Derby Style Fabric is Now Available

Derby Style Fabric by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs- Cute Fabric for your next sewing project

  Last Friday I got home from running errands to find a very nice surprise waiting for me.  My Derby Style fabric yardage had arrived! If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that it was hitting stores last week. I was so excited to share the good news with everyone yet fighting back… 

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Bow Tie Patchwork Pillow Tutorial

Bow Tie Quilted Pillow Sewing Pattern

  This post first appeared on Riley Blake Designs Blog as a part of their Design Team Wednesday series. I am totally smitten with bow ties lately (as seen by the bow tie print on my fabric) and thought that it would be fun to make a bow tie pillow.  The pillow is constructed simply… 

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Derby Style Fabric

Derby Style Fabric Collection by Melissa Mortenson

  Hello, Happy Monday Morning to y’all!  Today it’s my turn for the Riley Blake Fabric Designer Blog Hop! If you came here from the previous stop,  Lori Whitlock‘s blog welcome!  I thought that I’d start by introducing myself. My name is Melissa Mortenson, I live in the Louisville Kentucky area with my husband and 2… 

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Introducing Derby Style Fabric by Melissa Mortenson

Derby Style Fabric by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs

Today I’m insanely excited and insanely terrified to tell you about something that I’ve been working on for most of the summer. My very first line of quilting cotton fabric! I actually came up with the idea for this line of fabric 2 years ago but then just sat and let the idea “simmer” for… 

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Kentucky Derby Printable Subway Art

Free Printable Kentucky Derby Subway Art on

Happy Derby week y’all!!! I hope that you have enjoyed the Kentucky Derby Party Ideas and Free Printable’s that I posted this year.  I have one more quick idea Kentucky Derby decorations to share with you today. Tomorrow  is the Kentucky Oaks (which I’m going to !!!) and Saturday is the Kentucky Derby!  If you… 

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Kentucky Derby Party Ideas {and a Chinet® Giveaway}

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas on

It’s spring in Kentucky which means only one thing, it’s Derby Time!! I know that you’ve heard me say it before, but Derby time in Kentucky is one of my most favorite times of the year. There are loads of great activities for families and the whole city puts on a great show to welcome… 

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Saturday Snapshots


if you’re new here, I use my Saturday Snapshots posts to share a bit about my life with you here. Things I’m doing, things I’m thinking, and things I like.  Affiliate links may be included. This week was one of those that felt like it was a month long. I won’t go into details but… 

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DIY Pretty Ponies Necklace

DIY Horse Necklace

The first Saturday in May is coming up this week, which around here means one thing! It’s Kentucky Derby time! In celebration I’m excited to share with you these Pony Party Favors!  The city of Louisville rolls out the red carpet once a year and welcomes the world.  The entire 2 weeks leading up to… 

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Polka Dot Fashion Inspiration by LuluBelles & a Giveaway!

Polka Dot Fashion Inspiration

My name is Gretchen Black from the jewelry online boutique and today I am guest posting on I co-own Lulubelles with my cousin and best friend Natalie Gerlack. We both love fashion, interior design, and anything that is vintage inspired with a modern twist. I thought it would be fun to share with… 

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Win, Place & Show Ribbons Centerpiece

DIY Kentucky Derby Decorations

I decided to add a bit to my Kentucky Derby Decorations this year by making some Prize Ribbon to use as a centerpiece. I used the Number Junque, Spring Circus, Quaterfoil, & Chevron kits from Rhonna Designs. In Horse Racing, the first place horse Wins, the 2nd place horse Places,  and the 3rd place horse… 

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