Pattern Roundup 3: The Tula Pink Edition

Today I thought I would dive right in to one of the most popular fabric designers I have the pleasure of working with; Tula Pink!

Every 6 months or so, Tula releases a new collection with FreeSpirit Fabrics, and I have so much fun taking those fabrics and turning them into quilts for you to enjoy. The entire process takes about a week per pattern, between designing, tweaking, writing, illustrating and technical editing. Myself and the tech editor at FreeSpirit do our absolute best to make sure you get a pattern that is clear, easy to read, and straightforward to make. I get to really branch out with the skill level on these ones; I aim to have a beginner friendly pattern and an advanced level pattern. The advanced level assume prior knowledge and experience in things like paper piecing, fussy cutting, templates, applique, ect. The beginner level patterns I try to make straightforward, and introduce at least one new skill for quilters to develop and start gaining confidence.

As I have about 3 releases of quilts to cover, I will take a day for each collection. I am prolific when it comes to the fabrics and designers I love ūüėČ

Today we will dive into the glorious explosion of Tula Pink True Colors.

Tula Pink's True Colors 10" Squares

The release of Tula Pink’s new True Colors collection made all my wildest rainbow dreams come true. With a full spectrum of 42 hues to chose from, it is entirely possible that I may have gone overboard when designing for this one. I enjoyed every second of it, and poured so much of my love of all things color and fabric and texture into it, that True Colors will always be one of my favorite lines. The best part? It is a supporting line, so will be around for at least the next 2 years!

The first quilt for the True Colors collection was finalized while I was on my quilting cruise; Woven Radiance. I wanted to utilize every single print in the collection in a non-traditional rainbow layout. I took inspiration from my previously designed Radiance quilt. This quilts name is a nod to the previous. I assure you, the two are nothing alike and I may be the only person to see the inspiration on first glance.

Woven Radiance

Woven Radiance Quilt Kit featuring True Colors by Tula Pink image 0

The next offering for True Colors left me undecided on a background. I wasn’t the only one torn between colorways, so we went with both! A simple substitution of background hue breathes a different life into this quilt, which I called Stardust. The lighter version uses the fairy dust print from True Colors in Whisper for the background. The dark version used the Tula Pink Solid Diva. I may reimagine these with the new Tula Pink Solids, I think Legendary would make this quilt…..wait for it……LEGENDARY! haha!! See what I did there? yes? Okay! moving on….

In my mind, this quilt represents light in all it’s full prismatic glory, gently bathing the world in color as it rains from the stars.

Stardust Light

Stardust Dark

I loved True Colors so much I needed to express it in quilt form. I also wanted a quilt that could possibly be made with a jelly roll. While the jelly roll aspect was a fail, the quilt itself was a WIN. I just can’t seem to make a quilt small enough to suit jelly rolls…….but that’s okay! More fabric for you to love!

Floating Hearts uses a combination of strip piecing and stitch and flip piecing. The best part is all the leftovers could be turned into a mini quilt or throw pillows if one was so inclined. And since I also can’t seem to do anything the easy way, the colors flow one into the next. My brain was a gooey pile of rainbow spaghetti after editing this one, but so totally worth it! The release of this pattern was delayed because of the background print. We had to wait until the announcement of the next collection before releasing this one, so it had been sitting in the ready folder for FOREVER. Okay, okay, not forever, but it really felt like it!

Floating Hearts

I don’t always remake my old patterns, but the next two quilts are updated colorings of my quilts for the previous true colors collection in 2016.

Confetti was first designed when Tule Pink All Stars released. The Stripes, Pom Poms, and Tula Pink Solids were meant to continue on into future collections, and I wanted a quilt to show off the supporting prints and carry them forward. I have an ongoing love affair with stars, and I’ll take any chance at creating one with fabric in different and exciting ways. I wrote Confetti as a beginner friendly quilt. The building blocks are HST. My whole vision was no two Confetti quilts would be the same. Cut the triangles, throw them in the air like confetti, then pick them up and start sewing them together at random. While I don’t usually encourage throwing your fabrics all over the place (who wants to recount squares or lose one behind the sofa) I do encourage letting go and grabbing at random to create the sections.

Confetti

Each of Tula’s lines has an exclusive pattern that you can only get in the quilt kit released by FreeSpirit Fabrics. For True colors, my design was chosen for the kit! Solar Flare is an updated version of the original true colors quilt kit, Prism, that was Craftsy Exclusive. ALLLLLLLLL the way back in 2015. 2015!!!. I loved that quilt, and now I love it even more with the expansion of colors.

You can find the exclusive quilt kit at your local quilt shop or online.

Solar Flare Quilt Kit

This isn’t the last quilt in True Colors, but it is the last for today. The next True Colors quilts are spectacular, but both are part of different posts, and I cannot wait to introduce you to them!

As always, please tag me on Instagram when you make your quilts. I love to gush over other quilters makes from my designs!!

Happy Stitching

Pattern Roundup! Day 2

For day two of my pattern roundup, I will be featuring P&B Textiles. I have been working with P&B Textiles since 2014. I work mainly with panels and artist prints for P&B. It’s challenging work, and I enjoy it. The artists at P&B are indeed artists; from the realistic style of Alaska Wildlife Artist Jon Van Zyle to the whimsical styles of Teresa Ascone and Sally Walsh, the prints are vibrant, colorful, and an absolute joy to work with.

There are a good number of quilts, so I’ll be going in alphabetical order.

First up we have Animal Alphabet. They wanted a simple, beginner friendly quilt to feature the large panel. I made it baby quilt sized, perfect for gifting! The panel came in two colorways with adorable supporting prints.

Blue Alphabet

Pink Alphabet

Next up is a pair of quilts I designed for a collection called Sedona. The collection came in full color and monochromatic, and both quilts could be made in either. The border print was stunning and needed its own feature quilt! This collection reminds me of my mom; totally her colors!

Storm Front

Arizona Sunset

Then we turn around and head back to another fun children’s collection, Little Critter. I adore the baby animals featured in this collection; the prints are soft and whimsical, the palette is fully neutral so you can add pops of whatever colors you want to it.

Forest Friends

Cub Tracks

Now, may I direct your attention to Living Coastal, a bright and vibrant sea creature themed collection. I love sea life, and live near the coast. Some of my best memories were made on the west coast of Vancouver Island. I am so excited to be able to bring my children to the exact same campground this summer that my parents used to take us to as kids.

Sea Stars

Tide Pools

After that we welcome Magnificent Animals; a collection inspired by the wilds Alaska. Having taught on an Alaskan Quilt Cruise two years ago, I can personally recommend this collection. The bold, bright colors are exactly what you would expect to see on a sunny day in Alaska. I even had the privilege to observe some of the same creatures, from a safe distance of course! (Growing up in Northern Alberta, you know NEVER to approach bears. Or Moose. Or Canadian Geese…..)

Menagerie

The Bear

Meadow Lane looks exactly like it sounds; soft, inviting florals in a varied palette. Perfect for cuddling up in while sipping a hot beverage and reading a book outside on a warm spring morning.

Primrose

Morning Glory

For some hot and sunny inspiration, Tropic Gardens is perfect for you! Let the deep jewel tones and high contrast prints transport you to a tropical paradise of blooming flora. I love making lone stars and variants, this quilt is definitely expert level but oh-so-gorgeous and well worth the effort required.

Tiger Lily

Finally we come to Equinox; a collection of blender prints to add a pop of color to any project. Equinox is the perfect pairing of bold patterns and monochromatic palettes.

Shimmer

Some of these collections released last year, and I apologize if they become difficult to find. I promise to keep on top of things from now on.

I hope you find something to inspire you, and as always I would love to see your quilts made from my patterns! Tag me on Instagram @staceyinstitches with your quilty makes.

Happy Stitching!

Pattern Roundup! Day One

Well folks, its been quite a few months since our last conversation together. I won’t go on too much about the past year or so, I know we are all tired. Instead, I’ll catch everyone up on all the quilty happenings for the past year. There’s quite a bit to catch up on, where to start?

Well, as my favorite musical says “let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…”

I was born in a small town…..no? Not that far?

Oh, okay then! Let us travel back to November 2019.

I had just arrived home from the most amazing adventure, teaching on a Panama Canal Quilt Cruise! My best friend and sew-mate came with me and we had the trip of a lifetime. I taught the Anchors Away quilt, we ate and danced and sang (karaoke every night? you bet we did!) and sewed, made new friends and so many memories! I held a baby sloth (BABY SLOTH!!!!) It was absolutely everything I ever dreamed it could be. I simply love teaching, and being able to do so WHILE on a boat is something else entirely. When cruising gets back up and running, I HIGHLY recommend Stitchin’ Heaven Travel for a quilt cruise.

Of course, being out of the country for three weeks meant a LOT of catching up when I got back. Fast forward a few weeks (months? years? who even knows anymore) and I have *Insert number Here* patterns to share with you!

I will be introducing them to you a little at a time so as not to overwhelm you with the urge to SEW ALL THE THINGS RIGHT NOW. ‘Cuz that’s usually what happens to me!

I’ll start you off with a personal favorite, HAPPY CATS!

Happy Cats features the Kitty Kitty collection by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics. This gorgeous black and white collection is perfect for adding a pop of color. I chose to do a cat block with pops of color in the ears and tails, inspired by my grandmother’s cat, Pandy. Pandy has been with Grandma for as long as I can remember. She was 20 years old in 2020 when she left us, and this quilt is dedicated to her.

Happy Cats Quilt Pattern by Stacey Day

Cat Tracks is the second quilt I designed for the Kitty Kitty collection. Those of us with cats know they go wherever and whenever they want. I’ve found cat tracks in the strangest of places. It showcases the monochromatic beauty of the collection. I used a flying geese block because we all know cats are OBSESSED with birds. Mine sit in the window and chirrup at the crows all the time. Sometimes we have goose visitors and she just loses her little mind. Poor thing doesn’t realize the geese would probably try to eat her.

Cat Tracks by Stacey Day

Bear Camp was another collection I got to play with, also designed by Whistler Studios. I live in a part of the world where bears are a part of life, camping is a weekend hobby, and hiking is life, so it made sense to pay tribute to my beautiful province with Nature Walk. I chose a simplified Maple Leaf block and bright pops of red to really make this quilt stand out. At 54″ x 65″, this would be the perfect quilt to take camping or for your nature loving friends to have a picnic on. Just keep an eye on your Pic-i-nic Baskets!

Nature Walk by Stacey Day

If you made it this far, congratulations! And Thank you for sticking with me. I’ll be rounding up a little at a time until we get all caught up. There are so many fun and exciting things coming, and at the end of the roundup I will have my VERY FIRST Stacey in Stitches brand pattern release for you! This has been in the works for a very long time, 18 months of planning, editing, timelines, researching media formats, and hard hard work, but it will be worth the wait!

Wishing you all the very best of health and the happiest of stitching!

AQ Magazine patterns

I’ve had a very busy year writing for AQ magazine, and while I remember to post on Instagram (@staceyinstitches) I often forget to take pictures and post here on the site. I thought I’d take the time to recap this years patterns.

November 2018 saw the publication of one of my absolute favorite quilts, Zinnia. Zinnia is a glowing, happy, bright quilt I designed by modifying a classic dahlia. I adore curved seams, dahlias, and a warm color gradient! I’ve taught this class 4 times now, and each time I am blown away by how enthusiastic my students are, and the unique color choices they chose. This class is a great day, and is part of my permanent teaching offering. Zinnia has also traveled to Sisters, Oregon, to hang at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. This quilt uses the original Ombre Confetti from V&Co. I did all the custom quilting on this one, in feathers and ribbon candy.

 

The January 2019 issue saw the online Web Exclusive of my quilt, Home is Where the Heart Is. This was a web exclusive, as the size of the templates are quite large. It also has some angled seams that make great practice for y-seams (they aren’t steep, you won’t even know they are there!) I used the Road Trip collection from Alison Glass. It was quilted by Christine Johhanink, a fellow FVMQG member.

May 2019 included a quilt I made using Tula Pink Pinkerville, aptly named Pinkertown. I so love Pinkerville, and the idea of a community with rainbow houses and all the colors under the sun where you can be yourself really inspired me when I was designing it. Pinkertown was quilted by my good friend over at Whispering Pines, Miriam March.

 

September 2019 rolled around, including a giant of a quilt I was dying to make, Twinkling Star, made it into the issue. It was a fun make, and a fun write. I quilted it up, and used a variety of fabrics from my stash. the background is a blue-green crossweave that I had been saving for something special. some ribbon candy and giant pebble quilting finished it up. This quilt would make an easy wedding or birthday gift, the limited palette adopts itself into any color theme!

November 2019 ends the year on a high note, with my highly anticipated Poinsettia quilt making its debut. Using the Holiday collection from Alison glass, Poinsettia is a skill builder quilt with multiple special techniques; foundation paper piecing, 3D folding, and applique. The quilting was done again by my amazingly talented friend, Miriam March over at Whispering Pines studio.

It’s been quite the year for quilts, and I can’t wait to show you what’s coming next!

Happy stitching!

Fall Quilt Market 2019

It’s always an exciting week on social media when Market rolls around. Not only do we get a sneak preview of the amazing quilts displayed at the Houston International Quilt Festival, we get to see all the new fabric releases for the upcoming six months. There are always a few highly anticipated collections, and the new Tula Pink is certainly no exception. I had the privilege of designing three quilts for her new collection, HomeMade. HomeMade is a quilters dream collection. The colors are classic Tula; bright, cheery, and perfect to brighten up your space. I think my favorite print from HomeMade is the aptly named Getting Snippy. I’m a sucker for a good damask and symmetrical print, so Getting Snippy fits the bill. It makes the perfect fabric to fussy cut, I cannot wait for Instagram to get inundated with EPP projects using it. The Seed Stitch print is a perfect dark navy with enough color speckled through it to make is a beautiful neutral (because navy is the new neutral, dontcha know?) The colorways are perfectly named; Morning Noon, and Night. It’s how we all wish we could sew! All sewing, all the time!!

I knew the moment I saw this collection that I needed to make a sampler style quilt. What quilter hasn’t made a sampler? It’s the place we all start when learning to quilt, and they aren’t just limited to quilters. Knitting, Crochet, and Needlepoint all have their own versions of samplers, so it seemed the perfect fit. Decorative Stitches was inspired by these classic sampler patterns. I love how the center of the quilt just glows with those greens!

Next, I wanted to find a fun, colorful way to showcase the machine print, Pedal to the Metal. I landed on a log cabin style block, and had fun choosing the prints and color order for the block sets. This one has a lot of unique sash sets between the diagonal rows, but it really makes the quilt pop. If you turn it upside down, it looks like scales (mermaid or dragon, whatever floats your boat). The contrasting stripes surrounding the center make the quilt really pop, so I named it Electric Slide. The navy Seed Stitch print can be subbed out for the gray, for some really intense contrast.

Finally, I wanted to make something that could be made using precuts. I have so many languishing in my stash, with nary a project in sight. Precuts can be where most of us struggle, so I wanted to make something fresh and fun for a jelly roll. Enter Wiggle Room! It’s got rainbows and movement, and showcases Pedal to the Metal (my favorite colorway, but it looks good using any of the colorways)

Each quilt will be available as a free pattern closer to the ship date. I’m hoping some of these were hanging at market, and can’t wait to check when I get back. What’s that? Where am I? I didn’t make any of the quilts? Well, turns out I had a prior commitment, and I am happy to report I‚Äôm leaving for a 15 day quilting cruise through the Panama Canal it‚Äôs my best friend! I was asked to teach one of my favorite quilts, Anchors Away by Tula Pink, to a fantastic group of ladies on board, and my best friend was able to secure a spot as a student. This is a once in a lifetime trip for us, and I can’t wait to show off all the quilts and sights that the Caribbean and Panama has to offer.

Happy Stitching!

Monkey Wrench is here!

Monkey Wrench by Tula Pink will have you going bananas and slipping all over the place to get your hands on some. Monkey Wrench includes some rare black and white Tula prints as well, though of course they have bright pops of color build, because whats a Tula collection without color? I adore the monkeys holding wrenches, and those bananas?! BANANAS!! I want to make everything out of those bananas. The wide back Bananas, aptly names ‘Don’t Slip!’ are the perfect scale for a mermaid flare skirt, so that what i’m going to do, in lime green because come on, who doesn’t love a good lime green asymmetrical mermaid skirt with bananas on it?

I have three quilt designs for Monkey Wrench.

The first is one of my favorite designs to date, Tropical Flora! Combining multiple piecing techniques, this one makes a great class for skill building! I am currently booking classes for the 2020 calendar year, and am thrilled to now offer Tropical Flora!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second is called Nuts and Bolts. I really like the idea of gears turned by monkey with wrenches, so that’s the image in my head that inspired this design. Its a great quilt to play the coordinating Tula Solids with the prints.

 

Third is a quilt I affectionately call Monkey’s Lunch. It’s coming as a publication in AQ Magazine, so stay tuned for the issue and Images! It’s a fantastic project to save your FQ bundles for!

I have a lot of work ahead of my updating the pattern libraries and links. This last year has been crazy and busy and full of life and light and change, and I’m so excited to keep sewing and sharing with you all! Thank you for coming along with me on my amazing sewing journey!

Happy Stitching (and Canadian Thanksgiving)

 

New Patterns

A Happy November to you all!

I have spent the last week updating the free pattern library. Here are all the new adds. Have fun! You can find the free patterns under the drop down menu, organized by Fabric Company.

Did I forget to mention Team Timeless?

oops! Between everything happening around here I completely forgot to announce Team Timeless, and introduce my first tutorial with them!!

Team Timeless is a group of 4 designers chosen by Timeless Treasures. Each month, a new designer will showcase a Timeless Treasures collection and present a tutorial for it.

My month was May (again, oops!)

I got to play with these bright, colorful prints from Crayon Party collection. So of course, I had to make myself some big bold crayons!

I called this quilt Scribble, inspired by my littlest kidlet. He loves to color anything with everything! Scribble is made using half yard cuts of both prints and backgrounds.

My best friend’s farm was the perfect setting for photos. and afterwards, I donated this quilt to her school fundraiser. She holds a lot of quilts for me whenever I ask, it was the least I could do!

I quilted it with all over swirls and scribbles, like a doodling pencil line.

Zip on over to the Timeless Treasures blog to find the free tutorial to make your own Scribbles quilt. Perfect for the little ones starting school this month! It goes together quick and easy. And while you are there, check out what the other designers are up to as well.

Until next time,

 

Happy Stitching!

 

New Quilts!!

I want to show off a couple new quilts for everyone =)

First up are a pair that went back-to-back in AQ Magazine. Meet Leafy and Stars of the Show!

Leafy

Leafy is a super fun paper pieced project, perfect for a beginner who wants to try it out. I used yardage to cut my leaves, but it would be lovely in scrappy. rainbow leaves anyone?

I used straight lines to quilt the background and a fancy swirl for the leaves. I backed it in flannel, to add some warmth and weight. This quilt was gifted to my babysitter’s son.


The Leafy pattern can be found in the March 2018 issue of AQ Magazine. Leafy was also on the cover of that issue!

Stars of the Show

Stars of the Show was created specifically to showcase the All Stars collection from Tula Pink. I adore this quilt. I have a major thing for rainbows, and the colors in All Stars hit all the right buttons for me.

Quitting Detail-Stars of the Show

I spent a lot of time custom quilting this quilt. I really wanted to have fun in the negative spaced. For me, this quilt is circus themed, with the striped and dotted star points looking like big top tents, and the animals starring in the center ring of each, so some fun curves were in order.

I fussy cut each animal to fit in the center of each block. I machine pieced my quilt, but it would also lend itself to EPP as well!

My little helper also loves this quilt! Rainbows for the win!

Stars of the Show can be found in the May 2018 issue of AQ Magazine.

And of course who could forget this stunner, Heat Wave! featured in the RJR What Shade Are You blog hop, American Quilter picked up the pattern. It can be found in the January issue of AQ Magazine.

Heat Wave – American Quilter Magazine

I’ve got so many more updates and quilts to share, as well as a brand new website that will be launching in the summer, so stay tuned for all the quilting goodness. You can still pick up a signed copy of my book, Child’s Play Quilts, on my Etsy site. and keep posted for my teaching and lecture schedule. I am speaking at least once a month for the next year, and I can’t wait to share my quilting cruise experience in August!

Happy Quilting!

Child’s Play Quilts Blog Hop

Welcome to the official launch and the kickoff of the online book tour for my brand new book, Child’s Play Quilts!

It has been quite a journey from rough sketches to finished book.  40 quilts, 20 patterns, 2 years, 1 new baby, and countless hours later, I finally have a hard copy in my hands. I will fully admit to shedding tears of joy. It has been a surreal experience up until this point. I love the finished result and I know you will too! Every little bit, from the fabric choices to the designs, the batting to the quilting and binding, every element has been carefully curated with children in mind. I wanted my quilts to be fun, friendly, and colorful!

Rainbow Brights. Photo courtesy of C&T Publishing

There are 20 patterns, split between pieced and applique. I have also included a large section of sorting and organizing your scraps and stash, making it quick and easy to pull fabrics and to create a balanced collection of print and color. The color section is direct and gives my formula for successful fabric pulls. A huge thank you to Anne Sullivan of @play-crafts who took some wonderful photos to illustrate that chapter.

Pinwheel. Photo Courtesy of C&T Publishing

The next two weeks are going to be filled with fun and photos of quilts from the book, made by a wonderful group of people whom I have come to know over the years I have been quilting. Each individual volunteered to feature a quilt, and many have made their own versions. Each has been amazing and I can’t wait for you all to see them.

Starry Nights. Photo Courtesy of C&T Publishing

I am also giving away two signed copies of my book, one here on the blog and one on Instagram. Make sure to follow along each day to enter!

Here is the schedule of participants. They are a truly talented group of people, so you won’t want to miss out. Click a name to visit their website or Instagram feed on their day, and be sure to come back and leave me a comment. You can leave one comment each day, and each is an entry to win a book. Of course, if you simply cannot wait to win a book, I also have signed copied available in my Etsy shop, which you can find by clicking here.

Brett Lewis @naturalbornquilter                  April 9th

Cheryl Brickey @MeadowMistDesigns         April 9th

Karen Foster@CapitolaQuilter                       April 10th

Cathy Mackay @cathysmithmackay             April 10th

Fiona Kelly @tangledblossom                       April 11th

Jackie White @jackiesartquilts                      April 11th

Jean Jones @sew_catstudio                           April 12th

Reece Montgomery @reecemontgomery     April 12th

Carl Hentsch @3dogdesignco                       April 13th

Brooke Sellmann @sillymamaquilts             April 13th

Kaitlyn Howell @knotandthread                  April 14th

Amy Gunson @badskirt                             April 14th

Kelly Bowser @kelbysews                              April 15th

Karis Hess @themodernsewist                     April 15th

Sara Lawson @sewsweetness                        April 16th

Leslie Meltzer @lelliebunny                          April 16th

Pamela Morgan @sweetlittlestitches            April 16th

Amy Garro @13spools                                    April 17th

Stephanie Perrins @stitchandbobbin          April 17th

Chelsea @Pinkdoorfabrics                            April 18th

Michelle Wilke @ml_wilkie                          April 18th

Tiffany Sepulveda @sewtiffany                     April 19th

Rachael Riechmann @sewilearned               April 19th

Pamela Lincoln @mamaspark59                  April 20th

Kate Maryon @katydidklm                           April 20th

 

Thank you all so much for your support over the years. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you, more than words could possibly ever express. This has been an incredible journey to make it here.

With all my love and gratitude,

Happy Stitching!