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November 25, 2020
Stash additions........... from Exuberant Color

 I hadn't purchased any Charley Harper fabric for quite a while so I played catch up and got some of the ones I missed the last few years.  I have been trying to figure out what shape to cut them to capture the whole design.  I think maybe my large hexagon shape and equilateral triangles that work with it might be the one.  They are GO! dies and the half hexagon works with them too for the edge fill in.  I made one Kaffe quilt top with the shapes 4 1/2 years ago.

Yesterday afternoon I baked pumpkin ...

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November 17, 2020
Searching through neutrals............ from Exuberant Color

 I feel like I am working in slow motion.  It must be all of that sugar in the dark chocolate and birthday cake.  The only fabric fun was going through my neutral batiks to choose more for the triangles, long rectangles and corner squares for the Bear Paw blocks.  I will be repeating all of them through all three shapes.

I put the last 3 pieces of birthday cake in the freezer so I can enjoy it later this month.

I did my grocery shopping yesterday afternoon because it is supposed to be considerably colder and windy today.  I think ...

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November 7, 2020
Taking inventory.......... from Exuberant Color


I have been taking advantage of our week of 70 degree days to get some outside work done.  I have raked and hauled a lot of leaves to the edge of my yard for the Monday morning leaf vacuum that is provided by the city.  If I can keep at it I'll have one more batch to pile out there by the weekend.   While inside I'm just picking at little jobs, one being making a list of all of the cut sizes I have and types of fabric so if I come up with a project needing that ...

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November 5, 2020
A bonanza in the mailbox.......... from Exuberant Color

 I pre-ordered the new Marcia Derse Line, The blue one.  I don't think she has ever done a line in all one color before.

Here is a better look at the prints.  I wonder if her next lines will be the same prints in other individual colors.

The other package was a surprise, and early birthday present from a friend (thanks Sharon!).  It is more of the prints in the new Tula Pink line including the zebras.

Maybe the Lemur print would be a good alternate block fabric with the 8" pinwheels that I made last night.

Or maybe ...

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November 2, 2020
I had to have it.......... from Exuberant Color

What a neat new zebra fabric by Tula Pink!!  Of course I had to have some of it.  I love the little colored pencils on the selvage instead of color dots.

Here is more of the neat selvage.  Click on photo to enlarge.

I decided I needed the skunk too.  It is 5" long from nose to tail so it would fit in a fussy cut 6" finished square.

Yesterday I attempted to start cleaning off table tops again.  I didn't get very far but any little bit is better than none.

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October 28, 2020
Small Accomplishments from Needle and Foot

Thanks to the horrible utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric, much of Northern CA was without power for a couple of days. We had some wind which makes PG&E nervous because of their antiquated equipment (which was deemed responsible for several of the disastrous fires we have recently experienced.) So when a bit of wind is expected, they shut down the power in case a tree or limb should fall on a line and start a fire. That means no power for the duration of the wind – usually a day or so. Then the next day PG&E flies ...

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Scrappy Christmas quilt - progress from Grandma's Red Needle

 Thank you everyone for your comments on my previous post!

It has been some busy few weeks. I decided to paint one of the bathrooms and the top floor porch. It has been 13 years since the interior of our house was painted, I think it's high time to repaint! (It took time to convince DH! LOL). Going from yellow to light grey with a touch of lime green in the bath/wash room, it looks so much better! We are almost there, left to do some drilling - (do I need to say I hate concrete walls?!) - and getting ...

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October 26, 2020
A Favorite Pattern from Hills Creek Quilter

This is the umpteenth quilt I've made using the fun Quick Strippie pattern from It makes a wonderful quilt for a child. This one was finished in May 2020, and I have another identical top waiting to be quilted...hopefully soon.

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backing and binding

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October 23, 2020
COVID-19 Batik Scrap Quilt #3 from Hills Creek Quilter

 More pandemic sewing -- and more batik scraps. No pattern; I just did my own math. Finished in early May 2020.

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backing and binding

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October 21, 2020
COVID-19 Batik Scrap Quilt #2 from Hills Creek Quilter

 It's amazing how much one can accomplish when sitting at home for days on end. I finished this quilt in April of this year. Another one from my batik scraps. It's based on this quilt that I saw on I didn't use charm packs, just five-inch squares that I cut from my batiks.

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It has a very scrappy backing...

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October 19, 2020
Working Through My Batik Scraps -- COVID-19 Batik Scrap Quilt #1 from Hills Creek Quilter

Another quilt finished in March of this year, at the start of staying home with not much of anything else to do. It's amazing how quickly a quilt can be put together when all one does is stay home and away from people.

This is based on a quilt I saw online somewhere. I made up my own measurements and then went through my batik scraps. There were plenty to choose from (and some left for even more quilts). I liked this one a lot, so it spent the last six months on one of our sofas.

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October 16, 2020
More Catching Up With 2020 Quilts from Hills Creek Quilter

 I finished this quilt back in March, and it's in the hands of its new owners, friends of the family who had an anniversary in June. The free pattern is Bonnie Hunter's Strip Twist quilt (click here for the pattern), and it's one that I've made at least two times before. Easy, peasy. This one was from a Stonehenge jelly roll that I picked up at a great price at a quilt guild's yard sale a couple of years ago. (The colors are much better in person.)

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binding and ...

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October 14, 2020
Still Going Through Stash from Hills Creek Quilter

 Yikes, we are halfway into October, and I still have several 2020 quilts to blog about!

This is made from a pattern called Chain Reaction (found free on Moda's website by clicking here). I made a smaller version (20 blocks) than the one on the website (42 blocks). All of the print fabrics were from various pieces in my stash, all about the size of a fat quarter. The background is Robert Kaufman's Kona White.

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backing and binding

quilting closeup

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Bright Baby Quilt from Hills Creek Quilter

I'm finally getting around to posting about quilts that I've finished in 2020, and my goal is to post about all of them by the end of the year.

This is a baby quilt that I finished in January 2020 for a new addition on my husband's side of the family. When I was deciding on a design, I was told that the mother liked sunflowers and that the family raises bees, so I found the perfect backing fabric first and then worked on a pattern for the front. I found a few inspiration ideas for a ...

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October 13, 2020
Weird fabric.......... from Exuberant Color

 I pulled this batik fabric out yesterday and was surprised when I opened it up.  It looks like it is a test fabric where they were trying out different designs, from Hibiscus to maple leaves to body outlines.

I was surprised when I looked out to the backyard and saw a new Purple Coneflower blooming.  We got a little rain yesterday so my painter didn't come.  I expect to see him today.

I got a glare from the window but this is the color in the backyard during the rain.  My Maple tree is turning red this year and ...

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October 9, 2020
Stash enhancement.....again........... from Exuberant Color

 I found 4 African fabrics online that I thought would fit into my stash.  That pink flower next to the red fabric is over 5" across so you can see they are large scale.  They are all Dutch Wax prints and very nice quality.  I have a couple more quilts in mind for the African fabrics besides the colorwash.

My third live broadcast for my Colorwash 360 online class was yesterday afternoon so 3 down, 3 to go.  My students are sending me lots of photos of their projects so I have been busy tweaking with them long distance.

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October 8, 2020
Same old, same old............. from Exuberant Color

I'm still cutting African fabrics into 2.5" squares for colorwash and also looking for fabrics I'll call Almost African.  The group here will work for fill in I think.  

I mowed the grass yesterday and got my dose of natural Vitamin D.  I didn't do the whole backyard because the grass wasn't as tall back there and also I'll wait for more leaves to fall so I can cut them up while mowing the grass. 

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October 3, 2020
Color trend and new fabric.............. from Exuberant Color

 I read in the newspaper yesterday that brown is going to be the new trend in decorating.  They said that brown is warm and comforting to people.  Rich woods, leather, brown walls, and I immediately thought of brown quilts.  The bottom shelf is all brown batiks from medium values through dark values.  The shelf above is lots of my light values which includes some beiges.  There is a shelf above that with more lights and more beige.  I know I have more in the basement because I didn't have room for them in this main floor studio bookcase.  

Here ...

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September 24, 2020
More new Kaffe fabric........... from Exuberant Color

New Kaffe Collective fabrics are calling my name.  You know how it is, when you don't have time to start a new quilt all kinds of ideas float through your head.  I want to do something with pinks and burgundies but I haven't chosen a pattern yet.

 I have my first live broadcast today so I'm hoping for a good hair day, ha ha.  I hope all of my students have registered on the site for the broadcast.

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Hello Fall Blog Hop from Quiltifications

Hello Fall!  Hello bloghoppers!  Welcome to the Hello Fall Blog Hop!  You can go to the main page by clicking the button below:

Much as I love summer in Texas, I do enjoy the beginnings of a cool breeze come autumn.  Sadly that doesn't really kick in around here until next month.  September is usually a pretty darned warm month, full of very bright sunshine with all the neighborhood lawn sprinklers still in full flow.  So when Carla of Create in the Sticks announced her Hello Fall blog hop a month or so ago, I leaped on it with ...

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