Updated: May 6


When a new fabric collection is getting close to release we download the images and start plugging the fabrics into quilt designs. Never before have we downloaded a collection where we came up with so many beautiful quilts! Painter's Palette by J. Wecker Frisch for Riley Blake Designs is truly a palette of fabric every quilter needs.

In Paint by Row we used Rolie Polie strips and yardage to make this fun take on the old Hatchet Block. As a beginner level pattern, it comes together quickly and easily. Using Janet's classic antique paint tin fabric for the border ties all the colors together.

Here's what we used:

1 -RP8940 Multi Rolie Polie 1.75 yards -C8944 charcoal texture (background, inner border, binding) 1.25 yards -C8946 painters palette (border, this is directional fabric so you need 2.25 yards if you want all sides of the border going in the same direction) 1 yard -RBD Basic Shades WB200 snow (background)

You might recognize that paint tin design. We've sewn over 1,500 items with it since it's original release a few years back. It's an Aunt Henri staple and we shed more than a few tears when we used the last yards we had. In fact, you might say we 'pestered ' this re-release into existence. As in, we might have asked Janet a couple times a week for two years to bring it back. Possibly. That might have happened. (It's a wonder she still takes our calls.)

Paint By Row is available as a digital download.

You can find the pattern HERE.

Here's a peek at some other quilt patterns we are working on:

Bingo!

Did you notice the bingo number prints? Here's a fun way to incorporate numbers and dates that are special to the quilt recipient.

Pattern coming soon!

The Star of St. Louis: another Rolie Polie or 10" stacker friendly pattern. We adore the cascading color!

Ode to Van Gogh: Pull the yellows, green, and black out of the line to make giant sunflowers!

Yule Tide: Haul out the holly and berry colors for a festive Christmas quilt! Isn't this jolly?

We could do this all day but boy, do we have a lot of sewing to do. If we had to come up with one word for this collection, it would be 'versatile.' Whether using all the colors with pre-cuts or just buying yardage of your favorite colors, you can make so many projects! Feeling inspired yet?

Paint by Row Quilt Pattern

Happy Sewing,

-AH

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This week's great gift idea showcases the fabulously multi-crafty Sue Daley of Sue Daley Designs and https://www.busyfingerspatchwork.com/

We all know Sue as The Empress of English Paper Piecing and as a fabric designer at Riley Blake Designs, but Sue is also an avid crocheter! Visit her website and you'll find yarn, patterns, and kits right along side all her quilting goodies.

When her latest collection Paper Daisies was released we thought it might be fun to sew a set of bags to make traveling with your crochet projects stylish and easy.

Paper Daisies is a garden of pinks, blues, yellows and greens with a little bit of gray. It's cheerful and sunny and so easy to work with. (You'll see two new quilts with this collection in the next few weeks.) Our absolute favorite part, which I'm sure the entire Sue Daley Designs team is sick of hearing about, is the fat eighth panels! What a brilliant use of design! It's available in three colorways: blue, gray and pink. If you bought all three you would have 24 prints in just three yards of fabric, how awesome is that? Quilting heaven to be sure.

Here's the blue panel we used to make our first bag:

We built our crochet tote bag with 2" strips of each print. We used the quilt-as-you-go method to sew them to batting, adding 3" strips of the main Paper Daisy print to the sides.

Next time around I think we'll use foam rather than batting to give the tote a sturdier silhouette.

After it was quilted we cut it to the shape of our bag front and back, then added sides cut from white vinyl. We like vinyl on the bottoms because it can easily be wiped clean and stands up well.

Inside our bag we have our signature Aunt Henri elastic pocket made with elastic thread by Gütermann. Yarn comes in many sizes and shapes and having a stretchy pocket helps hold any of them in place. We like to knit or crochet with the yarn still tucked in our bag pocket and the bag flap closed. The yarn feeds out through the sides and stays clean and tangle free while you work.

The bag lining is Riley Blake Designs linen in Aqua. Using linen inside as the lining gives the bag good body and really shows off Sue's Ceramic print.

Roomy enough to hold your phone and wallet, it's a great bag for carrying to appointments so you can crochet on the go.

Our second little bag is a zippered organizer for your tools. Measuring at 6.5" by 10.5" it's large enough to hold a written pattern. Look at those precious dragonflies fluttering around the daisies!

The crochet hook holder can be customized to fit the size hooks you most use. There's plenty of room for chunky hooks and a pair of snips.

Using clear vinyl with a zipper lets you see all your small accessories while keeping them secure. We added a long strap because sometimes we like to hang our little bag from the arm of the chair.

Watch for both of these patterns coming to our shop soon.

We hope you like this first taste of Sue Daley's Paper Daisies, we can't wait to show you the quilts!

Happy Sewing,

-AH

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Summer is winding down and what better way to memorialize the season's travels with Riley Blake Designs second installment of the National Parks collection by The Anderson Design Group!

We are so excited to show you the many projects we've sewed with this collection. In fact, we made so many we need more than one blog post to do them justice.

The first two projects are all about travel organization and both items would also make great gifts for the adventurers in your life.

The collection comes with a panel showcasing four pillow sized images from one of the National Parks. We chose the Grand Canyon but we did not chose to make a pillow. Turns out those panels are perfectly sized to make a hanging organizer that fits great on the back of a car seat or the back of a vintage camp chair.

Using clear vinyl with these gorgeous panels lets the art shine through while giving you a place to organize your little bits, keeping everything close at hand.

WHAT YOU NEED:

PP8936-GRAND pillow panel

C8783-CREAM Signs print for binding

C8781-SAND Maps print for vinyl edging

Ultra Firm Stabilizer, piece about 18" by 21"

Clear Vinyl, medium weight two pieces about 6/7" by 18"

The process is really simple. Fuse the stabilizer you chose to the back of your panel.

Cut clear vinyl pockets a height that works with the panel you chose. Our upper pocket was 6" and the lower was 7" because those sizes worked best and didn't hide any of the key design points in our panel.

Once you have your pockets cut, cut 1" strips of the map print to bind the edge of the vinyl.

Your bottom pocket will need binding on the top only. Other pockets will need binding on both the top edge and bottom edge.

We use a binding foot like this:

It works great with vinyl if you remember to feed your fabric through at least half an inch before you feed the vinyl through. Then keep the vinyl lifted off the surface of your sewing table. If the vinyl lies down it can cause drag as it tries to cling to your tabletop.

If you don't have a binding foot just use a bias tape maker to iron the outside edges to the center of your 1" strips, then fold them over the edge of your vinyl and clip in place. Clips work much better than pins when it come to vinyl. Sew close to the edge.

To sew this, we recommend using your walking foot if you have one. The vinyl will feed through with no problem.

Baste the bottom pocket along the bottom edge and sides of your prepared panel.

Stitch your upper pocket to the panel, carefully stitching over the previous stitching on the binding.

Stitch vertical lines on the pockets to divide them into smaller pockets, making sure to back-tack on the upper edges where the pockets will get the most wear.

Cut enough 2" strips of the signs print to go around the border of your panel plus extra to make ties. At least 2 WOF strips.

Consider where you will use your organizer and decide what kind of closure you will need and the length of the straps necessary. Velcro or snaps are a good idea.

We chose to bind ours in the traditional quilting method. We sewed to the back and wrapped around to the front, then machine stitched in place because sewing to the front and hand stitching to the back didn't sound fun at all. We tucked our ties into the binding at the top.

Our second project comes from one of our favorite websites, So Sew Easy. It's a great family travel wallet that keeps all your necessary papers in one place. Itineraries, passports, ID's, boarding passes-- all nicely held together. Here's the link to the pattern we used:

https://so-sew-easy.com/travel-passport-wallet-pattern/

For our focal print we used C8780-Black Posters which is an adorable montage of mini posters.

On the inside pockets we used two of the patches prints C8782 in Seagreen and Black then more maps and signs!

This is a great organizer and a super fast and easy project.

We'll have more fun projects featuring Riley Blake Designs National Parks by The Anderson Group so stay tuned!

Happy Sewing,

-AH

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