I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and have no idea where my ruthless use of color comes from other than a reaction to the gray skies and my tragically colored childhood. My parents painted everything the same lemon yellow in the 1970s, and I think it threw me over the edge. I do use yellow now, but never lemon. My first quilt was a scrappy quilt made during the Brady Bunch era with everything from lime green fake fur to silver lame. After a fairly short-lived muddy country phase of quilting, in which my lovely doll-making wife, Linda, used to tell me that my favorite color was plaid brown, I like to think I’m becoming known for my uninhibited use of color in my quilts (at least that’s the nice way my family phrases it). In fact, I don’t drink because the high I get from working with intense color is the same high drinking gives, but without the hangover!

I admit to being a retail manager by day and but my secret designing life with Blue Nickel Studios, is the beginning of my second act. Living in the Pacific Northwest is made for stitchers. The many rainy days there are the perfect excuses to ditch the yard work and hit the pedal instead. I live on some sprawling country acreage where we attempt to herd three teenagers, four cats, six chickens and one lone duck at last count. Track me down at

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April Rosenthal Identicon Icon April Rosenthal July 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

Great Job Scott! I’m sure this will be a lot of work to keep running, but how exciting! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with next.


Ryan Walsh Identicon Icon Ryan Walsh July 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

SCOTT!!! How did this slip by me ? I didn’t know you were involved with this. Looks promising!


jake Identicon Icon jake July 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

Well, Ryan, all good Cabana Boys need a place to call home. I’ve got to give Scott log in access. So until then, I’ll make sure he sees this. And Scott is AWESOME!


Marion Dowell Identicon Icon Marion Dowell July 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

Looks like a good start on the magazine. And by the way, the “Pacific Northwest” includes the dry side of the state! Where the sun shines most of the year, the greens are sage and we don’t cover our rocks with extraneous vegetation.


Scott Identicon Icon Scott July 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Marion….so right…I lived in Pullman for 5 years…I love that side of the state…but was born on the swamp side, married on the swamp side, had little tadpoles over here…etc….So I think I am stuck in the mud for now….it’s all good!

Ryan…you know Cabana Boys are supposed to be discreet…I actually managed to do that for about 6 weeks now…thank goodness I made it!!


Marion Dowell Identicon Icon Marion Dowell July 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm

well, I grew up in Seattle, went to Pullman, fell in love with small towns and stayed!


Eleny Maul Identicon Icon Eleny Maul July 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Went to your website which I love and tried to subscribe. Link doesn’t work. It comes up with a file that I don’t understand. Can you help?


megan Identicon Icon megan July 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

It might be your browser. The same thing happens to me in Google Chrome, but it works fine in Safari.


Karen Identicon Icon Karen July 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Scott, my stepmother had every single 70s color in our house. The living room was burnt orange, stereo speakers and tv cabinet painted lemon yellow. Couch and chairs avocado green plaid. Chocolate brown trim. One wall mirrored. No. Really. Kitchen was celery green walls with avocado green and lemon accessories. Bedrooms done similarly. I have an abhorrence of all things 70s.


Scott Identicon Icon Scott July 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I can see why Karen..that sounds ghastly!! good thing you survived!!


Patti Parks Identicon Icon Patti Parks July 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Scott, Thank you for my prize and I am emailing you my info!! I was gathering quotes to use in my scrapbook about our travels and one of my favorites is by J. R. R. Tolkien that says ” Little by little, we travel far”. From all that you have been doing to get where you want to be in your quilting career, I think you have gotten there! Congrats!
P. S. I love the Cabana Boy Diet Coke video!!!


Scott Identicon Icon Scott July 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Love that quote Patti! Thanks for stopping by here at Generation Q AND at the Blue Nickel!! Have a great day!


Evelene Sterling Identicon Icon Evelene Sterling July 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Oh you kids stop talking about those colors you are making me take a nostalgia trip back to my school days when I wore lime green and yellow to a middle school graduation-now I find out my coloring is winter- who knew!


Leslie Millrod Identicon Icon Leslie Millrod July 12, 2012 at 5:29 am

haven’t gotten my copy yet :-(


jake Identicon Icon jake July 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

Leslie, can you please email off-list and tell me how you ordered your copy? Was it through Kickstarter and if so what was your pledge for? Of not, did you get it from our site? I’m the one who fields these but I need more information to help you. Thanks. Jake


Sally Johnson Identicon Icon Sally Johnson October 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Dear Scott,
I would like to know if I seek current issues through the list available on this website would I be able to subscribe to this magazine or do I just keep seeking from month to month not knowing when the new issue are due out… The two issues I won on talknt’ are fantastic and I love the size… perfect for my handbag… I would love to continue to get this magazine on a regulare basis and want to know how to go about this. I know you are busy with market so if you can let me know after you get back that would be great…


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