Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Celebrate America Table Runner

I am so excited about this project I am sharing with you today!  When I saw this fabric it was love at first sight! :) It is called Celebrate America by Echo Park for Riley Blake Designs - it is just the perfect patriotic line! 

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I thought my Jumping Jacks pattern would look fabulous with this fabric, so instead of the whole quilt, I went with a table runner! I absolutely love how it turned out! 

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I made four blocks and added a small white border, and then the dark blue star border.  It is a great size - finishing at 20" x 56" 

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 For backing I used Blossom by Christopher Thompson - my favorite Riley Blake Basic right now! I quilted it with a fun star pattern called Becker's Shooting Star.  I really love those fun stars, it just makes this runner so cute! 

I also wanted to show you an alternate layout option - you could do a table topper with four blocks, and it would finish at 32" square.  Kits are for sale and you can choose either layout! 

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cowboy Country Quilt

Hi there! I am so excited to share this fun quilt with you today! This fabric is sooo cute! It is called Cowboy Country by Bella Carta for Riley Blake Designs. 

I decided to use one of my favorite quilt patterns called Brickwork! This is a fabulous pattern that you can use to showcase large-scale prints.  It is also a really great pattern for guy/boy quilts. 

Brickwork Pattern HERE

I decided to go with the a darker sashing on this one and used Confetti Cottons in Cinnamon.  It complements the other fabrics really well! 

Brickwork Pattern HERE

This line of fabric has so many great prints in it! The newsprint line is my favorite! I love that this pattern really showcases all prints in the collection!

Brickwork Pattern HERE

For quilting, I did a fun cowboy theme design.  It is perfect for this quilt.  For the backing fabric I went with a lighter cotton shade called Cream.  It was the perfect backing to showcase the quilting design. 

I knew I had to take this quilt to a local historic site to take pictures! These pictures were taken at Jacob Hamblin's home in Santa Clara, Utah.  Jacob Hamblin settled this area.  This old wagon I'm sure crossed the plains many many years ago.  It is definitely a must see if you are in southern Utah! 

Brickwork Pattern HERE

This quilt is off to it's new home, my little cowboy nephew Roy! :)

Be sure to follow Riley Blake on Instagram to see the latest projects made with Cowboy Country! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Easy Baby Quilt Tutorial

I am so excited about this new quilt I am sharing today!  This quilt features the most darling fabric! It is called Perfect Party and it is full of the cutest vintage animal motifs and florals. This charming collection is called Perfect Party by The Cottage Mama for Riley Blake Designs. 

I wanted to showcase the main print in the collection, so I designed an all new pattern just for this fabric.  The quilt comes together so quickly, you could definitely make it in just a few hours! 

The quilt is assembled by adding borders to your main fabric print.  Very little piecing goes into this quilt, so it is a nice beginner friendly pattern. 

I backed my quilt with this large floral and it is just the cutest! All the prints in this collection have a vintage vibe and I absolutely love that! 

For the quilting, I did a simple flower motif, that matched the florals on the fabric.  I really love how it complements the quilt. 

Let me show you how to make one of your own! 

Fabric requirements: 

  • 3/4 yard of main print
  • 3/8 yard of blue
  • 1/8 yard of yellow
  • 1/2 yard of pink
  • 1/4 yard of green
  • 7/8 yard of white
  • 3/8 yard of binding
  • 2 5/8 yards of backing

Cutting instructions: 

From main print: 
1- 24 1/2" square (A)

From blue:
4 - 3" x 24 1/2" strips (B)

From yellow:
4 - 3" squares (C)

From pink:
4 - 2 1/2" x 29 1/2" strips (D)
4 - 3" squares (E)

From green:
8 - 3" squares (F)
4 - 2 1/2" squares (G)

From white: 
8 - 2 1/2" x 29 1/2" strips (H)
16 - 2 1/2" squares (I)
4 - 3" squares (J)

From binding:
5 - 2 1/2" x WOF strips

That's it! The great thing about this pattern, is that you can easily do this in a boy version as well! 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Be sure to follow Riley Blake on Instagram for more projects featuring Perfect Party! 

Talk to you soon!


Monday, February 25, 2019

Minky Blanket Tutorial

Hi there! I have an easy tutorial for you today! I am going to share how to make an easy baby blanket today using a cotton front and a minky back.  These blankets make great gifts and the best part is that they are so snuggly because of the minky back! 

If you have ever had reservations about sewing with minky, this is a great little project to start with! It's not overwhelming, and if you follow my tips and tricks, you will definitely wonder why you haven't tried sewing with it before! 

I made a smaller version about 34" square (the pink version) and the grey version is a bit larger around 45" square.  If this is your first project with minky, I recommend starting with the small version. 

This is a great way to use large prints, like this darling llama print from Riley Blake Designs!  They also have their very own minky collection called Dreamy Minky!  For this tutorial I am using the dimple minky, but they also have a solid version, that I used on the boy llama blanket! 
Before we begin you will need to gather your supplies.  This will make a small baby version, it's about 34" square. 

You will need: 

**It is important to note that you do not want to press your minky with a hot iron, you will iron out the dimples.  Use a very low iron if you need to do any pressing. 

Step 1:  Cut your fabric to size.  Cut your top piece to 36" and I cut my bottom piece larger, around 40" square.  I do this because I like to have extra minky on the bottom, we will trim it later once we have it sewn, but it is just easier to have a bigger piece.

Step 2:  Place your fabrics right sides together, remember you have a little extra on the bottom.  Pin around the entire perimeter of your top.  You will pin every 1" -- I know this seems like a ton of pinning, but trust me, it is so important and is worth the extra time to pin!

You can see that I left my selvedge on, we will be doing a large enough seam allowance that it will not show.

Step 3:  Sew around the entire perimeter of your top, using about 1/2" seam allowance.  ***Leave about a 4" space that you do not sew, this is where you will turn your blanket right sides out.

Minky has a lot of stretch to it, it can be a little finicky, but if you pin like crazy, use a walking foot and increase your stitch length, you will have an easier time sewing with it!

Step 4: Trim off excess minky. 

Step 5:  Turn your blanket right side out using the space you left un-sewn.

Step 6:  Pin all the way around your quilt top (yes, again! lol, trust me, your top stitch will come out much nicer if you do this).  Pin about every 2".

Step 7: Stitch all the way around the top, you can use whatever seam allowance you prefer.  I did a 3/8" on this one, and the boy one I did a little larger about 1/2".

That's it! You just made your first minky blanket!  These are so much fun to make and once you get the hang of sewing with minky, you will want to make more! 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope it inspires you to try something new! :)

Be sure to follow Riley Blake Designs on Instagram to see more projects made with their cute novelty fabric! 

Talk to you soon,


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Simple Goodness Quilt

Hi there! I am sooo excited about this quilt I am sharing today! I have been a long time fan of Tasha Noel fabric, and when I saw her newest line, Simple Goodness -  I was smitten! It is classic Tasha Noel - it us full of lovely illustrations and tiny prints.  

I wanted to show off all the lovely fabric in her collection, so I decided to use my Starbound pattern.   
This is one of my favorite patterns because it is precut friendly! You can use 4 packs of 5" squares or 1- 10" stacker!

The blocks in this quilt work up so fast! The stars in the middle are very simple and this is where you can change up your quilt! You can make every star the same, alternate colors, or go completely scrappy and do every star a different fabric. 

Starbound pattern HERE

This quilt is a nice size and finishes at 78" square.  You could easily make this smaller by doing 4 blocks, or make it bigger and do 16 blocks! 

Starbound pattern HERE

For the quilting, I decided on Diagonal Plaid, it is one of my go-to patterns that I love to use! It adds such a fun texture to this quilt. 

Starbound pattern HERE

One of my favorite things about this quilt is that it is just a happy quilt! Those fabrics are so cute and really make my heart happy.  I also love the fact that it is so simple, but really makes a statement!

Starbound pattern HERE

 For backing, I used my new favorite Riley Blake Basic called Blossom by Christopher Thompson.  This navy color matches perfectly with this line and I just love it so much! 
Starbound pattern HERE

Be sure to follow The Riley Blake Blog and Instagram page for more Simple Goodness inspiration!


Monday, February 4, 2019

Criss Cross Pattern

Happy Monday friends! I have a lovely new pattern to share with you today! I am sooo excited about this pattern!  I designed this quilt specifically with this fabric in mind.  

Bluebirds on Roses is by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics.  This collection is darling and is full of charming bluebirds and lovely florals! 

When I was designing the quilt, I knew I wanted to use a fun vintagey block - the Granny Square! This is one of my favorite quilt blocks.  It really showcases those cute fabrics so well!

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In addition to the granny square block, I added an alternating chain block.  This really gives this quilt a vintagey vibe, which makes my heart happy!

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The great thing about this pattern is that the chain blocks are all pieced using strip piecing techniques.  So it may look like a lot of work, but using this technique saves so much time and so these blocks whip up in a jiffy!
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One of my favorite things about Elea's fabrics are her florals!  This print I used for the border is my favorite! It is just darling and I love those pops of reds! 

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I quilted this with a really cute flower pattern called Ginger Flower, which is a favorite of mine! 
It really makes a fun texture and I scaled it down just a touch to match the scale of the quilt. 

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 Lastly, I need to talk about this gingham backing! Oh my goodness! This aqua gingham is EVERYTHING.  It just makes my vintage loving heart swell! It was the perfect print for this quilt now I want to back everything I make with this gingham! ;)

Be sure to follow The Riley Blake Blog and Instagram page for more Bluebirds on Roses inspiration!


Monday, January 28, 2019

Moda LOVEin' Sew Along

Hi there! I wanted to share my blocks I have made for my Modo LOVEin' Sew Along! :)  I have had a lot of messages about my blocks and questions about fabric, so I thought I would share all the info in one place!

First off, I decided to join in this sew along because it is super low key, and I have wanted to make the Moda Love quilt for a long time!

**You can find all the info about the sew along HERE**

I went through my stash and decided to use Corey Yoder's Pepper and Flax fabric.  I love her fabric so much, and I just couldn't wait to use it!

Initially I had four charm packs, but ended up buying two more because I took all the green charms out.  I also have a bit of yardage that I bought for a border and binding.  

The first thing I did was open my charm packs and separate them into prints.  I love the scrappy look, but I like to control my scrappy.  So I decided I had to draw up my block in EQ8, so I could play around with fabric placement.  

I drew up the block and if you want,  you can click on this image and print it off so you can color your block how you want! OR if you have EQ8, I recommend drawing your block and then importing your fabrics so you can play around with placement! 

**To print, right click on the image and hit save image and then print**
Moda Love Block Drawing from EQ8

I love using EQ8 so much, and this feature is probably my favorite.  It is sooo easy to be able to swap out colors and fabrics, to see how your block will look. 

If you have been thinking about buying EQ8 or upgrading your EQ7, now is a great time! I have a coupon code that saves you 20%! 

Use code: EQ8LINDSEY

Here is my first block.  I wanted to do the outer ring in yellows, and do the middle part in grays.  If you only have one charm pack to work with, you will definitely have to go way scrappier than this.  Since I had several to work with, I was able to control my scrappy a little more! 

I also wanted to mention that 1 charm pack = 1 block. 

For my second block, I did the outer ring in mostly grey, and the star in yellow.  I love how it turned out!

After I made this one, I knew I would need to order more fabric to keep the same look I have been going for.  So I have my charm packs ordered, and I plan to whip up my last two blocks next weekend! 

I can't wait to make more blocks!