Easter Parade Quilt in Easter Egg Hunt fabric for Riley Blake Designs

Easter. I know it’s December, but Easter. I have always LOVED Easter. It has always been my favorite holiday since I was a child. It used to be that I loved stuffed bunnies and the Easter Bunny would always bring me a new stuffed bunny every year. Enter Easter Egg Hunt fabric by Natalia Juan Abello and my squealing with delight when I saw the ADORABLE prints. I cannot even believe these bunnies are real. The colors, the florals, the bunnies, everything about this line are absolute Easter perfection, in my mind.

I knew immediately what I’d like to make with this line. Easter Parade by Kristina Brinkerhoff of Center Street Quilts. The bunnies would be the perfect setting for these cute prints, leaving enough space for them to be enjoyed without being chopped into tiny pieces.

I had a bit of a crazy idea when I was making this quilt top to add on these little fluffy bunny tails to a few of them. I chose one print and each bunny of that print got a little fluffy bunny tail. I followed Pen + Paper Patterns tutorial for her Kris Kringle hats, but modified the bunny pieces to .5″ x 1″ for the bunny tails.

I just love the added texture and element of fun these little bunny bums add to this quilt. My kids have all said this is their favorite Easter quilt (of the 2 I have HA!) and I think it’ll be a favorite for a long time to come. Easter Egg Hunt is shipping to stores this month and you can look for it at your favorite local quilt shop, or online shop.

Ties in Pure Delight Fabric for Riley Blake Designs

I have shared in the past my love of making neckties for my husband and sons. I have made them probably 13 ties each at this point in time…. 🙂 My husband works a job where he likes to wear a tie every day and my boys always want to look like dad, so they get a matching tie as well.

When I saw Pure Delight fabric by Melanie Colette, I immediately saw several prints that I thought would make fabulous neckties. I let my husband pick from the prints in the collection and these ties were born from that.

I paired the light blue print with a dusty blue Blossom fabric and the dark blue grid with a gray Swiss dot. Each looks like a classic tie with a fun pop on the lining that nobody but the wearer will ever see. My tie pattern of choice is by Dana Willard of MADE Everyday. It’s easy to follow and she includes a video as well for those of us who like to see things done first.

The Pure Delight fabric collection is hitting shops this month and there are florals, text prints, the grid print in different colors, etc etc etc. It works really well for quilting as well as apparel. Melanie has done a fabulous job making a versatile collection. Look for it in your favorite local quilt shop or your favorite online quilt shop.

Riley Blake Cotton Poplin

Let’s take a minute to talk about sewing clothing. It is something I NEVER, ever said I would do. Yet I think back on 2020 and then realize I have made literally hundreds of masks, which use pleats and different techniques than I’ve used in my quilting thus far. I’ve made ties, which are essentially clothing and also use techniques that are different than quilting.

When Riley Blake announced they were releasing cotton poplin as a basic, I jumped on the idea of making myself a shirt. Well, not just one shirt, but two. 🙂 I had heard a lot of people talk about how easy a Scout Shirt by Fancy Tiger Crafts were to make. I made myself a test shirt out of a different fabric, then heard about the updated Cordyline Shirt by Fancy Tiger Crafts. It fixed some of the fit issues I didn’t love about the Scout Shirt.

I used Riley Blake Cotton Poplin in Riley Coral and Riley Navy to make both of these Cordyline Shirts. Cotton Poplin has long been used as a fabric in garment sewing and a lot of the clothes you may already own and have purchased from stores without realizing it. It has a really lovely feel and drape and works perfectly in garment sewing.

If you are feeling up for some garment sewing, you can find the cotton poplin in your favorite LQS or online shop. RBD cotton poplin will also work beautifully in quilts. I cannot even wait to try it as a background fabric, or even in an entire quilt top. It would be just dreamy.