What Shade Are You?

Today is my turn for the RJR What Shade Are You blog hop! I love participating in blogs hops, it gives me a chance to create something just for me, and have a little fun with all of my wonderful followers (Hint: FABRIC!) This is my second appearance in the blog hop. My first was back in 2015 with my Lanterns quilt Tutorial. It felt like only yesterday, and the ways my life has changed in such a short time, from there to here, is truly amazing. From a new house, to a new baby, to new opportunities within the quilting world, the last 2 years have been busy and scary and WONDERFUL.

RJR makes Cotton Supreme Solids. They are a dream to sew with. The fabric is the perfect weight to mix with anything, and you have 197 rich, delicious hues to choose from.

Now let me introduce my newest creation, Heat Wave!

I LOVE everything about this quilt. The colors, the layout, the quilting, everything. I’m sure somewhere there is a grouchy quilt police officer wagging a finger and chanting “Stacey, you are being prideful. You can’t just TELL PEOPLE you LOVE your own work.” But you know what? The hashtag for RJR is #quiltwithlove . So I just threw this quilt over their head, because I LOVE IT! I want to shout that love from the rooftops!

I picked an analogous gradient of my favorite warm colors and went to town. Each color is a color I love individually, and together they make a perfect sunset inspired palette.

Heat Wave is the perfect example of how a small change can make a huge difference. I had mocked up a different layout for these blocks, something eclectic and busy and kinda neat, but in my near-coma-like sleep deprived state I sewed half the blocks as a mirror image of the first. And I didn’t notice until I started laying the blocks out. After a little head scratching (because I STILL hadn’t noticed what I’d done) I turned the blocks around and VOILA!  Heat Wave was born! I still had to take a picture so I could purposefully do what I just did accidentally (and then FINALLY realized what had happened), but the top came together quickly after that and it couldn’t have turned out better.

The next step was quilting, and I had Heat Wave hanging over the bars of Penny(my Tin Lizzie Apprentice) for almost a week while I pondered. Then I realized it was Wednesday (again, I blame the sleep deprivation). Now I know some blogs are really good at showcasing just a top. Me, not so much. So she needed to be quilted, and quilted now. The funny thing is once I had her loaded on the frame, the quilting just fell into place. I recently returned from a family vacation, where I was able to meet up with a quilting friend. She once told me an anecdote from a famous longarm quilter (don’t ask who, I really can’t remember) and it always stuck with me. The moral of the story is when it comes to thread choice, always take the risk. So I did. I matched the yellow and violet fabrics in my quilt, and then used each color exclusively with the motif. Violet with the straight lines and yellow with the curled meander. The contrasting thread and patterns really worked well to highlight the secondary patterns in the quilt, and reigned in the pre-quilted color chaos.

To top off the perfection of this quilt, I chose to face it instead of binding to keep the colors flowing. Paired with the first really nice sunny day we’ve had in weeks, it felt like magic taking her outside to photograph. Even H wanted his turn with the camera! (We now have a lovely montage of grass growing.)

Now for the fun part (and the reward for reading to the end)! One lucky follower gets to win a bundle of the gorgeous Sunset Palette I curated for my quilt.

To enter, follow me here or on Instagram @staceyinstitches, and leave a single comment telling me 2 things: Where you follow me, and what your favorite color is! Easy peasy! I will draw a winner at 4pm PST Tuesday.

There is also a second giveaway on the RJR Instagram Account. Log on and follow RJR Fabrics instructions to enter.

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!

Night Lights

A few months ago American Quilter Magazine reached out to see if I wanted to create a quilt using the new We Are All Stars collection from Cloud 9. Stars have a special meaning for me, and I really liked the color palette, so of course I immediately said yes. I had a lot of fun trying out different combinations with these fabrics. Ultimately I wanted to make something that looked more complex than it actually was. I’ve been on an on-point layout kick lately, and after trying out a few blocks I settled on a simple HST square block.

In my minds eye, as I was playing with shape and color, I kept seeing a skyline at night. The colors of the lights in the city blending and blurring together. I kept circling back to that, and started adding in some negative space using a deep indigo solid. the warm contrast of the indigo pulled new life out of the colors, and it meshed perfectly with my mental image.

the colors are chameleons. in warm sunlight the quilt pulls a very retro photo vibe. in cool cloudy light the colors are sharp and deep.

I quilted it in a combination of straight lines, chevrons, and swirling loops,because I was on a tight schedule and why not? I am so happy with how it turned out. and of course Cloud 9 is organic so the fabrics are soft and supple, much like sleeping on a cloud.

 

 

Night Lights can be found on newsstands now in the May issue of American Quilter Magazine.

 

Until next time,

 

Happy Stitching!

 

Twist and Shout! A free pattern

Tabby Road from Tula Pink is finally hitting the shelves at your Local Quilt Shops! I designed a couple of quilts for this one, and Twist and Shout is the last one to be released. It’s well worth the wait, as it is a free pattern!

This one is super fun you guys! The best part is it is all foundation pieced, and all straight lines, so no weird seams. yay!

For my American friends, Gotham Quilts has made up kits for this quilt with a backing option and they carry the entire line of Tabby Road.

For my fellow Canadians, MyFabricSpot.com has the entire line and some bundles available.

These are both shops that I frequent, and I don’t get anything for mentioning them. I just like them =)

 

I hope you enjoy the free pattern!

Happy Stitching!

New year, new patterns!

The only thing better than new patterns is new FREE patterns! yay!

I have added some new links in my library of free patterns. 

First up- the Splendor quilts for Amy Butler! Splendor was an amazing collection to work with. With her signature style and use of color, Splendor definitely inspired more than just two quilts, but these two were the favorites right from the start!

Zen Garden is an orange peel style quilt with some gentle curves that make it an intermediate level project that confident beginners could take on to learn a new skill. The main print can be fussy cut as shown in the picture, or you can just cut willy-nilly and see what happens =)

Zen Garden - photo courtesy of Amy Butler

Zen Garden – photo courtesy of Amy Butler Designs

Also with Splendor is the full size Clematis Quilt. You all saw the mini that I made for Quilt Market, but the pattern is for the full size. I might have forgotten to take detailed pictures of the quilting for this one in my baby-brain addled state, but I assure you its fantastic. The center star is feathered like the mini, with an added border of zigzags and a row of pebbles. The border is done in swirls and a piano key border.

Clematis - Photo Courtesy of Amy Butler Designs

Clematis – Photo Courtesy of Amy Butler Designs

You can see some detailed shots of both quilts, as well as the other lovely projects made with Splendor, on Amy Butlers Instagram account @amybulterdesign. I am currently working on her next collection, and I can guarantee you are going to LOVE them! I know I do!

Next up are the Cool Cats projects for P&B Textiles. I love the funky colorful cats, and the second main print is a black and white outline print intended for coloring with fabric markers. How great is that? I came up with a fun, easy quilt and an artist apron. I ended up using my tester apron during my pottery stint a few months back (that I totally forgot to blog about, but you can find my pots on my IG account @staceyinstitches. Pottery is fun!) The quilt has a pair of set in 3D strips in the border for a unique look.

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Clowder – a group of cats is called a clowder, did you know?

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The apron has adjustable straps to be a one -size fits most.

 

Next is a soft and sweet flannel collection called Beaux Bebe. I designed a simple rag quilt that is beginner friendly, and a set of bonus burp cloths. This one will make the perfect baby shower gift set!

Sweet Dreams Rag Quilt

Sweet Dreams Rag Quilt

Lastly there is this fun project for Dear Stella- Meadow Quilt featuring Pine Grove, a collection of super cute woodland creatures. The owl print is my favorite!

Meadow- Featuring Pine Grove by Dear Stella

Meadow- Featuring Pine Grove by Dear Stella

 

 

Soon I am also going to be publishing the next pattern from the book that never was. It is going to be a free tutorial here on the blog, so stay tuned!

Each pattern can be found by following the link in the drop down menu in the Free Patterns section. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching,

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That Time of Year!

Its that time of year again, the annual QuiltCon Reject letters are arriving in inboxes everywhere. FOr me it’s the same thing over and over. I swear I am too busy to make stuff to enter, then last minute I see a challenge that looks interesting, and then boom I make quilts for it and enter on the last day possible. I just can’t resist a good challenge. It’s almost an addiction at this point. Like walking past the cupcake place in the mall and you SWEAR you aren’t going to spend another penny on cupcakes, they are bad for you and go right to your butt and are way overpriced, but OH! Look! Three for the price of one? Well, I’d be stupid not to buy three! nom nom nom….well, you get the picture =)

I really need to work on my photography, but last minute entries means that 9 out of 10 days are torrential rain and there are no good places to take indoor photos. That, I think, is a contributing factor as to why I have never had a quilt juried into the show. I can assure you, they are fantastic in person!

Exponential- It got out of hand pretty quickly, so I just rolled with it. My most intricate quilting to date. See what I mean about those indoor photos?

Exponential- It got out of hand pretty quickly, so I just rolled with it. My most intricate quilting to date. See what I mean about those indoor photos? Half bound, half faced, all awesome. 

 

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Those feathers though! Fabulous!! I LOVE feathers!

 

Warp Speed- Inspired by the Star Trek reboot- I merged nine patches like Spock coming through that worm hole, and stretched them in to infinity at warp speed. Also, the dreamy blue of Kirks eyes.

Warp Speed- Inspired by the Star Trek reboot- I merged nine patches like Spock coming through that worm hole, and stretched them in to infinity at warp speed. Also, the dreamy blue of Kirks eyes.

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And I am fine with having rejects. Rejection means you tried. I’m not sorry I tried, I’m not sorry I didn’t get any quilts in. I am sorry that people are going to miss out on all the fabulous that is a Stacey Day quilt!

And of course I write all this with a touch of snark and sass and a smile.

Happy Stitching!

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P.S. I do have a quilt that was an auto acceptance into the show, it will be a pattern in Quiltcon Magazine, which I am super stoked for!

The Sudoku Quilt

Sudoku is the second quilt I made with Urban Scandinavian by Kirstyn Cogan for P&B Textiles. This quilt uses all of the color prints from the line, where Silent Film used all of the black and white prints. Sudoku was featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Scrap Quilts from Fons and Porter and features a star-in-a-star block that I just love.

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I chose the Star-in-star block in order to use as much of the line as possible. Each print has a light and dark counterpart in each motif, which made the block so successful. Its not overwhelming or jarring, the prints flow harmoniously, there is visual interest and movement. The quilt is perfect for a baby quilt, and the pattern can easily be brightened up with a selection of colorful prints or solids. Imagine an ombre solid, with the light in the center and the dark in the outer star? Yum! It’s in the Scraps Quilts issue because each star is made from small amounts of different fabrics. The prints cycle through, and then repeat on the bottom row. You could bust out a whole lotta scraps and leftover pieces with this one! Got a Fat Eighth bundle hanging about that you don’t know what to do with? Sudoku to the rescue!

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I quilted it all over in a swirly pantograph called Brittany from Anne Bright Designs. It is one of my favorites, lots of movement and interest, works well with almost anything.

The sample quilt finally made it home after an extended stay in customs, and just in time. Isn’t it perfect with our Christmas tree? I foresee lots of snuggles and hot chocolate in front of the fireplace with this one!

 

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Happy Stitching!

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