Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another Christmas Stocking

I made this stocking for my son.  His name is Eli.  I asked him what fabrics/colours he might like and this is what he suggested.  I like that it is understated.  The main fabric has children playing in the snow.  I think the red toe is a nice touch!  The stocking is quilted and lined.
The letter is pieced in.  I really have never done applique.
 It is similar in style to his sister's, but not quite.
Thanks for stopping by!
Posted by Riel Nason

Friday, December 12, 2014

Giveaway Winner

Thanks so much everyone for playing along!  The winner, determined with the help of random.org, is Barbara O., also known as Buttons Battington! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Welcome!  Guess what?  It's time for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!  I'm not sure how many of these I've participated in over the years. but it seems it's been a lot!  Keeping with tradition around here, I am giving away a large envelope of modern quilt-shop quality fabric scraps.  Many are large scraps between a fat eight and a fat quarter in size.  Since it is the Christmas season, the scraps are red and green in colour!  (I am giving away the exact scraps in the picture above)
Giveaway is open worldwide.  You can enter up to 3 times.  First, as I usually do I've thought up a little chart below.  This chart will help you determine your Christmas elf name should you work in the sewing department of Santa's workshop!  (I always tell my kids that if I ever got a job at the North Pole, that's the only place I'd be useful.) Use the first letter of your first name to determine your first sewing-department Elf name and your birth month to determine your last Elf name.  For example, My name is Riel and I was born in November.  I'd be "Stitches Battington"!  So leave a comment telling me your Elf name for one entry.  Then if you are a follower of the blog through any subscription service at all (or become one) leave another comment saying you are a Follower for another entry.  Finally, if you Like the blog's Facebook page (or decide to like it today) leave another comment telling me that for a third entry.  Good Luck!  (Please be sure your email is either attached to your comment ID or you leave it in the comment)

First letter of first name

A,B = Buttons
C,D = Polka Dot
E,F = Patches
G,H = Tassel
I,J = Snip
K,L = Threads
M,N = Zig Zag
O,P = Hexie
Q,R = Stitches
S,T = Sewflake
U,V = Jelly Roll
W,X,Y,Z = Thimble

Birth month
January = McButtons
February = Selvage
March = O'Spool
April = Scrappy-Fabricton
May = McQuilter
June = Seams
July = Inch
August = Stash
September = Long-Arm
October = Cotton
November = Battington
December = O'Stipple
Contest closes on December 12 at 9pm AST (5pm PST)  and winner will be contacted by email as well as posted here.  To visit lots of other giveaways, just click here!
Contest is now closed.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Improv Initial Christmas Stocking

Last night I decided that this year I would make my kids Christmas stockings if they wanted.  The whole family has the traditional red-with-white-trim stockings, but I thought I'd sew up something more personalised.  My son said he was fine with his current one, so I told him I'd make my daughter's first and then he could decide if he wanted one too.
 I pulled out what I had for red, pink, green and white fabrics and scraps.  I knew I wanted the stocking to have a letter T for "Tess" (my daughter).  I made that part first.
 Then once that part looked like it was about the width of what a stocking would be, I figured I should make a quick template before going further.
 Christmas flyers came in handy!  After that I stopped taking pictures, but anyway, I am soooo happy with how it turned out.  It is quilted and lined.  The red herringbone is the lining as well.  It was a small miracle I got the lining in the right way the very first time!
 I am glad I decided to add the herringbone toe.
Here's our elf enjoying his new spot.
My son also wants his own stocking now.  So that's up next.
Cheers.  Posted by Riel Nason

Monday, November 24, 2014

When Scraps Attack - My Final Post About "A 1/4 Inch Scream"

 So I saved one of my new favourites for my final post about my exhibit "A 1/4 Inch Scream."  This is "When Scraps Attack!"  This was the last quilt I made for the exhibit.  It uses scraps from all the other quilts in the series.
 Here it is hanging with friends.
 This quilt had the fewest amount of selvages of any quilt.
 I also used selvage scraps in this. You can see the larger sections made of rows of selvages that were cut and free-pieced.  (The whole center section of the quilt is free-pieced)
 I love the scary face ready to attack! :-)
I also hadn't shown this piece before.  This is the title piece.  You will notice some scary eyes lurking near a few of the seams.

It was a great experience having the exhibit!  Hopefully there will be another one in my future.
Posted by Riel Nason

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Pillowcases

 A few years ago I managed to make a pillowcase as a Christmas gift for each member of my family.  It was a bit ambitious.  This year I will not be making pillowcases for everyone, but I am making a few.  I made the first one last night.  That's it above.  It's for my son and isn't a Christmas gift, but something to use now to get the Christmas spirit started.
 I have this fabric cut and ready for my daughter's pillowcase which I'll make next.  I really love the main fabric in this one.  It is a Dear Stella fabric.
 This fabric is cut and ready to be made into a pillowcase for a family member (a family member who does not read this blog that is).
 And all ready to go for another non-blog-reading family member.
And one more ... we'll see how productive I am as the season gets closer.  I do love making homemade gifts and these are sooooo easy to make.  Plus I love the fact that they are 100% cotton which is so nice to rest your head on at night!
Posted by Riel Nason

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pumpkin Patch-Work #2 Quilt

 Today I wanted to show this quilt that I completed earlier this year (and can finally share here!).  It is called Pumpkin Patch-Work #2 and was part of my exhibit " A 1/4 Inch Scream."
 It is made of simple selvage squares arranged railfence style.  Each square is 6 inches.  The selvages are from both Halloween fabrics and non-seasonal fabrics. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Posted by Riel Nason

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


 So Halloween is over and my exhibit "A 1/4 Inch Scream" is down, but I still have quilts to show!  This is Spoolky.  I made this little quilt waaaaay back in February and it was hard not to share it until now as I think he's pretty cute if I do say so myself.
 He is the smallest quilt in the collection. I think he's about 2 by 3 feet.  This is my daughter's favourite.
This quilt has a white binding (with ants).  A white binding is very unusual for me, but I thought it really worked for this.
Thanks so much for all the nice comments lately.  I'll admit I rarely respond unless a specific question is asked, but I love the feedback.  I am buried in editing my next novel and that about takes up my desire to write anything in the day. :-)
I'm also linking up at The Needle and Thread Network.  Thanks for stopping by!
Posted by Riel Nason

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Random Railfence Halloween Style Quilt Finished!

 Finished just in time for Halloween, here is my latest Random Railfence quilt done with Halloween fabric scraps -- and a little spooktacular variation  (see the Jack O'Lantern square?)  A tutorial to make the blocks like these is here.
 I started this summer making the squares.  I only used orange, black and white Halloween fabrics even though I had other colours I could have used as well.  I liked sticking to the three traditional colours.
The Jack O'Lantern square was free-pieced and then trimmed back to 12.5 inches square, the same as the other blocks.
There is Halloween fabric on the back too.
Happy Halloween!
Posted by Riel Nason