The Hunt for Riley Blake Fabrics

I finished piecing the main portion of the top of my quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge last weekend.  I’m super happy with it so far but it definitely needs a border.  uareIMG_4953

My first idea for the border was to put a thin darker fabric border and then do a pieced border with some squares mimicking the design inside but at a larger scale.  I didn’t plan on putting these all around but putting a few here and there and then blending them in with the pink/orange/yellow ombre fabrics.

Of course – I ran out of the pink/orange/yellow ombre’s.  This means yesterday I went to my Local Quilt Shops on the hunt for the ombre fabrics to finish up the borders.


Of course,  no one had the ombre fabrics I needed.  BUT I did still find some fun fabrics…I tried to stick to just Riley Blake’s since I could still use those in the border….or whatever.

So…I ended up coming home with, starting on the left, two shades of grey kona solids (also okay for the Riley Blake Challenge), Rapture designed by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics, Camp-A-lot by BoBunny for Riley Blake (qualifies), Rapture designed by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics, Fall’s Tapestry by Fabri-Quilt Inc (I’m a sucker for anything with metallics in it), hooty HOOT Returns by Doohkey designs for Riley Blake (qualifies), Fall’s Tapestry by Fabri-Quilt Inc, Peak Hour by Kellie Wulfson for Don’t Look Now – Riley Blake (Qualifies), Giraffe Crossing by the RBD Designers – Riley Blake (qualifies), life in the jungle by doohikey designs for Riley Blake (qualifies), Basic Grey Sweet Serenade for Moda, basic grey for Moda in a minty turquoise and basic grey for Moda in a tangerine orange.  These basic grey ‘solids’ just slay me.  They’re not quite solid but still read solid.  I find the ‘brushed on’ texture of them fabulous and feel that they add a great depth and movement to quilts when I add them in.  I have a hard time resisting adding more color ways to my stash.

So…overall I would say I mainly stuck to fabrics that qualify for the challenge… but I just couldn’t resists the others…

Since I don’t have the ombre’s and I really need to finish this quilt I *think* I have a new idea that will work for the border.  Now, to put it together and see if it actually looks as cool as it does in my mind!


  1. You have such a creative mind that I'm certain your border idea will work like a charm. Great quilt!


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