Nancy Rink Blog

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

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 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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Buffington Walk-Help Me Decide & Giveaway

In my last post I introduced you to On Plumberry Lane , my newest fabric collection with Marcus Fabrics that will start shipping to shops sometime in January of 2016. Also, I shared some photos of Lovely Ladies , a quilt I am making with the pinks and greys from the collection. Well, Lovely Ladies is almost done--it just needs an inner border, an outer border, quilting, a binding--okay, I suppose it is not really...On Plumberry Lane Swatch Card
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What's on My Design Wall?

First up is a remake of our pattern called Kris Cross . This is a great pattern for a collection of fat quarters. The pattern comes with instructions for quilts in three different sizes. The finished block size is 9". Cindy DeUnger did the sewing for me. Didn't she do a great job? I sent her 15 fat quarters in an assortment of red, green, cream, and beige fabrics. Right now, the quilt has moved...kriss cross red and green
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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...
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