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December 17, 2020
Two finished for December 2020 from Exuberant Color

The Marcia Derse baby quilt is finished.  The blues are from lines dating back several years.  The white and black are from her line the Opposites (there was a positive and negative of each print). It ended up 35" x 47".

The backing and binding fabric is another from her Opposites line.  Binding is all by machine.

After I finished this one I did a load of laundry and went grocery shopping.

And then I tackled the binding on the big plaid zig zag quilt.  It took over an hour even doing it all by machine.

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December 16, 2020
Zig Zag day............. from Exuberant Color

 This quilt top has been on the design wall for a long time and it was finally its day to get quilted yesterday.  I put Martha Negley tree rings fabric on the back.

I did a big loose meander for a super soft quilt.

Then as long as the longarm machine was behaving itself I loaded another quilt.  I had intended to quilt this one on my straight stich machine with lots of parallel lines following the zig zag.  Then I decided I should get real, it's a baby quilt, I just needed to do some quicker quilting.

This ...

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November 3, 2020
More masks.............. from Exuberant Color

 I gave away all of the masks I had in inventory so I need to make more.  I think this is the end of the really soft brushed blue denim and I am pairing it with Moda brushed fabrics.  I also got some new type of elastic with the bead for adjustment already on it.

I got 2 of them made last night.  I have some grayed red purple check and stripe in the brushed fabric that I think I will make for myself.

I went out in the late afternoon yesterday and took a picture of my maple tree ...

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November 2, 2020
Design Wall Monday - November 2, 2020 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Well it’s election week here in the United States.  I hope everyone who is a citizen votes November 3rd!  I am looking forward to going to the polls and casting my vote tomorrow.  I know a lot of you probably voted early.In honor of our patriotic duty to vote, I finished my red, white, and blue plaid star quilt.  It now has a new bright red binding, and finished at 61.5 inches square. I would

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October 31, 2020
Many rows later.............. from Exuberant Color

 I think I said this quilt will be 72" x 90" so the seams are long.  I finished sewing the 14 seams in one direction and sewed one in the other direction before I gave up last night.  Of course I want to finish it this month so I have 10 more 90" seams to sew today.

My son stopped by yesterday and got my computer with the dead screen hooked up to my Smart TV with an HDMI cable.  My computer screen appeared so now we know the computer is fine, just the screen is bad.  I spent a ...

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October 30, 2020
Assembly............ from Exuberant Color

 I had my last live broadcast for the current Colorwash 360 online class yesterday.  I started cleaning off my cabinet so I could start assembling this plaid quilt that I showed on my design wall a few weeks ago.

As promised yesterday here is the close up of my little 12" colorwash.  I think I'm going to change one of the red squares in the top row before I finish it.  It is bugging me.

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October 25, 2020
2/3 of seams sewn................ from Exuberant Color

 I have sewn 13 cross seams, 6 to go so I am 2/3 of the way done.  I had a few sidetracks yesterday.

One of them was sewing 5 more masks.  Some had denim on one side and plaid flannel on the other, some had plaid flannel on one side and batik print on the other side.

Indoor garden season is starting.  I have buds on 8 plants.  This white one was my super bloomer last year.

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October 10, 2020
A little design wall time................. from Exuberant Color

I needed a break from cutting so I got out the bag of 6" triangle squares and played at the design wall.  I made these blocks about 2 1/2 years ago and couldn't decide whether to group the like ones together or make it all random.  I'm not sure it is worth spending my time to try another layout while I'm busy with other things and I may just go ahead and sew it.  The blocks are made of all plaids and stripes.  It should end up about 72" x 90".

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June 22, 2020
Design Wall Monday, June 22, 2020 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

My cabin design wall looks the same as it did a week ago.  We had workmen at the Grand Rapids house painting the outside trim, and also had company.  Some weeks just slip away, don’t they? The zig zag quilt is stalled at this point, but I will have to get busy on it, as guests will be in this bed for the July 4th weekend, and the quilt will have to be moved. I am wishing the “lights” were

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June 15, 2020
Design Wall Monday - June 15, 2020 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

June 15, 1963.....57 years ago wedding day.  Such wonderful memories, and such fun to still be in love with my dear hubby.  God is good. I finished the embroidered square I was working on, and started another.  This is the completed one: It amazes me that the same patterns are published over and over with different names as artist.  For instance, I just saw on

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May 11, 2020
Design Wall Monday - May 11, 2020 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Happy Mother’s Day yesterday to all of you who are mothers.   Since this coronavirus self-distancing is making me sad......and I am going a little bit mad.......I decided to sew PLAID fabric.  I am having the best time with it.  Yes, it is a little break from my 2020 UFO mission, but the plaids were calling me.  Here’s a little doll quilt that I added a plaid binding to this week.  Old Bear,

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March 27, 2020
Finish #2 for March 2020............. from Exuberant Color

Binding is the same paisley as the back.  It is a Liberty fabric from a series that Kaffe did the coloration on a few years ago.  Kaffe Meets Plaid finished around 70" x 95".

The fabrics in the triangles are from the Kaffe Collective and date all the way back from the 1990s until August 2016 and plaids I have collected for 40+ years.  There are a couple Martha Negley fabrics in there too.  I am SO happy this one is a finished quilt.

Click on the photos for a closer look at the fabrics.

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February 6, 2020
shirts from Making A Lather

I had stopped buying thrift store shirts. I had plenty, and was tired of cutting them apart. And, I still don't have a tried and true way to store them. If they are in boxes or plastic containers and stacked, I forget about them and forget to use them. But, I discovered a new to me blog of a quilter who uses recycled fabric and my interest was renewed. She has a lot of free patterns and I really like reading about her plans and thinking. Her free patterns are here. Her blog quilted twins is here. There is ...

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