Monday, April 14, 2014

Quilty News and My Favourite Deer

See that sweet little piebald deer?  He is just a yearling and lives near us.  I was so fortunate to get this picture of him and some friends the other night.  I see him a lot when I'm out walking.  The kids and I named him Toasted Marshmallow because of his colouring.  We call him Toasty for short.
Now for the quilty news:  I found out the other day that I will have my first solo gallery exhibit in the Fall!  I'll have more details to post as it gets closer.  So anyway, lots of secret sewing for that to get all the pieces done.  If I am a bad blogger for a while, that will be why.
Hope you have a great week.  Posted by Riel Nason

Friday, April 4, 2014

Selvage Easter Eggs

Once the idea popped into my head, I knew it had to be done.
Had to.
 I think they turned out pretty cool.  I'd be happy if the Easter Bunny showed up with these for me.
 Close up.
 I used real eggs to make them. 
Selvages were applied with watered down glue and a paint brush.  
My daughter Tess (6) made these patchwork eggs while I made my selvage eggs.
Selvages also make nice "grass" for a basket. 
Have a great weekend!  And hopefully no one missed the part on the bottom of my last post where I said that the crazy Halloween/Easter quilt was just an April Fool's joke.  Believe me, I will not really be making that weird thing.
Posted by Riel Nason

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Starting Something New ...

So I've chosen some fabrics from my stash to start something new.  I chose these Spring-like Easter colours ...
And I plan to combine them with these Halloween fabrics.  I think the contrast is just great!  I am so excited to get started.
These will likely be the 2 main feature fabrics.  I just think they compliment each other so well ...
So are you curious to hear what I have in mind?   My rough quilt design is below ...
As anyone who has visited the blog for a while knows, I love Halloween.  But it is just so hard to wait for October!  So I was thinking and it came to me -- why not combine the fun of Easter with the fun of Halloween?  I mean you decorate eggs AND you decorate pumpkins, right? Why not combine the two!!!  Super seasonal mash-up!  Pastel traditional Easter eggs with pumpkin faces.  Egg O'Lanterns?  Jack O'Eggies?
I am excited to get this going!  Posted by Riel Nason
Okay, did you believe me?  Or just think I was crazy? Anyway, HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY !!!!!
(There will not now or ever be a quilt like this made by me.  Just kidding, joking, etc.  Have a great day!)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Snow Day

 So a big snow storm is swirling around up here today ... just getting started really.  Apparently there is plenty more coming later ... kids are home on a snow day.  Husband is even home as the university where he works closed for the day ...
My daughter Tess who is 6 made this for snow day fun.  It is a quilt of course.  The little toy is called a "Magnetic Quilt"  The HSTs are magnets.  There are tons of them in the box to do any design you want, over and over again.  I bought it at a yard sale a couple of years ago.
So stay warm everyone.  Here's hoping we don't lose power here!
Posted by Riel Nason

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Long Lost Quilt Finish: Birthday Nine Patch Quilt

 This quilt has been finished for a while, but I didn't ever post it here on the blog in its finished form.  It is the patchwork nine-patch that my daughter and I made for her 6th birthday.  I cut and sewed everything, but I let her arrange the little squares in every nine patch.
The white with red fabric that I used for the setting squares was from my stash (like most everything really, as I rarely buy fabric for a specific project).  I had bought it on sale for 99 cents a yard! :-) I forget what it is called, but it is good quality quilt shop stuff. 
 I love how cheerful it looks.  Here is the border, backing and binding.  It has a scrappy binding. 
And in this picture you can see her wall colour.  I am so ahead of the curve!  I painted her room last year, but look, the colour is just like this year's Pantone colour of the year: Radiant Orchid!  :-)  Anyway, I love it.  It is very pretty.
Posted by Riel Nason
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Just One Little Selvage Kitty

 My own design.  He's a 12 inch block that'll end up in a quilt someday.
Thanks for all the nice comments about my Scrappy Rolling Stone quilt. Happy Weekend!
Posted by Riel Nason

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Completed Scrappy Variation Rolling Stone Quilt Top * (Now With 20% More Ants!)

Okay, it's all sashed and bordered.  The sashing and borders are both 4 inches wide, the same as the individual squares in the blocks.  This wider sashing was needed I think because the blocks are just SO big.  The whole quilt is about 52 by 74 inches -- a really nice lap size to cuddle on the couch with.
As to the arrangement of the blocks, it turned out I went with primary colours down the left and secondary colours down the right.  Works well I think.
 The sashing and borders are a different ant fabric from the scraps in the blocks. 
I really don't have a favourite block. 
So, all in all, this is quite different than a lot of what I usually make, but I'm happy with it.  It will have a scrappy binding using all the colours of the squares once it is quilted.  If you'd like to make a quilt like this, just scroll a few posts down in the blog to the post with the blue block. I wrote some mini instructions/tutorial there.   It is a traditional block, but I've made it differently than usual to incorporate HSTs and scraps. 
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ahem. Last One. Orange.

I almost have the quilt top done.  Just need to finish sewing on the borders ...
Posted by Riel Nason

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Rolling, rolling ...

 I made a purple block.  And I must say that I was REALLY surprised I had enough purple scraps for this.  I did have to include some more magenta-ish fabrics, but I like how it brightens it up overall.
 And the red one is all sewn together now.
Here's the three that are completely done so far.
Here's part of the design wall ... still more work to go! 
This is the kids' March Break week coming up so there will be little progress.  I'll see you in two weeks and maybe I'll have a completed quilt top by then.  Also, if you're interested in making some blocks like this, I wrote a mini tutorial.  Just scroll down two posts.
Posted by Riel Nason
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Friday, February 28, 2014

Still Rolling Along ...

 Not a lot to say other than I'm making more of these big (21 inch) rolling stone blocks.  I am really digging through every little fabric bit I have to get a good variety of fabrics in each colour.  I am working on a green square ...
 ... and a red square.  You also may notice that a little bit of ant fabric has sneaked in.  I realised that I was going to run out of the polka dot fabric eventually, so I introduced the ants.  I also only have a little bit of that left, but the two fabrics together should be enough.  I really like how it adds a bit of interest and reinforces that this is a true scrap quilt.
 Here's a yellow square.  None of these three are all sewn together yet.  They are on my design wall.
The group so far.
If you'd like to make a square like this, I wrote out some very basic instructions in the previous blog post.  Have a fun and quilty weekend!
Posted by Riel Nason