Project Design Team Wednesday ~ Personalized Appliqué Pillowcases

16 Mar 2016

Sew Like My Mom | Applique Pillowcases

Hi Riley Blake readers! I'm Melissa, back from Sew Like My Mom with another tutorial for you! If you're following me on Instagram you see me frequently post applique pillowcases. Last year I started making them for kids for birthday gifts then using them as gift wrap. The kids love them! But every time I post them people ask questions, so I decided I needed to just sit down and write it all out. Sadly, I've never made ANY of these pillowcases for my kids! They've got plenty of the different seasons and holidays, but none ... more

Vintage Kitchen and Wonderland Tuesday Eye Candy!

15 Mar 2016


We have so many great things to share with you this week as we have two Blog Tours and two Sew Alongs in full swing! Amy Smart decided to combine the whimsy of the Vintage Kitchen Blog Tour with Lori Holt's Bloom Sew Along to come up with these fabulous quilt blocks! We just LOVE how all of the colors and prints come together - charming! Lillesol & Pelle showed us that Vintage Kitchen isn't just for the kitchen! She created these beautiful matching mother/daughter tops from the Pink Harlequin print. The Wonderland Blog Tour is also underway and ... more

Blog Tour Fun!

14 Mar 2016


We have two very fun blog tours happening this week, and with so many great pictures and projects to share, we thought we'd give you a daily dose of eye candy! To start things off, Melissa Mortenson, designer of the lovely Wonderland collection, has a "Wonder-ful" and simple Pillowcase Dress Tutorial for us. Aren't these just adorable? "Hop" on over to Melissa's blog for the full tutorial. Head on over to Flamingo Toes for the how-to on these beautiful Vintage Kitchen Dresden Potholders. We LOVE that quirky little cat she fussy cut in the center! A small ... more

Bloom Sew Along: Block 9

14 Mar 2016


Welcome to Week 9 of Lori Holt's Bloom Sew Along! We have had so much fun following along with Lori and playing with her Bloom Templates as we make these sweet little applique shapes.  Cindy followed along with Lori using her Calico Days fabric collection to make this block. We LOVE the little red hearts! And those sweet little birds are just too cute! Tina, from Emily Ann's Kloset made this beautiful block using Emily Taylor's Chatsworth collection. You can find out more about Tina's block here.  Jina Barney Designz made this super cute version with ... more

Friday Finds - Wonderland & Vintage Kitchen Blog Tours!

11 Mar 2016


 Whew! It has been a week FILLED with beautiful projects and creativity as we celebrate two brand new fabric collections: Vintage Kitchen by Andrea Muller and Wonderland by Melissa Mortenson. Starting things off, Lina from Herzenssachen, shared this dress and bag she made with Andrea's Vintage Kitchen fabrics. Lina provides a link to the dress pattern and the bag on her blog.  Anlukaa WOWed us with her dish towel, apron, oven mitts and placemat set. She was able to find instructions for these fun projects in Andrea's new book, Sew Happy. Sew Happy is currently being printed in ... more

This is Happening!

09 Mar 2016


We have TWO fabulous blog tours happening right now that you absolutely will NOT want to miss! Melissa Mortenson's Wonderland Blog Tour started today with a BANG on the Kid Giddy blog! "Hop" on over to Kid Giddy to get the scoop on this seriously adorable Queen Phoebe softie! Andrea Muller's Vintage Kitchen Blog Tour is under way and we already know this will be a FUN blog tour to follow along with! Check out this bright Market Bag featured here. You'll also find a link to instructions on how to make these adorable medallions - perfect for ... more

Project Design Team Wednesday ~ Simple Baby Crib Quilt

09 Mar 2016


    Okay, so I am going to admit that quilting scares me...well, it used to.  My mom showed me this most simple and adorable way to make a baby crib quilt without having to sew intricate blocks together.  So I have to share it with you.   Supplies Needed: 2 Riley Blake Designs Rolie Polies (Little Flyers is the one we used) 2.5 yards of coordinating fabric for the back warm and natural batting for the inside other sewing essentials (ruler, cutting mat and blade, etc)   Seriously, this is such an easy quilt to make; all you do is sew ... more

Shelfie Tuesday: Teddy Bear's Picnic

08 Mar 2016


Happy #ShelfieTuesday! Today, we're excited to have Melanie McNeice of Melly & Me share her shelfie with us! Melanie is getting ready to feature her latest collection, Teddy Bear's Picnic, at Spring Quilt Market, so she has been sewing up a storm and she has this fun group of critters to prove it! Teddy Bear's Picnic begins shipping to stores next week, and we can't wait to see what you are making with it! We just LOVE this cute Melly & Me Sleepy Time Teddy quilt pattern. Such a fun mix of applique, prints & colors! As you can ... more

Bloom Sew Along: Block 8

07 Mar 2016


Hello friends! We hope you are enjoying following along with Lori Holt and her Bloom Sew Along . If you are just joining us, you can find links and information at the end of this post. Today, we are sharing three versions of Block #8. This block uses a few more templates than the previous blocks, but the end result is a lively, charming design, wouldn't you agree?  Cindy put together this block using fabrics from Lori's Calico Days fabric collection.  Take a look at this version by Blossom & Bev! She also used Calico Days, but look how completely ... more

Easy-Peasy Patchwork Placemats You'll Want to Use Everyday!

07 Mar 2016


 Hello, friends! We are so excited today to help kick off Andrea Muller's Vintage Kitchen Blog Tour! Vintage Kitchen is Andrea's debut collection with Riley Blake Designs, and we couldn't be more excited to have her on board! Andrea is based near the wonderful city of Munich, Germany. She grew up in Australia and lived in Berlin before moving to Bavaria. Needless to say, she has been influenced by many different cultures and surroundings, which is reflected in her work. We love Andrea's retro/eclectic/charming aesthetic and we certainly can't get enough of this ... more

Friday Finds - INSTAGRAM Feature!

04 Mar 2016


Happy Friday everyone! Today, we're taking a look at what's happening on Instagram! Instagram is one of the best places to find projects people are making with Riley Blake fabrics. Everyone from fabric designers, manufacturers, bloggers and everyday sewists love to share pictures of their projects. Use #iloverileyblake and #rileyblakedesigns to quickly generate your Riley Blake specific feed. Here are some of our favorite Instagram pics this week: Isn't this lovely? @justaddwool shared this fun bag made with fabric from October Afternoon's Farm Girl collection. What a great way to show off those canning jars! And ... more

Project Design Team Wednesday ~ Must Have Tools: Loop Turner

02 Mar 2016

Yes! Why don't people tell you about this. Makes sewing so many things WAY easier. from Rae Gun Ramblings

Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings and I have a secret to share with you today. It's a trick for how to EASILY and quickly turn fabric, like thin tubes for spaghetti straps, odd shaped collars, and so much more, right side out. I had been sewing for quite a while and comfortable with my clunky safety pin method that sometimes got swapped for my equally cumbersome chopstick method when someone finally introduced me to the loop turner. Have you ever used one? I hadn't even heard of the tool and most of my crafty friends are in ... more
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