Thursday, August 10, 2017

BLOG TOUR -- Last Week!

Wow, this has been so much fun!  And it has gone by really fast!   Today we have a great treat--we are visiting my friend, Kimberly Einmo.  She is a great teacher and always has such good ideas--so I can't wait to see what she posts today.  Go on over to her blog and we'll see!

So since it is the last week of the Blog Tour to feature my fabric collection, Coming Up Roses, I decided to whip up something new and fun.  I have been wanting to do this project for a while now.
I needed something to put all my stitching supplies in-- to make it easy to grab when you are stitching on a binding or working on applique, etc.

I wanted it to be round, so that my Poke-A-Dots would fit nicely.  And besides that, it is just a really cute shape!  I'm calling this little tote a Stitchery-Do.  The pattern will be available on my website next week.

I put a little pin-cushion into the lid, and a few pockets to hold small scissors, needles, thread, threader, etc. This little tote is not big--but just right for keeping all those stitching items together in one place.

After I made three of these, one in each of the main print colorways, I decided I needed to make one using selvages.  I love selvage projects!!
I love selvages from lots of different designers--the more the merrier!  But for this project, I just used selvages from my Penny Rose fabrics.  I wanted to focus on that, and after all, it is a really small project, anyway.

Coming Up Roses is my second collection with Penny Rose Fabrics.  I have a new collection coming out in October, so I was able to put in a few of the selvages from This & That, too.  And my first collection, Meadow Sweets is also in there.  So this is like a "journal" of my collections so far.  A fun idea for me.

I hope you have enjoyed our Blog Tour, and have been inspired like I have by the wonderful designs I have seen. Thank you so much to all the bloggers that have been a part of this Blog Tour.  Sharing their talent and creativity has been so fun!

Remember, I am giving away some free fabric along with this Blog Tour.  In order to enter to win, post a comment on each of my Blog posts about the Tour.  (They have been for the past 6 weeks on Thursdays.) Visit all of the blog stops and see all the fun designs. You will be inspired!

Here is another copy of the participating Blogs:

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:

Thanks for following along--please continue to join me here for lots of quilty fun!
See you next time. . . 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Blog Tour Week 5

Wow!  That's all I can say about this week's Blog Tour!  You are just going to love it!  Hop on over to Kari's and see what she has put together.  Making my fabric look soooo good.

I wanted to have something new, too this week to show you, but I am still in the process. (Since I started it this morning.)  Here's a little peek.

Yes, it involves a zipper.  It's going to be fun and really simple.  I just was delayed because I had to go buy a zipper!! I'll show it to you next time- all finished. 

 For now, go catch up on all the posts you have missed.  Here is a list of the Blog Tour:

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:

We are almost done with this Blog Tour--one more week.  Be sure to visit all of the Blog posts on the Tour and come back here to leave a comment on my Thursday Blog post each week.  That way you will be entered to win some fabric at the end of the tour!  

And who doesn't want to win fabric????!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Roses in my Garden?

The COMING UP ROSES Blog Tour continues. . . .
Today we are visiting  Beri Bee Designs at
I can't wait to see what Carrie comes up with in my fabrics!  She is so creative.   Hop on over to visit her blog.

Have you been having a good time?  I've been very inspired by the variety of creations on the Blog Tour.  It has really been fun.  So today I thought I would show you a project I made using a different colorway of the group.

This sweet table topper is called "Florette."  I haven't released the pattern yet, but it will be coming out next week.  This one features the rose print as setting triangles to accent the pieced inner section.

 Pinks and greens are always pleasing together, and fresh.  Don't you think?  Just like these flowers--some of my favorites because of the shiny green leaves and dot of red that sets them off!

 I love my garden--it keeps me busy, but sure is fun!

The greens in the collection are a good variety.  I will be using them in all kinds of designs, because I always use greens!  I'm sure they will mix nicely with my other green designs and that gives me lots of variety to use in accents, leaves, stems, and blocks.  I'll try to get something made out of the greens for next time!

Stay tuned!

P.S. Remember to comment on each Thursday post to be eligible to win the Blog Tour prizes!

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!