I’m so excited to announce that my 2023 fabric collection with Riley Blake Designs, Portsmouth, has arrived in stores! I just received a box of precuts and I’m excited to share pictures so you can see what it all looks like together!
I’m SO pleased with how this collection turned out. This is my sixth collection for Riley Blake Designs.
This collection is inspired by the summer in the New England Seacoast where my husband’s family lives. You can read about and see more of the inspiration for the Portsmouth collection here.
The color palette for this one is my most subtle so far. I am always a sucker for a classic red, white, and blue color palette because it never goes out of style.
At the same time, I wanted the vibe to be more washed-out and “beachy” – like the look of a beloved quilt that’s been weathered from too many picnics or days in the hammock at the beach.
There’s a mix of florals and plaids, nautical motif, stripes and American flags, + some charming seacoast vignettes. And of course some ginghams.
Here’s a close-up view of some of the prints in the different colorways
I collaborated with my sister, Laura Miller, again to use some of her sketches of summer seacoast life.
Laura also created a gorgeous floral print inspired by hydrangea florals that seem to thrive near the coast.
I can’t wait to use this print for a quilt back or sweet little Easter dress.
The Portsmouth Collection is available in shops now!
Portsmouth is arriving in shops now!
Be sure to check your local quilt shop. If its not there, here are a few online shops who now have it listed in stock:
- Connecting Threads
- The Fat Quarter Shop
- The Quilter’s Crossing
- Missouri Star Quilt Company
- Cotton Cache
- Happy Little Stitch Shop
- Going Coastal Fabrics
- Gardenia Fabrics
- Seaside Fabrics – offering 3 Portsmouth quilt KITS
- Boston Quilt Works – offering 3 Portsmouth Quilt Kits
- Lakeside Fabric – FQ Bundles available by color
- Stitches and Giggles
- other assorted Etsy Shops
If you are a shop stocking Portsmouth fabric, let me know and I’ll add you to the list!
Quilt Projects and Patterns Made with Portsmouth Fabric
I can’t wait to make ALL of the things with this fabric. I have 3 new patterns I’ve released to coincide with the Portsmouth collection including:
Land that I Love, New Castle Beach, and Sugarhouse Star. All three patterns are available in my Pattern Shop in Paper or PDF versions.
The Fly the Flag pattern is also perfect for this collection and available in kits!
Riley Blake is also producing kits for The Fly the Flag quilt! The kits will be available starting in March. Plenty of time to get it finished for the 4th of July.
I still can’t get enough of the summer-y, beach-y vibes these quilts have all together! Here are links to the other quilts made with Portsmouth:
- Fly the Flag
- New Castle Beach
- Land That I Love
- Fast Four Patch
- Stars and Stripes Pillow and Table Runner Tutorial
I’m also having fun cutting into the fabric. I’ve already got a few new projects underway!
One of the projects I’m working on is the 2023 Riley Blake Quilt Block Challenge! The free pattern for Block 5, Cheerful Churn Dash, was just released yesterday.
You can find the pattern and block 5 tutorial here.
And here are all of my blocks so far. You can find all of the details on the Quilt Block Challenge + the free patterns that have been released here.
And I’m loving seeing other makers already sharing projects made with Portsmouth including this gorgeous quilt made by Laurel of Snowberry Street.
Laurel also made a gorgeous bag using the Patchwork Duffel pattern from Kaitlyn at Knot and Thread. I think I need to make one of these myself!
Portsmouth is available now – hopefully in your favorite shop, but if not, it’s available lots of places online. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!