Windham — Bake

July 21st, 2015

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Let’s just call July the Catch Up month here at the Blue Nickel, shall we? And since it’s more than half over already, the “catching up” will likely go into August!

So today’s featured fabric line is Bake, a small set of prints by Julia Rothman for Windham Fabrics.  There aren’t a lot of prints in this line, so Windham sent me some of their solids to coordinate with them.

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And while I am not enamored with EVERY print in the line, I have some that I just can’t see enough of. Like the electric blue background with Kitchen tools; how awesome it that? And the scale is smaller than past lines of Julia’s which makes this line even better in my book.

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And all of the cakes on the pink background? Divine!

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Can you tell that I took this photo a while back?  That Wisteria bloom has been gone for quite awhile.

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Okay, these stoves?? Stop the truck! They are perfect!  I couldn’t love this print more!

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I made a few variations of these bags, but gave most of them away at Sisters, Oregon earlier this month in my Quilter’s Affair classes, so these are the only ones left to photograph.

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I also played around with my Sissix Big Shot! made a whole lot of Half Square Triangles for some projects down the road..

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Bake should be in shops in early September. Keep an eye out for it.

That’s it for today! Make sure to check back here the rest of the month. I’ve got two TREMENDOUS giveaways coming your way.

Keep Sewing, Keep Happy!

Scott

 

One Fabric Nation! New Bedford

June 30th, 2015

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Wow! what a spring! It’s now officially Summer! And this post which was supposed to be posted early June is just getting itself done now!  I had a whole bunch of projects due in May, as well as lining up a new day job at corporate Costco, and my last kid graduating. All of these things melded into June as well.  Finally, I am getting a fresh post in.

This post the first of many installments of my participation in Free Spirit’s One Fabric Nation project. I am joined by Julie of Jaybird Quilts, Melissa of 100 Billion Stars, Kathy of Material Obsession – Australia and Jessica of Snicker Doodle Stew.    Free Spirit  has stated that they have partnered with five of the best bloggers to bring you One Fabric Nation. This new blogging network is designed to provide their amazing insight and inspired projects from our newest collections! I am not so sure I am in the Best list, but I am honored that they feel that way.

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We are the starting crew that gets to introduce new lines to you from Free Spirit fresh from the mills. The first line that I get to share with you is Denyse Schmidt’s new line New Bedford.  I got this fabric quite some time ago and was supposed to post about it sometime in June, but didn’t get much of a chance to work with it. Now I am one week away from traveling to teach Sisters, Oregon for the big Quilters’ Affair event there. And June is almost over!

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I have it all spread out for you here. True to Denyse’s signature style, these prints are both modern and old-fashioned.  That is something that I have always loved about Denyse’s fabrics!

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Here is Free Spirit’s spiel on the line:
New Bedford is inspired by the romance and adventure of 19th century sea-faring life, with a touch of 20th century seaside summer fun! New Bedford evokes a slow stroll on cobblestone streets, salty air, a favorite iced treat, and a quilt on a bed in a room with a view. Nine enchanting patterns in three refreshing color-ways – sun, sea, and sorbet – will transport you to a time and place of limitless possibilities. Embark on your own creative adventure – billowing curtains, flirty skirts, captivating quilts or elegant dresses – New Bedford is as versatile as your own imagination!

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I had another fun project that I was going to show you with this line, but i probably won’t get to it until I get back from Sisters. You will want to make sure you check that post out because it will have a fun surprise or two included.

For this post, I made a bunch of these little bags for my students in my classes. These are my variation of the original because I like their proportions a little better.

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So stay tuned. I may get some more posts in between now and when I leave and return from Sisters.

Scott

 

Week of Happy…..Day Two

July 15th, 2014

Did you see yesterday’s post? It was the first Day of my Week of Happy series where I shared about my friend Amy Butler’s latest line Hapi.

Today’s post features a good friend of  Amy’s and mine, Valori Wells Kennedy, with whom I also just spent a magical week with (along with a whole lot of other incredible students and teachers!) in Sisters, Oregon. The fabric line is Quill and it came out a few months ago…Newer than Amy’s Hapi, but not as new as Valori’s NEWEST line Ashton Road.

Anyhow….I am working on a really fun project that is either going to go in a magazine OR become a Blue Nickel Studios pattern.  So I can’t show you that project yet, but I can show you the fabric.

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And I can show you more of those little treat bags that I am so enamored with …..

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Also, I made some of these little wallets that Valori designed out of Quill. Very fun project….

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So that’s it for today’s Happy post….remember to make a comment about what makes you happy on one or all of the Happy posts this week to win that nice prize from Chronicle Books that I talked about in yesterday’s post.  Commenting on each day’s post DOES better your chances to win, so it’s worth it. Plus you have to think up a different reason to be Happy each day….Win, win, right?

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…..as 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!

 

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?

Camper Quilt beginnings……AND Gooseberry Patch Book Winner…..

August 25th, 2013

So Linda and I have been discussing getting a camper like this or this down the road in our near future. And we are both kinda making our own quilts just for it. Linda has started doing some embroidery blocks that she has gathered along the way and her quilt is going to be made of those and a bunch of my reproduction-30’s prints that I found while I was cleaning up the studio.

My quilt is going to use a bunch of this line, Summer Camp, by Mark Cesarik:

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And some of these greys:

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And these charm packs from Moda that I picked up at Market in Portland:

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And these Birch leftovers from a couple quilts I have worked on that you can’t see yet:

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And any other “camping” themed  prints I find while I am working on it:

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And knowing me, even more fabrics that I haven’t thought of yet.  I have a couple of  ideas in mind. I need something that will make good use of those charm squares.

I really thinking Summer Camp possesses a very unique sense of color. Not one I would typically associate with Camping for some reason. I really like the golds and browns in it, and in the past I might have stuck with an overall brownish bent, but I am kinda thinking I want to try it with the assorted grey solids and “almost” solids. I have this idea in my head that the gold and the grey will go well together…..still not sure about the brown aspect of it all…

Some of the Summer Camp prints are definitely “camping”  themed:

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But some don’t necessarily have that feel when sitting all on their own:

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And some could work equally well for Christmas projects:

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I don’t know when I will get around to this project, but I thought I would share the line with you while it is in the stores so you can snatch some up while you still can.

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And onto the second part of this post.

The Gooseberry Patch Book Winner…..

I had a bit of a mix-up with this. I had first contacted the winner, but I got back a message saying it was unsendable…..so decided to email another winner…..Well that same day AFTER I emailed the “second” winner, lo and behold IN MY SPAM folder, I found an email from the first winner (don’t know how she got my first email when my email said it was not sendable…..)  But never fear, the marvelous people at Gooseberry Patch said “no worries” and that they will send a copy to both of the winners.   Now here’s the catch, I haven’t heard back from the  second winner.

So here’s the first winner who should have her very own copy soon.

Karen wrote on 7/28/13 at 9:32am:

I would love to win the book draw. I like the little projects you have displayed in the blog. Karen

And if you are the second winner and got an email from me also regarding this….Just send me your snail mail address at blunickel5@earthlink.net and we will get you taken care of.

That’s it for now. I have more posts lined up…..but I just got a job from a fabric company that they want finished in….a week and a half?? So who knows if I will get those planned posts up in time….

 

Technicolor!

May 9th, 2013

My friend Emily Herrick sent me this sweet little bundle of  fat 1/8’s of Technicolor,  her fresh-out-of-the-gate line for Michael Miller Fabrics:

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 I was thrilled to get them the day I did. I had just had some less-than-best news on two fronts in my life, one of them being my mom’s blood test not being better as we had hoped, the other being some dayjob stuff that wasn’t terrible, but not what I had hoped for. And I had already been feeling somewhat down during Easter week.  This package came at the end of a beautiful Easter Saturday. It was like a breath of fresh air.

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To be honest, I had seen Technicolor online via an industry preview page, and while I liked it, I was a bit afraid the scale of the prints might be much bigger than I would like. I was delighted to see them in the scale they are! Perfect little blenders! Many “read” solid but aren’t. They are so nice and basic, they will go with Many other lines! A couple of the prints are “two for one” meaning you get two prints at a time….when you buy a half yard of that line, you would get two different fat quarters.  Other fabric companies have done this in the past, and I love this concept!! Great if you are on a budget and want just a little bit of both!

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Here’s what I have been able to do with them so far.

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I made these bags based on Monica’s SUPER Bag pattern found here.  I modified her bag by making the sides 1” shorter in length. I love the “tiny” feeling of them. And they make great bags for dolls. I will have to make some more and show you them with Linda’s dolls.  I made these for Quilt Market and the Generation Q booth for some giveaways.


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I wanted to make up some four patch blocks and just play with them, but I just haven’t had the time….Market is one week away, and I still have to finish three bindings on quilts (no big surprise there!!) and make some more bags and pack…oh, and silly other things like work the dayjob for the next 6 days, and possibly pay some bills….nothing new for the week before Market!  Crazy….excited but anxious all at the same time!!

 

 

 

 

World Tour …….

April 17th, 2013

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Once again I get to play with David Butler’s newest line for Free Spirit. This one is called World Tour, and yup…it’s his best yet!

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The first thing that I noticed and absolutely love in this mix is the printed linen!!   First, it is just a bit thicker than the regular quilting cotton, but much more “substantial”.  And the drape and hand of this linen is just incredible!  It is perfect for bags and lightweight jackets, etc. I am thinking about getting a vest made out of it, but not sure if I will have time before Market which is when I want it for.


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Each print is named after places around the globe, from Fiji to Canterbury to Osaka to Kashmir and they go great with his past lines. I am sure they will also play well with others even though I haven’t had much of a chance to do that yet.

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The quilt that I am making for Market is David’s design, and you are going to love it! I am not allowed to show the full thing here yet, you are just seeing pieces of it today…...... I will post a photo of it here while I am at Market. It is great for those guys in your life! Very Dude-sanctioned!!


But I did have scraps, and you know how I can’t throw out any scraps! So I have been playing with this  “planned” improv piece tonight while the World Tour quilt is at the quilter’s, and I am waiting for the other fabrics for three other Quilt Market projects to get here.


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Not sure where this is going, but this is where it is starting from.  I am thinking more and more that this one is going to be named Reykjavik. I added some hot pink solid I had floating around, and I have some  Curious Nature prints in mind as well as this red/burgundy Ombre from my stash by Blank Quilting


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I have similar plans to do this with some Glimma from Windham fabrics that have been here in the studio for awhile that I have been wanting to feature…..and actually I had drawn up this idea for Glimma first…..but I had all these half-square triangles and skinny strips from fussy-cutting…..and well, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do…..  :)


A tisket, a tasket, a Tula Pink Basket….

March 31st, 2013

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In my Easter basket this morning…..some Tula Pink fat Quarters….from the Birds and the Bees  that most delightful line from Tula that I had the pleasure of giving out at Spring Market last spring, but NEVER managed to get any myself (how on earth did that happen??)  Very, very happy to have them for my own use….


I…uh…had more candy than that in there too, but I ate some and sorta hid some from myself….


And thanks for putting up with my spiritual travailing in my last post….my wife’s grandmother used to say “life is a yammerdahl” which is supposed to mean “life is valley of tears” in Danish (but I just looked it up…and I can’t find it, so it’s anyone’s guess as to it’s origin or translation) .....


Anyhoo…life is full of trials and jubilees, isn’t it? So nice that today “feels” a bit better than yesterday. The gorgeous weather and a wonderful church service have  so helped improve my attitude.


Hope you are having (or had) a wonderful Easter if you celebrate it, and a wonderful weekend if you don’t.

Time to Play….

March 27th, 2013

well, really there isn’t much time for playing around these days. Even though I am down to one dayjob from two!  This last month and more than a half, I feel like I have been catching up on rest and not much else.  It is probably very much needed.  The nice thing is that I am getting a little time back to sew, and though I really do need to work more at time management in other areas, this sewing bit is still fun (most of the time).

Here are some progress photos on a Free Spirit project that I am working on using Ty Pennington’s Fall 2012 line. It is fairly new by current industry standards (or OLD by past industry standards) and you still should be able to find some it out there. I went with the Sunset colorway as I have been working with a lot of cool colors lately and the warmth of these prints felt very summery to me!

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I am working on a tablerunner and placemat set out of these. Hope to be done with a Free PDF for you to download soon.

And here are some scraps I have been sewing together as I go in the fashion that my friend Victoria has now made “famous” although it really isn’t anything “new”.  I love how Victoria has made it fun for others now too though! I have loved doing this for so long, it’s fun to see what other folks do with their scrappy playtime!

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I have been doing these type of things for years. Here is a photo of some very old ones that I turned up during ….ahem…. “cleaning” the studio.

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I love finding these old things and see how my palette has diversified since then. I don’t want to say changed, because I still love these old things…well, most of them at least…

Well, back to sewing….and actually in a bit, I may go out to do some mowing…before the rains come again....

What about you? what are you up to??

 

 

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