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August 11, 2019
Miscellany.......... from Exuberant Color

This is the die that I was trying out to figure out where the error is.  It is the very first die I bought 10 years ago when I bought my Accuquilt Studio die cutter.  I made a flannel quilt with this die about 5 or 6 years ago and I thought there might be an error in the size of one of the pieces.  When I made this block about a week ago I thought it was the triangle (too small) but now I think it might be the square corners (too big).  I'll have to do another ...

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August 9, 2019
First finish for August 2019.........and more.......... from Exuberant Color

I finished the binding before noon yesterday and then went to the basement for the photo shoot.  This quilt is 44" x 68".  I used a pattern "Keep Out" by Maple Island but I made changes to the border

I mentioned a couple days ago that the backing was 57" wide so I could use as is without piecing.  The backing fabric is a little heavier and stiffer than usual so this one needs to be washed right away to see if it will soften.

Here is another WIP that I need to finish.  I didn't have enough of ...

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August 1, 2019
Teri's Travels: A Museum, a Quilt Shop, and Dignity from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

A couple of weeks ago, I (Teri) shared my visit to the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana. We are still on the road—nearing home as I post this—but I saw so many amazing things during this trip that it may take quite a while to share them all! 

Our next quilt-related stop was in Chamberlain, South Dakota. This had not been one of our planned stops, but was I ever glad it made it into our itinerary. We originally planned to follow the Lewis and Clark Trail all the way to the coast, but they sadly ...

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May 12, 2019
Red series............. from Exuberant Color

I did not consciously start this year with a series of red quilts in just happened.  The red crazy pieced top was a carryover from last year and I got it quilted right away in February.  Over the first 4 months and 10 days into May I started 4 more mostly red quilts and finished the 4th one into a top on May 10.  The only other one that is quilted and finished is the red and white star quilt......three are tops waiting in line to be quilted.  I think this series was subconsciously my way of ...

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February 19, 2019
Quilt finish #3 for February.............. from Exuberant Color

The red and white star quilt is finished.  I pieced the top in January and used my very best red fabrics.  I knew I wanted to make a quilt with the white and black prints again and this was perfect for them.  It is a small quilt finishing at 43.5" x 67.5".

The backing fabric is mostly red and white with little tiny yellow and orange birds on it.

We got about 4" of snow all day Sunday and into the early hours yesterday.  My snow plow guy came around 10 a.m. and plowed the driveway and ...

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February 18, 2019
Red binding.................. from Exuberant Color

I was planning to make more pineapple log cabin blocks yesterday but changed my mind and finished the quilting on this red star quilt.  I had a half yard of a red print that wasn't used in the quilt so I cut it for binding.  I have the hand stitching done on 3 sides and have started the fourth side.
We had snow most of the day yesterday.  I don't see crows in my backyard too often but the black against the white snow under the suet cages caught my eye and I snapped this photo before it ...

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February 13, 2019
Icy mess............. from Exuberant Color

Ice can be pretty if you don't have to go out and slip on it.  There was a light snow already on the sidewalk and driveway so that got the icy crust on top of it.

I have a few branches down on my Redbud trees and it got quite windy last night so there might be more down today.  Everything is coated with the ice.

It looks like fringe on the squirrel baffle that hangs above this feeder.  This red headed visitor came just as I snapped the photo.

I have this quilt 3/4 basted now and ...

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January 28, 2019
A quilt top............. from Exuberant Color

I finished sewing the red and white quilt top last night while watching TV.  There were lots of questions about what pattern this is.
I found the pattern in a McCall's Quillting magazine, Jan/Feb 2011.  Here is a photo of one  20" block and one 4" x 20" sashing strip as Nancy Rink designed it for the magazine.  I made 6 of the 20" blocks for my quilt.

One of my readers mentioned she had made this quilt too and that next time she would make the 2 alternating 12" blocks which I didn't see until she ...

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January 27, 2019
One more block to make............. from Exuberant Color

I have the last block laid out on my sewing table so I'm hoping for a top sewn together by tonight.  I really like this one and it accomplished many things.  I had been wanting to do a red and white quilt for Valentine's Day, wanted to use the less than 1/4 yard pieces of reds, wanted to do another quilt with white and black as the light color in a quilt.

For those of you without an email link that asked about the fabric in the OBW blocks yesterday, this fabric was purchased on sale 3 ...

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January 25, 2019
2 blocks out of 6........... from Exuberant Color

I think I mentioned when I started this quilt that I'm only going to make a small quilt.  The blocks are 20" and the sashing is 4" so with 6 blocks it should be about 44" x 68".  It will be perfect to hang over the back of the couch.

My 2 friends are coming over today to sew.  It is supposed to be below 0 most of the day and maybe getting up to 4 degrees at the warmest part of the day.  I think it was Tuesday that we had freezing drizzle which turned into hours of ...

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January 24, 2019
Playing with red.......... from Exuberant Color

I have started making pieces for the red and white quilt I showed in a magazine about a week ago.  I still have more parts to assemble before I can layout all of the blocks.  I need to be sure I have the new fabrics I use distributed throughout the quilt.

This is a corner block so the top left corner is different than the other 3 corners.  I also sewed the connecting strip laying to the right that goes between blocks.  I guess this will be my Valentine quilt since that was one of my goals this year to ...

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January 18, 2019
Organizing in 2019........... from Exuberant Color

I decided I need to be more organized this year so before I put away this baby quilt top for February I chose the border (plaid), backing (light print) and binding (narrow stripe).  I even found a piece of batting close to the size I need.  I will hang them all together on a hanger until I'm ready to finish it.
I have always wanted to make a quilt like the one on the left and recently found the same quilt (only larger) with a light background.   I have the dies to cut all of the pieces so I ...

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December 2, 2018
An orphan block............ from Exuberant Color

I just wanted to sew something so I cut the pieces for this block with the LeMoyne Star die.  I wanted to see if it is a fun enough block to want to make a whole quilt of it.

The first bud stalk is blooming on the Amaryllis.  It showed a deep almost burgundy red on the package but it turned out to be just an average red one.  The second bud stalk is getting tall and I think it will be at least a week before it opens.  There was another one at the store with 2 buds peeking ...

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November 7, 2018
Border day......... from Exuberant Color

Since the basement was already clean my 2 friends came over to sew yesterday.  I decided I would work on the borders for this Marcia Derse star quilt.  I always dread doing borders so working on it with company made it a more pleasant task.  I had just barely enough to do the outside border.  This is 66" x 81" now.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out and glad I stuck with it and put on the borders.  This is the second time I have made this quilt.  Here is the other one.  It was made ...

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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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