SGQ PROJECT TOUR: Riane Elise's Yuba Crib Quilt

I asked a handful of my favorite quilters, makers and sewists to choose a project from Simple Geometric Quilting and make their own unique version. I love seeing the creative ways people interpret these patterns, choose colors and make bold design choices that reflect their style and aesthetic. I hope these reimaginations will inspire you to create outside of the box with your very own Simple Geometric Quilting projects!

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Riane is a quilter and designer who lives in Denver, where she not only makes and sells her collection of modern quilts and patterns through her brand, Riane Elise, but she’s also a published author and teaches and lectures around the country. Oh, and that’s not even her day job! Riane recently joined QuiltFolk Magazine as their brand director after a long stint as the communications manager of The Modern Quilt Guild. I think it’s safe to say, Riane lives, works and breathes quilting.

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I only discovered Riane’s work earlier this year as her gorgeous self-published book, Inheritance, was coming out. And boy am I glad I did - I feel like Riane and I are kindred spirits with our minimalist, non-traditional designs as well as our love of hand quilting and linen. After picking each other’s brains about quilting and business over coffee at QuiltCon earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to see her spin on one of my patterns from Simple Geometric Quilting.

 
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Although she had never sewn curves before, Riane bravely chose the Yuba Crib Quilt. I would have never guessed - her curves looked spot on to me! She share a few fun facts about her process:

  • I hand pieced it and hand quilted it.

  • It was the first time I've ever sewn curves, and they were fun and easy!

  • Instead of making templates though, I just drew the half-circles directly on my fabric.

  • I usually use only linen/cotton, but I got wild and threw in a purple shot cotton in there. I never use purple, but it was perfect in this quilt.

  • I quilted and bound it on my sister's beautiful porch in Iowa.

Between the hand piecing, hand quilting and the beautiful fabrics, Riane’s Yuba Crib Quilt is a true modern heirloom.

 
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The original Yuba Crib Quilt was inspired by the Yuba River in Northern California, where pools of water of different shades of blue-green form amongst the smooth boulders. The large-scale half circles of the Yuba makes it a great pattern for dipping your toe into curves - the larger the curves, the easier it is to piece. This minimalist design allows for creativity to shine with your choice of fabric and quilting pattern.

 
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Want to make your own Yuba Crib Quilt? Order a signed copy of Simple Geometric Quilting from the shop, get a copy from Amazon or wherever books are sold!