Monday, October 20, 2014

The Making of Quiltergeist

So I mentioned last post that I'd give a few more details about my Quiltergeist art quilt.  I did take photos as I went along making him, but of course I didn't post them here as I was keeping the quilt a secret until the exhibit.  But I thought I'd show them now.
The quilt is free-pieced which is my usual method.  I make large selvage sections first then shape them by trimming.  The selvage sections are pieced in to the background (not sewn on top).  The flying nine-patches are also pieced.  I keep adding and sewing pieces together until everything is in the right place and the whole thing is large enough.  This takes a while, believe me. 
This is the pile of fabric I picked from my stash to use for borders.  I think most of it ended up in the finished piece.
This was an early attempt to get the shape of his eyes and mouth right.
 The scissors and spools of thread are added here.  They are appliqued on.
 I don't draw out my letters ahead of time.  I just shape them as I go.  But I do use painter's tape to keep my line straight.
 Word looks good.
 Inner border sewn on.
And, finally almost done!
I quilted it using my regular old presser foot same as always.  It took a while same as always.  But I love how it turned out.
And as I'm sure you know if you've read the blog for a while, I love Halloween.  I've been posting a picture a day of my many past Halloween sewing projects on my Facebook page and will do so for the rest of the month. If you're interested, click here to Like the page and follow along on Facebook!
Cheers!  Riel Nason

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Quiltergeist by Riel Nason 2014.  Part of the Exhibit "A 1/4 Inch Scream" on until October 31 at the Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John, NB, Canada.
A quick look at this guy today -- one of the 7 new quilts I made for my exhibit that I've never shown on the blog before.  More pictures and details next post.
I am really proud of how this turned out!  I love the look on his face and how he is throwing things around the sewing room! He is a great friend for the selvage mummy and selvage skeleton.
Posted by Riel Nason

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A 1/4 Inch Scream: Saint John Arts Centre Until Halloween!

 Just a quick post today to say that my debut solo exhibit is still open and on until Halloween (October 31).  It is hanging in the Canada Games Gallery of the Saint John Arts Centre.  Open Tuesday until Saturday in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.  SJAC website is here. Admission is free.
If you do stop by, please sign my guest book.  The exhibit called A 1/4 Inch Scream is made of 10 selvage quilts.  After the exhibit closes I'll show them here on the blog.  There are 6 I've never shown here before.
And, just for fun, here's a picture from opening night.  The kids were trying to scream and look scary.  It was one of those nights that too much excitement meant a ton of bad pictures. :-)
Posted by Riel Nason

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kennebecasis Valley Quilting Ghouls

This is the other little quilt I had entered in our guild show held a couple of weeks ago.  It is a Halloween version of our guild's logo.  I changed it so the G stands for "Ghouls" instead of "Guild" :-)
 It is done with selvages from Halloween fabrics and also has a lot of embellishments.  I rarely ever use anything as an embellishment on pieces I sew so this time it was fun to go all out.  The letters are buttons. There are also stars, bats and a witch that are buttons.  The little plastic ants aren't buttons but were easy to sew on. 
It's a little crazy looking, but silly fun for Halloween.
Some of you may remember my selvage guild nametag I made.  You can see how my little Halloween wallhanging is similar.

And the little pin in the corner is what the logo actually looks like.
Happy Quilting! Posted by Riel Nason

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Just A Few Pictures from the KVQG Show

 Our local guild show was last week.  Lots of pretty quilts.  I only took a few pics, but here is a teeny taste of what was there.  Above is a Queen-sized quilt made of mini nine-patches.  I think the nine patches finished at 3 inches (!).  They were made of batiks.  The quilt is by Sandra Durelle.
This is by Jodi Stringer-Webb. 

This is by Juliet Nowlan.

 This is by Heather Brideau.  It is made from Carolyn Freidlander's Architexture's line.
 This piece was awesome.  It won a Judge's choice as well as People's Choice for a small quilt.  It was all done with Pigma pens and beautiful quilting by Judith LeClue.
And you might recognise this old thing by me.  I also entered a little Halloween-themed quilt which I'll show another time when I get a good pic.  Bye for now.
Posted by Riel Nason

Monday, September 8, 2014

Lego Sewing Machine - Again

I had to make another one of these little sewing machines.  My kids got several bags of new-to-us Lego at a flea market this summer and my daughter asked for me to make this.   (Several weeks ago)  I posted the pic on Facebook but thought I'd share it here too.  And this time I'm going to keep this one put together -- or at least for a while anyway.
Posted by Riel Nason

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Halloween Panel One Block Wonder Quilt Progress

 Okay, so in my mind, this experiment worked!  I am really pleased with these One Block Wonder blocks made from the Halloween panels I showed two posts back.
 As mentioned, I cut very carefully and did some fussy cutting as I went and it gave me a really interesting mix of blocks.
 Nothing is arranged yet.  I just stuck the pieces up on the design wall as I sewed along.

 I love how all the blue looks with the other traditional Halloween colours!
I am not sure yet what I will do as far as border or no border.  I do have a fabric that coordinates nicely -- we'll see!
I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network.
Posted by Riel Nason

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Details on my Exhibit: A 1/4 Inch Scream

About my upcoming exhibit ...
Riel Nason's debut textile art exhibit entitled "A 1/4 Inch Scream" will be displayed in the Canada Games Gallery at the Saint John Arts Centre (20 Peel Plaza, Saint John, NB) from Friday, September 12, 2014 until Friday, October 31, 2014. 
Everyone is welcome to come to the free opening reception for all exhibits on Friday, September 12 from 5:30-7:30pm.  (Snacks, mingling, see the art, and hear the 5 artists who are showing in each of the 5 galleries say Hi and talk a wee bit about their work).  Or, if you can't make the opening, please stop by any time the Saint John Arts Centre is open.  Admission is free.
About the Exhibit: Halloween, horror -- and quilting?  A 1/4 Inch Scream is a lighthearted look at the sometimes scary enthusiasm that quilters have for their craft.  Works are free-pieced combining elements of both traditional and modern quilting.  Hundreds of pieces of recycled selvages cut from quilting cottons are a main element of each of the 10 art quilts which make up the series.
About Riel: Riel Nason is a New Brunswick writer and textile artist living in Quispamsis.  She has had work shown at Quilt Canada: The National Juried Show and the Carrefour EuropĂ©en du Patchwork in France.  She has been featured in The Quilt Life magazine as well as had quilts shown in The Canadian Quilter and Australian Quilters' Companion.  She maintains a popular quilting blog and has been featured on numerous quilting websites.  This is her debut solo exhibition.
I also have a Facebook page for the event here

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Halloween One Block Wonder with a Twist

Okay, I'm back!  Summer was great, but I will be SO glad when the kids go back to school next Tuesday so I can get something done again.  My daughter Tess is going in Grade 2 and my son Eli is going in Grade 4 French Immersion.  But enough about that -- now for QUILTING! 
I am making only one Halloween quilt this year. This is an idea that I've had forever and I thought trying it for a Halloween quilt would be perfect.  I am making a One Block Wonder (using the cutting method Maxine Rosenthal shows in her book) BUT instead of finding a fabric that would work, I am using a panel.  (6 of them of course actually)
Here they are.  I bought them for I believe about $2.79 US each, so definitely no more expensive than regular fabric if you know where to shop (Hint, hint: Marden's, Calais, Maine)  It is a Dan Morris "The Boo Crew" panel by RJR fabrics.  Anyhow, because it uses similar colours throughout, it is a perfect One Block Wonder candidate.  The great designs, words and frames should just add to the interest!
 I cut 4 inch triangles this time.  I did cut very carefully, fussy cutting and moving my ruler here and there to really get some well-captured elements of the design. 
 There is a ton of potential here.
And I've actually sewn a few blocks together already that I'll post next time.  It should look really cool.  So anyway -- a panel for a One Block Wonder, consider trying it!  And follow along to see how mine turns out!
Cheers!  Riel