Nancy Rink Blog

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

It all begins with the Fabric

Fabric.  We love to touch it, to pet it, to stockpile it.  It's why we quilt.  It's why we keep starting new projects before finishing the old. The fabric collection I am using for my upcoming book Away From Home: The Story of the Mill Girls is being designed by Judie Rothermel and Faye Burgos, two of Marcus Fabrics' designers.  I had to pinch myself several times this past week because I received the strike-offs...
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My First Book--Join Me

I know it's cliche', but "Pinch me! I can't believe this is happening!" Over a year ago my husband, Oliver, and I came up with an idea for a book. We mulled it over, did some research, made an outline.  Then I ran the idea past Pati Violick, the Marketing Director of Marcus Fabrics . As I ran through my idea with her and was elaborating on all the details, I couldn't help but think...
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New Stuff's a Coming!

With Spring Market right around the corner, there's a flurry of activity here--or should I say a FRENZY of activity. Although I cannot be at Market because over a year ago I booked a workshop with a guild that just so happens to fall on the same date, many of my quilts and patterns will be there. So if you are going to Market, stop by the Marcus Fabrics booth, go see Daryl at the...full turn
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Having A Bit of Difficulty With Block #3?

I've had a few emails reporting that there's a bit of trouble with block three of Ode To The Blue & Gre y.  The pink and green  4-patch seems to be the trouble spot because it's coming out too small. So today I remade the block to see what's going on with this pesky four patch that should be so easy!  What I found was that it is indeed a bit too small.  Ideally, your...Ode To The Blue & Grey block #3
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Sew Full of Whimsey

The Cotton Patch Quilt Guild of Bakersfield, CA (my local guild) has finished its opportunity quilt.  Lynn Douglass, took on the job of not only coordinating the making of the quilt, but of selecting a design, picking the fabric, and longarm  quilting it.  She purchased the “My Whimsical Garden” pattern from Piece ‘O Cake Designs and combined it with a pieced block from one of my patterns, My Jeweled Flower.  I was lucky enough to...jeweled flower quilt
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