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August 27, 2019
More binding, a little sewing............ from Exuberant Color

I have all of one short side and half of one long side of the binding hand stitched.  This fabric is a lot easier to stitch through than the batiks that I use so often.

I finally sewed the cross seams last night on this postage stamp block and noticed the poor frog lost his head into the seam allowance.  I also made one of the 6" hole in the barn door a/k/a churn dash blocks for my Farm Girl Vintage quilt.

We had rain off an on for a good portion of the day yesterday and we ...

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August 24, 2019
More of the same........... from Exuberant Color

The only sewing I got done yesterday was this postage stamp block sewn in one direction while I caught the noon news and weather.






In the cutting category first I cut the grass.  I had to move my blade up higher because the grass was so long.  The humidity level dropped a lot so it was a good day for mowing.

Then I cut red, coral, pink and burgundy fabrics for the colorwash kits for my Colorwash360 class.  Each of those fabrics is on a stack of 6 layers.  My 2 friends are coming over to sew today so I ...

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August 22, 2019
Sewing and cutting........... from Exuberant Color

I had to go shoe shopping yesterday, shoes for my granddaughter's wedding next month.  I found a pair that is so comfortable....and so expensive.  They will be my dressy shoes for the rest of my life.

I sewed the last batch of Hunter Stars and put the last 2 batches up on the design wall with the first group.  There will be lots of rearranging and in fact the blocks will probably come down off the design wall because this is a long range project.  There are 64 blocks here and I need about 130.
I got the ...

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August 18, 2019
This and that............... from Exuberant Color

I couldn't seem to stick with just one project yesterday.  I did a little more ditch quilting on the X and + quilt, cut pieces for the Hunter Star quilt and cut more squares for the postage stamp blocks.
I got one block sewn in one direction, ready for pressing.










I laid out the next one to sew today.

We finally got some rain and the grass is getting tall but it is still dry and brown in lots of patches.  It seems like such a long time since I mowed last.

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August 15, 2019
Roof is done, silence once more........... from Exuberant Color

While they were working on my roof yesterday I did some more cutting of Hunter Star pieces.  This is a totally scrappy quilt.





While I had the iron on to press those I pressed the postage stamp blocks too and then sewed the cross seams.

The roofers were here from 8 - 3:30 yesterday.  There was a pause at noon and I went out to look at the roof and they were out of shingles.  More were delivered about a half hour later and then about an hour after that another bundle was dropped off so their estimate of how ...

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August 14, 2019
The roofing begins............ from Exuberant Color

This was the scene out my back windows yesterday.  About 2/3 of the roofing job is done and they will be back at 7 this morning to finish.

I went to the basement and basted another third of the African fabric quilt.

Then I decided to pull out this old Stepping Stones project and put it on the design wall so I could see where I am with it.  I tore out some papers and only have a few left to do.  I have the narrow black strips cut, just have to get them to the right lengths for ...

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August 3, 2019
Cut, cut, cut and sew............. from Exuberant Color

My two friends came over yesterday for a shortened sewing day and I worked on a block cut with my Studio die cutter.  I have used the die before and think one of the pieces isn't quite right.  I need to work on it some more so I'll show it later.

I took a pile of my scraps and cut 22 more postage stamp print squares.
Last night I paired plain colors with all of the print pieces I had already cut for the framed 9 patch blocks.  I sewed 4 of the 9 patches but didn't ...

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July 26, 2019
And another one............. from Exuberant Color

Since the longarm table is cleaned off I might as well keep going.  This colorwash rail fence is small and didn't take long to quilt.





I used the same medium beige thread that I have quilted the last 3 quilts with.  The prints are so busy you can barely see the thread.





All trimmed and ready for binding.









 The binding will be one of the 2 border fabrics.  Right now I'm leaning toward the inner border fabric.




I got the seams sewn the other direction on the last 4 blocks for the postage stamp quilt.










I think my ...

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July 23, 2019
Playing outside in the nice weather............. from Exuberant Color

The weather was so beautiful yesterday that I mowed the front yard and did lots of weeding in the back garden.

I did get one postage stamp block sewn in one direction, cut a lot more little squares and laid out the next block ready to sew.
Then I started looking for more suitable small print scraps.  I tend to keep one project's scraps together in a plastic bag and found these Liberty prints that were colored by Kaffe.  They are the end pieces from cutting equilateral triangles.  I can get one square out of each.
The Tiger Lilies ...

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July 22, 2019
Postage stamp block report............... from Exuberant Color

I completed 4 more of last week's 7 postage stamp blocks.












That makes a grand total of 6 out of 7 finished for the week.








Here are all 20 blocks so far.  My original plan was to make 63 blocks for a quilt 56" x 72".  Now I'm wondering if I would be happy with a quilt 48" x 72".  That is a good ratio for a rectangular quilt.  Decision will be made later.
The number 7 block was laid out but didn't get sewn last week.









My backyard garden is just starting to bloom.  Last year ...

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July 18, 2019
Progress on two............ from Exuberant Color

I sewed 10 more zipper blocks.  I have 57 blocks made now.  






I sewed the one postage stamp block that I showed on my design board a couple days ago.










6 more colors have been cut for the postage stamp blocks.  I need to make 5 more this week.






I went out in the bright sunshine yesterday morning to take photos of my flowers.  Coneflowers are here and there through the back garden.










The lilies seem happy in this part of the garden.  They get morning sun and then are in the shade all the rest of the day.

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July 15, 2019
One way designs............ from Exuberant Color

I decided to make a few of the framed 9 patch blocks yesterday.  I wanted to do one of the one way design fabrics to see if I was happy with all of the pieces cut from one crosswise strip or did I need to cut the side border strips on the lengthwise grain.  I think I'm fine with the way this turned out.  Maybe all one way designs won't work this well but this one is okay.
I sewed the bottom right postage stamp block plus all of the blocks below it yesterday.

It was too hot ...

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July 14, 2019
2 weeks down, 7 to go............ from Exuberant Color

This is this week's contribution to the postage stamp blocks.  The squares are 1" so the blocks will finish at 8".









This is the bounty from the first 2 weeks, 7 a week even though I did them 10 the first week and 4 the second week.   Like I mentioned yesterday it will take me 9 weeks at this rate to get the 63 minimum blocks finished.  So.....7 more weeks to go.  I did more cutting yesterday while it was so hot outside.  I don't have much energy in this weather.

The month is almost half over ...

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July 13, 2019
Numbers 13 and 14............ from Exuberant Color

I decided when I started this postage stamp quilt that I would try to do 7 blocks each week.  I actually had 10 blocks done at the end of the first week so I only needed to do 4 this week.  Here is how far I got yesterday, all seams sewn in one direction on two blocks.  For 63 blocks it will take me 9 weeks to make the blocks at this rate.  I will finish them today and have my quota for the first 2 weeks.  Meanwhile I have been doing more cutting and some yard work before the ...

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July 12, 2019
4 blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

It seems like I should get so much more than this sewn in a day.....but this is all that got done yesterday.










There was a tiny scrap with this guy on it that worked perfect for a one inch finished square.







I'm trying to work some zebra prints into these blocks.









The next one is laid out ready to sew.  This one has some fabrics from the  1980s in it.  The solid is a putty color.






The butterflies don't seem to mind that the coneflowers are a faded pink this year.









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July 9, 2019
Another nice day.......... from Exuberant Color

It feels so good to have the air conditioning turned off and the windows open.  I even turned on the iron so I could finish sewing the last 2 postage stamp blocks.  It is a challenge to press these with all of those seams.
I had a pile of pieces for the 4" bow tie blocks laying on my sewing cabinet so I got 16 of them sewn too.






When my friends were here last time another treasure I found was a pile of 2" strips of black and white prints.  I pulled out the ones that would work best ...

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July 8, 2019
Resting.......... from Exuberant Color

The weather was beautiful yesterday, perfect for working outside but I couldn't get motivated to do anything so I had a day of rest.  There was a TV show on at 9 last night so I sewed 2 blocks while I watched it but haven't turned on the iron yet to press them.
I did put the last 2 that I sewed up on the design wall with the first six blocks.  Check out Lynn's quilt, my inspiration for this, hanging on her bedroom wall.  It is perfect displayed like that to see all of the wonderful ...

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July 6, 2019
Pressing mat............ from Exuberant Color

I have seen these wool pressing mats all over the internet and wanted one but they are so expensive.  I finally decided to get a small one for my main floor studio since I'm usually just pressing small seams there.  This one is 8.5" square and if I have a seam longer than that I can press it on the diagonal of the mat.
Since my little blocks are 8 squares across the blocks measure 8.5" so it is perfect for pressing this.  Half of a block fits on the mat, press and swing it around and ...

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July 5, 2019
2 more blocks............ from Exuberant Color

I sewed two more postage stamp blocks yesterday.  The bottom right one is a pale lavender even though it looks white or pale gray in the photo.

Donnie asked yesterday whether I do the twirling seam thing (when pressing) and the answer is no, I have never done it.  I have been quilting 61  years and have only made a couple quilts where it might have helped the bulk.  I think that method is right up there with hand tying and burying all of the thread ends.  I use a backstitch on the sewing machine, don't hand tie and ...

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July 4, 2019
Decision and new project.....plus blogiversary....... from Exuberant Color

Thanks for all of the votes and suggestions yesterday.  I have decided this is the way the quilt will be finished.  Like I mentioned yesterday I have enough of the gray fabric already cut into strips to make all new alternate blocks so it wasn't a decision of how to fix the blocks that were already sewn.  In the end I just didn't want to come up with a quilting design for the alternate plain blocks and this version will be easy to quilt.  I will be able to cut 2 sashing strips from each of the alternate ...

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