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!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday 7.16.14

 This week's WIP Wednesday is all about the kids.
 WD finished his quilt top.  There was some sweat and tears, fortunately no blood.  You may be able to tell what his favorite color is....
 He chose this vintage Mickey and Donald fabric for the back.  It came from my stash by way of my Grandmother.  It is just a few inches short, so we'll add a green piece to the back, but otherwise is perfect.

 E has been working on her quilt as well. Nothing like a little sibling competition.  She's got just four more flip flop blocks to fuse.  Then we'll choose some setting stripes, cut and assemble.
 Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced, where you can see other's WIP's as well.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Finish Along Q3

 I kinda dropped the ball on getting last quarter's finishes linked up :(.  Actually with all the travel and adventures I totally forgot.  We'll try again this go round.  I'm pretty much just listing all the UFO's I've got around and here's hoping I get them all done.  Let's just say I'm being ambitious, but there's nothing wrong with that, right?
Listed in order of priority:

 My next Four-in-Art mini.  The bottom is the piece basted.  The top is the colors I'm working in.  Reveal will be August 1, so this one will definitely get done!
 Next in line is the 100 blessings quilt.  I've got all the fabric and I'm ready to go!
And the other quilt with a deadline, the stars quilt for the Guild Challenge.  Due at the August meeting, which is the end of August.
 The Downton Abbey quilt is basted and ready for quilting.  This one doesn't have a deadline.  I should give myself one just to get it done.
 And my Central Park top.  Again, no deadline looming, so not much motivation to finish.
 And in all of this somewhere, I have at least 4 Renaissance Fair costumes to make.
Linking up with Katy at The Littlest Thistle



Friday, July 11, 2014

Temperature Quilt Update June (plus July)

 In between trips and busy-ness, about the only sewing machine related sewing I've squeezed in is keeping the Temperature Quilt current.
 This is the second half of June. (that charcoal piece is just to fill in 31 days)
 This obviously hot strip is the days of our Florida Trip.  Good hot days to be at the beach!  I will embroider the places and dates on the patches and put this on the back of the quilt.
 The quilt top is half done!  January through June.
 Last night I did the first 9 days of July.
 And also our days Up North.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Up North July 2014

 Because I'm sure you've all been wondering where I've been.  A few Fourth Of July Weekend pictures to share with you today.
 Top of the Logslide.  This is an area of the dunes where the loggers would push the cut tree trunks down the slide and float them on the lake to the saw mills.  A 500 ft high sand dune on the shores of Lake Superior.  Going down is always easy.  Coming back up, not so much.
 The Logslide is part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  The lake was very calm this day.  But sooooooo cold.  There was still ice in April/May this year.
 Here we are lining up for the parade on the Fourth.  Small town.
 Best balloon animal ever.  Mosquito.
 Later on the Fourth we went to the beach along Lake Michigan.  The wild strawberries were abundant!
 We had a bonfire, hotdogs and gourmet smores.  Then we waited for dark and the fireworks.
 On our last day, we went to Mackinac Island.  (it's Mack-in-ahhhh, please don't pronounce that last "c")  Mr. Riley and I haven't been in probably 15 years.  None of the kids had been.  Here they are on the ferry out to the island.  The weather could not have been better.  We visited the Fort, ate icecream, walked around, shopped, ate dinner and caught the last ferry back to the mainland.
 One of the freighters out in the Straits of Mackinac.  Note the website printed on the side. :)
 Arch Rock on the Island.
 Walking part of the trail around the Island.  The baby's got it made.

 Almost one....

Back to sewing tomorrow!  I promise.









Thursday, June 26, 2014

Vacation Randomness

 Unlike last year's epic two week trip to Florida and back, this year was a one week, house at the beach adventure.  We have reached critical mass in the family where it is now cheaper for us to rent a house than stay in a hotel!

 We took two days to drive down and one of our stops was in Huntsville to visit the Space Center there.  The Pathfinder shuttle is made out of left over parts and is just a shell.  The whole thing was actually shipped to Japan for a tour!
 Mr. Riley took the older two kids on this ride.  E had fun!  He then made me go... I think I'm getting too old for these kinds of things!
 It was pretty late when we got to the house, so first thing in the morning we ran down to see and play in the Gulf. 
 We did some snorkeling in one of the near by bays, which was a first for all but Mr. Riley.  So cool.  One of the kids scooped up this sea urchin.  It is "hiding" under the shell pieces.  No worries, we returned it to its home before we left.
M is quite the beach baby.  Loves the outdoors!
And the water! Of course it helps that the water was bath temperature!
Our last morning out on the deck.  Ready to go home.
 And pretty much my favorite shot of the whole trip.  Its now my phone's lock screen.



Hopefully random enough for Cindy, where I'll be linking up.