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May 11, 2021
Almost done............... from Exuberant Color

Both halves of the die cut half hexagon quilt are done but I didn't want to go down to the ironing table at 10:30 last night.  I hope to get the 2 halves pressed, last seam sewn and pressed and points trimmed off the top and bottom today.  I will look for a backing fabric right away but it won't get quilted right away.

I finished cutting one batch of Kaffe scraps in 3" and 4" sizes.  I will keep all of the shapes in the same box to make it easier to find them all when ...

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May 5, 2021
Still just playing.......... from Exuberant Color

I get ideas for future projects while I am sewing so I continue to play with these pieces as I zero in on the next quilt.  I have a magic box full of leftover pieces of Kaffe collective fabrics from previous projects.  I remembered there were some 3.5" squares in there that would match up with the triangle blocks.  I pulled the ones that had 5 matching squares and started making some Ohio Stars.

I made several blocks, some better than others and they will probably all go into the Kaffe orphan block box.  I will do lots of ...

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May 4, 2021
Cutting scraps............. from Exuberant Color


I spent a couple hours pressing scraps, mostly Kaffe collective.  There was a group that was a weird triangle shape left from cutting large hexagons for a previous quilt.  The grain line was on the long edge so they were perfect to re-cut into quarter square triangles.

After sewing them into squares this is what I have.  If I sewed them together it would be a 12" square.  Lots of hours, lots of pressing and cutting, not enough for a quilt when done.  Prep work takes a long time.  I love scrap quilts but I'm wondering if this is ...

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May 2, 2021
Sorting scraps.............. from Exuberant Color

I decided to sort the Kaffe collective scraps that were in 2 medium size boxes.  I did teeny tiny, small, large enough to cut a shape with a die, and strips.  My large scraps are in a third box.  This photo is part of the strips.  Some are skinny strips, some wider.

 I made quarter log cabin blocks for 3  quilts between 2010 and 2013 with skinny strips, some regular quilting cotton prints and some Kaffe fabrics.  The one on the left is still waiting to be quilted.  Do I want to make another of these?  NO!  I need to ...

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April 30, 2021
Chisel Star sewn........... from Exuberant Color

I sewed the last four blocks yesterday and then spent a couple hours moving blocks around to distribute the fabrics.  Since there are anywhere from 4 to 8 pieces of each print it was a challenge.  I did the best I could and then sewed it all together.  The lighting is not even, the bottom half is farther from the light source.  It is approximately 54" x 72" and will get a dark Marcia Derse print for binding. 

This is just an observation about the new Kaffe collective line: there are so many more prints that read as a predominant ...

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April 28, 2021
Working on two........... from Exuberant Color

Four of the blocks are sewn now and 3 are just quarter blocks on the design wall.  18" blocks look so big when you see them individually but when they join together it looks like smaller blocks.

A couple more quarter blocks are sewn and lots of pieces are waiting.  I'm looking for one of the light fabrics that I have used so I can cut some more of it.

I had sewn some Kaffe blocks from scraps about 5 years ago.  I got them out yesterday and started adding more strips around them.  I don't have any ...

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April 19, 2021
Partially sewn.................. from Exuberant Color

I have the floral colorwash 2/3 sewn in one direction.  Maybe I will get it finished today.

I went through the Kaffe flying geese box and pulled out all of the ones in the colors of the orphan blocks.  I don't know if they will remain on the right edge or if they will stay in the order they are now.  Just in the gathering stage right now.

The Redbuds are just ready to open and we have a small amount of snow predicted for tomorrow.  It is going to go down below freezing two nights so I ...

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April 17, 2021
TV time sewing............... from Exuberant Color

 I didn't get all of the new colorwash squares cut or any more Marcia Derse fabric cut so the only thing I had ready to work on last night was the scrappy Friendship Star blocks.  I have 15 sewn now but they aren't pressed yet.  I need to clean off a design wall to decide on the layout.

I found a few more Kaffe fabric orphan blocks in the same color scheme as the arrangement I showed last week.  The 4 patches on the right aren't necessarily in the order I would sew them and also the ...

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April 12, 2021
Play day......... from Exuberant Color

 I was working in the basement and the Kaffe orphan block box was sitting on one of my tables.  I just had to play with the left over blocks and see how many are the same size.  Five of the blocks are 14" square.  The sixth would be made of the 3 small 7" Bear Paw blocks and the H block needs to be trimmed 1/2" to fill in the last spot.

This was pure play.  This could be the start of an orphan block quilt, or......I could make some more 14" Bear Paws and more of the ...

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March 31, 2021
Trying for number 3............ from Exuberant Color

I had a burst of energy yesterday morning and started out by sewing the light border onto ZAP!  It is 53" x 65" right now.

 Then I finished sewing the backing together for the cool color 16 patch quilt.  I figured out I had enough of the blue Martha Negley floral if I pieced in the 3 leftover blocks.

I loaded it on the longarm and got the quilting done late in the day.

I did a large loose meander.  It is really hard to keep it large.  I tend to get smaller and smaller with the meander as I ...

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March 24, 2021
ZAP!........... from Exuberant Color

I finished sewing the ZAP top together last night.  I'll look for light print strips that might become the 2" border all around.  I haven't decided if it will be several fabrics or just one fabric.  Meanwhile I'll take it off the design wall and work on the pink baby quilt.  

It's also time to spend about 4 hours cleaning up the mess from cutting for 3 quilts. 

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March 23, 2021
Partially sewn............ from Exuberant Color

It is on its side on the design wall because this is the way I was working on it in the design stage.

The left side is webbed together in rows with 8 more pieces to sew on before I sew the seams in the other direction.  It should only end up about 48" x 60".  It would probably look good with a 2" light print border all around so the dark zigzags would be floating.  

Other options in making this could have been light zig zags with dark diamonds and oriented the opposite direction with either of the colorations ...

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March 22, 2021
Changed layout.............. from Exuberant Color

Yesterday morning I decided to go back to one of the layouts I showed in my first post about these blocks. (second collage, layout on the right).  I took this photo late in the afternoon with the sunshine on the bottom row.

Then I decided to turn it on its side and add the top row to the ends of the existing rows.  It looks like electrical current going ZAP!  I made the last 2 blocks last night but didn't photograph it again because I was going to rearrange a few blocks.  This photo was taken in late afternoon ...

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March 21, 2021
Playing.............. from Exuberant Color

I made 12 more half rectangle blocks yesterday.  The other 6 face the opposite direction and were already up on my design wall when I took this photo.

The bottom half is all up on the wall and 1 plus a part of a row for the top half is up there.  One more complete row needs to be added to the top.  The farther I go on this project the more undecided I am if I even like it.  I can dismantle it and just do another design with the blocks. It is going to shrink 7.5" in ...

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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 18, 2021
Working on pink.......... from Exuberant Color

More variety of pinks were cut yesterday and I found a white with pink dots for the corner triangles.  The problem is I won't have enough of it for 35 blocks so either I will make it smaller than planned or add plain white for the rest of the corners.

Here is a closer view of some of the new fabrics and the triangle fabric.

Some of the fabrics are dark pink, some very light pink.  

I have quite a few more light pinks to cut, or eliminate.  I have some pink batiks that I could add too so ...

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March 17, 2021
A side trip...... from Exuberant Color

 I went to the basement to do some laundry and cut some more half rectangles.  While down there I decided to cut some pink elongated hexagon pieces for my next baby quilt.  The X and O blocks will be 8" finished and my preliminary plan is to make 35 blocks for a 5 x 7 setting (40" x 56").  I started with Kaffe collective pinks because I was already working with that group for my half rectangles.  I have about 25 other pinks ready to cut.  I may have to use white solid for the triangles if I don't ...

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March 16, 2021
More sewing, more designing................... from Exuberant Color

I sewed at least 20 new blocks yesterday and got them up on the design wall.  To complete this in symmetrical order I need to add one more row to the top plus filling in the top row as it is.  It would then be 72" tall but will only be 30" wide as it is.  It will take 72 more blocks to widen it to 48".  That means 98 more blocks which is 25 more pairs of fabric because there are 4 of each combination sewn into blocks (except for one combination).  It's not set in stone that ...

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March 15, 2021
More cutting............ from Exuberant Color

I only did cutting yesterday in addition to putting away a lot of things.  There are enough pieces cut here for 18 pieced rectangles.

My smallest pink cactus is blooming again and the red ones are almost done.

The champagne color has a few buds again and one full bloom.  In the background is the other red plant with its last blooms.

It has turned cold here again but 50s predicted for next weekend.  We might get snow today, we might get only rain and sleet.  Once again we are near the temperature change boundary of the storm.

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March 13, 2021
Playing all day......... from Exuberant Color

I can see this is going to be fun to play with on the design wall.  There are only 3 seams from top to bottom and 7 seams side to side so this would be square if sewn now.  It will be a little deceiving in the layout compared to how it will look sewn.

I added another row to the bottom to see how it will look expanded.  Lots more cutting and lots more playing in my future.

Meanwhile I keep looking at the Hattie's Choice quilt.  There are lots of perfect and almost perfect black points matching ...

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