Meet Our Friend Scott Hansen!

Scott says we met by letter in 1995 and I’ll have to take his word on it because I don’t remember. We met in person the following year at quilt market (maybe Portland?) when he and his wife Linda came with their youngest child Max as a baby. That’s how Scott can remember these dates so well!

Read More

Today Scott is designing for several publications as well as designing fabric for Banyan Batiks, a division of Northcott. Here is his bio written in his own words.

Scott Hansen is the self-proclaimed Mad Color Scientist behind the wheel at Blue Nickel Studios. His favorite pastimes as a child included paper pop-up dioramas and that coveted 64 color box of Crayola crayons. Later in the exploratory years of junior high school, he took Woodshop and Home Ec where he learned that working with fabric was just a bit safer than working with wood. (This was before the advent of the rotary cutter, mind you.)

Scott designed his first quilt at 14. That quilt traveled with him and after collecting a few vintage quilts, he picked up the quilting bug again and has been playing with fiber and color ever since. He has had many quilt patterns published in various quilt magazines since 2008. He has been running his blog www.bluenickelstudios.com since 2006 and has been self publishing since 2012. Scott has recently started designing modern batiks for Banyan Batiks in 2017. His first line with Banyan is called “Tie One On” and is loosely based on mid century necktie designs.

More about Scott’s personal life tomorrow.

Scott was kind enough to send me a fat quarter pack of these new batiks and suggested I pair them with plaids….which I did!

Here are the batiks:

Here are the plaids from men’s shirts that I chose.

I chose a Country Threads pattern called Opposites Attract which I hope to show you soon. Here are pieces – in progress.

Here is Scott’s first Country Threads quilt – neither of us remember the name.

His taste in color has come full circle – from dark and dull to bright and modern.

Here are two of our favorites from Quiltmania magazine – both are on our to-do list.

I’d love to make the flag quilt with shot cottons.

I will continue this post about Scott tomorrow but in the meantime I’m going to start following him on Instagram under Blue Nickel Studios. Why don’t you follow him, too, and we can “discuss” various posts that we like? He also has a blog that he admittedly isn’t on as often as he’d like. I’m signing up anyway. I don’t want to miss anything!

Remember this name SCOTT HANSEN – I think you’ll see it in the forefront of modern quilting in the future. On top of that he’s just a kind and thoughtful friend who we’ve had the privilege of knowing for over 20 years!

Tune in tomorrow for more about Scott!

Snow Coming

Two – three inches of snow is expected in North Iowa tomorrow – I got the barn closed up just in time although there are still a couple things to finish.

Today was my second cataract surgery.

Read more

The very worst part is not having anything to drink after midnight – nothing! Several of my medications cause dry mouth and I always take a quart of ice water to bed with me and it’s usually gone by morning…..and no, I do not get up to use the bathroom during the night. I was the last patient today and did not get into surgery until almost 1:00. By that time I had a splitting headache! Of course I couldn’t have anything for it because I’d need water to swallow the pills.

I’ll go to bed early and tomorrow will be another day.

Connie just got her Tula Pink Alaskan Cruise quilt back from the quilter – I will take a better picture when Betty isn’t quite so interested because it’s really wonderful!

Did you notice Betty had a corner of the quilt in her mouth? Haha!

I’ve got a great story to tell you tomorrow about our friend Scott Hansen, quilt designer, teacher, fabric designer, dad, husband and good friend and more!

Until tomorrow then.

Country Threads Book Club

It’s Monday and it’s raining – what a good day to read a book! It’s time for me to ask for your most recent good reads for our master list. I will keep track and post them again in about a week so send your favorites sometime this week.

Read more

At the moment I’m reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and I’m listening to the Dark Heart by Joakim Palmkvist. I’ve also read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, The Wife Before Me by Laura Elliot, the Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mathew Whalen and the Rent Collector by Cameron Wright. The only one I did not really enjoy was the Rent Collector but I know several who loved it so don’t count it out

Remember the gorgeous succulent wreath from Amy that I showed you last week? I got my new Country Home on Saturday and look! My wreath is on the cover – with a few added red berries for Christmas!

That is it from me – now I want to hear from you and see some clicks on our page. I am so anxious to hear what you’ve been reading! I’ll get Connie’s list, too. While I’m running the blog, she’s sewing -as fast as she can for our next book!

Friday Night Facts

Lots to say but I’ll make it brief.

The Storm pattern can be ordered for $10 but it will come on 4 smaller pages since our copy machine cannot copy 17″x 22″.

Read more

Have you seen the movie A Star Is Born? Great movie! That Lady Gaga has got some pipes!

Our friend Kathy in New York sent pictures of another wonderful quilt from a quilt show last weekend.

We will start the Bullseye quilt along in January. We will continue to offer Live Thankfully and the goat block pattern for another month giving you some time to catch up before Christmas.

Is anyone else going to make Bonnie Hunter’s mystery that begins on Black Friday?

I found a UPS delivery by my front door a couple days ago – this gorgeous succulent wreath was sent via Lands End from my friend Amy. Isn’t it fun? I’ll show you again when I decide where to hang it.

The weather has been so nice that I let all the goats out into the house yard – here are the three amigos munching on newly fallen leaves in the drive.

Rick got done farming and started in on all the leaves in the yard.

He dumped 4 loads of mulched leaves by the barn so I could use them for bedding. Hazel laid down in the pile – looks pretty comfy. I shoveled into a tote and carried to the goat pen and the chickens. Not only does it smell good, the goats like to nibble on the leaves.

Becky sent me these photos from our day at Pilot Knob.

We gotta practice walking on a leash!

A good time was had by all!