Jaybird Sew Along and Giveaway!

April 28th, 2014

Jaybird 6

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


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


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

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

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

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:

Birch  Camping 40

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:

summer camp 43

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…..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….


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!!

Pretty in Patchwork:Holidays

November 28th, 2011

Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays  is a new book coming out in Print next summer, but is an e-book now.  And a Blue Nickel project is on pages 99-101…and seen in two other places in the book! yeah!!  You can purchase the e-book now, but I am not really into e-books, so I will have to wait until it comes out next year.   So excited to see it.  The book was organized and put together by John Adams, and he invited a whole lot of his friends to come play earlier this year…like January, I think?  Anyway, you can look through it at the above link, and there are a lot of cool projects in there.   I think we are having a full-fledged Blog Book Tour next year when it comes out in print, so stay tuned.

My favorite shot of my quilt in the book is this one.

Also, Lark is giving away a PDF version of Terri Harlan’s Holiday Shopping List Holder pattern from the book here.  It’s a fun little way to keep all your holiday to-do stuff together.

Different subject, but still holiday related…over at Generation Q for the next 4 Fridays I will have a special holiday block for Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.   As if I didn’t have enough to do already, right? Oh, and David Butler’s “pre-quilt shop launch” fabric is finally here, and I have a big project for another magazine that they want “right away” !

So, yeah, I am off to the studio now!!

Celebrate Christmas with the Quilting Gallery

November 15th, 2011

hey welcome to Blue Nickel Studios for the Quilting Gallery Christmas Quilt Along....

My block is called Christmas Candy….I was  inspired by those really pretty old-fashioned Christmas candies that look great in a bowl, but very few people ever eat?  Here is the PDF for you to make your own version.  Would love it if you do make something with this block to add it to my Blue Nickel Flickr page here.

Here are a  couple of pictures to go with the Mini-interview at Quilting Gallery.

Playing with fabric before making the block….most are from Kate Spain’s Flurry.

I mentioned my favorite quote from a print by Mary Engelbreit.   Here is a picture of the sheet from Home Companion and another picture that declares “One person’s mess is merely another person’s filing system”  I make myself feel better with that second one, but it doesn’t really fool my wife who gave it to me to begin with.

Here are a few close-ups from my favorite quilt that I mentioned at Quilting Gallery:

Hope you like the block…please be sure to drop a picture in here if you make something with it….and remember solids/prints, whatever….it all works!!


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”....so 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!!


280: Finally…my turn to Palooza!!

February 20th, 2011

Yeah! It’s finally my turn to Palooza with you!!  If you have been paloozing with us, you have 8 blocks done and here you are at my little ole blog for Number 9.   If you haven’t dropped by the Blue Nickel before then welcome to the neighborhood, I hope you will stop by later as well!!....and if you have already been visiting me, then welcome back!!

To begin with..I have been checking out my fellow bloggers tutorials on this project…..and just so you know….my background will change often on this….and everything may not be so neat and tidy….I believe things will be clear, but perhaps a little “loose” ...just so you know…(don’t hate me for my messyness... ur freedom, okay?)

And now on with the show!

Block #9—  Lemonade Stand

To BEGIN with….make sure you are using a very accurate 1/4” seam (even a scant 1/4” seam on the geese if you are a little bit too speedy and less precise ….like the guy that heads up this joint)

  First cut two  3.25”x3.25”  squares of  Sunkissed Lemonade 5445-22   

Then cut them diagonally twice as shown….hey! There are 8 friendly little geese.


Now cut eight 1 7/8” x 1 7/8” squares from Sukissed Misty Grey 5440-15 (the wordy grey print)


Then cut each of these in half diagonally as shown (this is, by the way, the VERY BEST way to cut a sandwich also in case you were wondering about that):


Then sew one sandwich half to one short side of each goose and press as shown in the series of pictures below:

(warning the first picture reads like a Andorian love story….from right then left and down and then up)    


Next sew the another sandwich half to the geese as shown in the pictures below:    

and then press that half as shown:


Voila! you should have 8 geese units that look similar to this one:


With this method I invariably have to do a little trimming to make sure it is  1.5” high and 2.5” wide….but I am sure you will be much more accurate than that! 

But just in case here’s what I had to do…


Then sew two geese together as shown here:  

and then do this 3 more times for a total of four flying geese units…
Now it’s time to do some more cutting… 


  • four 3.5” x 3.5” squares from Sunkissed  Limeade 5447-11

  • five  2.5” x 2.5” squares from Sunkissed Limeade 5447-11

  • four 1.5” x 6.5” rectangles from Sunkissed Misty Grey 5443-25 (stripey grey)

  • four 1.5” x 6.5” rectangles from Sunkissed Misty Grey 5445-15 (wordy grey)

  • and (not pictured below…sorry) four 1.5” x 6.5” rectangles from Moda Bella Solid Light Lime 9900-100


Oh look here comes one of those nifty background changes I told you about …pretend you are at the theatre taking in a play or something…. it will seem more highbrow that way….

Now sew the four flying geese units that you made above  to the five 2.5” squares of the lime gingham as shown below:


Unpressed from the front:


Unpressed from the back:


Pressed from the back:


Next scene (i.e. backdrop change)....finished center of the block from the front.


Oops…flashback…back to this backdrop….

Sew the stripey grey rectangle and the wordy grey rectangle to each side of the solid light lime strip as shown below:


Make four total of these:


Okay, next sew two of these strip units to top and bottom of the center unit as shown below


...(make that partially shown….I ended up only getting this one picture of this step before sending the block to John for the final quilt):


Next sew the remaining two strip  pieces to the the 3.5” squares of Limeade 5447-11 as shown below:


 From the back..pressing to the wordy and stripey grey sections.


and then sew the sides to the front as shown…and you have your very own Lemonade Stand Block….

Oh and this WILL be on a PDF file…but I didn’t get it done in time….please come back here and when it is done I will have a link here and on my Download tab at the top!  Most sincere apologies to my new and old friends for not having it ready today! 

FINALLY!!  Here is the file for the PDF form....warning…it will take a bit of time to downlad…..give it at least 10 minutes….okay??

The next block in the Palooza is by the fabulously talented Amy Ellis for Block #10 going live on Thursday February 24th!  

I have been enjoying seeing everyone’s blocks and can’t wait to see what you do with mine!  Feel free to load it on my Blue Nickel Page as well as the Blockapalooza  page on Flickr!

oh, and the Andorian love story mentioned above?  I completely made that up to make up for my lack of  foresight in planning that photo…but if you made it this far, you probably don’t care….and since you love me that much, you deserve the truth….

Happy Sewing!! 


274:Block-a-palooza begins!!

January 24th, 2011

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So are you ready??  Today is the big beginning of our Block-a-Palooza “Waiting for Spring”!!  Go visit John for the first block and then follow the schedule as listed below!!  Have fun, and don’t forget to post your blocks and progress at the Flickr group page!!


Monday, January 24
Block #1: John Adams
Quilt Dad

Thursday, January 27
Block #2: Elizabeth Hartman
Oh, Fransson!

Monday, January 31
Block #3: Amanda Sasikirana
sasikirana handmade

Thursday, February 3
Block #4: Cherri House
Cherry House Quilts

Monday, February 7
Block #5: Kaye Prince
Miss Print

Thursday, February 10
Block #6: Monica Solorio-Snow
Happy Zombie

Monday, February 14 (Happy Valentine’s Day!)
Block #7: Heather Bostic
a la mode fabric

Thursday, February 17
Block #8: Angela Yosten
Moda Home Mom

Monday, February 21
Block #9: Scott Hansen
Blue Nickel Studios

Thursday, February 24
Block #10: Amy Ellis
Amy’s Creative Side

Monday, February 28
Block #11: Fat Quarterly team
Fat Quarterly

Thursday, March 3
Block #12: Jennifer Davis
Sugar Stitches

Monday, March 7
Block #13: Tia Curtis
Camp Follower Bags & Quilts

Thursday, March 10
Block #14: Ryan Walsh
I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts

Monday, March 14
Block #15: Kerri Horsley
lovely little handmades

Thursday, March 17
Block #16: Vanessa Christenson
V and Co.

Thursday, March 24
Block layout: Julie Herman
jaybird quilts

Wrap-up, charity auction

Happy sewing everyone!!   Let the Palooza-ing begin….

Is Palooza-ing a word? I guess it must be, as I just  made it up….....I love the English language!

266: Block-a-palooza!!

December 21st, 2010

Okay so I am a few days behind on the following announcement…...John over at Quilt Dad has gathered some blogger quilters together for the following Block-a-Palooza to begin next month….18 of us have banded together as a rag tag team to bring you:

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Here is what John wrote up for our intro…..

By now, many of you are busy making the final push towards the holidays. But what are your crafty plans as we enter 2011? Well, clear your plate, because we have a great quilt-along planned that will begin in January!

18 quilt bloggers have collaborated to bring you the first-ever Bloggers’ Block-a-palooza. We’ll jump from blog to blog making 2 quilt blocks per week, wrapping up with a custom setting and layout design to help complete your quilt. I am so excited to be one of the participating bloggers.

We’re calling this quilt-along “Waiting for Spring” because we’ll be using the brand new Sunkissed line by Sweetwater for Moda, and the bright colors and botanical prints should help you (or at least those of you in the Northern hemisphere!) push through the cold winter months and have a fresh new quilt ready for the Spring.

More details will be available soon, but in the meantime feel free to grab our button below and spread the word.

Grab our button!

Quilt Dad

So get ready for some great blocks from some awesome quilters….(even one from me! ;) ) 

Okay so there are how many days left til Christmas, now??  Oh my gosh, I am SOOOO  not ready still….

Piece out peeps!!

260:Baking Time….

November 30th, 2010

Well, the day has finally come, I am now an “official” chef over at the Moda Bake Shop!  Here is my first recipe!  


The quilt is quilted by Kim over at Golden Needle Quilting, and I think she did a really great job.


Wish I had more time to write  in this post, but I am in a rush as most people are this time of year…..I don’t think that is a good thing, but facts are facts.  Yesterday I spent the whole day at work and then went shopping for Christmas with Linda.   The best part was that we took time to eat dinner together just the two of us.   That was very nice!!

I did want to share one more picture of a variation of this tablerunner with a completely different look.   This version isn’t quilted (due to that whole “time” issue again) and it is mostly constructed of Moda fabrics, but I couldn’t post a picture over there because the citron and white polka dots are a Michael Miller product.


It’s November 30th everyone…..Here is my wish for a very peaceful and blissful December…Don’t forget to give back and don’t get stressed out by all the activities that seem to come this time of year.  

See you next month….oh, wait that could be tomorrow…. 

Peace out,


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