the design wall ...

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June 21, 2020
Week 25 of 2020: Stitching Stuff from Life In Pieces

It was a long work week, very stressful. It's been hard to maintain a positive attitude some days and I get home just completely worn out. That's not been the best conditions for maintaining the stitching mojo.  How are you doing in finding time to work in at least 15 minutes of stitching time each day? 


 
This week was at least better than last week on the stitching front. 

15 minute days/ week = 5/7 days
15 minute days/June = 13/20 days
15 minute days/2020 = 149/172
Success rate = 86.63%

I definitely need to ...

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June 20, 2020
A finished quilt top........ from Exuberant Color


I decided to use the already prepared circles for the centers of the daisies.  I sewed them on by machine with invisible thread and a narrow zig zag.  Since this will be a throw quilt I didn't see the need for hand applique on the circles.  After sewing on the circles I finished sewing the quilt top together.  It is 48" x 65.5".  I briefly considered adding a border but then remembered I want to be making smaller quilts.....I seem to end up with larger ones most of the time.
I had been watching for the Asiatic ...

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June 19, 2020
I found it............... from Exuberant Color


I knew where I had last seen the bag with the Mylar circle and some centers tried on a previous quilt but I didn't dig down far enough until yesterday and there it was.

What I didn't remember is that the circles had already been gathered and were ready to be appliqued.

I tried them on the wallhanging and they match well enough with the daisy colors.  This would be the easy way out to just use them.  The fabric is purple cotton woven one direction and gold metallic woven in the other direction.

Close up view.  No ...

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June 11, 2020
20 more blocks........... from Exuberant Color

I made 20 more blocks and added them to the design wall.  If I finished it right now it would be about 41" x 53", what I would consider a lap quilt, not even big enough to be called a throw quilt.  If I add one more row to the width and 2 rows to the length I will need to move the daisy blocks to a more balanced arrangement.

How did I get to this point on this quilt?  I started making Kaffe fabric rectangle blocks to have some soothing no-brainer sewing to do each day for my therapy ...

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