Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Modern Selvage Quilting Giveaway Winner

By random draw, using, the winner of the copy of Modern Selvage Quilting is Connie, who blogs at Freemotion by the River.  Thanks to everyone who left a comment -- they were fun to read.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Modern Selvage Quilting Blog Tour: The Final Stop and Giveaway

The Modern Selvage Medallion quilt waaaaaay back when it was still on my design wall.  The complete pattern is in the book.
 My turn!  Although I really don't know how much more I need to say.  I have been wonderfully spoiled by the bloggers who participated in the tour.  (Complete list in previous post)  Day after day I read wonderful things about the book.  I am so pleased to have had such generous and eloquent quilty friends providing reviews.
One thing that especially made me happy is the recurring theme throughout the other posts that the book provided more than just patterns to make -- it gave all the information you needed technique-wise to completely do your own thing if so desired.  I aimed for that.  I wanted the book to truly feel like a book that could be read and was packed full of good basic information, rather than just an instruction manual to make a specific set of patterns. (But that said, there are 17 great patterns in it too)
Placemats before the binding was all sewn.

Child's Selvage Maze quilt before it was quilted
 Selvage quilting isn't a fad.  It's too late for that.  It's here to stay.  And if you have fabric, you have selvages.  So please, save them and use them.  They are modern scraps -- easy as that.
Launching the book at my LQS a few weeks back.  All the quilts in the picture are in the book.
So, finally, the publisher is offering a book to one lucky commenter.  The publisher, C&T Publishing is in the US, so if a US commenter wins, they will send a paper copy book.  If someone from anywhere outside the US wins, they will send an ecopy of the book to the winner.
About the comment: Often in the past, I've used silly questions for giveaways.  Why stop now?  To enter, let's say you're writing a kids'  book about a quilter or sewist or fabric artist of some sort.  What is the main character's name?  For example, I'd say Sally Selvage!  That's it.  Just suggest a name and then the winner will be chosen randomly.  Good Luck! (One comment per person.  Closes Tuesday, May 24 5pm AST)

Monday, May 9, 2016

Modern Selvage Quilting Blog Book Tour

It starts tomorrow!  The Modern Selvage Quilting blog book tour.  I'll be launching on the C&T Publishing blog tomorrow.  The rest of the schedule is below.  Each participant will have a book to give away so be sure to stop by each blog for more chances to win!
May 10 Riel at C&T Publishing Blog
May 11 Cindy at Live a Colorful Life
May 12 Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl
May 13 Diane at Butterfly Threads Quilting
May 16 Krista at Poppyprint
May 17 Casey at The Studiolo
May 18 Leanne at She Can Quilt
May 19 Sandy at Upstairs Hobby Room
May 21 Riel at The Q and the U
Posted by Riel Nason

Monday, April 25, 2016

Book Launch for Modern Selvage Quilting

You are invited ...
The book launch for Modern Selvage Quilting will take place this Saturday, April 30 from 2:00 - 4:00pm at Town and Country Quilts (124 Hampton Road) in Rothesay, NB.
Stop in any time during the 2 hours to see many of the projects from the book first-hand, chat and maybe buy a signed copy of the book!
The Facebook event for the launch is here:
Cheers,  Riel

Thursday, April 14, 2016

All the Things We Leave Behind

Hello!  Yes I am here, alive and well.  I am just a bad blogger lately.  Truthfully, everything I am currently sewing is secret and can't be photographed and shown here.  For now, anyway.  Also, in slightly more hilarious news, imagine me sitting at my 8 year-old-daughter's Hello Kitty Janome sewing all this secret stuff, because that is what is happening.  My main machine in misbehaving (per usual) and I haven't taken it in yet.  So for now I'm "Sewing pretty with Hello Kitty" (that's what the machine says.)
In other news, that is a picture of my new novel.  I am so thrilled it is finally done and on its way to becoming a real book.  The publication date is September 13, 2016.  I am looking forward to a fun Fall with lots of reading events.
Finally, thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has been buying "Modern Selvage Quilting"!  And thanks to everyone who has posted about it on social media, their blog, left reviews on Amazon and other sites, etc.  That all helps so much to spread the word about the book and I sincerely appreciate it.  I will be having a blog tour for the book starting on May 11 so that is probably the next time you'll see me on the blog here.
Happy Quilting,  Riel
Posted by Riel Nason

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Selvage Easter Eggs


You may remember me posting these a couple of years ago when I first made them, but with Easter coming, and my selvage book being released, I couldn't resist showing them again.
 They were fast and fun to make!
 I made them with real eggs that were emptied, cleaned and dried out.
 My daughter helped.  She made the little patchwork ones in the bowl.
Happy Easter!  Posted by Riel Nason

Monday, March 7, 2016

March Break Relaxing ...

I know this is a quilting blog, but have I ever mentioned how much I love deer?  They are my favourite wild animal.  This sweet group was relaxing the other morning when I was out on my walk.  On the topic of relaxing, this is the kids' March Break here.  I am doing some quilting, but unfortunately it's on secret stuff that I can't post ... Hope everyone has a great week.
Posted by Riel Nason

Friday, February 19, 2016

Simple Strips and Selvages Quilt Top Done

 I had four long strips of 4.5" wide selvage border left over from my big selvage sampler I showed a couple of posts ago.  I decided not to put the border on that quilt even though I had it made, because it just gave it the wrong overall look.  But, that doesn't mean all those selvages didn't go to good use! Here is what happened to one of the long border pieces. It's in the quilt above.  The other fabric strips were cut at 2.5" wide.
 The only tricky thing about this quilt was choosing the fabric for the strips.  I wanted lots of colour and action, but not an overwhelming presentation.  Choosing and then arranging the strips took a bit of time.
 But after that it was straight-ahead sewing!
And about those other three leftover border pieces?  At least one will be going in another quilt just like this and then the other two, who knows ...
Have a great weekend!  (And as always, thank you so much to everyone who has been pre-ordering my book.  The publication date keeps getting closer -- I can't wait to see my copies!)
Posted by Riel Nason

Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

 Just a quick photo post for fun with some of my past Valentine's and heart/love themed projects.
Happy Valentine's Day!


Posted by Riel Nason

Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Best Selvage Quilt Ever! (So Far Anyway)

Okay, so forgive that super humble post title ;-) but I do think this is my best selvage quilt yet.  Each block finishes at 12".  It's my own design.  It's pretty huge -- about 75ish+ by 95ish+ (I can't remember for sure). 
 I wanted to make a sampler style quilt so I thought up as many block designs as I could that would incorporate selvages.  Blocks are both a modern selvage take on traditional blocks and some fun ones I couldn't resist -- like a kite, hot-air balloon, boat and drink glasses!
 The lines of selvages between the rows go in rainbow order.
 I have made many, many quilts with selvage letters, so they are finally getting a little bit faster for me to do -- but that said, they are likely the most time-consuming part of the whole quilt.
 I love this clock block.
 So I made this as kind of the "ultimate selvage quilt" in celebration of my upcoming book Modern Selvage Quilting.  I thought it would be fun to take around to future trunk shows for selvage inspiration.  I also entered the quilt in the Modern Traditional Category at Quilt Con, but alas it was a #QuiltConReject ...
 Tina Hanson quilted it for me using an all over design and invisible thread.  There was just SO MUCH already going on in the quilt I wanted the quilting to be subtle.
 Anyway, the message on the quilt is pretty much my whole outlook on quilting ...

So I guess that's it for now.  In other news, I updated my website, if you want to see a tiny bit about both the non-quilting and quilting me.  Also, the release date for Modern Selvage Quilting keeps getting closer ... I can't wait to post some behind-the-scenes pics here once it is out.  Thanks so much to everyone who has been pre-ordering the book!
Aaaaand, in late-breaking news, I have just linked up with #scraptastictuesday over at  Selvages really are the ultimate scraps! 
Posted by Riel Nason