Monday, November 24, 2014

When Scraps Attack - My Final Post About "A 1/4 Inch Scream"

 So I saved one of my new favourites for my final post about my exhibit "A 1/4 Inch Scream."  This is "When Scraps Attack!"  This was the last quilt I made for the exhibit.  It uses scraps from all the other quilts in the series.
 Here it is hanging with friends.
 This quilt had the fewest amount of selvages of any quilt.
 I also used selvage scraps in this. You can see the larger sections made of rows of selvages that were cut and free-pieced.  (The whole center section of the quilt is free-pieced)
 I love the scary face ready to attack! :-)
I also hadn't shown this piece before.  This is the title piece.  You will notice some scary eyes lurking near a few of the seams.

It was a great experience having the exhibit!  Hopefully there will be another one in my future.
Posted by Riel Nason

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Pillowcases

 A few years ago I managed to make a pillowcase as a Christmas gift for each member of my family.  It was a bit ambitious.  This year I will not be making pillowcases for everyone, but I am making a few.  I made the first one last night.  That's it above.  It's for my son and isn't a Christmas gift, but something to use now to get the Christmas spirit started.
 I have this fabric cut and ready for my daughter's pillowcase which I'll make next.  I really love the main fabric in this one.  It is a Dear Stella fabric.
 This fabric is cut and ready to be made into a pillowcase for a family member (a family member who does not read this blog that is).
 And all ready to go for another non-blog-reading family member.
And one more ... we'll see how productive I am as the season gets closer.  I do love making homemade gifts and these are sooooo easy to make.  Plus I love the fact that they are 100% cotton which is so nice to rest your head on at night!
Posted by Riel Nason

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pumpkin Patch-Work #2 Quilt

 Today I wanted to show this quilt that I completed earlier this year (and can finally share here!).  It is called Pumpkin Patch-Work #2 and was part of my exhibit " A 1/4 Inch Scream."
 It is made of simple selvage squares arranged railfence style.  Each square is 6 inches.  The selvages are from both Halloween fabrics and non-seasonal fabrics. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Posted by Riel Nason

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


 So Halloween is over and my exhibit "A 1/4 Inch Scream" is down, but I still have quilts to show!  This is Spoolky.  I made this little quilt waaaaay back in February and it was hard not to share it until now as I think he's pretty cute if I do say so myself.
 He is the smallest quilt in the collection. I think he's about 2 by 3 feet.  This is my daughter's favourite.
This quilt has a white binding (with ants).  A white binding is very unusual for me, but I thought it really worked for this.
Thanks so much for all the nice comments lately.  I'll admit I rarely respond unless a specific question is asked, but I love the feedback.  I am buried in editing my next novel and that about takes up my desire to write anything in the day. :-)
I'm also linking up at The Needle and Thread Network.  Thanks for stopping by!
Posted by Riel Nason

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Random Railfence Halloween Style Quilt Finished!

 Finished just in time for Halloween, here is my latest Random Railfence quilt done with Halloween fabric scraps -- and a little spooktacular variation  (see the Jack O'Lantern square?)  A tutorial to make the blocks like these is here.
 I started this summer making the squares.  I only used orange, black and white Halloween fabrics even though I had other colours I could have used as well.  I liked sticking to the three traditional colours.
The Jack O'Lantern square was free-pieced and then trimmed back to 12.5 inches square, the same as the other blocks.
There is Halloween fabric on the back too.
Happy Halloween!
Posted by Riel Nason

Monday, October 27, 2014

Jack Sew Lantern: A Halloween Selvage Quilt!

Introducing Jack Sew Lantern!  I made this quilt earlier this year for my exhibit "A 1/4 Inch Scream" (Canada Games Gallery, Saint John Arts Centre, Sept. 12 - Oct. 31, 21014)  and am happy I can finally show it on the blog today!  It is my virtual exhibit in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival!
 It is made with selvages and Halloween fabrics.
 His stem is a spool and his eyebrows and mouth are meant to look stitched on.
 Selvage letters.
Happy Halloween and Happy Stitching!  To see more Bloggers' Quilt Festival Quilts, just click here.
Posted by Riel Nason

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