This year, Riley Blake Designs released a new free quilt pattern that features 2 of their Basics collections: the bright and colorful POParazzi collection and the latest collection of low volume novelty prints, Hush Hush 3.
This free pattern is called Shine Together. It’s a beautiful star design with large blocks that come together quickly. The assorted star centers create a modern quilt block sampler.
You can find the the free Shine Together Quilt Pattern here.
As part of the release of the Shine Together pattern, Riley Blake is hosting a sew along from January 12 to March 15. Every Friday they will walk through the steps on making one of the large Star blocks.
In addition, each week will include 2 other free 6″ x 6″ blocks by assorted Riley Blake Designers that can be swapped out for the star centers to give your quit more customized personality.
Free 6″ x 6″ Quilt Block Pattern
This week I’m sharing this free pattern for a 6″ x 6″ finished block that I called Pickle Barrel.
You can download the free pattern PDF here.
Riley Blake Low Volume + Blender Basics
As I mentioned, this pattern features two new sets of fabric Basics from Riley Blake Designs. The backgrounds all come from the latest collection Hush Hush 3.
This is the third collection of “low volume” prints – meaning they are a varied collection of whimsical prints on a white, cream, or neutral print fabrics. Here’s a picture of the print I contributed this year:
I designed this one very selfishly 😉 as I love a good pale-blue blossom. I’m excited to use this print in lots of projects. This print is in stock at the Fat Quarter Shop.
Here’s a peek at the other prints in this year’s collection:
There are SO many cute ones! You can see them all individually here. These varied and subtle prints create an interesting background – as opposed to solid white or just one subtle design and they are selected to offset the much brighter palette bright colors in the POParazzi fabrics.
The POParazzi print comes in a HUGE range of colors and shades. The Fat Quarter Shop has the whole range of colors, or you could get a FQ Bundle or stack of 10″ precuts to give you a big variety of blenders to mix into any project. They’re a great tone-on-tone blender. I used some of them in my Union Jack quilt last spring.
Once again, if you’d like to download a free copy of the Shine Together pattern go here. (This pattern is different from and not to be confused with the 2024 Riley Blake Quilt Block Challenge. That final design will not be released until May 2024.)
If you’d like more information on the Sew Along hosted by Riley Blake you can find the schedule here. You can also find a kit for this specific quilt from The Quilter’s Crossing and My Favorite Quilt Store.