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2021 RBD Block Challenge; Block 1, Pinwheel Star Block

I’m excited to announce that the Riley Blake Block Challenge is back! Each week get a free quilt block pattern and sew along with us as we create a mystery quilt!

Blue, and pink quilt block from liberty of london fabrics on white cutting mat

Last Spring, a group of Riley Blake Designers got together for a very informal, impromptu quilt along. Each week one of us shared a quilt block on our blog, and at the end of the quilt along, participants had enough blocks to create a sampler quilt.

It was such a hit that Riley Blake decided to do it again! This go-around is even better since they have created PDF’s for you to grab each week of the quilt along.

About the Quilt

The final quilt layout is a mystery! I can tell you there are 16 blocks that finish at 10″ each. The quilt also features some “fancy sashing”. I’ve seen the finished quilt and you’re going to love it!

various bright colors of flat folds of liberty fabrics on white cutting mat

For my quilt, I’ve decided to use Liberty of London’s quilting cotton range, Summer Flower Show. I ordered my fabric on Etsy last week, so I know it’s still available. My daughter has been bugging me to create an ALL Liberty quilt for her, and I decided this would be a great opportunity to do so!

Quilt Along Schedule

The quilt along runs now through June. On the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Tuesdays of the month, we will share a new block pattern. The remaining weeks in each month will be for catching up. I’ll be posting all of the block patterns here. If you forget to grab one, they will also be in the Sewing Template Library.

How to Get the Pattern

The pattern is free and provided by Riley Blake Designs with blocks created by 16 different designers.

Fill out the form below and we will email you all of the blocks in the challenge.

Organization Tips!

various bright colors of flat folds of liberty fabrics on white cutting mat with envelop and paper

Since this quilt along covers a few months and several weeks, you’re going to end up with a lot of printed paperwork. I like to keep my projects like this organized in clear envelopes. I grabbed mine on Amazon, you can find them in office supply stores as well.

Quilt Block Examples

Quite a few Riley Blake Designers are sewing along with the challenge. Here are a couple of the blocks they created if you’re looking for ideas.

yellow and green quilt block from liberty of london fabrics on white cutting mat

The employees at Riley Blake Designs are stitching along too and using the new Riley Blake Confetti Cotton colors for their quilt.

Blue, and pink quilt block from liberty of london fabrics on white cutting mat

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl designed this weeks block. Here you can see her version stitched up in her new fabric line, Mod Meow.

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  1. Hello Melissa! I would love to do this as it’s a good way to keep the “sewjo” on a high note. That said, I’ve never done a mystery quilt, and I’m stymied as to where to start for fabric selection. Would prefer to shop (and put a dent in) my stash, but am stuck on where to start without a hint of the blocks or layout. I’m looking at the fabric requirements and guessing that I should focus the largest yardage pieces on my favorite fabrics and build a palette around that. Any tips would be so appreciated.

    Thanks for sharing these great projects. Stay well!

    PS: Have to say I’m still LOVING your Let’s Be Mermaids line and, totally random, but a non-sewer friend gave me a wine glass for Christmas that is etched with “Let’s be mermaids”. She had no idea how perfect it was. On my to do list is your ONLY GOOD VIBES quilt and can’t wait to get started on that. I’ve decided it will be my new beach blanket and captioned instead with: BEST. DAY. EVER. I’ve just watched the video for your Ahoy Mermaids line and will need to be purchasing more fabric. Swoon-worthy. Just sayin’…

  2. Just found this quilt challenge and love it but are the fabric requirements no longer available?

  3. Melissa, when I am interested in one of your patterns I look first at your additional layouts of the pattern. What you design from that pattern is amazing to me, the changes of colors and additions of sashes, etc. creates a whole new look. Hopefully one day I will see what you see, your designing skills show me how much there is to learn as I keep quilting. Thank you, Anne

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