Monday, August 31, 2015

Thank You!
Wow, thank you all for the amazing response to the news of my book coming out next year.  I am overwhelmed by all the messages, Facebook comments and shares -- and even pre-orders already! 
This was obviously something I worked on secretly for quite a while.  And there is still work to be done on it -- checking and double-checking everything.  There has been, and still will be, lots of quilt math making sure everything is exact.  I am excited for you to see everything inside the book when it's out next year.  I can't wait to share all my selvage-y (that's a word now, at least on this blog) knowledge I've learned.  And I can't wait to see other people make the designs in the book -- quilts, household decorator items, really cute fun stuff.
Anyhow, I'll be quiet about the book for a while now.  But I did notice that as well as being up for pre-order on Amazon, Canadian friends can pre-order on Chapters as well.  Sincerely, thanks again everyone!  Happy Quilting.
Posted by Riel Nason

Friday, August 28, 2015

Modern Selvage Quilting By Riel Nason -- My New BOOK Coming Soon(ish)!

Yay, I checked on Amazon this morning and there it was -- my new book up for pre-order!  I have wanted to share this news for a while, so here I go: I wrote a quilt book!  And designed all the quilts in it!  Bucket List: big CHECK!  Of course it is on selvage quilting.  It is published by the fab C&T Publishing.
Anyhow, I was totally surprised to see it on Amazon this morning, so I wanted to announce it, but I'll write up a proper blog post with more info about it next time.  In the meanwhile, here it is for pre-order (in case you so desire):
Happy Quilting!  Posted by Riel Nason

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I'm Back -- and I have Quilts, quilts, quilts!

 Hello!  I'm Riel -- remember me?  Quilter-type who likes seemingly electrically-charged colours, plays with scraps, sews hundreds of selvages together with a smile on her face (not guaranteed to be a true statement, moods vary)? Okay. 
Anyhow, the kids don't go back to school until September 8, but it has been a long time since I've blogged and I am piling up finishes here.  I thought I should get to posting something.  So here we go.  These colourful quilts are my completed series Modern Rainbow: Partially Planned Patchworks.  Each is made with my Random Railfence block and its many variations.  (A tutorial to make the block is under the tutorials tab at the top of the blog.) 
 These are all 8 quilts.  I showed some of these in progress here before as I was making them, but not all.  Four are 60 by 72 inches and 4 are 48 by 60 inches.  My favourites are the yellow and the Rainbow one.  They are on display at the Millennium Artspace in the Saint John Free Public Library for another two weeks. 
 So if you're wondering about the pictures -- the deal is this.  No drone was used.  I took them from an upstairs window. I was three stories up because that side of the house is built into a partial slope.  It was the night before they had to be dropped off for display.  I had just finished the last binding.  It was about infinity plus 5 degrees outside.  My neighbour had about 25 people on her back deck for a party.  BUT I WANTED A PIC OF ALL THE QUILTS TOGETHER.
 So I was the evening party entertainment, leaning (safely Mom, don't worry) out the window taking pics.  Then running outside and straightening quilts, then zooming upstairs again.  Sweating like crazy.
 But I think it was worth it.
 Here I am in a different window to give you an idea of the silliness I was engaged in.
Hope everyone is having a great summer.  It's by no means over.  We still have some family fun to squeeze in, but I am definitely ready to get started on my solo creative time once the kids are back at school!
Posted by Riel Nason

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