Friday, June 25, 2021

Riley Blake Colorful Friends Project Tour

A visit to a zoo would be so fun after over a year of very little travelling, don't you think? If you can't go to see the lions, tigers, and bears, how about checking out Riley Blake Designs new fabric, "Colorful Friends." It's adorable and the panel is full of zoo animals!

The panel makes a quick quilt by adding just a few borders and HST corners. It measures 53" x 60" when finished. 

It's A Zoo Out There!

The prints in the panel are just too cute and so bright. Seriously, I love them all!

Elephants, zebras, and lions, oh my!

The binding fabric I chose for this was Riley Blake Designs Crayola Stripe's so versatile! The border fabrics are RBD Colorful Friends Wildblue, RBD Colorful Friends Wisteria, RBD Colorful Friends Outrageous Orange, and RBD White.

An 18" square pillow with an applique hippo was easily made to add to the quilt. 
I think it would work great for boys or girls!

Monkey Baby got comfy with the quilt and pillow!

The variety of fabrics in the "Colorful Friends" is amazing! 
They are 100% cotton and are official licensed products.

Photo taking was adventurous with some of my own zoo family members, The Monkey Boys. 
They jumped right in to be part of the photo fun.

We challenged them to pick a favorite animal, but it wasn't easy for them.

Monkey Baby loved the lion and so do I!

Monkey Boy #5 thought the elephant was his favorite.

Monkey Boy #4 went for the zebra with a huge smile on his face.

Bruster never gets on my quilts when I'm taking photos, but for some reason he felt he deserved to be included and wouldn't get off the quilt. I think he was a bit jealous of the Monkey Boys or he was selecting the hippo as his favorite.

The quilt and pillow are very comfy and soft!

"It's A Zoo Out There" brightened up the backyard with all it's color.

Sewing with "Colorful Friends" was such a happy experience with all those sweet fabrics and it was icing on the cake to have the Monkey Boys help with photos.

You can find the free pattern for "It's A Zoo Out There" HERE.

Applique on the pillow was a breeze with Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print Sheets*. I copy the designs by running the sheets through my inkjet tracing! Plus, the backing peels off without having to score it with a pin. I love that! *Affiliate link

Check out more projects made from "Colorful Friends" on the RBD blog:


  1. Oh My Gosh, all your "Monkey Boy" Grand babes are so Adorable! They make this post extra special! Thanks for sharing!

  2. The quilt is gorgeous...I LoVe it...xox

  3. An adorable fabric line! What a great and easy baby quilt the panel makes into. What fun to have the boys helping with your photo shoot. The hippo pillow is fantastic. The giraffe is feeling a tad unloved here, I’ll choose him. :-)

  4. Is there a kit for the panel quilt and the pillow? I would love to purchase them for my first great grandchild!


  5. Another sweet quilt! I love the photos of the Monkey Boys with the quilt--and your dog--fun! You have a perfect spot for photographs with that wall and trellis and wagon wheel and...

  6. Oh Carol, I just love this quilt - so colorful - and look at those Monkey Boys helping you out!! That is so precious. I do think Bruster was a bit jealous of them! LOL I found some panels while searching for some fabric the other day I had forgotten I had. Now you've inspired me to do something with them! Maybe soon.....

  7. Hi Carol! What a cute panel . . . but not as cute as your Monkey Boys and Bruster. I mean - what can compete with them?!! I just recently ordered that wonderful Riley Blake striped fabric. It is too perfect for bindings. Love this finish and even more your sweet peeps. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. Cute all around is true of this entry! The quilts and boys and photo shoots are all terrific.


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