Riel Nason of Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada
Significant Other/Kids/Pets: My husband Shane, my six-year-old son Eli and my three-year-old daughter Tess.
Occupation: I am a mother and writer. I write a regular column about Collectibles for our provincial newspaper, the Telegraph-Journal and I am thrilled that my first novel, The Town That Drowned, will be published this September. I’m writing my second novel now and guess what? There’s a character who quilts this time.
# Years Quilting: I have quilted for about a year and a half.
How You Learned to Quilt: After two early disastrous attempts to make quilts, I taught myself through trial and error and by reading as much as I could about quilting online. If you’re interested in more details (aka a long-winded explanation) about my frustrating start to quilting, the story is on my blog here. I do all my piecing and quilting by machine. I quilt my smaller quilts myself, but I have never done any of the big ones (my last two quilts have been about 100 inches square). I send them to a local long-arm quilter and I have always been pleased.
Favorite Completed Project: My favorite recent completed project is a quilt that is currently done to quilt top form but not yet quilted. Like a lot of people, my favorite is usually the last quilt I made. It’s a quilt called Love-Serendipity-Family and it is a selvage quilt. I love selvage quilting because it is such a new wide-open area of quilting with so much room for innovation. It is fun and challenging to keep coming up with new ways to use selvages.
The Love-Serendipity-Family quilt is for our quilt guild show in the fall. The theme this year is Serendipity. On a side note, a friend and I joined the local quilt guild last year and it has been a great experience. It doesn’t matter in the slightest that we are the youngest members. The ladies in the guild are all excited about quilting, the same as us. They have the same enthusiasm, just with tons more experience. It is fun to go to the monthly meetings and see the “Show and Share.”
Sewing WorkSpace: My sewing room is actually my home office, which is gradually being taken over by fabric. I think I knew for sure that I was definitely hooked on quilting when I moved my comfy couch out of the office to make way for my ironing board. I am fortunate that the room I sew in opens onto the play room/ family room so it is very easy for the whole family to be down there together having fun, doing our own thing, but still chatting back and forth.
Machine(s) You Sew On and Favorite Tool: My sewing machine is a Husqvarna Emerald 183. My favourite sewing tool is definitely my seam ripper, no question.