127: This Little Quilt went to Market

127: This Little Quilt went to Market

The following is the story of a quilt I made of Anna Maria Horner’s new line of fabrics coming out in January 2009 for Free Spirit Fabrics….

The Sketch     done while driving to Costco…Not Expecting THE email from Jeff at Free Spirit

The Mock-up…before the Good Folks arrive…    

Monday the Good Folk arrive…..                     

A much needed thinking food…    good brownie for good folks    

This had to get swept off the cutting table. 

               Now to cut….  just the first cut took me awhile to actually do…I was rather stunned at how sweet these fabrics seemed to me.  (Sweet would be pronounced long and surfer-style okay?)   

fussy cut centers….  


Here come the spikes           final spikeyness        

To tie rather than quilt seemed the obvious choice due to time constraints. 

I had one offer to help..     I declined the offer…. 

   I broke out some of my embellishments to consider adding to the ties…  

                        A binding decision… 

  I started the binding on Wednesday afternoon.  That evening I ended up in the Emergency Room with some sort of allergic reaction that was causing my throat to swell up…pretty scarey to say the least….before we left, I grabbed the quilt, cause it had to be FedEx’d Thursday morning, and there was no way I wasn’t going to get it finished!   Linda had to finish the hand stitching though while the doctors and nurses drugged me up and waited to see if what they did worked.   What an awesome wife I have!

  off to Market      every quilt needs a label     I will miss this quilt…she was a delight to be involved in…there will be many more though…and I have her scraps!  I hope you enjoyed this pictorial gude through my process on this quilt as much as I enjoyed the ride of making it (well, except the trip to ER, I could’ve done without that). 


  • Hey Scott,

    I just got back to my hotel room after the second exciting day of market. The Good Folks quilt has been a big hit in the booth! Today I was working with one of our biggest customers and they were referencing the fabrics you used in the quilt to help them decide what to order. I can’t thank you enough for creating such a great quilt on such short notice. I hope we colaborate a lot more in the future.

    Take care! Jeff

    October 26, 2008 at 8:22 pm
  • oh wow!
    What a beauty!
    I can’t wait to sew with these fabrics!
    You sure made the fabrics come to life in this quilt!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:04 pm
  • I am enthralled with that story Scott!! Linda had mentioned that you had a quilt to make in 4 days but to know that it’s Anna Maria fabric you’re working with makes it all so much more wonderful. I’ve yet to see and touch her fabric (are you sure you’re attached to those scraps???) but I love them online (which is a horrible way to experience fabric) and I love her blog. I just don’t get out as much (thank you Jesus!!) and the fabric stores I’ve been to don’t carry her stuff. I would have loved to see your quilt and someday I, myself, will be going to market!

    October 28, 2008 at 7:47 am
  • It came out great…and I really enjoyed seeing your process. I love the fabrics, but I think your own style really comes shining through!

    October 28, 2008 at 8:27 pm
  • FAbulous use of those fabrics. Quite inspiring. Thanks for posting!

    October 30, 2008 at 7:02 pm
  • Lauren


    Have just discovered your fantastic quilt. A little late I know but found it in the Good Folks Flicker group. Is there a pattern available? I have recently bought some of these fabrics and would love to have a go at a quilt like this.

    Hey Lauren,
    So glad you like the Good Folks Quilt. I love it too. Free Spirit requested a pattern for it to upload for free on their website, I am checking with them now to see if they are still going to put the pattern up, and I will get back to you later with the news I get.

    March 7, 2009 at 8:48 pm
  • Lee


    Loved the quilt at market, and unfortunately couldn’t find anyone to tell me all about it! Soo happy to see it again. Really really want to have a pattern to offer my customers (and myself!). Please keep us posted.

    Glad you asked! Yes, the pattern for this quilt will be coming here to the Blue Nickel Studios site for download. It was originally going to be free on Free Spirit’s site, but now it will be coming here….in awhile…so keep looking….Once that one gets here, there will be more to come as well!

    April 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm
  • becky marshall


    If only I had known!! How did I buy that mag., read it, throw it away and not know that your quilt was in it. Darn!

    Oh, it wasn’t that big of an article, It was just one picture. But it did mention Blue Nickel Studios, so I was pretty jazzed about that!

    October 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm

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