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RBD Block Challenge 2023 - Finishing

I am so thrilled to share with you today my version of the 2023 RBD Block Challenge Quilt. It has been the most wonderful journey of creativity and friendship and I am grateful for this community! I decided to do a more traditional layout and cut 1 1/2" sashing strips between all my blocks. Since the Forest Friends fabric collection has (2) distinct colorways, I laid out my blocks in an ombre affect! I just LOVE how it turned out!!! Thank you so much for joining us this year! I can hardly wait unit next year's block challenge! Don't forget to follow the hashtag #RBDBlockChallenge.

You are invited to join myself and 15 other Riley Blake Design designers as we share 16 NEW and exciting 10" quilt blocks! It is fun and free and the final quilt is a surprise!!!

We began on (January 3rd) and will be ending May 23rd with the finishing instructions! Every Tuesday, a NEW block pattern is released, except the last Tuesday of the month when we take a moment to catch up, get inspired and really enjoy all the awesome work happening on the RBD Block Challenge around the globe!

Here are the links you will need:

Riley Blake Designs Website

Riley Blake Designs Blog

Riley Blake Designs YouTube Channel

Follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #rbdblockchallenge


Finishing Instructions

You can download the RBD FREE finishing instructions here:

RBD Block Challenge Finishing(SECURED)
Download PDF • 1.85MB

I made mine using a combination of my Forest Friends fabric and some coordinating RBD Confetti Cottons (see my fabric list at the bottom of this post).

Last year I wanted to add some hand stitching to my blocks and did some outline hand stitching in my background fabrics on my 2022 #rbdblockchallenge blocks.

I did this BEFORE I assembled the blocks into the final quilt and before I quilted it. I just love the hand look it gives the blocks and so I decided to do this again in 2023!

Quilting together is all about community, friendship and creativity. I hope you can join us and share your progress.



Forest Friends by Jennifer Long, Bee Sew Inspired for Riley Blake Designs

Confetti Cottons by Riley Blake Designs

Aurifil Embroidery Floss


RBD Block Challenge Blocks:

Here is a look at all the #RBDblockchallenge blocks to date. I can't wait to see what this quilt will look like when it all comes together!