Tinsel Town // Stocking Advent Calendar

We’re squeezing in one more Tinsel Town project for our Christmas in July series! In case you missed them, make sure to check out other holiday projects with this collection here: Snowball Games quilt, Snowflake Tree Skirt

Today we have an awesome idea for a quilty advent calendar. We used our Tinsel Town collection, which is chock-full of adorable, small-scale holiday prints – there are string-lights, winter sweaters, snowflakes, and more! See them all in this post.

Find the free tutorial from Trillium Design here.

We are in love with how the saturated prints look against the low-volume snowmen! This wall hanging measures 23″ x 28″, and you can find those cute little clothespins here.

Here’s a full view of the calendar:

Who could resist the vintage cars for the backing!? We couldn’t – that’s for sure.

Tinsel Town is in shops and online now. We can’t wait to see what you make with it!

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Introducing Ashe!

Mmm, we’re introducing a dreamy collection on cotton shirting today.

Delicate birdcages and sophisticated floral motifs are brought to life in the smoky, dark charcoal and creamy white colors of Ashe.

We love these elegant frames and birdcages! We’re especially keen on how they mix with both the large and small scale floral prints from the collection.


There are also some great prints for you low-volume lovers! These delicate patterns are happy to play a quieter role in your projects, while still providing a lovely aesthetic.

We’re also bringing back some old favorites – our Sunburst Stripe and Polka Dot. They’re the perfect basics to combine with the lovely prints in Ashe!

Ashe will be shipping to stores in mid-August. Be sure to ask for it at your local quilt shop or find it at your favorite online retailer!

And we’ll soon be sharing quilt ideas with this beautiful group – stay tuned!

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Emerson // Patchwork Scarf Tutorial

Happy Friday! We have a fun guest on the blog today – Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair blog! She’s showing us how to make a super easy patchwork scarf using our Emerson collection and a little pom pom trim.

Emerson is in stores now, so look for it at your local quilt shop or find it online!


Patchwork Scarf Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Hi there! I’m Melissa Mortenson from the Polka Dot Chair Blog. I’m so excited to be here with you today sharing a tutorial for this patchwork scarf. The scarf is made from the new Dear Stella Emerson fabric line… which I ADORE! As soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted to make something for myself from it.

Patchwork Scarf Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

This scarf measures 52″ x 8 1/2″ which is a bit short as far as scarves go – depending on how you like your scarves, you might want to make it a bit longer. Personally I wanted a shorter scarf as I’m kinda fidgety and long scarves always get in my way.

To make this scarf you’re going to need:

Patchwork Scarf Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

- A selection of Fat Quarters of Emerson fabric cut to 9″ x 6″. For this scarf you’ll need a total of 18 9″ x 6″ pieces. (If you want a longer scarf, increase the number of pieces you cut.)

- 3 1/2 yards of tiny pom pom trim


Patchwork Scarf Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Begin by sewing 9 of the 9″ x 6″ pieces of fabric together along the 9″ sides – use a 1/4″ seam allowance for the entire project.

Patchwork Scarf Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Vary the placement of your pieces so that no two of the same fabric are next to each other. Press seams open. Repeat for the other 9 pieces of fabric.

Patchwork Scarf Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

On one of the sewn strips sew the tiny pom pom trim to the outer edges. To do this it is very helpful to use a cording foot, which will allow the pop pom trim to pass under the presser foot smoothly. You’re sewing the straight edge of the trim to the raw edge of the fabric.

Be patient – the stuff can be a bit persnickety but it’s worth it.

Pin the two sewn strips together, right sides together. Stitch together along the same stitching line you used to attach the pom pom trim. Leave a 6″ opening on one side to turn the scarf right side out.

Turn the scarf right side out and press. You most likely will need to use a pressing cloth on the trim. Test a scrap first to see.

Patchwork Scarf Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

That’s it, you’re done! I’d love for you to stop by and say “hello.” I’ve got hundreds of free sewing tutorials on my blog!

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Tinsel Town // Snowball Games


We have another Christmas in July project to share with you today, using our adorable Tinsel Town collection that’s hitting stores now!

We used the pattern Snowball Games from Cindy Lammon’s book Simply Modern Christmas. How amazing is this!? The “snowballs” are set against our grey Mini Confetti – they look like baby snowballs in the background!

As usual, we had to take this quilt up for a rooftop photoshoot – check out some of the photos below.

We are pretty much obsessed with the back of this quilt… Who doesn’t love a good Christmas sweater? We used this Sweaters print from Tinsel Town.

This pattern is absolutely perfect for showcasing these adorable little prints. Skiers, snowmen, vintage cars with a tree tied on top – eee! We still can’t get over the cuteness.

What are your plans for sewing with Tinsel Town? We have one more idea to share with you next week – stay tuned!

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Flirt // Playful Quilt from Cluck Cluck Sew

Today on the blog we have Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew. We absolutely love her quilt patterns, and she is so adorable in real life! Allison is stopping by to share with us her latest quilty creation, using our brand new Flirt collection.

Flirt is in stores now! Check with your local quilt shop or online retailer to get your hands on some.

Hi!  I’m Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew, and today I get to share my quilt made with one of Dear Stella’s newest lines, Flirt.

I’m usually not drawn to girly fabrics…but I JUMPED at the chance to sew with these when I saw them at Quilt Market.

The colors are PERFECT.


I love that these fabrics work equally well for a baby or a teenager.  So you can make a baby quilt that they won’t outgrow in a year!


With that stack up there I made a baby quilt using my Playful pattern.  The different pinks work so well together.

Playful in Flirt, Cluck Cluck Sew

I quilted it with diagonal straight lines, and machine bound it using this method.  After a quick wash and dry it’s ready to deliver to a new baby girl!


Flirt is in stores now.  I promise you these photos don’t do the fabric justice and you will love these prints and colors!

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