Nancy Rink Blog

Quilt maker, pattern designer, fabric dyer, and lover of all things quilting
Nancy Rink is a dedicated quilter, pattern designer, and dye artist who has won numerous awards for her quilting. At the 2004 Houston International Quilt Festival, Remembrance of Nanny and Desert Star were both given Honorable Mentions. Also in 2004, Dogtooth Violets earned one of the top awards in the Kaufman Quilt Quest. Most recently, Emerald Sp...ring won a first place in Mixed Techniques at Road to California.She has won awards at other national shows including the Pacific International Quilt Festival, the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, and the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. And Desert Star, the first place winner in the 2002 From the Mills Contest, was on display at the American Textile History Museum.Nancy’s quilts have been featured in magazines such as Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Quiltmaker, and Quilt. More

Designer Duo Finishing

Is it me or did this quilt along seem to fly by? The variety of fabric choices and the speed at which participants have sewn is impressive! Checking the Facebook group to see what's going on with everyone has become the favorite part of my day. Also, each day new quilters are joining the Facebook group, so there will be lots more fun sewing going on as they make their versions of the Designer Duo 2018: Kaleidoscope...Sarahs quilt simple border
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Designer Duo Block Seven

Block Seven--the magical workhorse of our Designer Duo Kaliedoscope quilt. I doesn't really look like much, but when you alternate it with the other blocks, circles appear. Can you see them? Mind you, there is NO curved piecing in this quilt. The real key is this unit here. Whether you color the triangle or the spikes on either side of it, it will create the illusion of curves. Here's a "What If." What if we reversed the...Block 7
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Designer Duo QAL Block Six

Block Six marks the last pair of matched blocks in the Designer Duo 2018: Kaleidoscope quilt. I really love this block because it looks like it has layers. Can't you picture it made up in other fabric combinations? Oh wait--our other designers did that for you. Make sure to check in with Sarah J Maxwell , Tiffany Hayes , and Karen O'Connor to see their versions and tips for Block Six. Also, don't miss all...Block 6
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Designer Duo QAL Block Five

Can you believe we are already to Block Five in our quilt along? One more set of blocks to go after this one and then you will be working on the thirteen alternating blocks. If you have been sewing your "Let's Work Ahead" four-patches, you will be so, so, SO glad you did.  If you haven't been sewing those four-patches, you might want to squeeze a few in now and next week so that you can...Block 5
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Designer Duo QAL Block Four + Seaglass Fabric Design Process

Block Four's construction is pretty straight forward. If you are making my Seaglass version, just be sure to consult page S-20 for "Tips on working With Directional Fabric." By the way, I did notice that I failed to change my "XXX" placeholder on page S-9, Step One. Seems no matter how many times I proof instructions, little things like this slip through. Arghhh! So for this installment, I thought I would talk about fabric design--or...Seaglass Original Watercolor
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