I’m so excited! Riley Blake Designs has announced a brand new free Quilt Block Challenge for 2021!
Each week for the next 16 weeks there will be a new 10″ x 10″ quilt block pattern by a Riley Blake Designer. And each week there will be a free printable PDF pattern to go with it. The final week Riley Blake will release the sampler quilt layout (it’s a surprise!) including fabric requirements and cutting/assembling instructions to finish your quilt.
This week’s block is a Pinwheel Star designed by Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl. She made her block using her fun new fabric collection, Mod Meow that’s coming to stores this month.
Riley Blake just released a bunch of new colors in their solids Confetti Cottons range. I love Christopher’s block version in all solids.
Here is my block with my color/fabric pull for my quilt. I am already jazzed about where this is going!
I wanted to push myself out of my traditional white-background-all-the-time look. I’ve seen a bunch of navy quilts that have had me smitten recently, so I decided to head that direction.
For my solids palette I’m using Riley Blake Confetti Cottons in Cloud, Tearose, Redwood, Songbird, and Oxford Blue. The Oxford Blue is a brand new color for Riley Blake and I love it! Has kind of a faded-navy feel – so it reads blue in pictures and not black. I have a feeling this is going to be one of my go to colors.
And it’s going to be the main color for this quilt.
In addition to the solids, I’m mixing in the reds, whites, and blues from my upcoming Notting Hill collection. This collection is going to hit stores by the end of the month. YAY!!! (If you’re looking to preorder, and to make sure you don’t miss it, Stitches N Giggles, Lou Lou’s Fabric Company, The Fat Quarter Shop, and Fort Worth Fabric Studio have preorder status available.)
You may remember last year’s Quilt Block challenge. It was a lot of fun, and a great resource for learning how to make 12 classic quilt blocks. (It was also a little hectic as we came up with the plan as something to keep us busy right as the world shut down, so we were kind of designing on the fly.)
This time everything is planned to perfection with uniform printable patterns and a list fabric requirements ahead of time and a new block available every Tuesday until mid-June. Woohoo! You can find the printable fabric requirements list here.
The blocks this year are a fun, unique step up from the classic blocks last year. They’re a great skill builder with a variety of designs. I’m so excited to sew-along!
If you’re looking for additional details, you can find everything you need on the RBD Block Challenge Page. And if you are sewing along as well, share your makes on Instagram using #confetticottons, #rileyblakedesigns, #iloverileyblake, and tag @rileyblakedesigns.
POST UPDATE! To see the finished 2021 Sampler Quilt Click HERE.