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May 17, 2021
Another busy day.............. from Exuberant Color

I spent most of the day digging and planting so I didn't get any new pieces cut.  Instead I made some more 9 patches with mismatched pieces.  Sometimes I had 4 alike and sometimes 5 but most of the time it was a mixed group.

Here is another batch of blocks.  I made 16 new blocks altogether while watching 3 hours of TV.

I added all of the new blocks to the 20 that were on the design wall.  They are 6" blocks.

I baked a rhubarb cake Saturday night.  It made a great breakfast yesterday.

In the gardening ...

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May 10, 2021
“Historic Vegan” for Cynthia from Nina Paley

Hundred Dollar Drawing.


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May 3, 2021
Beauty Product, Apple Crumble, Basket Applique, Amazing Bird Sighting from Canadian Needle Nana

All this week down at the pond I've been serenaded by several cardinals singing their beautiful songs. I had to think how blessed I am to not only live where this is a morning greeting but also to have my hearing to hear them. With hubby being hard of hearing, I'm conscious of that too. 

I had a marvelous treat last week when the barred owl suddenly alighted on a tree in the marshy area as I was sitting on the skating shack steps. I was using binoculars and caught the movement of something quite chunky looking. Because ...

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April 30, 2021
Bee Food, Mini Quilt Finish and Cross Stitch Start, Take Out Treat from Canadian Needle Nana

Sure sign of spring. Happy to spy this lone dandelion down by the pond...first food for the bees.

Snow yesterday and very cold today but spring is trying its best to take over. Robins are all over the place.

This nuthatch made many trips to the ground which was unusual as they normally stay on tree trunks. I think it may have been gathering material for a nest.  Our nuthatch numbers keep rising so I'm thinking they are nesting nearby.
I have a plan to sew table toppers for the smaller pieces of furniture I have around the ...

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April 5, 2021
Sunday fun.......... from Exuberant Color

I pressed my Hugs and Kisses pink baby quilt top yesterday.  It is 40" square.  I won't quilt it until next month because I already have a line up for this month's finishes.

This is the group of sewn squares so far for the second pink quilt and I will need to sew a lot more.

I cut a new batch of triangles yesterday.  If I cut more they will be duplicates of some that I have already used.  I just need to make a decision if this is a medium size child's quilt or an adult ...

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March 19, 2021
More cutting for 2 projects.......... from Exuberant Color

Playing with 2 again.  I sewed more of the half rectangle blocks and filled them in on the design wall.  I'm not sure I'll stay with the 3 diamonds in the corners (look at bottom right corner).  I'll need to move it down the wall so I can get the top row on and I'm not quite ready to do that yet.

I had enough of the pink dot to cut corners for 17-1/2 more blocks so I'm probably going to make the quilt 4 x 6 blocks (32" x 48") instead of 5 ...

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March 15, 2021
6 Satisfying Things on a Thursday from Canadian Needle Nana

 I think we all know what we like and need to make our days feel productive and enjoyable. Here are six of the many things that make me feel satisfied and content with my life even in a continuing lockdown state.

1...Good Food

I love how my appetite is still strong for good food. I love finding a new way of cooking something that I've been eating all my life.  Take eggs for instance.  Lately I've been making scrambled eggs alongside rice and veggies with a little sauce of balsamic vinegar, dash of soya sauce and honey ...

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March 12, 2021
In the kitchen and the studio........... from Exuberant Color

 I have spent the last 2 mornings in the kitchen making treats for the family.  Tuesday morning I made a double batch of Chex Mix to use up the rest of the ingredients.  That got some big boxes out of my pantry.

Yesterday morning I made a double batch of Kringlas.  The last time I showed these some people mistakenly called them Kringles.  I had to look up those since I had never seen them.  Kringlas are a Norwegian treat and I have 2 family recipes.

I got all of the seams sewn on the Hattie's Choice quilt top ...

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February 4, 2021
Comforts and Small Joys to Pass a Canadian Winter in Isolation from Canadian Needle Nana

We had a wolf moon last week- the first full moon of a new year. Early morning stepping onto the front veranda for wood I was surprised by how it looked so brilliant and illuminated the landscape.  This photo taken around 7:30 am. and look at those colours...cobalt? purples?  What colour(s) do you see|?

I am toting a lot of wood these days, part of the routine here in winter.  I'm pleased my joints aren't creaking though I think my arms may be an inch or two longer by the end of the winter. Never ...

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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 10, 2021
How I Spent My Christmas Vacation from Canadian Needle Nana

 I have enjoyed my little unintended hiatus/sabbatical from the internet very much. I thought of taking Christmas week to read more and write some and that time was so enjoyable, it stretched out. I also stitched a bit and enjoyed making the most of our quiet Christmas time together. 

So since last talking to you I did these things.

Ate a lot of cookies! This was definitely the Christmas of the cookies for us as friends and family dropped off an array of yummy treats.

Continued to enjoy this arrangement from the First Wife's family and so grateful ...

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January 4, 2021
A little sunshine at my sewing machine.......... from Exuberant Color

 I got 24 pairs of sunny strips sewn together while watching evening TV.

Next step: cutting those in half and sewing the 2 pieces together.  My tutorial as a PDF is on my website under Free Resources.

A company that my son does business with gives him a box of candy each year.  I ended up with it last year and this year.  There is a little guide inside to show what the individual selections are so I can find my favorites first.  My most favorite is milk chocolate vanilla buttercreams. 

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December 26, 2020
Cleaning off the table tops............ from Exuberant Color

This is the cutting table in my main floor studio yesterday morning.  I had raised the leaf and put a second cutting mat on it for a project last week.

After a very lazy relaxing day yesterday this is my progress.  There is at least one more 2 hour session to finish up.  I can even fold the leaf down now and use the original cutting mat.

My Christmas dinner was delivered by my son, prime rib and roasted veggies.  Yum!!

I sent some scones home with him.

Jack Frost visited on Christmas morning.  It was 9 degrees when I ...

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December 25, 2020
Merry Christmas!............. from Exuberant Color


Last night I baked Very Berry scones for Christmas breakfast.  I forgot to take the picture until after I tested them....they are yummy.

I used this mix for the scones.

The wax coated Amaryllis is still trying to open and bloom.

There is still no sign of what color it will be.  Maybe it will open some more today.

My pale pink cacti has 2 blooms but I didn't get a photo while it was still light yesterday...maybe today.

We are down to one week to wrap up all pending projects by New Year's Day.  I ...

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December 22, 2020
70 years ago............ from Exuberant Color

 70 years ago this was my Christmas present.  I was 10 years old and my dad was an amateur photographer.  My older brother got a camera like this too but I don't think my younger brother got one.

I took the camera to school with me occasionally.  My dad developed his own films and sometimes he would develop mine too but usually I took my exposed film to the drugstore and picked up prints a week later.

I have had many different cameras since the early 1960s as cameras became smaller and easier to carry around.

I don't ...

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December 21, 2020
Food............. from Exuberant Color

I made two batches of Chex Mix yesterday.  I like the original recipe but I change the type of pretzels to whatever is available each year.  I also use a whole stick of butter instead of 3/4 of a stick.  These are butter flavored pretzels which goes right along with the flavor of Chex Mix.

I decided to bake one batch of Spritz last night.  I realized I only have green sugar to sprinkle on them so I decided to make pink cookies.  I will make chocolate spritz today.

My red cactus is still blooming.  I have 2 pale ...

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December 20, 2020
Insert strip.............. from Exuberant Color

I clipped off the top and bottom rows (which are the side rows of the quilt) and pressed the center section.  I left a 2" gap to try out an insert strip (at the top left).

I have enough of this insert fabric for the back of the quilt so I wanted to try it.  I don't want a plain color or tone on tone type print because that would take your attention away from the wonderful assortment of fabrics.  While I'm getting my baking done this will stay on the design wall.

I made one kind of ...

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December 19, 2020
Seams sewn.............. from Exuberant Color

 I got the long seams sewn last night but it was too late to turn on an iron and press it by the time I finished.

I baked English Toffee bars yesterday.  I posted the recipe 3 years ago on this blog.

They are thin, buttery and crunchy.  I didn't have any nuts in the house so they are all just plain chocolate this year.  I don't like nuts in my sweets so I only add them for some of the people I give them to.

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December 18, 2020
Sewing, baking........... from Exuberant Color

I started sewing the Kaffe 16 patch quilt top.  I will be able to clip off the top and bottom rows to try an insert strip.  As soon as I get it sewn I can take some photos downstairs where I have better lighting.

I finally baked my first batch of cookies.  I have a few people I always give a variety to for Christmas so I'll be baking every day and maybe twice a day for the rest of this week.

The champagne color cactus I bought this year is still blooming.  I think there is one more ...

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December 15, 2020
Blocks arranged............. from Exuberant Color

This is truer color than the photo yesterday.  I rearranged the blocks and although I thought I was done I might still move a couple.  I still want to try the insert strip between the center and the 2 outside rows on the long edges. 

It started out sunny yesterday and that always gives me more energy.  I went to the basement and cut battings for a few quilts.  I also ironed backing fabric and sewed the long seam.  It is ready to load on the longarm today

When my granddaughter picked up her husband's new Christmas stocking yesterday ...

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