The Reclaimed West Blog Tour *Winner Announced!*

A huge thank you to everyone who visited for The Reclaimed West Blog Tour.

I wanted to reply to everyone’s comments, thank you all so much for your kind and encouraging words! I drew the winner of my free pattern, and the lucky number is……#25! Beezus, who said “Congratulations Stacey”. Yay!

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Welcome all to my day on the Reclaimed West Blog Tour. ( If you are here for the Blogathon Canada tour and giveaway, click here after reading all about this wonderful tour and entering this giveaway, and if not, check out both for some great fun!!) You can find all the tour dates and blogs here on the Timeless Treasures blog. They are a super group of very talented ladies, so check them out!

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I cannot even begin to describe my feelings to you all, having a design chosen as part of The Reclaimed West Tour. So a little back story might be in order.

 

I own almost every Judy Niemeyer pattern there is. She is one of my biggest influences, and it shows constantly in my work. I have made her Amazon Star in three sizes, 18″, 40″, and the full 104″. My Sapphire Star quilt, made from her Glacier Star pattern, has been juried into multiple shows across North America and even took home a ribbon from the Canadian Quilters Association. I have a private running challenge with my Grandma over who is going to finish her Pepper Dish first, and I was even able to provide an extra copy of Birds of Paradise to someone after the call went out on Quiltworx Facebook page. I love Judy and Judels work, and will even get up extra super early on sale days just to get the latest patterns.

Being a part of the launch of her new fabric line, The Reclaimed West, is a huge deal for me. Understatement of the year maybe….

I could ramble on and on about how beautiful the fabric is, the richness of the colors, the striking prints (only Judy and Judel could romanticize cows to the point where I would willingly sew with them), and the soft silk feeling of rolling around in a pile of…I mean…sewing with the fabrics.  Instead I will show you with the introduction of my new pattern:

Star of the West

Star of teh WestWhen I saw that Timeless Treasures was looking for submissions for the line, I fell out of my chair and immediately got to work playing. I knew that I wanted to do something to show the influence Judy had early on when I first started quilting, but at the same time keep true to the aesthetic that has evolved into my own style. So I started playing with the layouts and negative space. And playing…and playing… and playing.

I realized I was over-thinking things, and settled on a simple feathered star block. Then I found a color layout that I loved, and added the geese border. I wanted to reclaim that old favorite of mine, the lone star and flying geese, by adding some negative space and drawing out a little modern in the overall design. I created something that I loved, and sent it off with hope in my heart.

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After I picked myself off the floor a second time, when I got the email saying my design had been accepted, I got to work drafting and writing. In true Judy style the quilt is foundation pieced. I love foundation piecing, it makes pointy points! Then the big day arrived with a box of fabric on  my front step. I crawled on up and opened it and immediately started sewing.

I finished in record time (for me) and then I was stumped. How to quilt it? The finished size is 64″x 64″, not unmanageable on my machine. But I was stuck. I simply could not decide. I definitely wanted to pay tribute to the beautiful quilting found on all of Judy’s quilts, but also wanted to keep within the modern traditional. Enter Ann Olson of Ann’s Quilt and Stuff. She took my top and turned it into a masterpiece. She delivered exactly what I was looking for, free motion triangle fillers, straight lines, and these amazing triangle feathers in a tribute to the gorgeous feather work found on an original Judy quilt. I cannot even begin to thank Ann enough.

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From start to finish, this quilt has been an incredible journey for me. To be a part of the blog tour with all these amazing quilters (almost all of which are certified Quiltworx instructors or successful business owners, or both) has been a joy and a privilege.

 

Star of the West is available from my Craftsy shop. The pattern is a PDF download, full color diagrams and pictures. The foundations are included in the pattern, but require legal size paper (8 1/2″x 14″ paper) to print. I am also giving away one of my patterns to a lucky commenter today! Just leave a comment at the end of this post. I will draw the winner on Friday, November 21 at 8pm (the conclusion of the tour). Timeless Treasures is also giving away an awesome Reclaimed West prize package here! You get an entry a day. Just visit the blogs of the day and follow the link back to enter each day.

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Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share my quilt with you. Please visit again!

Happy Stitching,

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Welcome to Blogathon Canada!

Blogathon Canada is a week long event featuring some great Canadian bloggers. Hosted by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop and supported by a bevy of amazing sponsors, this Blogathon Canada promises to be the best yet! If you are coming over from the Sew Sisters website, you have probably already entered the great Aurifil Giveaway they have running today, but if not, be sure to click the Blogathon link above to enter and then head on back for some more great stuff right here!

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I am thrilled to be one of the hosts for BC. Not only do I get to introduce some great local Bloggers ( a few of which are fellow Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Members), share a little about myself, and kick off this awesome week,  I get to have a great giveaway too! Are you excited? Great! Then lets get things rolling!

The dragon quilt #1

The dragon quilt #1-My very first quilt way back in the day. Being from Northern Alberta, the closest fabrics shops were a 444 km drive away! So this was made from an assortment of small pieces collected from my Grandma’s stash and larger broadcloths and cottons from Walmart.

Hi! I’m Stacey and I am a Quiltaholic! I love everything about quilting, from picking gorgeous fabrics to making tops to actually quilting and finishing some! I also design and write my own patterns, as well as do some writing and designing for a couple of great companies. I was bitten by the sewing bug early, when I made my very first quilt with my Grandma at 6 years old. I have always sewn on and off, and in 2002 my Grandma gave me her Janome 6600 for Christmas. That machine got me through college-where I earned a diploma in Fashion Production-travelled North with me when I met my husband, and then south again when I went back to school to get my diploma in Medical Radiography. I quilted on and off through all those years, but it was when I moved here, to the Lower Mainland, that I really started quilting in earnest. In the summer of 2010 I met Krista (@Poppyprint) at the Lions Gate Quilt Guild show, and she led me to the very first ever meeting of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. It was the most amazing experience of my life, and I will always be thankful for that chance meeting. I had been a solitary quilter for a very long time, set apart by my style and age. I didn’t realize how many like minded quilters were out there until that meeting, nor the strong online presence and resources were out there. I started entering challenges and shows, having fun the whole time, looking forward every month to those VMQG meetings.

Fossilized Amethyst

Fossilized Amethyst-this beauty is my entry for the Hoffman Challenge 2014. You can read more about it here.

 

I started my blog in 2012 (it took me that long to embrace an online presence) when my son was born. I guess I didn’t feel busy enough, ha ha! I still managed to find time for sewing and quilting, and while I do have a few more Works in Progress than I might like, they are slowly being finished and given to loving homes. I do keep quite a few for myself, my quilts rotate around in my hallways (which are nice and long, perfect for hanging lots quilts!)

Sherbert at the Beach

Sherbert at the Beach- I entered this quilt into the AQS Lancaster show. You can read more about it here!

Thank you for visiting, and have a look around! There are tutorials and free patterns scattered about in here, I did try to corral them into a single tab up top, but you know how those things tend to migrate! (I can tell you there might be one here, and here, and possibly here)

Putting on the Ritz

Putting on the Ritz-This was my very first in print pattern. It can be found in Issue 16 of Fat Quarterly

Here is the list of great blogs I get to host for! Be sure to check them all out, and then come back here and tell me your favorite in the comments below.  Why you ask? Well, for this amazing bundle of Tula Pink’s Moonshine! Thats why! Yay!!! I love giving away great fabric! The giveaway is open to everyone, international friends are welcome! If you are a no reply Blogger, please be sure to leave your email in the comments so I can reach you! My partner host for today, Jessica over at Momiji Studio, will also have some great fabrics to give away as well as another list of great BC bloggers, so be sure to hop on over and keep the fun rolling!

Blogathon Giveaway Moon Shine in Strawberry

Blogathon Giveaway Moon Shine in Strawberry

Without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce a great group of British Columbia Bloggers! I am honored to know many of them in person, and pleased to make some new friends. I hope you do too!

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Adventures in Life

Poppyprint​

Good Earth Quilting

Terry Aske Art Quilt Studio

What Comes Next?

Blueberry Patch

Grace and Favour

Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild

Daphne Greig

 

Happy Stitching!

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The Reclaimed West Blog Tour

I have been waiting patiently for MONTHS to post about this! I still have another week to go for the big reveal, but I am still super stoked!

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This blog tour, running from November 17-21, is hosted by Timeless Treasures to celebrate the release of Judy & Judel Niemeyer’s first-ever fabric line, The Reclaimed West. This line is full of rich, saturated prints in a whole rainbow of colors.

My Day is the 19th, when I will be releasing my pattern for the collection. This whole process has been a dream come true for me, and I hope to one day meet Judy in person! But for now, fabric will do =)

There will be awesome giveaways on the Timeless Treasures Blog, and I will be giving away a PDF copy of my pattern right here! See you all next week!

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Happy Stitching,

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Introducing Bumblecomb!

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Bumblecomb Baby Quilt-Photo Courtesy of Freespirit Fabrics

A few months ago I had the opportunity to design a project using Tula Pink’s new line of baby prints, Bumble. Bumble is a dreamy, sweet collection featuring bumble bees, pollen, birchwood forests and a dreamy cloudy skyland, all in the classic  Tula style. What makes the collection unique is the fabric itself- a super soft, high thread count peached poplin with a gentle texture that makes it perfect for everything from quilts to clothing. It was a dream to sew with, and pictures can’t quite capture the depth of the color-subtle and vibrant at the same time.

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Free motion clouds

I decided to go with a baby quilt-super easy, appliqued hexagons (because, you know, bees!) and a two tone background. The hexagons are big enough to allow fussy cutting of the feature fabrics, and the edges are left raw, because babies love texture.

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The pattern is available as a free download from from the Freespirit website, as are a number of other great projects.

I love how the project turned out, and I hope you do too. I would love to see your finished version of Bumblecomb! Tag me on instagram @staceyinstitches, or add it to the Stacey Day Quilts Flickr Group.

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Happy Stitching!

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Blogathon Canada 2014 is Coming!

Are you ready? Blogathon Canada is Coming! 

Hosted by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop in Toronto, Canada, Blogathon Canada is an annual blogging event that showcases the talented quilters in the Great White North. There are host bloggers for each province, and the host blogger will have links to blogs in their province for hoppers to visit. Not only can you find some great local blogs to follow, there are also some great prizes in store as well! Each host will have a giveaway of goodies generously provided by Sew Sisters and the sponsors of Blogathon Canada: Aurifil Threads, Northcott Fabrics, and Robert Kaufman Fabrics. How awesome! Today as well Camelot and Timeless Treasures also have come forward as sponsors for Blogathon Canada! Even MORE awesomeness!!

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This is the third year of Sew Sisters hosting Blogathon Canada. Last year I had a great time as one of the hop-to blogs, and this year I am happy to be a host. I am all for anything that supports Quilting in Canada! If you would like to participate, just email Sew Sisters: connect@sew-sisters.com

Now without further ado…

The Hosts:

Monday, November 17

BC Stacey Stacey in Stitches (thats me!)

Monday, November 17

BC Jessica

Momiji Studio

Tuesday, November 18

Maritimes Linda Scrapmaster

Tuesday, November 18

Maritimes Linda

Stitch Lines

Wednesday, November 19

AB

Kelsey Everyday Fray

Wednesday, November 19

AB

Leanne

She Can Quilt
Thursday, November 20

SK

Heather Peace.Love.Quilt
Thursday, November 20

MB

Lori Night Owl Quilting
Friday, November 21

QC

Josée The Charming Needle
Friday, November 21

Territories

Janet Caribou Crossing Chronicles
Saturday, November 22

ON

Lorna 

Sew Fresh Quilts
Saturday, November 22 ON

Sandy

Upstairs Hobby Room

 

See you all here on November 17!

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Market Shares!

No, not the stock market… *wink*

I am sure everyone and their ironing boards know that this weekend was Quilt Market. That bi-annual whirlwind trade show of quilts, patterns, and upcoming fabric lines. Instagram was full of pictures from designers, exhibitors and visitors alike, sharing the visual extravaganza that was Fall Quilt market. If you haven’t yet, check out #quiltmarket on any of your hashtag compatible programs to gasp in pleasure and delight at everything market had to offer this year. Oh yes, did I mention I have Instagram now? You can find me @staceyinstitches

From Succulents (@crimsontate and Windham Fabrics) to Elizabeth (@tulapink and Freespirit Fabrics) to Color Theory (@vchristenson and Moda Fabrics), the next 6 months of new fabrics is going to be AWESOME.

Like most of us, I was sitting at home during all the excitement, but Kim @iadorepattern, my good friend  and the lovely designer behind Tidal Lace, was in attendance. She took the time to go booth hunting on my behalf. Because even though I wasn’t there in person, I was still represented by my work!

First up is the Rose Medallion Wallhanging

Rose Medallion for Lulu Roses Collection By Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit

Rose Medallion for Lulu Roses Collection By Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit

This beauty was made for Tanya Whelans upcoming collection, Lulu Roses. Because I live in a house full of boys I rarely make things that are pink and soft and pretty. I love this collection. That perfect mix of soft and feminine and modern. That raspberry red color is to dye for! What scraps I have left have already been claimed for a little girls dress. I would make myself a dress from the white and red rose print. Something retro with a flair skirt and sweetheart neckline, and a contrast waistband in the red. Tanya has a wrap skirt tutorial on her blog that I might have to make in my size!

Next was a pillow for Heather Baileys new line, Clementine, also from Freespirit Fabrics. There are a few snaps of this display on Instagram because of how pretty it was and its proximity to the FreeSpirit Selfie Board.

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Garden Grows Pillow for Heather Baileys Clementine collection from FreeSpirit Fabrics

This line has a good mix of soft and bold colors, gorgeous prints and rich blenders. The green background is one of my favorite prints, and even more so when kiddo decided to “help mommy sew the broccoli fabric”. Apparently if you are 2 any green fabric with a flower is broccoli.  I am very excited for the release of Heathers Owl Pincushion pattern in December. I love owls so much! My scraps are being carefully tucked away (ie: hoarded like a dragon) so I can make myself an owl or two….or five….

The last item is a quilt I made for Tula Pinks baby line, Bumble. I don’t have a photo of this one (that I can Share yet) but if you follow @freespirit or @tulapink or either hashtag there is a picture of the Bumble display, and my little baby Bumble quilt nicely folded and waiting for its big reveal (hint: the pattern will be free!)

There was so much going, I had a great time following along on IG, and finding/meeting new people to follow along with!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

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Paris Fashion House: Free Pattern

It’s finally up!

A while ago I designed a quilt for a new Timeless Treasures line: Tres Jolie. This French inspired line is full of soft colours and rich prints. Even better, the prints are sewing related! The antique machines and sewing scissors were begging to be showcased.  

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I chose a block called French Silk Pie as my feature block, and put my favorite prints in the center. Then I played with the layout until I hit one that I liked. The borders are my favorite part, they set off the inside perfectly!

I sent off my idea, and Timeless Treasures chose it as the free pattern for the line!

Head on over here to get your copy. I can’t wait to see what people make!

 

Happy Stitching!

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