The next collection with Tula Pink is called Tiny Beasts, with a new selection of dots and stripes, also of the tiny variety. I really love the collection; not only are the prints excellent on their own, they can also be used like a blender print. The tiny dots and stripes round out the main prints, and of course solids are a quilters best freind!
First is Lend a Paw. This was such a fun quilt to design, I love making gradients and rainbows. the pieces are small, but the quilt is big, finishing up at 91″ x 91″! You’ll have no trouble fussy cutting this one if you want to, even though the cut pieces are smaller you’ll still get the full print in the pieces. I used my favorite print, the trash pandas, as a background feature. You could switch it up with whatever you wanted, from the ladybugs to solids. I used the tiny stripes/dots to complete the rainbow gradient.
The next quilt is a more advanced quilt. I loved the hedgehog print, I thought it was so creative and clever and cute. Chatting with Tula about it led to an idea of dandelion fluff, which evolved into Just Dandy. This is a foundation paper pieced quilt with some bias tape applique. It is not for the faint of heart. The end result is spectacular. Its already popping up on Instagram in progress or completed, which makes my quilty heart so happy.
The final quilt I came up with is called Mini Menagerie. I wanted a large central block that would feature as much of the tiny print as possible. This is regular piecing, no special techniques required! I ended up hand drawing this one to make sure the the pieces all fit together as intended. it reminds me of a sunburst. I think this block will make an appearance again in the future. I want to color it for the upcoming Moon Garden collection, it would feature those large prints really well.
The Daydreamer Collection by Tula Pink has to be one of my favorite fabric lines to date. So much so, that I am still making quilts with it! I just adore the flamingos, the ombre prints, the tiny fruits, the jaguars, the butterflies…. it makes me want to travel where there are sunny beaches and clear ocean water. The collection also saw the release of 22 new solids, Unicorn Poop and Dragons Breath. Most of the quilts have the complimentary solids included somewhere in the design. They do an amazing job of adding resting spots for the eyes, or adding to the rainbow effect for each quilt.
I had a field day designing quilts to showcase Daydreamer.
First up is my personal favorite, Imagination. This is an advanced foundation paper pieced quilt. It has a LOT of pieces and needs a LOT of patience, but the end result is 1000% worth it! just take a look at #tulapinkdaydreamer and #imaginationquilt on Instagram to see how people are just killin’ it with this quilt! @quilting_elissa was the first person to finish hers, and she showcases the quilt to its absolute best. Go check her out!
Next up is another personal favorite, Hibiscus. I really wanted to make a floral inspired quilt, one that would showcase the gorgeous border print and make best use of the ombre jaguars. Again, this is a more advanced quilt because of the number of pieces, and the color shift between the blocks. There are no tricky seams or templates needed with this one, just patience and determination. The border has mitred corners, but if you aren’t up for them, traditional straight borders will also go nicely. If you are going to change it, I recommend making the side borders first, then measuring and sewing the top and bottom. Organization is key with this quilt. The Hibiscus is the perfect size for the guest bedroom or the vacation house.
Then we move on to another floral inspired quilt, Chrysanthemum. I was really on a floral kick with this one (its the tropics, need all the flowers!) I would call this one intermediate, but a confident beginner could definitely make it. The units of each block are all stitch-and-flip. All straight seams and no templates. I really wanted to make something that looked complex but was easy to put together, and show off that rainbow jaguar print.
The next quilt, Tumble, has big open blocks to show off the print. Tula had a hand in the final design of this one, she has such an amazing sense of color and design. She rearranged some of the prints and added the gradient sashing, and elevated the original design to its final form. Tumble is confident beginner friendly, with some fussy cutting, and simple to put together. You need to pay attention to the solid placements in the sashes when making it.
Daydreamer also offers some factory cut quilt kits. I am thrilled that one of my earlier quilts made a comeback. This quilt has been asked after for years, it was a kit exclusive with the Tabby Road collection. Tula recolored it for Daydreamer and is again available as a kit exclusive. Say hello to Sunshine Daydream! There is a lot of fussy cutting with this one, for each individual butterfly and the spikes. Paired with the Manatee solid from Freespirit, this is a must-make! Kits are available through your local quilt shop.
I also did up a couple fun kids quilts with Daydreamer and Unicorn Poop (my kids absolutely love that name). The duo were published though AQ Magazine, and I’m super happy how they turned out. The first is a baby quilt, made using charm squares. Perfect for the leftovers from your larger project.
The second is a cute kids quilt with a 3D element-the bottom of each scoop of ice cream is a lift-the-flap style element. The cones are paper pieced, and the cone domes are applique. I used a different decorative stitch for the top of each. For some extra fun factor I took little bites out of some of the cones.
I still have one more Daydreamer quilt in the works, but its a secret for now. I am really excited for its release, coming early next year!
That’s all for now, I still have lots to talk about.
This post is for my dad. He’s the classic Dad figure, from the bad dad jokes right down to the socks with sandals. As a teenager, I didn’t really understand him (as most of us at that age don’t). As I got older (and hopefully wiser) I realized that Dad is, and was, ALWAYS there for me. No matter what was happening, I could come to him about anything. I learned how he expresses his love and affection, and when I had my own kids I started to understand a lot better the why’s and how’s of my childhood.
When I am out giving trunk shows, I always talk about my grandma and my mom, and how they taught me to quilt and supported me. What I sometimes fail to mention is how supportive Dad is. He takes care of my kids so I can travel. When I was writing my book, Dad had me come out with the kids so I could finish the last of the quilts while he watched them. He checks my website daily for updates, and tells all his friends about me.
I am so blessed to have the loving family that I do.
Dad, I am so thankful for you, and everything you do for me. Happy Fathers Day.
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
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!!
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!
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…….?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.