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.




  1. I have seen a lot of journal covers -- but this one is by far my most favorite!! I love everything about it....colors, added trims, pockets, and quilting. I especially love that it is gardening inspired (my 2nd love after anything needle and thread).
    Would you ever consider a tutorial about how you made it? Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful finished piece!

  2. I LOVE your journal!! Are you considering a pattern?