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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!)

Durathon 1

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?


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:

summer camp 47  summer camp 45

summer camp 46
And some of these greys:


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

S'more Love 37    Road 15 38

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:


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.


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… 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 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….


World Mystery Tour …. #1

April 30th, 2013

So the folks over at Free Spirit wanted to have some fun with Dave’s new World Tour line in conjunction with the quilt that I am wrapping up for them.  The quilt was designed by the fabulous Mr. B, and has a really unique feel to it, well branded into his Parson Gray aesthetic. The center of this quilt has something in the center that the Free Spirit peeps thought it would be fun for you to guess what it is…...AND give you a cool prize to boot!

Here’s the deets:

For the next few weeks before Quilt Market,  I am going to be posting some successively “revealing” photos of the quilt here on my blog, and then you get to go over and  make comments on Free Spirit’s Facebook page guessing what is in the center of the quilt.  Each post will reveal a bit more about the quilt, and on the Friday of Market, you will get to see the full thing here at the Blue Nickel, if you aren’t already down in Portland, Oregon for Market.  If you have the correct answer to the mysterious center of the quilt, then you will be put in a drawing for a fabulous gift package from Free Spirit!

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 So go ahead make your guesses over on Free Spirit’s Facebook page on this link.

Good luck, happy guessing, and all that good stuff!!

Happy Belated Birthday to Dr. King and a winner!

January 24th, 2013

Thought this little picture of this fabric from the awesome design house of Tula Pink would cheer you up on a Monday...
(actually Thursday is when I am getting to this….and ACTUALLY this is the SECOND time I have typed this….I had this post all prepped to add the winner info to Monday morning, finally sat down this morning to add in all the winner info, etc…had it done….posted it….AND none of my morning edits went through….so yeah, it’s already been a Groundhog Day kinda morning around here….sigh)

saltwater by Tula

Last fall I was asked to make a quilt from Tula’s book for Free Spirit’s Fall Market 2012 booth.  Was that a no-brainer or what? I didn’t have to work up a design, I had wanted to delve into Tula’s book from the day I got it, AND I was given enough fabric to make the quilt WITH these lovely leftovers….which all on their own have inspired a new quilt design that I can’t wait to get to, but must soon.  This new quilt concept in my head has the beguiling working title of Paris by the Sea...and is a modern wonky wonderful concept… my head it is at least….(oh, and the marvelous Miss Tula has another book coming out too! Check it out here and here!

Oh, and Belated Happy Birthday to Martin Luther King….even though he has gone on his efforts did not, and there is a lot of Dreaming going on out in the world for that which is good!  And with the good doctor’s birthday, I have a winner to announce from this post on Friday.

Robin  said Oh fun! I love Seven Wonders. :)

I have sent Robin an email, so as soon as she gets her address to me AND I cut into the Seven Wonders a package will be going her way!

Oh, and also today is:

local quilt shop

I am headed into Seattle to meet with the owner of this lovely shop and the peeps at In the Beginning Fabrics and then if I have time, I am headed over to this shop...Neither of which are “local” to me…but I am sure I will have a fun day!!

So have fun too and go out shopping locally!

Fabric Sweep!

January 18th, 2013

Or Eye Candy!  as I might call this post…

I have been SOOOO overwhelmed with the two dayjobs over the last few months, and I haven’t been able to show you some of the fun lines that I have received from some of those wonderful manufacturers out there…

So here’s what I have already played with:

Cloud 9’s Happy Drawing, Too! by Ed Emberley.

happy drawing too!

Pattern coming soon in downloadable PDF form here at Blue Nickel Studios for a very reasonable price.

Birch Fabric’s Camp Modern/Camp Sur.

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I made a quilt for Fall Market with this fabric and that quilt is going to be redone in another line for a magazine this year, so I can’t show the quilt, but it is fun and easy….

also I started a project with Thomas Knaur’s Flock last year and I think that I am going to add some of this line to it.  I really don’t like doing one-liner quilts anyway, and this palette goes very well with Flock in my opinion, so there you have it.   That pattern should also be available here in awhile as well.

And here’s what is coming up to play with!!

Here are two really “guy-style” prints

Free Spirit’s  Seven Wonders by Parson Grey.

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Cloud 9’s MicroMod  by Rob Bancroft.

micro mod

I have this grand idea for these two mixed with some solids and other equally ‘rugged’ prints that may eventually spawn a second book  (when I ever get this first freakin’ book done!)
This sweet line is going to be a project done in connection with GenerationQ soon too.

Clothworks’ Little Village by Kinkame

little village
And this one? oh…just love this so much…..I have something planned with a nice solid orange….and maybe a little grey…..Hoping to get it in a magazine too, but the fabric may already be too “old” for a mag, so you may be seeing it here as a pattern as well.

Kaufman’s Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander.

Big plans? oh yeah, as always?  So much fabric, so little time…..

What are you loving here the most? Leave a comment and I will send a random winner some scraps* from their favorite line listed above.  I will draw a name next Monday on Martin Luther King Day.  That seems an appropriate day to win something, huh?

*Some scrap bags will be larger than others based on what I have left and what I can bear to part with…..

15 Minutes…..a Blog Tour…

December 6th, 2012


Welcome to today’s stop on Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Blog Tour for 15 Minutes of Play—Improvisational Quilts!

I first met Victoria a few years ago at a Spring Quilt Market.  She had heard of me, but I hadn’t heard of her, and I was sure glad to meet her because we have become good friends ever since! Victoria’s book takes the traditions of crazy quilts and melds that style into OTHER traditional and modern settings.  Her book isn’t really big on a lot of patterns and instructions, but is HEAVY on inspiration, freedom, and fun.  I particularly like this quilt among the many delights she has in there.

But see, I have been doing this type of  quilting for many, many years, so I am naturally drawn to it.

See case in point, my sewing machine cover created many moons ago, for example…....

Yup,  “made fabric,” as Victoria calls it, has been deeply set in my sewing room antics for many years now. I love that other peeps are into it now too! Victoria’s book is right up there with The Collaborative Quilting books by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston for inspiration into color and design in my humble opinion.

Another delight that I found in 15 Minutes was Victoria’s Grandmother and her quilts. She was a big part of Victoria’s inspiration, and I love how her influence is honored and many of her “vintage” quilts are shared in the book as well.  Makes me wonder what my grandkids will do.  Not that I am in a hurry to have any right away or anything….. :)

So I decided to do some of  my own playing as part of today’s post for the tour.  I started playing (pictures of some of that play here and here) and then chose to make some blocks that I think I may turn into pillows for after Christmas to brighten up the gloomy Pacific Northwest winter here. But I can’t decide a setting for them.  That’s where you come in.  To win your copy of Victoria’s book, tell me your choice from the 5 options below for setting in a border of green for a pillow top.

15 Minute Play No. 1

15 Minute Play No. 2

15 Minute Play No. 3

15 Minute Play No. 4

15 Minute Play No. 5

Pretty simple, huh?

I will choose randomly for a winner on December 12th and then C & T will send a hard copy of the book to a US winner or an electronic copy to an international winner.

If you haven’t been to the previous stops on the tour, be sure to do so for your chance to win.  And make sure you keep hopping along to those after today as well!!

Nov: 26: “Victoria Findlay Wolfe”,
Nov 27: “Bonnie K Hunter”,
Nov 28: “Alissa Haight Carlton,
Nov 29:  “Pat Sloan”,
Nov 30: “Kimberly,”
Dec 1st: “Karen Griska”,
Dec 2nd: “Angela Walters”,
Dec 3rd:  Generation Q,
Dec 4th: “Tonya Ricucci”,
Dec 5th: “Michele Foster”,
Dec 6th: “Scott Hansen”,
Dec 7th:”Amy Ellis”,
Dec 8th: “Rachaeldaisy”,
Dec 9th:”Jackie Kunkel”,
Dec. 10th:


LAST Spring Market Giveaway!!

October 29th, 2012

I am super sad that I didn’t get to go to Houston for Fall Quilt Market this year….but so far, I  have never been to Fall Quilt Market, mostly due to Day Job conflicts.  Same reason this year, but I am thinking maybe in 2013 I might finally be able to pop down there at least for a few days….that decision is waiting for another day. (Of course I heard last night that a lot of people were leaving early because of hurricane Sandy.)

I did get to Kansas City this past spring for Market though, but I never really offered you all any gift prizes or anything.  Mostly because I was so busy with Generation Q stuff, that I didn’t really get a chance to gather up prizes for you.  I did get a few though, and I have picked up a couple things since then, so I thought I would offer you a little Last Market prize pack for you….so if you missed it like I did and win, you might not feel quite so bad about it.

Here is your little prize package:

Now to win, you just need to tell me about your latest project or what you think is the best new trend, book, or fabric line out there!

Pretty easy, huh?

I will draw names next weekend sometime or thereafter and get your prize pack off to you!  And regarding the other giveaways earlier this month, I will be announcing those tomorrow, so stay tuned!

So comment away, I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say!

Giveaway Day!

December 12th, 2011

The great folks at Sew Mama Sew! are hosting Giveaway Day

  and I have finally gotten my act together and have something prepared ahead of time.  I have seen this event come and go many times, always after the fact, so I am glad to be participating this round!

If you are new to Blue Nickel Studios, welcome! If you have been visiting before, thanks and welcome back! this is one of those posts you need to stop lurking around and drop a comment into win…..if you want to that is…if not, happily lurk away, I know how time is precious, and heaven knows I lurk at many of my favorite blogs.

Simple post today because we are all so crazy busy….well, I am at least…I bet you are too!

Here are couple pictures from the studio and some projects I am working on:



And some shots of the holidays around the house:




And here is a picture of today’s giveaway:


A fun little bundle of  Flurry by the amazing Kate Spain—6 fat quarters and a few trims, buttons, and beads to go along with them.

And even though, I would love for you to follow me on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to my blog posts….all  you have to do to win is comment. And for fun let me know your favorite Holiday Song.  That’s it…and no it doesn’t have to be Christmas or a Winter Holiday song…..I’d even take “Little Bunny Foo-foo”  (I “suppose” you could call that an Easter song….I suppose….)   I will ship internationally…but it could take awhile from here.  All postal services seem to be slowing down lately I think.  Drawing will close on December 16th and winner will be announced here by the 18th.

(Also while you are at it, we are signed up to give something away at Generation Q as well today, so head on over for that prize as well!)


Winner of this prize is camelama who wrote:

Fun giveaway! My favorite holiday song is “Hacia Belén va un borrico”, a Spanish carol about a burro and a pot of chocolate!

Thanks to everyone who dropped by!!

Blog Hop Party!

December 8th, 2011

Welcome to the Blue Nickel stop on the Blog Hop Party tour!  I am helping Michele celebrate Quilting Gallery’s 4th Birthday party!

So welcome to the party.  Hope you enjoy what you find here at the Blue Nickel.  please feel free to check out previous posts and other pages here.  I know that I am not the best at some upkeep things on the extra pages here, but I have been doing some fairly regular posts.  Mostly quilty stuff shows up, but there is more to me than quilts so there are other posts too…

I know you are busy running around these blogs all day today,  most likely along with a few other things you might be doing this month. So I don’t intend on taking a lot of your time.  I am just posting some  pix from our studio and home and then at the end the picture of the giveaway pack


And here is the Blue Nickel Prize for the Blog Hop Party, an assortment of springy type fabrics for those in the Northern Hemisphere to dream about  coming, and for the Southern hemisphere to enjoy right now (12 Pleasingly Plump Fat Quarters):


Please leave a comment telling me either what is on your kitchen table today or what is your favorite holiday ornament.  I know, two very random and different choices there.   I will randomly pick from the comments next Saturday the 17th.   Also stop by here again on Monday the 12th for the Sew Mama Sew! giveaway as well, with a different prize to choose from!

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