A few weeks ago, we had a mini-vacation in Ft. Collins, Colorado. My sister lives there- it's a college town (home of the Rams) 2 hours north of where I live in Colorado Springs. We have never "gone away" with kids before- it was awesome and completely exhausting!
We spent a little time on CSU campus, where they have giant cans of soup:
pianos outside the art museum:
We saw lots of wildlife at Estes National park:
and endured rain, snow, hail, and gorgeous sunshine (all within the span of a few hours) there:
The kids probably slept more in the car than they did in my sister's apartment:
One of the highlights was definitely being able to rent a Gammill at Jukebox Quilts, which is just across the street from the children's "Discovery museum." It worked out perfectly: I spent the morning at Jukebox, while Nick took the kids to the museum. When I was done, they came over and met the resident pet of the quilt shop (a German Shepherd that they fell in love with and still talk about) and admired the bright purple longarm (Charlotte later asked me, "Where's your purple sewing machine?" - I wish I had taken it home!):
I chose a simple pattern: a large figure-eight to go over the rows of my quilt:
and here she is, all completed:
I think it's a perfect finish for spring, and I love that the black and white fabrics temper the sweetness of the candy-like colors. It measures about 90 x 108 and was completed using this series of tutorials at Stitched in Color.
I used a favorite City Weekend print for the back and a Timeless Treasures b&w stripe cut on the bias for the binding.
Linking up to Finish it up Friday and Sewjo Saturday.