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.







Stitch ‘n Swap!

May 7th, 2014

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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!!

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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:

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#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?

No-Sew Renaissance Ribbon Project!

April 10th, 2014

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Hey there peeps, here’s a fun project that I started last fall and finally got back to a couple weeks ago when my sewing machine was at the  spa. I had this old daytimer/journal from the 90’s that I wanted to “masculinize” up a bit. I love roses, but not on my journal. Also there was this boring little pad holder that I wanted to “decorate”. And I had all of these wonderful ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons to play with.

Enter in the Xyron “create-a-sticker” tool that Linda gave me years ago for journaling and creating with. It takes everyday paper images and makes stickers out of them. When I first got it, I had the best time making stickers out of magazine pix and stamps to use in my creative journaling. But it had gotten lost in the studio (imagine that!!). I unearthed it last year during that first big clean, and thought, “hey, this might work with the Ribbons!”

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It worked pretty well. I think the adhesive was a bit old, so it didn’t work super well, but I also don’t think it was made for the thickness of the ribbons either. Overall it was fine.

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The edges of the ribbon are a bit frayed too,  I couldn’t think of a simple way to stop that….Okay,  Fray-check would have worked, but I didn’t have any, and I just wanted to get it done fast.  I don’t mind the frayed edges, I think they give the book and pad a great Blue Nickel Urban Folk patina.

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And after thinking about it, these ribbons would look good on a sewn book cover where you could do some sort of normal binding on the edges to cover the fraying up. I have some blank books, maybe I should do that next…...AFTER all of the Quilt Market and Sisters  Quilters’ Affair stuff I am up to my eyeballs in right now.

Charley and Birch

April 3rd, 2014

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Charley and Birch, sounds like a brand name, doesn’t it? Maybe for some hot indie fashion house, right? Well in a way it is a “brand” of sorts, more of a merging of two great entities, Charley Harper designs printed by Birch Fabric on organic cotton fabric.   Pretty much a win-win in my book!  The first time I remember hearing about Charley Harper was when my friend John sent me a little wall calendar one year.  It was a great introduction. I love the clean graphic interpretation of the natural world. Since then I have seen his work in many spots. I wonder if it was always there, but I just wasn’t paying attention to it.

I know this line came out last fall, and yes, it is part of my massive catch-up run I am trying to work on.  But I still think it is great news, and I wanted to share it with you.

I love the mustards and blues in this line…and this “panel” piece…..some of these will make PERFECT labels, right??

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To show how they intermingle in a block I have made two more of my Maple Leaf blocks.

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That’s it for today. Have a happy spring (in the northern hemisphere at least

 

 

Not So Secret……

March 29th, 2014

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So my dear friend Victoria Findlay-Wolfe came out with this line of fabric that came out last fall, so hopefully you can still find some.

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Scrumptious, isn’t it? Lots of layers, my favorite thing in prints. The hand of the fabric is nice to work with too.

So to show off how the prints play nice with each other, I did what any normal and sane quilter would do. I cut up those big chunks of fabric into smaller chunks of fabric and sewed them back together again with some “solids” from the Blue Nickel stockpile stash. More Maple Leaf blocks of course.

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That’s it for today.  I have more to catch up on, so the next few posts may be short but sweet, and of course, I will have pix to make your day brighter.

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the hand embroidered haven….

March 28th, 2014

Have you heard of Megan Frock? By now, I bet more of you have, but just in case you haven’t I want to share with you something wonderful Megan worked on for quite awhile under the radar, and brought to the light of day last summer or fall I think. (or heaven help me if I forgot,  last spring??)

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Megan sent me her wonderful book late last year….so bad of me, I don’t remember when….I loved it from the start, but like many, many things it fell behind the wake of my other adventures….which is no indication of it’s greatness to be sure.

I first met Megan when she was helping out our mutual friend Tula Pink at one Market. I barely spoke to her at the first one, I think I was crazy busy, and I think Megan was a bit overwhelmed by the amazingness of the whole event.  But at the last few Markets, I have had the opportunity to chat with Megan, and I tell you that each conversation is a treat in true Southern charm. Her accent is just delightful and her love of the craft it just as sweet.

the hand embroidered haven is Megan’s first book (I am sure she will have more!) and it is chock full of some great sewing projects with an emphasis on embroidery as a featured part of each project.

I truly love these zoomorphic framed projects below:

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I can particularly relate to the Rabbit Ears on the TV…..had those all of the time growing up…We could only get three stations, sometimes we were lucky enough to get the fourth station from the border of Washington State and Canada.

And Megan also has some great instructions for stitches…including some I had never heard of but sound compelling. Like the Couched Filling Stitch.

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And Twilling…I am sure I have seen this, but never knew what it was called. Love the full texture it brings to the needlework.

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But as you know already, I rarely get to carving out the time to embroider. So of course my first loves in her book were the quilts  and these two are my favorites!

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So that’s it for today. If you don’t already have Megan’s book, go right out and get it. You’ll be happy you did!

Oh, and the fabric behind all of these shots? Beauty Queen from Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit. New this Spring. Look for it, You’ll love it!

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