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: 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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tie Dye Quilt Top Finished!

So I think this is my new favourite project!  It certainly adds a bit of summery energy to our tundra-like still-deep-winter conditions around here.  This was a fun weekend project that my daughter Tess (she's 7) and I made together.  Saturday after supper we went to Value Village (a second-hand store like Goodwill) and bought a Queen-sized 100% cotton sheet for $4.99.  Then we stopped at Walmart and bought a tie-dye kit for I think about $22.00.  By Sunday night, we had the result above!
 The squares are 12 inches each finished.  We made 31 squares so that we would have some choice.  I cut the sheet up into blocks around 14-15 inches each to start before the dying.  That left lots of room for the fabric to fray while washing/drying and also allowed me to center a design I liked when trimming to size.
 These were our 20 favourite squares.
 The one on the upper left here is my favourite.
 Our dye colours were lime green, turquoise, red, orange and magenta.  The red faded to more of a pink.
 We used half of our dye kit and did the 31 squares plus 2 pairs of my daughter's socks.
 We twisted and wrapped every which way we could think of.  Instructions for wrapping came with the kit and we tried those and improvised too.  We dampened the fabric with a spray bottle before we started.  I think that was a good move as the dye seemed to blend nicely.  We used the elastics that came with the kit and also lots of little Rainbow Loom elastics.
 Here they are outside with the dye on.  It was freezing out!  But I didn't want to take a chance with the dye in the house.  I am not the neatest person when it comes to creative projects.  There is a plastic bag on top of the snow.  The damp fabric was starting to freeze as we were dying it.  We also put some snow sprinkles on top of some of the dyed bits.  The instructions in the kit say nothing about snow/freezing/etc, but it does say to keep the dyed fabric wrapped in plastic for at least 6 hours to let the dye soak in.  You are not to let the fabric dry out.  I knew that outside nothing would be drying out whatsoever. 
 I covered the dyed fabric with another plastic sheet then weighted it down with snow.  This was total improvisation on our part -- but as you can see from the results it worked!
Here's a square after being dyed, rinsed, washed and dried.  The main problem we had with some squares was that we over-dyed them.  But that was the whole thing with making extra squares -- it allowed us to have some rejects.
So I'm definitely keen to get this finished!  I really want to keep the quilting simple so the tie dye is the star.  And of course I will be doing this again.  It was so fun and I have about a million more ideas for both dying and then arranging the squares.
Have a great week.  Posted by Riel Nason

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Modern Rainbow: Partially Planned Patchworks

 So if you've been by the blog lately, you know I've been on a big stretch of making lots and lots of my Random Rail Fence blocks in different colours.  As you can see in the pics, there are more and more and more to come.
 I'm actually having another exhibit this summer and this one I've titled: Modern Rainbow: Partially Planned Patchworks.  There will be 10 quilts in the series.  These are the quilts I've been showing and the ones I'll be working on for the next while.
 These quilts are much more usable (and actually will be for sale this time) as opposed to the much more textile-artish ones in my Halloween selvage series which exhibited last fall (A 1/4 Inch Scream).  The idea this time is to combine traditional patchwork with modern colour and design.  They are only partially planned as I am letting the random factor of the rail fence strips do some of the designing without any thought by me.  Each quilt will be 60 by 72, so a really nice couch size. 
 If you look carefully at the blocks, you can see I've come up with two more variations of my rail fence block as well, using larger fabric sections.  This further goes to the partially-planned aspect.
 These blocks are just all on my design wall.  They aren't arranged in any way yet.  (And not pressed yet either.) I love all the colours!
So basically I'm working on 6 quilts at once now -- all made with these blocks. :-)  Oh well, it keeps it fun!
Posted by Riel Nason

Friday, March 13, 2015

Giveaway Winner!

Chosen by random draw, the winner of the pretty bundle of fabric generously provided by Mad About Patchwork is:
She said...
Sooooo pretty! Love these colours! And I would love to win this pretty bundle, thanks.
March 9, 2015 at 10:50 AM
Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mad About Patchwork Blogger Bundle Giveaway

Okay, I'm back!  Two weeks ago I was in New Orleans which was awesome (my second time, love it there!) and last week was the kids' March Break. Starting today things are back to normal -- or at least as normal as they get around here. 
Soooooooo, have you heard of Mad About Patchwork? Yes? Then great.  Perhaps you even already buy your Kona cotton from there like I do. No? Well let me fill you in. 
Mad About Patchwork is a Canadian online fabric and quilty goodness shop (and as of last year, they have a brick and mortar store in rural Ottawa too). They've been in business for 7 years now.  (So they are obviously doing something right) 
Pam, of Mad About Patchwork fame, recently asked me if I'd like to select a Blogger Bundle from the fabrics in her store.  She offered to send me a bundle free and offer another bundle free for a giveaway on my blog.  Let's just say that the browser window that was instantly opened after I read her email was the one to her store to get choosing the fabrics!
What I chose is below.  It is a girly-inspired bundle -- modern, playful and feminine.  The magenta colour in some of the fabrics is the same as the wall colour of my daughter's room.  I picked the butterfly fabric first, which I love, and then looked around to see what I could find to look good with it.  I plan on making my daughter an oversized throw pillow with my bundle when I finally get a chance.
Anyhow, for a chance to win a pretty bundle like this for yourself, just leave a comment on this blog post.  Say anything you want.  Just be sure that you either leave your email address in the comment, or that you know it is linked into your profile.  One entry per person.  Giveaway is open until 6:00pm AST on Thursday, March 12.  Winner will be drawn randomly and announced Friday.  Open worldwide. 
If by any chance you'd like to buy a bundle like this, here it is on the Mad About Patchwork site.  (And while you're there, look around at all the other pretty fabric in stock!) If you're tempted and need a little nudge, I hear that there is a free shipping promotion now until March 14; use QUILTCONEH promotion code for free shipping in Canada (or save $5.95 on international shipping)
Good luck!
Giveaway is now closed.  Winner announced tomorrow!

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Sneak Peek of Pink

A sneak peek of pink (say that 10 times fast!).  So, the next random rail fence quilt I'm making is pink.  I have lots of blocks done so far.  Today is the last day of the kids' March Break.  We've had fun but it will be nice to get back to our regularly scheduled programming on Monday.  And I have a blog giveaway starting on Monday for some pretty fabric!  See you then.
I'm linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday!
Posted by Riel Nason

Friday, February 20, 2015

Turquoise Random Rail Fence Quilt Top Done

 After the yellow version of this quilt (previous post) was done, I knew I had to sew this one together next.
 It also has a focal square to add a little flair.  The blocks are all 12" finished.  The quilt is 60" by 72".
 There are two fabrics in this quilt that don't photograph well -- the ones that look dark.  One has orange dots on it and one has little life preservers on it.  They look great in the quilt "in person" but I find they look weird in the pics.  Oh well.
A tutorial to make the blocks like these is under the tutorials tab.
 So I'm off for vacation for a bit and then it's the kids' March Break.  But when I'm back blogging in early March, I'll have fun little giveaway!  See you then.
Posted by Riel Nason