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New Bedford by Denyse Schmidt — The Winners and apologies.

August 3rd, 2015

And our winner on Intsagram is Virginia who wrote:

Great line of fabric! There are SO many possibilities!

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And for those who noticed that all of the comments from July 30th and 31st disappeared off of the original post…(yes, I am soooooo sorry about that) In the transitioning and rebuilding of the site, the comments for those two days got obliterated! :(  I will be giving away the above strips and squares of New Bedford as a consolation, follow up prize. The fabric in this giveaway is pre-washed, because I am one of those old schoolers who just do that as a practice.  So go ahead and leave a comment here for those scraps up above. There are a lot of strips, so there’s a fair amount of the stuff there!

I will draw for this giveaway sometime next week, I am working on the new site and a bunch of other things this week, so I won’t have time until then to do it.

FYI…the site will be temporarily down Wednesday, August 5, in the evening, so just check back to comment after that if it is…You might be the first to see the new look…even before me!!!

Keep Sewing, Keep Happy,

Scott

 

One Fabric Nation — New Bedford GIVEAWAY!!

July 28th, 2015

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So here’s another project that you can do with your New Bedford prints when you race out to get them from your local quilt shop this week.

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I have always loved these little Scottie Dog Pillows. It just so happens that Denyse Schmidt has a pattern for you right here. I have mocked up a front and a back up here for you in New Bedford, so you can get an idea of how the line looks cut up small like this.  There’s no way I will get this project finished before the end of July when this post was due, so I thought you all would be fine with a mock-up.

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Back when Linda and I ran a little vintage clothing and antique shop on our property, we had a couple of these Scottie Dogs in vintage fabric. they were so fun!

And NOW onto this most Generous Giveaway from Free Spirit Fabrics.

I have TWO Fat Quarter Towers to share with two lucky readers.

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Here’s how we’re going to do this. I will give one of the towers away here on my blog, so leave a comment at the end of this post to win that one. (and remember that on this site, all comments have to be approved by me to prevent spam for you and  me….That’s one of the things that I hope to get installed during the remodel, a way that you can prove you are not a robot, so no one has to wait for me to approve the comment!)

And, I will giveaway the other bundle on my Instagram account. I haven’t done a giveaway on Instagram, but I love that application so much, I am looking forward to trying it. To win on Instagram, Look for the above photo on my stream, make sure you follow me there, and then leave a comment. I will draw a winner for both venues on the following Monday, August 3.

So go for it, Peeps! Let’s get some commenting going down for these sweet prizes!!

Keep Happy,  Keep Sewing,

Scott

 

 

One Fabric Nation! New Bedford

June 30th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott

 

Sticks and Stones…..

April 28th, 2015

I love getting published in American Patchwork and Quilting. They really are a first class organization, and this is the second time I have worked with them. I am looking forward to more projects with them (hint, hint, early next year! :) )

This issue hit the newsstand, April 7th….so yeah, I am a little late telling you about it, but I am pretty sure you can still find it out there, at least I hope you can!

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Photo used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

The quilt that I created for this June 2015 issue is called Along Those Lines. My working title was Tools of the Trade because to me it represented the sticks and stones from a Shaman’s bag of tools for his or her trade. And that visual came in my head because of the name of the line of fabric I used for this quilt. Yup, this is another “one-liner” quilt for me, using David Butler’s Parson Gray Line, Shaman.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Photo used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I have been thinking about quite a few different quilt concepts using lines and “circles” of sorts and they all have a “sticks and stones” theme (in my head at least). For some reason (I am not sure why) I didn’t feel right calling this quilt Sticks and Stones but truth be told, I will probably always refer to it as Sticks and Stones No. 1 in my heart.  I like American Patchwork’s name for it better than anything that I could think up. Usually, I am pretty pleased with my own names, but every once in awhile, I am stumped!

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Photo used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

And I loved AP&Q’s photos, So I went with them for this post. You can get kits for this quilt at Crimson Tate here, so get one while you can!  And I bet Heather has some issues available too.

That’s it for today. I so miss writing blog posts like I used to. I know the site needs updating like mad, but I just never seem to have time for it. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more up-to-date photos and sharing. (and speaking of which, I am almost up to 1,000 Likes on my Studio Facebook page, so be sure to keep an eye on that and here for a big grand giveaway!) I do have quite a few more posts and things to share down the road, so hopefully I will get a chance to get my thoughts together and take the time to share them with you soon.

Until then,
Keep Sewing, Keep Happy!

Scott

 

Beauty Queen

June 9th, 2014

So June is here…..and a flood of stuff will be showing up here on the blog.  I will be having a couple of giveaways, telling you about my first set of patterns finally up for sale on my new Etsy shop,  new books by friends, a whole bunch of  mostly) new lines of fabrics by some very dear friends of mine and a whole lot more.

So here’s the first of that buncha buncha fabric love!  Today I am sharing Beauty Queen by the lovely Jennifer Paganelli!

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True to her normal form Jennifer rocks the Caribbean colors in a fun, floral way.

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And I of course made more of Monica‘s treat bags…..They are always handy to have on hand!

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Or Tusk…..as the case may be….

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I knew this Pink Elephant table would come in handy for photo-shoots! (Goodwill — $14.99!)

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So that’s it for today’s post. See you soon (maybe even tomorrow?) for some more show and tell!

 

the hand embroidered haven….

March 28th, 2014

Have you heard of Megan Frock? By now, I bet more of you have, but just in case you haven’t I want to share with you something wonderful Megan worked on for quite awhile under the radar, and brought to the light of day last summer or fall I think. (or heaven help me if I forgot,  last spring??)

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Megan sent me her wonderful book late last year….so bad of me, I don’t remember when….I loved it from the start, but like many, many things it fell behind the wake of my other adventures….which is no indication of it’s greatness to be sure.

I first met Megan when she was helping out our mutual friend Tula Pink at one Market. I barely spoke to her at the first one, I think I was crazy busy, and I think Megan was a bit overwhelmed by the amazingness of the whole event.  But at the last few Markets, I have had the opportunity to chat with Megan, and I tell you that each conversation is a treat in true Southern charm. Her accent is just delightful and her love of the craft it just as sweet.

the hand embroidered haven is Megan’s first book (I am sure she will have more!) and it is chock full of some great sewing projects with an emphasis on embroidery as a featured part of each project.

I truly love these zoomorphic framed projects below:

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I can particularly relate to the Rabbit Ears on the TV…..had those all of the time growing up…We could only get three stations, sometimes we were lucky enough to get the fourth station from the border of Washington State and Canada.

And Megan also has some great instructions for stitches…including some I had never heard of but sound compelling. Like the Couched Filling Stitch.

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And Twilling…I am sure I have seen this, but never knew what it was called. Love the full texture it brings to the needlework.

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But as you know already, I rarely get to carving out the time to embroider. So of course my first loves in her book were the quilts  and these two are my favorites!

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So that’s it for today. If you don’t already have Megan’s book, go right out and get it. You’ll be happy you did!

Oh, and the fabric behind all of these shots? Beauty Queen from Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit. New this Spring. Look for it, You’ll love it!

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

August 25th, 2013

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

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

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And some of these greys:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And some could work equally well for Christmas projects:

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

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And onto the second part of this post.

The Gooseberry Patch Book Winner…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

World Tour Mystery Tour # 3

May 14th, 2013

And here is clue set # 3 for the Mystery Game we have been playing with Dave Butler‘s World Tour line.

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As in previous posts here at the Blue Nickel, the game works like this:  Check out these pictures and previous shots here, here, and here.  Then make your best guess as to what is in the center of the quilt Dave designed and I pieced (quilted by my friend Becky Marshall).

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Make your guesses on the Free Spirit Facebook page at anyone of the posts there regarding this quilt mystery game.  The big reveal post will be here on Friday the 17th of May!  There have been some great guesses!! Can’t wait to see the next batch of guesses!!

As this post goes up….I am in the throes of last minute packing and getting things ready for Market and trying to make sure the house will be maintained and all the other “stuff” that happens when you leave the house with kids in charge….

Don’t forget to check out the blog Friday and Saturday for some great “surprise” posts regarding some of the projects I have been working on for Market…and then there will be more after too because I just don’t have time to get them all up before!

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!!

World Tour …….

April 17th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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