Riley Blake Project Tour · The Smitten Chicken

Destinations Project Tour with Riley Blake Designs

Welcome to my stop on the Destinations Project Tour with Riley Blake Designs. I love these Destination panels by the Anderson Design Group. My family and I love to travel so these are right up my alley! If you remember I made up a NYC quilt with a NYC panel. I also created a pattern using this panel. I used the same pattern for this quilt! This pattern works with ANY panel! You can find the pattern here.

Confetti Cottons with New England panel

This time we took a little trip to my neighborhood, New England! I live outside of NYC which puts us in New England! Growing up in Idaho I had no idea that parts of New England are suburbs of NYC. But this is where we have called home for over 8 years. So this New England panel is perfect!

Confetti Cottons

I chose these Confetti Cottons to coordinate with the panel. I used Riley White, Riley Red, Riley Navy and Peacock. See my quilt pattern for fabric requirements. I thought this gave it a bit of a patriotic look to the quilt. New England is so historical and integral in creating the United States of America.

Flying Geese with the pressing dream team!

I assembled the flying geese first. Just like in the NYC pattern, I only used one accent flying geese. The red matched the panel so well! I think the one accented flying geese gives it a modern feel.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

I also used what I call the pressing dream team to assemble my flying geese. I use my Oliso iron for all my pressing needs. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top for a minute or so. I have such flat flying geese! I love this combo. If you haven’t tried these out, give it a shot!

Fork Pins

Once I have all of my flying geese assembled, I need to stitch them together. I do this by using FORK PINS!!! These are the best! They hold both sides of the seam while stitching. I have such better points while I’m using these. Which means less unpicking with my seam ripper. If you haven’t tried fork pins, give them a try!

New England quilt

Nothing says New England more to me than a forested area by a beach! We have one close to our house. This is where all the boats dock. I love this place! It is perfect for a little photoshoot!

Uncle Sam Blossoms Fabric

I used Christopher Thompson’s Uncle Sam Blossom for the backing on this quilt. It is so patriotic and the perfect basic! I LOVE it! This is the same print I used as my background on my EPP stars table topper.

New England Quilt

I did straight line quilting on this quilt. My lines are 1 inch apart. I used my BERNINA 770 QE with a walking foot to quilt this up. I also used my favorite Aurifil thread. I used 2021 which is just the right shade of white to match my background fabric and the backing!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to see more of what I’m up to you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to my new YouTube channel.

Chirp Out!

Jen

Riley Blake Project Tour · The Smitten Chicken

Old Made Project Tour with Riley Blake Designs + Tutorial

Hi! I am sew excited to share this project with you today! I fell in love with J Wecker Frisch’s new line Old Made for Riley Blake Designs. All of these illustrations are amazing. And I had sew much fun sewing with this fabric. These faces are hilarious and I couldn’t stop laughing at all of the sewing puns. Well done!

We are a game playing family! So when my kids saw the card panel, they decided we needed a new set of playing cards! Family game night for the win!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

Would you like to make playing cards too? I am going to share a quick tutorial on how to make this panel into playing cards.

Supplies you will need:

Old Made card panel (1 yard to get two of every card)

1 yard Grey Wallflower Fabric for backing

Oliso Mini Iron

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

HeatnBond Craft Extra Firm Non-Woven Fusible Pack

SpraynBond Fabric Stiffener

Aurifil Thread Grey Smoke

Hera Marker

Rotary Cutter

Sewing Machine

Press interfacing

Start by cutting out eat card. Leave a 1/4″ around the edges of each card. Once cut, the cards will measure 4 1/2″ x 6″. Cut out the backing fabric at 4 1/2″ x 6″. I used the Grey Wallflower print.

Then you need to cut out the fusible fleece and extra firm interfacing. To reduce bulk in the cards, cut these pieces at 4″ x 5 1/2″. Once your pieces are all cut out, press the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the card print, per manufacturer’s instructions. Press the extra firm interfacing to the wrong side of the background fabric. I use my favorite mini Oliso iron for all of my pressing!

Once the fleece and interfacing are adhered to the fabric it’s time to sew! With right sides together, place the card and the backing fabric together. Stitch 1/4″ around the entire card, leaving about 3″ opening at the bottom. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. I am using my favorite Aurifil thread to stitch these up. I am using 50 wt. And I found the perfect shade of Grey Smoke to match this fabric line!

Tip: trim the corners of the card. Make sure you don’t clip your stitches. This will reduce bulk in the cards.

Next, turn your card inside out. Make sure to push out each of the corners. Stitch around the entire card using about 1/8″ seam allowance. Finger press your opening closed, tucking your 1/4″ seam into the card.

I wanted to quilt these cards a little bit. I used a Hera marker to mark my quilting lines. I quilted from diagonal to diagonal. This gives the cards some structure and makes them more sturdy for little hands to play with!

To give these cards even more structure, I used a new product by Thermoweb called Fabric Stiffener. This stuff is magic! My cards are now stiff and I love it!

This little kitty was so excited to play our new game! These cards are bigger than normal playing cards. That makes it perfect for kids! The fabric also makes the cards more durable.

Matching game

There are two games you can play with these cards. We enjoyed a super fun matching game! I took out some of the cards so it would be easier for my daughter to match! And seriously Miss Spellbinding??? These are just so funny!

Old Made

We also played a fun game of Old Made! Make sure to remove one Old Made card to play Old Made since you only need one of her and the panel comes with two!

Thanks for following along today! I’m off to play more rounds of Old Made! If you would like to see more of what I’m to you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to my new YouTube channel.

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 5

Hi and welcome to the fifth release for the Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop. Each year, Fat Quarter Shop hosts a charity quilt along. You can donate to Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas here.

Bonnie and Camille Serendipity

I am sewing up my Serendipity quilt in Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line Shine On. It is such a cute line with their classic aquas and pinks! My favorite print in this line is the mums! They are sew cute!

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

Release five or the Fateful blocks are some of my favorites! These oversized flower blocks are so cute! I had fun pairing the center of the flowers with the outer petals. I think I found some fun combinations.

Pressing dream team

I started by making the centers of the flowers. I had to keep my eye on these pink rainbows so I could keep them directional! The little star points create a little bit of bulk. To keep these blocks nice and flat I use what I call the pressing dream team! I absolutely love my mini Oliso iron! It gets super hot and is the perfect size to keep by my sewing machine. And it’s pink! Once I press my blocks, I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top. This keeps the heat in and makes my blocks so flat! If you haven’t tried this combo out, do it! Everyone needs the pressing dream team!

Aurifil thread

Once I had my centers constructed, I moved on to the outside. I am using the navy rainbows as my accent piece in this quilt. I do all of my piecing with my favorite Aurifil thread! I use 2021 for everything! I like 50 wt. for piecing and quilting. I recently had to switch to a cone since I was going through so much thread!

Fateful blocks

All of my Fateful flowers are pieced! I love these blocks so much! I can’t decide which block is my favorite. Maybe the navy mums! I am a bit partial to that print. These blocks are about in the center of the quilt and I can’t wait to see them all put together.

Fateful blocks

I am using this Ikea sewing box to store all of my blocks. It is so cute and fits all of my blocks. I love these Fateful flowers!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

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Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 4

Hi and welcome to the fourth release for the Serendipity Quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop! I am excited to share my blocks with you today.

Serendipity Quilt Along

I am using Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line Shine On. And I couldn’t love this line more! I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan and this line does not disappoint!

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

The Serendipity Quilt is Fat Quarter Shop’s yearly charity quilt. This quilt along will benefit to Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas. This is a FREE pattern that you can download here.

HST all cut out!

Let’s chat about half square triangles (HST). I love stitching up HST and using them in a quilt. I don’t love trimming and trimming and trimming them! I have fallen in love with my Go! Qube 8″ Mix and Match Set. I get perfectly trimmed HST every time. The best part? No trimming!

Pressing dream team

Once I am done assembling my HST, I give them a good press. I am using what I call the pressing dream team! I press my HST with my mini pink Oliso iron. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on the seam for a bit. My seams are so flat!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

I am also using my favorite Aurifil thread 50 weight. I am using 2021 which is a nice neutral. I recently switched to a cone because I was going through spools of thread so quickly. I guess that means I sew a lot!

More Accuquilt cutting!

I cut out the rectangles with my Go! Qube 4″ Mix and Match Set. I have never enjoyed cutting out small pieces. So this new Go! Qube set is the best! Tiny pieces all cut out! With everything all cut out, all that is left is to assemble!

Good Fortune Blocks

Aren’t these blocks sew cute? I am loving the navy rainbows as the accent! I also used a couple of other rainbow prints for these blocks. Is there such thing as too many rainbows? And of course I LOVE the pink mums!

Good Fortune Blocks

I am loving this sewing box! I found it at Ikea. It is the perfect size to store all of my Serendipity blocks as I work on them! I love these blocks all stitched up!

90% Faster Than Rotary Cutters

Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to see more of what I am up to you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to my new YouTube channel.

Chirp Out!

Jen