Heart & Soul Fabric Projects

The Heart and Soul fabric collection is near and dear to my heart. My youngest child (and only daughter) turned 12 the day it came out. It seems so fitting since she was one of my inspiration pieces for the line. I set out to make Heart and Soul and the panels that go along with it, something uplifting for her, something that she could read and feel loved and remember what’s really important in life. I knew that if it would be inspiring for her, it would be for other people, too. As I write this post, Kate is snuggled up in it reading “Where the Red Fern Grows” and it makes my heart want to burst. Also, because she is almost at the end of the story and she’s going to need some comfort soon.

I hope you find inspiration and comfort in my Heart and Soul Collection. I’d like to share some beautiful projects made from some amazingly talented women.

Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter pieced this beautiful quilt

Amy at Amaroonie Designs made all of these wonderful projects. Such talent and hard work!

Andy Knowlton at A Bright Corner made this beautiful quilt

Amber over at Gigi’s Thimbles designed this pattern and made this quilt. It works so well with the collection

We made this simple and fun notebook cover over here!

If you are interested in a simple quilt like the one we made for Kate, head on over to seekgoodworks to get your free pdf pattern.

Thanks for stopping by! Let’s all find ways to lift and inspire others with the words we say, projects we make, and love that we give!

XO – Deena


Young Women’s Personal Progress Notebook Cover

Welcome! Today we are going to share with you how Kate made this sweet little cover for her Young Women’s Personal Progress book! It was perfect timing that my fabric line Heart and Soul came out the same week that Kate turned 12 and entered into the LDS Young Women’s program. If you want to learn more about the goals that Kate is setting throughout her teenage years, check it out here. And If you love faith based products, then you need to take a look at seekgoodworks.com

The Heart and Soul collection is a fun, colorful collection with faith-based ideas and quotes. The fabric Kate used for the cover talks about some of the values she is learning about at home and in the Young Women’s program. I hand wrote this print that she used on the cover and used it as a fabric design. It’s my favorite print in the collection…and I just LOVE the black and white!

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Fossil Rim Project Blog Tour and Sale

I must admit, I love the little dinosaurs in my latest fabric collection, Fossil Rim. We thought these guys would make a welcome appearance on one of my most popular patterns, Squared Away. The navy and pops of yellow really make this one of my favorite fabric combos. Included in the pattern is an applique pattern to add to a pillow, perfect for your little ones to snuggle with. See below for details on getting the pattern and the Fossil Rim fabric for 20% off.

As much as I enjoyed designing this collection, the love doesn’t match up to seeing projects made with the collection. Have a look at some of the gifts, clothing, and quilts that have been made with Fossil Rim.

Sweet Red Poppy made this hoodie and drawstring bag and included a free tutorial. So sweet! He’s ready for adventure!

Over on the I Have Purple Hair blog, Miranda made a Mommy and Me outfit with Fossil Rim. Girls love dinosaurs, too!

Katie at Maytime Moms made a quilt for her son with all of the prints. Lucky boy!

Deonn made the cutest little baby ensemble. That little stuffed dino really tops off the gift. Darling.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you get the chance to use Fossil Rim in some of your upcoming projects. As a gift from me, I am offering 20% OFF Fossil Rim and Squared Away pattern throughout October 2017. One lucky person who orders from my etsy shop this month will also receive a $20 gift certificate for anything in my shop! I will choose the winner from all purchases on Nov. 1st, 2017.



Knock on Wood Blog Tour / T-shirt Quilt Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for joining my Knock On Wood Blog Tour! Over the next few days I will be showing you some fun, inspiring projects made by talented sewists with my new fabric line for Riley Blake, Knock On Wood. My inspiration for this line came from my teenage boys. I wanted to make something that they would like for bedspreads, quilts, and pillows. I also wanted it to be versatile enough that it had a sweet modern side, like this dress and quilt. The wood grains, tone-on-tone patterns in this collection can be either masculine or feminine. It just depends on what you want to make!


The quilt in the picture is my newest pattern, Reclaimed.  It was inspired by the current trend of using reclaimed wood in furniture, decor…..almost anything!  To celebrate the release of Knock on Wood, everything is 15% off in my Etsy shop this week!  Just use the coupon code KNOCK15 at checkout.  Here is the schedule for the week, please stop back here on Saturday for a wrap up and a few more ideas from me!

Tuesday, 9/13     Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter

Wednesday, 9/14     Dara Tomasson, Stitched Quilting Co.

Thursday, 9/15     Jina Barney, Jina Barney Designz

Friday, 9/16     Amanda Niederhauser, Jedi Craft Girl

Saturday, 9/17     Deena Rutter

If you want to follow along via instagram, follow me @deenarutter for look at what everyone is up to.   Jennifer is my right hand, and  the “brings ideas to life” gal.  She shows us how she made a teen boy twist with this T-shirt quilt.  Take it away, Jennifer!

-Deena Rutter


I knew as soon as I heard that Knock on Wood was going to print that I wanted to make a t-shirt quilt with it.  I spent far too long looking at Pinterest, and read a lot of tutorials.  Some t-shirt quilts used a uniform and very straight forward layout, with each block the same size.  I tend to lean to a modern aesthetic, and liked the quilts that had a more random, improv look to their layout.  Plus, my selection of shirts were not uniform in size, so that also influenced my design decisions.  Funny thing about the t-shirts used in this quilt – we knew that this quilt would be more for display, so Deena didn’t want to use her boys actual shirts and jerseys in case something happened to the quilt.  So I “curated” the shirts from local thrift shops, and I channeled all 3 of her boys…they play hockey, lacrosse, and love to ski, they love to travel as a family and have amazing musical talents….I got pretty lucky!  This was so fun to make, I hope this and the other projects this week inspire you to create something with Deena’s Knock on Wood!

Please read entire post before purchasing supplies

Approx. Finished Size : 62 x 71

KOW = Knock on Wood      WOF = Width of Fabric


15 – 25 t-shirts

3 yds. Pellon EK 130 Easy Knit FUSIBLE interfacing

SASHING – 1 Rolie Polie of Knock on Wood or 1/4 yd. EACH of at least 6 KOW coordinating prints

BACKGROUND/FILLER – 1/2 yd. Knock on Wood Woodgrain in Dark Gray

BORDER – 5/8 yd. Knock on Wood Main in Dark Gray

BINDING – 2/3 yd RBD Confetti Cotton in Brownie

BACKING – 4 yds RBD Dreamy or other Minky type fabric

Coordinating solids – 1/8 yd each or scraps of RBD Confetti Cottons in Licorice, Brownie, Seaglass, and Autumn

Your quilt may be larger or smaller than mine based on the number and size of t-shirts you have to work with, please adjust yardage accordingly.

Step 1 – Prepare Your T-Shirts

Start with clean shirts – I like to give them a wash with vinegar to remove any soap or fabric softener residue.  Cut out the portion of the t-shirt that you will be using – be sure to cut out as large as possible, but also keeping it in a rectangular or square shape.  This was a 2 step process for me.  I first cut out the front/back/sleeve with my shears, cutting around all seams, necklines, and hems.  Then when I had a single layer of shirt, I used my rotary cutter and ruler to cut the largest rectangle or square from the t-shirt.  Repeat with all t-shirts.

Step 2 – Stabilizing T-Shirts

It is important to stabilize the stretch in the t-shirt.  I used the Pellon knit fusible interfacing and really liked the results – it firmed up the t-shirt but kept a really soft drape, and was great to sew with.  Follow the manufacturers instructions and fuse all t-shirt blocks fully with interfacing (be sure to fuse the interfacing stretch in the opposite direction of the t-shirt stretch).  I found this quick video from Baby Lock that explains this process perfectly.

Step 3 – T-Shirt Placement in Quilt Top

Arrange t-shirts in a pleasing layout, this was the hardest part!  I found anchoring the corners with larger blocks was a good place to start.  Taking pictures of my layout was also helpful to make sure I had a good balance of color placement.  I also found that some shirts did not play well with the mix, so it’s good to have a few extra shirts just in case.  I ended up switching out the center Yosemite block for a brighter blue block.

NOTE: I chose to construct my quilt top in columns instead of rows, you can see 3 “loose” columns in my layout.  If it works better for you to construct in rows, feel free to adjust as necessary.

Step 4 – Adding Sashing

Trim all blocks to their final size, making sure they are all squared up.  I trimmed many of mine down slightly, especially to center the image in the block.  If using yardage, cut 2.5″ WOF strips from your desired prints.  Placement of the sashing prints was just as subjective as the t-shirt placement, so here are a few pointers:

  • Never let the same print touch on adjacent blocks.  I found using a diagonal approach was pleasing and easy – for instance the shamrock and hamburger both have the KOW blue sketch print.
  • Alternate light and dark in two ways – make sure the print you choose for sashing is a good contrast to the t-shirt, and be sure there is good contrast from sashing to sashing on adjacent blocks. Don’t let this stress you out too much…in the picture below the guitar block and “you should practice” block look very similar, but once I added in the filler, that disappeared.
  • Adding some solid sashing helped to make the top less “busy”.  You can see that I inserted some solid brown and black sashing to 4 of the blocks.

Sew sashing to all blocks using a 1/4 inch seam, a walking foot is very helpful but not necessary.  Press all seams as desired. Square up each block as needed.


Step 5 – Constructing Columns and Adding Filler

I used the KOW woodgrain print for the majority of the filler, but I also added some of the KOW main print with a tiny bit of orange and green solids. I constructed the top in 3 columns.  To determine the filler, I measured the largest block in the column and then added the extra width of filler needed for each of the remaining blocks in the column. Don’t forget to add seam allowances, and cut the filler a little larger than the exact measurement….you can always trim off, but it’s a pain if it is even a 1/4″ too small.  I added the filler to the inside of the blocks – keeping the outside blocks aligned, somehow that looked more pleasing to me.

You will also need some filler between some of the blocks to make each column the same height.  Column #3 was the tallest/longest, so I needed to add some filler to both column #1 and #2.

Now you are ready to sew each individual block into columns using a 1/4 inch seam. Press as desired.

See those two big empty holes in the quilt?  I thought it might look cool to have the large blocks of woodgrain, but once it was all constructed, I realized that it looked empty in those spots.  So out came the seam ripper, and I added a small block to the upper square, and an applique to the lower square….much better!

Step  6 – Sewing Quilt Top and Quilt Back

Sew your columns together with a 1/4 inch seam, being sure to match up seam intersections if necessary (this was not necessary for my layout).  Press as desired.  Cut border print into 2.5″ WOF strips. Seam strips together to form (4) border strips that correspond with your quilt top measurements. Sew borders to quilt top and press all seams.

Prepare backing.  I used a solid gray minky for this backing…..I wish you could feel it, it is SO soft and scrumptious!!  The drape on this quilt is amazing – not stiff at all.  Minky is wider, but I still needed to piece the backing.  Minky can be tricky if you are planning on quilting on your home machine, I had it quilted by the talented Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting, she did an amazing wood grain pattern (of course!).  If you choose to have it quilted by a long arm professional, be sure to get their requirements for backing (usually 4″ larger on all sides).

And finally, square up quilt top, prepare binding, and quilt and bind as desired.




Riley Blake Blog Tour

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Quilt Market in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was the first year I had set up my own booth, and wow, what a treat! My little section of Quilt Market was decorated in all things spooky, to introduce my newest fabric line Happy Haunting (it’s in my etsy shop as well as on your fabric shop shelves really soon if not already!) Our Kate Skirt took a cute little frightening twist, as well as our Around the Block quilt.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am crazy for this cat pillow. This quilt, runner, and pillow pattern might have just turned me into a cat person.

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Here is one of the kitty cats taking a peek at my Happy Haunting storyboard. Storyboards are the booklets that the shops look at while they are placing their order. I was lucky to snag one from the Riley Blake booth to show visitors my new designs.

Ok, one of my favorite parts of the booth was the branch in the moonlight full of bats! We had a custom die made by Accuquilt (and you can too!) All sorts of patterned bats were adorning the branches.


But before we could bring the bats in, we had to stabilize our branch with foam spray. I learned first hand the “DRIES QUICKLY” is a relative term. If we wouldn’t have propped it up with chairs and tables I would have been standing in the aisles at the Quilt Market opening the next day! Thank goodness for helpful booth neighbors.
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Don’t you just love the black and white version of my Around the Block quilt looks? It makes me feel like I am stepping into an old episode of The Munsters or the Addams Family.

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Here is our cute BOO pillow on top of our Squared Away Quilt.
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My puppy Piper must be a little jealous of my cat pillow. She wants to make sure I know who’s Man’s Best Friend really is!


As part of the Riley Blake team I was able to be a part of Schoolhouse, where we did a little introductory of ourselves and a small project we made with our line. My project is a No Sew Banner, perfect for the lamp posts or front door during the spooky time of year. Get your free printable by returning to the post here.