Quilt Theory Pattern Release: Skydust Quilt

October 18, 2017
Skudust Quilt Pattern by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory

Today I’m excited to share my pattern for Quilt Theory’s collection for fall 2017.  The pattern is called Skydust.  The big Texas sky and its breathtaking, multicolored sunsets inspired this quilt.  Almost every evening, my children and I gasp with delight as we drive through the rolling Texas hill country while the sun slowly drops in the sky.

Skudust Quilt Pattern by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory


If you know me, you also probably know that I am drawn to simple, clean lines in my quilts.  This pattern is no exception.  As a busy woman with a career and a full house, I have found that I can honor my inner compulsion to create something beautiful every day as long as I follow one little rule: keep it simple.

Stardust Quilt Pattern by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory

The most basic, humble unit in the the world of quilting is highlighted in this quilt– the half-square triangle.  By using 4 complementary colors, I tried to mimic the colorful sky in a brilliant sunset.  One color flows into the other, and at a quick glance it’s hard to tell where one starts and the other stops.

Michelle, our fearless Quilt Theory leader and company photographer got some gorgeous shots of our quilts at Urban Cashmere, too. I love these shots!  The quilt uses Alison Glass Sun Prints 2017 and Aurifil thread (two of my all-time favorite things in the quilting world).

Alison Glass Sun Prints 2017 and Aurifil thread,

The design deadline for Skydust came at a busy time for me, as I was neck deep in summer with my kids, and the development of the 2018 Quilter’s Planner (shipping next week!).  So this version of Skydust was sewn and quilted with grace and incredible skill by my friend Sue Bishop.  If you are looking for a talented longarmer to help you finish your quilts, Sue is the answer!  You can reach her by email at suebquilts [at] gmail [dot] com.


All of the Quilt Theory patterns are printed on 4″x6″ cards or a single page downloadable pdf. At only $4 each, they are perfect for gift giving or collecting, too!

Skydust quilt pattern by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory

How to buy or stock Quilt Theory Patterns

You can buy either individual or a pattern collector’s package of PDF patterns through our Quilt Theory website right now!

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Collection 3 pattern cards will be coming soon to a local quilt shop near you, and the first two collections are still available, so go ahead and ask for all of them! If you are a quilt shop and want to carry our patterns, set up a wholesale account here, or order through Checker Distributors, EE Schenck Company, or Erie Quilt Art for Canadian shops.

Want to buy the cards, but don’t own a quilt shop? Let your local quilt shop know you want them to carry Quilt Theory patterns (click for a handy note to send to your favorite local quilt shop!)

Now, for the Giveaway!

To enter the giveaway today, I have a simple challenge for you. Leave me a comment telling me one small random act of kindness you plan to do this week.

This giveaway is open to US participants. The giveaway will be open until Monday October 23rd, at 8pm eastern time when I’ll select the winner randomly with random.org. Giveaway is open to participants 18 years or older.

Quilt Theory Release Blog Hop Schedule

Thanks so much for letting me share my quilt with you! Be sure to check out everyone on the Quilt Theory blog hop. Each day, one designer will share more about her quilt and reveal never before seen photos. And each designer will be giving away an amazing prize so be sure to follow along!



Skydust quilt pattern by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory

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  • Reply Karen Addleman October 18, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I love your pattern and the colors you picked. I plan on sharing a loaf of homebaked raisin bread with my neighbor.

  • Reply LINDA October 18, 2017 at 11:40 am

    To visit our ill friend with an Autumn Wreath to cheer! Thank You!

  • Reply jrp53 October 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I remember the days of staying at home with four young children. I am planning to go babysit my grandchildren while my daughter gets a much needed break this weekend.

  • Reply Carol Nelms October 18, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Take dinner to my 90 year old neighbor and guild member.Very cute, thanks for sharing and the giveaways!

  • Reply kaholly October 18, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Adore your quilt! Being a Hill Country resident, I can appreciate its origins. Tomorrow I am donating a bag of coordinating fabric strips and squares to a local sewing group so they can make a community quilt (or two).

  • Reply Lyndalee October 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I recently won a new sewing machine. I am giving it to my daughter who used to sew when she lived at home. She now has 2 children. She is going to be so surprised and happy.

  • Reply Anita October 18, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I plan to finish a charity quilt for the children’s ward at my local hospital.

  • Reply Paula Budinger October 18, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    The brilliant colors are really set off by the white areas. Terrific! I’ve been getting Quilter friends to drop a line to a dear quilter who is going through a rough time, letting her know we care.

  • Reply Rochelle Summers October 18, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    This is a beautiful quilt and I have to say, the favorite of this series. You are blessed to have such a fantastic family. I’m working on a donation quilt for our quilt club’s project. I wasn’t planning to do another one, but this jumped right out of the bag at me.

  • Reply Vicki H October 18, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I am helping a friend get ready for her mom’s estate sale.

  • Reply Sandy K October 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I will be doing garden cleanup for a neighbor who injured her knee recently.

  • Reply Margaret N October 18, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I will be sitting with a woman while her husband goes to the dr.

  • Reply Janet T October 18, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I want to take a treat to my friend’s house as a surprise, hoping it will brighten her day a little. You see, she fell splat on her face while tidying up the back yard for a party that was happening about an hour from then. She spent most of her afternoon getting 11 stitches at the ER. She hasn’t wanted to get out as she has two shiners also!

  • Reply Lori M October 18, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I’m fixing up a goody bag of “Hugs” for a dear Friend, with a disabled son..she is a 24-7 caregiver, and a single Mom too. I try to send her cards & texts regularly, and phone calls..letting her know she is a Treasure!! We plan to take them a dinner soon, & share an evening.:)

  • Reply Diane October 19, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Loving all the quilts in this series. I’m hoping to cheer up my best neighbor who has had a tough week by baking her some of her favorite cookies.

  • Reply Beth T. October 19, 2017 at 12:31 am

    I did it! I bought a spur of the moment breakfast for a homeless woman–I asked her what she wanted, drove to get it, and then brought it back to her. Seeing her face light up was really nice. I know how good it is to eat a warm meal when it’s cold outside, so I was happy to be able to reach out in a small way to make her day better.

  • Reply Cindy Shelley October 19, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Doing something annonomously.

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  • Reply Lisa Marie October 19, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Just the other day I donated a stack of 24 potholders I made from my scraps to a group that will sell them to raise funds for cancer patients in need. My next thing (this week or next) is to help a girl I met in a fitness class learn how to sew.

  • Reply Sandy A in St. Louis October 19, 2017 at 6:42 am

    I plan to take treats in to work for my coworkers for no particular reason.

  • Reply Linda Fleming October 19, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Fix the morning cup of coffee for my husband instead of him making it for me!

  • Reply knittingdancer October 19, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Beautiful quilt. I knitted a pair of fingerless mitts for a friend as a welcome home gift from working at the national parks this summer out west.

  • Reply nancy lewis October 19, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I plan on taking dinner to some friends who are going through a bad patch. I’m hoping this will cheer them up and help them by the unexpected visit.

  • Reply Ariane T October 19, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I’m dropping off a big bag of clothing at the local charity thrift shop.

  • Reply Katie October 19, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Since I am addicted to Starbucks, I am going to buy a gift card and leave it somewhere with a note to the finder:)

  • Reply Chris October 19, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I just dropped off a dozen muffins, coffee, hot choc and tea for some ladies getting together to meet and plan some future get togethers. They were shocked and happy.

  • Reply Allison in Alabama October 19, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I had to think long and hard about my good deed … i ended up volunteering for someone’s project that has a deadline looming so hopefully I have helped them without increasing my own stress level too much!!! (I may need that Starbucks card that Katie is leaving around!!! LOL)

  • Reply Kathe Gardner October 19, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    My deed for the week is to finish hemming a friend’s pants for her. I’ll probably bake some cookies for my next door neighbor.

  • Reply Cocoa Quilts October 19, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I just sent off 5 quilts for NICU that was wished for on instagram. It was a WIN-WIN, someone will appreciate the quilt for the NICU baby as they graduate, I win by making room for more quilts to make.

  • Reply Verna October 19, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I just heard that my local quilt shop will be collecting pillowcases to donate to the pediatric unit of our local hospital, so I will be making as many as I can for them.

  • Reply eileenkny October 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    This weekend, I’m going to trim the Quilt of Valor I recently finished quilting for our local QOVF chapter. I’m also donating the batting for a local guild’s fundraiser table runner.

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  • Reply Emily C October 20, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I often hand out chocolate at work to brighten my co-workers day.

  • Reply patty October 20, 2017 at 6:28 am

    I love jumping ahead and holding doors for people. Makes them smile

  • Reply Marilyn October 20, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I helped a friend, who is moving to a retirement community, clean-out and pack.

  • Reply Angela J Short October 20, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Leaving nice notes for others! Enjoy your day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  • Reply Marti Meadows October 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I like to find someone who has their hands full with kids and take their shopping cart back into the store or to the cart holder in the parking lot.

  • Reply Barbara Kaup October 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I furnished a gallon of home- made chicken noodle soup to our church youth group who was doing a soup supper fund raiser for “Boxes of Joy”,( a poverty fighting mission for poor nations). I usually try to let someone ahead of me in line at the grocery store when they have a little bit and I have a lot! barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

  • Reply mindi October 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Love Skydust. It Is Gorgeous! Thanks for offering the pattern so I can make one for myself. 🙂
    This week (well, every week), I take out my elderly neighbor’s garbage. Might not count though, she plies me with chocolate in return. 🙂 Thanks for the fun blog hop and giveaway!

  • Reply Susan October 20, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I plan to serve and clean up for a funeral luncheon. I also send out birthday, anniversary and other special occasion cards to shut ins.

  • Reply Anna brown October 20, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I bought some craft supplys for the home that I work at…. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  • Reply quilter37 October 21, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I will be doing charity quilting this week.

  • Reply jayne October 21, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Your design is so gorgeous! Actually today I plan on giving away my selvages to a friend who did a huge favor for me!

  • Reply carolyn montgomery October 21, 2017 at 9:38 am

    i make blankets and kennel quilts for animal rescue groups here in texas.

  • Reply spierssusan October 21, 2017 at 10:56 am

    This is one of my favorite quilt patterns from Quilt Theory – which I have enjoyed so much! Next week I am planning on taking some items to our local thrift store! This store donates many of their items to people & families in need – I am grateful to them for this act of kindness too!

  • Reply princess October 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I am donating lots of clothes and personal products to our local Women’s shelter.

  • Reply Sarah October 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Planning to make some baked goods to send with my husband at work to brighten up everyone’s week!

  • Reply Brenda Ackerman October 21, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I plan on surprising a quilting friend, who’s birthday is this week, with a surprise package of quilting fabrics and a new iron. Plus, she is a diabetic and loves a certain food that she can not have, I found a new way to prepare it and she can eat it and it is doctor approved! I really love your new pattern and look forward to being able to make it! Thank you for sharing it and the give away!

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