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October 16, 2018
22 more blocks.......... from Exuberant Color

I decided I have to finish sewing all of the neutral 16 patches before I can start a new quilt.  I sewed 22 last night and there are parts for 6 more blocks laying on top.  I think I have 152 sewn altogether now with 30 left to sew.  I have to slice the last batch of stratas into 2.5" segments next.  Tonight is my 3 hour TV night so I should be able to finish them.

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October 14, 2018
From Tree to Shining Tree (With 3 Tips) from Gefilte Quilt

In our last installment, I showed off a commissioned tree-themed quilt. Sending it to its new owner broke my heart! It also lacked buttons. So I rapidly made the following three quilts, each about 15" square. A winter tree:

An autumnal tree (or maybe a summer citrus?)
Can you find the bra clip?
 Next: Winter again? The trunk is white.
But the leaves are green, so let's call it early spring!
The trunk is Jane Austen text so I added a metal heart charm (the text below it says "heart is really attached")...
...and a squirrel from the cake-decorating ...

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October 13, 2018
Slicing more stratas........... from Exuberant Color

I have layered 10 stratas on my cutting mat with each one lined up with a different line of the mat.

The first cut is to straighten the beginning edge.

Then I line up the ruler to make the first slice which is 1/4 of ten 16 patches.

Ready to make the second slice for all 10 blocks.  All of this info is covered in my 16 patch tutorial which is available as a PDF in the Free Resources section of my website,

I was able to get 12 blocks sewn while I watched an hour ...

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October 11, 2018
Scrap Quilt Secrets VS. Strip Quilt Secrets from Butterfly Threads

My first book, SCRAP QUILT SECRETS was developed from the questions I kept hearing during my teaching trips and workshops. I was constantly asked about my design process, and how I went about selecting my designs, fabrics and scraps to make the quilts that seem to all have my signature look. Some folks describe my style as cozy, or cheerful, or a variety of other kind compliments. But the bottom line was, the quilters I met wanted to know how I went from scrap basket to finished quilt.

So I wrote a book. That book is one I'm very ...

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Still having fun............ from Exuberant Color

I had so much fun sewing the neutral 16 patch blocks that I sliced another batch of stratas and sewed another 20 blocks last night.  So....I had 74 sewn a month ago, 24 two nights ago and 20 last night for a total of.....118 blocks.   That is all of the unique strip sets which produced 2 blocks each.  Now if I sew the rest they are duplicates of ones I have already made.  If I made just 2 more blocks I could have a 10 x 12 layout which would be 80" x 96".  Or I could keep ...

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October 10, 2018
Back to 16 patches........... from Exuberant Color

Tuesday night is a TV night for me so I needed a project that was ready to sew.  I completed 24 more blocks to add to the 74 I had previously sewn.  There are two blocks of each fabric combination.  

One more overly warm day and then we will have a big drop in temperature by tomorrow night and I'm looking forward to it.

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September 26, 2018
The Border Quilt QAL {Checkerboard Rings} from Little Bunny Quilts

I've managed to add on a few more rounds of rounds to my Border Quilt! Check out all about the quilt along on the Patterns by Jen blog!

For this section of the quilt, we added alternating checkerboard borders and background borders. You can see my first post about the quilt center here.

For my first checkerboard border, I decided to go with red and light green. The red dot is a fabric that I used for the binding of one of my Little Firecracker quilts and the green is left over from my Little Bunny Placemats and I ...

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September 12, 2018
Magazine and blocks............. from Exuberant Color

When I was in NC last month I was looking for a magazine to read on the airplane coming home.  I had seen this magazine on several blogs but it didn't interest me until I saw this issue about Louisiana.  There is a section about Anna Williams.  I first saw her quilt tops at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio around 1992.  Her friend Katherine Watts brought the tops and they hung them on the walls of the cafeteria.  If you don't know who Anna Williams - quilter is you might want to do a search and ...

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September 11, 2018
Favorite block so far........... from Exuberant Color

I thought I would just show you my favorite block so far in the 16 patches.  Actually there are 2 alike.  The brown batik is really old, back when batiks were first available in the 1990s.
On these two I just wanted to show how much variation there is in one print, the zebra stripe.  It goes from light brown to dark brown, and light gray to dark gray all in one fabric.

I counted the strips that are waiting to be sliced into parts for the 16 patches.  There will be 108 more blocks when I get them sliced ...

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September 10, 2018
Back to 16 patches.......... from Exuberant Color

I decided to scrap the project I showed yesterday and use the blocks for mug rugs.  I can't waste any more time on it.  So...I got back to sewing the neutral 16 patches and got 30 sewn last night.  I had 20 done previously so I'm at 50 total right now.  I think my plan was to make about 130 blocks but I don't know where my notes are right now.
I spent hours outside yesterday.  My son mowed the lawn and did all of the trimming around things.  I don't have a trimmer so ...

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August 30, 2018
Jungle Cruise Quilt {Great Outdoors Blog Hop with Island Batik} from Little Bunny Quilts

Today is finally my day to share as part of the Great Outdoors Blog Hop!

Let's go on an adventure -- let's go on a Jungle Cruise! This line is inspired by the wild side of nature -- featuring snakeskin prints, giraffe spots, leopard speckles, and leaves!

When I was thinking about what pattern to use with these fabrics, I thought that our new Summer Patio pattern was the perfect choice to showcase these beautiful fabrics in a fun and easy setting. I posted about the start of this quilt in July!

I had enough fabrics to make the full ...

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August 21, 2018
Commission Quilt from Butterfly Threads

I was asked to make a quilt as a wedding gift for a couple in New York. The bride's family is from India and there will be a traditional ceremony as part of the celebration. It was requested that I incorporate some traditional elements, colors and/or patterns. So I eagerly began my research...

It was so interesting to learn about the colors and styles of the region, as well as the patterns. I learned some cool things about triangles and borders. Did you know that many of the quilts have zig-zag or triangle borders to represent the mountains ...

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July 20, 2018
Lemon Squares and fabric squares from Butterfly Threads

(photo borrowed from Betty Crocker)

I hosted my bee group today and we had fun stitching and visiting as we always do. We also always have lunch together. I served a super easy Hawaiian Chicken with roasted asparagus and fresh fruit. But the best part of the meal was dessert. I made my mom's recipe for Lemon Squares and they were a huge hit. The kids were more than happy to finish off the leftovers.

Lemon Squares

Preheat oven to 350.
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, soft
1/4 confectioner sugar
Mix and press ...

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July 17, 2018
Jungle Cruise {Blog Hop Preview} from Little Bunny Quilts

As you might have see on Instagram, I am working on my own version of our Summer Patio pattern using the Jungle Cruise line from Island Batik for our August blog hop! Check back on August 28th for my finish!

The Jungle Cruise line is shipping to stores soon, and I've had a lot of fun thus far working with this line. Summer Patio is a great beginner pattern and perfect for yardage or 2.5" strips.

The pile of fabric above became these strips:

...and the strips became these blocks:

Then came more cutting for the background and ...

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June 25, 2018
"Watching Fireworks" Table Runner Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Happy Summer, 

Who loves Summer? Growing up in Minnesota Summer used to be my favorite season for many reasons. Summer meant no school, BBQ's outside, being on the lake, and bike riding with the family. Now living in Florida it feels like Summer all year round but there is still something special about Summer especially getting to celebrate July Fourth with my loved ones. My parents are coming to visit me and we plan on having a July Fourth feast so I thought I would make something special for the occasion. I think the "Watching Fireworks" Table Runner would ...

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May 23, 2018
16 patch top finished.................. from Exuberant Color

I finally turned the iron on last night and pressed the 16 patch quilt.  Some of the areas that look like a row of darker blocks are not as evident to the naked eye but sure show up in a photo.  As usual it is much prettier in person.

This is a closer view of 24 of the 64 fabrics in the quilt.  Click on the photos for a larger view.

I was able to mow the rest of the yard yesterday afternoon and then went back out for a photo shoot.  This is the whole Weigela bush.  They are ...

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May 22, 2018
Sewn but not pressed................ from Exuberant Color

I finished sewing the rest of the crosswise seams on the 16 patch quilt top but it was late so I didn't get it pressed yet and ready for its photo.

We had 1.8" of rain starting in the very early morning hours yesterday so I didn't get outside to take any photos.  I grabbed my camera late in the afternoon to try to get a photo from inside through a screen.  There was a rabbit sitting in my raised tomato bed eating my radish leaves.  He had moved out to the clover in the grass by ...

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May 21, 2018
16 patch blocks all sewn from Exuberant Color

I sewed the last 2 blocks for the 16 patch quilt and started putting the second half of the blocks on the design wall.  There are 2 more rows to go on the bottom at this point.  I did that last night but didn't take a photo.  I started sewing the rows and have all of the vertical seams done and 3 horizontal seams done.
I played a little more with the floral colorwash that I showed yesterday.  I'm experimenting with using plainer prints with bolder color at the edges.

Here is a group of 5 plants that ...

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May 19, 2018
One block short................ from Exuberant Color

This is one block each of 31 different pairs of fabric.  There are 2 blocks alike of each combination that will be in the finished quilt.  I thought I was done cutting and had all that I needed but I need 63 blocks and I only have 62 made.  There is a flaw on one block so I will be able to eliminate it as I make 2 blocks with another combination of fabrics.
I decided to just buy the 2 hanging baskets already made up this year.  They were so pretty I couldn't resist them.

My pink Columbine ...

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May 18, 2018
Planting and sewing............ from Exuberant Color

I only sewed a few of the strip sets for the 16 patch quilt since I didn't start sewing until 9 p.m.  I went out at 7 p.m. to plant red Impatiens along my driveway where the bushes were pulled out.  It was almost dark at 8:30 so I had to quit then.
I have more buds on my Peonies than I did last year.  They must have liked our winter.

The Weigela should be in full bloom today.  It is just loaded with buds again.  The pale pink one has a couple blooms but not ...

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