What is your favorite 2012 line?

29 Sep 2011

All of our 1st quarter lines for 2012 are on the website.  Take a look and tell us your favorite.  Post a comment by Tuesday, October 4th for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle.  Look under fabrics on our main page, then click on coming soon.  Our first line in 2012 is "Scoot" by Deena Rutter. We think it will be hard to choose just one favorite!

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Trick or Treat Fabric Baskets

27 Sep 2011

Trick or Treat Fabric Baskets   Can you believe Halloween is just around the corner?   I love this basket because Debbie Hicks designed it will handles.  It is an easy tutorial that can be used with Trick or Treat fabric or you could make a holiday basket using Christmas Candy Fabric. We love our treats! Visit Cutting Corners College for the full tutorial.

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Tea Party anyone?

23 Sep 2011

I wanted to show a few more pictures from the Creative Connection Event, especially pictures from my first English tea party.  I wish you all could have been there, these ladies where absolutely entertaining. I could see them featured on their own cooking show.  This is Carolyn and Sarah.

And guess who they worked for for 10 years? Prince Charles and Lady Diana (during the 1990's). Carolyn was the family's personal chef and Sarah was Prince Charles personal florist. They said they were in the palace during the best years when the "boys" were young. Here was the ... ...read more

News Flash

20 Sep 2011

We wanted to announce that we are not making it mandatory to use a Sew Together item in your Home Decor entry for our Contest.  When we originally planned the contest way back in January...we thought we would have all of our Sew Together items in stock. Since we are out of stock on some items and waiting till November for others to arrive, we decided to make it optional.  We would still love to see Sew Together embellishments in your projects, but it will not get you disqualified if you dont have them....email julia@rileyblakedesigns.com with ... ...read more

Classes at the Creative Connection

17 Sep 2011

The first class I took at the Creative Connection was "Romancing the Wristlet"  taught by Debbie Murray, Shea Fragoso and Heather Ales. Fantastic Class ladies! Debbie and Shea are a Mother and Daughter team that own the Gilded Life.

We started with a metal bracelet.  We used a decoupage method by ripping scrap book paper into strips and covering the bracelet.  Add netting over the dried paper...... Add your trims, laces,  and jewels (notice the vintage buttons I bought on Wednesday). And you too can create this beautiful bracelet.   Emma Burke and Kathleen Maibauer were sitting at our table. Here ... ...read more

Where Women Create 2011

16 Sep 2011

Here is the three of us from RBD,  Lyea, Me and Jina.   What a day connecting with so many talented women.

It was nice to end with a Dinner with new friends.... These are the ladies at our table...Chris Anne, Megan's Mom, Shannon. Below:Shannon, Megan and Emma of Princess Lasertron. Get inspired by new reading material.... It was a pleasure listening to the life story of Cristina Ferrare, first keynote speaker of the evening. She currently has her own cooking show on OWN and is featured on the magazine cover of Where Women Cook.  Her new book ... ...read more


15 Sep 2011

Jina and I headed out of town for The Creative Connection Event in Minnesota which starts today.  Here is a picture of the Mississippi river out our hotel window.  I had forgotten that the Mississippi river begins in Minnesota.

We came a day early so we could visit with Jon and Kim, the owners of October Afternoon.  Great things coming your way from them!  But we were able to stop by a fabric store in Historic St. Paul, just a few minutes from our hotel.  Yes, they carry Riley Blake fabric plus finished goods available for purchase.  I had to ... ...read more

~ Setting * Sashing * Borders

13 Sep 2011

Deonn teaches another great concept on Cutting Corners.   Setting, Sashing and Borders which includes tips on ways to grow your quilt.

  With her easy steps you can create the quilt size you want using basic blocks. Deonn is also is hosting a give-away of Riley Blake fabric on her blog.  The link to her blog is on her tutorial..... Finishing School I ~  Setting * Sashing * Borders on Cutting Corners College. Thanks Deonn for another great basic quilting tutorial! ...read more

A day to Remember

12 Sep 2011

I wanted to write a little about 9.11.  It was a somber day of remembrance yesterday.  Our family lived in upstate New York when the tragedy happened. I did not know anyone personally that died, but my next door neighbor did.  My neighbor's friend had a son that worked at the world trade center. He was above where the plane hit and knew that he would not get out.  He was able to talk with his Mom before the collapse and say his goodbyes.  It still makes my heart ache to recall the events.

My kids were in ...

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Home Decor

09 Sep 2011

It is time to get to work on your Home Decor item for our last Cruisin with Riley Blake- beach cruiser bike give-away. Contest starts today.

You have from now and until November 11 to make a home decor item with Riley Blake fabric. The home decor item must include one or more sew together product(s) (choose between pom poms, ribbons, buttons and more).  Remember  every single entry is automatically entered into our Cruise give-away at the end of the year.  Get started......We can't wait to see what you create. (Notice the new contest dates) ...read more

Say Hello to Eric Dowdle

07 Sep 2011


Eric Dowdle has established himself as a preeminent contemporary folk artist. His unique style and approach to art are a reflection of his past, his beliefs, and a love for his family and country.  Eric fills his images with a great amount of detail. Each painting contains many different stories full of action, adventure, and humor. His unique depictions of large cities and  small towns feature the people who give them heart and flavor. After all, everyone has a story to tell, and Eric’s paintings tell the best stories.  Eric's artwork can be found in galleries across North ... ...read more

Farm Fresh Picnic Quilt

06 Sep 2011

There is still time to squeeze in an end of summer picnic.  Visit Cutting Corners College to learn how to make your own Farm Fresh Picnic Quilt designed by Sara Lawson.  

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