Happy 15th of the month scrappy quilt lovers! How are everyone’s scrap quilts coming along for the big scrap challenge!? If you’re lacking inspiration … I’m pretty sure you’ll find some with today’s featured scrappy quilter – Scott Hansen from Blue Nickel Studios! (facebook, instagram) (oh – and in case you’re confused as you read the interview – K = Kim (aka me) and S = Scott (aka Blue Nickel Studios).)
K: Why do you enjoy using fabric scraps for quilting?
S: Well, It's because I love a riot of color! All of the time! I really have to work at giving my quilts some spots to rest the eyes, because I so love all of the movement and excitement found in pattern and color combinations.
K: Do you have a secret or tip for storing your scraps?
S: hahahahaha! Oh, you were serious? Well, to be blunt not really. I do have some bins that I started sorting by color into, but they get forgotten all of the time. I really like having everything where I can see it so that I can decide as I go what I am going to use.
K: If someone where to have given you one tip for sewing/quilting when you first started - what do you wish they would have told you?
S: Not really sure on this one. Maybe to be sure to Press instead of Iron. I had a student explain the difference to me once and now I tell that to many of my students!
K: What's your favorite color to use in your quilts?
S: Equally hard question. If I had to pick one color, it would probably be Red, but I don't see that much Red show up in my work! Weird, huh? I think I really do tend to use Green then Blue and then Red, but I love every color except for Bright Purple so I'm pretty unpicky. I like to combine odd color combinations to create interest.
K: If you have a picture and/or story of your favorite quilt you've made using scraps thus far ... please share.
S: It is really, really hard to pick a favorite one. My most recent Tree one is a fun one but the original is done with one line (Cotton and Steel's Tinsel) , and kind of scrappy, but not as scrappy as it could be. That one is Christmas 1964 and newly available on my website to purchase. I was inspired by an online search of mid-century Christmas images for my Cell phone wall paper!
A real favorite of mine that is VERY Scrappy but sometimes gets overlooked is Beauty in the Bark.
This quilt was mostly inspired by a print fabric designed by Valori Wells a few years back. I loved making this one. So much color and texture and SOOO Scrappy.
Thank you so much Scott for taking the time to answer my questions and share your scrappy-guru-ism with the group! Everyone – be sure to check out Scott’s site – he has some great patterns and tons of inspiration to be found!
****BONUS!!!!**** Scott has shared a fabulous pattern for a "Scrappy Fish" Block! Check it out here!
(I personally think Scott’s pattern “Painted Forest” would be the perfect scrappy quilt!)
If you make one (or five) of Scott's fabulous "Scrappy Fish" feel free to link up below so others can see!
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