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 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!

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.

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!

Modern Plus Sign Quilts blog hop

Welcome to my stop on Day 4 of the Modern Plus Sign Quilts blog hop! I am here to wax poetic on behalf of Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs and Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms , two wonderfully talented designers who have taken the simple Plus Sign block and turned it into 16 extraordinary quilt designs. I knew immediately upon seeing the cover of Modern Plus Sign Quilts that I needed to have it in my library.

Each quilt is a unique take on the plus sign. There is a project for every skill level, from fun and simple to gorgeous and complex. Flipping through the book, there was no question which quilt I wanted to make, and what fabrics I wanted to use. I was immediately drawn to it out of all my favorites.

My third favorite quilt is Cute as a Button. I love the negative space plus signs. I want to make these extra large for a full size bed quilt!

My second favorite quilt is Celestial. It is one of the cover quilts, and I could immediately picture this is soft and bright yellows with a deep twilight navy background. This will be the next quilt I make for the boys.

And of course, my favorite quilt from the book, Postage Plus!

I knew this was the quilt for me to make. I have been hoarding half a jelly roll of Tula Pink Birds and the Bees, waiting for the right project to come along. The construction was SUPER FAST for this quilt. I made it in about 6 hours, so its perfect for a last minute gift or a quick fun project. It is also the perfect project to teach someone to quilt. The instructions are clear, concise, and piecing is easy enough to build confidence quickly.

I quilted in straight lines and used my two favorite Freespirit solids – Mist and Manatee – for the background stripes. This quilt lives on my couch and adds the perfect splash of color to my space.

I hope you enjoyed my stop. be sure to check out all the other Postage plus quilts today, and have a peek back at the prevous days to see all teh wonderful quilts! Cheryl and Paige will be runnig giveaways each day as well, so make sure to visit their websites for all the fun!

You can purchase your own copy of Modern Plus sign quilts directly from Cheryl’s Etsy Shop or Paige’s Etsy shop!

MODERN PLUS SIGN BOOK HOP SCHEDULE

Monday, March 12th
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Soma @ Whims and Fancies
Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting
Kitty @ Night Quilter <—YOU’RE HERE
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Shelley @ The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Linda @ Flourishing Palms
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Liz @ Savor Every Stitch
Stacey @ Stacey In Stitches
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Melanie @ A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog

Friday, March 16th
Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Ruth @ Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit
Cindy @ Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter
Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

Tuesday, March 20th
Tish @ Tish N Wonderland
Judy @ Sew Some Sunshine
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
Wanda @ Wanda’s Life Sampler
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Kate @ Smiles from Kate
Sue @ Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Debbie @ Esch House Quilts
Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Market Recap 2

Spring Market was a busy one indeed! I was thrilled to be able to work with the esteemed Amy Butler her new collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Each quilt is available as a free pattern, found HERE.

I ADORE both collections and had so many ideas for each. It was so hard to narrow it down to just a few. I am so happy with how the designs turned out.

 

True Love – featuring Soul Mate by Amy Butler.

True Love came from an image in my head of little cartoon hearts floating above the heads of a couple newly in love. That love is fresh, vibrant, and feels like a dream. There is potential in that love, for something deeper and true, but only time will tell.

Cross My Heart – featuring Soul Mate by Amy Butler

Cross My Heart was the first design out of my brain. I new immediately I wanted to do a cross stitch heart when I heard the collection name. even before I saw the prints. As I colored in each stitch, I imagined a couple who have weathered the test of time. Each stitch is a memory, a milestone, that over time has woven two lives together in a tapestry of love.

You Complete Me – featuring Soul Mate by Amy Butler

Finally, You Complete Me. this is my favorite of the three quilts. Is the feeling when you find each other and realise you fit together perfectly. You are two halfs of the same whole, Soul Mates.

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Two of the quilts, Cross My Heart and You Complete Me, were adapted for Amy’s Spice Market Tote. They are addenums to the original pattern.

I hope you enjoy Soul Mates. I loved sewing with it. The feel of the poplin is featherlight and soft, and I could just wrap myself in it all day.

Happy Stitching,

Alaska Quilting Adventure!

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be teaching on a quilting cruise to Alaska with none other than Tula Pink and Jenny Pedigo! The cruise is already sold out, so if you missed out this time send an email to Stitchin’ Heaven Travel and maybe if they get enough requests they will book another! I have never been to Alaska or on a cruise, so I am already excited. Our days at sea will be filled with quilting, and port days I will be visiting as many local quilt shops as possible. I am lucky that so many of my online friends are able to attend.

 

Are you going? Let me know! I am looking forward to seeing everyone!

I will be teaching the Spectrum Stars pattern! I can’t wait to do up the block again in a new collection

 

Happy Stitching!