Foxtail Forest // Baby Projects from Lynn Harris

Today we’re welcoming Lynn Harris of The Little Red Hen to the blog, and she’s stopping by to share some adorable projects she made using Rae Ritchie’s Foxtail Forest collection. We love Lynn’s makes, so be sure to check them out below! Foxtail Forest is in stores now – ask for it at your local quilt shop or look for it online!


Hi, I’m Lynn Harris. I usually blog over at The Little Red Hen. Today I am excited to share some cute baby clothes with you. When I first saw Rae Ritchie’s new Foxtail Forest line of fabric I knew I needed to make some baby clothes for my soon-to-arrive first grandchild. The prints are so sweet and there’s even a party print that is perfect for pajamas. I used this sweet vintage pattern (Simplicity 4535) to make pajamas for all three of my kids and even my nieces and nephews. I love that I can keep using it for my grandkids.

These pajamas were a quick project and I love the crisp look with topstitching and the color coordinated dark blue snaps.

You could use any currently available pajama pattern to make a similar pair.

Next up was a couple pair of Big Butt Baby Pants. This fun pattern by Rae Hoekstra features a contrast butt gusset and fold up cuffs for growth.

A bit of quick sewing and we have baby clothes in three sizes. We’ll be able to enjoy these cute prints for quite a while! Well, in baby terms that is. They do grow fast, don’t they?

My 10 year old daughter used the leftovers along with some soft Dear Stella Net Flannel to make burp cloths.

They were also very quick and easy. She cut 9” by 16” rectangles, sewed right sides together and then turned them right side out. Next she topstitched around the edge and put a couple of rows of stitching down the middle. Presto!

I love these adorable prints and kind of want to make myself a top from the party print.


Thanks Lynn! We think you *should* make yourself a shirt with Treetop Party! Find Rae Ritchie’s Foxtail Forest collection in stores and online now.

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Introducing // Farm Fresh

Our Farm Fresh collection will be shipping to stores very soon! Classic farm life is illustrated in soft shades of denim, sienna, smoke, and butter – perfect for boys or girls. Plus, this collection coordinates with select colors from our Intermix basics, so the possibilities are endless! See the full group here.

We’re picturing super sweet baby quilts, but also cute bibs, bloomers, bunting and kids clothes! What will you make with Farm Fresh?

Look for Farm Fresh in stores this month! Ask your local quilt shop for this collection or find it online.

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Introducing // The Big Chill

We are so excited to announce that our newest collection, The Big Chill, is shipping to stores this month! This line is chock-full of woodland creatures and fun blenders to mix and match. Plus, it coordinates with several of our Intermix basics! See the full collection here.

Night owls, their eyes aglow, populate the midnight forest alongside quick-footed critters and bouncing bunnies. Icy blues and steel greys are punctuated by warm tones, luring those woodland creatures out of hibernation.

Between the owls, deer, bears, and bunnies, it’s impossible to choose a favorite print!

Look out for The Big Chill in stores this month! Ask for it at your local quilt shop or find it online.

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Spring Quilt Market Recap!

Last month we flew to Salt Lake City for Spring Quilt Market! It was a whirlwind of fabric, and we had a great time showing off our new collections and beautiful quilts. We’re sharing all of our photos with you today – be sure to check them out and let us know your favorite part!

Here’s our booth at a glance. We must say, we definitely enjoyed that teal carpet!

Quilt: Heart to Heart free pattern by Jessica Stern & Stacey Day, featuring Intermix

Whisper
Quilt: Trail Mix by Jaybird Quilts
Baby shirt: Modern Layette Set by Green Bee Patterns

Wildwood

Wildwood
Mini quilt: Mini Canyon Boulevard by Sassafras Lane Designs

Mini quilt: Mini Diamond Detour by Sassafras Lane Designs, featuring Positive basics
Quilt: Molehills by Latifah Saafir, featuring Wildwood

Shadowbox by Rae Ritchie
Mini quilt: Mini Privet Drive by Sassafras Lane Designs

Mini quilt (top): Mini Diamond Detour by Sassafras Lane Designs, featuring Positive basics
Quilt (top): Molehills by Latifah Saafir, featuring Wildwood
Quilt (bottom): Silver Linings free pattern by Denniele Bohannon, featuring Shadowbox by Rae Ritchie

Life Aquatic
Plushies: Norton the Narwhal free pattern by Melissa Lunden

Mumseed Meadow & Foxtail Forest by Rae Ritchie
Quilt (top): Churn It Up free pattern by Denniele Bohannon, featuring Mumseed Meadow
Pillow (bottom): Once Upon a Time pillow from For Keeps by Amy Gibson, featuring Foxtail Forest

Pillow: Once Upon a Time pillow from For Keeps by Amy Gibson, featuring Foxtail Forest

Stag heads: pattern from Issue 31 of Love Patchwork & Quilting, featuring Adelaide and Shadowbox by Rae Ritchie
Quilt (top): Regatta by Cozy Quilt Designs, featuring Rock Lobster by Jack and Lulu

Rock Lobster by Jack and Lulu
Dress: Doll dress from Doll Days! book by Erin Hentzel

Quilt (top): Regatta by Cozy Quilt Designs, featuring Rock Lobster by Jack and Lulu
Dresses (top): Doll dresses from Doll Days! book by Erin Hentzel

Snöfall by Rae Ritchie

Baby rompers + bandanas: Modern Layette Set by Green Bee Patterns

Quilt (top): One Way by Sassafras Lane Designs, featuring Junebug
Quilt (left): Bunny Hill free pattern by Stacey Day, featuring Snöfall by Rae Ritchie
Baby rompers + bandanas (right): Modern Layette Set by Green Bee Patterns
Quilt (bottom right): Garden Path free pattern by Kate Colleran, featuring Adelaide

Quilt: Letters from Home by Crimson Tate, featuring Intermix basics

Quilt: Letters from Home by Crimson Tate, featuring Intermix basics


Thanks for stopping by, whether you were at Quilt Market last month or you scrolled through our photos. We love sharing our fabric and projects with you! Let us know your favorites in the comments below, and keep tagging your own photos with #dearstella so we can follow along.

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Doll Days! Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to the Dear Stella stop on the Doll Days! blog tour! I’m Erin and I’m here to share with you a bonus pattern for the Vintage Party Dress pattern from my new book Doll Days! Sew an Everyday Wardrobe for 18” Dolls.

Doll Days front cover image

I was inspired by Dear Stella’s gorgeous new fabric collection, Rock Lobster by Jack an Lulu.

Nautical-themed clothes have definitely stood the test of time and are a popular favorite of so many that it seemed appropriate our dolls should have sailor dresses for summer. It’s such a classic and this Anchors Away print is a perfect fit.

Dear Stella sailor dress

You’ll need to download the *bonus* pattern piece for a Sailor Collar here, in addition to all the pattern pieces for View B of the Vintage Party Dress pattern from Doll Days.

I always trace my patterns onto Swedish Tracing Paper to preserve my original patterns and achieve accurately cut fabric pieces.

Print and Trace Pattern

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for sewing the sailor collar:

Step 1

Cut out 4 collar pieces.

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Step 2

Sew 2 collar pieces together, with right sides facing and a ¼” seam allowance, leaving the one edge open as shown. Repeat for the remaining 2 collar pieces.

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Step 3

Clip the curves. I like to use pinking shears to clip and trim the seam allowances all in one quick step.

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Step 4

Turn the collars right side out, smooth the curves and poke corners out. Press well.

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Step 5

Using this Sailor Collar, follow the instructions and make the Vintage Party Dress as instructed on pages 43-45, just as you would for View A.

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The patterns in Doll Days are so versatile. There are several sleeve finishes to choose from. I chose to bind the sleeves as instructed for View B of the Button-down Shirt project on page 42.

sailor dress 2

I thought it was fitting to pleat the skirt instead of sewing gathers. See page 45 of Doll Days for the tutorial on how to pleat the skirt instead of gathering it.

sailor dress 3

sailor dress 1

I hope you enjoy this bonus collar pattern and use it create some adorable seaside attire for the doll collector in your life. Be sure to keep following along with the Doll Days blog tour for more tutorials, bonus patterns, and reviews.

Here’s the full schedule:

June 13 Kickoff! Erin (me!) on C&T http://www.ctpub.com/blog/

June 14 Amanda on Jedi Craft Girl http://www.jedicraftgirl.com/

June 15 Erin (me!) on Dear Stella  http://dearstelladesign.com/blog/

June 16 Karen on Karen Mom of Three http://karenmomofthreescraft.blogspot.com/

June 17 Erin (me!) on Sew Mama Sew http://www.sewmamasew.com/

 

June 20 Lindsay on Lindsay Sews http://www.lindsaysews.com/ 

June 21 Jane on Janie Carroll Designs www.janiecarrolldesigns.com

June 22 Bonnie on Fishsticks Designs blog http://www.fishsticksdesigns.com/

June 23 Tracy on Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/

June 24 Rachael on RJR Blog http://quiltwithlove.com/

 

June 27 Cherry on Cherry Blossoms Studio www.CherryBlossomsQuilting.com

June 28 Final stop Erin (me!) on Avery Lane Sewing www.AveryLaneSewing.com

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