Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Riley Blake Designs Make It Modern Project Tour

I love using Riley Blake Designs Basics for any project, and the Swiss Dots were no exception. They are so fun to sew with and worked perfectly for the Make It Modern project tour! Using just four colors, Peacock, Lime, Black, and white, a chevron quilt became the background for a few visitors.

My mind can be a crazy place now and then, mainly because my imagination runs wild when I'm designing a quilt. As I looked at those zig-zaggy lines, they reminded me of frequency patterns. But what if there was an alien, or two, tampering with our frequencies. And there it was..."Alien Frequencies" was created. 

We took a trip to a dry lake that was close by to take photos. Yes, the temperatures were still scorching hot even though it was after 7 p.m., but I felt this was a perfect landing spot for my quilt. My crew didn't necessarily agree because not only was it hot, but it was windy.

Though littering is not a good thing, there was an interesting "alien" object sitting on the dry lake bed just waiting for me to drape my quilt on it. It was just an abandoned pop up shade frame, but it looked alien enough for me!

It looked like it was ready to walk away with my quilt with those spider looking legs! 

The recent rains left the soil cracked and unearthly looking. Okay, not really, but my husband thought it was funny that I was fascinated by all the cracked dirt. We both grew up with Las Vegas dirt looking like this after a rain, but it still had me checking it out.

Riley Blake Designs Swiss Dots come in a variety of colors and they are all 100 per cent cotton. They are great for quilts, clothing, or anything else your imagination can think of.

The Peacock and Lime Swiss Dots were calling my name...I love both of them! The black and white dots are striking, too.

The visitors from space looked amazing in those dots and RBD's Confetti Cotton Black and White were great for accent pieces. Yikes...he's going for the frequency switch!

This guy chose to hover above the chaos that was going to happen below him. He's the smart one!

Riley Blake has an amazing selection of stripes in all sorts of widths and colors. The black and white stripes are among my favorites and worked great for alien body parts.

The stripes were awesome for binding, too!

You can find "Alien Frequencies" in my Etsy shop HERE.

Check out the Riley Blake Blog for some incredible ideas for quilting and sewing!

The pattern for "Alien Frequencies" includes instructions for cutting out the half square triangles, but did you know that Crafter's Edge has triangles for their die cutting machine? They do! You can use the Crossover II or the Accuquilt Go with an adapter to cut out the shapes. So easy!

I'm so glad you stopped by!


  1. Love your alien quilt -- I have a little one who will truly enjoy it!

    Thanks again for the inspiration

  2. The quilt is so darling and you certainly had the perfect photo shoot. I'm glad your "crew" stuck with it. Exceptional!

  3. Another hit, Carol! Those colors work great together! How convenient that someone left that canopy frame for you to use (not nice, though, that they left it out there).

  4. Oh, a future space explorer would love this. Can't go wrong with polka dots or stripes.

  5. You are amazing Carol! I can't believe that you can whip up so many quilts so quickly. I have tons of ideas, but I am slow to get them sewn and quilted. I love the color combination you chose and those aliens are so cute! If you lived here in NM, you could have photographed the quilt in Roswell or at the VLA (Very Large Array) in Soccoro (where part of the movie Contact was filmed). That alien quilt would have fit right in, lol!

  6. I have always loved dotted swiss and I'm so excited to see it in so many colors now. Your alien quilt is the cutest thing I've ever seen. What a score to find that old frame sitting out just waiting to be discovered as the next greatest quilt photo prop! LOL!! Cute cute cute. I think I need a pink alien quilt for the monster that stays here during the week! LOL!!

  7. I had many a dotted swiss dress growing up - especially for Easter! LOL I'd say this was the perfect pattern with the perfect fabric and the perfect setting for pics!! Especially that spider-leg alien-looking frame! LOL Great job, as always, Carol!! And great to use the Crafter's Edge HSTs for this!

  8. Perfect staging for that quilt, Carol. Very worth the efforts by both of you. I have a thing for polka dots so enjoy fabrics that feature them. My mother also liked them and usually had a blouse that featured them.

  9. Looks like that UFO is trying to get airborne!! LOL I love it. The clean design and bright colors are so perfect for a kid.


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