Thursday, December 16, 2010

If I don't quilt it, nobody will want it...

Hi I'm Wanda from Exuberant Color blog.  This is the first time I have done a guest blog so I'll introduce myself.  I have been quilting for 52 years and have made hundreds of quilts.  People tell me that they can tell which ones are mine at a quilt show but I don't think I have an identifiable style, other than I LOVE COLOR!


I have a large stash.......this is the Christmas bin.  I have to laugh when the bin label says 58 qts.  Why don't they say 58 yards!!  Does anyone store quarts of anything in them?



About 12 years ago I cut lots and lots of Christmas fabric into 2" squares for my daughter and me.  You can see I still have a few left.........for someday. ( No giggling here, I know we all have these somewhere)



I did make a couple table mats a few years ago.  I kept one for myself.  I like to do crazy piecing too and sometimes use the fancy stitches on my sewing machine.  Check it out on my blog, on the 'Pages' and on the label list, both on my right sidebar.  Also under Tutorials on the Labels list there is one for assembling Christmas stockings.



For years I wanted to make a Christmas quilt and last year I finally made one. 

It used up a lot of 1.5" strips that I had cut at the same time that I cut the 2" squares.
This year I am making another one.  I am at the 'choosing border' stage on this one.  You can see I have an embroidery machine too.


While contemplating border choices I start another project (doesn't everyone?).  I had a couple orders to fill for my patchwork journal covers so I made a bunch to choose from.

I choose pieces from my 'parts bin' and then add fabrics until they are large enough to go around the little notebooks that I insert in them.  I line them and then quilt them.  There is a tutorial for these here.

I have a few tops waiting to be quilted if I run out of other things to do, LOL!!
No counting, but  if you do, please let me know how many are there?


When I am trimming my fabrics for the first piece I need for my stash boxes or a project, I do what I call a clean up cut, and I make it generous, anywhere from 1"-2".  It is always crooked of course so it goes into my 'crooked strip' projects.......

like this one and.............

this one.  I just love these.  They aren't quilted yet.  You know what happens after they are quilted don't you?  Someone wants them!  When they are just tops, they are MINE!

I'll leave you now with a photo of 2 of my bins of light fabric.  I've heard it said that no one has enough light fabrics.  Maybe they haven't visited my house yet.

Thanks Madame Samm for the invitation!

Merry Christmas!!


HO HO  HO
Editors note: from Madame Samm
Oh no REALLY, another GIVEAWAY,
no YOU shouldn't have?



 YES, and yes and yes, and here is this delightful festive book  review...

Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks, know how to hang their stockings in this delightful
seasonal pattern book. Filled with a mixture of pillows and quilts, it is no coincidence that your feet will be itching to begin one of their projects. Check your stash for bright reds and greens and then choose “Joy to the world pillow” or “To all a good night”  Christmas quilt and “The Stockings were Hung” wall hanging. Be prepared to dance and quilt through your holiday season! 

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157 comments:

  1. You only have quart containers? I have gallon tubs - but again, who stores quarts or gallons in these things. I just love the scrappy string blocks and quilt tops. And I have a closet like yours! Many quilt tops hang, waiting their turn to be finished and given to a new home. I don't have the bundles of lights though - this is a work in progress.... Thank you for a wonderful post with lots of great eye candy.

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  2. Thank you sew, sew much for sharing!!! No, I didn't count...no need :) They are all beautiful and what fun! You truly seem to be just as exuberant as your name implies ... Can't wait to check out your blog and read more of your fun! Thank you!!

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  3. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful projects and some of the processes you follow when you're quilting.
    The Christmas projects are great examples of ways to reduce our stash.
    Being a frequent visitor to your blog, I was confused by the title of this post, but it makes perfect sense, after reading your explanation. Ah, the fun I'd having rummaging through those hangers!

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  4. You have made me green with envy (for your stash) and also made me see how clever you are. Those strip piecing quilts are gorgeous. Those color combinations - wow.

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  5. some gorgeous quilts i love the vibrant colors of them.

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  6. I love your excitement and energy! All those projects are amazing and beautiful and make me want to come wade through fabric and scraps and watch your creative process unfold!!! Very fun!

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  7. I just love all the photos in this post. The color is great. I enjoy seeing someone who makes what they want from what they want.

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  8. Your quilts are stunning! I love the crooked pieces ones. I couldn't see much of the designs of the tops on hangers, but from what I did see, I can tell I would love them, too. Lovely!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  9. So many colors, so many quilts,,er....tops! I could just feel the energy and fun!

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  10. I love your crooked strips quilts Wanda. So fun!

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  11. Hello Wanda, I enjoyed reading your post and to see your quilting processes......maybe nineteen quilt tops to quilt...Warm Regards, Lyn...ps I am a follower

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  12. Wanda I enjoyed reading your guest post. Boy what I would't give to have your colourful stash boxes.
    All your projects are just wandaful and I counted 20 tops. LOL. But I am sure you have more.

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  13. Wanda,
    What a wonderful post! I am so in LOVE with that strip quilt with the black and white corner patches... fabulous! You have such a lovely style.

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  14. Some very beautiful projects for (mostly) scraps and small pieces. Great Ideas!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful stories. I REALLY need to start making my first scrappy quilt...
    Elzaan

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  15. I love the idea with the 'crooked strip' projects. Normaly I just keep the first crooked strips as thin as possible to avoid throwing useable fabric away. From now on I will save them separately. Thank you for some great ideas.
    Happy Holidays from Denmark

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  16. Thank you for sharing, Wanda! I love your tip of how you straighten up the fabric - and make scrappy quilts out of the cuts.
    ; )

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  17. Thank you Wanda - Now that's what I call a stash!!
    I'm a follower

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  18. This was a fun read.... and your work is lovely.... the only problem is my reading list has got longer today.....haha.... The crooked strips are great...
    Hugz

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  19. Wanda, your colorful, scrappy projects are wonderful!
    Betty in VA

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  20. Wanda, your colorful, scrappy projects are wonderful!
    Betty in VA

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  21. I love your style! You're where I want to be after quilting for 50 years!

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  22. Wanda, Love what you do with your clean up cuts. Your quilts are beautiful!

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  23. How wonderful Wanda! Your enthusiasm is contagious! Many thanks for sharing all those lovely pics of your fabrics and your lovely quilt tops!

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  24. Wanda, your work is amazing! I really enjoyed looking at everything on this post. I have only two finished tops....so I guess that's not too bad. Thanks for sharing with us!!!!

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  25. Good Morning Wanda...I had to laugh at your closet with all those quilts yet to be quilted...Ok, even if I made a good effort I don't think in my lifetime I could possibly make that many more...I don't have that much time left lol. I crooked pieces resulting in these lovely quilts...well I like those best...Are those quilted? lol. You are deligh!

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  26. nice to see you on here Wanda - I always love looking at your quilts
    I wouldn't mind being in on the give away also.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  27. Wanda, so nice to see you over here.

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  28. I consider myself a student of Ms Wanda's - she makes THE most beautiful quilts in the world - day after day - as evidenced by all the unquilted tops LOL - I am so happy to see her here

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  29. I love your blog Wanda and your style of quilting. Glad that you cleared up for me the reason that a lot of my quilt tops are not quilted yet.lol
    Thanks for the giveaway, Madame Samm.

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  30. Love the crooked strip quilts! Great idea - I think I'll start cutting my ends a bit bigger too.

    Pop me in the drawing... love the book!! :)

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  31. Wow, I think that is probably the largest stack of "needs to be quilted" I have seen. You win the prize!!! But seriously, your scrappy quilts are amazing! I love all of the Christmas fabric and the String Quilts are so bright and cheery :) Thanks for a great start to my morning :)

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  32. Wanda, I enjoyed your post! You say you don't have a style but you do -- EXUBERANCE!! Your color signature is everywhere and it's beautiful!

    Linda
    http://eatsleepquilt.blogspot.com

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  33. Wanda, I love your style and your enthusiasm. I have a look at your blog every morning even before I read my mail and I off to a good start,

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  34. Wanda, those strip quilts are AWESOME. I can see why you are so eager to keep them!

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  35. Great post Wanda! I liked the idea of your crooked clean up cuts. I may do a post on my blog following your format. I think it would be interesting for me to compare what you have posted to my stash and UFOs.

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  36. Oh, I forgot, I am now a follower!

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  37. If only your readers knew that this is just the tip of the iceberg of your prolific works! It is great to see so many of your Christmas projects in one post - makes me want to get back to my own. Thanks Wanda

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  38. I love your quilts Wanda. I can see why people want them. Thanks for sharing today.

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  39. Really enjoyed your post Wanda. Love the scrappy quilts. Thanks for the giveaway. I have always wanted this book in my quilting library.

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  40. Love your quilts! I had to laugh when you mentioned contemplating a border on a quilt so you went on to another project. I've had a quilt on my design wall for probably 2 months waiting for that last border! Of course I've been working on other things while I'm still thinking. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  41. I love your stash. Merry Christmas

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  42. What a great stash and I love what you do with it. Thanks for taking the time to share with the rest of us.

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  43. Love the crooked strip quilts, great idea!
    I have no christmas quilts yet, the book would be a great way to get me going :0)
    Thanks.

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  44. all those fabulous quilts! you could be quilting for days on that stack!

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  45. LOL, I love it! I love to see all your tops hanging there...know why??? Cause again, I am not alone!! I have a ton of tops that need quilting too...one of these days. Thanks for the great post. Merry Christmas!

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  46. Those crooked strip quilts are marvelous! I need to try that! Thanks for the delightful post and colorful inspiration!

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  47. So much inspiration! I want to start sorting right now. Thanks for the giveaway too.

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  48. I just cleaned up the shelves that have my "blenders" fabrics, and put all those little bits and pieces that I know I won't use anywhere. They're all in a big bag, ready to be donated to friends who are coming over tomorrow. But, gee, I could cut strips, and use them for strippy, scrappy gifties. Hmmm.

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  49. I'm sitting here with my cup of coffee, reading and getting ready to start the day. It makes my heart leap to see all of the color. I find it refreshing.No wonder you don't have them quilted, I would want to hold on to them too. What a wonderful post!
    Merry Christmas!

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  50. Hi! I am a follower
    I counted 19 tops for quilting! I thought I had a few!
    I like the buzz of picking fabric, cutting, hearing the sewing machine, making my mind work on "what is the next step?", and then getting the top done! I'm not usually in a big hurry to get the top quilted unless the quilt is going to a particular person or event.
    Take care, leslie

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  51. I love colour! and your quilts are wonderful! I did do a quick count...really, who didn't??? Really?? and I would guess about 20, so a totally normal number! LOL

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  52. I always love your color combinations, Wanda. Your use of color is inpirational.

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  53. I made the stocking quilt but i shrunk it to wall size. and the joy to the world pillow i did in flannels. love the book. martha in baxter, mn

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  54. We are so lucky to have you, Wanda. Wish some of that "color sorting" would rub off on me someday!

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  55. OH My Goodness! I could only wish for fabric like that! Ok, lets admit it.. I wish for fabric like that all the time.. LOL. Maybe someday I will have a stash. Until then, I quilt, and drool.

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  56. What a fabulous and inspiring post to read this morning! I really loved the photo of all the hanging quilt tops...I'm going to do that...they look so pretty hanging there instead of hiding in a box in a closet!

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  57. I enjoy following both of you gals.

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  58. Samm and Wanda together - what a great combination. I follow both of you separately and enjoy everything you do (both of you).

    Hugs - Marie

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  59. Wow! You have a lot of quilt tops hanging there! Thanks for sharing your Christmas quilts!

    And thanks for the giveaway too! That book looks wonderful! :0)

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  60. Gorgeous quilts - but that Christmas quilt is stunning!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  61. If you want to send some of those tops my way I'd gladly take them - even unquilted. :) Oh and that stash of light fabrics too! blessings, marlene

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  62. I am loving your scrappy string quilts!!

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  63. I never thought of it that way. If they are just tops, nobody wants them but me :) I start to get worried when I only have that many tops waiting to be quilted. When I get on a roll, I can get 20 done in 3 days. I'm glad I have a lot of friends who help me out by sewing the tops for me :) Great quilts and great inspirations.

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  64. Wow, I love those containers of fabrics! Mine are all in drawers, on shelves, in closets and some on a bookcase, but it's just so delish to look at the bin full!

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for the opportunity - I'd love to win that book!

    Janet
    jfquilts@gmail.com

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  65. Always "wandaful" to see your work, Wanda. :) You put inspiration in front of us daily...and you're so organized too! Great article and beautiful projects. I would definitely say you color our world! Thanks, neighbor!

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  66. If I'm not careful I will be spending more time reading about everyone else's sewing and not doing any of my own. There are sew many wonderful blogs and ideas to see, as many as there are patterns and fabrics to use. My question: who will do the dishes will I sew?

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  67. Hi Wanda great post. I told you it would be.
    Great to have you here.

    Thanks Madame Samm for inviting Wanda. I read here blog first everyday. She always has so much to share.

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  68. Always good to see you can never have enough fabric or make enough quilts! Great post - thank you. Follower - of course.

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  69. Great blog, Wanda. It's nice to see you over here at Stash Manicure. Thanks for opportunity to win a neat book, Madame Samm. Merry Christmas!

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  70. Great post! I love seeing how much stash other people have :) It makes me feel not so bad. Wanda, I think I counted 19 hangers :)

    Madame Samm...I'm a follower! I read here every morning with my cuppa tea! Thanks!

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  71. You look very organized with your scraps. Mine are just in some big boxes. Bigger pieces I do have stored by color. Love the strip quilts, they are very colorful. thanks for sharing your story. Looking forward to reading more in your blog.

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  72. A friend told me about your blog and now I read it every day. I have so many ideas and not enough time - a problem every quilter faces.
    Connie H

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  73. Wanda, I love your blog and your style of quilts. It is so nice to see you over here on SM. Great post...the quilt made from crooked strips are the best. Wow, you do have a lot of light fabrics. I can just imagine how many bin of bright fabrics you have.
    Samm, thanks for the chance to enter for another giveaway.

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  74. What a wonderful blog. I never thought about the fact that if I don't quilt them, no one will want them, but the moment they get quilted they end up going out the door.

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  75. Scraps are so much fun. Quilting is great because it makes people want things that are made out of scraps! I love to give my quilts away. That's the reason I make them. Thanks for the opportunity to win a great Christmas pattern book. Merry Christmas!

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  76. Congratulations on a great post, Wanda! Your talent and style really showed through - thanks for sharing your tips and wonderful inspiration. What a nice Christmas gift! :)

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  77. Wow! Love reading about your stash and UFO's! I have a huge box of 5" squares I cut up a couple of years ago just so it wouldn't look like I had so much material. Love the idea of cutting off a generous 1-2" strip and keeping them. Thanks for sharing!

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  78. Fun post, and great photos. I've never thought of it that way, but it is so true! As soon as it's quilted, someone is trying to claim it!

    Lovely giveaway! Thanks for offering it!

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  79. Thanks for sharing. I just love to see other peoples stashes. Those bright string quilts are great! Keep working on those!

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  80. I get inspire every time I visit this site. I love fabric as well and I do need to be a bit more organized.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  81. I am a follower. thanks for the great blog!

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  82. Such wonderful quilts! I love the Christmas one with the partial circles. I also really like the strippy one with the black squares. Thanks for all the eye candy (yea - no calories!) and inspiration!

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  83. I would love to have this book!!!

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  84. I love the colorful string quilts, they really use up the scraps! Your stash sounds amazing, what fun to play in! Love the giveaway, too, looks like a fun book.

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  85. I agree with your statement that it's yours until it's quilted! Thanks for sharing your strings with us. I love your stash!!

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  86. Thanks for sharing and I am a follower! Love your post and love this blog too.

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  87. Yes, everyone wants the quilts after they are quilted. Thanks for an enjoyable post. Love the string quilts. Also, I checked out your journal tutorial and that has given me another Christmas gift idea.

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  88. I'm a follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  89. Stash Manicure has, without a doubt, become my favorite blog! I absolutely LOVE all the creative ideas and fun observations from my "birds of a feather!"
    Thank you EVERYONE who gives me my daily fix!

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  90. I love the Christmas quilt. I will consider something similar for next year to help use up my abundant Christmas stash.

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  91. VERY NEAT BOOK!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  92. What fantastic quilts you've made! Beautiful colours. I might have to start saving my crooked strips for crooked quilts :)

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  93. Love the Christmas quilt! So pretty!
    Would love the book. Thanks for th chance to win it.

    Sandy A
    PS...I am a follower.

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  94. Love the strip quilt! I have a pile somewhat like yours..not quite but close!

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  95. I'm drooling over all of these quilts! Especially that Christmas one with the circles. Gorgeous! I'm a color junkie too. Love what you've done with the angled strips.

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  96. Such beautiful colors! I am totally in love with that circle quilt.

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  97. I love all the colours in your quilt!

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  98. I love the way you have all you fabrics in bins and organized. Gorgeous colors, I to am one that loves color...

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  99. I knew you would all love Wanda, my neighbor here in Illinois, my age twin, and a good online friend.

    You should check out her blog and move down the links there to see some more of her really really beautiful quilts.

    She also does a LOT of charity quilt work; I mean a lot.

    Congratulations my friend on your first post here. I'm sure you'll be back. *S*

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  100. I love that wonky log cabin-ish looking strip quilt. That's a great idea!

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  101. I'm a longtime follower... I love this blog... it lets me know I'm not the only one who has a ton of projects all going at once! LOL

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  102. I've been a follower since the beginning!!

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  103. Wanda, I read your blog and stash manicure every morning. What a treat to have a 2nd blog entry from you today. Between you and Tammy Tadd's shop, I am becoming a brights quilter.....

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  104. I just discovered your site and love reading all the guest blogger posts. It gives us a lot of variety and different points of view. Thanks for making this available to us.
    Chris
    http:/weekendwisdom.blogspot.com

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  105. Nice post, Wanda......fun to follow you over here after admiring your work on your blog. I didn't count, but yes, I would take that green triangle quilt-top that's hanging....and it's not even quilted yet. So see, even your tops arent' safe !

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  106. I read "Exuberant Color" almost every day --- and Wanda showed some pictures here that I have never seen. It was fun to read and learn about some "new" facts.

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  107. I love Wandas style and hers was one of the first blogs I started to follow regularly. Wow - you have many years worth of quilts in that stash.

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  108. Love what you do with your scraps. I need to get a handle on mine. Would love to win that book. The stocking pillow is soooo cute.

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  109. Just when I think you can't get any better - you do! What a great post showing lots of possibilities for all that wonderful stash material we have.

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  110. Nice post Wanda. Love your christmas quilt that you finally made for yourself. I like the idea of making the generous cut at the beginning, I just might start doing that.

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  111. What a treat it is to read all of the comments here in addition to the ones on my blog. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment! For those of you still counting the quilts on the hangers, some have 2 on them and I have another whole rack of them too. I'm a fast starter and a slow finisher.......but I'm OK with that!

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  112. Wanda, again, you are a huge shot in the arm for quilters. Your enthusiasm is wonderfully contagious. While you are at least 3 days drive from me, I do hope to meet you someday!

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  113. I love Wanda's blog, read it every day. Such inspiration for me. Love the Christmas quilt.
    Marge

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  114. Oh Wanda! I love your scrappy quilts. They are gorgeous. And very colourful. Thanks for all the inspiration. Your Christmas quilt is just gorgeous. Those stripy curves are wonderful.

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  115. Way to go, Wanda ... GREAT guest post!

    You know I love your work!!!!!!

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  116. Great post, Wanda. You certainly featured the best of the best of your blog. I love visiting you everyday for the colours and inspiration.
    thanks for the chance today to win that yummy Christmas book!

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  117. Boy do you have a nice collection of quilt tops and fabric stashes. I was over to your blog and became a follower. I really like your journal book covers. Thanks for sharing.
    Jeane

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  118. Oh a giveaway? That's a bonus! I really came to tell you that I love your circle quilt up there! It's gorgeous!

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  119. How fun I could always go for another book
    Hope you have a great day. :o}
    Regena

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  120. All those quilt tops waiting to be quilted! Amazing. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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  121. LOL .... when I grow up, I want to have an organised stash just like yours! Thanks for sharing, I think I must have as many tops too! Fabulous quilts :)

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  122. he he! and I'm a follower too!

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  123. Thank you very much for the giveaway. I love the Joy to world pillow.
    Wow - lots of lovely quilts - Im a new quilter so.. well wow! I did count :) (20?)
    I am a follower!

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  124. Loving the blog. I follow and thanks for the chance to win.

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  125. At last!!! Someone who has as many unquilted tops as I have! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  126. Hi Wanda

    Loved the quilt show and colour all designed to make you want to get up and sew. With regard to the unfinished quilt tops - my thoughts are "LIFE IS MUCH MORE FUN WHEN YOU DON'T KEEP SCORE"

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  127. Thanks for sharing and have a Merry Christmas

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  128. If you don't quilt it, nobody will want it....WOW....got that right...exception of my quilting friends who would love to nick my stash when I'm gone! Enjoyed your post!

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  129. Lovely quilts. And the crooked strips quilts - well those are fabulous! I look forward to the day I can make such beauties. Thanks for sharing.

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  130. Quilted or unquilted, all those tops sure look pretty hanging together. I'm a follower!!

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  131. I loved your quilts - they were so exuberant!

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  132. I'm a follower of Stash Manicure, and I read Exuberant Color every day! Love it! dsb448@att.net

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  133. I love all those colors! and all the strips! and the journals! all of it!

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  134. Love your quilts - love all the organization. Green with envy.. . .

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  135. Love the post, love the quilts, love the colors. thanks for the chance at the giveaway, I really want to make the stockings were hung quilt....just love it!

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  136. Thank you for the wonderful give away!

    I follow!

    SheilaC

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  137. I enjoyed the post and thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this book.

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  138. Yes, I am a follower. I love the ladies at the Quilt Patch in Moose Jaw.

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  139. I have some bins but I never thought to store my fabric sideways. It makes so much more sense since you can see what you have instead of taking everything out to find out what's on the bottom.

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  140. I love that book! And I'd LOVE to win it!

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  141. Pick me! Thanks for having the ANOTHER giveaway.

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  142. My goodness. That's the only thing I can say. I am just a beginner .. Should that be my future?????????LOL
    Thanks for sharing this.

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  143. OMG Wanda!!!!!!look at that closet....I guess it is safe to say you don't finish one quilt before you start another. I don't either but I fear for the loved ones who inherit my stash and WIP's.....not so much now....you got me beat!!!!

    Thanks for sharing..... love the giveaway book. It would put a :) on my face if I were to win....

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  144. Wanda you are amazing! Thanks for letting us look in closet of flimsies...mine looks about the same...

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  145. This was a great post. I want to get into strip quilting after Christmas when I can focus on stuff I want to do for fun. Thank you for the give away. The book looks like lots of fun.

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  146. love to win the quilting book thanks

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  147. I follow and would love to have the quilting books. Thanks for the great tips.

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  148. I love the article, it made me laugh. I have asked my husband that question about quart tubs. Does anyone store quart things in them?Thank you for the photos of the stash and quilts, they are great. Merry Christmas and thank you for the giveaway.

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  149. I LOVE the Christmas candle mat/table topper you did with those 2-inch squares! Looks like it's about 18" (+ binding) when finished? I made up a bunch of larger Christmas blocks this year that I didn't end up liking...so your method is a good way for me to still salvage that fabric by cutting it into smaller blocks and making mats and table runners like yours.

    -- Colleen @ Made by Colleen

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