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

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.
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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.
 Meow!
 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.
 Cat!
 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, www.rielnason.com 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!
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Aaaaand, in late-breaking news, I have just linked up with #scraptastictuesday over at www.shecanquilt.ca.  Selvages really are the ultimate scraps! 
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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 ...
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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. 
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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. 
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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.
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So Happy New Year everyone!  And Happy Quilting!
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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!
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Posted by Riel Nason