from concept to finished

I did it! I designed another quilt from scratch and finished it! I was hired by someone my husband works with to make a quilt for his wife for an anniversary present. AAAAAAWWWWWW so sweet. They are runners and have been running races together for awhile now. What a fun project to work on.

the concept drawing

the concept drawing

I thought that piecing together and quilting on a tech shirt was going to be Hard with a capital H! BUt it wasn’t, I used a fusible made by pellon (SF101) to stabilize each shirt and it made it a breeze.
The back is pieced with all the left over strips and it made a nice fun colorful back for the quilt.

the pieced back

the pieced back

Of course I got exactly zero photos of the quilt after I had finished quilting and binding it because I was on a time crunch and I was so excited with the way it turned out that I just couldn’t wait to give it to the groom! So here is what I have for photos:
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Behind, as usual

I read the blogs. I follow the blogs. I try to stay current on ongoings in the quilting world but am often overwhelmed. Then I fall behind in my own work and writing just keeping up in general. Why do I put the pressure on myself? I have no idea. So I’m not going to anymore. I’m done trying to be in front of the pack. I recently gave some advice to someone to “give yourself a break and remember why you started quilting in the first place, because it was fun and you liked it.” I need to take my own advice and remember that I quilt for my sanity and that I do enjoy it and that it isn’t all about deadlines and finished products.
Wow, this post is going a completely different direction than I thought it would this morning. I had planned to tell you all why I have been absent for pretty much the entire summer. Well, it has something to do with this…

my new toy!

my new toy!


I got a new to me long arm this summer and I stripped all the black paint off of it and decided to paint it a bright fun color, RED! It actually has been a little bit of a labor of love to get it up and running smoothly. I have had many ups and downs already with it but overall I couldn’t be happier. I also have been focusing on getting better and better at the skills I have and have started quilting for others and have been able to help my household income so that my oldest son can go to full day kindergarden.
that's how we roll

that’s how we roll


That’s right, he got to go to his first day of school in style! This is abrupt but I have to go for now. A friend talked me into 5:30am spin class… It might be a few days before I recover enough to post again but I feel like I am going to post with some more frequency for awhile. If you are following, thanks for hanging in there and hopefully you haven’t fallen off your chairs, because I know you were all just sitting on the edge of your seats waiting for the next post ;)

Ahhhhh, back home.

I got to go back to the place that makes me smile and allows me to breath just a little deeper and makes me feel calm and serene, Wyoming. This past weekend I had the chance to teach at Quilt Wyoming 2014. It is the annual state wide quilt convention and this was my second year teaching at this event.  Last year I taught a class utilizing 2 1/2 inch strips and found that I am not the only one who loves the pre-cuts.  One of my students sent me a photo of her finished project and I just have to share because who doesn’t want a little visual and virtual recognition for their work.  Here is Betty with her quilt.

betty's quilt2And also Lyn with her quilt from 2013.

Lyn's pinwheel quilt2I am from Wyoming originally and being back in that state just brings me a sense of warmth and support that I can’t describe.  Being there around the ladies that supported me when I first started quilting has given me the confidence to break into the teaching realm of quilting and I’m not looking back.  I submitted class proposals for a couple of years before being accepted and even still this year I had one of my classes that was canceled due to lack of participants, but I will keep trying because of the support that I have now not only in Wyoming but here too with my quilting friends in Colorado.  

The class this past weekend brought a little bit of a modern feel to it but was rooted in traditional piecing and construction.  We worked on a hexagon quilt and despite a major pattern mess-up progress was made, fun was had, a few tips were learned.  I just got a new phone and I forgot my camera (again big surprise) so these are just the very few photos that I could figure out how to take.

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The Glenrock Girls

QW2014-3 QW2014-2I am now back in Colorado and filled to the brim with motivation and inspiration from my home state and my home girls!  See you all again next year at QW 2015!

 

 

 

Free-motional.

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Originally posted on Team Mama:
I am obsessing over fabric. And quilt patterns. Circles and Drunkard’s Paths. Things that have nothing at all to do with running, or physical fitness. Mental fitness? Possibly. NPR says yes, and I’m a fervent…

May SNOW! May What?!?

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It’s snowing.  Yes it is May.  Yes it is snowing, and snowing, and snowing.  No. I am not happy about it.  My Mother’s Day mood was ruined by the weather even though it provided me the excuse to stay inside and finish up a modern quilt that I have been working on.  Snow in May makes me grumpy.  I have closed all the shades and curtains and forbid my kids from opening them until the sun comes out again.  I refuse to acknowledge that the snow is still falling like wet heavy boogies from the sky.  It is just gross.

My plan instead?  Retreat to the basement like a mole and sew, sew, sew.  My kids are loving it because they get to watch movie after movie (except Frozen, it has been banned temporarily due to the cold theme revolving around ice and snow).  It has worked out alright, I have finished a few things and in my normal style I have forgotten to take pictures of two of my projects… I am pathetic.  I made a really cute apron for a friend of mine using this pattern.

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I also made a fabric bowl that looks similar to these:  for her eggs from her backyard chickens.

IMGP7807The final thing that I worked on and finished is really the most exciting.  I am a member of the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild in Denver area.  We have been given a modern quilt challenge.  Using at least the four fabrics that were chosen for us we must make a modern quilt that measures at least 40 inches x 40 inches and demonstrates the modern quilting aesthetic.

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I only added the white background color and the gray for binding.  It was a fun challenge and when I got the colors I was not digging the challenge, but it turns out I kinda like the end result.

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I free motion quilted it on a Pfaff long-arm and as always really enjoyed that process.  I decided to machine bind the whole thing because I wanted to stick to modern techniques and because I wanted to finish it faster…

IMGP8593The guild is collecting quilts from Front Range Modern Quilt Guild and a few other modern quilt guilds in Colorado and hoping to show a collection of quilts at various different shows throughout the state to introduce people to modern quilting.  Even though I really like modern quilting I still love the traditional crinkly look of a quilt when you pull it out of the dryer for the fist time, it is so cozy.  How about your?  Are you a traditionalist or a modern quilter?  OR do you just call yourself a quilter, like I do.

 

 

Phat Bobbin Girl is OPEN!

It’s official!  I’m official!  This week I registered my business with the secretary of state.  I am now open for business!  I am offering long arm quilting services and if you are interested just send me a message and I’ll get back to you.  Here are a few pictures of projects finished and some in progress.  Enjoy your weekend.

Updates

I’m sorry it has been so long since I have written a blog post, I go through phases where I think that I don’t really have anything to say and then when I sit down to write, well, look out!

Updates:  I did not win the Pantone Challenge.  I was a little sad because I had three chances to win and I won nothing.  But a HUGE congratulations goes out to my friend Gail who not only introduced me to this challenge but she won second place with this quilt.

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She has got me wanting to work with linen and triangles!  In fact, I have started collecting a stack of fabrics to do this same quilt just in different colors.  Image

 

I plan on putting this aqua and sunshine yellow quilt in our camper.  I will share more about that later.

I did not win the Pantone Challenge but I did have a major success in organizing and hosting the first Phat Bobbin Girl sewing retreat!  Of course I forgot my camera so I have no pictures but by the powers of Facebook I have a very small sampling of photos of projects worked on.

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The weekend was very inspiring and collaborative.  There was quilting, garment sewing, zipper sewing and something very dear to my heart, free-motion quilting.  Almost everyone there tried free motion quilting, four girls tried it for the very first time!  The weekend has even got me thinking that I am going to sew a few clothes for my small pack of M&M’s…  I will be sure to share the trials and hopefully the successes.  Thanks for coming to my party retreat girls!

Guess Who?

 

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Guess who I met?

Guess who I met?  She is my work-at-home business idol. She also just happens to be my quilting idol at the moment too.  That’s right it is Angela Walters!  She came to Denver to our Modern Quilt Guild and did a lecture/trunk show and a free motion class for us.  It was AWESOME just watching her draw on a white board.  I never realized how much of a visual person I am until I saw her use the whiteboard and things just clicked for me.

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Her teaching style was very ‘real’ and I feel ready to launch into more challenging quilting designs and even branch out and modify traditional designs on my own.  She tends to be a motivating person just by being realistic.  She says that her quilts aren’t made for competition and that is why she doesn’t worry about crossing lines in her meander or if her stitches are all perfectly spaced.  I like her style.  One thing she said that really stuck with me is “Once is a mistake, twice is a design choice.”  Her style spoke freedom to me and I am chompin’ at the bit to get started.

 

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The Legacy quilt above took Angela only 30 hours to quilt!  It is super detailed and highlights her skills to add design in the negative space with the quilting.  And she freely shared all of her quilts, by showing them and draping them over railings and letting us all take pictures and even touching them!

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And if yo would like to read her blog she can be found at Quilting is My Therapy.  I had a really fun weekend and I haven’t stopped thinking about free motion quilting for a week now!  Thanks Angela for a deeply inspiring weekend and the support that I needed.

 

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge

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Radiant Orchid 2014 with my chickens

Whew!  I got it done in the knick of time!  I heard about a quilt challenge awhile back and gave you a sneak peak of my fabrics in a post earlier this year here.  It is a challenge using the Pantone Color of the year and this year it is Radiant Orchid.

I enjoyed the color choice, but I have to be honest by the time I finished the quilt I am ready to put it away.  I started this quilt near Valentine’s Day and had hearts on the brain and now I am ready to move on to Spring things.  Even though I am ready to put it away until next February I really did have a good time doing the challenge.  It was a good lesson in color theory for me as I chose to keep my color palate very simple and yet striking.  

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“now that’s good fabric on the back!”

I designed this quilt based on a picture I saw years ago (sorry, no link, I looked for one).  I have just kept the picture in my head and it really did feel good to get it out on paper first and turn it into a quilt.  So I guess you could say that I designed this quilt from scratch!  High five self!

For the quilting, I have recently met a woman who lives near me that has a PFAFF long-arm that she has graciously offered to my use.  I am enjoying quilting and she has said she enjoys watching me do it so I think we make a good pair.  Thanks Ginger!  The quilting design was inspired by the Spring sun and the color name. The quilting starts in the center of the heart and makes a radiant sunburst type pattern out towards the edges of the quilt.  Then a few of the radiant sun rays are filled in with what I call a ribbon candy pattern.  I chose to do this because it is afterall,  a Valentine’s quilt and Valentine’s Day is all about candy!

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close-up of radiant quilting

 

The binding… I have a secret.  I rarely hand bind my quilts.  I like machine binding.  So it should come as no surprise to you that this quilt is also machine bound.  I just like it and it is so fast to get  quilt done.  One day I’m sure that I will learn to love hand binding but just not yet…  One day I will post a tutorial about how I bind my quilts.

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I love the color of the binding!

 

Now for me to meet the contest requirements:

Quilt Title:  Sweet Radiance 

Quilt Size: 33inches x 42inches

Contest category: Quilts (finished)

Fabrics used: front- Ta Dot in grape by Michael Miller, Peak Hour by Kellie Wulfsonn for Riley Blake  binding- Tweedy by P&B textiles   back- Heart Stipe in burgundy by Free Spirit

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sunglare and all, here she is!