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July 7, 2020
I love 16 patch quilts.............. from Exuberant Color

As I searched through my archives I found twenty 16 patch quilt tops and finished quilts that I have made in the last 7 years.  I have used it as a therapy type sewing through difficult times and as a joyful sewing when I am excited about a group of fabrics.  What is different about my 16 patch quilts?  The huge amount of different fabrics that I use in each one of them.    If there are 80 blocks in the quilt, there are usually close to 80 different fabrics.

In my pop-up shop there are 2 quilt tops, a throw ...

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July 5, 2020
Lazy day........... from Exuberant Color

Last night I was trying to figure out what I did all day.  I remember I did a load of laundry, went out to take garden photos, .................couldn't think of anything I did all afternoon.  I went out last early evening and pulled out a bunch of bind weed and Goldenrod, cut down volunteer trees.  I sewed the 4 blocks above while I tried to remember anything else I had done.  I think I must have spent a few hours on the computer which I think is equal to sitting in a chair and reading a book.  

The centers ...

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June 27, 2020
Easy sewing............. from Exuberant Color

I had a hard time getting started doing anything yesterday.  We had some rain in the morning and then stronger storms in the late afternoon.  My rain gauge had 3/4" of rain in it.  

I was going through all of my cutaway strips strips yesterday.  They are the crooked portion I cut away on my batiks before I make the cuts for a project.  I decided to sew a few blocks.  They will go with the blocks in this post eventually.  I have 69 sewn right now and will make more off and on until I come up with ...

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May 26, 2020
Finishing day............. from Exuberant Color

Since it was hot and humid I decided to work in the cool basement.  First I finished this 16 patch quilt top and pressed it and did the staystitching around the perimeter.  It is 56" x 71.5", all batik fabrics.

Then I chose a binding fabric for the one I just quilted and got the strips cut and sewn end to end.

I was on a roll so why not finish it too.  I think the binding fabric looks great with both the front and back.

I finished it about 10 p.m. but decided to wait until today ...

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May 24, 2020
A little sewing, reading and weeding......... from Exuberant Color

We only got a couple very short rainy periods yesterday so I got out twice to pull or dig weeds.  I did start sewing the jewel tone 16 patch together but spent more time reading than sewing.  I'm at the end of a book and it is hard to put it down.
Another variety of hardy geranium is starting to bloom.  A few star flowers are in there too.

The white flowers start out with bright green grassy areas and when the grass starts to die down the flowers bloom.  As much of a spreading nuisance as it is ...

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May 23, 2020
Another layout.......... from Exuberant Color

I added some of the darkest yellows back in and sewed the new blocks (fabrics shown yesterday) so there was a little more orange.  7 x 9 is the layout I had planned, 56" x 72".  I have enough leftover blocks to make it 7 x 10 but am not sure I will add them.  I see I have one block turned sideways (top row, 4th from the left).
I did some weeding, filled the bird feeders and bird bath and then took some photos.  I rarely find 2 Jack-in-the-Pulpit flowers so close to each other.  They are surrounded by ...

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May 22, 2020
Playing with jewels....... from Exuberant Color

I haven't pressed my jewel 16 patch blocks yet but decided to take one of each and put them on the design wall.  Here they are loosely grouped by color.

Then while I was watching "who wants to be a millionaire" I added some of the duplicate blocks and mixed up the colors.

Then I removed the lighter yellows and added more duplicate blocks.  The difference between this photo and what I see when I am in the room with this is all of the wonderful texture created by the designs in the fabrics.  You lose that totally in ...

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May 21, 2020
64 jewel tone blocks........ from Exuberant Color

The last batch of jewel tone 16 patch blocks are done.  Now I need to press all 64 of them so I can start designing with them.

The purple blocks are buried in the piles but all jewel tone colors are included.

I mowed the grass yesterday, 55 minutes.  The grass was really tall so I had to set my blade higher.  Then I went to the hardware store and got 3 more tomato cages and got them put in place.  

Prioritize...... a word that of course I had heard before but somehow it hit me that I was not ...

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May 20, 2020
More jewel tone blocks............. from Exuberant Color

18 new blocks add to the stack of jewel tone 16 patch blocks.  There are 10 more to sew later today.

I know you think I sew on a pristine clean sewing cabinet.  Here is the real truth, a notebook with my lists of quilts awaiting quilting, blocks finished the last 2 days, a tub of yellow, black and white batiks for more crazy pieced blocks, 2 Kaffe books for research, a couple new masks and a pile of pieces for more of them, a few yards of elastic.  I can only dream of a totally clean surface.  It doesn ...

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May 19, 2020
17 blocks................. from Exuberant Color

The next batch of jewel tone 16 patch blocks were completed yesterday.  There are 2 each of the 6 shown here.  I now have 34 blocks complete for this quilt.

I decided to sew some blocks in the solids and print series.  I sewed 5 star blocks to add to the 17 finished that were in the box.  I have all of the solid color triangles cut for the rest of the blocks.  Now I just need to find the print fabrics I want to add.

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May 18, 2020
Jewel tone 16 patch blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

I may have overdone it a little Saturday digging holes and hands and knees planting.  I was pretty stiff and sore and took it easy yesterday.  My Fitbit said I fell asleep immediately and slept 6.5 hours before I woke up the first time.
I sliced all of the 16 block stratas and started sewing blocks.  First up was the turquoise, blue and purple group.  The green batch is laying on my sewing table for the next session.
This is the Hardy Geranium plant that got flattened last year by the hail pile that came off the corner of ...

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May 15, 2020
Strip Piecing and Geometrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

One of the things that I enjoy the most about quilting is the endless possibilities, how versatile and improvisational it can be.
There are some easy techniques that can lead you to amazing creations. Having this in mind I decided to show how easy it could be to use strip piecing to create different patchy patterns that you can implement for any type of project.

Pillows, pouches, tote bags, garments, quilt blocks, patches, wall arts, coasters, etc.

The more creative you get the more interesting your project will be. The fabric contrast is very important to end up with astonishing ...

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May 12, 2020
Rolling Hills from Jean's Quilting Page

I recently made the Rolling Hills quilt by Miss Winnie Designs. I loved the ease of putting it together piece by piece. I loved that it used a jelly roll and a background. So simple. I recently had it quilted by my friend, Michael. He is a master at machine quilting and chose this gorgeous design for the empty places on the quilt. 

I need to get some better pix of the whole quilt now that it's quilted. It was too windy when I finished it and keep forgetting to take it outside when it's not windy or ...

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May 11, 2020
16 patch roundup........... from Exuberant Color

I might have made a 16 patch quilt before 2013 but that is the year I that I made several of them mainly as therapy when my dad was in his last months of life.  It is a pattern I have come to love and I will probably make many more of them.  Some were just one color: orange, purple, pink, blue; some were 2 color pink and green (2 of them in this collage, 1 in the collage below) and red and purple.  Two in this collage are African fabrics with black as the alternate fabric in the 16 ...

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May 8, 2020
Sewing the long seams.......... from Exuberant Color

I forgot to take a photo of the final layout until after I started sewing rows together.
In this photo all of the rows have been sewn together and now I'm sewing the long crosswise seams.

It was getting late so I quit after 3 rows were sewn together.  I'll finish it today.

I got my order of black 1/8" elastic and I ended up making 9 masks yesterday.

These are the Redbuds that planted themselves along my driveway several years ago.  That is my neighbor's garbage can.  I didn't figure I could ask him ...

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On the design wall........... from Exuberant Color

This is the first layout and I can already see areas that need to be changed.  I will be playing with the layout today and hopefully be ready to sew it together by tonight.
Here is the same scene as yesterday's photo only its sunny in this one.  I need to get out and take a photo across the whole backyard today.

I made 6 more masks.  I think I'll just stay on this routine of 6 a day so it doesn't become a chore.

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May 6, 2020
16 patches all afternoon and evening.......... from Exuberant Color

I have 34 more 16 patches sewn for the African and solids quilt.  I had decided to add one more row in both directions so I needed more than the 21 predicted in an earlier post.  Now they just need a final press and they will go to the design wall.
It was a rainy day yesterday so I took a photo of the pink and green backyard from the kitchen window looking south.

I made 6 more masks Monday.  The second from the right is made with denim from a pair of lightweight jeans.  I gave that one to ...

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May 4, 2020
Sewing and yard work....... from Exuberant Color

I cut more strips of African fabric to go with the solid color strips that were already cut for the quilt I showed yesterday.  I sewed some of them last night and hope to finish today and get some more blocks up on the design wall.

I was out pulling out old stalks of weeds and flowers yesterday.  It was cloudy in the morning and when I walked by the Lungwort it was the most brilliant shade of blue.  The camera however refuses to capture it again.  It is strange because in my quilts the photos have a blue cast ...

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May 3, 2020
Alternate blocks............... from Exuberant Color

Finally I took the 16 patches made with African fabrics and solids to the basement double design wall.  I had intended to use several different large prints as the alternate blocks but ended up cutting them all from the same fabric.
This is the fabric that I cut.  It is folded in half here so what you see is about 21" wide by over a yard in length.  I will rearrange the alternate blocks once I have all of the 16 patches pieced and on the wall. I need to make about 21 more of them.

The Redbud trees are ...

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April 28, 2020
Bubble Up Lap Quilt in the making from Quilting & Learning

It's almost done! I've been wanting to make another lap quilt for our love seats in our living room to keep Chevy cosy and the seats relatively dog hair free.

Bubble Up Lap Quilt - Where two spirals meet

Bubble Up fabric strips
Bubble Up fabric strips
The day that I heard that Quilty Pleasures, our local quilt shop, was not an essential service, and would have to close to customer traffic, I rushed out and supported the shop

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