Blue Nickel Studios Urban Folk — Modern Design ….. all images copyrighted Scott Hansen (c) 2006-2014

Blue Nickel Studios

Welcome to the rambling world of Blue Nickel Studios where you will find the quilts, projects, musings, rhetorical questions, more quilts, and various diatribes and wonderings of color and design and family that inhabit the world of Scott Hansen. Comments are always appreciated and surprise giveaways happen once in awhile too.´┐ŻAll images copyrighted 2006-2014.

Melanie Testa’s Meadowlark Blog Hop

June 12th, 2014

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Happy to say that the wonderful Melanie Testa has a new line of fabric, Meadowlark, her first ever with Windham fabrics.


I first met Melanie Testa in person at Quilt Market last fall in Houston at the Generation Q booth. I had known her on Facebook, but it was one of those Facebook “industry” friends who you know …but mostly because you like the same things, and you don’t necessarily know them all that well. I knew her name from the many issues of Quilting Arts we used to get when Linda was more into that sort of thing.  I have always considered Melanie sort of  “famous” in the quilt world….at least the art quilt world.  It was so nice to meet in person. Well that’s when she told me she had this line coming out. So I was excited to finally see it.  There are so many computer generated designs out there, it is nice to see this one that comes straight from the art.

And then Melanie asked me to be part of the blog hop.  So happy to be a part of this hop. I haven’t had much chance to play with the fabric yet, so you will see more projects with this line worked into it, but for now, I bring you more of Monica’s bags.



I also made this little wallet designed by my friend Valori. It took what seemed forever to get it out the little hole you have to turn it out from. I thought I was never going to get it out. But it came out pretty good.


I still haven’t top-stitched it yet, but I think these would make nice little presents…Go get your pattern today (the pattern is super cheap!!), and tell them Scott at the Blue Nickel sent ya!

Here’s a fun video that Melanie made at Market with everybody getting to use the dye and stamps she used for this line of fabric.


Melanie even let me keep my block of fabric while I was at Market:


To win your very own Meadowlark Stack of 10″ squares  just leave a comment here by (noon PST) JUNE 15, 2014.

Melly is also giving away 3 copies of her fabulous book “Dreaming from the Journal Page”, for even more inspiration.

 One will be given away on her blog and

the other two will be given away at the end of the Blog Hop. You have to leave a post here to have a chance to win.

Melly – June 2
Vivien Zepf – June 2
Chrissie D – June 3
Sue Bleiweiss – June 4
Leslie Tucker Jenison  June 5
Jamie Fingal – June 6
Lyric Kinard – June 7
Jen Eskridge – June 8
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun – June 8  (guesting over at Melanie’s Blog)
Stephanie Forsyth – June 9
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – June 10
Teri Lucas – June 11
Scott Hansen June 12—You’re here now!
Helen Eckard – June 12 (guesting over at Melanie’s Blog)

Beauty Queen

June 9th, 2014

So June is here…..and a flood of stuff will be showing up here on the blog.  I will be having a couple of giveaways, telling you about my first set of patterns finally up for sale on my new Etsy shop,  new books by friends, a whole bunch of  mostly) new lines of fabrics by some very dear friends of mine and a whole lot more.

So here’s the first of that buncha buncha fabric love!  Today I am sharing Beauty Queen by the lovely Jennifer Paganelli!

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True to her normal form Jennifer rocks the Caribbean colors in a fun, floral way.

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And I of course made more of Monica’s treat bags.....They are always handy to have on hand!

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Or Tusk… the case may be….

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I knew this Pink Elephant table would come in handy for photo-shoots! (Goodwill—$14.99!)

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So that’s it for today’s post. See you soon (maybe even tomorrow?) for some more show and tell!


May Aurifil Designer of the Month…..Amy Smart

June 1st, 2014


It’s May 32nd today, right? I need an extra day in May…. seriously….okay Seriously, I needed another TWO MONTHS this spring, but alas, time marches steadily forward, so yes, this May Designer of the Month post for Aurifil is late…as it is technically June (although if you are as behind as I am and wish it to be May 32nd, I will happily be delusional with you!).

So here is the May Designer of the Month; the DELIGHTFUL and ALWAYS  Sweetest woman on the planet, Amy least the Amy Smart I meet at Market every time (her kids may not think that when they are misbehaving,  but I have no idea…..she’s probably just as sweet then too!).  I just know that every time I talk with Amy Smart at Quilt Market, she is just adorable and amiable and always flashes that sweet smile of hers.  You can read more about her in Pat Sloan’s interview with Amy here.

Amy’s Block of the month is this simple, yet very nicely graphic, Nine Patch on Point.  Here is the PDF pattern.


And here is my version done up in the Liberty Prints I have been using along with more Wish Voile from my dear friend Valori Wells.  Nice and busily patterned….just the way I like ‘em!


So remember you can WIN a big box of Pat’s Aurifil thread ($120 value) just by making this block and posting it here.  Every Month they RANDOMLY draw a name, so even though I got my post up in the month that is technically NOT May,  you could win from the drawing in June.  And if I actually get the June Block up in June, you could get two chances in the bucket….In theory at least.

And here is Machine Quilting Tip#5 from the talented Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt Fame.


So that’s it for now. I will be bringing a lot of posts later this month AFTER I get the six patterns written up that NEED to get done right away.  Three NEED to be done for my very patient students at Quilters’ Affair in July, and one will be my American Made Brand quilt from Quilt Market. Those four will be for sale along with Flame On! my very first pattern that is for sale now in my new Etsy Shop and two that I made for Coats & Clark will be free on the Coats website.  Stay tuned.

GenQ-ville….. (and the winner of the Seaside Table Runner)

May 21st, 2014

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So I just got back from  Quilt Market in Pittsburgh…..I am still finding photos I took to put up on  Instagram so be sure to follow me there  as bluenickelstudios. It was crazy fun, and I have a ton to share (and even a giveaway!) but for today, I wanted to share about my Gypsy River Camp quilt that was published in the March April issue of Generation Q.  I know, I work there, but I never got a post up about this issue because I was working so fervently on three (wait, four) different Quilt Market projects as well as the Day Job and the Gen Q stuff.

The above and below picture are how the quilt appeared in the magazine.


Below is my first version of it.  I made this one for the Birch booth at Quilt Market a few years back, but never patterned it.


And here is the back with the front shining through it. .....and one of the cats, Trinket, I think.  (she looks a LOT like Broba, so I can’t quite tell from this photo)


You can still get a copy of the issue that quilt is in here. Find the March April issue with the adorable Sara Lawson on the cover and click to purchase.

And now for the winner of the table runner from this post........drumroll please…..

Rose Smith who wrote:

My favourite fruit is Mango. Mmm!! I enjoy it as a fresh fruit, or as a flavouring in sorbets, ice-cream, juice, anything really. It’s delish!

As I wrap this post up, I just realized that although there were two “subjects” to share, they both involved Sara Lawson to a degree….Serendipity falls into play again.

Happy Sewing peeps! I am going back to massive pattern writing and editing for my students who are taking my classes this summer at Sisters.  I am really, really behind on that road, and I am so grateful for the patience of those students have been super eager and waiting for me to catch up. The patterns will be available for sale to all soon.

Stitch ‘n Swap!

May 7th, 2014


Okay peeps! I knew this was coming and it was so crazy around here, I never told you about it!!  The timeline is short but you have a chance to win yourself  of the copy of  Stitch ‘n Swap that was created by my teammates at Generation Q and I and a whole lot of our friends for Stash Books.  I have been wanting to make placemats for our place for years now, but never seem to find the time…..I know placemats, right? How hard could that be to take time for? Well, I never did, but for this book, I finally made myself to it. I think the frustration for me is keeping it simple enough for placemats, but still will a lot of design, color and pattern going on.

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So I made two sets for the book, mainly because we couldn’t quite decide which we liked better.  This set “Modern Broken Dishes” ended up in the book. Seen above in a much better setting than they will ever see when they get back to me, although, we do have glasses a bit like that.

For the design, I simply looked at one of my many books on traditional blocks, found the Broken Dishes block, and played with different variations. Obviously, I basically took the basic concept and changed it entirely, so it really isn’t a Broken Dishes block any more, but I did keep the “original” 8 triangle together concept.  I know, that’s how I roll.

Here’s one of the place mats:

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And here’s the runner:


And here’s a horrible picture of the second runner that I made for the book that they didn’t have space for:

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Really, it looks much better in person. When I get it back here, I will take a better picture of it. I somehow managed to trash ALL of my original pictures of it when I made it last summer.  Since it didn’t make it in the book, we did get the instructions as a free download that you can get here. The placemats are simply those side bits around the center vertical bit.

The book has a BUNCH of other fun projects too,  you can check out the entire list of contributors here and see more of what’s in the book that way.

Now onto the Giveaway part!

How does this giveaway work?

 Go ahead and comment on the original Generation Q Stitch ‘N Swap post letting the GenQ team know if you’ve ever participated in a swap and the coolest thing you’ve ever gotten in a swap. That’s it!

And here’s the kicker, there’s no time to lose! Click on the Link above and comment on that original post. Three books are going to be given away to three commentors on that post Thursday May 8th.  (That’s Tomorrow!)  Go. Now. Comment. Good luck!

(and PS, I will announce the winner of  the peachy tablerunner  top tomorrow….so come back to check that out!)

Aurifil Designer of the Month — April

April 30th, 2014

And then there was April. There was? I barely blinked and it is over tonight at Midnight. Well, I did actually do a lot more than blink. Which is probably why this post is just getting done today.  Since I am part of the Aurifil Designer of the Month 2014 group, I committed to posting my cohorts in the group every month. Sorry Angela, I didn’t forget you, I just got really, really behind.

So without further ado, Meet Angela Yosten.  Her interview with the lovely Pat Sloan is here.

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And here is her Block, a nice Traditional Bear Paw with a little added border.

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You can download Angela’s Bear Paw Pattern from here.

And here is my version of the block in the Liberty and Wish Voile I have been working with:

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Note, I made this just now, and I have no time to do the hand-stitching bit.

So remember YOU can win a Big Box of Aurifil thread EVERY month just by making these blocks and posting them here. So you might as well make some. Someone’s gotta win. And even if you don’t, you will have 12 great blocks at the end of the year.

And here is the Aurifil Quilting Tip of the Month from Natalia Bonner.


That’s it for today Peeps! Onto more sewing and writing here! Enjoy your day!! (don’t forget I am still taking comments on this post for a little prize through this coming weekend)

Jaybird Sew Along and Giveaway!

April 28th, 2014

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I stopped by to visit with my friends Sara and Julie the other day (check all of the other visits out too, Sara is hosting a bunch of reviews on Julie’s patterns and rulers)......okay Virtually stopped by, whatever…..that’s where I talked about the above runners made with Julie’s Seaside pattern. But today here is where I am going to give one of them away…..Just the top, you will have to quilt it yourself….but at least the piecing is all done.


I also wanted to show you all of these little bags I made with a lot of the Jelly Roll leftovers. I can’t believe how much fabric was in that Jelly Roll!!


All of the fabric in these projects were from one yard a jelly roll of  Joanna’s new line Mirabelle  (with the exception of that one fleur de lis stripe cream and tan print in the lining of that middle bag [and a few more]. That print is an older Michael Miller print). I am making a TON of these bags that will hopefully be filled with goodies from my many industry friends for giving away at Quilt Market and Quilters’ Affair coming soon.

So back to the giveaway.  Since this line reminds me so much of Peach Cobbler, leave a comment about your favorite fruit or fruit concoction or any story regarding fruit. I will draw a name sometime this weekend and send the winner one of the runner tops above. As I mentioned above the winner will have to quilt and bind it, but the piecing is all done for you.

And I have to get back to sewing and writing. I am almost caught up on my sewing, but my writing is SOOOO far behind. (and those of you waiting for the Quilters’ Affair patterns that I was going to have done months ago, I am eternally grateful for your patience. I am getting close to having them ready, but they are still not quite there….you are awesome for being so graciously waiting for them!)  (And this simple little post took freaking forever to get done…programs acting up etc…I need a faster computer…or I need to clean this one out {that is probably very true!})

Durathon Winner!

April 24th, 2014

And the winner of the Durathon Iron is #76 ….....

Mary, who wrote:

I have many memories of Easter growing up and with my own family. One that is most fond is that I made my niece an Easter dress patterned with jeweled toned eggs. My niece and her mom loved that dress so much that she wore it all the time. And I mean all the time. It was her most favorite dress. This was heartwarming.

I am always on the hunt for a great iron that works well with the fabrics. And one with a retractable cord, oh my!!


I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your Easter/Spring memories, peeps! There were some familiar ones in there to be sure!

Okay back to the sewing dungeon…..I have SOOOOO Much to do between now and Market and Quilters Affair!

But I need to give you something to look at….so look at this and enjoy Spring here at least if not outside your door:


#Durathon giveaway and a little bit of Africa….

April 17th, 2014

So today, I would like to share a little bit about the Durathon Iron that the great people at Hamilton Beach sent me to review back in February….I can’t believe it was that long ago already (although I still do have even OLDER things to share with you eventually!)

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I didn’t really need a new iron, my old one was fine, but I did kind of like the idea of the retractable cord on the Durathon, so I said go ahead and send it.

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I love  the retractable cord on this iron just as much as I thought I would.  So much tidier…..and you all know I could use all the help I can get in that area!!  I also REALLY, REALLY like the way the settings light up with different colors from Blue to Red the hotter you go…..I know, I know….. simple little color things like that delight me even if they don’t have a lot of different “functionability” than my other iron.  It is easy to see what setting it is on that way. I haven’t tried the steam function, but I rarely use steam.  To be honest, I was also really impressed with how smoothly the ironing surface glides across the fabric. The coating on this one seems to be a couple of  notches above my other other one.

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Oh, and I photographed it with some fabrics that my friends at Clothworks sent to me awhile back  from their African Savannah collection.

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And of course I had to make  some little bags designed by Monica (the Happiest Zombie on the planet) out of this line of fabric!

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I love the “grasscloth” like “solids.” I think that it will go with many other prints and solids in the stash! I don’t normally go for the animal fur prints, but I think these will go great with the bright florals I normally work with.

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And here’s the best part! The grand folks at Hamilton Beach not only sent me this iron, they want to send one of you a Durathon Iron as well!  (Prize  will go to US addresses only please)
All you have to do to win is comment on this post. I will pick a winner sometime on April 22, Earth Day!   So comment away.  Let’s make this entertaining for all of us by sharing your favorite Easter/Passover/Springtime/Earthday memory, okay?


Sitting Pretty…..

April 15th, 2014

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I know this line has been out awhile, but I still wanted to share the joy of it with you. It is called Sitting Pretty by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. And I also had this charm pack of Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman lying around.  I was thinking what could I do with them, and then it hit me. ...

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I could make my favorite little treat bags designed by my friend Monica. So I did….I made a lot. I have a couple of big events coming up that I would love to give away goodies, so I decided I would just make up a few bags from each new line when they come in so I would always have a few on hand. I modified Monica’s pattern a bit so that I could more efficiently incorporate the charm squares.

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And fittingly enough, you could use them for Easter. Tonight, tomorrow whatever. Now that your taxes are done, you might as well make some of these before the weekend!

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They are addictive, I tell you…...well, not as addictive as Cadbury Mini Eggs….but close….really close….

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My next post will have some more of these handy dandy little bags…..AND a great giveaway!! So come back soon, you hear?

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