Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Passionate Quilter - Teacher

Guest Post by Vicki Hanson-Burkhart (Wanda’s daughter)

Wanda S. Hanson
Wanda Strope (Hanson)

Thank you all for the thoughtful messages and prayers for my Mom. As she mentioned in yesterday’s post, she had to undergo major surgery and will be away from the computer for a few days or longer while she recovers. 

Meanwhile, I wanted to share with you the link to a new page on the Exuberant Color website that reveals a little background of why my Mom is such a great person, quilter and teacher, and give you a glimpse into her beginnings in sewing and quilting. You’ll discover her passion and productivity goes way back...before I came along:)  

Take a peek at an Interview with Wanda S. Hanson. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Coming soon...........

Wanda S. Hanson Exuberant Color Pop-Up Shop Coming Soon

I have been working hard in the background getting ready for another pop-up shop that will be coming soon, but real life got in the way.  I'm headed for major surgery tomorrow morning so I will be away from the internet for a few days.  I'm sure you have questions, so do I, and I won't know the answers until a week or more after surgery so no details here today.  My daughter Vicki is an administrator on my blog too and will post a surprise for you while I'm away from the computer.  I probably won't answer any comments today.

If you have a spot on your prayer list for one more name, I would be so grateful to be included.

I have to show you how much the Impatiens have grown along my driveway where I had the bushes pulled out.

This is the rest of the view showing my 3 tomato plants and a couple Hostas in pots where the flowers ended.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Moving strips............

In this photo I have moved 2 strips from the left side to the right side to change what will be the center of the quilt.  Not sure if I like this so I will move some more.

In this photo I have moved 8 strips over and I like it a little better but I'm not done yet.

In this one I have moved 11 strips from the left side to the right side and I think this might be where I will stop.  I like the purple Wood Ear print as the row that will make the complete diamond from edge to edge around the quilt as well as like the center.
Now I need to move all of the strips back to the left side of the design wall so I will have room to design the rest of it.

My red Wegiela bush continues to have scattered blooms on it.

And a Purple Coneflower photo just because it a true sign of summer and so colorful.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

TAW progress and organization..............

I have the number of strips unpicked for the top left section plus the center row.  Now I can move the strips one at a time from the left edge to the right edge until I like the center (bottom right corner).

I have been wanting to organize all of my groups of blocks that haven't been sewn into a top yet.  I used my one hour to work on an old project yesterday to finally do it.  I put a label in each one with number of blocks and size plus any other info I thought I needed.
I just happened to have an empty medium size storage box to put them in.

The Rudbeckia in the back garden are just starting to open.  We got .65" rain yesterday so I expect to see a lot more open today.

I have just a couple blooming in the front garden surrounded by an invasive vine type plant that I am ever so sorry I ever planted.  It has totally taken over the front garden along with the Periwinkle Vinca.  It sends its root underground to start new plants so it is really hard to get rid of.
The Tiger Lilies in the back garden are probably going to open today.

This is the first bloom in the front garden yesterday.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Working on the TAW............

I sewed the last seam in all 5 stratas and pressed that seam.  Then I cut a strata into loops.  I have unpicked the first strip and put it on the design wall.  The arrow points to the seam that needs to be unpicked on the next loop.  All you have to do is look at the seam between the top and second piece and identify that seam to unpick in the next loop.

Second piece unpicked and placed on the design wall.  Identify the seam between the top 2 pieces of that strip and find it on the next loop and unpick.

I got 8 loops unpicked and up on the wall.  I decided to stop there and cut the other 4 stratas into loops.

The lilies are doing well this year.  The first 3 years they were in this location they didn't bloom and I was afraid I would lose them.

The Lemon Lily is pretty but doesn't photograph very well.

Friday, July 13, 2018


I finally got around to pressing the 5 stratas for my Kaffe Trip Around the World quilt.  Next step is sewing the last seam to make a tube and pressing that.  Now I need to find my note for what size to do the cross cut.  I customized the measurements for this one instead of using a size from a chart I used in my classes.
These are Rutgers tomatoes.  They are a little larger than 2 of my other varieties but still a smaller tomato.

This group is on a plant called 4th of July and has been my earliest tomatoes ever.  I have gotten at least a dozen ripe tomatoes from the 2 plants.

I also have two Early Girl plants.  This one is in the raised bed and the other is along my driveway.  

The evil Japanese beetles are here.  They have eaten all the leaves off my flowering Cherry bush and now they are starting in on the ferns, milkweeds and Rose of Sharon.

Today the humidity is supposed to roll back in with the temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s.  I went out last night and pulled bindweed out of one garden and cut a bunch of volunteer trees.  Between the high humidity and scattered rain predicted I probably will stay in the cool basement and work.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Back to one hour on an old project.............

I got a little sidetracked and didn't stay with my one hour a day on an older project.  I decided that yesterday I needed to get back on track with it.  This little top (42" x 52" was just waiting for the 2.5" strips to be sewn onto it.  Can you believe it has been waiting for 7 years.  Here it is when I got the main part sewn together.  I had just gotten my Studio die cutter and explain the die I used here.
Here is my favorite Hosta again this year.  It starts out with plain green leaves and then the centers start turning a lighter green and by the end of the summer they are almost white.