One of my favorite fabric designers is Elea Lutz. Elea has such sweet designs; combining charming florals and cute little animals to create irresistible fabric collections. I’m always eager to see what she’s working on and I’m excited to join in the blog tour of her latest collection with Riley Blake Designs, Milk & Honey.

Along with Elea’s usual stunning floral and animal prints, Milk & Honey includes a fabric panel with oversized metallic designs that are perfect for a variety of projects. I used my panel as centers for simple courthouse steps blocks and love the result.

The individual designs on the panel were each 8″ x 8″ to start, so after cutting out the fourteen panel designs, I chose twelve to use as the centers of my blocks. Using other prints from the Milk & Honey fabric line plus a few Riley Blake basics (pink and white Stripes, Blossom in Peony, and Shabby in Cottage), I added 2-1/2″ strips around the outside of the center panel to make twelve 20″ x 20″ blocks (with an 8″ x 8″ center, each block needs (2) 2.5″ x 8″, (4) 2.5″ x 12″, (4) 2.5″ x 16″, and (2) 2.5″ x 20″ strips).

The quilt was finished off with a loopy quilting design called Knit 1 Purl 2 and bound with a subtle stripe from Milk & Honey. I think I might just have to claim that this is our official Easter quilt this year–the colors and cute animals remind me of a happy Spring day.

 

Milk & Honey is available in stores now, so ask your local quilt shop about it!

 

6 thoughts on “Riley Blake Milk & Honey Blog Tour

    • centerstreetquilts says:

      Hi Carla! You certainly could use a jelly roll, although I just had yardage that I cut into 2.5″ strips myself. 🙂 Also, the backing is just a solid aqua that matched the Milk & Honey fabric. 🙂 I hope that helps!

  1. Sharon Eldridge says:

    I purchased the fat quarter packet and the panel. Will I have enough fabric to complete the top.
    Also do you have the pattern available?

    • centerstreetquilts says:

      Hi Sharon, I don’t have a full pattern written out, but do have the measurements for a block listed above in the post. The fat quarters will work with the design I did (the biggest strip you’ll need to cut is 2.5″ x 20″–so perfect for a FQ). You’ll have to see how many strips you can get from a FQ, but if you’re short a little, you can always add in some blender fabrics from your stash (that’s what I did). 🙂

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