Handmaker Again

Handmaker Again

So do you remember when I posted about Natalie Barnes‘ Hand Maker fabric back in October? Well, this here post is the follow up post I promised.

I have known Natalie off and on over the years from Quilt Markets past. She was a big supporter of Generation Q back when the magazine started, and I was on the initial start-up team there. Most of my contact has been a passing hello or hug at Market. But this past summer, Natalie taught classes at Quilters’ Affair with me and many other teachers. We shared a Shuttle Ride to Sisters, Oregon and then saw each other often throughout the rest of the week. Talk about a genuine Soul, Natalie is just a delightful person who loves people and creative pursuits of any kind.

Her Hand Maker line was birthed from her love of the support “Makers” have for each other and the Colorful world around them. And for her part of that support and love of Makers, she shared some of her first line with me this past summer. Here are some close-ups of the prints.


I love the deep Jewel Tones in this line. And the Blacks and Whites as well.


I am Over the Top in in love with the Big Flowers on the Black and White background.


After Quilters Affair, Natalie asked if I would be interested in working with Hand Maker using one of my patterns for her booth for Fall Market.

I am not sure if  Christmas 1964 was the first of my patterns that I thought of, but once I decided on using it, I was pretty pleased by the outcome. Natalie also sent some of Marcia Derse’s Palette from Windham Fabrics that I used as a solid to highlight Natalie’s prints.  Here’s what one panel from of the pattern looks like in Hand Maker has a wall-hanging.

Here it is un-quilted in our garden.


And then Natalie asked Teresa to quilt it. Look at the Marvelous job she did on this!

Currently this tree is somewhere in a Texas Quilt Shop I think.  I am hoping that eventually it will make its way back to me!

Hand Maker is hitting shops now as I understand it. So you can go get it while the getting’s good so to speak. You can purchase the Christmas 1964 pattern here as a downloadable PDF anytime. 🙂


ORRRRR — you could WIN some Fat Quarters of Hand Maker by commenting here at the Blue Nickel! And I will send the winner a FREE copy of the PDF for Christmas 1964 pattern.

Natalie has generously decided to give a TON of Hand Maker fabric away! One commentor on this post will win a bundle of Hand Maker Fat Quarters!  But wait there’s more!
Stop at each one of these other stops on the blog tour sometime today (because this is the last day of the tour!) and comment on their posts. You have Another chance to win there!

( I know…to many CAPITAL LETTERS and !!!!! — So tacky! 🙂 )

Here’s the list of the other stops on the Tour:

 Saturday 03 December
Natalie Barnes + beyondthereefpatterns.com
Sunday 04 December
Angela Walters – quiltingismytherapy.com
Monday 05 December
Tuesday 06 December
Julie Herman + jaybirdquilts.com
Wednesday 07 December
John Q. Adams + quiltdad.com
Thursday 08 December
Latifah Saafir + latifahsaafirstudios.com
Friday 09 December
Rose Hughes + rosehughes.com
Saturday 10 December
Jenny Pedigo + sewkindofwonderful.com
Sunday 11 December
Cheri Leffler + cherilefflerdesigns.com
And HERE of course! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the Blue Nickel today.
Now remember to comment about something you’re Making or going to Make and get your name entered to win!
And if you happen to be on Instagram, please do stop by an follow me there as well.
And as always,
Keep Sewing, Keep Happy,
(I will draw a winner here on Tuesday December 13th and Natalie will send that winner a nice little bundle!)



  • charmingbubble2


    My modernist daughter would love this pattern and colours. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    December 11, 2016 at 1:55 am
  • Nancy


    Those colors are just WOW. And so is your pattern!

    December 11, 2016 at 4:22 am
  • Dianne Young


    These fabrics are stunning! And the pattern is perfect for so many seasons!

    December 11, 2016 at 4:41 am
  • Sharon D


    Love the fabrics and your pattern!

    December 11, 2016 at 4:52 am
  • Fabulous fabrics, would love to win some & of course your great pattern!

    December 11, 2016 at 5:19 am
  • Emily C


    My current WIP is a fairy art quilt

    December 11, 2016 at 5:33 am
  • lewisnancy54


    Love the fabrics!! I am planning to make a quilt for my granddaughter’s college graduation. I need to get going on choosing the pattern and time is getting closer!!

    December 11, 2016 at 5:43 am
  • Rita Scott


    Love the fabrics. I have lots of family members who would love a quilt from these fabrics.

    December 11, 2016 at 6:44 am
  • Lori Morton


    Fabrics are GORGEOUS!!! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too 🙂

    I am busily sewing Jamma’s right now..have made new pairs for the Kiddo’s every Christmas since they were little! 🙂 Still make, and have a few Spouses & Grankiddo’s added to list to make now too! 😀


    December 11, 2016 at 6:48 am
  • Kathy E.


    I adore this collection!!! Every single fabric sparks my brain to create something gorgeous! Right now, I am frantically trying to finish a Christmas gift for my son. It’s a large quilt (large for me, anyway) and just yesterday, the top was completed. Now it’s on to basting and quilting! Merry Christmas to you!

    December 11, 2016 at 7:40 am
  • Sandy A in St. Louis


    I love Natalie’s patterns and your three pattern! I am currently working on a quilt top out of a kit I got at a garage sale. I didn’t like the pattern they used, so I made up my own. 🙂 It is going to have to go on the back burner, though, because I am going to start the Christmas candy making this week. No sewing while that is happening!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    December 11, 2016 at 7:47 am
  • Laura


    This fabric line really is fabulous.I particularly love the larger flower as I can imagine how interesting it would be plain as well as cut up. Thanks to all for the generous giveaway.

    December 11, 2016 at 7:47 am
  • Mary O. From Texas


    Too many CAPITALS? I think not!!! Beautiful fabric and love the pattern. Merry Christmas!

    December 11, 2016 at 7:54 am
  • I love the fabrics and the pattern!
    Right now I am hand stitching the binding on a charity quilt for the children’s ward at my local hospital. I started piecing the quilt on Friday, and finished the quilting today. That’s not bad for a weekend,s work!

    December 11, 2016 at 7:58 am
  • Weber Michael John


    Wow just beautiful. Love you work.

    December 11, 2016 at 8:18 am
  • Flo Burton


    The fabric is beautiful and love the pattern! What a beautiful quilt, I would make it for my daughter!

    December 11, 2016 at 8:21 am
  • Zina


    Natalie’s fabrics and your pattern are a perfect match. I live this quilt!

    December 11, 2016 at 8:27 am
  • Tracine Charest


    Love the fabric! It looks amazing with your pattern! I am making Tree Christmas runner. I seem to be on a table runner binge at the moment
    tracinecharest at Gmail dot com

    December 11, 2016 at 8:31 am
  • Diane Broekhuis


    Thank you the great pattern that works so well with HandMaker fabric by Natalie Barnes and Marcia Derse! I love Natalie’s patterns and her great color and texture!

    December 11, 2016 at 8:41 am


    Love the fabrics and your pattern!

    December 11, 2016 at 8:43 am
  • Jacklynn A Grimm


    I have plans to finally finish the Maker’s tote I started. Your tree pattern is awesome!

    December 11, 2016 at 8:50 am
  • Lovely group of fabrics–will make something modern for sure. I’m knee deep in Bonnie Hunter’s mystery.
    I remember when you spoke at our guild, Puyallup Valley Quilters (quite awhile ago).Your quilts were so colorful and happy;what impressed me the most was the scrappy nature of the pieced backs!

    December 11, 2016 at 8:59 am
  • Carol


    Natalie and Marcia Derse look good together. What a great tree!

    December 11, 2016 at 9:01 am
  • Lee


    I plan on making a modern log cabin quilt for my brother! Thank you!

    December 11, 2016 at 9:09 am
  • This fabric line is gorgeous. I can think of so many patterns begging for it to be used. The tree project is awesome.

    December 11, 2016 at 9:16 am
  • Cory Hight


    I am currently making baby doll quilts for two of my granddaughters and a lap quilt for their sister, my other granddaughter, for Christmas. This fabric line is beautiful. Merry Christmas.

    December 11, 2016 at 9:20 am
  • Oh my gosh, these prints are calling my name 🙂

    December 11, 2016 at 9:30 am
  • Julie


    I keep asking my quilt store when will it arrive? Soon I hope. Ready to play with it

    December 11, 2016 at 9:56 am
  • Martha Henrichs


    Great fabric and pattern!

    December 11, 2016 at 11:12 am
  • Gloria Cotten


    How did I miss this delightful pattern before? Love it! Thanks for the terrific giveaway! cotten.gloria@gmail.com

    December 11, 2016 at 11:59 am
  • Pam S


    Your playful, joyful tree is absolutely delightful! Thanks so much for sharing this. It just makes me smile. And thanks for the great giveaway and for your always-fun blog!

    December 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  • Patti Zimmerman


    I am working on a Jen kingwell pattern…I just love the hand maker Linda,

    December 11, 2016 at 12:25 pm
  • Leanne Clare


    These fabrics are just simply fabulous! I am trying to get a quilt done for my granddaughter for Christmas…and some bags for gifts….and rebinding an antique quilt….and resizing a bunch of king size pillow cases to standard size! Can you say BUSY?

    December 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Love the fabrics and great pattern x

    December 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm
  • Love your pattern! I am currently working on En Provence; Bonnie K Hunter’s latest mystery quilt. We are on the third clue, but because of circumstances beyond my control I am still working on the first weeks.

    December 11, 2016 at 1:37 pm
  • Gwen Wehner


    Awesome fabric! I am making a Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt for my granddaughter!

    December 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm
  • Nicole Sender


    The fabric is so outstanding! I’d love to make a quilt with it! Love the tree!

    December 11, 2016 at 3:24 pm
  • Vicki H


    Love the fabrics, they work well with your pattern.

    December 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm
  • Sandy K


    Fantastic tree! I would love the fabrics and pattern.

    December 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm
  • Nancy


    What lovely fabric. Your project turned out great! Thanks for sharing the awesome giveaway.

    December 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm
  • Hueisei


    I’m making a GFG quilt for myself.

    December 11, 2016 at 4:31 pm
  • Maria


    These colors and designs are so great! I’m making slippers for my mom for christmas

    December 11, 2016 at 4:41 pm
  • Kathie L


    I’m making an applique block that will be part of our guild’s next raffle quilt.

    December 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm
  • Cecilia


    I’m working on a book bag for my granddaughter for Christmas. I’m using a Charm pack of the Nancy Drew fabric and I will be adding a Nancy Drew book in it.

    December 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm
  • Ann O.


    Beautiful fabrics! And the pattern is so perfect made up in them! Thanks for the chance to win. I’m currently working on quilts for the grandsons for Christmas…one done, one pretty close. Phew!!

    December 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm
  • Anne Simonot


    I love this fabric line — so bright and cheerful. I should be making a tree skirt — how many years have I needed one? I recently made ten hanging dish towels from a Pinterest tutorial, for small Xmas gifts.

    December 11, 2016 at 6:22 pm
  • Cool giveaway! I’m still hoping to make some pillowcases! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

    December 11, 2016 at 6:39 pm
  • Janie


    Your Christmas 1964 is beautiful. The fabric placement makes the quilt pop. I would love to win your pattern along with the fabric collection. Thank you for a chance to win them both. P.S. I was born in 1964!! That may be a lucky number. Have a great rest of the weekend.

    December 11, 2016 at 6:50 pm
  • Alice news


    Wow…just so beautiful

    December 11, 2016 at 6:56 pm
  • Donna


    Those fabrics are just amazing, and I would have so much fun sewing them. Thanks for giveaway.

    December 11, 2016 at 7:47 pm
  • Amy


    Cool quilt design. Very pretty fabric too.

    December 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm
  • Love the pattern – very cute and the fabrics are gorgeous! So much potential! churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

    December 11, 2016 at 9:11 pm
  • Chris


    I love this pattern and fabric. I am finishing Christmas, a Twisted Log Cabin.

    December 11, 2016 at 9:41 pm
  • Cynthia Meredith


    You’ve outdone yourself with this one! That’s a spectacular quilt#

    December 12, 2016 at 2:04 am
  • Debby


    Love all the colors in the fabrics. And the tree is fun!

    December 12, 2016 at 3:53 am
  • Your ‘Christmas 1964’ pattern is a perfect match to this fabric. I really like the look of your remodeled website

    December 12, 2016 at 6:11 am
  • Wonderful line of fabrics from Natalie! Love your tree quilt, too!

    December 12, 2016 at 6:24 am
  • I would love to win this prize!
    merryorganic at gmail dot com

    December 12, 2016 at 6:49 am
  • Katy M


    I’m working on a clamshells patchwork handbag for my sister in law Love these fabrics so much!

    December 12, 2016 at 7:36 am
  • Love the colors! I’m planning on making a Moroccan inspired quilt- my goal for the new year!
    allisonpogany at gmail.com

    December 12, 2016 at 7:59 am
  • Sharlene Barrett


    Beautiful variety of color and pattern in that fabric line. Your pattern showcases it well. Nicely done.

    December 12, 2016 at 11:02 am
  • Carol C


    I am just finishing a baby quilt for my son’s partner’s new nephew and I am really excited about it, I love the quilt too but even better I’ve ended (I hope) a two year sewing drought caused by a whole bunch of nasty stuff beyond my control and that feels wonderful. And just in time for Christmas. Life is definitely getting better!

    December 12, 2016 at 12:22 pm
  • Rebecca


    Im currently working on a small star wall hanging. Oh my what wonderful looking fabrics. Happy Holiday package for someone to win. Thank you

    December 12, 2016 at 3:43 pm
  • Jennifer


    I adore your design and am so excited that perhaps I will be able to make one up before Christmas! I have been tied to my machines for the past month and have made a lap quilt for my dad, a big block shoo fly for my son and his girlfriend, a picnic blanket using some of Tula’s bumble line for my nephew (plus 6 napkins and today I decided he needs cutlery holders too…), a snowman table runner for my niece, pillows for grand nieces and nephews with their names appliquéd on them, 9 cosmetic bags, a tote bag for my sister and I have some faux leather that I want to quilt on my long arm to make a bag for that picnic quilt and I have one more table runner in the works. Oh, and I am on my 4th pair of hand knit socks and yesterday I taught myself how to arm knit infinity cowls so have made a couple of those. But, yeah! I have time to make Christmas 1964..I will be happy for the person who wins the fabrics (which I also adore) and the pattern, but will definitely be happiest if it is me! Thanks for the opportunity! Merry Christmas!

    December 12, 2016 at 4:58 pm
  • Karen


    I’m not of fan of many of the modern fabrics out there but these are stunning. The best I’ve seen.

    December 12, 2016 at 6:31 pm
  • Monica


    I’m making aprons and potholders for my family and friends for the holidays.

    December 12, 2016 at 7:08 pm
  • Kristine Clay


    Very creative tree on your Christmas 1964 design! I think it pairs perfectly with the fabric to have a retro chic feel. I still have some Christmas sewing and then on to baby quilts for my baby due next March!

    December 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm
  • Alice Ronne


    Love this fabric! I’m thinking of all kinds of things to make but I love the tree! akronne17@gmail.com

    December 13, 2016 at 5:36 am
  • Sandy N


    I’m currently joining in on Bonnie Hunter’s current mystery. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    December 13, 2016 at 8:07 am
  • Love Natalie Walters fabrics! She’s in my neck of the woods, I just realized! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win some really beautiful fabrics!

    December 13, 2016 at 9:37 am
  • Dawn Jones


    These fabrics are gorgeous, thank you so much for the chance. Have a great day!

    December 13, 2016 at 9:39 am
  • Summer


    I am making a Christmas table runner for my mom. Hope to have it finished for a Christmas eve present so she can use it on Christmas Day!

    December 13, 2016 at 9:49 am
  • Dianne Young


    Could really fall in love with a quilt made from these fabrics!!!

    December 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm
  • Linda


    These fabrics will make you give up the blue. They would make a cheerful quilt for anyone of any age.

    December 31, 2016 at 8:11 am
  • Beverly Baker


    OMG…to good to be true. Beautiful colors and patterns – true inspiration. I feel a new quilt pattern coming together.

    December 31, 2016 at 8:12 am
  • Sobana Sundar


    Very pleasing colours there!

    December 31, 2016 at 8:18 am
  • Marjorie Grace-Sayers


    I am going to make something for my daughter’s new condo.

    December 31, 2016 at 8:20 am

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