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.

This kit includes the free pattern, this gorgeous panel, a generous stack of fat quarters to make all of the sawtooth star blocks, background, border and binding fabrics.  It makes a 77" x 85" quilt.

"The Duke" kit contents
I just love that panel, plus the movie poster fabric, which makes great fussy-cut centers for some of the star blocks.

The pattern gives instructions for easy construction of the Flying Geese units, made with rectangles and flip-corner squares that are then cut off.  If you take another line of stitching, you can make an extra half-square triangle from the leftovers (see this previous post).  I like to use a "No-Waste" technique for Flying Geese, which makes four at a time!  I call it "Instant Blocks".  Click HERE to see today's tutorial.

 This one is among my favorite blocks to make.  

The quilt is relatively easy to put together, the panel then a border, the pieced block border, and two more borders, 

I think this quilt would be a great addition for a man cave, den or home theater, or just a gift to your favorite cowboy.  Break out the popcorn, wrap up in your new quilt and enjoy a little binge-watching old Westerns or John Wayne movies to your heart's content.  It's a big quilt, and I'll bet everybody can fit under it.

Ask for this kit and fabrics at your local quilt shop, or order from an online retailer. 

 "Easy there, Pilgrim."  


Happy Trails,


  1. This is a fun quilt I think my dad would love for sure.

  2. What a great quilt. I've never seen that panel and you did a fabulous job.

  3. I got the kit but it says I should have a 1/2 yd. of tan main (8570 Tan)
    I have the 1 2/3 yd of putty solid (C120 Putty)
    I can’t seem to find the tan anywhere online. Does anyone know where I can get the 8570 tan.

    1. You are a no-reply blogger so I can't respond via email. If you used the link in this blog to purchase your kit, you will need to contact that store for any missing fabric.


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