UnBoxed - Break of Day

UnBoxed - Break of Day

Written by: 
Jackie MacDonald

Hello!  I’m Jackie MacDonald of Sweetfire Road and I’m delighted to meet you!

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Jackie

I’m Jackie MacDonald of Sweetfire Road and I’m delighted to meet you!  I’m so grateful to be one of the newest designers to the Moda family and I can’t wait to share what we have in store for you!  I’d love to share a little bit about myself and introduce you to my debut collection for Moda - Break of Day.

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Collection

I grew up near the Blue Ridge mountains in beautiful Virginia.  As a child, the countryside road that led the way home was dotted with apple orchards and queen anne's lace.  It will always influence my art, I think, with memories of its beauty.  Today, I live with my husband, Neil, and our son, Sammy in a lovely quintessential New England town in Maine.  We are surrounded by such gorgeous natural beauty with both the forest and the sea nearby.  I have been blessed to live in some lovely and inspirational locations.  

I love evoking beautiful, nostalgic memories and connecting with people through my art.  I believe we all crave connection so I try to create color palettes and motifs that bring to mind shared experiences that we've all loved such as tending a garden, strolling in the woods, berry picking, etc.  My wish is to create art that celebrates the magic of everyday life.  In my former career as a product developer, I designed candles for a fragrance company.  I loved the way you could connect someone to happy memories via scent.  Now, it is a great passion of mine to continue to make that connection with people through my art.  It's such a gift to see my art come to life on fabric and seeing that fabric become a part of a cherished quilt is absolutely the most rewarding gift of all. 

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Charm Box 

My brand's name, Sweetfire Road, is born of the notion to always lead with kindness (be sweet) and have a passion (fire) for my design work.  And I strive to create artwork that "leads you home"... just like an old, familiar country road.  I would describe my style as nostalgic, romantic, and illustrative...with a touch of wonder. Colors that I use in my art are often inspired by Mother Nature.  Moody and sophisticated colors such as steely gray, garnet red, inky blue, moss, rust, honey, blush and plum are my personal favorites.  I love to create my artwork from flowers and plants in my own garden or from my imagination.  Most days you can find me playing with color, sketching art with pencil and paper and daydreaming of new ways to decorate hearts and homes with my art.  I’m overjoyed to share this journey with you, and without further ado, introduce you to my new collection for Moda, Break of Day.

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day LCs

Break of Day evokes a sunshine-y spring morning on an idyllic farm.  Starring some sassy feathered friends and a bright, fresh color palette, this collection features an illustrative style with roots in vintage storybook drawings. 

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Storybook

You’ll find over 34 colorful prints in this versatile collection.  Cornflower and navy blues, sherbet peach, fresh farmhouse green and buttercup yellow provide a multitude of palette options for your next project. 

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Fabrics 1

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Blues

Moda has so kindly partnered with me on a multitude of gorgeous quilts for this collection… and three of them are free! 

The first is Chicken Coop.  It finishes at 48" x 64".

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Chicken Coop 3

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CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Chicken Coop 1

Chicken Coop Pattern

O’ Beautiful Morning is... well, it's beautiful.  It is made with assorted yardages, and it finishes at 64” x 76”.

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day O Beautiful Morning

O Beautiful Morning Pattern

And Chicken Scratch.  It's made with a Fat Quarter Bundle, and it measures 64" x 78".

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Chicken Scratch 1

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Chicken Scratch 2

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Chicken Scratch 3

Chicken Scratch Pattern

There is another pattern available through shops, it's Here Chick, Chick, and it's a Mini Quilt.  Inspired by vintage farmhouse grain sack bags, this mini quilt features a charm pack, some raw edge appliqué, and basic quilting and embroidery skills.  It finishes at 24" x 36" and is SFR 0001.

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Chick Chick 1

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day Chick Chick 3
I'm already being asked about which Bella Solids to use with Break of Day.  I think these match nicely:
  • 384 - Carnation
  • 297 - Peach Blossom
  • 88 - Bubble Gum
  • 47 - Scarlet
  • 230 - Cherry
  • 24 - Yellow
  • 51 - Buttercup
  • 291 - Chrome
  • 290 - Marigold
  • 81 - Goldenrod
  • 448 - Soft Yellow
  • 395 - Azure
  • 167 - Amelia
  • 305 - Regatta
  • 19 - Royal
  • 76 - Kelly
  • 74 - Green Apple
  • 133 - Mint
  • 398 - Cucumber

(If you shop for these Bellas, remember it is 9900 and then the color number.)

And that's Break of Day.

CT UnBoxed Sweetfire Break of Day 10

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. 

Jackie

P.S. For more about my Moda adventures, sneak peeks, free patterns and who knows what else, I warmly welcome you to follow me:

Be sure to ask for Break of Day at your favorite quilt shop.

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