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!

Decorative Stitches

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.

Electric Slide

 

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)

Wiggle Room

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.

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!