Friday, November 17, 2017


I got to this point in sewing the top together by mid afternoon.  The bottom part was sewn in 4 sections.  I forgot to take a photo at that point.

A recap of this quilt's thought process:  I needed some busy work to sew on while watching TV on November 1st.  There happened to be a box of 1.5" strips near my sewing table so I just pulled out all of the really dark strips and started pairing a lighter contrasting strip with each and sewed on them for the next 8 days.  I realized really quickly that these little 4" blocks were going to take forever to make this into a decent size quilt so on the 10th day I made some 8" blocks to add in and to quickly increase the size.  On day 12 I found the star block while looking for something else.  On day 13 I tried adding in a 16" block.  From that point on it was all design time and making a few more 4" blocks to fill in. None of this quilt was planned ahead of time.  I was just looking for something to sew one night....

I finished sewing it together last night.  The star block was a tiny bit large but if I had trimmed it the white points would have been nipped off so I just eased it in instead.  I don't bother to name most of my quilts but this one should probably be either "Twinkling Star" or "Star of the Show".  It ended up 39" x 51.5" so it still a rather small quilt.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Making progress............

I made 4 new blocks with lighter fabric in them.  I also added some more small blocks into the 16" block.  I'm not sure if that is how I'll leave it so I'll look at it for another day before I sew that part together.

I'm happy with the top part so I'm starting to sew sections together.  I can sew that whole top row together today.

I have a Facebook page for Exuberant Color now if anyone is interested.  I have stayed away from FB because I didn't want to learn one more thing but I finally gave in and joined. 

My 2 week pop-up shop will close on Monday night, November 20.  I have been using my living room as my headquarters for it so I will have 2 days to move everything to prepare for Thanksgiving week visitors.  I can't wait to see the whole family together.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

3 leftover blocks.............

Yesterday I was busy and didn't find any time to sew.  I did however go down to the design wall and put the 3 leftover blocks into the large 16 patch to see if that would work instead of the plain lighter value. I will need to piece 2 more strips sets to have enough blocks to totally fill it in.  I love all of the comments and opinions (keep them coming!) and you all know I'll do what I feel is best anyway.  A couple people commented that they thought the white in the star was too bright and it should be over dyed.  Actually what I liked about it was that it was lighter and shows up.  By over-dyeing it would just blend in and hardly be noticed.  I guess my idea was that it would be the "star" of the show and that the rest of the blocks would be the supporting actors.  I thought that the white was balanced out the by the light blue in 3 of the small 16 patches and that the 6 new blocks I need to make will also have a very light value in them.  I guess we will know tomorrow.........stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lots of fun..............

My 2 students chose different ways of working on their colorwash pieces.  One started in the middle and the other on the top edge.

About an hour later this much was accomplished.

After lunch and a couple hours of fine tuning they were each happy with their designs and were ready to take down the rows and clip a number to the top of each row stack.  We used calendar pages again for the numbers.

Later in the day I took my 16 patch blocks to the design wall.  The large block isn't sewn together because the sections are the same size as the small blocks and it would be easier to sew this way.  I'm not sure I like the lighter fabric in the large block but I was just using squares that were already cut and leftover from another project.

One of my friends mentioned that she didn't get my last early announcement of the pop-up shop opening.  I suggested that she look in her junk mail and she found it there.  Subscribers, if you haven’t received emails from me recently, check your junk mail. And to keep this from happening in the future, click on the link in the box at the bottom of the note to add my email to your contact list. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

A surprise block...........

I went down to the basement to look for something and found this paper pieced block that goes perfectly with the colors in my 16 patch quilt.  Since it is a 12" finished block it will work with the 4" and 8" blocks.

I have parts ready for two more 8" blocks.

I finished adding the row to the right and one across the bottom for a 17 x 17 wallhanging.  That will finish at 34" square.  This is the orientation on the design wall.

This will most likely be the finished orientation though.  I still have to tweak it.  I can see a few pieces already that need to be moved or exchanged for a different fabric.  I will work on it while my 2 students are working on their design walls today.

I pulled out my 53 trays of 2.5" squares to find the final fabrics.  Each stack is a color range.  In the front are pink to red and next to it is yellow to orange.  There is one stack of multi-color.  I think I have the most trays of green and purple.  Remember you can click on the photos to enlarge them.
All 53 trays nest and fit into this blanket box.  I buy the reusable aluminum cookie sheets.  The ones that are 2 for $1.98 are sturdier than the 2 for $1 from the dollar store.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Clearing off the tables............

I spent most of the day yesterday putting away things.  I still have a long way to go on the cutting table in my main floor studio.  I wonder if I will ever find places to put all of the "stuff" and then if I will remember where I put it.  Meanwhile as a side event during the day I started cutting off the size pieces needed to cut 2.5" squares for colorwash kits.  This pile on my ironing board is 55 fabrics.  I will continue working on this off and on for the next week.  It is always fun to visit my stacks of batiks.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

8 inch blocks added............

I made 9 more four inch blocks and two eight inch blocks last night.  The 8" blocks look huge but this is just laying on my sewing cabinet so you can see how small it is with 1/4 of the small blocks used.  I will make a few more of the 8" blocks and after my class on Monday I will take them all down to a design wall and see what happens.  I might add one giant 16" block too.