Purr-fect Patchwork Blog Tour

Welcome quilters and cat lovers all, to my stop on the Purr-fect Patchwork blog tour! My amazing quilting friend Pamela Jane Morgan, or @pammiejane for my Instagram peeps, has written a paws-itively purr-fect book that celebrates all things cats and quilts and creativity, not to mention some great puns, which we all know I am a huge fan of!

The project I have chosen to feature also happens to be the cover quilt for the book. Say meow to Laser Cats!!!

PEW! PEW! PEW!

Named for the infamous sketch on a very popular late night live television show, this quilt is a super fun and easy make. Need to whip something up for a baby shower or birthday? Laser Cats is your quilt!

My quilt is going to be finished and grace the bed of my tiniest human. He had a lot of fun picking the fabrics, and settles on a pair of charm packs I had laying around. My biggest challenge making the quilt was finding enough navy blue prints for the background. apparently I need to go fabric shopping (oh no!). I LOVE how the quilt turned out. I was a little worried that the blues wouldn’t show up against the navy, but kiddo was adamant that they all be used, and it worked out.

My helper cat supervised while I was cutting and sewing. She approves this book whole-heartedly.

She also put her seal of approval on the binding…..thanks Eevee…..

And on the finished quilt. I don’t know how she does it, but she managed to find the folded quilt top and sleep on it in the 5 seconds I put it down before pictures…*sigh*

See that little face? She knows exactly what she’s doing! As quilters, we know if the cat approves then the quilt is a good one.

I need to be honest, it was really, really hard to pick just one project from the book. Pam has done an amazing job curating a variety of sewing projects to appeal to every sewist. From bags to pillows to quilts, you are sure to find your next favorite project. I already have a list going of what I am going to make, and for who. Christmas gift giving is mostly taken care of at this point, and all from Pam’s book!

so, in order to celebrate and share teh amazing projects with you, I am giving away an ECopy of Purr-Fect Patchwork!

The giveaway is open to every one!

2 WAYS TO WIN

  1. To win an e-copy of Purr-Fect Patchwork, please leave a comment below telling me a funny story about your cat (or other pet if you don’t have cats) Winners will be announced and contacted after the end of the Blog Tour, by August 30th. WINNER!! number 20, congratulations!Jiff289!!

  1. For a chance to win a grand prize bundle from Pamela Morgan you must visit each of the blog tour stops and comment. Pam has a grand prize bundle of goodies for one lucky winner, including her book and a bunch of sponsor goodies you won’t want to miss!

Want to buy your own copy of Purr-Fect Patchwork? Shop Here!

Follow Along! 

Purr-fect Patchwork Virtual Tour Schedule

Fri. August 20:

C&T Publishing | http://www.ctpub.com/blog/ | IG: @ctpublishing 

Pamela Jane Morgan | pammiejane.com/blog | IG: @pammiejane

Sat. August 21:

Sherri Noel | https://www.rebeccamaedesigns.com/ | IG: @rebeccamaedesigns (Chasing Dreams Quilt)

Shannon Fraser | https://shannonfraserdesigns.com/ | IG: @shannonfraserdesigns (Stabby Tabby Pincushion)

Sun. August 22:

Lorna McMahon | https://sewfreshquilts.com/blog | IG: @sewfreshquilts (Get Your Paws Off the Tablerunner)

Tracy Brittain Loyek | https://www.purplekatzquilting.com/blogs/news | IG: @purplekatzquilting (Purr-fect Pocket Tote)

Mon. August 23:

Natalie Santini | https://sewhungryhippie.com/blogs/tutorials | IG: @sewhungryhippie (Hiss and Make Up Bag)

Kaitlyn Howell | https://knotandthreaddesign.com/blog/ | IG: @knotandthread (Ziggy Kitty Quilt)

Tue. August 24:

Audrey Mann | https://www.theclothparcel.com/blog/ | IG: @theclothparcel (Just Kitten Around Pillow)

Charisma Horton | https://charismascorner.com/ | IG: @charismahorton (Feline Floral Quilt)

Wed. August 25:

Mollie Johanson | http://blog.molliejohanson.com/ | IG: @molliejohanson (Tale of Two Kitties Needle Book)

Corinne Sovey | https://www.corinnesovey.com/home/blog/ | IG: @corinne.sovey (Tuxedo Cat Wristlet)

Thu. August 26:

Melissa Averinos | https://yummygoods.com/blogs/yummy-goods-blog | IG: @melissaaverinos (Blooming Curiosity Quilt)

Jeni Gaston | https://woolenwillowdesigns.com/blogs/jeni-s-blog-at-woolen-willow-designs| IG: @jenifergaston (Whisker Away Quilt)

Fri. August 27:

Tonya Alexander | http://stashlabquilts.com | IG: @stashlabquilts (Cat Nap Pillow #1)

Nichole Vogelsinger | https://wildboho.com/ | IG: @wildboho (Cat Nap Pillow #2)

Sat. August 28:

Stacey Day | http://www.staceyinstitches.com | IG: @staceyinstitches (Laser Cat Quilt)

Amanda Niederhauser |http://www.jedicraftgirl.com | IG: @jedicraftgirl (Self Pawtrait Softie)

As always, Happy Stitching!

Pattern Round Up Day 5 – Tula 2.0

Today’s pattern roundup is once again dedicated to Tula PInk! Her new collection, Curiouser & Curiouser, is available from your LQS as we speak, so i thought I would take the time to introduce you to the quilts I designed for this collection.

First we have The Cheshires. The Cheshire Cat is one of the most iconic Alice characters, and I really wanted to pay tribute to him. I love designing new cat blocks, and decided that these cats needed stripes. I colored them with Curiouser and some True Colors to make them pop. The Cheshire Cat is mischievous and clever, and known to disappear on a whim. To me the Cheshire was always a chaotic neutral character, neither light nor dark, so I did up backgrounds for both. Here’s a thought: if a group of cats is a clowder, would a group of Cheshire Cats be a grinning? Or am I just a little mad…….?

The Cheshires – Dark

The Cheshires – Light

My next quilt in this menagerie is The Hatter. I’ll be honest, the 1951 Disney version of Alice scared me. I didn’t like it at all. It wasn’t until I was much older and had seen a few different versions of Alice that I started to appreciate it for what it was. My best friend LOVES Alice in all its forms, and her favorite charcter has always been The Hatter. I enjoyed the 2010 interpretation of the hatter as well, and knew that this character would be the next to inspire a quilt. I wanted a block that gave the impression of a busy, almost but not quite chaotic feel. The black and white stripe from Linework was the perfect accent to this quilt, and gave it the exact look I wanted.

The Hatter

When it comes to iconic characters, none are more so than Alice herself and the Queen of Hearts. The relationship between these two has be told and retold many ways in many forms. The Queen of Hearts is a playing card, and is sometimes confused with the Red Queen, whom appeared in the sequel, Through The Looking Glass, which centers around a chess board. In Wonderland, The Queen of Hearts is wild, unbridled, passionate fury, and symbolizes Alice’s fear, and her need to face her fear in order to help her grow up. In Looking Glass, the Red Queen is a figure of structure and order, a cold and calculating fury. She informs Alice of the rules of the game, and lets Alice know she can become a queen from a pawn. In the end, a chessboard and a game was the inspiration for this quilt.

Pawn to Queen

The final quilt for this collection is inspired by the playing cards. I wanted a fun, lighthearted quilt that featured the suits on the playing cards, and of course provide a perfect pun opportunity. Suit Yourself is a raw-edge applique project that features the rainbow ombre in the Suited and Booted print, which was used for the sashing around the blocks.

Suit Yourself

Curiouser and Curiouser was an absolute joy to work with. The prints are so detailed, down to the braces on Alice’s teeth and the drips of paint on the roses. Its hard to pick a favorite. I love that Tula is creating border prints as well, perfect for fussy cutting as well as, of course, borders. I’ve already cut out a ton of it for an EPP project I’m starting. Can’t wait to show you all in a year or two when I finish it!

Happy Stitching!

Pattern Roundup, Day 4

It inevitably ends up that, as I am submitting designs for new collections, that not all will make it into a free pattern. If it is a design that I really like, I will occasionally save it for future collections. Other times, I love it so much in its current form, that I SIMPLY CANNOT WAIT. That’s right, I said that in all caps. By now y’all know I am VERY passionate about my quilting.

For those must-make projects, I like to submit them as patterns for AQ Magazine. I have been working with the AQ team for many years now, and the experience has been so positive and fulfilling that I will continue to work with and support the company. My quilts have been published in over a dozen issues, online as web exclusives, used as member exclusive rewards, and turned into kits. The team at AQ are friendly, thoughtful, and just overall fun and wonderful to work with.

You can find these quilts in the paper back-issues or online if you are a member. I highly recommend and AQ membership. They keep all of the back issues online and can access them at any time, as well as receiving the newest issues as they release.

The January 2020 featured a quilt I made using the Tula Pink collection Monkey Wrench. It was a super fun and bright collection that featured monkeys, cockatiels, and frogs (FROGS!!!!) Monkey’s Lunch is super quick and easy to put together. The photographer to AQ Magazine went on a roadtrip for this shot, and I love it!

Monkey’s Lunch – January 2020 Photo courtesy of AQ Magazine

July 2020 featured my quilt Amethyst. This piece was made for the 2014 Hoffman Challenge and was quilted by Joan Nicholson of Maple Leaf Quilters. the quilt finishes 40″ x 40″, a perfect accent wall size. It was inspired by a piece of amethyst, which got me thinking about crystalline structures and how they come together, and this piece was the result.

Amethyst – July 2020 Photo courtesy of AQ Magazine

In the November 2020 issue, you will find one of my absolute favorite quilts of that year; Kaleidoscope. This design has been floating around in my maybe folder for a while now, and when Tula Pink released True colors, I knew I finally found the perfect fabric match for this design. Kaleidoscope is foundation paper pieced and template pieced. It is definitely an advanced project, and oh so stunning! I had it send off and custom quilted by Teresa Silva of Quilting Is My Bliss. She did an absolute stellar job and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Teresa’s quilting is well worth the cross-border shipping.

Kaliedoscope – November 2020 Photo courtesy of AQ Magazine

I kicked off 2021 with Family Hearts. When I came up with the design, I had been thinking a lot about family, and what it means. Now more than ever people are recognizing the importance of family. And Family means different things to different people. Some have the family they were born into, and for others family are the people you have chosen and have chosen you, family through love. I am so fortunate to have both in my life; my family through blood and my family through love. I don’t know where I would be without those people, and the support and love they provide me, and accept from me in return. I wanted to make a non-linear family tree to represent the connections I have with my people, and thought that hearts were the perfect way to do it. I chose a rainbow spectrum of colors, using a combination of Handwork and Sunprints by Alison Glass for the fabrics.

Family Hearts – January 2021 Photo courtesy of AQ Magazine

Starlines came next, and was the featured quilt for the cover of the March 2021 issue! This quilt was a real departure from my usual colorful quilts, and I am so happy with it. Starlines features Linework by Tula Pink, with just a spot of bright color to liven it up. I love the green floral from True Colors and will happily use it in everything I can. I designed this on a very cold and snowy day, and in my minds eye the quilt is a serene winter landscape, with the hope of spring just around the corner. I fussy cut the different motifs from the Linework fabrics, and groups the pops of color from the fabrics together, with the warm spectrum on the left and the cool spectrum on the right. I think my favorite print from the collection is the Lemur.

Starlines – March 2021 Cover Photo courtesy of AQ Magazine

The next quilt released only last month is another personal favorite, Delphinium. This is another design I have been playing with on and off for a while. I have a practice quilt, much smaller and in completely different colors, that I have been slowly working on, but the choices didn’t feel quite right. When I saw the Norma Rose collection by Natalie Barnes, I KNEW it was the perfect collection for Delphinium. Vibrant colors and subtle textures combined with the Ruby and Bee solids from Windham Fabrics, everything about this quilt fells bright and alive. The quilting was a labor of love, and completed by my good friend and expert quilter, Miriam March of Whispering Pines. We spent the better part of the day choosing the quilting and layout placement for each motif. This quilt will be the centerpiece quilt in the living room of my new home (yep, moving once again, and for the final time!)

Delphinium – May 2021 Photo courtesy of AQ Magazine

There are more quilts slated to release in later issues this year, and well into 2022! I cannot wait to show you what I have come up with!

Happy Stitching!

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 😉

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’m leaving for a 15 day quilting cruise through the Panama Canal it’s 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.