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 random.org, 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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

An Old WIP Completed: Scrappy Trips Around the World Quilt

 This quilt has been about 99% done, with honestly only the last few feet of binding left to be sewn down, for what seems like forever.  Anyhow, last night was the night to finish the binding, so here's the finished quilt. 
 It's a Scrappy Trips Around the World Quilt which was a blogland darling for a while with lots of people making their own versions.  It is an old traditional block that really looks good with modern fabrics!
 It was quite a bit of extra work, but I put a scrappy inset border on mine which really sets it off nicely I think.
 I have no idea how many different fabrics I used, but it was more than a few. :-)
Happy Quilting until next time!
Posted by Riel Nason

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hey, I'm Finally on Instagram!

Yes, even though all the cool quilty kids have been hanging out there forever, I have finally joined Instagram.  This doesn't mean I won't be blogging anymore -- not at all.  It's just a quick way to show some pics of what I'm working on between posts here.  I actually worked a lot on my Random Rail Fence quilts over Easter and posted pics of some of those.  Anyway I'm here: https://instagram.com/rielnason/ if you want to check me out.  Warning: there will also be pics of my cats on Instagram! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Clock and Boat Selvage Quilt Blocks

So although I haven't shown a selvage quilt or project here for a while, my love for selvage quilting continues.  Quite a while back I decided to start another selvage sampler quilt.  I wanted to come up with new original block designs that I didn't use last time.  I have quite a pile of blocks I've made, but have never shared them.  Yet, that is.  So here goes!
This clock block (Time to Quilt!) is one of my favourites I've designed.  It is very simple, but I love how the selvages work.  I was glad to have those extra wide selvages to frame the clock face.
 And if you look closely, you can see that I used number dots to number the 12,3,6 and 9 markers on the clock face.  Also the clock hands are selvages that say "Night and Day."
I think a whole quilt made of blocks like this, with all the clock faces with different times of day indicated by the hands would be fabulous.  We'll see ... I have about 8.37 million other ideas to get to first.
I love this boat block too.  The design for this was also pretty easy to come up with. The sails made of selvages were a natural choice!
 And the flag is a selvage that says "Simple Pleasures."
These are both 12.5 inch blocks. I love how modern they look.  I think it will be a really fun sampler quilt once I get them all together.  I have some more done that I can show next time.  Until then, cheers! 
Posted by Riel Nason