Happy New Year!

04 Jan 2011

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Happy New Year! We are excited about 2011 and wish everyone a year with health and happiness. We have much to be grateful for. I really love this time of year.  A time of giving, a time of reflection. I think we all meet people on occasion that open our eyes, inspire and motivate us to do good. I meet such a person a couple of years back named "Liz". She is a beautiful person inside and out and taught me what it means to help others. Liz visits refugee families that have recently relocated to our area.  Many of ... ...read more

hooty hoot

23 Dec 2010

Hooty Hoot Wonky Block Quilt is our last tutorial of the year, designed by Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie.   
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Love the Wonky blocks. We displayed this quilt at Quilt market and so many people commented on it. Now we have posted the tutorial with detailed instructions.   Thanks Heather!    Thanks for a great year we look forward to 2011. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Riley Blake Designs!  ...read more

Need a last minute gift idea?

16 Dec 2010

Our latest Cutting Corners tutorial would make a great stocking stuffer.  Traci Gibson gives easy instructions for this Keychain Wristlet using Quite Contrary fabric.
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Quilt Market 2010

15 Dec 2010

I know it is December and Quilt Market has long past, but finally I have a moment to post pictures of the show.  We have said it before and we will say it again, we love seeing old friends at market and meeting new ones.
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Here is Jon and Anne Little from Sew and Save peeking through the round window. I could not resist taking their picture as they were waiting for the doors to open. And our booth was right in front of the entrance. We have known Jon and Anne for a very long time.  They used to ... ...read more

Lila Tueller

24 Nov 2010

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The fashionable Lila Tueller always brings great color and design to fabric. Lila is our featured artist of the month.  Her latest line Isabella, is her first line with Riley Blake Designs.  I wanted everyone to get to know Lila a little better so I asked her a few questions about her beginnings, inspirations and late night treats and this is what she had to say.... I started painting young because I had two older siblings who were accomplished artists by the time I was maybe 3 or 4, so I was always getting into their art supplies. But mostly ... ...read more

Sweet Divinity

23 Nov 2010

Sweet Divinity flannel just arrived and all pre-orders have been shipped. ...read more

Sweet Divinity Quilt

15 Nov 2010

We have so much to share with so little time. Market was fantastic... seeing our customers face to face is always a treat (and winning an award for our booth was not bad either).  We ate too many truffles and too much mexican food, if you can really eat too much mexican food and too many truffles. We will be posting pictures of market over the next few days. Anyhoo, I am way behind on tutorials so I wanted to post our latest tutorial today. It is called "Pocket full of Pinwheels" by KarrieLyne of FreckledWhimsy.com. and it uses ... ...read more

Amanda Herring

21 Oct 2010

  If you have been one of our blog readers for a while you would have noticed that we are highlighting each of our fabric designers close to when their fabric line arrives.  Amanda Herring, of The Quilted Fish is this weeks featured artist. And her long awaited line, Sweet Divinity, arrived in stores last week. 
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   I ask each of our designers what kind of interview/highlight they would like me to present... and I loved Amanda's idea: 10 things I like to use when I sew 1.       Basting spray 2.       Really good thread 3.       Ribbon and trims 4.       Buttons ... ...read more

Love Birds tutorial

04 Oct 2010

Visit Cutting Corners College to see how to make this ""Sweet Apple Frock"  designed by Laura Johnson using Love Birds from My Mind Eye.   We will be adding a PDF printable version soon to our Cutting Corners tutorials so you can easily print your favorite patterns.
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Fabric News

30 Sep 2010

All Star 2 designed by Zoe Pearn for My Minds Eye (MME) and Sweet Divinity designed by Quilted Fish arrived today.  Did you hear Amanda (Quilted Fish) Screaming?  We did.  We are waiting for a couple more pieces for Sweet Divinity but can't wait to start cutting into this fabric. Speaking of beautiful fabrics....we also have Isabella designed by Lila Tueller.  Sorry you all have to wait for yours. We shipped in yardage early, just for quilt market and let me say it is stunning.  The periwinkle purple is one of my favorite colors.   We have more...we ... ...read more

Meet Shari Butler

29 Sep 2010

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Shari Butler has been with Riley Blake Designs almost from the beginning.  I made Shari have a sit down chat with me so you could have a chance to get to know her.   Shari's inspiration for Hooty Hoot Kangaroo is her nephews, but she also hopes to have a boy of her own someday.  Hooty Hoot Kangaroo fabric line says a big hello to our friends down-under in Australia (notice the kookaburra and gum tree) Her color palate is all boy, with classic browns and blues and greens. Since childhood Shari has always been involved with the arts and ... ...read more

Winter Wonderland Quilt

24 Sep 2010

We think our new tutorial on Cutting Corners College using  Colorful Christmas  by MME is adorable.  Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt has created this Colorful Winter Wonderland quilt.  And oh how colorful it is....take a look.
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Love the wonky trees and beautiful job with the machine quilting. Thanks Natalia! ...read more
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