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Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

The deadline for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge is the end of July… so I finally cut into the fat eighth bundle last weekend. But I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while! I’ve been gathering Pin-spiration since May. I decided not to buy any additional fabric, so my project was pretty small and I was able to finish it in a weekend.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

Before I get ahead of myself, here are the rules!
  • Make something fantastic that is quilted.
  • Make something you’ve never done before.
  • Challenge yourself to learn something new.
  • Use only Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids.
  • Tag all your photos on Facebook and Instagram with #mqgfabricchallenge
  • The challenge runs from March until July 2015.

I knew I wanted to focus on the birds in the fabric, and at first I was looking at paper pieced feathers and birds, but then I started to think about nests. I remembered this tutorial for a Bloomin’ QAYG panel from Hey Let’s Make Stuff, and it seemed like a good time to try it. I’ve done a lot of QAYG lately, but I’ve never tried it in an improv fashion and I’ve never made a pillow before… so that was my “something new”!

The tutorial is great for step-by-step instructions, and it’s pretty easy to get the hang of it quickly. I did a couple things differently – I didn’t use a backing fabric since the back of the batting would be hidden inside the pillow, and I didn’t press each fabric as it was added. I set aside one fat eighth for the backing, and kept adding to the panel until it was big enough. Then I trimmed off the excess, sewed right sides together, and turned the pillow right side out. I had a nearly-full bag of stuffing left over from another project, so I used all 12 oz. and it filled out the pillow pretty nicely.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

Here are a few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

Ta da! I’m really pleased with the finished pillow.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

Here’s the back:

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

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