Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Seaside by October Afternoon


I thought I would share with you what I have been up to this week, and it's been busy and fun:  more fabric play!
Seaside by  October Afternoon for Riley Blake.  

The Seaside range is a collection of printed and solid fabrics that has a cozy vintage and beach-side feel about it.   I think I was immediately drawn to this collection because of the simple graphic (and numerous small scale) prints as well as the saturated colors.

Individually there are numerous fabrics in this collection that represent excellent fabric stash basics, including the Red Polka Dot (great for s[t]ashing!) as well as the Bikini Floral (top right) in Red, Yellow and Blue.

I started by selecting a number of Seaside prints in the warmer tones - yellows/reds - and then pulled additional fabrics from stash. From top to bottom they are:
  • Japanese import floral (possibly Kei)
  • Sea Birds in Schooner - Bella - Lotta Jansdotter
  • Flying Geese Stripe in Yellow - Quilt Blocks - Ellen Luckett Baker
  • Full Moon Polka Dot in Lime by Amy Buter
  • Pirate Stripe in Red - Out to Sea - Sarah Jane
  • Gingham in Orange
  • Large Black Polka Dot - Sevenberry (made in Japan)
  • Lecien - Color Basics - Dot in grey
  • Mona Pez in Orange  (Moda)
  • Dick & Jane text fabric by Michael Miller (no longer available)

Seaside by October Afternoon for Riley Blake is available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Pink Castle Fabrics
Fabric Worm

More soon.


  1. This is absolutely lovely. I love the way you can pull from different collections and come up with a perfect mix. :)

  2. Another beauty Rita! You have such a great eye for mixing & matching fabrics.

  3. This collection's use of primary colours is lovely - great to see it playing so nicely alongside other fabrics too

  4. Love it!! Light but bright!! AnneK:-)

  5. Oh, that is so fresh and bright, it's just wonderful!!!!! You're so great at choosing fabrics and then arranging them in the quilt...

  6. Love these fabrics. Makes me want to make some more owls!

  7. Just picked up a fq bundle of seaside last week!! Thanks for the added inspiration :)

  8. I love this collection! I think I am going to have to buy some! Rita, your ability to choose fabrics that go together so beautifully is amazing! Looking forward to the finish.

  9. really beautiful Rita! those colors look so fabulous together!

  10. What a great afternoon quilt...I can imagine sitting with a book with this on my lap.

  11. You are so amazing at mixing fabrics!! This is so cute and sweet and modern all at the same time!!

  12. Great quilt! Your colors go so nice together. I wish I was able to put different collections together like that, very nice job!

  13. Beautiful fabric and quilt. I really like the brown, yellow and aqua color group.

  14. Gosh I think I need to start making some more patchwork quilts! Yours are all so inspiring! =D

  15. So beautiful! Love the cheery colors!

  16. Rita,

    Your quilt is gorgeous, Riley Blake Sea Side is so lovely. Thanks for showing us great fabric and your quilt.

    Have a good day.


  17. I love the fabrics you use, I always smile when I visit your blog.

  18. Oh my gosh, that is soooo pretty! I keep coming back to look at it here & on IG. Thanks for taking the time to go into detail about the other fabrics you added to the main collection. I got back into quilting 2 years ago after a quilting hiatus of about 12 years or so. I learned to quilt by picking a main fabric and then choosing colors from that. Then, 12 years later, got into collections and designers. Now I'm trying to step out of my box and mix things up, hope they look good, and that it isn't just a 'these go together simply because I like them' sort of thing. ;) Anyway, thanks again--and beautiful work!

  19. What a lovely quilt!

    I have a question concerning the Seaside collection for you! I am wanting to make a quilt with the collection and I need to find which light colored bella solid would go best with it.. white, snow, natural, etc? It appears to me that white would be too white, but I can't really tell!

    Might you have any suggestions???

    Thank you!!!



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