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.

Wyoming retreat #2

April is coming and with the month of April comes my last winter sewing retreat and the start of gardening and rafting season.  March is always a hard month for me to focus on one thing or the other so I feel like my month slips away without accomplishing anything and then the month of April is my scramble catch up month.  NOT this year!  I am going to keep up on blog posts, get a couple of sewing projects done, finish planning a retreat, get my garden planned out and ready, plan some summer rafting trips, go on TWO back-country snowshoe trips and don’t you worry I will tell you all about each and every one of those things…  Just kidding I will try to stick to quilting and/or sewing.

So, back on the Ranch in Wyoming… we all had a great time and I just want to share a few more photos of projects that I worked on while I was there.

The picture below features some friendship blocks given to me by the lovely group of friends that I sew with most often in Wyoming.  I only used a portion of the blocks so I still have some to play with.  I am really looking forward to quilting in all that lovely negative space.  It has been calling to me in my dreams…

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not all friendships are perfect

Next up is a quilt that I sorta designed myself.  By that I mean I just started sewing and this is what is turned out to be.  I really like the end result and again I am looking forward to quilting this top too.  I used a jelly roll from Amy Butler’s Lark collection and a couple of yards of Kona, bone color.

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I also started and finished a new purse for myself!  I love updating my wardrobe in the spring and really who can afford that when all my extra green goes to fabric so instead I decided to put my skills to good use and accessorize!  The tutorial that I used can be found here.  The tutorial was great, I have used it a couple of times for myself and the piping adds a real finished look to the bag.  I changed  up the pleats just a little bit on mine just because the fabric yelled at me when I tried to pleat it more than once, it said “NO I want to be seen”!

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During the weekend I was also asked to give a quick demonstration on machine binding.  I was happy to do so.  I found this tutorial on Pinterest awhile back and I think it is genus!  It is called Susie’s magic binding.  I used this technique to bind all of the Valentine’s placemats that I made for our very first Valentine’s breakfast celebration this year.  I blogged about it here.

And now for the most important pictures of the weekend… I taught a class at Quilt Wyoming in 2013 and a couple of my students were at this retreat and they brought their finished quilt with them to show me.  It really warmed my heart and made me feel accomplished.  Thank you both for sharing and I hope to see you in future classes.

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Betty with her finished quilt.

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Lyn with her finished quilt.

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She even used the teeny tiny cut off HST units on the back! I’m proud of you girl!

To end out this post I would love to know what some of your spring goals are?  Are you stash busting with a scrappy pattern?  Are you fabric collecting for a design that has been brewing in your head?  Are you focusing on finishes for the month?  What are working on?