About Scott

September 12th, 2011


Blue Nickel Studios is the quilt and textile arts design studio of  Scott Hansen, who has been quilting in one way or another for over 20 years. Mostly self-taught, Scott has found his bliss in the needle and cloth and the glorious combinations of color in this medium. Up until recently quilting has been a hobby/private-endeavor, however in the last few years or so he has had his quilt designs and articles  published in many magazines and books  and online with  major fabric manufacturers, with  plans to have many more in the future. He graduated from Washington State University with honors in English, but  quilting and textiles are his passion.

Throughout the years, Scott’s aesthetic has continued to evolve from very country, traditional roots into a more modern contemporary design into what he has dubbed under the Blue Nickel Brand as “Urban Folk—Modern Design, Timeless Style.”

Scott’s first book of quilt designs is due out sometime in 2012-13. Currently he is working on that book as well as series of individual patterns. Designing his own fabric and writing more books are also on the docket for the future. He also currently serves on the staff of Generation Q Magazine an upcoming  online and soon to be print publication for the modern and contemporary quilters of the world.

Scott is slated (and honored) to be teaching at the Sisters, Oregon Annual Quilters’ Affair in July 2012 and is available for trunk show lectures and workshops on a limited basis. Please contact him for availability and fees at bluenickel5@earthlink.net

Featured in:

crossroads in Quilter’s Home June/July 2011

Starstruck block in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from today’s top designers  Vol 3 Summer 2011

Brick House I on the cover of Quilter’s Home April/May 2011

Wallflower in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts  spring2011

Brambles (article) in Quilter’s Home Feb/March 2011

Northwoods Snowflake in  Quilters Newsletter Dec/January 2011

Merry and Bright Stars in Quilter’s World December 2010

Building 312 in Quilter’s Home October/November 2010

Three quilts and nice write up  in Men and the Art of Quiltmaking by Joe Cunningham, 2010

Mentioned in Modern Quilting Article by name in Quilter’s Home June/July 2010

Lantern Bloom in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts Spring 2010

Lime Grape Fizz in Quiltmaker March/April 2010

Holiday Paper Chains featured in Quick Quilts Winter 2010

Star-crossd Love block in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from today’s top designers Vol. 1 Winter 2009


starry starry night quilt  Starry, Starry Night.   Original Blue Nickel Studios quilt created specifically for the cover of the book Oh My Stars by Marci Baker  Spring 2009.    Quilt is an original Blue Nickel Studios design using an inspiration prompt from Marci.

Split Pea Soup.    Original Blue Nickel Studios quilt design in Fons and Porter’s Simple Quilts Fall 2009.


Cowboys and Indians. Original Blue Nickel Studios quilt design featured in Quilter’s Home Jan/Feb 2008 issue.


The following are some of his online patterns developed for various fabric companies.  These and more also avaialable here.

wrench it up quilt  Wrench It Up!    Original Blue Nickel Studios quilt designed for Free Spirit Fabrics featuring Douglas Day’s Be A Man line.  Pattern is available online

 peppermint stars quilt  Peppermint Stars.  Original Blue Nickel Studios quilt designed for Free Spirit Fabrics featuring Dena’s Design’s Christmas Snowflower line.  Pattern is available online.

  Monaco Aviary.  Original Blue Nickel Studios quilt designed for Free Spirit Fabrics featuring Dena’s Design’s  Monaco line.  Pattern available online.

    Woodland Garden. Original Blue Nickel Studios quilt designed for Free Spirit Fabrics featuring Jay McCarroll’s Woodland Wonderland and Garden Friends lines.  Pattern available online.  Winter 2008.

    Good Folk Flowers.  Original Blue Nickel Studios quilt designed for Free Spirit Fabrics featuring Anna MariaHorner’s Good Folks line. Displayed at Houston Quilt Market 2008.


The following are quilts created by Scott testing the patterns of  Sara Nephew.  These quilts are in the following books.

            Fire Garden.  Scott’s quilt using Sara Nephew’s Fireworks pattern featured on both the front and back of the book Not Your Grandmother’s Flower Garden, as well as page 66.  Summer 2008

   Not Your Typical Hawaiian Quilt  Dance of the Snow Queen, and   Hiram’s Valentine Circa 1933.  All three of these quilts by Scott for Sara Nephew’s book Serendipity Quilts.  Found on pages 59, 64, and 61 respectively.  2004.  Serendipity Quilts is currently out of print.

  Red Baron and .....

   Anchors Aweigh.Both of these quilts by Scott for Sara Nephew’s book Quilted Adventures. Found on pages 33 and 31 respectively.  2003.

 Garden Blocks. This was Scott’s first quilt created for one of Sara Nephew’s books.  This quilt is on page 29 of the Big Book of Building Block Quilts.  2001.

7 Responses to “About Scott”

  1. sheri howardon 29 Mar 2009 at 12:15 pm

    WOW, congratulations on all your success. I really like your work. I wish you many more years of published works of art! Thanks for telling me where to find them.


  2. tinaon 13 May 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Ver nice blog!! I was looking around the internet for the name of a group of fat quarters I bough back in 2001. I though the group was called washday or something. Well, searching for washday quilt fabric lead me to the post of your fabric hanging on the line. Beautiful photos! I really like quilting but make lots of mistakes. We homeschool our children as well. I will be stopping by more. Have a good week.

  3. Carolon 23 Jul 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Scott – I got my new issue of Quick Quilts today and as I was looking through it, I was attracted to Split Pea Soup. I thought of making it in blues and yellows and calling it Swedish Pea Soup, a great hit in Ballard. Then, when I saw it was your quilt & that our friend Becky Marshall, quilted it, I was so happy for you! Great quilt…I will show you Swedish Pea when I get it done [next year]

    Hey Carol! So cool…I haven’t even seen the issue yet!! thanks for letting me know it’s out there!

  4. Paton 02 Aug 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Ahem, “who would right such a long sentence?” Sorry English major, but that ought to be “write”.
    From another English (and quilting) nut,

    Pat ps, love your Garden Blocks quilt. Those blocks are so fun to make and look so spectacular!

    “Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is.
    The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”

    Pat!! I am so embarrassed!! I fixed it now!! THANK you so much for the editing!!

  5. Tracy Encizoon 27 Aug 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Scott: I just happened upon this website while on my eternal quest for quilt inspiration and beautiful fabric. I love your quilts! You are very talented. I will visit often and see what new things you are creating. Take care.

  6. Lisa Fifieldon 28 Sep 2010 at 8:55 am

    Hi, new to quilting, am a beekeeper and started with a quilt to auction off at our annual beekeepers meeting…which has lead me to you and Charlie’s blog, I am inspired. (I homeschooled three children as well… so sweet for you to acknowledge your spouse!) thank you for sharing!

  7. Patty Reison 05 Feb 2011 at 9:08 am

    Hi Scott, I find your quilts to be so inspirational, thank you! I’ll be sharing your name and web site with the programs director in my guild, hopefully you can visit us on the Central California coast soon!
    Is this where I guess your age? Although you appear to be barely 29, I’m thinking you’re closer to 47… and your birthday is just one day before mine own!! How cool is that??!

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