Friday, May 26, 2017

Local Quilt Show Review

 Every year, just after Easter the Crazy Quilters of Mukwonago WI have a quilt show.  I try to enter/attend.  Its not too far away from me.  I don't know HOW they do one every year.  Our guild does a show every two and it is An Affair!

So on to some quilts for your viewing pleasure.
A friend of mine received an Honorable Mention for her miniature Cathedral Window.
I got an Honorable Mention on Minnie for Mini. (aren't the ribbons pretty?)

 A first for one of our guild members.
 Loved this quilt! (not mine)
 My Fish quilt was up against that Vogue quilt.  I did get another Honorable Mention, though.
 More beautiful and fun quilts.  This was first in "First quilt in a show"  Clearly not a "first quilt ever"

 This bee quilt was in the groups section.  Each block is a different bee/bees.

 I really like the quilt above.  Maybe I'll do something like this after the 10 year hexie quilt.
 Mini helped by taking lots of pictures.

 The simplicity of this one stuck out to me.
 A selvedge quilt.  Both the colors and whites are selvedges.
 A couple of fun cat quilts.

 A friend hand quilted this and received a second place ribbon!

There was a display of Yellow art quilts.  I adore the one in the middle.

I also entered the Mincecraft Quilt, Purple Passion, and a Table Runner (that I can't find a blog post for).

Enter quilt shows people!  If there are no quilts entered there is no show to see!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Temperature Quilt April/Beginning of May

 April was super busy with "have to" projects, so the Temperature Quilt got put to the side.  When we got back from Florida, I did all of April and the first four days of May.

April by itself.
A couple days ago I caught up in May through the 15th and also did the days we were in Florida,  See those black stripes.   Record highs while we were there!

 This is the comparison to the weather we were missing at home.  For once, we actually missed the bad weather while we were gone.  I guess it rained the whole time and was cold.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Greenery Pantone Color Quilt Challenge

OK.  I know that you've already seen this quilt. I finished it in March and blogged about it the beginning of April.  When I was working on in a couple people mentioned to me that the colors would work for the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge.

So, as far as I can tell, it doesn't matter what you made the quilt for, as long as it was finished in 2017.  So here is my entry for the Mini Quilt Category.

Green Weaver
Finished dimensions are 12" x 12".

(I don't actually have the quilt anymore, or I might have taken brighter pictures.  I will have the opportunity to bid on it in the fall and buy it back, which I just might.)

 I will spare you the whole story - you can go back and read it here if you want.
 I figured I'd share a couple of the in progress shots for interest.

 And of course the back.
 It's not too late for you to join the link up.  There is even a category for Tops Only.

Cutting all the Things in Fabric and Vinyl

 The Christmas before last I received a Silhouette Cameo machine as a gift from Mr. Riley.  It was pretty exciting.  And scary.  Up until recently I had only used it for a couple of projects.  The Matrix quilt and the Lighthouse Quilt.

I opened my mouth at a PTO meeting and said I could cut vinyl with it so I've upped my game and now I want to make all the things.

For school I did some letters and paws.
I'm still learning a bit about sizing the letters when doing multiple cuts. COUgars :)  This one is probably temporary, though, since there is some painting that will get done once school is out.
This one was actually a "mistake" because it wasn't big enough, but we found a place for it.
Then I started projects that I've wanted to try around the house.  We've had the menu board for a few months, but now its fancy.
And I made a vinyl bee of my logo (actually I should re-do it) and put it on the car.  I used to have a magnet bumper sticker of a bee - but it got lost or stolen off the car.
Next I moved on to fabric letters with Wonder Under on them.  I'm not sure why, but Alf the kitten was fascinated by the machine.

 So the last of my bee word blocks from the Spelling Bee Quilt Bee are finally done.  I'm in search of "The Perfect Yellow" to set them all together.

 I have more plans for the Silhouette!

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Florida Birthday Present

I am writing this before my birthday, but by the time you read this it will have passed.  May 20 is my 40th birthday.  So at the end of April/beginning of May Mr. Riley and I went to Florida to celebrate.  By ourselves. No kids. (and a conference).

On Friday we left before dawn.  Flew straight to Orlando, rented a car, and drove straight to Clearwater Beach in time for lunch.  Then we slept in the sun.  And swam a little.  True Confession: I don't love swimming in salt water.

 We were out on the pier when this pelican dropped in to dry off in the wind/sun.  He (or she?) seemed to like to show off for all the cameras.
 Then Sat and Sun we went to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.  I rode my first roller coasters in 15+ years.  I still love them.

 We spent most of our time in the WWOHP.  Had lunch in The Leaky Cauldron.
 Mr. Riley drinking the famous Butterbeer (overrated) But the butterbeer potted cream dessert was to die for!
 The dragon on top of Gringotts bank.  Shoots fire out every once in a while.  Hot enough to feel it!

 Hogwarts castle in the background.
 This sign cracked me up.  I knew my minions at home would love it, too.
Mr. Riley's conference was at the Swan and Dolphin resort.  That's the Dolphin above and the Swan  below.

 The small print says "please do not swim in the pool, this means you"
 I was out doing a bit of shopping and got caught in one of those Florida storms.  Brief but intense.

 It was one of the best birthday presents ever.