Riel Nason

Modern Selvage Quilting

Artist Biography

Riel Nason is a Canadian novelist and textile artist (quilter). She is known for her bold use of colour, humour and whimsy in her designs. Her works have been exhibited across Canada and included twice in Quilt Canada: The National Juried Show.  Her quilts have been featured in magazines in Canada, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Australia, as well as on countless websites worldwide.  She is the author of Modern Selvage Quilting (C&T Publishing, 2016) and Sew a Modern Halloween (C&T Publishing, 2017).  She often includes the subject of quilting in her fiction writing as well.  Her debut children’s book The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt will be published in 2020 by Tundra (Penguin Random House). Riel lives in Quispamsis, New Brunswick with her family.

Artist Statement

Modern Selvage Quilting takes the use of recycled fabric selvages in today’s quilts a step further.

Riel Nason believes that selvage quilts do not have to be made entirely of selvages using traditional blocks.  Selvages can also be used as a design element — as just a small part of a bigger picture.  In Modern Selvage Quilting, featuring quilts from the book of the same name as well as others, selvages make up only part of the work.  This allows a modern look to be achieved while still making wholly original quilts.