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October 14, 2020
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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September 21, 2020
Searching for candidates.............. from Exuberant Color

Sometimes the fabrics I pull as candidates for my solids with prints quilts don't end up working, mainly because the scale of print is too large.  I think the bicycles will only work on one of the quilts.

I think all of these will end up the remaining 3 quilts.

The print on the left will work but the other 2 are pretty large prints.  I will still audition them.

I think these are the right scale to work in at least two of the quilts.

It is warming up a little more each day so I think my ...

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September 15, 2020
And then I have to put it all away........... from Exuberant Color

 It's lots of fun to pull the fabrics that will go into a colorwash kit but then it has to all be put away again.  I have learned to neatly fold the fabric after cutting so that saves one step when taking it back to its residence.

There is still time to sign up for my Colorwash 360 online class here.  Enrollment ends on Friday night at 10 EDT.  The 40 day live part of the class starts on Sept. 21 and ends on Oct. 31.

I mowed the grass for the first time in 5 weeks.  There were ...

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September 5, 2020
More fabric............. from Exuberant Color

I decided I needed some of the new darker color Kaffe collective fabrics.  I really like the first one on the left.  That one comes in many colors but this one is nice and dark.

 I also got a surprise package of fabric from a friend in CO.  She thought I might like them for my solids and prints quilt series.  I had never seen any of them before and I especially like the pickles and the flamingos.  There is enough to cut for all 3 of the quilts.

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September 4, 2020
Fun "I Spy" Quilt from Hills Creek Quilter

Here's a quilt that I finished in December 2019, all made with fun fabrics in my scraps. Many of these fabrics were used in many of my quilts over the last 20 years. The pattern is called Jelly Sandwich by Fons and Porter. I didn't buy the pattern; I just figured it out by watching a video. I couldn't make the link to the video work on the blog, so if you're interested, just do a Google search on "Fons and Porter Jelly Sandwich", and you'll see the video.

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August 30, 2020
Looking through things........... from Exuberant Color

 I was looking through my 30's reproduction fabrics to see if they inspired me to play with them.  This is all of the smaller scraps.  I have 2 small plastic bins with yardage which includes 2 large pieces for backings.

Here are the quilts I have made so far with these fabrics.  The Trip Around the World is about a twin size, the 2 on the left baby quilts and the one in the middle a toddler quilt.  I decided I wouldn't do anything with the fabric right now.  

I am still cutting colorwash kits for students of ...

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August 15, 2020
Searching for fabrics........... from Exuberant Color

 I started looking through the blue fabrics for setting triangle choices and saw a streaky stripe and thought that might work.  I ended up finding 4 of them.  Then I went to the pile of mottles and found the gray one on the right.

Close up of the 2 on the right.

Close up of the three on the left.

Then I thought why not take out the center seam on the 8 leftover blocks and use them to fill in the sides.  Then I just have to figure out what to do to fill in the top and bottom.

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August 13, 2020
Buying Stash Fabric from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you already know I like to buy stash fabrics for my backings and backgrounds.  When I decide to finish up a quilt top or start a project, I like to "shop" in my stash for its backing or for its background.  

And I also like to buy the fabric I stash at a really great price.

I often get emails asking me how I decide what to buy...

I recently received the order I place at Connecting Threads when they had one of their 30% off the entire order sale.  I ...

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July 31, 2020
Gifted from Sew Sunshine

A finish at last! I knew I should be spending some of my quarantine time finishing some of my UFO quilts. I started the year out so great and then you know how it went.  With some recent eye problems my great start to the year of UFO finishing was halted. I had a great opportunity to get a big quilt quilted on a longarm at my local Bernina shop so I jumped at it. 

One weekend I found this quilt top in my UFO stack and thought it would make a great graduation gift. I only had to find ...

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July 23, 2020
Fun With a Jelly Roll from Hills Creek Quilter

Here's another quilt that I finished back in December 2019, this time using a jelly roll that had been in my stash for a few years. The free pattern is Jelly Roll Twist by the Fat Quarter Shop.

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Jelly Roll Twist

backing and binding

loopy meandering
This one hasn't found a home yet, but someday.

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Who Doesn't Love a "Free" Quilt? from Hills Creek Quilter

I'm still catching up posting about quilts that I've finished in the last year, most of them from fabric that was in my stash.

This one is made using the "jelly roll race" (aka "1600 quilt") pattern, but instead of using 2 1/2-inch strips, it's made with 3-inch strips, most of which I picked up on a "free table" at one of my guild's events. I added a few fabrics from my stash, and it made a very large throw-size quilt. It now resides in a friend's house.

If you're interested in the ...

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July 19, 2020
stay home stashing from Charm About You

Grab a cuppa and hide your bank cards! This post is full of goodies amassed over the past few months, the majority of it is for specific projects and some were bought from necessity. There's some nice treats and 'just for fun' here too. I like to keep a record to refer back to (I can't tell you how often I have done that over the years) and also to remind myself what I bought things for. If you're not interested in my shopping habits, that's totally cool and you can check back next time for ...

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July 5, 2020
The Making of Tula Strings from Heart Desire Creations


There have been questions regarding how I made the Tula Strings¬†blocks and border. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at keeping notes and drawings, so I will do my best to recreate the pattern. First, I laid out the various colors of shot cottons from my stash, then pulled out coordinating Tula prints. One and one half inch strips were cut – solids and prints.

img_0062 The strips were paper pieced onto a 10 1/2″ square of paper, beginning with a solid strip in the center. Was the paper necessary?¬† For me it was because the shot cottons definitely lend ...

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June 24, 2020
Baby Quilt from Hills Creek Quilter

We added a new member to the extended family last year, so of course I had to make a quilt. I had seen something similar to this online (no pattern, just a photo), so I just drafted a pattern and used fabric from my stash/scraps. Several of the fabrics were also in the quilt that I had made for the baby's older sibling a few years ago. (see last photo in this post)

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backing and binding

Here's a shot of how I pieced the backing to match. Look closely for ...

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