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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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May 17, 2018
Cutting and gardening.............. from Exuberant Color

A friend came over to sew yesterday and while she was here I was pressing fabric and cutting for 3 quilts.  Here are the next 9 pairs for my 16 patch quilt.  I still have 5 pairs to cut.

Later in the afternoon my granddaughter came over to help me with some digging.  One of the projects was to dig out the huge hosta here and pull apart the sections.  I gave her 2 large sections and put the third one back in the same spot.  Now I can see bare ground around it.  Before it was overlapping all of ...

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May 16, 2018
A beautiful day............... from Exuberant Color

It was a nice day to work outside yesterday.  First I mowed the grass until my battery in the mower died.  I think I will need to replace batteries this year.  I buy 2 batteries and my son wires them together and they go into the case that fits the mower.  It is less expensive than buying the battery from a dealer and since there is no dealer close to me this works best.

Then I planted 2 of the pots for my porch.  The one on the table was done a couple days ago.
Here is a better shot ...

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May 15, 2018
A little sewing............... from Exuberant Color

I decided I needed to do some outside work yesterday.  I planted one pot with all pansies and dug up a volunteer Red Penstemon yesterday afternoon.  I went out and pulled weeds later in the evening.  We had some severe thunderstorm warnings last night so after sewing the 6 strip sets shown here I decided I needed to unplug my sewing machine and didn't end up going back to iron them.  I just knitted some on a dishcloth while I waited for the storm to pass.

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May 14, 2018
15 blocks............ from Exuberant Color

I got a few of the blocks sewn for my new 16 patch quilt.  The fabrics were cut when I cut this quilt.  It is going to be a lot lighter than I expected but I like it.  This is 15 out of 63 blocks.

I have a tutorial (downloadable PDF) on the free resources page on my website.  All seams are going in opposite directions as you join the blocks into a quilt top if you follow my directions.  

I have 7 more blocks here ready to sew and many strips ready to sew together.  I have to cut ...

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May 13, 2018
Happy Mother's Day................... from Exuberant Color

Finally I spent a little time at the sewing machine.  This is strata ready to be pressed and sliced to make 16 patches.  I didn't get any of the other fabrics cut that I showed yesterday.

My son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter came over yesterday and gave me the best Mother's Day present - their time.  My son changed light bulbs and hung the new mini blinds in my studio.  The old folded shades were 32 years old and the strings had broken in 2 of them in the last 6 months.
The old folded shades were light gray but ...

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April 16, 2018
Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Feature - City Lights Quilt from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Everyone, 

Have you seen  Love Patchwork & Quilting's new look? Their new cover layout is so fresh and modern and we always can't wait to dive into the newest issue as soon as it arrives. Issue 59 is their latest issue and we are so honored to have one of our quilt designs featuring City Loft Fusions displayed on the cover! The power of strip piecing comes to life in the City Lights quilt pattern! In this striking geometric quilt design we played around with large strip pieced 20 1/2" blocks, sewing them together to form amazing ...

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April 12, 2018
Blocked Rainbow QAL {Week #2 - Orange Churn Dashes} from Little Bunny Quilts

Welcome to Week #2 of the Blocked Rainbow QAL!

I have loved seeing everyone's pinwheel blocks on Facebook and Instagram! Gina was the winner of our Week 1 pattern giveaway hosted by The Inquiring Quilter! Gina is doing a super scrappy version of the quilt with a grey background!

Let's get back to business and make some churn dashes. This week we're making smaller HSTs than last week and doing some strip piecing.

Thirty (30) 3 inch orange squares
Thirty (30) 3 inch background squares
Four (4) 1.5 inch x WOF orange strips
Four ...

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February 15, 2018
Susan’s Stack and Flip Rainbow Quilt from Quilted Joy

Bright and colorful quilts just make me smile, so when Susan’s quilt walked in the door it really brightened my day!

Who doesn't love a rainbow quilt? Susan brought me this adorable Stack and Flip quilt in rainbow colors for some simple meander quilting. And when you have an awesome Millie 30 it's super easy to quilt!

Don’t you just love all those colors? Like I said, I’m all smiles just looking at it.

Who doesn't love a rainbow quilt? Susan brought me this adorable Stack and Flip quilt in rainbow colors for some simple meander quilting. And when you have an awesome Millie 30 it's super easy to quilt!

Susan said this is the Stack and Flip quilt from Missouri Star Company. Doesn’t it look like a quick and fun project you could easily finish in an afternoon? And what an adorable way to use up a jelly roll!

APQS Millie 30 Longarm Quilting Machine has a 30" throat space and lots of room for quilting!

Susan prefers to keep her quilting simple and requested a wide open meander for the quilting. I loaded ...

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January 10, 2018
Creative Time Bomb: Sort your Stash from Gefilte Quilt

How do you organize your quilting fabric? Creating categories not only makes fabrics easier to find, but can also jump-start future creations. Here are my categories, jammed into 8 small shelves plus 3 plastic boxes:

1. Human and human-like entities (including cyborgs, smiley faces, plus the occasional human underwear):

2. Food and beverages:
3. Animals, real, extinct and imagined:
4. Inedible, inanimate objects, including florals and geometrics:
5. Blue and green solids and monochrome prints, not including skies, but including lakes, rivers and oceans...
...and green leaves (Unless the leaves are edible - the fabric on the lower right looks like ...

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January 8, 2018
First top sewn in 2018...... from Exuberant Color

The neutral 16 patch top is sewn and is about 48" x 64".  I think this photo shows the colors the best of all of the photos I have taken so far.

You can see how the camera wants to wash out the colors with a straight on view.  Probably something half way between these 2 photos is what it looks like in daylight.

You can see there is a lot of color in some of the fabrics too.

This is one of my favorite blocks.

While I was at it I knitted a neutral dishcloth too from 3 partial ...

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January 7, 2018
All blocks completed........ from Exuberant Color

I decided on 48 blocks and completed the last batch last night.  Here they are with the 2 blocks in it with the gold checked fabric that I wasn't sure about.

And here it is with those two blocks replaced.  This is more of the look I was after.  There is one combination with a muted purple, several with dull greens and at least one with blue in it.  The rest are neutrals.

This is the view from my sewing machine in the main floor studio.

I sewed all of the vertical seams and 5 of the cross seams ...

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January 6, 2018
4 blocks to go.......................... from Exuberant Color

I made 14 new blocks and then sewed the duplicate blocks of the 15 blocks I showed yesterday.  I need to make 2 more combinations for 4 more blocks.  The bottom 4 rows are the same as the top 4 rows except reversed from right to left.

I pulled these possibilities for the last two combinations.

Last night was the last of double digits below zero for us.  It is supposed to get up in the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday.  We haven't seen warmth like that for a long time.

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January 5, 2018
Making some blocks............ from Exuberant Color

After I finished all of the chores of the day I sliced the 16 patch stratas that I had sewn the night before.  There are 2 blocks from each strata.

I sewed one of each of the blocks.  The contrast is a little higher than I thought it was going to be.  I'm not sure I like the one with the gold check in the top row but I'll wait until I have the other 9 stratas sewn and blocks made before I make a decision to take anything out.

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January 4, 2018
Switching to neutral............ from Exuberant Color

I did a lot of die cutting on a project and some laundry yesterday and didn't have anything to sew last night.  I went to my 5 drawer chest of 2.5" batik strips and pulled out  bunch of fairly neutral strips.  I'm going to make a 16 patch quilt with them.
Here is the next batch to sew.  This quilt will go great in a room with gray or beige as the theme.  It will just be a couch throw.  I get all kinds of ideas for other projects while I am sewing a no brainer project.

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