Friday, February 7, 2020

My "Delectable" Mountains

Riley Blake Designs has partnered with Atkinson Design Group, creating fabric of the stunning U.S. National Parks posters.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Grand Teton poster panel, something that is close to my heart.

I began designing in my EQ8 quilt software, downloading the images of supplemental fabrics I thought would lend themselves to this "poster"; all BASICS in Textures, Shades, Landscapes, and Solids.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Sewing with Cork! A Hipster Bag

I'm always willing to try sewing with new fabrics and fibers, especially when the product was a gift!  My friend, Davidene was closing her quilt shop, and offered me a hunk of this lovely cork "fabric".  

Friday, November 15, 2019

Nancy Zieman Productions' "Red Elegance" - A Carpenter's Star

A Carpenter's Star by Deonn Stott, 88" x 88" Comfortor-size quilt
featuring Red Elegance fabrics by Nancy Zieman Productions for Riley Blake Designs
Nancy Zieman began designing fabrics for Riley Blake Designs shortly before her passing in 2017.  It was her wish that Riley Blake continue creating fabric lines with her production team.  This next line features stunning reds and creams by Nancy Zieman Productions.

Beautiful fabrics!  They remind me of berry flavors!  I've been wanting to make a new quilt, and these fabrics are perfect for holiday decorating from December through February!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Awwww! Babies & Bunnies

A few months ago, I made a little special quilt for our granddaughter, version #1 of my Nestled Stars quilt (see post).  The fabric is charming, sweet and soft, and I had a little leftover border fabric, so I made this sweet little Bubble Suit.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Baby Clothes ~ Sewing with Designer Knits!

I've been playing Grandma lately, making little clothes for my grandkids!

For my 9-week-old grandson, In the Forest fabrics by Riley Blake Designs with its little forest animals.  Oh, so sweet!  

Riley Blake Designs' cotton fabrics are adorable in the first place, and many of their lines also carry limited selections of "Designer Knits"; soft, luxurious cotton jersey knits.  I love sewing with this fabric.  

Monday, September 23, 2019

4-H "Fair Days" Quilt

"FAIR DAYS" quilt, 47" x 54", featuring Licensed 4-H fabrics for Riley Blake Designs

I'm a 4-H girl.  I grew up on a little 3.4-acre farm in Sunnydell, Idaho.  Dad was a school teacher, and

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Nestled Stars ~ Storytime 30's

A new quilt for my newest grandbaby!

"Nestled Stars" featuring Storytime 30's fabrics by the Penny Rose Studio
for Penny Rose Fabrics, a division of  Riley Blake Designs.  

Sweetest fabrics, reminiscent of the 1930's sugar and flour sack covers.  Cute little prints of animals, children, dots, elephants, flowers, kitties in cups...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Iridescent Star plus My Favorite Quilt Block!

Made with Confetti & Crayola Cotton Basics from Riley Blake Designs
Iridescent Stars, 60" x 60" Lap Quilt

I'm happy to be sharing my latest quilt today, for a couple of reasons!  First, to showcase these fabrics from Riley Blake Designs, and second, to share my favorite quilt block on the Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop hosted by Carla@Creatin'intheSticks.

Monday, August 26, 2019

A Riley Blake Designs Quilt Kit: The Duke!

Here's a fantastic quilt kit of my favorite cowboy, John Wayne!

John Wayne was an iconic movie star - making nearly 150 movies over four decades.  Here are a couple of fun facts I learned:  His nickname, "the Duke" stemmed from his dog named Duke.  Folks would refer to them as little Duke and big Duke.  He based his trademark walk and talk and persona after Wyatt Earp, who happened to be a personal acquaintance.  And as Wikipedia put it, John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage.  Yep.

Instant Blocks: Flying Geese

Here is my preferred way to make  my flying geese!  It's a "no-waste" technique, which makes me happy.  These "Instant Blocks" only require one background square plus four small print squares to produce FOUR flying geese at the same time.  Oh, I love that!