Friday, June 06, 2014

Finish it up Friday: Penny Patch Completed!

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.


Sarah Fredette said...

Looks like a fun trip! Love how the Penny Patch turned out! :D

Tamie said...

I have one of these in progress and my daughter has her top finished. Yours is beautiful. Good deal with the longarm being across the street from the children's museum.

Lynn F said...

I think you are so right about the black and white prints keeping it from being too sweet. Great idea!

Unknown said...

I really like the fabrics in this quilt. They make it so interesting to look at. Very nice job.

jane said...

Beautiful quilt, Laurie. Another "small" one:) The fabric works well together. I can't believe how much the kids have grown!

Beth said...

Great quilt. Love b & w in a quilt.

MalinisQuilts said...

This is absolutely lovely!
I love these spring colors.
Great to see you and your family too!
Charlotte is so adorable!