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October 18, 2021
Not quite done........... from Exuberant Color

I didn't spend a lot of time on the layout yesterday.  The only thing I decided was that I need another blue accent in a block.

Since I didn't have any more Bear Paw blocks ready to sew I pressed the sewn stratas for the 16 patches and sliced the segments and sewed 20 blocks, these 10 and their duplicates.

I noticed my Viburnum bush was changing color so I grabbed my camera.  My little 4 year old neighbor girl was following me around and chatting with me.

The contrast is so pretty between the rose color leaves ...

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October 9, 2021
Bear Paws 4 and 5.............. from Exuberant Color

The Bear Paw block is a traditional block from many many years ago.  It is not Bear Claw.  There is no such pattern by that name in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Quilt Blocks and she has done extensive research.  In her book it is Bear's Paw not Bear Paw as I have been calling it but my way is easier to type.  Here is block 4.  I could have used muslin for the light fabric or a flat tone on tone but I like action in my prints.

Block 5 is made with very saturated colors and has ...

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September 22, 2021
40 blocks............. from Exuberant Color

I realized as I was sewing blocks last night that 3 of the mottled batik blocks could be used to fill in the last 3 spots.  I may still make some new blocks if I think I need a different combinations somewhere.

There was only one seam left on the 37 duplicate blocks so I got them all sewn while watching 3 hours of TV.

Now I need to move all of the blocks to a larger double design wall to determine the layout.  This might wait for a couple days while I finish up the behind the scenes part ...

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September 21, 2021
Almost to the half way mark............... from Exuberant Color

I have 37 blocks made now and have decided to go with 80 blocks.  I have the 37 duplicate blocks partially sewn and now I need to decide what is needed for the last 6 strips of fabric.  There are 3 FBI shows on TV tonight so that should be enough time to finish all of the rest of the blocks.

Can you believe I still have scraps left after all that I sold at my last pop-up shop?  I will have several bags of them in my pop-up shop that will open at noon ET on Thursday for people ...

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September 20, 2021
27 blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

I got 10 more blocks sewn last night and have 27 duplicates ready to sew tonight.  I have 10 more strip sets ready to press and cut for the final blocks.

I worked on more packs of fabric for my pop-up shop which we are hoping to open on Thursday this week.  Dots were one category and Moda fabrics by Sandy Gervais and Brannock and Patek were another bunch I got processed.  Also Asian themed fabric.

I'm still working on more batik scrap packs, both strips and small pieces.

We are planning on just a 2 day shop this ...

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September 19, 2021
17 blocks.............. from Exuberant Color

I have no idea if I'm on the right path for my recreation of Autumn Coneflowers but I don't mind having extra blocks that I don't use.

Monday night there are 2 new NCIS shows on TV so I'll sew a lot more blocks then.

Below is the photo of the original Autumn Coneflowers so I can see it with the blocks I have already made.  I'm not shooting for an exact recreation, just a general feel of it.


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September 17, 2021
Grouping and sewing............. from Exuberant Color

In my quest to reduce my stash to the fabrics I really use (or want to use) my next group to work with was novelty and kid prints.  I had fun grouping fabrics that work well together or have the same theme.  The leftovers went into miscellaneous packs.  This is one bunch that will be offered in my pop-up shop next week.  All of it is quilt shop quality because I worked at and was buyer of fabric for the store.

Then I worked on the Autumn Coneflower 2 blocks.  I cut the 2 strip pieces in half and sewed ...

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September 16, 2021
My reward............ from Exuberant Color

My reward for spending all day with my camera and computer was taking time to sew together the first 12 blocks of the mottled fabrics.  I'm really liking this and think I might like to make a bed size quilt out of this.  I have another 12 duplicate blocks to sew before I make some new ones.

Here they are again as strip sets.  It's amazing how they change when they become 16 patch blocks.

We are enjoying some beautiful weather again for 2 or 3 days.  The forecast to the end of the month is warmer than ...

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September 14, 2021
One or two?................. from Exuberant Color

I got 5 more strip sets made for the Autumn Coneflowers 2 quilt.  This gives me enough to make a total of 72 blocks and I will need a minimum of 63 or a maximum of 80, all depending on what happens at the design wall.

But why work on just one new quilt when I could be working on two.  I have been working on another pop-up shop for the end of next week and one of the offerings will be the mottled batiks.  While I was pressing and cutting for the packs I cut a 2.5" strip ...

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September 13, 2021
Continued from yesterday.......... from Exuberant Color

A new episode of The Chase was on last night so I got 7 more sets of 2 strips sewn for the new 16 patch quilt while I watched it.

I keep going back in my photo archive and looking at photos of the first Autumn Coneflower 16 patch quilt top that I made to see what is missing in combinations for the blocks.  I decided I needed more orange and purple.  I think I might need a couple reds too.  When I make my quilts I don't plan anything in advance and all of the surprises and victories ...

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September 12, 2021
Therapy sewing................... from Exuberant Color

I needed some mindless therapy sewing after working on other things all day yesterday. I pulled batik 2.5" strips out of my cut stash.  I started cutting these stash strips in 2009 and add to it on a regular basis.  I made a 16 patch quilt top in these colors in 2013 and traded it as payment for a bill.  I always loved it and thought I might try to recreate it.

Last night I got 24 sets of 2 strips sewn together.  This will only make 48 blocks and the minimum I need is 63 blocks.  Here is ...

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September 7, 2021
Second finish for September 2021.............. from Exuberant Color

I finished hand stitching the binding last night on this Kaffe collective 16 patch baby quilt.  It is 39" x 47" before washing.

The Cloud backing is also a Kaffe Fassett fabric.  The binding is the pastel Pencils fabric.

I was cleaning out a box in the basement and found the pattern for the 22" soft sculpture dolls which were popular in the early 1980s.  One of my employees gave a class on making them at my quilt shop.  In another box I still have some of the stretchy fabric for making them and I think there might even be ...

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August 5, 2021
Eat dessert first.......... from Exuberant Color

It was the last day that was going to be cool enough to bake something so I made the rhubarb cake I like so well.  I got the recipe off the internet and there were several to choose from.  Now I have some sweets in the freezer for the hot days that I can't bake.   And yes I did eat dessert first....

I finished sewing the 16 patch baby quilt top but it isn't pressed yet.  All of the fabrics are Kaffe collective and the backing will be the Kaffe cloud fabric.  I have 6 1/2 yards ...

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August 4, 2021
Puzzle Box Free Quilt Pattern Download from Quiltnotes All Blogs

 I was attempting to organize my large pile of scraps and one of the categories I made was width of fabric pieces. These pieces range from 3" to 17" in length. I decided to cut everything into 2-1/2" strips and start making scrap quilt from the strips.

This is Puzzle Box by Christa Watson. Christa's company is Christa Quilts.  I have made several quilts using this pattern. Here is one I made for a veteran.

The pattern uses 2-1/2" x Width Of Fabric (WOF) strips and is a great way to use scraps. You will need 80 ...

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August 3, 2021
30 blocks...................... from Exuberant Color

It took me until 3:30 to get all of the pop-up shop purchases boxed up and delivered to the post office yesterday.  The weather has been nice again for a few days.  It's too bad we are going back to 90s again over the weekend.

Last night I sewed the other 15 blocks and put all 30 up on the design wall.  I didn't think I liked the combinations when I had only 15 blocks done but now I like it.  I might do a little more rearranging of blocks before I sew them.  This will be ...

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August 2, 2021
15 blocks............... from Exuberant Color

The first 15 sixteen patch blocks are made for the baby quilt.  The next 15 will be duplicates.  It's a little darker than I thought it would be and very blue/green.  I might look through the box of strips again and maybe this will turn into 2 quilts.

My pop-up shop closes today at 12 noon EDT so if you want one last look click here.  I sold 2 more quilt tops yesterday, Yay!!  That is now 5 quilts that I won't have to finish (which makes me very happy!).  There are still 3 left if anyone ...

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July 28, 2021
No decision on border yet............... from Exuberant Color

I have the Economy block quilt top on a design wall in the basement and I went down and looked at the border choices a few times and I like them both so the decision is hard.  I decided to go ahead and work on something else while I think about it.  Several months ago I went through all of the 2.5" Kaffe collective strips that I cut many years ago and pulled a lot of the low volume strips.  I was planning on making a 16 patch baby quilt with them so I paired the strips and started ...

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March 15, 2021
Cozy Living with Soften The Volume Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Happy Friday, makers! 

The weekend is almost here and if you haven’t already, this is a friendly reminder to take a moment and breathe. Life can get a little crazy sometimes, and I believe it’s really important to find time for yourself and have some quality time with your sewing machine. Today, I’m excited to show you something new on the table, that brings me right into my happy place- low volume fabrics. If you’re not sure what that is, let me explain… they are usually white, cream, neutral fabrics that have subtle designs. You may ...

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February 21, 2021
Strip piecing update............. from Exuberant Color

On February 5th I showed this photo of some strip piecing pieces and parts that I made back in 2015 and 2016.  I promised I would show the rest of my strip pieced parts that are larger and were stored in a different place.  All of these smaller pieces have been trimmed into straight strips.

These larger pieces are not trimmed yet.  Four of them are about 21" long and one is longer than those.  All of these are batik the same as the smaller pieces in the photo above.  I thought about using some of these for zipper pouches ...

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February 19, 2021
Low Volume Quick Quilt from From My Carolina Home

These pretty pastels were part of a box of fabrics that a friend of mine was destashing. I thought they were lovely, soft and perfect for a little quilt for charity.

I originally planned to write this up for a guest blogger post for another blogging event, but I changed my mind and decided to show it here. I actually started it a couple of weeks ago during a Zoom Virtual Retreat.

This is an easy and fast way to put together a quilt top, just sew long width of fabric strips together in any width you want. These are ...

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