The Cottage Mama is coming to Fabric Fest!

21 Feb 2013

    Did you see Project Design Team member Lindsay's DARLING project yesterday?    You can find it HERE just in case you missed it.    Lindsay has a wonderful website called The Cottage Home where she blogs about all of the creative things she does including making and selling her own patterns. If you want to know anything about sewing kids (and adults!) clothes, Lindsay is your gal!        How would you like to PERSONALLY learn from Lindsay?  We are so fortunate to have her teaching three classes at Fabric Fest:   Lined Garments Embellishing with trim  and Sewing with patterns.    Even if you ... more

Project Design Team Wednesday~Knot Dress Tutorial

20 Feb 2013

    Hi there! I'm Lindsay from The Cottage Mama and I'm excited to be back sharing my project design team tutorial for the Easy Knot Dress.   I love an easy sundress, don't you? It's still pretty cold and snowy around here in Chicago, but I'm already dreaming about spring. The minute I saw the Little Matroyshka fabric in the Riley Blake Designs catalog, I knew I must use this fabric for my girls. I love the little nesting dolls and the different coordinating prints. Savannah, my oldest, is becoming quite picky about her clothing loved this ... more

February Block of the Month

19 Feb 2013

  We just re-uploaded our Feburary block of the month video.  It is a new and improved version. Click here to view the video. Our last video was a little long and we improved some of the steps to make our instructions a little easier to follow.  We are excited that so many of you are following along with us.   Jina and I will be bringing our finished "Things we Love" quilts to Fabric Fest for display.   A little about Fabric Fast! Our classes are filling up, so don't miss out.   We will be highlighting our teachers over the coming ... more

Project Design Team Wednesday~Monogram Baby Quilt

12 Feb 2013


  Hello fellow fabric lovers! My name is Amy Smart and I write about my fabric addiction adventures at a blog called Diary of a Quilter. I'm so excited to get to be a part of the Riley Blake Design team and share my first team tutorial with you today. This tutorial is for a simple monogram baby quilt. With so many great large scale fabrics available, you can create a simple baby quilt, letting the design motifs do all the work for you.  By adding a simple monogram embellishment you can both personalize the quilt and give the quilt ... more

Fabric Fest Registration is open!

12 Feb 2013

It is Here!!!  Time to register.  We have a fantastic line up of teachers and classes.  You will not want to miss out! Eleanor Burns and Nancy Zieman are our featured guests. Click here to register. more

February Block of the Month

11 Feb 2013

February's Mystery Block of the Month is all about Hearts!

This scrappy Heart Block is paper pieced and then reversed appliqued onto a white background.   Click here to get the pattern and download the printable template. Our video is uploaded and here is the link. We know the video is very long. Jina designed this scrappy heart block and she takes me through each step. We hope it will help you understand how to paper piece and how to finish this block off with reverse applique. I wanted to share our this fun pincushion ... more

Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lesson GIVEAWAY!

08 Feb 2013

    Happy Friday! Hope you had a great week.  I was sent a copy of a fantastic book to review. It's called Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons and if you have an embroidery machine, YOU NEED THIS BOOK! I have had my machine for quite a few years and I so wish I could have purchased this book when I bought my machine. There are so many tips and tricks that would have made my first few project so much easier!  Not to mention saved me the unpleasant task of unpicking!        It's a great book for both the ... more

Project Design Team Wednesday~ Simple Chevron Throw

06 Feb 2013

Hello! I'm Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair Blog! Today I'm going to be sharing with you how to make this simple quilted throw. Be sure to stop by and say "hello" today, because I'm giving away a Chevron Fat Quarter Bundle on my blog! One of the most frequent comments I get is "I'd like to make a quilt but I don't know where to start". With this in mind I designed this simple quilted project that would be a great place to start if you've never made a quilt before. If you ... more

Are you on Instagram?

05 Feb 2013

Riley Blake Designs is new to Instagram and we posted our very first pictures today! 

Get a sneak peak of of Twice as Nice by the Quilted fish (follow up fabric line to Sugar and Spice) by clicking on

Instagram is my new favorite way to share pictures. Get connected with Riley Blake Designs...where you will see our latest and greatests fabrics and sewing projects. more

Gingham just arrived!

01 Feb 2013

Our Gingham fabric just arrived and look how fabulous it looks.  We have the sizes you want in small, medium and large and the colors you crave...lavender, navy, aqua, green, yellow, orange, red, gray and black. The quilt above will be available as a free downloadable pattern very soon. We have many more basics coming your way, like our Shuffle.  Shuffle is a cool new blender pattern fabric that looks like this .....and quilts up like this...........      ... it complements the gingham print perfectly in the dresden flower petals and looks great as a inside border.  Our Australian friend, Sue ... more

Project Design Team Wednesday~Polka Dot Pillow Sham

30 Jan 2013

Riley Blake Design Team Project

Hi! I'm Maureen from Maureen Cracknell Handmade a proud member of the Riley Blake Design Team!! Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a Rugby Stripe Pillow Sham using just a few of Riley Blake's wonderful basics, Cotton Dots and Solid fabric. If you have any questions feel free to email me at Now let's get started!!   What you'll need : : 1 - 1/2 yd cut of RBD small Cotton Dots in Brown 1 - 1/2 yd cut of RBD small Cotton Dots in Grey 1 - 1 yard cut of Solid White Fabric white ... more

Super Star baby Quilt blocks.

28 Jan 2013

  Here is a fun project posted on Cutting Corners College today. Super Star Baby Quilt Blocks designed by Jessica of MamaJama Quilts. Click here to view the entire tutorial. more
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