Riley Blake Fabric Fest Blog Hop and Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!


So I know I mentioned it quite some time ago, but this September I will be heading to Las Vegas to teach at Riley Blake DesignsFabric Fest‘! I’m so excited about this opportunity. I have really enjoyed working with the folks at Riley Blake Designs and I know their first conference is going to be amazing. There are going to be so many great classes and teachers during this conference…….if you haven’t signed up, you definitely should. There is something for everyone!

I will be teaching three hands-on sewing classes during the conference and will be on a panel for one lecture class about finding your signature style. So what exactly am I teaching in the hands-on classes?

My 1st class is ‘Embellishing Garments with Trims’ and you all know how much I love trim! In this class we will be talking about using trims to embellish garments and how to use trims to pull a look together.

We will also be creating an embellished t-shirt during the class using all of the adorable trims from Riley Blake Designs.

Riley Blake Designs really has some of the best trims for embellishing! From every color rickrack, to different lace and crochet elastics, to picot edging and the most adorable buttons in all shapes, sizes and designs. For those students that sign up for the kit for the class, they will be receiving a sampling of trims from Riley Blake Designs!

My hope is that the take-away from this class will be how trims and the proper fabric pairing really can pull an entire look together and take a garment from ordinary to extraordinary!

My second class is ‘Lined Garment Construction’. This class makes me so excited because I get to teach some of my very favorite techniques for finishing the inside of lined garments including armholes and the hems of lined garments. These are all techniques that can be applied to some of my own, The Cottage Mama, sewing patterns and can be incorporated into other patterns as well.
Personally, when I sew a pattern from another designer, I don’t always follow their construction instructions because I have a specific way I like to finish the insides of garments. I’m hoping the students will take away the techniques from the class and apply them into their everyday sewing. To help us learn the various techniques, we will be sewing the basic variation of The Cottage Mama ‘Janey Jumper‘ pattern using some gorgeous Riley Blake Fabrics!
My final hands-on class will be ‘How to Sew with Patterns.’ I know there are many people who just don’t care to sew using commercial patterns. Either they have had a bad experience or just aren’t quite sure how to interpret the different symbols and wording in a pattern. In this class we will be talking about sewing using paper patterns and PDF printable patterns, how to preserve paper patterns, transferring pattern markings and explaining what all the different markings mean…plus more. Students will leave this class feeling confident about being able to sew garments using patterns. We will be using the Katie Cupcake ‘Elloise’ pattern and students will leave with the garment cut out and ready to sew!

And because we are having so much fun talking about Riley Blake Designs Fabric Fest, I’ve got a great giveaway of one of their beautiful Fat Quarter Bundles (Kensington by Emily Taylor Designs for Riley Blake Designs)!
You can enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the blog post!

During the blog hop, these great sites will be blogging all about Fabric Fest and the wonderful classes they are teaching. They will also be giving away some great prizes, so you’ll want to keep this list close by!

Wednesday, June 5
Jina Barney of Riley Blake Designs
Thursday, June 6
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
 Friday, June 7
Elizabeth and Liz Evans of Simply Simon & Co
Saturday, June 8
Nancy Zieman/Deanna Springer of Nancy
Monday, June 10
Melissa Mortenson of The Polka Dot Chair 
Tuesday, June 11
Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore
Wednesday, June 12
Paige Hill of Riley Blake Designs, Jennifer of Tatertots and Jello,
Becky & Kari of U-Create
Thursday, June 13
Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish
Friday, June 14
Kim Christopherson & Kris Thurgood of My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe
Saturday, June 15
Bonnie Bailey on Riley Blake Designs
 Monday, June 17
Lila Tueller of Lila Tueller Designs
Tuesday, June 18
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
Wednesday, June 19
Lindsay Wilkes of The Cottage Mama
Thursday, June 20
Sue Daley of Sue Daley Designs
Friday, June 21
Eleanor Burns/ Sue Bouchard of Quilt in a Day
Saturday, June 22
Jenny, Natalie, & Sarah of Missouri Star Quilt Company
 Monday, June 24
Andrea Goddard of And I Sew
Tuesday, June 25
Becky, Brooke, Jamie, Kirsten, & Nikkala of The Crafting Chicks
Wednesday, June 26
Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes 
 Thursday, June 27
Sandy Workman of Pine Mountain Designs
Friday, June 28
Sydney Haglund of Memory Quilt Maker

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  1. These projects are just beautiful.Thanks for the idea,sure I will embellishing one of my t-shirt this summer and class caught my eye.

  2. So much fun all the trim and buttons. Have to make this.

  3. Your classes look like so much fun – wish I could be there! Thanks for the chance to win – 🙂

  4. I am interested in the trims, which are all the more appealing due to your gift for using them. Where do I find Riley Blake trims? What are they made of? Thanks!

    • Hi Debbie, I think if you just google search them you will find several stores that carry them online. They are also found in local quilt shops and you might check the supplies section of as several of those shops carry these trims as well. Hope that helps! Thanks for commenting. Have a great day, Lindsay

  5. Those are very beautiful, you do good work!! I signed up for your newsletter.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

  6. Love all the embellishments. Great ideas. See you in Vegas.

  7. Ohh what gorgeous embelishment work….Just beautiful. I’m allready signed up for your newsletter

  8. I love the wonderful ideas that you come up with! They are just darling!

  9. I love your pink shirt with the embellishments, so adorable!

    • Thank you so much Cherylea. Miss Savannah was pretty excited when I showed it to her. She said ‘For ME????’. So sweet when their eyes light up over handmade clothing. Hope you are doing well! Lindsay

  10. I love all you do with trim!!

  11. Oh, I wish I could be in Las Vegas to take your classes. This fabric line is beautiful. I have had three granddaughters born in the last seven months so I need this because I see lots of clothes I want to sew.

    • I wish you could come too, Julie! Would be SO fun to meet you. Well, maybe another time…….I’ll be continuing to teach throughout the next year so maybe our paths will cross. Have a great day, Lindsay

  12. Oh my. I <3 the Elloise pattern.

  13. Thanks for the chance to win, wish I could be there!

  14. These patterns are very nice indeed. Wish I knew anyone that size. But I do very much appreciate a well designed pattern. Wish I had had these years ago.

  15. Love the embellishments! 🙂

  16. Oh, how I wish I could attend your classes! The tee shirt embellishments are so inspiring! And, I love, love, love Riley Blake products. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Love your class list…would love to be there….sigh….

    Love the t-shirt! Trims are soooo cool!

  18. Yeah trim! Thanks for contest!

  19. I wish I could sign up for every one of your classes they sound awesome.

    • Thanks so much, Mara!! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment……..wish you could come. If not this time, maybe next time!!

    • I have always wanted to attend something like this so I’m rewarding myself with some “ME” time and am getting registered! At this point, I will be attending by myself and would love to share a room with someone. Any one want to be a roomie? 😉

  20. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful projects and the embellishments you used. We will be sending good wishes for a productive and enjoyable visit for all attendees, as we cannot go ourselves. Meanwhile, please enter me into the giveaway as winning would help ease the disappointment of staying home.

  21. So pretty! Great projects! I love to emblish but so far I’ve only done alittle with applique and wool projects. I’d so love to go but with two trips already planned I won’t be able to. It does sound like a weekend in Heaven!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  22. I love the color mix! I only wish I had a girl, boys can’t go to that level if you know what I mean.
    wildbluestarz(( at)) aol…com

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