introducing...RBD Not So Basic!

happy friday! are you ready for some exciting news?

today, Riley Blake Designs is launching "RBD, Not So Basic" hosted by yours truly! along for the adventure are four of the industries leading modern quilt designers and makers:

you might ask, what is "RBD, Not So Basic?" it's a celebration of Riley Blake Designs Basic collections and all the projects you can make with them!

each month (or so) we will feature a project highlighting RBD's Basic collections. from fabric postcards to mini quilts and everything in between, you'll be inspired to use your RBD basic stash in a not-so #basic way!

did you know that RBD has over 170 solid colors? it's the best solid on the market that also features a range of colors from crayola. how cool is that? some of the other awesome collections include Kisses, Hashtags, Stripes, and Swiss Dots. and who could forget Chevron?!

we're launching the program where each maker was asked to create a fabric postcard. i can't think of a better way to celebrate summer travel and adventure!

using Patchwork Posse's fabric postcard tutorial, i created a series of 4 postcards using RBD's Confetti Cottons to celebrate Pride month. how cool are these?

here is a snapshot of how i created mine:

  • start by making a 4'' x 6'' finished foundation paper pieced quilt block
  • following Becky's instructions, layer the fusible stabilzer and card-stock to the quilt block
  • zig-zag stitched around the edges with your sewing machine (Baby Lock)
  • leaving space for the address and stamp, add a personalized note

you don't have to FPP your quilt block, you can use improv, traditional piecing, or go wild and crazy with appliqué. Becky recommends to keep your postcard no thicker than 1/4'' and she has lots of ideas and suggestions on how to add some interest to your postcards.

these are fast, fun, and addicting to make! perfect for kids too!

i hope you'll follow #RBDnotsobasic, learning more about the amazing basic collections at RBD!

cut, sew, repeat...

the tattooed quilter


strawberry lemonade...

today i'm thrilled to share my latest mini quilt, strawberry lemonade. sounds delicious, right?

this 12'' finished wonky star block was made with the cricut maker and riley blake designs confetti cottons. the center sashing square and binding add a bit of contrast. just perfect!

 here's the materials you need to make this mini quilt:

  • cricut maker
  • cricut maker rotary blade
  • cricut fabric mat
  • pale pink solid color cut down to (4) 12'' x 24'' rectangles
  • yellow solid color cut down to (4) 12'' x 24'' rectangles
  • dark pink solid color for sashing (fat quarter)
  • 1/4'' yard for the binding
  • 1/2'' yard for the backing (cutting it down to a 26'' x 26'' square)
  • batting (1) 26'' x 26'' square
  • misc. sewing supplies, including thread, iron, and small scissors

here are the cutting instructions:

  • start a new project in cricut design space
  • using the square under shapes, create the following measurements:
    • 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2'' (x8 pale pink)
    • 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2'' (x1 yellow)
    • 6 1/2'' x 3 1/2'' (x8 yellow)
  • make sure you unlock and lock your measurements so the sizes won't change as you create the additional squares and rectangles
  • change the color of each square/rectangle as you create, making it easy for you to keep up with the measurements and mats to make each block
  • you're all set, click on "make it"
  • you'll see your squares and rectangles broken out by color (mat)
  • keep the number of project to 1
  • adjust the mat size to 12'' x 24'' for each color (mat)
  • place your pre-cut fabric on the fabric mat in order of mat
  • select cotton fabric, insert your cricut rotary cutter and GO!
  • for the sashing, cut the following:
    • 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2'' (x1 dark pink)
    • 2 1/2'' x 12 1/2'' (x4 yellow)
  • after you've finished cutting, organize your squares and rectangles by color

here are the sewing instructions (use a 1/4'' seam allowance unless other wise noted):

  • place (1) yellow 6 1/2'' x 3 1/2'' rectangle on top of (1) pale 4 1/2'' square at a slight angle
  • using your presser foot, sew along the edge of the yellow rectangle
  • trim 1/4'' seam allowance to the right of the sew line
  • press seam to one side
  • trim to 4 1/2'' x 4 1/2'' square
  • repeat to make 3 more wonky star blocks
  • layout the block (resembles a nine-patch quilt block)
  • sew each row together, press seam to one side
  • now you should have (4) 12 1/2'' x 12 1/2'' wonky star blocks
    • sew (1) yellow 2 1/2'' x 12 1/2'' rectangle to the bottom two churn dash blocks, repeat for the top two blocks. press seam to the pink rectangle
    • sew the dark pink 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2'' square to the remaining (2) pink rectangles. press to the dark pink square
    • sew the center sashing to the bottom row of blocks, pressing seam to the pink strip
    • repeat for the top row of blocks, pressing seam to the pink strip
    • layer the quilt top with the quilt batting and backing
    • quilt and bind as desired

    isn't this a fun mini quilt to make? it's so easy with the cricut maker.

    i hope you enjoy this mini quilt as much as i enjoyed making it.

    cut, sew, repeat...

    the tattooed quilter

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