Ready for some pretty quilt-eye-candy?? I just finished the binding on my RBD (Riley Blake Designs) 2021 Quilt Block Challenge Sampler Quilt, and I’m so happy with the final result. The navy background turned out SOOOOOooooo pretty. I love the way the blocks and the sashing pop!
This quilt was a free quilt-a-long hosted by Riley Blake Designs. I started this quilt back in February as 3 new quilt block patterns were released each month through June. You can see all 16 of my individual blocks here.
All of the blocks play so beautifully together. This time I went with a much more limited color palette and fabric selection, and I think it worked out really well. There are still different shades of the reds, whites, and blues to give some visual interest and a scrappy feel, but the tight palette keeps the quilt from feeling too busy – and makes the individual blocks the stars of the quilt.
You can find the free PDF patterns of all 16 individual blocks + the quilt sashing and finishing instructions here.
Here are the fabric requirements for the version I made:
- Oxford Blue instead of Le Creme (and added an extra outside 5″ border) – about 6 yards
- Red Gingham instead of Chive for sashing + outside binding – 1 1/2 yards
- Songbird (Aqua) blue instead of Curry for sashing – 1 yard
- 10 or so assorted 1/4 – 3/8 yards of the other red, white, and blue prints + the remnants of the fabrics above to make all of my blocks.
- Backing – 4 1/2 yards
As you can see, I added a wide outside border to my quilt. The original RBD design finishes at 62″ x 62″. I added a 5″ border (cut 8 strips at 5 1/2″ x Width of Fabric) to frame the design and to make the quilt a little bigger. My quilt finishes at 72″ x 72″.
The quilting was done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. I chose a Baptist Fan over all design to compliment the classic sampler quilt layout. It gives some nice texture to the quilt without distracting from the quilt design.
The gorgeous blue background fabric on this quilt is a new solid for Riley Blake called Oxford Blue. It’s the prettiest warm shade of navy.
The rest of the colors and prints are red, white, and blue prints from my Notting Hill fabric collection paired with an assortment of Riley Blake Confetti Cottons in Cloud, Songbird, Tea Rose, and Redwood.
For the binding I cut the red mini gingham print on the bias. Because I can’t resist a sweet bias gingham.
Hooray. Always feels good to have a finish.
(And bonus points for finishing it the same year it was started! 😉 )