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May 16, 2021
Adding quarter square triangles............ from Exuberant Color

I cut some quarter square triangles from scraps to try out an idea.

There are 2 ways I could sew them.  The top one is 4 quarter squares making an alternate block to put between the 4 patches.

The bottom one has the triangles sewn onto the 4 patches for a square in a square block.

If I sew the triangles into an alternate block I will still have an on point setting and will need to fill in the ends of rows with setting triangles.  If I add the triangles to the 4 patches I will have a straight ...

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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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April 20, 2021
Simplicity Throw Quilt Pattern - a Custom Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

I'm behind at blogging and plan to get caught up over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for news on some new quilts!

This Simplicity Throw quilt was made last year as a custom order for a little girl whose mom had taken her picture on a piece of fabric every month for the first year or so.  As a memory for these precious occasions, the mom had a quilt made with the fabrics, and I got to make it!  

This isn't the first time ...

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April 10, 2021
8 more seams to sew............. from Exuberant Color

Last night was a 3 hour TV night so I got all of the seams sewn in one direction and half of the seams sewn in the other direction.  If you look close the top half is sewn and the bottom half is hanging from it by threads.  I started teaching this method of sewing quilt tops together (called webbing) back in 1985 when I created classes for adult education at our local community college.

Then I put the pieces for one Friendship star on my table to see how it will look.  The blocks will be 12" finished and ...

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April 9, 2021
More pink............... from Exuberant Color

This is the latest batch of pink triangles that I sewed yesterday.  I think I might have enough sewn for the layout I have chosen.

I started the layout last night and then it got too late to finish so I'll work on it again today.

I got the center squares for the Friendship Star blocks cut also.  

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April 8, 2021
Looking for a fabric............. from Exuberant Color

For a couple months I have been sewing triangle squares for a friendship star quilt.  On the last one I made I used the same fabric for all of the center squares of the blocks.  

I looked through the box that has a lot of the 1990s and very early 2000s fabric in it and chose this one for the center squares in these blocks.  It is a fabric that I have never been able to figure out how to use so it will just get chopped into 4.5" squares. 

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April 7, 2021
Playing with pink.............. from Exuberant Color

I'm still sewing pink triangle squares and finding a few more fabrics every day to add.  I decided to try a few layouts.  

First all marching the same way.

 Next I tried one of my favorite layouts, a zig zag.

Then I tried alternating diamonds which is interesting.  I have more to cut and sew so I have time to think about the layout.

It got up to 80 yesterday but I didn't do anything outside.  I was waiting for the UPS pickup of my return equipment to the cable company.  By the time they came I decided ...

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April 3, 2021
More pink goodness............... from Exuberant Color

 I cut the remaining long hexagons and got the pink x and o quilt top sewn together but it isn't pressed yet.

I have 2 fabrics that are large enough for the back of this baby quilt so I will have to make a decision and get it pressed.

Then I sewed some more triangles into squares for the next pink quilt.

I spent most of the morning and some of the night before on the phone trying to solve a wi-fi problem.  Suddenly Wednesday night I had no internet signal in my studio and I carried the laptop ...

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March 29, 2021
concrete garden quilt from Charm About You

I am over the moon with this finish! It's been a long time coming... it began it's life in 2016 when I created the central hexagon and my wonderful Bee A Brit Stingy friends made bee blocks. They each made a square and a triangle block. My brief as 'queen bee' was asking them to use the background fabric I sent, along with a mix of cheery fabrics and create geometric blocks for the squares and triangle blocks made up of triangles.

The starting point for all our bee blocks was a central panel in the shape of ...

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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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March 11, 2021
New die arrived.......... from Exuberant Color

 I had to try out the new half rectangle die and make sure it worked properly.  If you cut all of your fabrics face up you get the  ones on the left.  If you cut all fabrics face down you get the ones on the right.

Some patterns will use the rectangles cut both ways and some need them all alike.  On the left, all alike, the other 2 samples cut both ways, fabrics face up and face down on the die.

These are cut both ways.  You have to know what your pattern will be before you know which ...

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January 14, 2021
Project Quilting Season 12.1-I am rising... from Sew Sunshine

"Like a phoenix"
30" x 32"
Accuquilt die cut triangles
Diamond straight line quilting
My own design

Project Quilting has started again. New year, new one week challenge. The first challenge is based off the Patone color(s) of the year Illuminating (yellow) and Ultimate Gray.

Those colors felt sort of opposite to me for some reason. I felt the doom of the gray and the light of the yellow and the first thing I thought of was rising from the ashes a phoenix.  Got out pater and pencils and decided equilateral triangles were the answer.  With my limitations ...

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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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January 8, 2021
Die cutting day................. from Exuberant Color

I am setting aside one day each week for just clean up and cutting.  I had a lot of Marcia Derse scraps already cut into 2" finished triangles so I decided to gather all of the rest of the MD scraps and cut all of the smaller pieces into more triangles.  Last night I sorted them into piles of like fabric.  I'm not sure if I'll sew them into squares yet or wait until I have a firm idea of their use.  I have found that some of the lighter colors of Grunge fabric look nice with the ...

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December 18, 2020
geesey geesey >> from Charm About You


This Autumn I had the pleasure of joining Rachel of Stitched in Color for the Geesey Geesey Sew-Along. Her Geesey Quilt pattern is a brilliant exploration of colour and I spent quite a while debating what sort of look to create and what fabrics to use. Over time I have been collecting black and white prints and ultimately thought it would be an interesting choice for the pattern.

Thinking about what to pair it with, my inner 80's child was screaming PASTELS! Thankfully I had quite a few of those too. My first inclination was to use the pastel ...

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November 18, 2020
Still cutting and sewing those triangle squares............. from Exuberant Color

 This is last night's batch of pieces for the Bear Paw blocks.  Some of the stacks have as many as 12 pieces alike and others as few as 2 alike. 16 per block so I'm probably going to need a few more.  I was so happy to see my regular TV shows are on again.  Tuesday night is a 3 hour session so I can get lots of sewing done.

However I didn't get any more rectangles or corner squares cut so I didn't sew any more blocks.  I just had to lay out as many ...

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November 12, 2020
Cutting and sewing parts............ from Exuberant Color

I pulled some yardage to cut more triangles for the Bear Paw blocks.  I have all of my parts sitting on top of a plastic lid.

I had to decide whether to sew the 2 blocks that were ready or sew more triangles into squares.  I decided to do the triangles and this pile is enough for 4 1/2 blocks.

After I sewed the triangles I laid out one of the blocks to sew today.  I hope to sew at least 2 blocks and if it is a good day, maybe 4 blocks.

The red cactus is blooming.  The ...

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November 4, 2020
Therapy sewing......... from Exuberant Color

I had a Comcast person coming yesterday to switch out my modem and my TV boxes and to check my lead in cable so I spent the morning vacuuming and dusting around all 4 TVs.  He showed up right at 1 p.m. with a predicted time of 1-3 p.m.  Now I have HD, voice controlled remotes, a tightened connection where the cable comes into the house and a new plan that fits my income.  It only took 1 hour 10 minutes on the phone with them Monday to work out a plan that had what I needed and ...

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