Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Valentine's Day Inspiration Edition

 Something different for today:  A #ThrowbackThursday.  I looked back through some of my quilting photos to find these ones that might provide a bit of Valentine's Day quilting inspiration.  (I do make things for holidays other than Halloween -- this is proof!)  Anyway, it's just a whole bunch of pictures.  All these creations are my original designs.  Hope you enjoy.

 (This never got used.  The "V" looks awful.  The two hearts were used in other projects.)

 This is one of my very earliest quilts.  The "T" is for my daughter Tess.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Turquoise Random Railfence Progress

 So I made more blocks.  I'm up to 17 now.  I haven't had much free quilting time, but these go together quite quickly. I think I will make 30 blocks total to make a lap quilt about 60 by 70. 
 I find that there is one fabric in the pictures -- one with little life preservers on it -- that doesn't look that good.  It looks like it is too dark.  It's just in the photos though as I find it all looks really nice "in person"
 I looked though my stash/scraps and found some more turquoise fabrics to mix in.  There might be 14 or 15 different fabrics in total.
 Nothing is arranged at all yet.  I just stick the blocks up on the "design wall" (aka a piece of batting thumbtacked to the wall) as I make them.
And look what else happened.  I sliced up a bunch of pink fabrics to make a pink version of this.  There may even end up being a whole series of these quilts in different colours! 
Until next time.  Posted by Riel Nason

Monday, January 12, 2015

Random Railfence by Colour: Turquoise

 So I'm back to making more of my Random Railfence blocks.  When I first came up with how to do these I didn't realise how often I'd end up making blocks like these -- nor how may different twists and possibilities there are.  (Tutorial is on the tutorial page if you're interested.)  It really is a fast and fun method to use for 12.5" blocks.
 This time I thought I'd try using a single colour of strips to make the blocks.  I love turquoise and had enough variety to give it a try.  I've made six blocks so far. 
 And I was thinking that I'd move on to a new colour next, but after I saw how these turned out I had another dig through my scraps and stash and came up with more turquoise/aqua fabrics to use.  I may make a whole quilt just this colour if I have enough -- we'll see.
Here are more strips that I've been chain piecing ready to go.  Have you made a Random Railfence quilt? If so, I'd love to see it.  And since this is a scrappy project, I thought I'd link up over at Scraptastic Tuesday!
Posted by Riel Nason.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Simple Strips to Start the Year

 Hi and Happy 2015!  I hope everyone had a great holiday season.  I am excited about lots of good quilting stuff coming up this year.  But to start things off, here is a super simple strip quilt I made one night over the holidays.  Although I am a big fan of fancy quilts with many little pieces (think selvages and scraps), once in a while it is nice to go bigger and plainer. 
I just really liked the look of all these cheerful fabrics together.  They are all fabrics I had in my stash.  The clock fabric with the black background is one of my favourite fabrics ever.  It is by Elizabeth's Studio.  And see the fabric that looks like selvages?  That is by Timeless Treasures.  Cool eh? The strips are varying widths.  When I get around to quilting it, I will likely just use straight lines following the strips.
And it passed cat inspection!  (That is our kitten Wiscasset.  She is a Maine Coon and is 5 months old.  She is very mischievous.  She is NOT allowed in my sewing room)
Thanks for stopping by!  And I'm linking up at TN&TN  aaaaand for the first time in forever WIP Wednesday! Posted by Riel Nason

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, 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