Nancy Rink Blog

Quilt maker, pattern designer, fabric dyer, and lover of all things quilting.
Sep
30

El Camino Real BOM Almost Ready

  Here are most of the fabrics in my new line, El Camino Real. This collection is a colorful grouping inspired by California's rich history, a blend of Spanish, Mexican, and Native American traditions. Bright color and intricate motifs echo the decorative tile work  and architecture of the region, Marcus Fabrics is offering a block-of-the-month program that runs January 2014 through December 2014. I've designed the quilt and written the patterns. Today, I put the finishing touches...
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Jul
28

The Process of Designing a Block of the Month Quilt: El Camino Real

A lot of times a block of the month quilt begins with a fabric collection.Ode to the Blue and Grey (right) began with a set of swatches from the Adelaide collection designed by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics. It was one of those collections I immediately fell in love with. Before I knew it, my computer was fired up and I was busy designing in EQ.The block of the month quilt I am working on now...Ode pic 2
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Jul
26

Tweet Friends Blog Post #6: How to Make Borders Fit and Lay Flat

Technique: How to Make Borders Fit and Lay FlatA quilt that lays flat with nicely squared borders is a thing of beauty.  And, although pattern designers like myself provide border measurements, sometimes due to sewing differences and handling of the quilt top, those border measurements don't quite match those of your quilt.So here are some steps to assure that your borders fit your quilt.1. Always measure your quilt vertically and horizontally through the quilt's center. Don't measure...tweet-friends-banner
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Jul
26

On the Radio with Pat Sloan

 Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Nancy Rink july guest
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Jul
11

Tweet Friends Quilt Along Post 5: Freezer Paper and Starch Applique

  Technique: How to use freezer paper and starch for applique' Here is what you need:Freezer PaperStarch (I prefer Best Press because it leaves no starch residue or flakes)Paint or stencil brush.  A cotton swab also works in a jam. Sharp pencilHighlighter Awl or something pointyMini-IronFirm pressing surfaceGlue (Aleene's glue pen or Roxanne's with an applicator) Here is what to do: 1. Using a sharp pencil, trace all of the applique shapes onto the freezer paper.  Layer the sheet of...
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