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!
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!