Counting Stars Quilt

25 Jun 2014


Number of blocks 22 / Finished quilt size 72 1/2"x 86" {Materials} I used the delightful fabric line: "floriography" by Pink Fig Design. They have such a beautiful color pallet; perfect to make a quilt for picnic under the summer sky!   3/4 yard of 7 different fabrics 4 yards of light blue fabric for background (Shades/Aqua Marine) 5 1/2 yards for backing (I had a lot less fabric than that, but that is the standard requirement by the chartI found. batting that is slightly bigger than the finished quilt top *If you are going to hand ... ...read more

Speedster Quilt Tutorial

23 Jun 2014


Hi!  It's Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl.  I am so thrilled to be here talking about the fabulous Speedster line of fabric.  I have two girls and one boy.  It's so easy and fun to sew for girls; I always feel my 10 year old son gets left out.  There doesn't seem to be much out there in the way of older boy fabrics - until Speedster came along!  I LOVE this fabric so much!  I knew I wanted to sew a throw quilt for my son, Ryan, for his 11th birthday coming up. This quilt pattern is ... ...read more

Counting Fish: Quiet Book Page Tutorial

20 Jun 2014


I have fish on my mind! I am working furiously creating tutorials for my Pretty Fish, Ribbon Jellyfish, and Hazel the Whale, who made their debut at Pittsburgh Quilt Market. Naturally then, this Quiet Book Page also had to feature an ocean theme. I have fond memories of learning to add on an abacus as a child. Adding on an abacus is fun and easy to learn, and encourages mental math skills. Even if you don't use this page as an abacus, it will be fabulous for helping a child develop fine motor skills. This Quiet Book Page features ... ...read more

Grab and Go Fashion Bag

16 Jun 2014


Hello, my name is Kathy and I am happy to share this fun bag with you today!  Can you ever have enough cute accessory bags?  Finished size is 11.25" x 9.5" wide. Printer-Friendly Version Back of Bag! Supplies 1/4 yd laminate fabric 4 or 5 cotton fat quarters 14" zipper 1/3 yd Fusible Fleece  (FF) 1/4 yd clear lightweight vinyl  1 pkg. Double Fold Bias Tape (1/4") 3" piece of Ribbon (1" wide or wider) Cutting Directions: Laminate Fabric - cut 1 pc. 6" h x 12" w (bag back)                                  cut 1 pc. 3.5 ... ...read more

Straight Out of the Laundry Quiet Book Tutorial & Template from Shaffer Sisters

13 Jun 2014

picture of quiet book with clothes and dress up dolls

Hello Riley Blake Readers, I am SarahLynn (affectionately nicked name by my sisters as Scary) from Shaffer Sisters. I am not much of a crafter so the challenge of creating a quiet book was a HUGE learning experience. I hope that I can encourage those of you that might be scared of quiet books to take a leap like me. The inspiration for this project was my two busy little kids. They love to play together. They are full of energy and have a reputation for their public disturbances. Early on in my planning process I decided on incorporating clothes ... ...read more

Shall We Gather III ~ Elastic & Shirring!

02 Jun 2014

Shall We Gather III - Elastic & Shirring

Gathering with E-L-A-S-T-I-C today! Hi!  Deonn here, with a slick little tutorial to continue my sewing basics series, "Shall We Gather?"  Today, we'll take a brief look at the use of regular old elastic, try a little bit of elastic ribbon, then we'll use elastic thread for another great vintage technique:  Shirring!   At the end of today's lesson we'll make a sweet little dress with this technique.  And just in case you missed the previous lessons, see Lesson I for tips to create beautiful gathers with your sewing machine.  Lesson II teaches the fun, vintage art ... ...read more

Quiet book ~Knock Knock Who is There?

30 May 2014


{You will need} White on white (white stitched circle)--- 1/3"yard Red small chevron(tone on tone) --- 1/8 yard or fat quarter 1 Bitty stackers/Honey comb dots(3.5 inch) Thin cotton batting Clear plastic {How to}--- Use 1/4" seam unless directed otherwise. 1. Cut fabrics according to what is shown in the picture below. 2. Let's start from the roof. With right sides together, lay small white square on the red rectangle. Make sure that the seam and corner match perfectly. Draw a line from the bottom corner to the diagonal corner on the ... ...read more

The Casual Straight Skirt in Jersey Knits

26 May 2014

Casual Straight Skirt Title

Updated 6/6/14 with revised formulas for skirt panels. Hi, there! This is Bonnie from Fishsticks Designs, and I’m excited to be back at Cutting Corners College with another knit sewing tutorial. This last time I was here, I mentioned that not only do I love sewing knits, but I also have this plan to get all the sewists around the world to fall in love with sewing knits, too! Are you there yet? If not, maybe this simple pattern will do the trick! This quick and easy to sew skirt is stylish and comfortable. It takes advantage ... ...read more

Polka Dot Pinwheels Quiet Book Page

23 May 2014

Polka Dot Pinwheels  Quiet Book Page Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Hello Riley Blake readers! My name is Melissa Mortenson and I blog over at the Polka Dot Chair... and yes in case you were wondering, I do LOVE polka dots!   I'm very excited to be sharing with you this idea for a quiet book page.  Even though I'm out of the stage of using quiet books (I have 3 teenagers now) I absolutely love the idea of the Quiet Book series that Riley Blake has been posting all year.  There have been so many really creative book page ideas.  This quiet book page features 3 different pinwheels that ... ...read more

Paris JOURNAL

19 May 2014


Printer-Friendly Version Hello, my name is Kathy!  I designed this journal cover using a combination of the Pepe in Paris collection and Hollywood Medium Damask.  This journal makes a great gift and it is so easy and fun!  The journal itself is a standard Composition book.   Supplies: Fabric A - 1/2 yard - Journal front/back  (Hollywood Black & White)  Fabric B  - Fat Quarter  - Journal front edge  (Paris Airmail Lime) Fabric C  - Fat Eighth  -  Journal front flange  (Lime solid) Fabric D  - Fat Quarter  - Journal front applique  (Paris Stamp Lime)  Fabric E  - 1/2 yard - Solid white flannel - inside lining/padding Composition Notebook ... ...read more
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