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June 18, 2018
My plan........... from Exuberant Color

I decided that the no guilt way to start a new project is to set a timer for 1 hour and work toward finishing some quilt.  When the buzzer goes off the rest of the day can be spent on a new project.  I did some creative piecing on a backing and got it pressed and rolled onto the longarm.
Then I cut some other pieces to try for the insert in the border of Sunlight in the Forest in case I want to do it like Kaffe did.  I don't have either of the fabrics he used.  I ...

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June 17, 2018
Needing borders.......... from Exuberant Color


In addition to the Sunlight in the Forest awaiting borders, the 2 quilts above are also waiting.  The butterfly quilt just needs a border of the same background fabric and the other one has its border fabric next to it.  I don't have to make any decisions, I just need to cut the fabric and sew it on.
This one from 2016 is also waiting for a border but I have to decide what it is going to be on this one.  I'm sure if I looked through the tops on hangers I might find another that is ...

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June 16, 2018
A little bit of everything..... from Exuberant Color

I only sewed one seam yesterday but I did a lot of other things: laundry, 30 minute brisk walk ending with shopping at the store - I don't want them to think I just come there to walk.  It is very hot with tropical humidity here now but I went out and cut volunteer trees and 4' tall Burdock weeds down.  At night I knit a little and I finished this dishcloth that used up the ends of 7 balls of yarn.
The Asiatic lilies are the dwarf variety that only get about 12" tall but have a bunch of ...

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June 15, 2018
Procrastination sets in......... from Exuberant Color

As soon as borders are the next step I am looking around for something else to do....in this case I sewed another strata for my Kaffe Trip Around the World that I started a couple weeks ago.  I now have 3 of the 5 stratas sewn.
I have wild strawberries growing everywhere.  I noticed them in the grass too when I was mowing on Wednesday.  If I picked all of them I would probably have enough to make jam if I knew how to do it.  I have never eaten the wild ones but someone said they are really ...

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June 14, 2018
Sunlight in the forest progress.......... from Exuberant Color

The center part of the quilt top is sewn together.  I really like it just like this, no border, but what really caught my eye in the Kaffe book was the fabric he used for the first border and I already had some of it.








I don't have any more of the fabric Kaffe used for his 6" border so I was auditioning several pieces and really like this one with it.


In the book another print is inserted at the center of each of the outside borders so I tried this one.











Here is a reminder of the ...

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June 13, 2018
Partially sewn.......... from Exuberant Color

With the photo of my final layout on my computer screen I started sewing sections together.  I had to check many times to see if a certain piece was on the  left or right, top or bottom of a section before I sewed it to the previously sewn part.  I did finish sewing the top last night at 11 p.m. and didn't want to start photography at that hour (which is when I write my post for the next day and schedule it for 3:30 a.m.).  It will be on tomorrow's blog post.
I noticed ...

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June 9, 2018
Small finishes.................... from Exuberant Color

I finished the three little preemie quilts yesterday morning.  Someone who has no email link asked in a comment yesterday whether the edge is soft with the serging.  Serger thread is very fine and soft so yes the edge is soft.  The type of stitch that a serger makes is soft.  I believe that a regular zig zag instead would make the edge harder and not pleasant against a preemie's tender skin.
Now I have a total of 6 quilts to turn in Monday.  I have 6 more to do for next month and then all of my scraps ...

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June 6, 2018
Random Musings... From My Mind To Yours from From the Strawberry Patch...

Please bear with me, I have a few assorted topics to discuss, question and marvel over. First: these Hydrangeas. Aren't they pretty? We haven't had nary a bloom on these bushes for at least five years. We were beginning to think that they needed to be pulled out and planted somewhere else. We have not done one. thing. extra. to encourage or promote blooming. All of a sudden, last month, I

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Random Musings... From My Mind To Yours from From the Strawberry Patch...

Please bear with me, I have a few assorted topics to discuss, question and marvel over. First: these Hydrangeas. Aren't they pretty? We haven't had nary a bloom on these bushes for at least five years. We were beginning to think that they needed to be pulled out and planted somewhere else. We have not done one. thing. extra. to encourage or promote blooming. All of a sudden, last month, I

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A finish for June 2018.......... from Exuberant Color

I finished the floral colorwash that ended up just a little bit under 24" square.











I thought this was the perfect back for it.













The binding is a dark green with little shots of many colors that are in the wallhanging.







In the outdoor scene my Red Penstemon (Beardtongue) is blooming.  The blooms are the very palest pink.  Down in front of them at the bottom left are Balloon flowers competing for space.  They will be periwinkle and pale pink when they bloom.




There are lots of buds so a lot more blooming to take place.






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June 5, 2018
Wild/Hardy Geranium....... from Exuberant Color

I had some questions about the Wild/Hardy Geranium plant I showed yesterday.  This particular variety grows in a round mound and blooms several times during the summer.




This is another variety and I have it with both lavender flowers and white flowers.  It just spreads out, not in a mound like the other one.  If you look it up it is called Cranesbill and Hardy Geranium if you are buying it from a nursery.  On a site that talked about native plants they called it Wild Geranium.  It is very easy to grow and is a perennial.



Another native ...

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June 4, 2018
About half done with the cutting............. from Exuberant Color

I want to show a couple more of the larger prints I am using for this next quilt.  Here is a link to the photo of the quilt.  I forget that not everyone reads my blog every day and they might not realize they only have to go back a couple days to see where I am starting it and see the inspiration.
There are many  different parts to this print so every square looks different.  I didn't fussy cut the spiral either.  It just happened to be in the spot where I was cutting the 6.5" squares ...

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June 3, 2018
Staying organized............ from Exuberant Color

For the fabrics that I am cutting into 9.5", 6.5", and 3.5" squares I cut a strip 9.5" wide across the fabric.  Then I cut a 9.5" strip, a 6.5" strip and a 3.5" strip from that piece.
I am usually cutting 4 or more layers at the same time.










This is what one 9.5" strip yields.  You can see that every square has different patterns in it.  Some have lots of red flowers, some only have one or none.





Then I stack like sizes together in stacks of 10.  The diagonal ...

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June 1, 2018
I Like/Love #16 from MMM Quilts

It is the last Thursday of the month, which means I write my gratitude post. I'm starting to get back into a routine, if only teaching yoga classes as usual this week, and trying to get back to the blog schedule. I realized yesterday I missed May DrEAMi! so I think I'll have that on Saturday June 2. If your regularly-planned quilting schedule got derailed by a just-have-to-make project this past month, then I hope you'll link it up. Squirrels are like rabbits right: multiplying in a blink!

Here are my notes of gratitude for the month ...

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I Like/Love #16 from MMM Quilts

It is the last Thursday of the month, which means I write my gratitude post. I'm starting to get back into a routine, if only teaching yoga classes as usual this week, and trying to get back to the blog schedule. I realized yesterday I missed May DrEAMi! so I think I'll have that on Saturday June 2. If your regularly-planned quilting schedule got derailed by a just-have-to-make project this past month, then I hope you'll link it up. Squirrels are like rabbits right: multiplying in a blink!

Here are my notes of gratitude for the month ...

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May 31, 2018
Not much happening in the studio......... from Exuberant Color

I did do some sewing but no progress to show on any quilt.  We had all of the hype about lots of rain coming from the tropical storm and up until 6:30 p.m. we only had a little over a tenth of an inch of rain.  On the 6 p.m. news they had shown flooding in the streets in towns 10-25 miles from here where they had gotten 2" or more.  We finally got some more rain, altogether a little under a half inch.    I'm wondering if the other side of my little town had ...

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May 30, 2018
Decision made.......... from Exuberant Color

I decided on this orientation for the colorwash.  The bunny is at the bottom now and lying on his back.  He is going to stay that way.








I dug up a huge hosta in the evening yesterday.  It pulled apart easily into 8 parts.  I planted one back in my garden.  A friend wants one and my granddaughter is going to take the rest back home with her 2 states away this weekend.
In its place I planted a tiny hosta.  Since it is so close to the tree it was tricky to dig the big one out with all ...

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May 29, 2018
Amsterdam – Van Gogh, Tulips and a Quilt Shop from Cookie's Creek

Last month we took the most amazing trip to Europe.  Starting in Basal Switzerland on a Viking Rhine River cruise and ending in Amsterdam, where we stayed for a couple of extra days. I want to blog about everything, but I’m going to begin with the last stop – Amsterdam.

Starting with a walking tour – canals, architecture, history and lots of bicycles!

See the orange crate strapped on this bike?  We saw everything from groceries to small children carted around in these.  The bikes could be something of a hazard, they are fast, come out of nowhere and your only ...

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The Fast-Fleeting Days of May... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Another Be-Attitudes block done, I was able to squeeze this, the May addition, in just under the wire to qualify as a finish this month. I look forward to getting these blocks assembled into a quilt top this fall, it is a fun project and I do love each and every block along the way. This month has sped by. (Not so different from any other month anymore in its relative velocity of passage!) I

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The Fast-Fleeting Days of May... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Another Be-Attitudes block done, I was able to squeeze this, the May addition, in just under the wire to qualify as a finish this month. I look forward to getting these blocks assembled into a quilt top this fall, it is a fun project and I do love each and every block along the way. This month has sped by. (Not so different from any other month anymore in its relative velocity of passage!) I

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