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Today is our day on the “Tie One On” blog hop – welcome!!
When designer Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios, asked us to be part of his “Tie One On” blog hop, of course we said yes and were super excited.
First – There are giveaways so let’s get the very important ‘blog business’ on how to enter out of the way….Banyan Batiks is giving away an assortment of “Tie One On” batik bundles! Yippee! Also, Colourwerx will be sending our winner an assortment of our patterns, including our newest pattern called “Whirligig” which is featured here and will be debuting October 15th.
Here’s how to enter – just leave a comment below. A winner will be randomly selected from the comment list below. Hopefully you’ve been following along with my fellow bloggers each day since the blog hop started last Saturday. If not, be sure to go back and check their blogs (listed near the end of this blog post) because each stop on the blog hop is offering a giveaway, so that’s ten chances to win a prize, including on Scott’s blog!! Now back to Scott and his debut batik fabric collection….
“Tie One On” is Scott’s new signature batik collection he designed for Banyan Batiks, a division of Northcott Fabrics. Scott is the “mad color scientist” behind his company Blue Nickel Studios, and teaches each year at the famed Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and Quilter’s Affaire in Sisters Oregon – a must see show each Summer for anyone who lives or is visiting the West Coast! The motto of his company is “Urban Folk-Modern Design” – how could you not love that! One of my favorite patterns from Scott which is especially gorgeous in Kaffe Fassett fabrics and of course, on my bucket list, is “Painted Forest”. Love this! You can purchase this pattern on his website here.
Carl and I met Scott last year near Spring Quilt Market when his new fabric collection was just debuting at Quilt Market to shop owners. I made a few Mini Mod Dog samples for his booth that came out super cute! Here they are! You can purchase the Mini ModDog Pattern here! And you can read the inspiration behind Scott’s idea for designing “Tie One On” fabrics by clicking here – did you know it has nothing to do with drinking but with men’s neckties? – ha!
So it was decided – Whirligig named for the swirling offset quarter circles that look a bit unhinged, would be the perfect contemporary vehicle to showcase this color group and Scott’s new collection. But which colors and which fabrics?? – so many good ones to choose from in his new collection. (click on the images below to see each colorway!)
Ultimately I settled in on the Ventura color collection as it reminded of the candy “good and plenty’. I love the fresh pearl and mint colors mixed with the bold blacks and bright magentas. Very #colouricious indeed!! And that black and magenta atomic starburst pattern is my absolute fave of all – it’s called ‘Stardust Hotel’. It’s a perfect match to our mid century modern Palm Springs vibe here in the desert!
Once I received the eight fabrics from the very nice people at Northcott – I paired them into four groups and began cutting out my templates shapes. First I needed to trace the template shapes using my trusty Frixion Iron Off Pen. This makes tracing shapes so easy and guess what? if you make a mistake, all you need to do is iron away your mistake – a win-win for me!
Next – the fun part – curvey quilting. The key to sewing curves is to “hug the curve in order to love your curve!” Really! Scant 1/4″ seams are where it’s at and hug the edge of the curve with the edge of your presser foot! And neato! – no pins needed with our pattern templates as the curve is gentle and we designed in extra seam allowance so you don’t have to be ‘Patty Perfect’. (You’ll trim and square down after a block is assembled – yippee!)
Once all curved units were sewn, they were once again paired with their counterparts and sewn together to form blocks. Blocks were squared and trimmed down and yes, you got it! sewn together to form half of the whirligig. Two halves go together and with the designed offset to create that rather “unhinged” look – you get a one big beautiful Whirligig block! By switching the placements of the fabrics you get a totally different block…hence block “A” and block “B” !
Once you make six each of these block variations you are ready to assemble the top. I quilted this on my APQS Lucey long arm using King Tut Variagated Thread in the Canaan color and the pantograph pattern Chinook by Urban Threads – I think both the thread and the pantograph pattern are a perfect match to the Whirligig pattern and Scott’s “Tie One On” fabrics! I love the way it came out.
“Whirligig” is a super fun pattern and a contemporary take on the traditional Drunkard’s Path block. It’s also so easy to select fabrics for – just eight 1-yard cuts is all you need….first choose 4 distinct colors and then choose 2 fabrics in each colourway! Eazy Peazy! 🙂 The pattern will be available shortly and if you like what you see (and we hope you do) you can preorder the pattern here on our Colourwerx website and save $2.00 – it will be ship on October 15th!
As for “Tie One On” fabrics, those are coming to a shop near you in October! So start looking for them! Yea!!!
Tomorrow’s stop is Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill at Whole Circle Studio and I can’t wait to see what she has created! And by the way – here’s the list of my fellow bloggers….remember even though their day on the blog hop may have passed, the giveaway is still open, so go visit them and enter! And of course, be sure to visit Scott’s site at Blue Nickel Studios for giveaways too!
Saturday 9/22 – Teri Lucas https://terificreations.com/
Sunday 9/23 – Robin Long http://robinruthdesign.com/blog/
Monday 9/24 – Sue O’Very https://sueoverydesigns.com/blog/
Tuesday 9/25 – Cheryl Arkison http://www.cherylarkison.com/diningroomempire/
Wednesday 9/26 – Linda Sullivan (Me!!) https://colourwerx.wordpress.com/
Thursday 9/27 – Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill http://blog.wholecirclestudio.com/
Friday 9/28 – Debby Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/
Saturday 9/29 – Blair Stocker https://wisecrafthandmade.com/blog/
Sunday 9/30 – Kim Niedzwiecki http://www.gogokim.com/
As for our giveaway, be sure to leave a comment below. We’ll leave the contest open until Monday, October 1st and Molly, our office manager, will pick a winner on Tuesday, October 2nd.
Thanks for stopping by and until your next colour fix~
Linda & Carl