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November 14, 2021
Finished! Blue facets from Fabric Engineer

A few months ago I asked any of my close friends if they'd like a quilt.  One of the guys in the group loves quilts, so his wife asked that I make one for his birthday.  We ended up with a blue version of Christa Watson's Facets.


This was such a fun quilt to make!  Usually I made a quilt and am happy to not make it again (with a few exceptions), but this could easily be one of those exceptions!  Making the crumb triangles was relaxing.  It took quite a while and made quite a mess, but ...

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October 26, 2021
Playing............... from Exuberant Color

I couldn't seem to concentrate on any one project yesterday.  I baked chocolate chip cookies and used almost all of my flour so I ended up grocery shopping and stocking up on things I will need in the next 2 months.

Last night I played with the squares made from quarter square triangles.  I mentioned a couple days ago that I might save them to use as spacers in a Kaffe orphan block quilt.  I had to check them out in a couple layouts though.

Ohio Star is always a nice block and would use up a big stack ...

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October 24, 2021
Under the needle............. from Exuberant Color

I spent some time on the layout of Coneflower 2 yesterday and last night started sewing it together.  I just have 3 long seams left to sew.  It looks so pretty all piled up there.

I sorted all of the 4" quarter square triangles into colors and values.  These are all cut from scraps a couple months ago.  I started sewing some of them together yesterday morning.  No project in mind but they might be used as fillers in a Kaffe orphan block quilt top.

We're supposed to get a lot of rain today and tomorrow.  Our trees and ...

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October 21, 2021
Working on the "other" projects............ from Exuberant Color

I wasn't ready to take the Bear Paw blocks off the design wall yet so I got out the dust mop and cleaned up all of the dust bunnies so I could use the floor for photos.  This older project is sewn together now and is in the 40" x 64" range right now.  I have lots of the fabrics that are in it so I could add borders.  I'll think about this for awhile.

Here are the true colors in that one.  It looks like a fall quilt and it does have rust and beige in it ...

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October 20, 2021
20 blocks........... from Exuberant Color

I made blocks 18, 19 and 20 yesterday and worked on the layout last night.  I keep forgetting to bring an extra light upstairs to brighten the bottom of the design wall.

I sewed block #18 while the 2 plumber guys were in my basement installing my new water heater. 

I decided to put blue long rectangles in this block with the olive green.  It is one of my favorite blocks. #19 (bottom row, right corner)

I got #20 sewn last night and then I worked on the layout for about an hour.  Half of the blocks have light rectangles ...

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October 19, 2021
Just pieces and parts........... from Exuberant Color

I cut more pieces for the remaining 3 Bear Paw blocks and did some auditioning.  I think this one is working so I will sew it.

I found a nice olive green print for the large squares of another block and this brown print has some green in it.  The corners are many shades of olive green and I'm not sure I'll use it.  I may want light corners.  To be determined at a later time.

I started cutting down and digging out the remaining Rose of Sharon bushes on the north side of my house.  My son ...

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October 17, 2021
Bear Paw blocks 16 and 17......... from Exuberant Color

I am down to slim pickings in the precut pieces for the Bear Paw blocks.  This is the first block with the four larger squares all different.

This block is a bright one.  I need to press the last 5 blocks now and work on a layout. That will give me some idea what color and value the last 3 blocks need to be.

I mowed the grass yesterday, the first time since September 10th.  I mowed twice in beginning of August.  It has been very dry since the middle of August and there was as much brown grass as ...

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October 16, 2021
Bear Paw progress.............. from Exuberant Color

I really like this Bear Paw block.  The fabric in the long rectangles is one of my favorite gold fabrics.  It's a fairly large print but cuts up nicely.

This gives me 12 blocks if I want to stop there.

Since I still had so many pieces already cut I made some more blocks.  I can either make the quilt larger or choose the best 12 for a smaller quilt.

I haven't pressed these last 3 blocks yet so the corners are curling.  I love the print in the large squares in this one.

This one wouldn't ...

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October 15, 2021
Two more........... from Exuberant Color

I really like this block with more green in it.  I haven't put it up on the wall with the rest of the blocks yet.

This block doesn't have as much contrast as some of the others.  I rotated the 2 one way prints instead of having them all facing the same direction.

Each block is its own little masterpiece and a little of that gets lost when they all go together in a quilt.  For me the fabric is the star so I'm enjoying each block as I go.

We got another .65" of rain yesterday ...

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October 14, 2021
Partial blocks............. from Exuberant Color

I got more triangles cut and also cut a couple new prints in the large squares.  I don't have enough pieces cut that please me to finish the blocks so I will be doing more cutting.  I'll have a lot of leftover cut pieces but those will go into the boxes of like sizes.

I'm getting more green into this block but still have rust and gold too.  We are expecting more rain this morning so I'll have time to sew.  We got .7" of rain yesterday and my new bushes are loving it.  Outdoor clean ...

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October 12, 2021
Bear Paw block 9 and all 9 together................. from Exuberant Color

Here is a bright block to add to the pack.  I really need to cut some more pieces but I was determined to make one more block from the pieces already cut.

I'm going to add in more green and blue and one turquoise for sure.  I pressed some more fabrics so I can do some cutting today.

This is my most recent Bear Paw quilt that I finished in March this year.  Every block has the traditional light and dark value placement.  On my fall color blocks I have to decide if I'll stop at 12 blocks ...

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October 11, 2021
A little green........... from Exuberant Color

It isn't obvious in the photo but the print in the large squares has green in it as does the little square in the center.  The claw triangles in this Bear Paw block are assorted brown prints (scrappy).  I carried a pile of pieced parts to the basement to press them but got sidetracked by another project.  I need a new water heater so I'm working on cleaning out that area of the basement so I can have a window open while they install it.  That area has needed a good vacuuming for awhile too.

We got another ...

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October 10, 2021
Bear Paw blocks 6 and 7................ from Exuberant Color

I found a brown print with blue in it so I could add a blue print into a bear paw block.

I hadn't used rust in the claw part of the bear paw block yet so I made one block like that yesterday.  It took some concentration to get all of the little zebras in the light print facing the same direction.

I found 2 brown prints with green in them so I will be adding some green fabrics soon.

I was outside pulling weeds out of my new grass areas and noticed the Sedum blooms are drying up ...

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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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October 8, 2021
Block number 3............. from Exuberant Color

Bear Paw block number three is sewn.  I love the leaf print in the large squares.  I think I have a little piece of every color that it came in.

Then I switched to working on the older project.  There was one panel sewn about 20 years ago so I'm continuing to piece panels the same size.  There are 4 of them on the design wall.

I moved the left panel to the top right in this photo.  

This is all of the rest of the parts that are sewn.  There are lots more of the triangle fabrics already ...

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October 7, 2021
Third time is a charm.............. from Exuberant Color

On my third try I found the perfect brown for the claws on this Bear Paw block.  The other 2 choices just weren't quite right.

The first two blocks are sewn.....

...and I started working on a layout of a third block.

First finish for October.

I'm having a hard time getting a straight on shot of this Floral Colorwash #7.  This was the best one.

For my own record I'm trying to keep track of the backing fabrics that I have used.  This quilt is about 30" square.

While the design wall was empty and the ...

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October 5, 2021
A little progress on 2.......... from Exuberant Color

I sewed the second section of this older project.  It is still in 2 pieces.  I need to sew a duplicate of both to be turned upside down and put above these.  Then all of the rest of the pieces will be added to the sides to make it wider.  Right now it is 32" square.

I die cut more pieces for the Bear Paw blocks.  Now I need to concentrate on cutting the triangles so I will have more variety to work with.

I changed thread on my machine to match the binding for the colorwash so I'll ...

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October 4, 2021
Working on three............ from Exuberant Color

I steam pressed the colorwash wallhanging from the back side and then trimmed it.  I found a binding fabric and cut the hanging sleeve.  Now there is no excuse for not finishing it.

Next I decided to sew the half square triangle for the Bear Paw block that I was happy with.

The claw part of the block is sewn so I might as well go ahead and sew some more.

And now the first block is sewn.

I think I'm going to change out some parts on the other Bear Paw block so it remains on the design ...

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September 29, 2021
Finally focused................ from Exuberant Color

It took me a couple days after all of the packages were mailed to get focused on what needs to be done.  Since yesterday was a cooler day between 2 hot days it was time to get outside.  I planted 4 of the Sedums (that were in pots) along the front left side of my house.  They don't look like much now because they were all parts of plants but they should look good next year.

In the morning I went to the back garden and checked on the Sedums that I transplanted out there in May.  The blooms ...

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August 27, 2021
Quarter square triangles.......... from Exuberant Color

I managed to procrastinate one more day for sewing on the Matrix borders.  Yesterday turned out to be grocery shopping day, 2 places.  I went early to one, then a zoom call, and then the second place.  With the lack of rain I spent some time watering plants and bushes.

I have been cutting quarter square triangles from scraps and sorted all of the pink/red/orange ones.

I will use some in the Kaffe orphan block quilt I started to plan here.  Everything has blue, lavender, red and pink in it and I will stay with that theme.

This ...

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