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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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July 17, 2021
Sewing to keep calm… from Quilting Studio Adventures

 Moving is stressful.  Leaving a house after 35 years is stressful.  The actual moving process is stressful.  Lining up proper documentation is stressful.  None of this is distress - it’s all eustress.  Nevertheless it’s stress.  So of course I have to sew.

The fabrics from Ben's quilt - Japanese linen canvas - do not play well with other cottons, so these are the leftovers.  This Trip around the World pattern is one of my favorites and one I do on automatic pilot.  It’s hard to see the middle navy border next to the brown, but you work with what ...

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February 8, 2021
Trip Around the World debut............. from Exuberant Color

The Kaffe collective Trip Around the World is debuting as a finished top.  I started sewing the stratas almost a year ago and they were pressed and ready to continue for many months.  I finally got tired of moving them around from place to place and started the designing process.   It is 58.5" x 77.5" right now.

Here is a close up of all of the fabrics in it.

 After I finished that I cut 6 more Crossed Canoe blocks and sewed them.  Some of the fabrics are repeats that I used in previous blocks and 5 are ...

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February 7, 2021
Playing around............. from Exuberant Color

I got one section of 10 rows and another section of 5 rows sewn together yesterday.  I have 4 more rows to sew and then join all of the sections.  I could have finished it yesterday but I decided to bake shortbread cookies instead.

I'm still cutting up some leftovers from the setting triangles on the warm color Kaffe 16 patch quilt.  I made 2 test blocks cut with the LeMoyne star die.

Round 2 of cactus blooming is starting now.  This is a champagne color plant that I bought last year.

It has about a dozen buds.  I ...

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February 6, 2021
Trip Around the World progress........ from Exuberant Color

During the days this week I have been working on cutting colorwash kits and at night I sew.  I have the left half of the TAW sewn now and after I took this photo I brought the next 5 rows upstairs to sew.  I need to do some unpicking today.                  

I had fun reading all of the comments yesterday about my fun find and it reminded me I have a lot more larger pieces done too in another place in my studio.  I think I need to get all of them out and photograph them too and then show the ...

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February 3, 2021
Trip Around the World and into the past................... from Exuberant Color

My unpicking the bottom half strips is just past the center now.   I sewed the bottom half of the left 10 rows to the top halves and then sewed the long seams from top to bottom.  By the end of the week I should have this all sewn together.

 It's February so it is time to get out my blast from the past for the month.  I used to do Swedish Weaving on huck toweling back in my teens through my 20s.  The huck toweling has a raised thread that you can run a tapestry needle under and doing ...

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January 28, 2021
Finish #2 for 2021....... from Exuberant Color

I finished another table runner.  This one is made from die cut pieces that I had a friend cut before I had a die cutter.  It is about 14" x 41" and it is ditch quilted and has a hand finished binding.

I don't normally choose a light color for binding but I needed something that went well with the backing fabric (also a Kaffe Fassett fabric) because I thought it might be used with either side up.  The light blue Aboriginal dots was the only thing I had that went well with it.  There are blues in the ...

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January 27, 2021
First finish for 2021............ from Exuberant Color

 16.25" x 31.5" batik Double 4 Patch table runner.

I like to put a batik with a large pattern on the back of the table runners.  A nice batik stripe binding finished it off.  It took about 2.5 hours to hand stitch the binding.  I always think it is going to go faster because it is a small item but the perimeter is equal to 1/3 of the perimeter of a good size throw quilt and that usually takes about 7 hours to stitch.

I got a few strips for the bottom half of the TAW ...

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January 25, 2021
Continuing projects................... from Exuberant Color

I made some wild blue combination blocks yesterday.  It is always a surprise how they turn out.

The last 2 are lower contrast than some of the others.  I also cut some more light fabrics to go with the last 3 dark fabrics I cut on Saturday.  I have 21 blocks finished and they are 9" finished size so there is a long way to go on this project.

I also unpicked the seams for the other half of the top of the Kaffe Trip Around the World.  I need to slice the last 2 stratas into loops before I ...

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January 19, 2021
Multi-tasking again.............. from Exuberant Color

I cut the setting triangles from both orange Shaggy and red Cactus flower.  I need to cut a few more but I needed to see some on the design wall to decide which fabric to cut the rest from.  It is so much prettier in person.  Be sure to click on the photo to see the setting triangle fabrics closer.

On to the batik pineapple log cabin quilt top: I sewed the setting triangles onto the rows and added a strip on 2 of the corners to compensate for the size of the corner triangles.  The spots run in rows ...

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January 15, 2021
2 candidates.................. from Exuberant Color

I tried 2 fabrics for the setting triangles.  The top one is orange Shaggy and the bottom one is red Cactus Flower.  I'm wondering if I can use both of them.

It's really hard to tell how they will work with just one of each folded into triangles.  I just couldn't get motivated to cut them so I worked on something else.

I sliced one of the stratas for the Kaffe throw size Trip Around the World quilt.

I started unpicking one seam on each to make the sequence for 1/4 of the quilt.  There are ...

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November 27, 2020
Cutting table............ from Exuberant Color

I cleaned off this cutting table yesterday and immediately chose 2 projects to work on.  I have stratas sewn for a throw size Kaffe Trip Around the World.  I need to sew the last seam to make them into a tube and then slice off segments to start designing on the wall.

The other project is to go through that box of batik scraps and choose some to cut for more pineapple log cabin blocks.  I only need blocks with light centers and corners to go with the 10 blocks I have in the orphan block box.  I can see ...

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November 13, 2020
Floral Trip Around the World from TheEclecticAbuela

 I just love this pattern!

Floral Trip Around the World 90" x 100"

Floral Trip Around the World (back and binding detail)

I made this quilt once before with a travel theme. This time I used florals and a range of solid colors. It was another quilt that requires careful planning and organization, but it was fun to make!

I used a cheater fabric for the back to continue the floral idea, then I added a striped binding to finish. It is brighter than it looks in the photo--I took the photo on a cloudy day.

Happy Quilting!

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September 12, 2020
Strata Gradation/Colorwash........ from Exuberant Color

As I get ready to teach my online Colorwash 360 class again I start thinking about all of the ways I use smooth blend/gradation in my other quilts.  One of them is Trip Around the World which is made from strata (set of strips sewn together).

Another is the strata for Strips 'n Curves.  They both depend on a smooth blend/gradation for the resulting glow in the finished piece. Lessons learned in my class lead to stunning quilts in the future for my students.

I have been working on the 4 kinds of colorwash kits that will be ...

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July 25, 2020
A Trip Around The World from Wedding Dress Blue

For some time now I have contemplated making a Trip Around the World (scrappy, of course) out of solids.  There have been some beautiful ones out there as inspiration and today (Friday) was the day.


I hauled out the solids bin and got the little pieces.  Ta-dah!  The first block.

You will notice that it is not strip pieced.  There are some scraps that will only give a single square, and I want to be able to use those also.  It might take a bit longer on the front end, but the results should be worth it.

It is based ...

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May 14, 2020
A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt
A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

When I say things are slowly returning to "normal" I mean super slowly ... like snail paced ... but I am good with it. I am embracing slow and as well as being keen to learn new techniques. This quilt is entirely hand pieced. Hand pieced as in - - - - - running stitch with needle, thimble, and thread.

A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

It turns out that I can do slow, I can hand piece and sew secure seams; the quilt top did not fall apart when I picked it up, nor when I pressed the seams! In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed hand piecing the quilt top ...

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April 18, 2020
First finish for April 2020 from Exuberant Color

I wrestled the Kaffe fabric Trip Around the World quilt up on my double design wall.  It finished at 77.5" x 96.5".
The backing fabric is a Kaffe wide backing.  It is a really soft sateen.

18 of the fabrics are Kaffe's designs, one is a Brandon Mably print (red stripe) and one is a Martha Negley (red cherries).

This view shows how much of the double design wall (96" x 84") is covered by the quilt.

I decided to pick the Jonquils because we are supposed to get 3" of snow from early morning through 10 ...

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April 16, 2020
Snow?.....and sewing progress........... from Exuberant Color

This is what we woke up to yesterday morning.  Chicago records say it is the largest snowfall on any April 15th.  Last year we had snow on April 14th.  And to top that we are expecting even more snow Thursday night into Friday morning.
This is pretty typical that we get some snow after the forsythia leaves have started to grow.

The Hostas are peeking up through the snow.

I knew I should have picked the Jonquils Tuesday afternoon.

These 3 squirrels quickly cleared the snow under the bird feeders because I had dumped extra birdseed there the night before ...

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April 15, 2020
Back at it................. from Exuberant Color

I finally got this TAW quilted.  It took a few hours to do and I had a problem in one area of it.  All is well now.  It is off the frame and trimmed.

This one if for my bed so it got a big loose meander.  I haven't chosen a binding yet, that will be done today.

Last night was my 3 hour TV night so I designed the sixth Spring Star and got the rows sewn in one direction.  I have several things to press today so I'll get the last seams sewn after pressing.

I ...

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April 13, 2020
What's Holding YOU Back? from Appalachian Quilts

I was concerned this morning when I saw all the social media posts with pictures of family gatherings for Easter.  My heart ached to be with my family, but we just couldn't do it.  There are so many of us that have compromised immunity, we have no choice but to follow the rules.  I get it.  Some of us have been 'quarantined' for a month.  We are getting antsy.  We want our world to go back to the way it was....but it won't.  Nothing will be the same.  This will have been a game changer.  Sure, we ...

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