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.  

Paris Fashion House

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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CQA Time For Colour Gallery

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The gallery of the Time for Colour challenge quilts is up on the Canadian Quilters Association blog. There are some amazingly beautiful mini quilts from a whole lot of talented quilters. British Columbia made a food showing, and I am happy to say that the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild had three members participate.

You can see all the quilts by following the link below. I am a little disappointed that my quilt looks so dull. Its definitely bright and cheery in person. Each of the quilts will be sold with the proceeds going to the Children’s Wish Foundation. you can also get postcards of your favorites =)

http://www.cqacanadianquilting.blogspot.ca/p/blog-page.html?m=1

Book Review: The Modern Applique Workbook

The next in a series of book reviews! yay!

I ran out and bought myself a copy of The Modern Applique Workbook by Jenifer Dick as soon as I heard it was available. I tend to stalk the publishing websites for things I might be interested in, and this one was at the top of my list. I am the type of person who prefers hard copy books to digital (hurrah for full color pictures!) and I have to say that this is one of my favorites.

The Modern Applique Workbook

The Modern Applique Workbook

As most you know, I have been having a love affair with applique. My first quilts were applique, and it is a skill I am always pulling out in the course of my quilt making. I always seem to find myself using raw edge techniques, which are fine, but I have always wanted to brush up on my turned applique. There are some projects that a good crisp turned block would be much better than raw edge. Even the stitch and flip interfacing technique just doesn’t have the same look. Jenifer explains step by step her techniques for perfecting the turned edge applique and securing the pieces with the invisible zig zag method.  A big reason I was drawn to the book was Jenifers introduction. Her journey into modern applique is very relatable, we have all had one of those ah-ha moments when a technique just works and becomes more than you ever thought it would.

 

So what is modern applique? Jenifer lays it all out for you in an easy to understand, straightforward manner. From tools to fabric selections (she includes batiks! AWESOME!), Jenifer is able to create a modern aesthetic while maintaining a balance with the traditional roots of the technique. Her instructions are easy to follow and the diagrams and pictures are clean and concise. She even includes a well rounded section about fabric prep-whether you pre wash or not, it has useful tips and tricks for fabric prep. The first 60 pages are so are all instructional and specific to the technique, which is fantastic because as far as I can tell it covers everything you could possibly need to know about Modern Applique.

 

The technique itself isn’t anything new, applique has been around for a very long time, but the process is broken down in an easy to follow, detailed step-by-step way that makes this book beginner friendly. I have other books outlining a similar process, but it seemed so daunting I never even tried. Jenifer’s writing style practically drags you by the arm and shoves you into a chair with the supplies, and holds your hand through each step, after which you look and say “Oh my gosh WHY did I not try this before?!” she comes across as upbeat and friendly, very easy to read! from sharp points to concave curves and ovals, you get everything you need to make the quilts in the book, including a well rounded and easy to understand section on reverse applique. Her bias tape and straight grain tape techniques are to die for as well. This is one I am adopting into my repertoire of techniques immediately!

OKay, onto the projects!

The Modern Applique Workbook includes a variety of projects in different sizes for you to try out your newly learned skills. Each project has a forward that includes tips on fabric choices and a list of the techniques used, as well as the page references for each, making going back to look stuff up super easy. The photography is wonderful, you get a full shot and a detail shot of each quilt, as well as specific quilting and binding tips and instructions for each quilt. That has to be one of my favorite details in the book, that each quilt is explained individually from start to finish, instead of the cookie cutter “Basic quilt making and finishing” chapters in most books. Don’t get me wrong, they are useful and probably industry standard, but the individualized attention to each quilt really makes THe Modern Applique Workbook stand out.

The written instructions are detailed, yet flexible, which I like but others may find daunting, because there are no traditional layout diagrams. Any piecing is illustrated, but the applique itself is visually placed. That is the nature of applique, you are usually going off a photo, but because the pieces nest together so well you don’t have to worry about lining up overlaps exactly or ruining your project. It definitely add a planned improv feel to your projects, but almost guarantees that no two projects will look the same.

My favorite quilt is the cover quilt, Star Bright. Such a fun retro shape with a ton of flexibility in fabric choice and layout! I can think of a few fabric pulls for this quilt, the hardest part will be narrowing it down.

The Modern Applique Workbook

The Modern Applique Workbook

I am also really drawn to Mod. Again, a fun retro vibe without feeling like your wading through the shag carpet in your grandparents living room. The quilting in each is spectacular, both done by Angela Walters.

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Mod

Fall is adorable and its a good thing everyone I know is having babies. FYI, you all get this quilt!

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Fall

For beginners, Birds is a easy one to start with. Cute and fun, would also make a great gift!

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Birds

 

Overall I would recommend The Modern Applique Workbook to anyone. Beginners will love the step by step, detailed instructions, and experienced quilters will love making the more complex shapes and adopting Jenifers techniques for applique.

 

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Stacey

 

Around the World Blog Hop

Welcome Back! Today I get to participate in the Around the World Blog hop. Its a fun kinda get to know ya session for bloggers from, you guessed it, Around the World. I was tagged by Amy @Badskirt last week. Thanks Amy! =)

So without further ado, here we go!

What am I doing? What are YOU doing?!

What are YOU doing?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What am I working on?

What aren’t I working on?? Haha, between swaps, work, QDAD and my own personal library, I am always working on something. Thankfully I was able to complete and mail off a few things this week, which means the next week will be devoted to reading. Until the sewing bug hits me again and I commit to a dozen more projects! ( or so it feels like). I do have 3 book reviews in the works, so you have that to look forward to. I also have decided what my next pattern is going to be ;) Oh, and don’t mention of the green wool serge military jacket that is currently kicking my butt, okay?

I finally finished this beauty of a memory quilt last night. It’s for a friends-sisters-grandma-in-law’s 80th birthday. What a wonderful, thoughtful thing! I loved looking at the pictures and watching the family grow from two to five to two dozen. These kinds of projects make me happy =)

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I also mailed  my mini quilt for the Canadian Quilter’s Association Travelling Quilt Show! This is a travelling trunk show of mini quilts made by past CQA show winners (my ribbon was for Sapphire Star), and the theme was “It’s Time for Colour”. What says colour better than a rainbow? I wanted my piece to be happy and playful, and a good mix of modern and  traditional. These quilts will be hanging at the Quilt Canada 2015 show in Lethbridge, AB,  are going to be sold at the end of the show, with all the proceeds going to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

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Spectrum

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmm, this seems to be the tough question of the five. My genre is quilting, so I guess my subspecies would be Modern-Traditional. I really can’t pinpoint where my work differs. Its….just mine…..I guess. I like bright colors, symmetry, negative space and paper piecing. Its an eclectic mix that is unique to me.  Since joining Quilt Design a Day back in March, my style has morphed increasingly. You can see a really big difference in the designs =) Shout out to my QDAD peeps for their influence!

Then:

March 1

March 1- breakfast cereal

March 2 Global Brights

March 2- a courtyard tile

March 3

March 3- lilypads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now:

Sept 6

Sept 6- flowers

Sept 21

Sept 21- pink leaf things

Sept 28

Sept 28-succulent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do I write/create what I do?

It is what I am meant to do. I love to quilt. LOVE. My grandma introduced me to quilting, my mom taught me to sew. There is color in my head and quilting in my heart. I dabble in other hobbies, but I always come back to quilting. Since joining QDAD the designing has become a much bigger part of my journey. I love being able to take an idea and make it come to life-first on screen, then in fabric, and then in a format that I can share, like a pattern or tutorial (Hint-visit my patterns and tutorials tabs) Lately a lot of my writing has been for things I am unable to share quite yet, but I am getting so close! Eeeeee!!!

 

How does my writing/creating process work?

My creative process is one part feeling, one part visual, and one part fun whimsy. I tend to focus on one aspect, whether its a feeling, the color balance, or movement in the design. I try to create new looks for classic blocks. The succulent quilt is a block that I have used numerous times, but my changing the arrangement of the colors and negative space it looks completely different. The flower design takes advantage of on-point layouts with negative space sashing and block corners to make the set in triangle appear to pop out of the quilt. I also like to play with rotation and clip and flip effects in my design program (EQ7) to make new and exciting blocks. Sometimes I just play until I am happy!

Far left-Original Block from second left to far right- clip and flip effect

Far left-Original Block
from second left to far right- clip and flip effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hop along

Thanks for reading along! I am tagging Kim@iadorepattern and Lyn Marie@sewouttacontrol. I met Kim through QDAD and we became friends through patterns and designs. Lyn is my crazy friend from down the road who keeps me sane and sometimes helps me purge fabric (ie: take what you want!)

BESTIES!

BESTIES!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Stitching!

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Tidal Lace Giveaway Winner

It certainly was a fun week with the Tidal Lace Blog Tour.

I hope everyone got a chance to visit each blog and see what people were making with Kim’s gorgeous fabrics. And of course enter to win some of your own. There were 98 here at Stacey In Stitches! Wow!! Thank you all so much for participating and having fun. I truly enjoyed reading everyone’s comments and thoughts on the collection, and learning a little bit about each one of you =).

Tidal Lace Wheel, borrowed from Kim with permission

Tidal Lace Wheel, borrowed from Kim with permission

And the winner is…..*DRUMROLL*

Number 5……Amy! Who said “Lovely quilt and pillows. Thanks for the tutorial-now I can give it a try. Never made pillows!
Fabrics are wonderful and would love to win these!”

Well Amy now you can!

Blog Hop Winner

Happy Stitching and Thanks for playing!

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Just a note to say…

…HI! *wave wave*

 

Its been a super busy week here at Stacey in Stitches, its been great reading all the wonderful and inspiring comments. It keeps me going, especially since the last week or so has been consumed with cutting, sewing, and squaring *mental math* 960 quarter square triangles!!! The project is going to be well worth it and I cannot wait to share it with everyone!

The Tidal Lace Blog Tour is also wrapping up. Tomorrow is the last stop, and the last day you can hop around to enter and win the bundle. You can find mine here. And the Full List of blogs Here. Everyone has been so creative with Kim’s awesome fabric!

I will be drawing my winner tomorrow, so hold your breath and check your email! I will announce it on the post =)

 

Happy Stitching,

Stacey

960 QSTS and the accompanying 1 1/2" squares...

960 QSTS and the accompanying 1 1/2″ squares…

Tidal Lace Blog Hop and Giveaway *giveaway closed*

Welcome to my stop on the Tidal Lace blog tour! I first met Kim through the Quilt Design a Day group and we got to know each other over time. I was thrilled when Kim approached me and asked if I wanted to make something for her debut line of fabric from Windham. Of course I said yes! I had a design in mind almost immediately.

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 I love Tidal Lace so much. The colors, the texture, the OMBRE! Woot! Ombre. I thought a long time about all the wonderful things I could say about Tidal Lace. Kim did an outstanding job in her debut collection, and it shows. The prints are soft, delicate, and so very very versatile. The colors are a feast for the eyes, and overall Tidal lace it suited to so many different things, which you will see in the coming days as you hop from blog to blog. I absolutely adore the starlight blenders and the tidal lace border print. Oh, that border print! I have plans for that print, which may or may not include fussy cutting a whole lot of skirt panels. We will see.
Tidal Lace Wheel, borrowed from Kim with permission

Tidal Lace Wheel, borrowed from Kim with permission

When I saw Tidal Lace for the first time, I was really struck by it. I knew Kim’s inspiration-days sifting through antique lace with her grandmother, family vacations to the ocean, and how she connected the memories into the collection.  The stories really stuck with me. Most of us had someone in our lives, a mother, grandmother, favorite aunt, that taught us to sew or planted the seeds of creativity that later sprout and flourish. In my family, quilts were given for any occasion-new babies, weddings, moving out on your own or just because. My own grandmother instilled an appreciation of quilting into her children and grandchildren. I have memories of visiting my grandma at the local quilt shop, where she would let me play with jars of buttons and scraps, and of sitting in her basement making our first quilt together. I still have that quilt, and I remember how happy I was to be able to spend so much time with grandma.
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 I also started thinking about quilting, and how as quilters we use fabric to make connections and create memories. We create to express love, friendship, joy, and also in times of hardship and sorrow. Quilting forms threads, connections, between individuals, friends, and family. The sharing of ideas and inspirations, whether its blogging, instragram, or a casual conversation at work or in the grocery store, strengthens those connections. Every handmade treasure we gift, swap, share and show add more threads, until the connections form a delicate lacework that strengthens with each pass. Many of us have formed strong bonds of friendship with people we may never meet, all centered around the craft of sewing and quilting. We are part of a community, based on sharing and inspiring. I am honored to be able to express myself in fabric and thread, and be able to share the experience with others.
Down by The Sea Queen Quilt

Down by The Sea Queen Quilt

I used Tidal Lace to create a queen size quilt. I wanted something that would be simple, letting the fabrics shine and take advantage of the amazing border print. The pattern, which will have four sizes, will be coming around the same time as the collection is released. In the meantime I really wanted something to share with everyone. There were a lot of leftover half square triangles left over from the quilt, so I chose to make pillows to match the quilt. They whip up quick and we had a lot of fun at the beach taking pictures.
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H helping out

After the tutorial there is a Fabric Giveaway! Windham was generous enough to provide a full fat quarter bundle of Tidal Lace for each blog to give away! When you’re done here, hop on over to Anne @Play-Crafts and check out her awesome pillow! The full hop list can be found here, be sure to visit everyone and enter for your chance to win a bundle. There is a whole lot of talent packed into this hop, and I can’t wait to see what everyone else has planned for Kim!

The Tide Pool Pillow Tutorial

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Fabric Required:

An assortment of HST corner scraps-16 background and 16 prints. If you are cutting from scraps you want 8 squares 4″ of assorted prints and 8 of the background, cut in half to make 16 HST’s of each
4 strips of fabric 18 1/2″x 3″ for borders (I used the background print)
2 rectangles, 14 1/2″x 18 1/2″ for pillow back
1 square of batting 19″x19″
1 square of plain fabric or broadcloth 19″x 19″
*optional* a 6″x 90″ pieced strip for the ruffle (I used the narrow border print)
 an 18″ square pillow form

Instructions

1. Sew the print HST’s right sides together with the background HST’s to make 16 HST squares. Press and trim the squares to 3 1/2″.
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 2. Arrange the squares on your design wall or cutting table so that the HST squares form chevrons. Play with the layout until you are happy with it.
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HST squares arranged

3. Sew the HST squares into pairs and then into the chevrons. Double check the layout on your deisgn wall

Double Check!

Double Check!

4. Sew the chevrons together to make the center of the pillow. Press well, square and trim.

5. Mark the seam allowance in the corner of the pillow center. Pin the border strips right sides together to the pillow sides, matching centers. Sew the border strips to the side of the pillow the marked corner of each seam allowance. Press the strips out, pin the top and bottom and sew in the same way, stopping and starting at the corner.

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6. Draw a line from the corner of the seam allowance to the edge of the strip. This will be the stitch line for the your mitred border. Do this for both sides for the top and bottom strips.

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 7. Fold the pillow right sides together on the diagonal so that the ends of the border strips are matched up. Push the seam allowances out of the way and sew down the line, starting at the seam allowance and stitching the edge.

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8. Trim the seam to 1/4″. Repeat sewing for the remaining three corners, trim, and press all the seams open. Press the pillow top well.

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9. Layer the pillow top, batting and the broadcloth square to make a small pillow sandwich. Baste and quilt as desired. Trim and square the finished quilt sandwich.  * Now would be the time to make the optional ruffled edge. I use this tutorial,. If you don’t have a ruffler for your machine, a line of basting and then a gentle gather does the trick.*

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10. Take a 14 1/2″x 18 1/2″ rectangle. Fold one end over 1/2″ to the wrong side, and then 1/2″ again, so that the raw edge is covered. Repeat for the other rectangle. Topstitch next to the fold. Layer the pieces right sides together on the pillow front, so that the finished edges overlap by 4″. Stitch around the pillow 3/8″ from the raw edge. Trim the corners and finish your edges either with a serger or a zigzag/overlock stitch on your domestic. Turn the pillow to right side out through the opening in the back, stuff with an 18″ pillow form, and enjoy! The pillow finished slightly under 18″ square, giving the pillow some loft when the form goes in. 

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Voila! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

On to the Giveaway!!

To enter, just leave a comment below on this post! Tell me what you would create to make a connection with someone, which is your favorite, or just how much you love the collection (because, come on, who wouldn’t love the collection!)

Tidal Lace Wheel, borrowed from Kim with permission

Tidal Lace Wheel, borrowed from Kim with permission

The winner will be drawn Sept 23 at 8pm PST. Make sure to visit the other blogs to see their awesome projects and inrease your chances of procuring this lovely bundle of joy!

Happy Stitching

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