Monday, January 6, 2014

Riley Blake Challenge

I have always been a huge fan of designer Riley Blake and have several of her fabric lines.  When the MQG said as members we could participate in a challenge I thought, this could be fun.  When I received the fabrics, a fat 8th of 6 fabrics my heart sank a little but knew something would come to me. Individually they were beautiful but together I just wasn't feeling it. 

On New Year's Day advertised free patterns on FB and I liked some of the paper piecing ones. I wanted to try it this year anyway so I downloaded a few.

The challenge rules say you don't have to use all the fabrics and you can add other Riley Blake fabrics or any solids.  Since this really isn't much fabric I knew I was adding and I now knew what it was going to be.

I started with the paper piecing square and when I was done I was seeing it as the front for a tote for an upcoming Caribbean vacation.  These are the summer colors I love. 

I liked the back of the quilting so much I mimicked the paper piecing pattern from the front as the quilting on the back.  

Blue on Blue Quilting 

Both the front and back have outside pockets
I added a zipper pocket inside using 2 of the challenge fabrics 

I enjoyed this challenge and cant wait to use my new tote on vacation.  Paper piecing is a new love, I will do many more.  Thanks Riley Blake!

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