Nancy Rink Blog

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

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  Okay, it's been QUITE a while since I have blogged.  Finishing up the Mill Girls' first draft, editing it, cutting shop kits for Amish With A Twist, my first BOM with Marcus Fabrics,  finishing The Mill Girls BOM (again with Marcus), and now trying to complete the Mill Girls BOM patterns has kept me busy, busy, busy.  Oh, and in there was a trip to Ontario, Ca to vend at Road to California, and a......
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Mill Girls Update

It's been quite a while since I blogged about the quilt I'm making for my upcoming book, Away From Home: Quilts Inspired by Lowell Mill Girls, (Kansas City Star Books pub).  Getting ready for my first Quilt Market put things on hold for a while, but I am back at work, trying to make my November 17 deadline. Here is the center panel all appliqued.  The spool blocks are being arranged and a row of them......
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Applique Time

This week I've made some progress on the applique blocks for the the Mill Girls book.  The quilt is a medallion style book and has four applique blocks at its center.  Here is the main block with the applique prepped and glued in place.  The "factory building" is sewn down as is the sun and the moon.  All of the fabrics are from the new Mill Girls fabric collection Judie Rothermel designed especially for this quilt,......
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Away From Home: Quilts Inspired by the Lowell Factory Girls

    After working on them for two days, I finally have the applique blocks drawn for the book on the mill girls.  The quilt has a center medallion made up of four applique blocks.  Then, in the border blocks that surround the medallion there is one applique block repeated eight times.  There are other blocks in the border round, but they are pieced.  So now that I have my master patterns--and my fabric which arrived......
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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 (the......
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