Tidal Lace Blog Hop and Giveaway

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.
HSTsquares arranged

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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Blogger Bundle Giveaway! *Winner Drawn*

A few months ago Megan from The Fat Quarter Shop approached me and asked if I would be interested in doing a bundle for the Blogger’s Choice Fat Quarter Bundle Club. Of course I said yes! I love the blogger bundles!

For those who aren’t familiar, The Fat Quarter Shop is an online retailer based in Austin, Texas. Founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly and joined shortly thereafter by her husband Kevin, The Fat Quarter Shop started out of her home on evening and weekends. Today they carry thousands of fabrics from the best manufacturers. Oodles and oodles! More than you could conceivably roll around in in a day! From solids to stripes, modern to traditional, you can find it at the Fat Quarter Shop. Not only that, they carry notions and exclusive Kits and Block of the Months, fabric clubs and patterns. The Blogger’s Choice bundles are a handpicked collection of coordinating fat quarters. You get 12 prints and three coordinating solid-that’s 15 fat quarters! Each month a new blogger is featured, and I was pleased to be given September. There were so many new fabrics to choose from, I had a hard time deciding!

Stacey Days Blogger's Bundle-You can find it HERE!

Stacey Days Blogger’s Bundle-You can find it HERE!

Ultimately I went with the fun bright colors that I love, with a few neutrals thrown in for good measure. The colors are bright and summery, with the slightest hint- just a whisper, really-of winter to come. Forme, the month of September has always been bittersweet. Growing up, the first day back to school there would always be frost. It would go from summer to almost winter in a blink, and as kids we would try everything to keep the memory of summer alive as the leaves quickly turned. September was also the start of a new school year, and my favorite part of back to school was shopping for school supplies. Paper, pencil crayons, paints, markers, pretty colored binders that would just get doodled on. One year I even painted my binders with manga and anime characters. Art was the highlight of high school for me. These were the memories and feelings that were recreated for me when I picked my bundle, and I love it! I can’t wait to get started on a quilt that will help keep summer alive at my house through the rainy season, a colorful lap version of my Forest Paths Quilt!

Forest Paths Blogger bundle version

Now for the best part! You have a chance to win my Blogger’s Choice Bundle for yourself!

Here’s how!

1. Leave a comment here in this post! (one entry)
2. Follow The Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook or on Instagram , and then leave a separate comment here to let me know that you do. (optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry! Let me know that you do by making a separate comment here. (optional extra entry)
4. Help spread the word!! Share the giveaway by instagram, facebook, pin, blog, etc…and then let me know that you do by leaving a seperate comment here (optional extra entry)

There, that’s four possible entries! The giveaway will be open from now until 8PM PST on Friday, September 12. Winner will be picked using Random and I will announce the name HERE on Saturday, September 13. 

This giveaway is open to everyone, so if you’re a “no reply” or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment! 

And the Winner is…….*drumroll*

#39-Crystal! who said “Thank you for the giveaway =)”

Number 39-Crystal!

Number 39-Crystal!

Thank you to everyone who played along! Stay tuned for some more great stuff coming next week! *hint, there’s more fabric involved!*

Forest Paths- A Digital Pattern *Updated*

*I was recently informed that the link to my pattern was bad! This has been fixed, thank you so much for your patience.*

You read it right, my very first pattern is now available under my own label: Stacey Day Quilts. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am. I have been writing for a while for a couple different companies, and the experience has been amazing. Forest Paths is the first in a long line of amazing quilty things to come (eeeeek!!)

Forest Paths Baby/Toddler Quilt

Forest Paths Baby/Toddler Quilt

Forest Paths is 47″ x 58″ and is suitable for a confident beginner. It is available as an instant download from my  Etsy Shop Since this post went up I have discovered that Craftsy charges no fees for patterns, so I have moved my shop! Please go HERE for the pattern at its new home! You may also find the link under the Patterns tab at teh top of the page. You can find the link here or under the shiny new Patterns tab.  I wanted to feature the adorable prints and create some fun secondary designs in the spaces surrounding them. The arrow “paths” were a fun secondary design that appeared when I was playing with the block. The best part is, there are NO Y-seams in this one! That’s right! Just some simple piecing and a straight forward layout. Woo hoo!!

I really hope you enjoy the Forest Paths quilt pattern! Let all your friends know where to find it! Take a picture and email it to me, upload it to the Stacey Day Quilts Flickr group, or tag me on Instagram @staceyinstitches  #forestpathsquilt  yes I am finally on Instagram! Lets make this launch a success!

 

I designed Forest Paths for the Forest Frolic Collection by Timeless Treasures. The second I saw the fabric I fell in love. The woodland creatures traipsing about the forest are completely enchanting. I mean, come on- how cute are those little foxes? The main print, Nordic Woodland, is perfect for fussy cutting in a number of ways, and the support prints are just as versatile. The collection is whimsically nordic, and I cannot wait to get my paws on it.

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Clockwise from top-Forest Houses, Foxes, Birds and Branches, Nordic Woodland

From left to right-Triangle Geo, Floral Tonal, Sketch in Breeze, Sketch in Ivory

From left to right-Triangle Geo, Floral Tonal, Sketch in Breeze, Sketch in Ivory

 

Happy Stitching!

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241 Goodness

Welcome to the first day of September!!!

Last night I finally got the chance to sit down and make something for myself. I have been so busy lately I haven’t had time to even think of a personal project, let alone start. Somehow I found myself with about an hour of spare time around 10pm, and my wonderful husband told me if I wanted to sew all night he would get up with kiddo (who is a 6am waker!) So there I was with as many hours as I cared to have, and despite having 2 tops to baste and start quilting, I pulled out my 241 bag pattern from Noodlehead.

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Now the 241 bag isn’t anything new. If anything it is becoming timeless. Many of the VMQGers have themselves a 241 bag or two (or ten if your Krista@Poppyprint) In fact it was Krista’s last 241 creation that inspired me to purchase the pattern. I LOVE that red feather print! But then the pattern just sat.

And sat……

And sat……..

Now I don’t feel so bad about the sitting, because I was able to do a little research into the small adjustments others have made, and why they made them. For example, I am quite tall, so I added an extra 3″ to the strap and it made just that little bit of difference of how it sits. If I had the hardware I would made an adjustable strap like Krista, but baby steps first!

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I also enlarged the pieces 30%, because I like a large bag, and somehow it became a requirement for having a toddler. I went with the inside pocket as the only extra step, I will start adding exterior pockets when I find zippers and such. By crazy random happenstance the print lined up perfectly! Woot woot!!

Somehow I also ran out of interfacing, so there are 3 different types in here. The body is shape flex, the strap is a midweight non woven with some structure to it, and the side pockets are a sheerweight. Overall it worked well. The strap needs to be durable (again, toddler) and I wanted the side pockets to be flexible without bulk to make attaching them to the bag easier. It worked. They had just a little give, enough to ease them into the side panels perfectly. I like how the direction of the pocket print balances with the direction of the feathers =)

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I used a Navy Sketch Basic from Timeless Treasures for the sides and strap, which perfectly complimented the Of a Feather print I have been hoarding from the Tsuru collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale. I have yards of it, and was going to use it for bindings, but the print cried out in happiness as I pulled it from my stash for this bag. That pretty coral scallop is a hard to find print from the Vintage Verona Collection by Emily Taylor Designs for Riley Blake. I used it for the lining as well, and the navy I used for the pocket lining. All about balance! Here are the runner up pulls for this bag. Some may still be made, i just need find more interfacing!

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Nordika, Dots, and Sweet Serenade

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Kona Bay meets PB&J

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Lark and Linen

 

The bag has officially been christened: I found something that might have been yogurt on the top of the strap after I hung it on the back of the chair while I grabbed my camera. (10 seconds people, must be a new record!). In a few days I am sure it will start sprouting gummy snacks and little plastic airplanes, but for now I will enjoy having a bag all to myself!

Happy Stitching!!

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Paper Piecing 101 Workshop

On September 28 at the Croatian Cultural Center in Vancouver, I have the pleasure of running my first workshop for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. Iam teaching Paper Pieceing 101-Stacey Style!

Also referred to as Foundation Piecing, paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques to use when quilting, especially when I want perfectly matched points in teeny tiny spaces. I have half a dozen books on different techniques for paper piecing, and my method is a culmination of all those. 

Here are some examples of projects I foundation pieced. 

Fossilized Amethyst

Fossilized Amethyst

Rainbow Star

Rainbow Star

Cartwheel Mini

Cartwheel Mini

The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home

By the end of the workshop, students should have at least one finished sample block, be able to measure and cut fabric for foundation piecing accurately, and have a basic understanding of how to number a blank foundation. I will also be spilling all my tips and tricks to keeping my thread tension tight, ripping paper, and joining small pieces into big ones. 

The sample block is called The Goody Block. It finished 15″ square, so a single block can quickly become a pillow. 

Poppin' Pillow

Poppin’ Pillow

A pair of blocks will make a small wall hanging. 

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And a group of Eight will make a dynamic Lap Quilt. 

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The possibilities are endless! I really hope the class fills up, I think it will be fun. I may even bribe with treats! *wink* The workshop is also open to non-members, so if you find yourself in Vancouver, BC at the end of September, why not take a workshop with yours truly? You can register at the next meeting, or email amy(AT)vancouvermodernquiltguild(DOT)ca. 

Featured!

Alrighty! Enough Suspense for everyone =) A few months ago I was asked to make a quilt for a new fabric line, Tidal Lace by Kim Anderson of I Adore Pattern. Kim is a member of the QDAD group, and being asked to make a quilt for her was a thrill! I Had a lot of fun designing and playing with her fabrics. They are so soft, the colors are striking and rich, and the patterns are uniquely Kim. Today Kim and Tidal Lace were featured on Oliver+S blog. There is also a giveaway involved. My quilt, Down By The Sea, was featured in one of the images. It also happens to be the image used to feature the collection on the Windham Fabrics website AND in the email the company send out to retailer. How awesome is that?!

Down by the Sea

Down by the Sea

There is going to be a blog hop in September, where I will share a tutorial for a pillow and release the Down by the Sea pattern as the first for sale pattern for my new pattern company: Stacey Day Quilts. The quilt itself will have yardage and cutting included for multiple sizes, and the pillow will be a free tutorial utilizing the scraps from the quilt.

Tidal Lace will be available in stores in January, so keep your eyes peeled!

As always,
Happy Stitching!

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