Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Riley Blake Linen Basics

Hello! Spring is zooming by, the superbloom is fading, and I just got my summer seeds. We are currently in the process of turning our dirt dust bowl of a backyard into our dream garden oasis. Me and my husband have different design aesthetics (he's modern, I'm vintage, girly, pretty), so he designed a planter box area for my garden. Our last house I went crazy and it turned into a secret garden (but oh how I loved it)! With all that in mind, I needed a garden journal (at least I think I do hehe), to organize my design, what I want to plant, my seeds, and inspiration! Linen happens to be one of my favorite type of fabric to sew with and Riley Blake Designs has a beautiful collection of pretty linens in basic color ways. 


Riley Blake Linen


For my garden journal I wanted the linen to be the base and added vintage embellishments, and delicate hand quilting. I know I wanted a pocket of some sort for my seeds that I want to plant, so I created a row of seed pockets in the back. Basically, there is pockets galore in this journal!


Here is what I made:



Garden Journal



Vintage embellishments and hand quilting


Here is the inside of the journal:







I machine quilted the inside and added a clear zippered pocket.


Here is the back of the journal. I really wanted a row of pockets for my seeds and such.





Seed pockets

Here is the outside back pocket. Another way to hold seeds or journal bits.






I hope you enjoyed my garden journal. Riley Blake Linen is lovely to work with, soft, yet sturdy, it's a great basic to add to your stash! RBD Linen is available now in an array of pretty colors, so check your local quilt shops or online.





Thanks,

Karen

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Cowboy Country for Riley Blake Designs

Hello and Yeehaw! I love boy fabric as much if not even more than girly, dainty, floral prints. Cowboy Country by Carta Bella for Riley Blake Designs is so cute and boy boy boy! I made a bag (surprise hehe), but it's a bag for Jack or a diaper bag, toy bag, overnight, boy bag! It has the cutest prints of Cowboys, Indians, and Country vibes. I'm really trying to mix up Jack's love of cars and trucks so I started to slip in little toy horses, those little green cowboy/army plastic men, and farm animals, into his playtime. I guess I'm tired of stepping on hot wheels and little green cowboy/army men might be better for my feet hehe. 

Here is Cowboy Country:

Cowboy Country by Carta Bella for Riley Blake Designs


Here's what I made:


Boy Bag using Cowboy Country


Detachable Strap


Back of Bag w/zipper pocket







Inside of front pocket w/magnetic button closure





Side details






I hope you enjoyed my Boy Bag. Cowboy Country is available now, so check your favorite fabric/quilt shop or online. 



Happy Sewing!

Karen

Friday, March 29, 2019

Majestic for Riley Blake Designs

Hello and Happy Friday! It's been such a beautiful week and I'm ending it with these pretty pillows I made with Majestic Fabric by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs for Riley Blake Fabric. Gerri makes the prettiest quilt patterns and lovely fabrics and its been such a treat to create with Majestic! This line is stunning. It has beautiful grays, navy blue, the perfect blush color, and whites to anchor. 




I didn't realize how well it would work in my bedroom, but it paired perfectly with my farmhouse bed and blush linen duvet. I wanted to use classic designs with modern lines. I used The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson for block inspiration. I used some of her blocks and modified them to suit the design of my bedroom (and my husband's tastes.

Here is what I made:




Hand Quilted Pillow




















Here is The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson. A wonderful source for quilt blocks:





Majestic is coming soon! So check your local quilt/fabric store or online. It's so pretty!





Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Shortcake for Riley Blake Designs

Hello first day of Spring! Sadly, it's going to rain today, but this Shortcake bag I made will brighten your day! I made the bag using the sweetest fabric line called Shortcake by Heidi Mutt (of the blog Fabric Mutt - she has great tutorials, books, and cuteness) for Riley Blake Designs. It's full of jam jars, strawberry baskets, orchard fruits, gingham, stripes, and of course sweet florals! So sweet,  bright, nostalgic, and cute! I just want to take this fabric with me on a picnic!

Shortcake Fabric by Heidi Mutt for Riley Blake Designs


I wanted to make the bag with fruit baskets in mind, so I definitely wanted something boxy. I hope I achieved that! 

Here's what I made:


Shortcake Bag
Shortcake Bag


Shortcake Bag
Shortcake Bag



Shortcake Bag

Shortcake Bag Details - Side View

Shortcake Bag - Side View

Details

Inside of bag

Inside of bag

Inside of bag

Details

Bottom of bag

Here's a video of the bag:





Shortcake fabric is available now, so check your local quilt/fabric shop or online!

I hope you enjoyed my Shortcake Bag! I'll have another project up soon so stay tuned!



Karen