Log cabins for a friend….


Log cabins for a friend….

today’s post has dual purpose….first showing a little project that my friend Luke Haynes asked me to do for him….and second is a prize is being offered as part of my guest post over at Quilting Gallery today.
First,  Luke asked me if I wanted to work with him on one of his art quilts.   I said sure, and here is the beginning of that.

He wants me to make a log cabin top for him to do his amazing art work on.  So basically I am gesso-ing up a canvas for him…except it’s a quilt.

And log cabins are simple enough, but then Luke wants this out of all recycled materials.   I think this is an awesome statement and comment…..but I am feeling very stretched with the fabrics he gave me to work with…some are very “shreddy” and most are very fluid, much more fluid than the quilting cottons I pretty much live in.  Did you notice the flannel backed tablecloth up there?? I’ve already melted one square because I forgot it was plastic.

I hope I can do this well enough for him…..I am certainly being stretched I can tell you that.

And secondly, here is the prize portion from my post over at Quilting Gallery.  All you need to do is just comment on something that you really like or enjoy from visiting around the Blue Nickel here today a little bit.   I would love it if you followed me on Facebook or Twitter and signed up to get every post I ever write again….but I am not going to require that.   If you are a regular reader, and just happen to be dropping in, then tell me what you would like to see more of here on the blog.   Leave a comment of something along those lines, and I will draw a winner Sunday morning the 18th.

Oh, here’s the prize, a nice layer cake from Moda…calorie free and all.

And I will probably throw in some other goodies as well, but this is the main prize.

So let me know what you think about the Blue Nickel….AND while you are here, you might as well mosey over to my other online gig, Generation Q Magazine. We are going to print soon, and even though we have achieved our Kickstarter Goal, this program is still going, and a great way to help us get launched and guarantee that you will get our first issue or even our first year of issues.




  • Hi, I’m new here and now following you on Twitter (@CraftyMamaD). This is my first time at your blog but definitely not my last! I am more interested in a quilter’s creative process than anything else and how you come up with your designs. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    March 14, 2012 at 7:19 am
  • Barbara


    I heart Blue Nickel Studios. Nice giveaway.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:24 am
  • I enjoyed reading your history of quilting on the gallery. Congrats on writing a book. Can’t wait to see it.
    Great log cabin block!
    I will go back to the Gen Q when I have time and read some of the articles.
    thanks for a chance to win t some fabric.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:25 am
  • Hi Scott – I came here via the Quilting Gallery and enjoyed reading your story. I also grew up during the Bicentennial (living outside Philadelphia no less) so I can really identify with the sense of nostalgia it inspired in you and how that shaped your life!

    Your quilting tastes are a bit more modern than mine but I enjoyed learning about you and really appreciate the chance to win the Moda layer cake! Thanks for sharing your story and the chance to win!

    March 14, 2012 at 7:50 am
  • Marianne


    Very interesting post about your log cabin adventure. I really loved your little biographical post in Gen Q today!

    March 14, 2012 at 7:50 am
  • Congratulations! I like your Princess and the Pea quilt and I really like the log cabin above! I’m visiting from Quilting Gallery. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    March 14, 2012 at 8:02 am
  • Mary Mangum


    It’s a “manly” quilt. One I would do for my grown sons. It looks like it will have a lot of appeal when the “art” is done. Can’t wait to see it!

    March 14, 2012 at 8:13 am
  • Sheppard


    Awsome…your history follow mine, but you have made a super life out of it. I let other things get in the way of quilting. Now I’m back and loving every minute with my quilting. Love yout site and will continue to return. LOVE your patterns.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:18 am
  • I love Sundae’s Best and cannot wait to make this for my first grandchild this year. Also I love the free patterns, why, because I am a senior on a tiny pension and free fits my budget best. I have enough scraps to last me my lifetime and draw from those which your patterns seem to fit too!
    I am positive your Log Cabin for Luke with his upcycled fabrics will be gorgeous when he takes over from where you will have left off. Between you two, this work of art I bet will be absolutely beautiful and more than likely be thought provoking. Don’t forget to let us all see this finished Log Cabin before Luke gets his hands on it.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:22 am
  • Denise J.


    Just found your blog through the Quilting Gallery post. I’m always impressed when men join the quilting world. I work part-time in a quilt shop and I try to get the husbands who come with their wives to give it try. I believe men make some of the best quilters. So, keep it up! Looking forward to reading more about you. And good luck with your new book.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:27 am
  • Denise J.


    Me again…Good luck with the project for a friend. I’ve always found that when I do something for someone else it seems to “stretch” me or frustrate me. My husband tells me that saying “NO” is very easy, but for some reason I don’t find it so.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:29 am
  • Hi Scott! I just hopped over here from the Quilting Gallery and I’m so glad I did! I’ve been looking around your blog and your quilts (and Valentine’s gifts!) are so creative and beautiful! I’ve gotta say that being new to the quiting world I love that you have free patterns – and really pretty ones, too! I’m definitely going to keep updated with e-mails from your blog posts so I can see what you’re working on! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway, too!

    P.S. Good luck with your log cabin quilt for your friend! That would be hard to work with different kinds of fabric!

    March 14, 2012 at 8:32 am
  • Those blocks are going to look amazing, even though they are hard to work with. I agree that working with fabric other than 100% cotton is a challenge but I think it’s awesome you’re stretching yourself to work with your friend!

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway and good luck with your quilt!

    March 14, 2012 at 8:57 am
  • Jennyroo


    What isn’t there to like about BlueNickel? Fabric – inspiration – musings and meanderings about life as a busy and creative mom. Perfect! I subscribe to your blog, and I love it! Thanks for sharing with us!

    March 14, 2012 at 9:45 am
  • Jennyroo


    Ahem. I meant that I am a busy and creative mom. You, not so much! LOL! 🙂

    March 14, 2012 at 9:46 am
  • I’m a follower and I love the randomness of what I read here. You always have something interesting to say and different, more innovative view to modern quilting.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:08 am
  • Kathie L


    So glad to see that you’ve taken to quilting. hope you inspire other guys. thanks for the giveaway. Kathie L in Allentown

    March 14, 2012 at 10:13 am
  • I am excited to see the outcome of your collaboration.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:24 am
  • WOW – love the idea of an art quilt layered on top of a traditional block – this should be really interesting. Like your blog and thanks for the chance of the winning a nice layer cake!

    March 14, 2012 at 10:41 am
  • enjoyed your post at quilting gallery! browsing your blog … the gallery and free projects are fabulous! am looking forward to following.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:28 am
  • Judith


    I love the idea of this type of collaboration. I hope that you post a picture of the finished work.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:41 am
  • I like your header quilt. Really great colors and lots of movement in the pattern. Keep on quilting!

    March 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm
  • I´m always impressed of quilters who design their own pattern. I can´t, believe me, I really not good at that 🙂 I love to quilt and I´m glad there are so many nice patterns out there to inspire me. Thank you to all you designers!
    Gun, Sweden

    March 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm
  • SueAnn W from Richmond


    I’m looking forward to getting follower’s emails from you. I also am smitten with your banner. Gorgeous!…

    March 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm
  • enjoyed hearing your story on quilting gallery; nice to hear a masculine view on quilting and how it drew you in and what you are doing in quilting. hope you do more interviews/updates!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm
  • annmarie


    When I read your blog, I love how you “talk”! It’s just like i’m in the room with you – nothing stilted or put on – I like that. I also like that you are using the traditional red for the chimney in your log cabin. Don’t see that very often anymore.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm
  • Shelley C


    Well Scott, I am a regular reader; I get everything you write delivered to my mail box. One thing I miss on your blog are more projects for fun or personal use…you’re so busy with books and other blogs we hardly see YOU any more. But of course we are thrilled for you that you are hitting the big time! 🙂 I like to read blogs for inspiration to go get in my sewing room and tackle things, or copy someone else’s project ’cause it was so stinkin’ cute…stuff like that….a recipe or two would be cool too. Maybe your wife would have some projects to share…seems to me you share a sewing/crafting room. Course, we always love the giveaways too!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm
  • I already follow your blog by email so I don’t miss a post. The thing I like about your blog is that you share the process behind the quilts you create, not just the finished product.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm
  • Pat


    Came here by way of Quilting Gallery. Like your blog and like the poster Men Quilt Too. I try to get my hubby to try it. He is really good at laying out blocks and I think would be good at sewing the quilt. I keep trying.
    Like some of your Resources. Added your blog to my favs.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm
  • Sandy A in St. Louis


    Hi Scott! Love that you are using recycled fabrics for the “canvas” and are stretching your comfort zone. Can’t wait to see the finished art quilt.

    I am a “semi” regular reader and love how you work your family life in with your quilting life.
    Thanks for sharing!

    March 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm
  • I love seeing the creative process, what inspires you. I get your blog updates to my email so I’m always checking your work out.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm
  • karen


    hi there. I enjoy reading blokes blogs as they seem so different to the ladies ones. I love that you are making the log cabin with all sorts of different fabrics – my daughter and I are trying the Hobo Quilt in scraps from the op shop, shirts, ties etc Very different to work with. Can’t wait to see the finished product of your collaboration. Exciting!!

    March 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm
  • Lynn D in NC


    Love Blue Nickel, love the photography, stories you share, and the fabric and quilts you make. Thanks for the chance to win.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm
  • How I wish I could figure out block sizes like you do Scott. I need a pattern, size of blocks and the directions. At least I keep the pattern designers busy! I have followed you for awhile now and think you’re a great quilt designer. Your block above is amazing for someone to design or embroidery over it. It’s really another great idea. I do look forward to some patterns. Keep us posted.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm
  • Popped in from Quilting Gallery and enjoyed reading your interview.
    I enjoy seeing quilting from a guy’s view and would love to see more quilts for guys.
    I want to make something for my husband and will be doing charity quilts, so always nice to see free patterns and ideas.


    March 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm
  • Patty


    I’ve followed you for quite awhile now. I love your style of piecing…free style!! I am afraid not to follow a pattern exactly how it is written. I also love how you combine colors, most of the time I think “Wow, that works! So what I’d like to see is more of your original style of designing. Can’t wait til your book is out!

    March 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm
  • Cheryl L.


    I have always admired log cabins, and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. It is certainly very masculine, but I like the colors and textures. You are a good friend to take on this project when your time is so stretched, but I think you will enjoy the creative process. Love following your blog!

    March 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm
  • not yet a follower but looked around and interesting I think is the word. You have a great story that I read on your guest blog today and I popped in to enter the giveaway


    SSG Lisa M. Garrett-Bryan
    US Army, SPO
    1st ID

    March 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm
  • Jodi G.


    I’m already a follower of your blog as well as I’m following on FB and Twitter. (@usairdoll) I love the idea of using recycled fabrics to make a quilt that will be the background of an art quilt. Hope we will get to see the finished project. Love reading your blog and that you are a male quilter. I only started reading blogs last summer after I started playing with Twitter and came across some of the “rock star quilters and designers” (yourself included) tweeting. I had to know more! hehe. Oh and Congratulations for being over at Quilting Gallery. That will be my next stop.

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win some gorgeous fabric.


    March 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm
  • Hello, I’ve visited before and as usual, I enjoy seeing the fabric you pick out. You usually have something going with fabrics I hadn’t considered and manage to mix them up into something I never thought of. I enjoy your work very much. I particularly like your banner. Did you design and stitch that up yourself or is it a trick of the computer?

    nope, the banner is totally for real and stitched…It’s actual shape is different, so for the banner it is altered a bit, but that is all designed and stitched by me. It’s actually just a top, I need to have it quilted one of these days…

    March 15, 2012 at 2:37 am
  • Joyce Mitchell


    I’m a subscriber by email to your blog comments – enjoy reading them. Like to see quilts in progress and especially pics of your fabric choices. I can be kind of stodgy & need inspiration from other quilters. Thanks for the giveaway.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:49 am
  • Cheri


    Horray for men quilters! I love your website. Everyone should use their creative talents to the fullest. Thanks for the giveaway.

    March 15, 2012 at 5:22 am
  • Lori


    I am at a point in my sewing life that I want to do “Art” quilts. I have loved seeing your creations and I’m feeling braver about going outside the box. The log cabin your are doing is something I can do…..Just changing the size of the strips changes the whole feel of the block. Recycling here I come. I have a wool quilt that was made from old suits. Kinda of boring , just 6″ squares. I’m thinking something with old suits and silk ties!!!! Ahhhh, the mind is going down a new path…..

    March 15, 2012 at 8:46 am
  • Judy


    I enjoyed reading about how you started quilting. Thank you for sharing I am going to add you to my list of blogs to follow. I live just outside of Portland Oregon so maybe I will see you at a quilt show sometime.

    March 15, 2012 at 9:28 am
  • Susan Skinner


    Good luck on the quilt with recycled fabrics! My favorite part of quilting is looking and fingering the fabrics…it is addicting!

    March 15, 2012 at 11:29 am
  • Barbie K


    I looove a good challenge… and I condone recycling efforts, but honestly a flannel backed tablecloth? You have my admiration! Great read, too! Piece out…

    March 15, 2012 at 11:47 am
  • Sandra Timmons


    I really enjoyed you as a guest post on the Quilting Gallery. I also checked out the Generation Q Magazine. I have already downloaded the spring recipes and plan on making these soon. As for your layer cake from Moda, I am afraid that the only way I can accept such a great giveaway, will have to be calorie free, of course.

    Sandi T.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm
  • I like your sneak peek or reveal posts – your approach is so different and inspiring! And I always check if you have new patterns at different fabric companies… Thank you! Now off to check out your quilting gallery post….

    March 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm
  • Dropped over from Quilting gallery – and really like your blog.

    I’ll be back…

    Thanks for the neat giveaway…

    March 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm
  • Hi. It was great to read that someone else has done what I am still doing at times and that is seeing a stunning quilt and working out your own variation of it. So rewarding! I feel sorry for your iron and I hope it’s still functional after the plastic tablecoth episode – what an unusual addition but great way to add more texture variety. Many thanks for offering the layer cake from Moda!

    March 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm
  • Lois in Wyoming


    This seems like a fun and interesting site. Will check out the other site too. I look forward to seeing the outcome of the Log Cabin project.

    March 16, 2012 at 4:36 am
  • Hi Scott.
    I have been visiting your blog whenever facebook told me about a new post 😉 I like the style of your quilts and even more, I like the way you write. Two good reasons why I’m looking forward to the first printed issue of the GenQ Magazine 🙂

    Keep on doing things like you do now and I’ll be a follower for the next decade or even longer…

    March 16, 2012 at 9:24 am
  • I’ve been a follower for a while now. I like that you Are always keeping me guessing. Will you feature your house, kids, projects or cool photos.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm
  • GG


    Hi Scott,
    I’ve never been to your site before! I must say that I like your clear, bright photos-they’re great. We don’t get much snow in Atlanta, but I felt like I was right there in the snow exploring via your pictures. I always appreciate sites with free stuff available. And to have a Give Away! that’s so nice.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm
  • Cynthia


    I enjoyed your blog today–remembered 1976 and all the hoopla with that–and then remembered being 16 and taking a sewing course that year…….sure wished I had not waited 30 years to discover quilting–it has brought such wonderful friends and giving to my life. Thank you for sharing your journey!!

    March 17, 2012 at 6:52 am
  • Deb


    Today is National Quilting Day….and I’ve done nothing quilty except look at a few blogs tonight…yours being one of them from a link over on Quilting Gallery. i enjoyed perusing your blog…esp the sidebar…always like to see what a blogger likes and what they’ve been up to! I’d love to be entered for your giveaway! Now, I’m headed to scroll down the rest of your blog and read more!

    March 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm
  • Beverly


    I really enjoyed reading your blog posts. The snowmen, the pumpkins and I can’t wait to see what becomes of all those fabric scraps!

    March 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm
  • Do you mean Luke that makes art quilts out of recycled materials and then makes pictures of people on them. He went to NY and made one for a museum, that Luke? I am a new follower and too late for the contest probably but I like your style. Lisa

    Yup…that’s the Luke!! Thanks for dropping by the Blue Nickel!

    March 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm
  • Donna Joy


    Great challenge with the log cabin recycled canvas. It sure is difficult working with fabric that frays.
    I have enjoyed following your blog and all the unique quilt blocks you make. Your site is saved on my iPad screen so that I could never forget to check out what you were sewing.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm
  • I love that black textures fabric. It gives the quilt top more dimension 🙂

    March 22, 2012 at 12:44 am

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