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Finally some winners!

October 25th, 2011

I am so sorry folks that I haven’t gotten to this before.  I had such a good start to blogging this month, and then life just got so full of  “stuff” some good and some not so good, but even that will work out…. I will write more about that later.

But let’s get to those giveaways I have had in the last month, huh?

Okay so the winners of 10 Fat quarters from my stash from the Bumble Beans Basic post are:

Hilary Stillman  and Melissa Peda….I will be sending your prizes out later this week.  I have  your addresses already because you so generously sent in blocks for the quilt drive.  I would like to also thank all the others who sent in blocks.  so many generous souls.  I received a total of 86 blocks and it will be enough to make up two quilts for the drive…..every one counts.

and then we have the winner of Jessica’s book Modern Mix...

#116 out of #118 makes the winner Flaun!    Please send me your mailing address via email at bluenickel5 (at) earthlink (dot) com

And then we have the FIVE  winners from Emily Cier’s Book Tour for Scrap Republic... these were number 97, 196, 24, 161, and 197 out of 218 comments (a record here for sure!!) ....Now I have no easy way of counting these up ….so I started trying counting….then I gave up …and Just randomly went through and picked some…even more random than probably….but its my blog and I can do what I want to….(do I hear music?)

Winner of the Book Scrap Republic  is  Billie K.

Winner of the Scrap Republic Eco Tote from C&T Publishing—(US residents only)   is  Deb (10-12-11 8:06am)

Winner of the Bag o’ Scraps from Robert Kaufman is  Susan

Winner of the ROY G BIV Essential Cotton Thread in Red, Pumpkin, Butter, Lime, Cerulean, Midnight, and Red Violet from Connecting Threads—(US residents only) is  Judy C in NC

Winner of the Mrs. Roy G. Biv Pattern from Carolina Patchworks (the pattern that inspired the book!) is  Betty (10-12-11 9:28am)


and I think this is the last one….the winner of scraps from my upcoming projects with Curious Nature by David Butler is  none other than my friend Elaine at Tinkerverve!  Elaine, you are going to have wait awhile because I don’t even have any fabric yet.

Everyone please send me your addresses to bluenickel5 (at) earthlink (dot) net….if I don’t hear from you, I will go hunt you down through the comments, but it would make it easier for me if you just send it.


Oh, and I left you with a bunch of  2-truths-and-a-lie mysteries, didn’t I?

Okay so here they are:

David Butler digs Gaga and Chris Cross, but not REO Speedwagon

Emily does have blue toenails, and did find bears on her honeymoon, but no tattoo…

Jessica has never worked in a fabric store, her first quilt was teal and rose, but she didn’t make costumes for the college cast of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory..(although she did do some for Alice in Wonderland)

So there you have it…the wrap up of a very busy month at the Blue Nickel.  Looking forward to sending out these prizes and sharing the fabric love.

and remember, you can Uberfest whenever you want …. We’ll always be here for you!!


that kind of sounds like the closing of a chapter, doesn’t it?  Well, there may be a break or two here at the blog, but it’s still running,   I may  or may not post all that often, as I am really busy, but rest assured, the Blue Nickel is still here, whirling away with something creative.  It is too deep in my core to disappear…..


Happy last few days of October to you…..Here’s to a Lot to be Thankful for next month and beyond as well!

Piece out,





October 9th, 2011

Thanks for stopping by for Emily’s Scrap Republic Book Tour!

You didn’t know you were coming to the Blue Nickel on a tour day?? Oh then it is your lucky day…there’s a fun little interview….a little delving into the book…and a whole lotta blue pictures….AND a WHOPPER of a prize offering….I mean seriously….FIVE prizes to FIVE people! That rocks!!

Emily wanted all of the stops along the tour to reflect a particular color as the book is such a celebration of color!  I tried to get my favorite color which is red, but for some reason I was forced into getting blue….probably something to do with branding and keeping me in line, but whatever!  :)  :)

So I have been looking for my favorite blue stuff, and the good thing is that like Emily, I also love abundant color and therefore had no problem finding a lot of blue around here…as evidenced throughout this post..

I also thought it would be fun to give Emily a mini “blue” interview about …well..blueness….

What 3 songs make you Bluer than Blue??

  • - Red Rain

  • - We All Live in a Yellow Submarine

  • - Black Hole Sun

and here’s the song that inspired that question  ;)



What 3 things make you as Happy as Blue Skies?

  • - grey skies

  • - finishing up a big project

  • - and seeing happy little smilie faces belonging to Maeve & Liam

Pick one of these three: Blueberry shake, Blueberry muffin, Blueberry pancakes…

None of the above. Blueberries are the worst things to ever grow on a plant. Strawberries on the other hand…

(we obviously have a rule breaker here!)


Two truths and a lie:

  • —Actively sought out grizzly bears (to photograph) on our honeymoon

  • —Sewing machine shaped tattoo on my lower back

  • —Toenail polish of choice: blue with rainbow sparkly sprinkles

Okay….and I should talk about the book too, huh?  Simply put….buy it! That is if you love color and have a ton of scraps and love good instructions and don’t like to toss out even the tiniest bit of THAT favorite print, or THAT one, or THAT one either.  You can use them all!!

What’s more even if you don’t have a ton of scraps, each of the scrappy quilts shown has an alternate version that you can use for that incredible fat quarter pack you bought back in 2009 but can’t figure out what you want to do with it.  You know the one I am talking about.  If you get this book, you can finally get some use out of that pack AND be on your way to the obsessive compulsive hoarder collector of a great start on the scrappier versions!

Are you ready for the prizes? Check it out!

  • - Scrap Republic from C&T Publishing—printed version for US residents, PDF for international

  • - Scrap Republic Eco Tote from C&T Publishing—US residents only

  • - Bag o’ Scraps from Robert Kaufman—US and International


  • - ROY G BIV Essential Cotton Thread in Red, Pumpkin, Butter, Lime, Cerulean, Midnight, and Red Violet from Connecting Threads—US residents only

  • - Mrs. Roy G. Biv Pattern from Carolina Patchworks (the pattern that inspired the book!)—US and International

All you need to do is tell me about your favorite blue, however you interpret that! oh, and try to guess what Emily’s lie is from above.  I will let you know when I announce the winners next week!

And in case you missed the schedule, here you go…remember this prize package is at EVERY stop of the tour! is that incredible or what?!  Tomorrow my friend John has a cool group…Indigo, Black, Brown, Grey…...hhhhmmm that sounds like an awesome quilt, doesn’t it?

Monday October 3: White
Rachel Griffith @ p.s. i quilt

Tuesday October 4: Pink
Kathy Mack @ Pink Chalk Studio

Wednesday October 5: Red
Kimberly Jolly @ Fat Quarter Shop

Thursday October 6: Orange
Jake Finch @ Generation Q Magazine

Friday October 7: Yellow
Pat Sloan

Saturday October 8: Green
Connecting Threads

Sunday October 9: Blue
Scott Hansen @ Blue Nickel Studios

Monday October 10: Indigo (grouped with Black/Brown/Grey in the book)
John Adams @ Quilt Dad

Tuesday October 11: Violet/Purple
Allie Heath @ Robert Kaufman









Modern Mix Blog Tour

October 8th, 2011

Welcome to the Blue Nickel today!

I get the special treat today of sharing with you my friend, Jessica Levitt,  and her book Modern Mix.       I first met Jess online through her blog, and then we met in person at Quilt Market in Pittsburgh where she was pitching her first line of fabric, Timber.    Everything Jess does is detailed and very exact.  She was an engineer in her earlier years,  and it plays out in her creativity now as evidenced by clean, straightforward lines and no-nonsense approach to everything (how she stays my friend, I do not know, because I do not adhere to any of those virtues)....probably because we only see each other once a year….   ;)

Looking through Modern Mix, I have to say it really is truly Modern! The designs are all very clean and streamlined, if  I didn’t design my own quilts there are quite a few in here that I would love to make.  These definitely shout that these are not the grandmotherly little cottage quilts (which I love too).  These are the NYC loft  type quilts that will be classics for a long time.

That being said, there are two projects that I find truly, truly tempt me….first the wall organizers pictured below.   The Lord knows that I need better organizing skills that’s for sure!!

And the second project that I might make if I have the time (okay….stop laughing now, alright?) would be the camera/phone case (no picture, you have to buy [or win, see below] the book) What I really love about the case is how Jess developed a little chart with the calculations to make this fit multiple little devices…you know the ones that run our world?   Who wants a standard black case when you can make your own in your favorite fabrics?

I did a little interview too with Jess,  so here is that as well.

I figure everyone else is going to be asking all the “relevant” questions….I like to go down a different path….

Besides quilting, you are the party queen as far as I can tell.  Tell the Blue Nickelites about some of your favorite party themes that you have come up with and share a few great photos if you can.

  •  I do indeed love to throw a good party.  I used to design and plan weddings but lately it’s all about my kids’ birthdays.  Probably my favorite is always the last one, which in this case was a Harry Potter Party!  I’m a huge fan of the books and so is my daughter, and last month she got to invite 20 of her friends to come experience Hogwarts complete with classes and Quiddich.  I haven’t blogged this one yet so this picture is a sneak preview.

  • I also loved her Unicorns and Rainbows last year and my son’s Construction Party.


How do you include you love for sewing into your party planning?

  • I love to use fabric to decorate because I love fabric so much.  I sew table cloths and runners, bunting, and even favor bags.  After you can re-use the fabric from the tablecloths.  For the Harry Potter party each child got their own robe to wear and take home!

Your most creative time of day? or night?

  • Late, late, LATE at night.  I rarely go to bed before the wee hours of the morning.

Who’s partying with you on your iPod this week?

  • I’m sad to say I don’t listen to much music lately…but maybe it would be any of the Glee albums.

You need a quick meal. Is it Kraft macaroni and cheese, Burger King, or Grilled buffalo burgers with rosemary hollandaise sauce and a side dish from Martha Stewart’s latest ? (you know, something simple and easy to prepare)

  •  Mac and Cheese is most likely.  I do cook sometimes and enjoy getting fancy, but most nights it’s broiled chicken or fish, some veggies, and pasta/rice.

Describe your perfect camping adventure with the kids so far…..okay Glamping…I know you are not a “Camping” person!!

  • This summer we were in the Thousand Lakes region of New York and it was amazing.  First, it’s didn’t rain much like it has the past few years.  The weather was beautiful and our campsite was very pretty and private.  I really loved the air there and there were just enough sites/attractions to see to keep us occupied.  I like a place where we can commune with a nature some, but also go do stuff.

On Heartthrobs: Brad, Johnny, Hugh

  • All of the above.  And you forgot Robert.  But I’ve always been a Brad Pitt fan back to his young and single days… Who can forget Thelma and Louise?

On cookies: Chocolate Chip, Snicker-doodle,  Macroon

  • Chocolate Chip all the way.

Two truths and a lie.

  • 1. My first quilt was teal blue and dusty rose….very 80s.

  • 2. In college I made costumes for my friends and I to be characters from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

  • 3. I’ve never worked in a fabric store.

See she is pretty incredible, isn’t she? and so is the book… You could buy it…like I did, or you can leave a comment here (Comment on anything you want, no rules on this one)..and on the 22nd after the tour,  I will randomly draw a name from the comments and Stash Books will send you your own copy.  You can in fact sign up at all these blogs to win!!

Here is the schedule for the rest of the tour….Tomorrow check out the Uber-riffic Alissa Haight Carlton.  She’s got game I tell ya!

10/6/2011-Sew Mama Sew  Beth Wilson

10/7/2011-Jaybird Quilts  Julie Herman

10/8/2011-Blue Nickel Studios  Scott Hansen

10/9/2011-Handmade by Alissa Alissa Haight Carlton

10/10/2011-Stop Staring and…Start Sewing   Jona Giammalva

10/11/2011-Quilting is my Therapy   Angela Walters

10/12/2011-Stitch Magazine Blog   Tricia

10/13/2011-Oh Fransson   Elizabeth Hartman

10/14/2011-Gen Q Magazine  Jake Finch

10/15/2011-Quilt Dad   John Adams

10/16/2011-Confessions of a Craft Addict  Mary Abreu

10/17/2011-Amy’s Creative Side  Amy Ellis

10/18/2011-Pink Chalk Studio   Kathy Mack

10/19/2011-Connecting Threads Blog  Melissa Burt

10/20/2011- Keepsake Quilting blog   Betsy Markert

10/21/2011 – Juicy Bits – Jessica Levitt herself

Bumble Beans Basics!

September 4th, 2011

Okay….here’s an opportunity for you to do MULTIPLE things.

  • clean out your sewing room/studio

  • get some new ideas

  • help a bunch of other people

  • feel good about helping said other peeps

  • get a chance to win more fabric….to help fill that space you cleaned out above…..

Blue Nickel Studios has joined up with Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Pat Sloan


to see how many quilts we can all put together to help with the Bumble Bean Basics Quilt Drive.  I will be donating a quilt from my collection of works toward the cause and I would like to have your help in making one or more quilts as well.


And here’s how you can help.  You create a 10.5” x 10.5” unfinished quilt block and send it to me here:

Scott Hansen, Blue Nickel Studios,  1315 Gohr Road,  Sultan, WA 98294

I will put the blocks together into one or more quilts (48 blocks per quilt) get them quilted up and sent back to NYC for the Basics Peeps to get distributed hopefully before the worst weather shows up.

For every block you send I will put your name in a bucket to win 10 fat quarters of fabric.  If I get more than 48 blocks, everyone’s names get put in another bucket for another 10 fat quarters of fabric.  (okay, it may be the same bucket, but you get the idea)

I will be posting a pattern for a special “Blue Nickel Basics” 10.5” square block  that you can make and send for this event later this week….but you don’t have to wait for that….just start sewing your favorite 10.5” unfinished block now, or you can use those lost and forgotten blocks sitting in your sewing basket.  If they aren’t quite 10.5” square, add a border to them or something, put your name on it, and slap it in the mail to me.    Or you can wait for my “special” block that I will get posted here hopefully by Friday the 9th.

So let’s see how we can help the many homeless peeps in NYC and you get a chance to win some free new fabrics for your stash!  I will take pictures and post them on my blog as we go along on this project.  Drawing will be held on September 30th and winner announced then….so go get sewing!!


Or you can make your own quilt and send it straight to them to help….Here are some tutorials that Victoria has gathered together for you….or you could also work up one of my many free patterns too….

If  you already have a finished quilt that can be sent….send it to:

Basic Housing, Inc.
Attn: Robert Gonzalez / BBINC
540 East 180th Street,
Bronx, NY 10457

Please include your
and email
and the value of the materials you used.

Quilt Questions please contact:
Victoria Findlay Wolfe


And if you don’t want to help out on this cause because you are already helping out locally with many causes near you?  Awesome!! Thanks for giving back to our world….


301: Win, win..

July 13th, 2011

I know you all want to know who won from my 300th post giveaway…but like all good things you have to wait a little…OR…you can just skip on through to the end if you are going to be that way.

I do have some exciting news about a new “job” I have.  Okay, so it’s not a paid position…yet….and presently my job title is pretty silly, but without pay at least a new job should have some perks right??  To be honest, I am not sure exactly what my job duties are over at Generation Q yet, but I do feel even more the need to work out just to meet the job’s expectations.  Okay enough with my clever body-image jokes and insecurities…we just made up the title cause I didn’t like Gopher...but I think that right now that might be the just of it.

Anyway that and a whole bunch of other stuff is going down here at the Blue Nickel….

I just got these three quilt directions linked here from Last fall’s  Quilt Market , and I am working on four more sets of directions from the quilts I did for this Spring Quilt Market.

I am wrapping up directions for my next magazine submission for next February…yeah…that’s a long way out, but that’s how things roll.  Besides all this is the book and another project that is still a mystery to me that I still don’t know a lot about, but it with an interesting duo of artists… you can just guess away at that one….

so without further ado,  here are the winners!

Barbara Huston who wrote:

Congratulations on 300!! I get distracted from my projects about halfway thru. Its such a bummer! If I don’t have a deadline, it will just sit. So, deadlines are great for me!

Patti who wrote:

Hi, I have just found your blog and I am so excited to have found you! When I am working on a large project, I tend to work on small things like mug rugs & pouches so that I get a bit of a break from the BIG thing. It’s kinda like taking a pit stop when you go on a long road trip… it gives you just enough time away but you are still excited to get there!

Ana who wrote:

Congrats on the 300 posts! My biggest distraction on big projects is going fishing! We live on a fishing lake and the water calls out to us! My second biggest distraction is the outdoors, we live out in the country “the boonies” and I love my flower gardens, veggie gardens and berry plants!

Sunnybec who wrote:

Hello I have just found your blog. I haven’t been quilting long so keeping focused is really really hard, there are so many things I want to do! At first I started one quilt and finished it before starting something else. Not any more!! I see something I want to do and just can’t wait to start cutting. Thank you for a lovely giveaway. Linda

I so enjoyed reading all your comments,  and was so glad that I am not the only one who gets unfocused from time to time or all the time…   :)  ....thanks for all the tips! you all should write a book on it!!  :)

So Barbara, Patti, Ana, and Linda (Sunnybec) please send me an email at bluenickel5 (at) earthlink (dot) net, and I will get your prizes out to you as soon as I can…I need more space in the studio, and I will take any and all I can get!

So come visit me at my new “office” at Generation Q and have a cup of Java from our virtual breakroom.  Let us know what you think and keep coming back…we  promise even more cool stuff there than here…(but don’t leave the Blue Nickel. ever. you hear?)



300: …….300!!

July 4th, 2011

Less bloody than the movie.... and almost as funny as the sequel (Ok, nothing is quite as funny {or fake} as that last link).......Here is my 300th post!!

Just for fun I went back to the first few months of my blogging life in 2007….WOWZA!  I changed in so many ways…and the blog has changed too.  Back then, I hardly had any pictures in the first couple months of posts, and what pictures I did have were TINY!  So much better now, and practically required in my eyes.  Part of the improvements are due to WordPress…but part are my learning and growing in the blogosphere.

Something that I just “learned” is that supposedly one isn’t supposed to apologize for not posting….and well being raised Lake Wobegon style…I just don’t see how I can avoid that…

so I apologize….but I have a lot of pictures in this one….   :)

and I am not making excuses, but I will tell you that I have been so frightfully busy ever since my last posts.

One of the things I have been doing Besides catching up and getting behind on everything as usual is working on the shingling on what was Mimi’s playhouse,  and is becoming hers and Linda’s “tea house” near the garden..

won’t it make a good backdrop for quilts and such in the future?

There is still plenty to do on it…but at least I got a good start on it fairly early in the summer…that helps…

This summer is FULL of home improvement projects, but more on that in future posts….painting the house is the Biggest one, one that I have been putting off for too many years.

We also had our oldest graduate from High School with a diploma and an Associate Degree this past month…

(For those who have met me….yes… Noel is taller than me…I told him he needs to stop…it is so hard to find good clothes when you are so tall….)

And for those who don’t know, I also have a full time DayJob not related to my quilting Second Act that keeps me busier than I would like away from   my family and the quilting  and you all …but that has to stay in place until I become so fabulously successful here in this world….   :)

Speaking of  quilting….this little project I whipped out last night…as I yes…signed up for a swap I don’t really have time for…but gosh, these little 3.5” log cabins are just so easy and fun….I felt compelled….  I have 14 more to make…but they really don’t take much time, and are a nice break from the quilting stuff that I Can’t yet show you…

and yes…I have been working on a TON of projects that I can’t show you yet, and I have been talking with some “big names” about things that I can’t discuss yet either….one of which I know very little about myself, but I am excited just because of who I am talking to about “it” intriguing isn’t it??

I confess here that I have put off doing this post, not only because of time constraints…but also because I wanted it to be so eloquent and “meaningful” .....yeah….whatever…..

So yes, this 300th post was my usual yammering on in a conversational random manner….but WITH prizes…

you didn’t think I would have my 300th post without prizes did you??

Okay…here they are in no certain order…these are what’s left of my Quilt Market Prize Bonanza..

prize #1….A Jumbo prize pack from Moda....a bunch of these little mini cutey-patooty charm packs that you are SOOO lucky to get…because even as I was taking this picture…I was feeling a lot like Gollum with them….so precious…I did NOT want to put them on here…but I love you THAT much, you know…

prize #2  A great prize pack from Stephanie at A Quilter’s Dream....

prize #3 …. another smaller prize pack from A Quilter’s Dream

prize #4….. and lastly a mixed prize pack ..a Jay McCarroll sketch book from the Free Spirit peeps,  some Honey Child fabric from Sis Boom’s Jennifer Paganelli, some new ribbon from Patty Young.

Now to WIN….you need to comment on this post and tell me what you do to keep focused on Big Projects or what is your biggest distraction from those Big Projects….I will draw randomly from the comments on July 12th in the evening… Pacific Standard Time….

thanks for coming along on the Blue Nickel Train…to who knows where!!


298: Winners again…and more Quilt Market Presents….

June 5th, 2011

Let’s cut quick to the chase shall we??

we have winners from the last post….and another prize follows….

Rosanne Derrett

who wrote:

I have to admit to many, many cheapskate failures. I’ve used cheap thread and cheap fabric with some fairly horrendous consequences.
The best of these has to be the poly cotton quilt top backed with a poly cotton sheet but with 4oz wadding. None of the pieces are correctly sized, so they don’t fit together, everything stretched and buckled. Even my trusty machine went on strike with this horror. The end to this project was when my delinquent Bengal decided to empty his bladder on it. I have not touched it since.

There was the cheap petrol incident, and the one where I tried to get home on the fumes in the tank and ran out half way home on the motorway, in the rain and with no breakdown service. Then there is going shopping online and finding the local shop has the same thing a lot cheaper and with no postage. My list is endless.

Rosanne was: So Roseanne you win Bari J’s signed book just like you were there in Salt Lake City and everything….  you just need to send me your snail mail address via email at bluenickel5 (at) earthlink (dot) net…..

and our second prize winner is…..

Laurie B

who wrote:

Oh man! I can so relate to you with this post!! I have done a lot of these money saving projects that ended up costing more than the original idea. I don’t know why I never learn – although the last “project” I made myself instead of buying I showed my husband and told him the next time I say “Oh – I can make that” – he must immediately hit me in the head and say just buy it!! Anyway – I heard a funny story yesterday from my sister in law. Her Mom – my mother in law used to make her first four daughters all their special outfits so they would all match (it was a ‘50’s thing!!) My mother in law decided when the girls were going to take swimming lessons, she wanted to save money and make their bathing suits. She chose a waterproof material that happened to be just like the material you use for outdoor upholstery. The problem was when the girls jumped in the water, the swim suits became waterproof but weighed about 10 lbs! My sister in law said they were exhausted after each lesson because the bathing suits weighed so much when they got wet!! But they matched!! And they were cheaper than the real thing!! Yikes!    Thanks for sharing your story – makes me glad I’m not alone in this crazy world!! Have a great weekend!!

Laurie please send me an email with your snail mail address as well….and I will send out the Lizzy House journal and the Zipper patterns to you!

Thanks everyone for coming along for all these great prizes….I really enjoyed hearing your stories about how “cheaping” out actually became much more expensive….hopefully we all have learned our lessons now!!  :p

Here is the next prize  up!!


From Robert Kaufman....two great charm packs (Pick a Bunch and Veranda), two Dr. Seuss pens, and a HIGHLY sought after Kona Solids  Color Card…these are hard to come by, so you seriously can thank Allie at Kaufman for this little bundle of goodness!!

So to win this one, leave a note telling me what solid color you would use for the background in a quilt if you were going to use a solid…and give it a “creative” name….not just tan or white or grey… “winter sky” or  “fire engine” or “banana” or something like that okay?? and for a second chance either ReTweet this drawing on Twitter, or put it on Facebook, or put in your blog and come back and tell me you did at least one of those for a second chance to win!!

And just so you know I am actually getting something accomplished here…..

here is something I am working on for an upcoming magazine quilt….

and here is something that my friend Carla Crim came up with that you absolutely must go download right now!!

That’s it for today’s post….so let me know what solid you would most like use for a background in your next quilt with a solid background….and remember even Racy Red can be a “neutral” least according to Freddy Moran!  (and me!!)

Ooopps!!  I forgot to give this giveaway a deadline…let’s say you have until Thursday the 9th evening-ish Pacific Standard time….

297: For Crying out loud….Buy the Book!

June 2nd, 2011

First off, let me say that this post had many titles floating through my head….Many!!

Including such wonders as:

“What an idiot!”    “A penny saved is a dollar or two AND some time wasted”   “Some people just never learn”  “Count the cost first….no Really…count the cost FIRST” and “Shortcuts are usually the longest road home”  amongst others…

And secondly…. I am greatly humbled and somewhat embarrassed even telling you this story, but I want to let you know the lesson that I learned from it all….

So here’s the story…..

You remember I was on Amy’s Book Blog Tour awhile back, right??  Well Stash sent me a great PDF Editorial Review copy so that I could have something sensible to talk about right?  Well, of course, right…. It was a great overview, but I didn’t get my own “real” copy.  (by the way I am not in any means complaining about that at all,  I know that the margins aren’t all that great for publishing houses…cause a LOT of people have to get paid just to produce one book…AND they were giving away plenty of books already…..) I really was fine with that.

The PDF was great for reviewing…but if I was ever going to make one of these beauties, I would like a hard copy….SSOOOO…I think to myself, well, there shouldn’t be a problem just printing up this editorial copy just so it is easier to work with (I so dislike reading on a screen)....It was mine, I wasn’t re-selling it…I knew it was going to be just an editorial copy anyway…no big deal….

So I being the smarty-pants that I think I am take my little flash-drive to Kinko’s Copies and ask them to print it and bind it for me….

How much could that be right??   Well, I didn’t ask that question out loud, as I just figured I knew the answer… big mistake…..

would you like to know how much? ?

29 cents less than the FULL price of the ACTUAL REAL book …I got this…....

So by “saving”  money….I have myself a  photocopy version of the book with this spread across every page… for the  same price and likely MORE $$ than it would cost me online for a nice glossy paper, high quality print job….

Smart move, huh??


So what I am saying is…..BUY THE BOOK!!  Don’t try to be “clever” and Heavens….DON”T break copyright laws (I don’t think that I did, but maybe I was playing on the edge of that law perhaps (?), even if I told myself I wasn’t…..  {I don’t think they would have let me print my digital copy if they thought it violated copyright laws…but who knows ….maybe they would have})

And I am not just saying this because in a couple years or less I will have my own book out….either…..I really think that everyone should learn what I did and save themselves some money….  and go buy that book…

I hope you all won’t go away in droves because I was so honest with my stupidity here….trust me I will never forget my lack of insight in this situation….I hope you all forgive me….and at least some of you go out and buy this book...because well… the folks at Stash Books and Amy did a fantastic job on this, and they deserve the tiny bit of money each of them gets from it…..

Now shall we move on to the not-so horribly Confessionistic nature of this post?? (yes, I made up that word….you know which word…..)

First to announce the winner of this prize pack...... and that would be….

Pat V…. who wrote:

This looks like a very fun package of goodies!  Thanks for the opportunity to win!

I will be emailing you shortly Pat to find out your mailing address to send your prize!!

And now for today’s Market giveaways….

Today TWO prizes, which both happen to include books appropriately enough….

First the second prize which is a set of  Zipper patterns from the Wonderful women of Indygo Junction and a bookmark and mini journal  from the fabulous Lizzy House.

And the first prize of today’s post is Inspired to Sew by the Uber-talented BariJ !

This is another Stash book that if you don’t win it here, and haven’t already bought it…well you need to go out like me and buy it FULL PRICE….I bought mine straight from the author….just to make sure she got the most money possible for her efforts…..AND I got it signed to boot…

Speaking of which.. This winning copy is also signed by Bari… you can almost feel like you stood in line and met her face to face!!  (Which if you did…you would feel very comfortable with her instantly)

SO now how to win….well, I think your comment should relate to this post….so tell us all something you did to
“save” money that you later really realized would have been better to just pay the going rate for it….or any other “confessionals” that are not going to offend anyone, but either teach us a lesson or give us a laugh…or both….I will choose 2 random winners on Sunday the 5th sometime….

Piece out….



296: Free Spirit Prize pack #1 from Market….

May 28th, 2011

I told you I scored a lot of goodies at Market right??  of course right….and since I have no pictures of Quilt Market....we might as well get to the loot prize pack.

Here is a bunch of stuff from Free Spirit and friends….Some Laminate fabric samples from Tula Pink and Anna Maria (two quilting divas who only go by their first two names…oh the glamor of it all) and two patterns and little cupcakey things that have fabric and I think candy in them from Verna Mosquera....I didn’t open them up to see before I gave them away—how saintly of me, huh?  (well, I did TRY to see what was in them, but I couldn’t get them open without ruining the presentation,  so there you go, jumping off that pedestal before I fall off  in my typical clumsy manner :) ) and two more magazines chock full of great ideas (none of them mine, but I am sure quite good ideas even so….  :)  )

okay to win this great big pack o’ goodness,  please comment below…and for an extra entry,  please visit my relatively new Blue Nickel Facebook Page and “like” it and then come back here at tell me you did so…....if of course you do…  To be Completely honest….I don’t really “get” Facebook like I “get” Twitter….but I figure I should probably hop on the bandwagon since about 89% of the world is already hangin’ out there….. I actually do have this plan in the back of my head for when I get a little nearer  to 1000 likes or friends or whatever about giving away a special quilt made just for the occasion….I have already designed it….It has 1000 pieces exactly….(but that’s down the road a bit…as I cannot see me really “working” that bit  of the picture when there are so many other things I’d like to need to do)....but if you are on Facebook go ahead and “friend” me too if you want…I do stop by occasionally and it would be fun to see what you are up to!!

Oh…and I guess it is time to announce the winner of the previous giveaway…..

Tabatha!!  who wrote that amongst other things that…..

Any orange/red/turquoise/yellow colour combination makes me swoon!

Those colors are most definitely Swoonerish Tabatha!!  Please send your address to me at bluenickel5 (at) earthlink (dot) net so I can get your loot to you pronto!!

Okay so now…start commenting to get this new prize pack….let’s say I will draw a name sometime midday on Thursday Pacific Standard Time…and then we’ll have ANOTHER prize after that…....

I told you “they” gave me a lot of stuff to giveaway….

ain’t they the nicest folks??


295: Good News, Bad News….

May 25th, 2011

The good news is that I drew the name of the winner for the 1001 Peeps bag and the magazines from Quilt Market, and that the original winner of the 100 Blocks issue was associated with the Quiltmaker peeps….so she declined the free issue and I have another winner now!!


Shelly C wrote:

I’ve been enjoying the posts from market by other bloggers. Market is something I will never see in person, so it is exciting to get everyone’s perspective and catch their excitement….I also like I don’t have to fight the crowds :}

Love your wonky log cabins…I’ve got some I won in a lotto to put together….I look forward to see how you set these…

Shelly please email me at bluenickel5 (at) earthlink (dot) net with your mailing address and I will get your prize out to you..

Next good news…

the new winner of the 100 Blocks issue is…...

Karen who wrote:

I love how your block makes a super size block…great for a big quilt! Thanks for the chance!

So Karen, I need you to also email me your snail mail address to the above email address, and I will be sure to pass it to the Quiltmaker peeps to send you your copy of 100 Blocks….

and Now for the bad news…

here is what I have for pictures from Quilt Market…...





That’s right…nothing….my camera card apparently went belly up on me…..and I didn’t notice or bring a spare….so I have Zilch on pictures from Market….so sorry to disappoint on that level….

To make up for it though, I  do have another prize to give away (so there is more Good News!!)....I am giving away a packed little scrap bag of  Swoon by Melissa Averinos (and some coordinating solids)

that I made up while I was piecing this …..

For this magazine...

Which is out in the newstands right now….

In fact I will give an issue of the magazine away with the scrap bag too!! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what really makes you swoon…if you have links to photos that you want to share with the rest of us, that would be cool too….I will draw for this one on Saturday the 28th in the evening okay??

And make sure you keep coming back….cause I still have more giveaways from Quilt Market….I may not have pictures OF Market…but I still have loot to share!!

Happy Sewing peeps!!





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