Saturday, June 16, 2018

Date Night Fabric


Stationery Kit Tutorial from Fabric Mutt and Jet Set Kit from Sew Organized for the Busy Girl in Date Night Fabric by Heidi Staples for Riley Blake Designs

Today I get to officially introduce you to Date Night, my second fabric collection and my first to be released under the Riley Blake Designs banner (Five and Dime was part of the Penny Rose Fabrics division). I love these prints, and I'm so happy to finally get to share them with you!

Spectrum Clutch Tutorial from Fabric Mutt in Date Night fabric by Heidi Staples for Riley Blake Designs



I grew up on a steady diet of movies and television from the golden age of film, and these fabrics are a love letter to some of my favorites, which were almost always romantic comedies. Inevitably the characters seem to wind up on a date at a supper club with dinner and dancing. The clothes are amazing -- chic dresses, suits and ties, classy hats on both men and women. It's like a whole different world, and I find it utterly charming. If you're new to the time period, here's a list to get you started:

It Happened One Night
The More the Merrier
Bringing Up Baby
The Thin Man
The Bachelor & the Bobby Soxer
It Started with Eve
His Girl Friday
Bachelor Mother

Date Night Fabric by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt for Riley Blake Designs


There are 8 prints in this collection in 3 colorways, all spring pastels in shades of green, blue, and pink with just a touch of yellow and white. I was very much inspired by the feedsack prints of the 1930s and 1940s as I designed these fabrics. And here they are...

Date Night Fabric by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt for Riley Blake Designs
Main
Date Night Fabric by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt for Riley Blake Designs
Bouquet
Date Night Fabric by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt for Riley Blake Designs
Datebook
Date Night Fabric by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt for Riley Blake Designs
Candy Box
Date Night Fabric by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt for Riley Blake Designs
Corsage
Date Night Fabric by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt for Riley Blake Designs
Sweet Nothings
Date Night Fabric by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt for Riley Blake Designs
Posies
Date Night Fabric by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt for Riley Blake Designs
Cufflinks

It's pretty hard to choose favorites when it comes to your own designs, but two prints stand out for me from this collection. I can't stop using the Candy Box stripe -- especially in blue -- which makes the sweetest quilt binding ever. The Date Book print is particularly special to me, though. I've always wanted a small scale calendar print for fussy cutting, so it was a thrill to finally design my own. If you look very closely at the December calendar, you'll see that the 11th is circled, which was when my husband and I went on our first date. We were married exactly one year later minus a day on December 10th, so I think we can officially call that date a success!

I'm starting to see Date Night pop up in shops all over the place. Be sure to check your favorite quilt store to see if they're carrying it, and tell them to get in touch with Riley Blake Fabrics if they don't have it yet. I hope you enjoy sewing with these fabrics as much as I loved making them for you.

On Monday I'll be sharing the free Vintage Vanity pattern that I designed for this collection, so be sure to stop by!

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