Riley Blake Challenge

Last weekend, we had a sew-in with the Montreal MQG. There was only a few of us. But, we really had a nice day chatting and sewing. I started working on my project for the Riley Blake challenge. It’s a challenge organized by the MQG and for which Riley Blake Designs provided each participants with the same bundle of fat quarters from their Basics collection.

I decided to limit my-self to a pillow for this challenge. I have too much projects going on without enough time to sew. It will be for my son’s bedroom which we plan to redecorate this year. My husband will be making a twin bed to replace his current toddler’s bed. I want to make him a quilt, but for now I’ll focus on a pillow. The room will be in grey with hints of orange and teal. So, I only kept a few prints from the bundle I got from Riley Blake and I added some solids Kona cottons.

The prints from the Basics collection are really geometric. I wanted to play with this for the design. I also wanted something more boyish. I wanted something that would look like a wheel or a gear. I thought the best way to achieve this would be to make a dresden plate. Starting from there, I looked around for ideas. You can find some amazing quilts that inspired me here, here and here. I made a few sketches.

And here is my final design:

Last Saturday, I went to the sew-in with some templates to paper-piece the 12 wedges forming the dresden plate. Here is what I have done so far. It looks like my plan will be working. Yeah!

WIP Rilley Blake Challenge
Now, I need to piece together the wedges and put an orange circle in the center. I’ll try to work on that during the Holiday vacations.

7 thoughts on “Riley Blake Challenge

  1. cinzia

    I love how you figured out all the fussy cutting in order to get your final design. It's rare to see some quilt patterns which are geared for boys (no pun intended!).

  2. Paule T.B.

    Wow trop beau!!! J'adore le pattern et le choix de couleurs. 🙂
    Je m'ennuis de vous! J'avais la fête de ma filleule le jour du sew in.. Mais on se voit au meeting de Janvier! 🙂

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