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Under The Canopy Fabric...

I’m excited to share with you a new fabric collection from Rachel Erikson of Citrus and Mint Designs!

Her third collection for Riley Blake Designs, Under the Canopy, was designed when her daughter asked for turquoise animal fabric. How cute is that? Featuring bright, optimistic colors and animals for every-animal loving kid, Under the Canopy covers both.

A fan of bright colors and animals myself, I just knew I wanted to make something really fun with Rachel’s new collection. Rawr is one of my favorite prints from the collection and the scale is just perfect! You’re going to want to make everything with this print. From quilts to clothing and every thing in between, the possibilities are endless!

Accent pillows are a huge trend in home decor and can take your rooms from drab to fab. A cruise through any home decor store and you’ll find lots of inspiration for making your own. One of my go-to home decor stores is Home Goods. They have aisle after aisle of accent pillows. There’s something for every room in your house! Tassels, pom-poms, and embroidery…oh my!

To make my own set of accent pillows, I used the Rawr print in white for the pillow top as well as Lori Holt’s new Chunky Thread colors in peony, pumpkin, honey, and vivid for the pom-poms. I chose Kisses Basics in raspberry for the pillow backing.

I used an 18’’ square pillow insert, the quilted fabric top, and a simple envelope closure to create my pillow. For the pom-poms, I used the Clover USA pom-pom maker and hand stitched them to the pillow top before I added the pillow insert. There are lots of tutorials online that can walk you step-by-step on how to make your own.

And since I couldn’t stop at these adorable accent pillows, I decided to make a mini quilt featuring other prints from the collection too! Stay tuned in here for a new blog post!

I hope you enjoyed reading about this collection and that my accent pillows inspire you to make something fabulous!

cut, sew, repeat…

the tattooed quilter

Blossom NEW Colors...

Drum roll please…

I’m excited to announce that your favorite Riley Blake Designs basic, Blossom, designed by yours truly is launching 16 new colors this fall. That’s right, 16! Yay!

Releasing in October, these new colors layer nicely into the existing range. From lemon zest to raspberry, the rainbow just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Eeeeep, I’m so excited!

There are also two new color combinations: All the Pink and Uncle Sam. All the Pink features a range of RBD’s amazing pink colors while Uncle Sam features a nod to Americana with traditional red, white, and blue colors. You’re going to love them!

With only a small strike-off of each color, I used Alison Glass’s Trinket Quilt Pattern to make these adorable blocks. Blossom pairs perfectly with RBD’s Confetti Cottons as well as the other wonderful basics RBD offers.

Be sure to follow these hashtags for Blossom inspiration:

#blossomfabric

#rbdblossomfabric

#rbdblossombasics

And for other awesome RBD Basics:

#rbdbasics

#rbdnotsobasic

#rbdconfetticottons

Check out the Blossom New Color lookbook for detailed photographs of the new colors.

Shop owners, contact your RBD sales representative today to order the new colors.

And don’t forget, Blossom now comes in wide-backs too! Check those out here.

cut, sew, repeat…

the tattooed quilter


Costume Maker's Ball...Finished Quilt

I’m so excited to share my Costume Maker’s Ball finished mini quilt with you!

Fellow Riley Blake Designs Designer, Janet Wecker Frisch of Joy Studio designed Costume Maker’s Ball. This spook-tacular collection of slightly creepy, yet fun and modern prints was inspired by a set of antique sewing patterns from the 1800’s. The collection features Janet’s stunning art in her signature style with some of my favorites including the tape measure, jack-o-lantern balloons, scaredy cat buttons, webs, and tickets. The panels in this collection are to die for!

I decided to stick with a small range of Janet’s prints, mostly in black and white. I chose to incorporate my favorite RBD basic, Shades into the mix as well. I searched high and low for the perfect quilt pattern and found Charming Lucy by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner to be just what I needed. I knew the pattern would highlight Janet’s beautiful artwork while giving me the chance to explore color and pattern balance. Aren’t those various Shades colors so good? It gives the project so much awesome texture.

I kept the machine quilting simple, using a cross-hatch pattern. For the backing, I used Kisses basic in gunmetal grey and chose a darker grey Shades basic for the binding. The darker binding adds some awesome depth.

Costume Maker’s Ball is in stores now! Don’t wait to buy this collection around Halloween, trust me, it will be sold out! It’s that good!

cut, sew, repeat…

the tattooed quilter