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Make it Modern Project Tour with Riley Blake + a New Pattern

Hi! I am so excited to share my Make it Modern project with Riley Blake. One thing that really says modern quilt to me is the use of solids. Typically I only use solids as a background. Using all solids to create this quilt was so much fun! Riley Blake has a great selection of Confetti Cottons. And I decided to go all PINK! No surprise there with the amount of girls living in my house! We love pink!

All the Pinks

I love ombre and I wanted to create that effect with my quilt. And these pinks were spot on! I also fell in love with this Blossom print. It’s called ‘All the Pink’ and is a perfect match!

I used my pink tools to match! My Oliso pink iron is one of my favorite tools! It gets so hot and is the perfect size to keep by my sewing machine for quick pressing. I love my Olfa pink rotary cutter. And Aurifil thread is my favorite to use! I use 2021 white to piece everything!

Plan to Quilt

One of my favorite tools is my Plan to Quilt planner. This undated planner keeps all of my projects organized. I really loved using it for this project. Now I have record of which solids I used for this project. (It can be hard to remember which solids I used!) Shannon is offering my readers 10% off Plan to Quilt when you use the coupon code SMITTENCHICKEN!

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Alma Quilt

I had so much fun working on this quilt! It comes together so fast! And is my newest pattern! Welcome to the quilt world ALMA! You can check it out in my Etsy shop.

Alma means heart and soul

So now you are asking, why would you name your quilt Alma? After doing some research, we found that Alma means heart and soul in Spanish. (my husband speaks Spanish- thanks for Spanish lesson Kev!) That is exactly what quilting is for me! I pour my heart and soul into each and every quilt. Especially my patterns. So Alma it is!

We all need more heart and soul!

Doesn’t this dusting of snow work perfect with this quilt? We went on a winter hike for some beautiful quilt pics. We found these old ruins close to me that just needed a little heart and soul…Alma.

This quilt is perfect for Valentine’s Day. But we celebrate love all month long! Our anniversary and my birthday are also in February. So I won’t be putting away this quilt anytime soon. I think I may leave it out all year since we all need a little more heart and soul right now!

Keryn’s Chevron Quilting by Kim

I had to show a close-up of this quilting. Kim Santariello of Buried Threads did an amazing job quilting up my quilt. She used the design Keryn’s Chevron. I love the bold, modern look this quilting adds to the quilt. Its a perfect match! I also had to bind it with Riley Blake black and white stripes. They make the best stripes! And you can find them in so many colors!

Thanks for following along today! If you want to see more of what I’m up to, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and my new YouTube Channel! Be sure to check out this new pattern in my Etsy shop!

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Riley Blake Project Tour- Notting Hill with Aurifil + Video Tutorial

Are you an Anglophile? I most certainly am! When we were young, my cousin and I used to pretend to have British accents while traveling through Yellowstone National Park. As I have grown older, I still love British accents and have a slight obsession with Jane Austen, British Royalty, any British History and the Great British Baking show to name a few. So yes, I am an Anglophile! When I saw Amy’s new fabric line- Notting Hill for Riley Blake I just knew I had to make something with it!

Notting Hill fabric with Aurifil Thread

Riley Blake recently released a line of Chambray fabric by Christopher (a.k.a. the Tattooed- quilter.) I wanted to try it out too! Doesn’t it match perfectly with this Notting Hill fabric?

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I decided to make a travel pouch in anticipation of the day when I get to travel again! Do you want to make one too?

Here are the supplies you will need:

Notting Hill Fabric

Aurifil Thread


Fusible Fleece

Iron-on Vinyl

Walking Foot for your sewing machine

Pouch Pattern

I created a video on my new YouTube Channel! I take you step by step on how to sew a zipper! Make sure to subscribe!

How to Attach a Zipper

This month’s Aurifil Artisan challenge was to use 3 different thread weights! I chose my three favorite- 50 weight, 28 weight and Floss.

3 Aurifil thread weights

Let’s be honest 50 weight is my favorite! I use it for everything! I used it to construct the bag. You can’t see it on the outside of the bag, but it is holding it all together. You can see 50 weight in action in my video!

I decided to add the word London to the bag. I drew out the text, traced it on the chambray and stitched it with floss. I love using Aurifil floss. They have so many colors! I can always find the right shade that I need.

28 weight thread

I am new to using 28 weight thread. I really wanted the quilting to stand out (even if it is straight line quilting). I absolutely love the way this Aurifil stands out on the Chambray. I used Aurifil 2415 for both the 28 weight and the floss. And it matches Notting Hill perfectly!

Vinyl lined interior

The last thing I added to the bag was a Vinyl-lined interior. I used HeatnBond Iron-on Vinyl to turn this pretty floral into a vinyl interior. This protects the fabric from spills or messes that may occur while using the pouch. Who am I kidding?!? My kids are going to spill all over this! Now it will wipe clean WHEN the mess happens.

London Travel Pouch

Now I’m all ready for my next adventure! Whenever the world opens up again! London is high up on my list!

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Chirp Out!