Monday, June 20, 2016

Ahhh Summer: Time for the Annual Blogging Break

No summer blogging for me, per usual.  But I will post now and then on Instagram and Facebook (links on my sidebar) if you'd like to follow along.  I hope everyone has a fabulous summer.  Happy Quilting!
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Posted by Riel Nason

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Orange Scraps and Selvages Quilt!

So this is the latest -- orange scrappy squares and pink, red, orange and purple selvages!  Just the bright colours I love.
I have made HST quilts with selvages before (I give my method for making HST selvage squares in detail in my book Modern Selvage Quilting) but this time I rotated the squares so that the selvages sat on the top of the blocks.  My instinct is always to put them on the bottom of the blocks, so that is new for me.
I have started sewing the rows together, but I am still rearranging a bit as I go.
It should be a very cheerful quilt when it's all finished.
And in other news, I am back to using my regular machine again (although I have nothing but good things to say about my daughter's little Hello Kitty Janome I was using).
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Happy Quilting!  Also, I should mention that I am very soon going to be taking my summer blogging break, which may or may not turn into a permanent blogging break, I haven't decided yet.  I will still be posting on my Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter though if you are interested in following along. All the links for these are on the blog sidebar.
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Posted by Riel Nason
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Modern Selvage Quilting Giveaway Winner

By random draw, using random.org, 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.
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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)
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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.
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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)
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED


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!
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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
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Posted by Riel Nason


Monday, April 25, 2016

Book Launch for Modern Selvage Quilting

You are invited ...
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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.
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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!
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The Facebook event for the launch is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1150849804959167/
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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.)
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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.
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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.
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Happy Quilting,  Riel
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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.
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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 ...
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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!)
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Posted by Riel Nason