Quilt Uberfest Special!!

October 17th, 2011

I hope you have had fun Uberfest- ing with me and my bloggy buds.   I was a little bit worried that we would get a late pull-out, because life just happens, you know?  So I talked to my friend Sarah Fielke, and she volunteered to to a back up block! Wasn’t that kind?  Click here to get her directions.  Since this was a last minute thing,  Sarah designed block and wrote up directions, but there was no time to get the fabric to her.
So with great delight, I bring you Sarah’s bonus block #17…..

In hindsight, I think those striped triangles should have been on the outside corners….or all of the dark triangles another fabric altogether.

When we get it all of the blocks put together and quilted…we will let you know how you can enter to win it by buying a raffle ticket  to a great cause….all of which is to be planned still…

I know that I have many winners to announce to various things from last week and the few weeks before.  The first week (which would be last week if you are trying to keep track of things) back to the DayJob ended up being even more time-consuming than I had anticipated….so I am pretty beat up from it still .. I hope I can get to announcing everything on Wednesday this week….

thanks for your patience on that front…and so while you are waiting you can hunt for the Blue Nickel posts that are currently running giveaways…

Peace Out….

Quilt-Uberfest Block #7 — In the Corner Pocket

October 7th, 2011

I hope you have been enjoying Quilt-Uberfest.  I have to admit that I was a bit nervous if I could pull this off.  But I have had the delight of working with about half of these wonderful people before,  so I was hopeful.  And my new friends have been terrific as well!  In fact I was the one scrambling at the last minute to present my block to you today.

Before I show you my block and the link to the PDF to create it, I wanted to briefly talk about the line I chose for this quilt-along.   I really loved how this line spoke to the misty surreal effect of  fall ….the crisp morning…the foggy evenings….the hints of the summer’s glorious colors and fading to the quiet sleep of winter….

and for someone who really normally doesn’t like purple, the chocolate edge that is infused into this line also drew me in.  I like two types of purple….this brownish type and the greyish type that has been called Perkin’s purple I believe.  This one’s got the chocolate all over it…...getting hungry yet?

Here is one of the Nel Whatmore’s paintings that inspired her line Sleeping Beauty.  You can read all about it here.

And finally I bring you today’s block for the Uberfest!  In the Corner Pocket !

Actually two different versions of it!

Click here for the PDF.

Make sure you check out tomorrow’s Uberfest Block with April.  I met April at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, and I tell you there are few people out there as sweet and charming as she is…..oh, and did I mention talented to boot? Well,  she is, and she’s got a great block for Uberfest…. And while you are there, she’s got some other cool fall stuff going on as well.  I was just over there and saw what looked like a delish pumpkin cake!

And don’t forget tomorrow we also get to check out Modern Mix by Jessica Levitt! See you then!

Uberfest Block #3

October 3rd, 2011


Hey everyone,  meet Karen Linton, whom I know best as @savinggrc on Twitter.  Karen signed up to do a block for Uberfest, and then we both discovered that her lack of a blog was a teensy problem….Well, at Blue Nickel Studios, we don’t mess around….and we don’t ditch people either…so Karen is my guest and blogger for the day here at BNS(truth be told, Karen used to have a blog, but since she writes for a living, keeping a blog up wasn’t that much fun for her anymore, but quilting sure is!)    


Here is Karen with Sam, her husband of nearly 13 years.

Karen writes:

“I’m a high school math teacher by trade, but currently work very part-time as a grant writer for The Voice of the Martyrs.(www.persecution.com). I am the mom of three boys, Dominic, 21, Samuel, 19, and Joshua, 18. We are ecstatic to be empty-nesters. Since we homeschooled from kindergarten through graduation and my husband worked from home for 9 of those years, we were all home together, all the time. It’s nice to have the house to ourselves. On the other hand, now I only have the dogs to blame for any messes in the house and that doesn’t work well  with  anything not on the floor.  Sadly.

I learned to sew in junior high home-ec class, but didn’t start quilting until about 4 years ago. So, I’m a relative newbie. My great-grandmother and my grandmother (mom’s side) were both quilters. I have a dozen or so quilts they made and one my great-great grandmother made.  My mom can’t/won’t sew on a button, so it somehow skipped a generation.

Anyhow, all that to say I love quilting, well, mostly piecing. That quilting part is not my fav and I still don’t know how to do binding “properly,” but I had a great time doing the block for Uberfest and piecing all my ideas and then discarding them. Haha. Thanks for following along and have fun piecing South for Winter!

I was so very excited to be asked to create a block for the Quilt-Uber-fest, especially since I had never really designed a block before. I’ve been sewing for a few years and I’ve followed many tutorials online, some good and some not so much, but designing my own block?  Fun!  I hope my tutorial  is clear and easy to follow.   Download the full PDF here.

Scott sent us four fabrics with 2 focals from the uber-beautiful line Sleeping Beauty. I have the purple butterfly and the green/purple leaf as well as Kaffe Fasset’s Woven Haze Stripe in Terra Cotta and his Shot Cotton in Terra Cotta.

 He said we could add one fabric of our choice.  I did choose!  I have a stack of Kaufman Kona Solids and tried to match nearly every one of them with the fabrics from Scott.  I ended up using this dark green, whose real name I do not know. (sorry) So, here’s what I’m working with:

and here’s my finished block “South for Winter”:

Thanks for following along!  Join us tomorrow as Konda Luckau of Moose on the Porch Quilts shares her uber-cool block!  Thanks to Scott for the great QAL, I love these things.  If I did every one I saw online, I’d forever be in one. Thanks, too, for allowing my day on your blog.”

-Karen (@savinggrc on Twitter and Flickr)

Thanks for the great block Karen! I love it.  Don’t forget to put your pictures of your blocks on our Flickr Page! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.


Quilt UberFest Launch!

October 1st, 2011

And here we go people! Are you ready 16 glorious days of quilt block by some wonderful quilty-bloggy peeps?  Good!

We did add one little addition to our original challenge.  Somehow I didn’t communicate the use of the half square triangles portion of the project to my friends, so as we went along on with this project some flying geese usage made it here too.  No big deal right? More is more!

And at last minute Amanda Jennings had to step out to take care of some health issues so we are bringing in Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie fame.  Thanks for pinch-hitting Heather! and get well quick Amanda!

Today we start with John Adams of QuiltDad fame!  John has come up with a great block…nice and simple and bold.  Here is the schedule for rest of the Uberfestivities..

AND we have a special guest today to start us off!


Nel Whatmore the designer of the Sleeping Beauty line that we are using graciously sent me some info about the line, herself, and some inspiration pix as well.

The following are excerpts from an interview that Nel shared with me from an interview she gave a little while back:

Did you ever envision your art as part of the crafting world? How did you get involved in this industry?

I have always loved textiles, from screen printing my own duvet cover as a teenager to painting handmade curtains as a student. I have always found making things enjoyable and relaxing. To now have the opportunity to have my original work translated into my own fabric collections is truly very exciting for me. There was nothing quite like getting my first set of samples of Happy Go Lucky. I got involved in this industry as we were already working with Coats producing the MAIA tapestry kits and stitch kits and so it seemed a natural extension.

Your paintings are so beautiful.  They translate well for needlecraft kits.  Did you ever imagine your paintings translated into Fabric?  What were your thoughts when you first saw your art in this new medium?

I hoped and imagined that it may be possible to design fabrics from my originals and found out just how difficult it is to produce designs from originals in pastels rather than on a computer.

My first thoughts when I saw the strike offs were how beautifully my original pastels had been translated and engraved to produce the fabric, that they had a new quality, all of their own and it inspired me to do more and fostered a whole new interest in me in patterns and repeats.

Tell us about Sleeping Beauty, your new collection for Freespirit ?

Well Sleeping Beauty is inspired by a series of paintings that I did that all have a rather fairy tale and oriental theme. Each painting is all about layers and beautiful things hidden, as well as a little mystery.

Sleeping Beauty was always one of my favourite childhood stories. I particularly liked the part where the giant hedge grew up hiding the castle and the princess. Similarly I have loved how my children have liked certain stories and films as they have grown up such as Mulan and Spirited Away.  So Sleeping Beauty is inspired by all these things. It has a soft and gentle palette with butterfly prints and small silhouettes and rambling flowers and misty stripes.

You were nominated three times for Best Published Artists in the UK.  What does this mean to you as an artist and to your work?

 Naturally it means a lot as it is voted by UK galleries and members of the Fine Art Trade Guild. It doesn’t really effect my work as I still just paint what I want to paint and wouldn’t have that any other way. I am just very fortunate that people still seem to like it what I do.

You recently met Prince Charles at a special reception at Clarence House in London.

I was invited to a private reception at Clarence House to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Princes Trust. I received a grant from the Trust 25 years ago. To commemorate this I presented Prince Charles with one of my paintings called Devoted to You . I had a wonderful and very memorable day. 

You license your art for a number of different products.  Tell us a bit about some of the products graced by your beautiful art and are they available globally? 

My work is licensed on to may different products from paper products to placemats with Pimpernel and china with Royal Worcester. Royal Worcester are famous the world over and produce beautiful china in bespoke boxes , they do a wonderful job.They are available globally . We are also now working wit companies in Russia, Finland, Belgium and Australia. We have a really gorgeous range of stationary that will be coming out with a fantastic French company in 2012 , that I can’t wait to see.


So make your blocks now from your scraps and then go get some of this fabric when it’s available! (which is supposed to be very soon if not now!)   Remember to post your blocks on our Flickr page as we go to share with everyone else.

Oh, and here is the HTML if you want to grab our badge and put it on your blog.  We’d love to have you share with your bloggy peeps what we’re up to!

We’ve also joined up with SeamedUP to help spread the word about Quilt-Uberfest.  I have connected with Allison, one of the co-founders, about what they are building.  Although the site is still in Beta mode, they have an interesting concept going on that you might like.  It’s members only, but membership is free.  It’s a great place to keep track of your stash, library, and projects, especially if you don’t have a blog of your own.  Getting ready for Quilt-Uberfest, doing a couple of interviews and book blog tours, I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to explore the whole site.  Let me know what you think!

 So grab your Favorite Beverage in a big tall stein and have at it! We hope you enjoy our Quilt-Uberfest!