Sewing Basics

14 Mar 2011

Sewing Basics on Tuesdays! Because of all of the positive feedback on our binding basics class taught by Deonn Stott we have decided to offer a sewing basic class once a month. Look for our sewing basics classes on the second Tuesday of each month. A big Thanks to Deonn for teaching this monthly tutorial. She is an amazing quilter and we look forward to learning basic skills from her.  Many great projects to come so continue to visit Cutting Corners College. I also wanted to show quilts from our free project sheets. This quilt is called "Sweet Dreams" and ... ...read more

Binding Basics

08 Mar 2011

We have a great new tutorial called Binding Basics.  Deonn Stott gives step by step instructions on how to bind a quilt.

I have known Deonn for about a year; she is very talented and shares her talents by teaching sewing basics to 4H students. The quilt featured below took third place at the HMQS fabric challenge contest last May.  Riley Blake Designs sponsored that event and we are the proud sponsors again this year.   Sublime (by Shari Butler) was used for this quilt, and for this year's contest Isabella by Lila Tueller is the fabric of choice. Isn ... ...read more

Sugar and Spice

01 Mar 2011


Sugar and Spice just arrived.  Designed by the Quilted Fish, this is sure to be a spring favorite.     ...read more

Samantha Walker

26 Feb 2011

Say Hello to Samantha Walker. 

  Samantha designed our first Wanna be a Cowboy line in 2009 which was an instant hit. Here is a rag quilt made by Samantha out of flannels from the first Wanna be a Cowboy line. You will never catch Samantha without a brightly colorful purse hanging off her shoulder, she loves color and her fabric shows it.     Due to popular demand we provided a follow up, and we just released Wanna be a Cowboy 2 this month.  Samantha is not limited to cowboy artwork, she also designed the bright and beautiful Enchanted Garden, released in ... ...read more

Inspired Winners

25 Feb 2011

Thanks for all of your comments!  We loved reading each and every one.  Cross my heart I did not cherry pick any winners, but I loved the comment in particular about being a foster care giver.  Anyone who opens their home to children in need, is a Hero to me and deserves to win. Congrats!

Here are the winners 1-6:

1. Posted by Kari Feb. 11   "I get inspired by fabric, other quilters, and just because. Some of the best ideas just come out of seemingly thin air."  

2. Posted by Deb Feb 11th
"I read tons of quilting blogs ...

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Inspired Give-away

11 Feb 2011

Time for a give-away!  Share with us your Inspirations and post a comment.

Shared Inspiration is our local quilt groups theme for the year.  I get inspired every time I go to quilt group....and the running joke in our circle is that it "puts us in the mood" (to sew that is).  Flora, the leader of our group, introduced the theme for the year by sharing some of her inspirations.

What inspires us at Riley Blake Designs.  We find inspiration everywhere. Our Designers have to top the list.  When we are reviewing artwork, certain designs leap off the page ...

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Cowboy 2

08 Feb 2011

Wanna be a Cowboy 2 by Samantha Walker just arrived and all pre-orders are shipping in the next few days. ...read more

Art work and Artists

03 Feb 2011

We Love working with My Mind's Eye.  They always have great art which makes great fabric. Marcia, owner of MME and personal friend, has a fantastic eye for the latest trends in design and works closely with her staff to get just the right look.

Here is a picture of their booth this past CHA (notice doodlebug's booth in the background). They have a team of talented artists that provide them with beautiful and unique designs. You might have noticed the names of artists with My Mind's Eye fabric lines, and we wanted to introduce you to ... ...read more

A Valentines treat!

01 Feb 2011

We Love our new tutorial on Cutting Corners College.  The colors are darling anytime, but perfect for Valentines.  What I love about this new project is that it shows off our Sew Together products.
Hanging Topiary 759 (JPG)

Using Quite Contrary by MME you can see how cute our crochet flowers blend with our new ribbon. Here is just sneak peak of two of our basics, tone on tone dots and gingham ribbon. Our new ribbons and buttons are scheduled to arrive early next week and we cant wait.  Benay also incorporated some of doodlebug's buttons plus their striped ribbon onto her hanging ... ...read more

Penny Lane, quilts and more

21 Jan 2011

Penny Lane arrived yesterday. All pre-orders will be shipped on Monday. Here is our free Quilt pattern that uses Penny Lane fabrics.  Instructions for the pattern can be found and downloaded under notions on the main page of our website.
Pirouette Free Project Cover

Speaking of patterns.... We have a new tutorial on Cutting Corners College that uses ALL Star fabrics. Brought to you by The Sprout Store, it is a quilt that works up quick and easy.  If you have never made a quilt before, this is a great pattern to get you started.    Also, Buttons are coming....check out our landing page ... ...read more

A little bit about Doodlebug

18 Jan 2011

With the release of Feeling Groovy a few weeks ago, we thought now would be a good time to introduce you to Doodlebug designs. Doodlebug designs is owned by Cynthea Sandoval. We met Cynthea a little over 8 months ago and fell in love with the look and feel of her company. She is a hands on owner that is as sweet as her designs. Here is how Cynthea got started in paper... It all started when owner, Cynthea needed just the right paper for her sisters baby shower invitations, and just couldn't find what she was looking for ... ...read more

Laminate News

12 Jan 2011

Laminate is coming sooner than later.   Our first line of laminate was scheduled to arrive in May, with Lila Tueller's line Lola's posies. However, our sales reps were getting restless because they wanted samples of laminate to show at their sales appointments now not in May. Sugar and Spice just happened to be in production at the factory when we called... so we had yardage made for our sales reps plus a little more for us to sell.  We received the samples today and they are gorgeous.  The colors are fantastic (Thanks Amanda) and the laminate is so ... ...read more
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