Project Design Team Wednesday ~ Slouchy Beanie Hat

18 Nov 2015

Sew a Beanie Hat - Make a slouchy hat in any size with this EASY tutorial - Melly Sews

Hey y'all! It's Melissa from Melly Sews and today I'm going to share how to make easy and quick beanie hats. I used Idle Wild Knits to make these hats. You'll need 1/2 - 2/3 yard because the knit stretches selvedge to selvedge. And these seriously take like 10 minutes each to sew, making them a perfect last minute gift. To make your pattern, first divide the head circumference for the size you need by 4. Then draw a rectangle that is equal to 1/4 the head circumference wide by the height listed below ... more

Shelfie Tuesday: Behind the Cuteness

17 Nov 2015


It's #shelfietuesday again and I bet you didn't think we'd get this real! In the spirit of exposing our shelves, we decided to do just that - keep it real - and we're proud of it! Behind all of the Riley Blake cuteness are many hard working men and women who keep our warehouse shelves stocked, ship orders to quilt shops in a timely fashion, help customers find what they need, and field countless phone calls. We love all of our amazing employees who work behind the scenes. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we chose this picture of ... more

Lulabelle Blog Tour

14 Nov 2015


We are so excited to be part of the Lulabelle Blog Tour today! Lulabelle is Dodi Poulson's latest fabric collection. It boasts an eclectic modern yet feminine style. Dodi manages to bring bold and soft colors together into one delicious palette.  For the blog tour, I decided to make two quilt blocks using the Weather Vane block we have been playing with this week. You can get the full tutorial for the Weather Vane block here. For the first block, I decided to accentuate the deep navy blue by placing it front and center. I fussy cut the little ... more

Let's Talk Wheels 2 with Deena Rutter

13 Nov 2015


Back by popular demand is the super bright and fun Wheels 2 collection! Designed by the amazing Deena Rutter, Wheels 2 is in stores and ready to be sewn up into all kinds of cute projects for little transportation enthusiasts.   This collection is available in Cream, Blue and Gray colorways, although all three colorways cross over and coordinate nicely with each other, giving you a multitude of options to work with.   Deena Rutter has been designing with Riley Blake for many years. Her most recent designs being Wheels 2, Happy Haunting, Roots & Wings, and coming soon, Off Shore.  As you ... more

TBT Modern: Weather Vane

12 Nov 2015


Today marks our final quilt block tutorial for Traditional Block Thursday! I hope you have enjoyed following along and learning a new trick or two from Bonnie. Today, Bonnie shows us how to make this beautiful Weather Vane quilt block. The Weather Vane block pulls together several different techniques she has taught us over the past few months.  For version #1 of this block, I decided to keep the colors simple with a strong contrast. The contrast really makes the center stand out - almost looking like a plus sign. The corners pop dramatically as well, and I think the overall ... more

Project Design Team Wednesday ~ Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

11 Nov 2015

Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

I am so happy to be at Riley Blake today sharing my Scrappy Christmas Tree tutorial with you. My fabric scrap baskets are overflowing so I have been on a huge scrap busting crusade. That's kind of how I came up with these cute scrappy trees. Supplies needed: Green fabric scraps (at least 3.5" x 1") Solid green fabric for the back of the trees (at least 3.5" x 5") some kind of batting for stability (I used leftover white flannel.) small yellow buttons 1" Brown grosgrain ribbon (for the stem) 1/4" white ribbon (for the ... more

Shelfie Tuesday: Wall of Quilts

10 Nov 2015


It's our favorite day of the week again - #ShelfieTuesday! Today we're showing you our beautiful quilt wall located in our corporate office. This wall isn't just decorative - it serves a very important purpose. We have quilts (with corresponding free downloadable quilt patterns) representing each fabric collection. These quilts are photographed, cataloged and then archived on these shelves. From there they are sent to trade shows and lent out to quilt shops for display purposes. While they await their journey around the world, we get to enjoy the pretty color and texture of this stunning quilt wall! Now ... more

Quiltscapes: Pack Along Quilts

09 Nov 2015


We always love to see what our friend Deonn from Quiltscapes has up her sleeve. Today, Deonn shows us how to turn any blanket into a pack-along. Get the tutorial here! more

Sew Simple Shapes

06 Nov 2015


Today we get to talk about these fun little shapes designed by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs. Sew Simple Shapes are templates used for applique work and Lori has created tutorials to show you various ways of using these handy little pieces of plastic perfection. Lori's first tutorial shows you how to use the templates for needle turn applique. If you like the feel and detail work of hand sewing, this is the tutorial for you. She'll take you through the steps of how to use the templates and exactly how to needle turn applique. The result ... more

Project Linus: Modern Edge Knit Blanket

05 Nov 2015


At Riley Blake, we love the idea of sewing for a good cause, so when Kimbo of Girl With a Glue Gun approached us with the idea of participating in and sponsoring her Project Linus Blog Tour, we didn't hesitate. Here is a little about Project Linus... It's always nice to sew something for ourselves, but it feels even better to sew for others, don't you think? I decided to sew up some soft and cuddly jersey knit blankets using our Modern Edge Baby Blanket tutorial.  I started with this bold Black & White geometric print from the ... more

Project Design Team Wednesday ~ 5 Fun + Easy Pocket Tweaks

04 Nov 2015

Quick and easy pocket tutorials to get lots of looks sewing for boys

Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings and I'm not going to lie one thing that stumped me when I found out I was having a boy was what on earth I would sew for him. I had spent years sewing girly things for my nieces and my Etsy shop but boys, don't they pretty much just wear t-shirts and more t-shirts? I've come to learn the answer to that (at least in the case of my active little guy) is kind of yes (at least for this phase in his life). But that doesn't mean they ... more

Shelfie Tuesday: Quatrefoil

03 Nov 2015


It's our favorite day of the week, #ShelfieTuesday! Today we're showing off our shelf of happy Quatrefoils! Of course, at Riley Blake, we had to add modern, bright colors to the classic quatrefoil design. We think it works! We want to see what's on your shelf. Share your shelfies with us via Instagram or Twitter using #iloverileyblake #shelfietuesday more
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