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