Sunday, June 7, 2015

Happy Summer -- See You in September ...

It's that time of year again.  The kids are down to 10 days of school left before vacation!  I'm taking my annual summer blogging break.  But I'll still be posting now and then on Instagram (I'm @rielnason) or on the blog's Facebook page if you'd like to chat or see what I'm up to.  Hope you all have a fabulous summer!  See you in September.
Posted by Riel Nason

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Scrappy Railfence Quilt Top Complete

 So here is yet another quilt top to add to my ever-increasing unquilted quilt top pile.  I actually finished this a few weeks ago. 
 Each railfence block finishes at 4.5".  There are lots and lots of different fabrics in this.
 I've been on a scrapbusting streak lately.  After this quilt was started I also cut pieces to make the same quilt again, but with red, white and green fabrics.  It will be a Christmas version.
 I am undecided on the quilting for this yet.  I might send it out.
Or I may just quilt it with simple straight lines myself.  We'll see.
Posted by Riel Nason

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Rainbow Patch Random Railfence Quilt Finished

 I finished the binding on this quilt this afternoon.  It is another version of the Random Railfence blocks I make.  (Tutorial to make Random Railfence blocks is under the tutorials tab).
 This one has a single very bold rainbow square, but the white sections are also random railfence blocks and variations.
It is quilted simply with straight lines about 2 inches apart going vertically.  There are also horizontal lines every 6 inches.
 A quilt with this much white is something very different for me, but I'm really pleased with how this turned out!  I like the modern look it has. 
Until next time ...
Posted by Riel Nason

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Scrappy Rainbow Quilt Finished in Time for Bloggers' Quilt Festival

 I finished the binding on this yesterday, just in time to enter it in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival!  As you can see in the pic, I had some enthusiastic helpers for photography.
 It's my own design.  I just played around with the HSTs to get the block I wanted.  Then I added the two white blocks in the opposite corners to really give it a modern offset look.  This isn't a big quilt, but it has 288 pieces.  I used my coloured and white scraps.
 I quilted it very simply with straight and diagonal lines.
 I think the yellow square is my favourite.
So, as mentioned, this is my entry in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  Click here to head on over to the main page to see more festival quilts.  Thanks for stopping by!
Posted by Riel Nason

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lots and Lots of Scrappy HSTs

So this is the latest on the design wall ...
 These are 4" HSTs that will finish at 3.5".  There are 300 of them.
 This is a "bucket list" quilt for me in that I have always wanted to make an HST quilt that was super simple -- just the triangles lined up in rows.
 I don't have an exact count of how many different fabrics are in this, but it's more than 100 for sure.
 Nothing's arranged yet, just on the wall.  I move a square now and then.
Until next time ...
Posted by Riel Nason

Monday, May 11, 2015

Giveaway Winner

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my giveaway.  We had a lot of fun reading where everyone was from!  The winner, chosen with the help of, is Kay from Lincoln, England.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Welcome!  I am happy to once again be participating in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!  Since I've been making a lot of scrap projects lately, I'm going to give away a collection of scraps (all are quilt shop quality fabrics).  I've had scraps as a prize before and it's been a success, so why not try again, right?  The giveaway is for the actual scraps in the photo.  
So, how to enter?  Two chances per person.  1.  Just leave a comment telling me where you're from.  My son loves geography and will really enjoy seeing all the different places mentioned.  2.  Leave a second comment if you follow my quilty adventures in any way -- either by following the blog, following me on Instagram (@rielnason) or liking the blog's Facebook page.  Or of course become a new follower if you'd like :-) ...
Giveaway is open worldwide.  Open until Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 5:00pm AST.  Please be sure your email address is either linked to your profile or you leave it in the comment as I have to have a way to contact the winner. Good luck!
For more giveaways, click here to go to the Sew Mama Sew master list!

Giveaway is now closed

Saturday, May 2, 2015

My New Favourite Scrappy Rainbow Quilt

 So I believe it was last year sometime that I made the red, blue, yellow and orange blocks, then stopped.  I didn't really know what to do with them other than I figured I'd probably make a whole bunch of different colours and put them in a quilt.
I also don't know what this block is called although I'm sure it must have some traditional name.  I just made a bunch of HSTs and experimented until I got an arrangement I liked.
 But after making those first four blocks last year, I moved on to something else and shoved them in a drawer.  Recently in a combination of Spring cleaning the sewing room and looking for examples of scrap blocks to take to a quilting presentation, I found them again and figured they needed to be finished into something.
 I made the other colours.  I also made a grey one and was thinking of making a dark blue one too, so that I could have a quilt with nine different colours.  But the grey block just didn't look right with the others, so I made two white ones instead and went with this modern off-set arrangement.
 I love how it turned out!
 I think I'm just going to quilt it very simply -- straight lines and diagonal lines likely.
Have a great weekend!
Posted by Riel Nason

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New Scrap Quilt Started ...

 My scraps called to me and I answered.  These squares will finish at 4.5".  Each one is made of 3 strips.  I love a nice rail fence block.
 I didn't count, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are over 100 different fabrics in this.  For some fabrics, I used the very last little piece I had.
 I started sewing the rows together yesterday.
Hopefully it will be a completed quilt top soon! 
Cheers! Posted by Riel Nason

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Random Rail Fence in Green

 Okay, I hope no one is tired of these Random Rail Fence quilts yet as there are more to come.  As mentioned before, I'm making a series for an exhibit this summer.  It will be called Modern Rainbow: Partially Planned Patchworks.  So far I have tops done in yellow, turquoise and red.  I have all the blocks done for a pink one and the green one is in progress.  Each quilt uses the Random Rail Fence blocks (tutorial under the blog tab above if you'd like to try making some).  But each quilt also has its own twist.
The twist in the green quilt is that the random rail fence blocks are in the middle and are completely surrounded by plain blocks.  (Blocks are 12")
 It isn't all sewed together yet, but the arrangement is the way it will be.
I must say that I really like the addition of the plain blocks.  They really let the rail fence blocks stand out.  And this quilt went together a lot more quickly than the others which was nice.
 Also, on another topic, I wanted to say Hi and Thanks to all the quilters who came out to see me last weekend in Moncton!  That was fun. :-)
I'm linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday!
Posted by Riel Nason