Gifts from the heart

09 Jan 2012

   When you work on a quilt, you put a little of your heart in the project. I wanted to show the quilt I made for my husband this past Christmas.  He has been waiting patiently for a fabric line that he could call his own... Back Country by The Paper Loft, (an outdoor range with moose, trees and more) was released this past summer and this is the fabric he wanted for his quilt. No pink in this fabric... manly browns, greens with a small amount of gold tones.   I made this quilt with flannel by request and for the ... ...read more

Cruise Winner

06 Jan 2012

Winner of the Cruise in our Riley Blake Cruisin with Riley Blake Contest is (drum roll please)...... Annabel Jones of Australia

Winner was chosen by Random number generator. Annabel entered this Quite Contrary skirt in our Apparel contest last spring. Congrats Annabel, we will be sending you an email with contact information on the cruise.  Are you on pins and needles waiting for our first Pincushion tutorial...wait no longer.  Welcome to our 2012 Pincushion club, this is our first pincushion tutorial. "Pins and Needles"   Flower Pincushion Bracelet Tutorial  By: Cute Quilt Patterns   Visit Cutting Corners College to find out ... ...read more

Laminate craft portfolio

04 Jan 2012

Did you see last week's tutorial on Cutting Corners college?  Hoo's Busy portable portfolio is a perfect way for children to orgainize their art supplies in a take and go bag. Plus Kristi McDonough uses easy to clean laminates.   

 Great idea Kristi, thanks! This friday we will post our first pincushion tutorial for our 2012 pincushion club.  Stop by on Friday and be a part of the club! ...read more

New Year New Fabrics!

02 Jan 2012

Happy New Year!  Before we move forward we want to reflect back and thank everyone that entered our contests in 2011. We know you put a lot of time and effort into your projects and we wanted to "Thank You" and let  you know how much we loved seeing what you created.  Our last give-away of 2011 will be awarded in 2012. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator from all qualifying project submissions (Apparel, Quilts, Home Decor and Open Entry).  Winner will be announced on January 6th.  What is happening in 2012 ...Riley Blake's Pincushion ... ...read more

Last Chance for a Cruise

30 Dec 2011

We hope everyone had a nice Christmas.  We took off a few days...but have been very busy moving our warehouse to be ready to open on Tuesday January 3rd. 
I just wanted to send out a reminder that tomorrow is your last chance to enter a project using Riley Blake Fabrics in our cruise give-away contest. We have over 200 previous entries in addition to what we have entered this month. The odds of winning a $3000 cruise are fantastic. Good Luck. Winner announced on Jan. 6th.
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Merry Christmas

22 Dec 2011


   Tomorrow our warehouse is closed as we are moving to a new location. We will reopen Tuesday January 3rd.  We have much to share with you after the holidays.   Thank you so much for your support of Riley Blake Designs. We are looking forward to 2012.  (**Remember to enter your Riley Blake projects by December 31st at 5 pm for our end of the year cruise give-away).  Have a great Christmas.  God Bless! ...read more

Sunny Happy Skies

19 Dec 2011

Sunny Happy Skies just arrived and we are currently shipping to stores. It includes bright happy flowers with a panda bear added into one of the prints.  This fabric will brighten your day even if there are gray skies outdoors.

Designer of Sunny Happy Skies is Stephanie from Bella BLVD.  Bella Blvd was established in 2008 by Graphic Artist, Stephanie Hunt. Her signature style always includes happy and bright colors.  The name, Bella Blvd,  is derived from Stephanies's Italian heritage and travel experiences.    ...read more

Winner of Sunny Happy Skies Bundle

16 Dec 2011

Winner of the fat quarter bundle of Sunny Happy Skies: #102 (winner chosen from random number generator)   I love to make Spanikopita for Christmas. I adore sweets, but I really, really love to make pastries and appetizers. Yummy! I live only an hour from San Francisco and love to have ice cream at Ghirardelli Square! Thank you for the chance to win. Sivje sivjegoose@sbcglobal.net by Sivje December 12th, 2011 at 10:39 p.m.  

  Congrats!  Thanks for all of the comments...Wow over 450! The most comments we have ever received for a give-away. One more fun thing ... ...read more

Finishing basics

15 Dec 2011

Have you seen this week's Cutting Corners College tutorial .  Deonn shows you options on finishing your quilt. 

Learn basic tying techniques to tips on free motion quilting this week on Cutting Corners College.  We will close our Sunny Happy Skies give-away Friday at 5pm, if you had not had a chance, add your comment to our "Holiday Treats" post below for a chance to win. ...read more

Holiday Treats

12 Dec 2011

  A couple of months back I made a trip to San Francisco and of course enjoyed a little chocolate from the Ghirardelli store.  Have you had the decadent sipping chocolate?  It is divine.

These are a few of my favorite things from the factory: hot fudge sauce, chocolate squares and chocolate covered blueberries, cherries and strawberries.  But my very favorite thing to make is fudge with Ghirardelli chocolate chips.   I am sharing with you the best fudge recipe ever...no kidding. Follow the steps below and this recipe is fool proof. Warning: you will never buy fudge again because nothing ... ...read more

Pin Cushion Club

09 Dec 2011

We are so exited to announce our 2012 pin cushion club.  Starting in mid January we will feature a new pincushion tutorial each week.   

We will continue to have weekly Cutting Corner College tutorials every Tuesday, and will add our pin cushion tutorials on Friday mornings.  Interested in creating a tutorial or have questions, please contact julia@rileyblakedesigns.com     Check out today's Cutting Corners College tutorial by Amy Chappell. She has created a Holly Jolly Scalloped Skirt    Thanks Amy... the velvet ric-rac adds the perfect touch.  ...read more

Ruffle Bustle Skirt

06 Dec 2011

We have another great tutorial posted today on Cutting Corners College.  It is a "Bustle skirt" by Summer of Sumo's sweet stuff.

Summer used Lost and Found fabric designed by Jen Alyson for My Minds Eye. Those ruffles are really quit adorable.  Did anyone's Mother say "Hustle your Bustle" to you, when you were a child, to get you to move a little quicker. Just curious, because my Mom used to say it all the time and I have caught myself saying it to my kids (even my boys) a time or two.  Now every time that cliche ... ...read more
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