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 Mary Grass October 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I love love love the Skydust quilt. This week I will be purchasing supplies such as body soap, toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrushes, etc. for a program called “Stock up for Seniors”. It is done every year at this time in Inverness, FL.

  • Reply Katherine Gorman October 22, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    This week I plan on picking up a friend’s son on our way to worship practice to give her husband a break while she is out of town. 🙂

  • Reply gibbylet October 22, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    That’s so pretty! Truthfully I haven’t thought past tomorrow, but I’m getting some rehab based massage tomorrow morning and taking my therapist in some coffee. Thank you for shifting my focus on good things I can do for others right now!

  • Reply Naomi Raimon October 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I am going to drop off some baked goodies at a friend’s house who just moved this weekend. I guess I better get the new address! She did say it was across the street from their old house : )

    Love this quilt! So simple but enchanting…

  • Reply Melanie C October 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I love this quilt!!

    I printed out a bunch of pictures and to give to my grandparents….they love photos of the great grandkids!

  • Reply Carol October 22, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Planning a random act of kindness kind of takes the random out of it! ???? I will watch for an opportunity to serve my husband. Thanks for the giveaway. Beautiful quilt!

  • Reply Mary October 25, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I am visiting my 10 day old great niece twins today. 2 rag quilts, not my favourite technique, 3 frozen dinners and a cake! Then I will take a friend out for lunch!

  • Reply Tess November 2, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Heart eyes on that quilt!
    Responded to a dear friend this morning…a single mom who needed a ride to school for her teenage son, while she had to leave for work in the opposite direction. Glad to give her a break, him a ride…and some needed counsel, from a friend.

  • Reply Kerryn Sawyer May 24, 2020 at 6:20 am

    I love this quilt and have been trying to purchase the pattern. Is this available directly from you?

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