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

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016 - Quilty Update

So I was going to take a blogging break until February (and I still am) except I thought I'd peek back in for a minute with an end-of-year/start-of-year type update like all the cool kids are posting on their blogs.  So ... looking back ...
I made a lot of quilts in 2015.  Eight of them are shown in the photo above.  They are from my series "Modern Rainbow: partially Planned Patchworks" that was exhibited in Saint John, NB for a month or so last summer.  Three of the quilts then became Christmas gifts -- and the others I will keep for trunk shows. 
Speaking of trunk shows, I did a couple.  That was a good learning experience as far as what to take and what to say. 
 I also did a couple of workshops.  I can see doing more in the future (preferably on a cruise ship hint, hint, just saying, if anyone needs a teacher/lecturer)
Quiltergeist here went to Canada's National Juried Show and hung there so that was cool. 
I made more Halloween projects (big surprise).  I actually think I have enough now to do a whole trunk show just with Halloween quilts which might be fun.
 Hey, that's me!  That's the author photo to go with my book Modern Selvage Quilting coming out in March.  That definitely took a lot of my quilting time over the past year (I made 17 projects!) and I am so excited to share it!
I took plenty of behind-the-scenes photos as I was making the pieces for the book that will be fun to post here once the book is out.  I'll also be having a blog book tour.  Locally I will be having a book launch party/trunk show and I might go to Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City ... we'll see. 
Looking ahead otherwise, I am working on a new big quilty project that I am really excited about (but unfortunately can't share info about yet).  And, not quilt related, but probably the biggest thing I know for sure that will be happening in 2016 is that my next novel is coming out in the early Fall.  I will be working hard on finishing all the last little perfecting bits on that.
So Happy New Year everyone!  And Happy Quilting!
See you in February.  Posted by Riel Nason

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Great Big Christmas Past Projects Post and I'll See You in February!

This is just a great big picture post to end my blogging for 2015.  I know I'm not going to have any new quilts finished before the end of the year, so I thought it would be fun to go back and find pictures of some Christmas things I've made in the past (since 2011).  This isn't everything I've made that's Christmasy, but it's close. 


See you next year!  I'll be back blogging again in February!
Posted by Riel Nason

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Michael Miller Fabrics Glitz Challenge

 I participated in the Michael Miller Fabrics Glitz Challenge through the Modern Quilt Guild.  The challenge was to make a quilt using the fabrics from the Glitz fabric line by Michael Miller.  Solid Michael Miller fabrics could also be added if you wanted, but I just used the fabrics I had.
Since the fabric was metallic and shiny, I automatically thought of stars -- but I wanted to do something a smidge different.  I turned my "stars" into a sewing machine constellation.
 I used 3/4" hexies for the stars.  I fussy cut from a dotted fabric to make the hexies.  For the lines between them, I folded thin lines of fabric.  Then I topstitched them in place.  It's basically the same way I sew selvages so I figured it would work.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.
 I quilted the bottom section with straight lines and I used a freestyle angled stipple for the area above.
 It was tricky to photograph, but the metallic gold looks quite cool on this.
Thanks for stopping by!
Posted by Riel Nason

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Partridge Island Textile Art Piece #ISurvivedTheBreakwater

 This past July I was very fortunate to be chosen as part of a group of artists who visited Saint John's Partridge Island (New Brunswick, Canada).  The island is beautiful and historically significant (with a tragic history).  You can read about it here:  if you are not familiar with it.  Decades ago, people could visit the island, but that is no longer the case.  The city and the Saint John Waterfront Development Commission are studying the possibility of reopening the Island so tourists can see it.  Currently it can only be accessed by the 1km breakwater (photographed above).  That is how we travelled over in the summer, walking across it, and let me just say that even though I consider myself to be in good shape, it was a challenge.
Artists were asked to create a piece of art inspired by their visit and last Friday night the art was shown in Saint John.  I thought I might take pics at the show, but it was very crowded when we were there.  Other pieces were paintings, collage works, sketches and photos.  My work is below.  It is called  #ISurvivedTheBreakwater.  It is free-pieced using scraps.  I tried to capture the various colours of the rocks in the breakwater.  The Bay of Fundy is represented with the blue fabric on each side.  The smaller section is the city harbour side, the larger section is the open water.
It is quite long.  It could be hung on the wall or used as a table runner.
 I quilted random zig-zag lines to represent waves.

 I used many orange fabrics as many of the rocks in the actual breakwater were a rusty colour.

 I took a pile of photos on the island.  Here are a few ...

Thanks for stopping by.
Posted by Riel Nason