Thursday, July 20, 2017

WEEK 3 of the BLOG TOUR!

Hello friends!  Welcome to Week 3 of our COMING UP ROSES Blog Tour.  I hope you remembered that there are prizes to be won at the end of this journey.  So come Tour with us!
Today we are visiting Amy at Ameroonie Designs.  She is so creative--you will just love everything you see there!
Leave a comment on my weekly Blog Tour post (on Thursdays) and you will be eligible to win some fabric. Tell me what you think of Amy's awesome post!

This week I wanted to share with you one of the quilts I made with my "ROSES" fabric collection.

This quilt is called "Through The Looking Glass."  It is a lap-size, and is made using my template set.
(See previous post.)

 I have shown it to you before, but this week, I wanted to remind you that this is the project we are doing in my up-coming retreat.  Yes, you could come and make this with me!  I will teach you the construction process, and my applique technique, plus LOTS more.

We are calling our event the "Mountain Quilt Retreat."  We are going up to a cabin for 4 days to sew and visit and learn and enjoy.

No, not those mountains, but you get the idea.  We will be sewing on our BERNINAs, so I guess this picture will do.  Doesn't it get you excited to come sew in the mountains????

Yes, these mountains.  The beautiful Wasatch Mountains in northern Utah.

We have lots of things planned--I can't wait!  We have our wonderful quilt project to work on and a few diversions like a live band coming one night, good home-cooked food, excursions, and extra projects!

My sister Margaret and I will be hosting and teaching.  She is an amazing quilter and teacher.

I am telling you all of this because we still have 3 openings.  (Can you believe it?)

We would love to have you come join us in Utah's mountains.  All of the details are on my website.    Hurry--only 3 spaces left, and the retreat is in 5 weeks!

This week I am in Raleigh, North Carolina for a Quilt Expo.  I have a retail booth (at the Raleigh Convention Center) and will be selling and demo-ing and meeting lots of quilters.  I am so looking forward to this event because I have never been that far east for a Quilt Show.  I hope to meet lots of new quilters and spread the Jillily fun!
If you live near there, please come by and visit me--I would love to see you!

Now here is a reminder of where our Blog Tour is going:  

July 8  -- A Bright Corner:
July 13 --  Auribuzz:
July 20 -- Ameroonie Designs:
July 27 -- Beri Bee Designs:
August 3 -- That's Sew Kari:
August 10 --Kimberly Einmo Designs:

Follow along!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Just Imagine . . .

I told you about my new table runner in the last post, but I wanted to share a bit more about that.  I made it for a tutorial I was filming.  I got it done just in time!  As usual, I was really scampering at the last minute.
Scampering??  Oh well. 

The runner is called Harlequin Roses.  I was able to fussy-cut the roses from the main print to create the flowers on the vine.  A really fun detail.

I wanted to make something using my new templates so I could teach how to use them.  These templates make lots of different blocks, so the design possibilities are endless.

I think it turned out really nice.  I have been wanting a longer runner for my table because it is so large.  The nice thing about this pattern is that you can easily increase or decrease the size by add to the center blocks.  

We did the filming, and it took all day.  Whew!  That means you will have an excellent quality tutorial that will make learning these techniques simple.  The class will be available online, but not for a while--they still have to edit, format, publish, etc, etc.  

They had the set all dolled up with my fabrics! It was such a fun day.

I bet you are wondering where this tutorial will be....I almost forgot to tell you!  It's on the new site, Imagine With Riley Blake.  This is a great site where you can purchase classes online.  Once you buy a class, you can view it as many times as you like, any time.  There are also some free tutorials that you can view as well.  It is a new site, and so there are not tons of classes yet.  But they are filming and uploading new ones all the time, so that will grow.

I have one other class up on the Imagine site--Meadow Weaver.  Check it out!

We at Riley Blake hope that it will be your go-to site for quilting and sewing instruction!

See you next time--remember to follow along with our Blog Tour!


We're on week 2 of our COMING UP ROSES Blog Tour.  Todays post is on the Aurifil Blog--Auribuzz.  You can find it here:

Kate Brennan in the Chicago office made a FABULOUS Mariner's Compass quilt with the blues in the collection, and it is so pretty!  I am in love!  You just have to go over and see it.

I have decided to add even more fun to this tour by offering a few prizes.  We all love winning free stuff, right?  So, every week after you visit the blog of the week*,  leave a comment here on my blog on the Thursday post.  If you comment each week, you will be entered to win a bit of fabric from this collection!  I think I will give away a few pre-cuts.  YUM!

* Here is the list again of the participants in the Blog Tour:   (If you missed last week, be sure to check it out, but don't worry about commenting on my post that day--we'll start from today.)

July 8  -- A Bright Corner:
July 13 --  Auribuzz:
July 20 -- Ameroonie Designs:
July 27 -- Beri Bee Designs:
August 3 -- That's Sew Kari:
August 10 --Kimberly Einmo Designs:

This week I quickly put together a new table runner from the COMING UP ROSES collection.

It was lots of fun and quick to make because I used my template set, Perfect Pieces-Wedges.

More about this later.  

Please join me on the Blog Tour and hopefully you could win some prizes!


Thursday, July 6, 2017


Everything is coming up roses--at least here at Jillily Studio!    Today is the start of my Blog Tour to show off my new fabric collection,


from Penny Rose Fabrics.  I have a bunch of wonderful bloggers who were kind enough to make something using my fabrics to share with you.  Every Thursday for the next 6 weeks we will all be treated to some fun quilty inspiration!

I sure appreciate these bloggers for lending their time and talents to this little tour.  We are going to have a great time, so come along with us!

I have been waiting for this fabric to arrive  F  O  R  E  V  E  R!   Finally it came, and it is now sitting beautifully on my shelf in the studio.  I love to get new fabric, and for some reason,  I spend hours arranging it and displaying it--just to mess it all up when we start cutting kits, etc!  I just love the way it looks on the shelf!

I need to get more shelves in here.  The studio is bursting with bolts of fabric!  I can't wait to show you some of the new designs I have made using this collection.

Here are three projects that I made with my sample fabric several months ago.  From the left, they are:  Through The Looking Glass,  Every Blooming Thing,  and Tiny House Craze.  (These patterns and kits are available on my

Now that I have more fabric in stock,  I am dreaming up even more fun designs.  There just isn't enough time in the day!  (Do you have that problem, too?)

Pre-cuts of these fabrics are also available--I think we will have 10" stackers,  5" stackers, fat quarter bundles, and rolie polies.  I have a few of these in stock and more are coming.

Here is a list of the bloggers on the tour.  (I will remind you each week, so you don't need to remember this.)

July 8  -- A Bright Corner:
July 13 --  Auribuzz:
July 20 -- Ameroonie Designs:
July 27 -- Beri Bee Designs:
August 3 -- That's Sew Kari:
August 10 --Kimberly Einmo Designs:

Grab your bag and stroll on over to the first blog, A Bright Corner by Andy Knowlton.  I have a feeling that you will be"'encircled" with inspiration there!

Friday, March 3, 2017

I'm Going to Paducah!!

I'm so excited to announce that I'm going to be a vendor at Spring Quilt Week in Paducah, Kentucky this year! I've heard about this show for many years, and it'll be nice to be heading out East for a bit of a change (I feel like I usually stay on the West Coast for my events). 

For all of you who are in that area or are planning on going to Paducah in April, come and visit my booth! Booth 2501

Can't wait to see you there!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Machine Applique featured on Bernina's Blog

This original blog post was featured on Bernina's We All Sew Blog. I hope it makes machine applique easy and quick and makes you want to do more!
Hello, I’m Jill From Jillily Studio.  I love to applique! And I love my BERNINA machines!  When I choose to applique by machine, my BERNINA makes it a breeze.  Here’s how I do it:
1.       I prepared all of my applique pieces by turning the seam allowance - and the raw edges - to the wrong side of the shape. (To see how I prep pieces, you can visit
2.       Put a dot of Appli-Glue every ½” to 1” to hold your appliqué down while you sew.  This is important so that your pieces don’t shift as you are moving them under your needle.
2b. Notice how flags of extra fabric stick out at the points of the applique pieces?  When I am hand stitching, I tuck those under as I stitch, but to machine stitch, those need to be tucked under before going to your machine.
3.       Use a tailor’s awl to turn the flags under.
4.       Place a dot of Appli-Glue under the corner to keep the flag in place.
5.       Now the flower petals are all turned under and it’s ready to be sewn.
6.       I'm using clear, monofilament thread on top. Since this thread is straight wound on the spool, I have it sitting on my upright spool pin.  NOTE:  If the thread spool was cross-wound, I would want it to be on my horizontal spool pin. 
7.       I'm using Aurifil 50 weight cotton thread in my bobbin.
8.       I use the 20C Bernina foot—because it is open enough for me to see where the needle is going.  Any open toed foot will work.

9.       I choose the zig-zag stitch on my machine.

10.   Change width to .7 and length to 1.10.

11.   I click in the top right corner to change my machine's tension because I'm using two different kinds of thread, and nylon thread tends to stretch a lot.
12.   Change the tension to 2.25. This varies from machine to machine. On my older model Bernina, I would change the tension to almost 0.
13.   Position your block so the needle zigs into the appliqué piece, then zags into the background right next to the edge of the applique shape.

14.   When I get to the corner, I make sure to keep my needle down (I use the ‘needle-down’ setting) in the corner of the applique shape and turn the block to go down the other side.  I have set my machine to “hover”, so that I do not have to lift my presser foot every time I want to turn or adjust a little.  This feature is great!  I just sew along, and when I pause, my presser foot lifts a tiny bit, (hovers) –just enough to take the pressure off the material under the foot so that I can move it.  Then I just start sewing again—I don’t have to lower the presser foot. 
15.   Repeat around all of the individual appliqué pieces.
16.   The finished product—doesn’t it look great?
17.   When it’s all stitched down, you can really only see the stitching from the back.  This is a quick way to get look of hand-stitched applique with no raw edges in a fraction of the time!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Cutting Mat Wearing Out?

Is your cutting mat wearing out?

When we repeatedly cut along the same line, it does get a little worn out.  So we naturally want to move to a different spot to cut.  For a white I just start and cut one inch farther down the mat.  But after a while, I find myself counting inches and wasting time.  So I mark the new cut lines with a sticker at the intervals I use the most.  Of course, since I am cutting kits and yardage, I use larger measurements--like increments of a yard, such as 1/2 yard, 3/4 yard, etc.  
But when I am cutting for a quilt, I usually am cutting smaller strips and blocks.  (I love small pieces, don't you?)  So when cutting for piecing, always use your ruler to measure, not your mat.  Your ruler is going to be much more accurate.  Place your fabric randomly on your mat to avoid the worn cut lines, and use your ruler to measure.  

That's today's Tuesday Tip.  Have a great day.  Happy Quilting!