Friday, August 1, 2014

Four-In-Art - Urban: Contrasts

 This round of our Four-In-Art group had a theme of Urban: Contrasts.

My first thought when I heard the theme was something to do with the city of Milwaukee and the one farm that is within the county limits. (it's at the zoo)  As I was looking at Milwaukee skylines, it occurred to me that the greater contrast was between the city and Lake Michigan.  Complete urban vs Complete nature.

 This is the skyline as seen from Lake Michigan.

 And so here we have A Study in Contrasts: 3. 
 Straight Line Quilting vs. Wavy Quilting.
 Black Skyline vs. White Reflection
 Orange vs. Blue (opposites on the color wheel)

Next post I'll share Study in Contrasts 1 & 2 which were made in preparation for Number 3 and some construction details.

I do need to point out one thing about this quilt.
That building under the big green arrow?  Not there anymore.  It was knocked down this spring and will be replaced with a new one over the next three years.  Mr. Riley used to work in that building!

Now, go check out all my partners in crime and their amazing quilts!  I know I will be!
Amanda Kattner-- blogs at:
Anne Deister-- blogs at:
Nancy Myers-- blogs at:
Carla Timberlake-- blogs at:
Elizabeth Eastmond  blog:
Betty Ayers-- no blog, but a Flickr site:
Leanne-- blogs at:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WIP Wednesday 7.30.14

There is no linky-dink party today for WIP Wednesday, but I thought I'd give a survey of what I've been working on lately.  The two oldest kids are at camp this week, so its been quieter than usual, with maybe a bit more time to sew?

 I've mostly been working on getting costumes ready for the Renaissance Faire.  This year's orders: An elven princess, Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon, and two peasants.

 Hiccup's furry vest is done.  I'm not even bothering to finish the edges.  I do need to figure out how to get that crease out of the middle.
 The smaller peasant outfit is done.  This is obviously not fine tailoring.  It only has to last a day or two.

 Peasant 2 has finished pants and the shirt is half done.  Then I will start on Hiccup.  The elven princess will have to wait until after the weekend. Partly because it will be the hardest/most work and mostly because Mr. Riley and I are going away for two nights!  Wow! Yay!

 Here is a teaser for my next Four-In-Art Project.  The reveal will be on Friday, so come back to check it out!

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Day at the Fair

 We went to the Racine County Fair this morning.  Had to play around on the tractors a bit.
 And check out the crazy chickens.
 Quilting inspiration can be found anywhere!
 Who knew that package wrapping was a category?
 A deserving blue ribbon winner, don't you think?

On to the quilts.  This first batch is open class - adults.  The unfortunate thing is they are not displayed in all their glory, but folded on racks, instead.

 Beautiful embroidery and quilting!
 I couldn't find any notes, but I wonder if this was form a wedding dress...

 Some amazing quilting with black thread!

 Found this quilt-like water color in the paintings area.

 On to the kids.  The next generation is definitely quilting!

 Love the mannequin!

 Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Showing Some Backs

I have been sewing! I promise.  Along with swim lessons each morning, swimming in the pool each afternoon and getting ready for company.  I'll prove it to you.
Here are the backs from my most recent three quilts.
 I'll reveal this one as part of our Four-in-Art Challenge on August 1.
 I'll show this one also in August.
 This is for the guild challenge.  All it needs is the sleeve and binding.  I've been showing the progress of this one on Instagram. You can find me as rachel_thelifeofriley on there.

The next major undertaking are some costumes, and then there is always the slim chance of being a Sewvivor Contestant.   I'll find out Monday.

Monday, July 21, 2014

First Birthday!

 Somebody turned One last week.
 Our little Mini.
 Actually she's not so little.
 Literally off the chart for height/length.
 She's modelling two birthday dresses made by her Oma.
 And her baby quilt that I made.
 She has been the biggest blessing this year.  Happy Birthday Mini.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sewvivor - The Life of Riley - Rachel

I might be slightly off my rocker, but I've decided to put an entry in to Sewvivor.  It is the quilter's edition!  How could I not!?
 Sewvivor is hosted by Rach at Family Ever After. (great name, of course!)

After much debate and thought, I am entering my Ruby Hexagon Baby Quilt.
 I made this quilt two years ago for a dear friend who was expecting her first girl after three boys!  The hexagons and diamonds were pieced with a combination of machine and hand piecing.  It is made from one of my favorite lines ever, Ruby by Bonnie and Camille.
 The back is a super soft and snuggly flannel, also from the Ruby line.
 I did all the quilting myself, free-motion on my domestic sewing machine.

 I even included a special hexagon label on the back.

 Thanks for stopping by!