Wee Gallery Safari Quilt from Modern Handcraft

We have another Wee Gallery project for you today, thanks to the amazing Nicole from Modern Handcraft!

She’s sharing a triangle quilt tutorial using Wee Gallery’s first collection, Wild. This line is popping up in stores now! Find some at your local quilt shop or online. 

If you want to see some more inspiration, check out our other Wee Gallery tutorials from this month:

Dress Me Up! Playmat
Embroidery Projects


 

Hello Dear Stella friends, Nicole from Modern Handcraft here today with some pictures of my Wee Gallery Safari Quilt and some tips on how to create your own!

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(This quilt is a full sized bed quilt measuring 68″ x 84″)

There are a total of 336 triangles, so it does take some time to create but the end result is so worth it.

Modern Handcraft / Wee Gallery Safari Quilt for Dear Stella

Modern Handcraft / Wee Gallery Safari Quilt for Dear Stella

Materials needed:

• Safari Animals Black – 3 yards
• Safari Animals White – 3 yards
• Hearts in Black – 3/4 yard for binding
• Alphabet – 5 yards for backing
• Full sized quilt batting
• Coordinating thread – Aurifil 50 weight in 2024 was used on this project
• Acrylic triangle template – I used a Wonder Triangles with a height of 6.5″ and width along the bottom of 6.5″
• Sewing machine and notions (pins, rotary cutter, cutting mat)

Step 1:

Modern Handcraft / Wee Gallery Safari Quilt for Dear Stella

• Cut your Safari animals fabric to prep for triangles. To do this you will need to cut strips measuring 6.5″ wide by the WOF (width of your fabric)

Modern Handcraft / Wee Gallery Safari Quilt for Dear Stella

 

• Using your triangle template, cut out your triangles. Each WOF strip will yield 11 triangles. This full sized quilt has a total of 336 triangles.

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Step 2:

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• Line up your triangles in the order that you would like them to be sewn together – for this quilt I am alternating black and white triangles.

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• Always leave a 1/4″ space between the blunt tip of the triangle on top to the tip of the bottom triangle like shown. This will make sure that your triangle tips do not disappear when you are sewing your rows together.

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• Keep adding triangles in the same manner – blunt tip next to regular tip leaving 1/4″ showing.

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• Notice that there is a 1/4″ space above your black triangle point. This is what you will be looking for. Now when your rows are sewn together you will not lose the points in the seams.

• When you are finished you can iron your seams flat – to reduce bulk I lined up my rows and ironed my seams in opposite directions for each row.

Step 3:

• For this full sized quilt we have 14 rows with 24 triangles in each row. Once you have all of your rows complete, you can now pin your rows together and start sewing. Make sure to line up your points with each other and pin at each point. This will keep your triangles aligned and look much cleaner.

• You will have a zig zag border along each side from the triangles sticking out – at your cutting mat with a ruler and rotary cutter trim away those edges to leave a clean line on each side.

• Layer with your batting and quilt backing – baste and sew!

• I chose to do a straight line stitch along the sides of each triangle but free motion quilting would look just as amazing!


 

Here are some more images of the finished quilt – thanks for stopping by today!

Modern Handcraft / Wee Gallery Safari Quilt for Dear Stella

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Introducing Seaworthy!

Have you been waiting with bated breath for Jack and Lulu’s next collection?! After sharing a couple sneak peeks on our Instagram over the last few months, we are so happy to finally introduce you to Seaworthy!

In characteristic J&L fashion, Seaworthy brings us all things nautical! From classic sailboats and anchors to playful mermaids and seahorses – this collection truly has something for everyone. 

We’ve got two adorable colorways of these fun, sea-loving prints.

But they still play beautifully altogether!


We can’t resist those playful Mermaids! And the Turtles, and the French Seals, and the Seahorses, and the… Okay – we love it all.

This collection will be hitting stores in May! Be sure to look for it at your local quilt shop, or take a look online. And stay tuned because next week we’ll be sharing the cutest Seaworthy quilt!

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Embroidery Projects with Wild Olive & Wee Gallery!

We’re welcoming Mollie Johanson to the Dear Stella blog today! She blogs over at Wild Olive, and she’s sharing some adorable Wee Gallery projects with us!

Wee Gallery’s first collection – Wild – just began popping up in stores. Find some at your local quilt shop or online.

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Hi fabric-loving friends! I’m Mollie Johanson and I blog at Wild Olive, where I share lots of handmade projects and embroidery ideas. I’m so happy to be making some fun things with you!

The Wee Gallery fabric line is some of the most playful fabric I’ve ever seen, and as soon as I saw it I started getting ideas for how I could use it in my projects. And the more I play, the more I am struck with fun things to try!

So many of the projects I work on include embroidery in some way, and the Dress Me fabric from this line was just calling out for stitching. It’s pretty easy to doodle your own clothes for these darling animals, but if you’re not comfortable doing that, I’ve created some patterns for you to use!

Download them here: Dress Me Outfits Embroidery Pattern

To use these patterns, simply print them out on regular paper. The patterns are labeled for which animal they work best with, but with minor adjustments you can change them around, or use them as a starting point for creating your own clothing motifs.

Place the pattern behind the Dress Me fabric and hold it against a brightly lit window or on a light box, aligning the clothes with the animal (they fit loosely).

Use a water-soluble pen to trace the designs. This way, if you want to make any changes, all of the markings will rinse away.

Embroider the designs using your favorite embroidery stitches. Don’t worry about trying to get too fancy…I love the simplicity of back stitch! Oh, and be sure to use colorfast floss so that the colors don’t run when you rinse away the markings.

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When all of your stitching is done, soak the embroidery, let it dry, and gently press it from the backside so the stitches don’t flatten.

Now you can use your embroidered animals to make some fun new projects!

I used a strip of embroidered Wild animals to make this quilty pillow. Find the tutorial here.

This embroidered portrait frame is a great way to display a single design, which also makes it perfect for adding extra stitching. Find the step-by-step and frame pattern here.

The Wild line is filled with so many wonderful designs that I couldn’t stop with just the Dress Me fabric. I also made this ruffled stitching pouch to hold your embroidery work…and I embroidered the Alphabet fabric too! Find the project tutorial here.

Thanks so much for letting me share some fun Wee Gallery stitching ideas with you! If you make any of these, be sure to share your photos and tag both #dearstella and @dearstellafab so we can see too!

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Ludlow Projects

Ludlow is shipping to stores now, and we couldn’t be more excited. To celebrate, we’re sharing an adorable Ludlow project with you!

Check out these adorable matching button ups made using the Mini Paisley in Navy and White. Here are little Bode and his dad, Nate, modeling them for us! These were made by Shelly Pagliai.

We used the “Dustin Shirt” and “Little Jimmy Shirt” patterns from Liberty Love, by Alexia Marcelle Abegg. Seriously – how cute are they!?

We also have an amazing quilt to share today – it’s another pattern from Liberty Love, called “Sugar Stars,” and this was also made by Shelly Pagliai. We love the way the red stars pop when set against the blue background squares! See more details over on our Projects page.

Ludlow is shipping to stores now. Be sure to ask for it at your local quilt shop or look for it on your favorite online retailer’s site!

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Dress Me Up! Tutorial from Modern Handcraft

We have a special guest on the blog today – Nicole from Modern Handcraft – and she’s sharing an amazing tutorial using our brand new line from Wee Gallery. Wild just began shipping to stores, so keep your eyes out for it!

Stay tuned ’til the end, because we’re also having a GIVEAWAY!

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Hi Dear Stella friends, Nicole here from Modern Handcraft today with a fun project for your little ones – the Dress Me Up! Playmat.

I was so excited when I saw that Dear Stella was going to be carrying a Wee Gallery fabric line – I am very familiar with Wee Gallery‘s artwork (mom to a 2 year old) and loved seeing the amazing black and white prints come to life on fabric – so many possibilities! When I first saw the Wild line I instantly thought of about three things I wanted to do with it – the first of which I am going to show you today – how to create a fun Dress Me Up! Playmat.

This blanket can be used for the first few years of a child’s life – perfect size for a tummy time mat – large enough to use as toddler bedding – cozy couch throw for the elementary school years. What makes this blanket special is the added bonus of being the perfect backdrop for your child’s Dress Me creations. Using felt and scraps of fabric it is easy to create a large wardrobe for your little creature friends.

Materials needed

• 1.5 yards of Dear Stella, Wee Gallery Dress Me, Stella-WG296 White
• 1.5 yards of Dear Stella, Wee Gallery Hearts, Stella-WG301 White
• 0.5 yards of Dear Stella, Wee Gallery Hearts, Stella-WG301 Black
• Crib sized quilt batting – measuring 45″ x 60″
• Sewing Machine & notions (coordinating thread, rotary cutter or scissors, basting pins or basting spray)
• Scraps of fabric & felt (I added a layer of Heat n Bond fusible fleece to the back of my fabric for added thickness)
• Pen and paper for tracing your animals

Step 1:

• Make your quilt sandwich: lay your bottom fabric right side facing down on the floor – layer your batting on top – lay your top fabric on top of the batting right side facing up. Baste with either a basting spray or with your basting pins. Quilt in a straight line pattern or a fun free motion pattern. With your rotary cutter, trim up ends and square up.

Step 2:

• For the binding I cut 2.5″ strips. Sew together into a long piece and iron in half longways.

• Machine or hand stitch your binding material onto your quilted blanket.

You now have a beautiful quilted blanket for your little one!

Step 3:

• To create all of the animal’s clothing I took a plain piece of white paper and a pen and carefully traced their head, arms and legs. You can now draw clothing out on your body shapes and use the clothing as a template for your fabric and felt material. Some of the animals have their arms going up so make sure to make a variety of outfits – the more the merrier! Get creative by making hats, bows and even embroider little extras onto their clothing. You can also make outfits out of heavy cardstock, then color in!

Below are some ideas of outfits you can make – please share with us some of your clothing creations on Instagram and tag @dearstellafab!

My son really had some fun with this one!

Hope you enjoyed today’s Wee Gallery project!

-Nicole

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How can you not fall in love with Wild after that tutorial?! Thanks Nicole!

Want some for yourself?

Leave us a comment letting us know your favorite print from Wild to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the entire collection! You can see the line here.

We’ll be picking a random winner Monday, April 14th. Good luck!

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Congratulations to our winner, Pam S.! We’ll be emailing you today to discuss your prize.

Thanks to all who participated, and be sure to subscribe to our blog to stay updated on everything-Dear Stella!

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