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July 28, 2021
No decision on border yet............... from Exuberant Color

I have the Economy block quilt top on a design wall in the basement and I went down and looked at the border choices a few times and I like them both so the decision is hard.  I decided to go ahead and work on something else while I think about it.  Several months ago I went through all of the 2.5" Kaffe collective strips that I cut many years ago and pulled a lot of the low volume strips.  I was planning on making a 16 patch baby quilt with them so I paired the strips and started ...

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March 15, 2021
Cozy Living with Soften The Volume Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Happy Friday, makers! 

The weekend is almost here and if you haven’t already, this is a friendly reminder to take a moment and breathe. Life can get a little crazy sometimes, and I believe it’s really important to find time for yourself and have some quality time with your sewing machine. Today, I’m excited to show you something new on the table, that brings me right into my happy place- low volume fabrics. If you’re not sure what that is, let me explain… they are usually white, cream, neutral fabrics that have subtle designs. You may ...

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February 21, 2021
Strip piecing update............. from Exuberant Color

On February 5th I showed this photo of some strip piecing pieces and parts that I made back in 2015 and 2016.  I promised I would show the rest of my strip pieced parts that are larger and were stored in a different place.  All of these smaller pieces have been trimmed into straight strips.

These larger pieces are not trimmed yet.  Four of them are about 21" long and one is longer than those.  All of these are batik the same as the smaller pieces in the photo above.  I thought about using some of these for zipper pouches ...

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February 19, 2021
Low Volume Quick Quilt from From My Carolina Home

These pretty pastels were part of a box of fabrics that a friend of mine was destashing. I thought they were lovely, soft and perfect for a little quilt for charity.

I originally planned to write this up for a guest blogger post for another blogging event, but I changed my mind and decided to show it here. I actually started it a couple of weeks ago during a Zoom Virtual Retreat.

This is an easy and fast way to put together a quilt top, just sew long width of fabric strips together in any width you want. These are ...

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Strip Piecing Tutorial from Quiltnotes All Blogs

Strip piecing is a technique using strips of fabric sewn together in parallel rows. The parallel rows are called strip sets. Cut the strip set into segments called units. Sew the units into the quilt top. This strip piecing tutorial shows you how.

Strips are cut in various widths from selvage to selvage. Using this method cuts down on the time it takes to cut and sew units together.

Cutting Strips

This video shows how the fabric is pressed and cut into strips.

Cutting Strips from Carol Thelen on Vimeo.

Sewing and Sub-Cutting Strips

The next video shows some strip ...

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Color Block Quilt from Quiltnotes All Blogs

The Color Block Quilt is pieced using strips of fabric. Choose 13 coordinating or contrasting fabrics. Cut each fabric into strips then piece the strips together into rows. Fabric from one row flows into the next. You’ll be amazed how fast this top goes together. The Color Block quilt finishes about 60″ x 72″.

Fabric and Cutting

3/4 yard each of 13 fabrics, Cut into 6 strips @ 2-1/2″ x WOF.

3/4 yard fabric for binding. Cut into 7 strips @ 2-1/2″ WOF

Arrange your fabric strips into the color order you like. Number the fabrics from ...

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February 5, 2021
Finding fun stuff............... from Exuberant Color

I was looking through the drawers of one of my rolling carts and found all of these batik  scrappy pieced strips clipped together.  Each pile is the same width but different lengths.  I looked back through my old photos and see I was making these in 2015 and 2016.

I found this photo in 2016 when I had finished trimming them to even widths and had them all up on the design wall.

I have no plans for them currently but it was fun to find them and look through them.


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January 31, 2021
Finish #3 for January 2021............. from Exuberant Color

Luckily the batik I chose for backing and binding was easy to hand stitch through and I got the binding finished last night.  This Jewel tone batik 16 patch ended up at 55" x 70".

I'm glad I checked the box with the larger yardage pieces of batiks and found this perfect piece for backing.  I also used it for the binding.

Another detail shot with a better view of the binding.

I will post my monthly recap tomorrow.  Today I will probably work on my Kaffe Trip Around the World quilt.  

A huge snowstorm was predicted for our ...

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January 29, 2021
A quilt top completed................... from Exuberant Color

I finally cut the triangles for the 4 corners and got them sewn onto the warm color Kaffe collective 16 patch yesterday.  It is about 58" x 80".  I have enjoyed having these warm colors on the design wall in my main floor studio but I'm ready to start something else on that wall now.

I sewed 2 more Crossed Canoe blocks after lunch (die cut pieces, 9" block).

The second Amaryllis bud stalk is almost as tall as the first one which is 25" tall now.  After I took this photo I set this grape vine basket into ...

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January 22, 2021
Need to cut corner triangles.......... from Exuberant Color

All of the rows are sewn together in this warm color Kaffe collective 16 patch quilt top.  I need to cut the corner triangles now.  I think I have figured out what size they should be.  It measures about 59" x 80".  I think I will cut all 4 corners from the red Cactus Flower print.  It's hard to tell I used 2 different fabrics for the setting triangles.

I looked up the Amaryllis to see how tall it is supposed to get.  It says 18+" and the one bud stalk is 21" now.  The other one is just ...

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January 21, 2021
Long rows............. from Exuberant Color

The top left 4 rows and the bottom right 4 rows are sewn together.  All that is left is the 3 longest rows.  The rows are already sewn.  I just need to add the triangles and sew the rows together.

When you add oversize setting triangles there are large points that need to be trimmed carefully before the rows are sewn together.

I lay the row along a line of the cutting mat so that it stays straight and then lay the ruler on and make sure it is parallel to the left edge and trim.

When you cut setting ...

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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 17, 2021
A finished quilt top................ from Exuberant Color

This is the cool color Kaffe collective quilt top that I started piecing in December last year.  All I had left to do was the inserted strip on both sides.  It is 60.5" x 80".

Now I'm trying to decide on the backing.  The Martha Negley large floral piece is long enough for part of the back.  Both other pieces are only 2 yards each and I need 84".  I need a piece 27.5" wide so I would have leftover that I could piece to fill in the needed 12".  Indecision........

I was trying to find a ...

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January 16, 2021
Rows sewn one way............. from Exuberant Color

I sewed the rows one direction but I can't sew the rows together until I add the setting triangles to the ends of the rows.

I opened up both of the setting triangle choices and slipped them in behind the corners of the blocks on the right.

This is the first diagonal row in the top left corner.  If you enlarge the photo you will see the safely pin in the top left corner and the straight pins holding the blocks together.  By pinning the rows together I can take down 2 rows to run alternately through the sewing ...

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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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January 14, 2021
Maybe the final layout?........... from Exuberant Color

I changed blocks to different positions a few times yesterday and I think I might have the final layout.  I will know when I cut the setting triangle fabric and place it around the perimeter.  

 I had a deadline to bake a double batch of Kringlas yesterday and that took up most of the morning.  They will be delivered to my granddaughter's house a couple states away today.

Yesterday's Christmas card came from Spain.  A friend went over there last year in January to spend 3 months with family and then the pandemic hit so she is still ...

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January 13, 2021
All 59 blocks............ from Exuberant Color

All 59 blocks are on the wall.  I had 4 left over because I made more than I needed.  I need to still move some blocks to new locations but it was too late last night to continue playing with them.

Here are the four blocks that I pulled out.  The 2 in the middle are too purplish to go well with the red, yellow and orange.  I like the one on the right so it might end up back in there.  The one one the left is my least favorite block so its duplicate may come out too.

This ...

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January 12, 2021
Some might not work, some will................ from Exuberant Color

 I got 8 blocks sewn, these 4 and their duplicates.  When you cut up a large print with many values in it you never know if it is going to work until it is auditioned with all of the other blocks.  They will get pressed today and then auditioned.

I also got the last 8 strips cut and the strip sets sewn.  These also need to be pressed before I can slice the pieces for the 8 blocks.

Here is the progress of both Amaryllis plants.  The bud stalks are growing faster now on the one in the front.

The ...

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January 11, 2021
Progress in a restful day................... from Exuberant Color

I had a back up of things to press so I only got 8 of the fabrics for the 16 patch blocks pressed and sewn into 4 strip sets.

Some of the fabrics to press were light fabrics to continue my TV sewing project.  Then I cut 40 triangles and sewed the pairs.  I now have sewn enough for 17 twelve inch blocks and I will need at least 20 or 24 blocks.

On today's line up: pressing the rest of the fabrics for 16 patch blocks and cutting the strips.  Hopefully they will get sewn tonight.  Also cutting ...

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January 9, 2021
I got ROYAL mail.............. from Exuberant Color

I feel so special!  I got Royal Mail!  My friend Lesley from the UK sent me this Christmas card on the 12/14 and I got it 2 days ago.  She has sent me many postcards from her travels around the UK too.  I visited my daughter's family when they lived over there so I know a little bit about the country but Lesley has filled me in on so much more of the history.

Back to playing with blocks.  I decided to try an on point setting because I have never used that with a 16 patch before ...

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