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October 6, 2018
12 blocks sewn together............. from Exuberant Color

The Marcia Derse star quilt top is finally sewn together.  I didn't measure it but it should be about 45" x 60".  The original quilt from 1990 had 3 borders so I will consider that for this one too.

My two little great-grandsons are back in IL visiting so I will see them this morning.

Probably the only sewing I will get to is more of the neutral 16 patch blocks.  I cut 12 of the stratas into segments to make 24 more blocks.

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October 5, 2018
Alternate block 12.......... from Exuberant Color

I made one more block with more orange in it as an alternate to complete my Marcia Derse fabric star quilt top.

I rearranged blocks for over two hours before I was finally satisfied with a layout.  I didn't want two blocks next to each other that had a majority of the same fabric in them.  Because there were dark and light edges that complicated where I could move the blocks.  Two of the blocks have medium color edges so I could use them in either the dark or the light position.  This is the final layout and I ...

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October 4, 2018
Block number 12........... from Exuberant Color

I wanted more orange but I had coral and salmon color pieces cut so I used them along with the pink in the center.  I have started one more block with lots of orange and will pull out the block that is mostly red-purple and pink.

Here are all of the blocks so far.  I'm sure I'll do some more rearranging when I get the last block finished.

It was close to 90 degrees yesterday....not my kind of fall weather.  I got the last 3 peonies chopped off so most of my garden clean up is done ...

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October 3, 2018
Block number 11............... from Exuberant Color

I wanted to get some more of this golden-orange fabric in the Marcia Derse fabric star quilt and also the print with the orange lines.  The dark small triangles are purple even though they may look like navy here.

There is one more space to fill in and I want more orange in the quilt.  I may need to take out the block that is mostly red-purple and pink and put orange or coral in 2 more blocks.

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October 2, 2018
Block number 10........ from Exuberant Color

I really like the Marcia Derse fabric star block number 10.  

Since it is a light edged block there was only one place it would fit in.  I started laying out block 11 while I watched TV.

I mowed the front yard and then went for a walk through the backyard to pick up some twigs.  I had to go back inside for my camera for a photo of the volunteer purple asters.  No matter what time of day I try to photograph them, the camera just won't capture the intense purple of the flowers.

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October 1, 2018
Block number 9........... from Exuberant Color

This Marcia Derse fabric star block number 9 has a lot of neutral colors and will be a good partner with the other blocks.

Here are all 9 blocks but if I'm making 12 blocks I need to reconfigure the layout to get blocks separated that have the same fabric in them.

This layout shows where the spaces are and I will have to be careful which fabrics I put in the last 3 blocks.  Three of the blocks have part dark and part light fabrics at the edges of the blocks.  Others have all dark or all light ...

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September 30, 2018
Block number 8............. from Exuberant Color

I added a little gold in now as a light color.  Using 3 different blues gave a little more zip to the block.

I have been laying out my blocks in the basement on my ironing table but I have the finished blocks upstairs on the design wall.  I need to design the rest while I look at the ones I made so I can get an even distribution of colors and fabrics.

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September 29, 2018
Block number 7 from Exuberant Color

I'm not sure if the outside color of this block is charcoal gray or brown or a mixture of both.  It is a neutral and is dark so it works well in this Marcia Derse star quilt.

It looks good with the rest of the blocks so that makes it a winner.

It has gotten down near freezing a couple nights in a row and next week we are supposed to have an 80 degree day.  It's that time of year when we don't know what to expect.  Last year we had 90 degree weather about this ...

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September 28, 2018
Block number 6 from Exuberant Color

Block number 6 for the Marcia Derse fabric star quilt has been sewn.  This is one of my favorites.

I had a fleeting thought that maybe I would stop at 6 blocks and just make a small quilt but I don't like these 6 blocks together well enough to stop here.  Once I have 6 that I like together I would have the option of stopping and put the rejects into the orphan block box.  However if I really like all of them together at some point I will just continue on and make 12 blocks.  I think you ...

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September 27, 2018
Block number 5........... from Exuberant Color

Here is the Marcia Derse fabric star block number 5.  I realized after taking the photo that I switched position of the purple and pale green triangle blocks from my original design.  The light fabric should have ended up on the edge.  I'm not sure if I will change it.

Here are all 5 blocks so far.  It is hard to believe they are all the same pattern with the values shifting around.

My son and daughter in law came over late afternoon yesterday and all 3 of us worked for 45 minutes to cut lots of overgrown bushes ...

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September 26, 2018
Block number 4 from Exuberant Color

I got block #4 sewn last night while watching some of the new season TV shows but then got busy with something else and didn't load the photos into my computer until this morning.

Here are the blocks so far, 2 with light edges and 2 with dark edges.

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September 25, 2018
Block number 3........... from Exuberant Color

This is the first block with a dark background color.  I think I will be alternating dark and light backgrounds in the blocks for this quilt.

Blocks one, two, and three on my sewing table.

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September 24, 2018
Block number 2........... from Exuberant Color

Block number 2 is sewn for the Marcia Derse star quilt.  I have cut some more fabrics for variety for the next blocks.

Here are blocks 1 and 2 together.  There will be some blocks with dark fabrics at the edges too.

The purple Million Bells in this pot are having one more big burst of color.  They are even deeper purple than they look here.  I love the purple next to the lime green Coleus.

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September 23, 2018
The sewing machine got turned on............. from Exuberant Color

After mowing the grass in the nice cool air yesterday I finally got to the sewing machine.

I needed four of each of these two units.

The block is sewn!  The darkest purple really is purple and not a black background like it looks here.  I'm really happy with this block.  I'm making 15" blocks like I did in the quilt I showed yesterday.  I thought about 12" but decided the fabric prints would have more impact with larger pieces.
A few Rose of Sharon bushes are still blooming.  I'm going to cut down a lot of ...

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September 22, 2018
An older inspiration quilt.............. from Exuberant Color

This is the quilt that I made in 1990 using the same block that I am using for the Marcia Derse fabric quilt.  If you go to this post you can read the story about it.  This is an old photo taken with an early digital camera so I really need to get this quilt out and take a better quality photo with the camera I use now.

There was a cute little baby bunny in the back yard eating weeds.  If you leave enough weeds in the grass the bunnies don't bother the good theory anyway.

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September 20, 2018
Three more trial blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

I took out the light center square from one of the blocks I showed yesterday and replaced it with the dark purple.  I really like this block.

I'm not so crazy about this one because three of the prints are similar in value.

I removed the purple with red circles and put in the light color.  It makes the outside of the star float like a wreath and I'm not sure I like that either.

I think I need to sew a few of my favorites and then cut some more of the Marcia Derse fabric into the ...

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September 18, 2018
Trying layouts............ from Exuberant Color

I showed this block pattern HERE on Saturday with many different placements of the darkest fabric.  I have been cutting the shapes from many of the Marcia Derse fabrics and decided to lay them out on the ironing table to see how the colors will look.
I changed from orange to pink to see if the softer color combination looks better.  I will keep trying more layouts until I get a lot more of the fabrics cut.  I'm not sure when I'll start sewing the blocks.

The purple Asters are just starting to bloom.  Once again the camera ...

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September 15, 2018
Yard work, lots of it.......... from Exuberant Color

Yesterday morning I decided to start chopping down the peonies that are turning brown.   I have over 30 bushes so that took awhile with many trips to the weed pile to deposit them.  Later in the afternoon I mowed the front yard. 

I'm still getting tomatoes.  The earliest ones were the 4th of July and Early Girl types.  The 4th of July is about golf ball sized most of the time with only a few larger tomatoes.  The Early Girl and Rutgers are producing a nice medium to large size tomato, just right for slicing for BLTs.  

I drew ...

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September 11, 2018
Step 1 of the Sew your Stash Along from Butterfly Threads

If you are following along with the Sew Along that I announced last week HERE. You will notice that it is called the "SEW YOUR STASH ALONG" and is meant to help you use up your stash. I had a birthday recently and I decided to buy the new Christmas fabric bundle from Fig Tree. And while I was at it, I picked up 2.5 yards of the cream with green print for the background and .5 yards of the tiny red check for the binding.

Okay, I know what you're thinking. But aren't we supposed to ...

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August 16, 2018
Stars From My Scrap Bins from The Snarky Quilter

My last procrastination to avoid my canal project was a scrappy stars quilt. The canal project is onto its next phase, so I can stop making excuses now. Meanwhile, I have yet another top to quilt. I don’t think I … Continue reading

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