Intermix Basics // Sloth Lovie

We teamed up with Wendi Gratz to bring you a super fun project and it’s ready to share with you all today! *Warning: cuteness overload*

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You may recognize these buddies from our Fall Quilt Market booth! They hung out with us at the show. And now, with a bit of simple stitching, they can be yours—this is a free pattern!

Half softie, half blankey, kids will love snuggling with these sloth lovies!

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Can you stand the cuteness? Simple stitching and minimal stuffing pulls this project together in a flash.

Select three of your fav fabrics—we couldn’t just stop at one—and add a dash of hook-and-loop tape to help him hang. Sew up a sweet sloth (or several!) for someone you love! The Sloth Lovie pattern is designed by Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World.

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Check out some of Wendi’s behind the scenes shots!

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The yellow toes reminded some of our Instagram friends of baby corn and Bugles!

Intermix Basics pictured: Wee Gallery Hearts, Positive, Net, and Polka Dot.

Also pictured: Scallop Dot by Rae Ritchie.

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How sweet are these faces?!

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We hope you enjoy creating these Sloth Lovies as much as we enjoyed putting them together. They would make great holiday gifts for little ones in your life!

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‘Till next time! 👋🏼

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Dreamscape by Rae Ritchie // Patchwork Pillows

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We love this sweet nursery project by Ange of A Little Patchwork. She created two Patchwork Pillows with Rae Ritchie’s Dreamscape collection, one light version and one dark version. This pillow pattern can be found in Kerri Horsely‘s book Lovely Little Patchwork.

Photos courtesy of A Little Patchwork. Read Ange’s full blog post here!

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Rae Ritchie’s Dreamscape walks you through a dreamland of sleepy elephants and galloping wild horses. Rounding it out with a wind-swept floral, this moody cool collection takes you on an imaginative journey of dreams.

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Rae shares the inspiration behind Dreamscape:

// I love designing kid friendly patterns that can have an adult appeal. “Dreamscape,” the supplement to “Moon Garden,” is inspired by magical circus dreams. One of my favorite books in recent years is “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern, for its beautiful atmospheric descriptions of nocturnal curiosities that test reality. Blued by the cover of night, the typical kids pinks and blues are reimagined into lavenders and purpled navies. I’m personally very excited to play with these fabrics, as this is a tight capsule with really great opportunity to mix and match. //

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Ange shares some information in her blog post about the patchwork pillows:

// I used the pattern from Kerri Horsely’s book Lovely Little Patchwork. I have made this pattern before and knew it would work perfectly as I really wanted to showcase the elephant print (and the 5 inch square centre would be ideal).

I separated the bundle into the light and dark tones and was amazed at how different the two cushions looked. It was a real lesson in the impact colour and print placement can have on your project! //

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We love seeing collections come to life in homemade projects like Ange’s. Share yours by using the hashtag #DearStella. We can’t wait to see what you make!

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Now Shipping // Tea Party by Rae Ritchie

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Inspired by classic china patterns and antique decorative art, one of Rae Ritchie’s newest collection invites you to high tea complete with fancy pups, dancing porcelain pots and the sweetest treats. Tea Party has begun shipping to stores. Ask for it at your LQS or favorite online retailer!

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Here’s a word from Rae about Tea Party:

// One of my favorite sections (among many) at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is the Decorative Arts section. Here, they house beautiful porcelain, furniture and of course, period rooms. This is a great source for motif and color inspiration; the colors often faded with time. I also live blocks from the Russian Museum of Art which once had a spectacular state china show, set in chronological order. Incredibly interesting, informative and beautiful! 

Tea has always been an important ritual throughout my day. It’s a time to reflect and slow down the thought process for a couple minutes out of the day; to recharge and refocus. Of course my tea breaks aren’t nearly as fancy, with sweet treats and fancy dogs, but I can always just draw them! \\

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Below you’ll find projects that feature this sweet and dainty collection. Which is your favorite?

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Tiny Dancer by Jaybird Quilts.

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Pinafores and High Tea by Louanna Mary Quilt Design.

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Chopsticks by Jaybird Quilts.

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Hipster // Tablet Sleeve + Sunglasses Case

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We made projects using some of our favorite designs from the Hipster collection. They’re super practical and perfect for when you’re on the go!

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Your love for man buns, eyewear and Frenchies can be satisfied with Hipster. Pops of orange highlight the details in this cool, neutral collection. Available now!

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Dress your laptop or tablet in style! The Laptop Sleeve pattern is by Becka Rahn, from the book One-Yard Wonders.

Our iPad sleeve uses a fun mixed media print, Hipster Kit/Stella-660, and Dress Stripe/Stella-433.

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We made the sunglasses case with the help a video tutorial by Crafty Gemini. It’s an easy sunglasses/glasses case to make—scrap friendly!

Our sunglasses case uses a popular favorite, Barbershop/Stella-658 (outer fabric), and Type/Stella-661 (inner fabric and detail).

How perfect is the Barbershop fabric for this fun little project!

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There has been an abundance of love for this collection and we are ecstatic! We hope to see more projects using Hipster. Don’t forget to #DearStella—we don’t want to miss a single thing!

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Fall Quilt Market Recap

We’re back from Quilt Market and excited to share all of our photos with you today! We introduced our newest designer, the latest collections and lots of fun projects—be sure to check them out and let us know what your favorites are!

Here’s a glance at our booth:

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Fabric: Flower Power
Pattern: Stereo by Jaybird Quilts

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Fabric: Intermix basics
Wall Mounts: Unicorns Are Real by Jo Carter *free pattern*

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Moon Garden by Rae Ritchie
Quilt: Late Night Lanterns by Denniele Bohannon (top right) *free pattern*

Trail Mix and Moon Garden by Rae Ritchie
Quilt: Nellie by GE Designs (top left)

On My Way
Quilt: Perfect Picture by Osie Lebowitz (bottom left) *free pattern*

Made With Love by Rae Ritchie
Clock: Art Clock by Erin Schlosser, from her book Sew Home

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Into The Reef by Rae Ritchie
Quilt: Spinners by Sew Many Creations (top center)

Dear Stella Knits and Fresh Dew Knits by Paula & Waffle
Projects (far right):
Just Hatched Baby Leggings by Made By Rae
Knot Bow Headband by Coral + co.

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This year we had Rae Ritchie with us! Here she is holding a few dresses in her designs. These sweet baby dresses were a huge hit in our booth. They are the Geranium Dress pattern by Made By Rae.

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Hangin’ above and below the dresses were our sloth lovies! These sloths would be adorable additions to any room. They will be an upcoming free pattern by Wendi Gratz very soon!

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The Handmade Made With Love panel is from Rae’s collection, Made With Love. A full repeat of the panel was hanging in our booth—embellished with beads, buttons, and embroidery detailing by Shelly Pagliai.

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We introduced our newest designer Paula & Waffle!

Paula & Waffle is a fun-loving illustration and design studio based in New York City, with a focus on pattern and stationery design. Paula Cheng-Mehta is the illustrator and Waffle is her five-year-old Havanese pup, who keeps her company and is the joyful spirit and inspiration behind much of her work. Paula & Waffle’s sweet, heartfelt illustration style is sure to brighten up your day and bring a smile to your face.

Paula & Waffle’s first collection is Fresh Dew—shipping in January!

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We introduced our newest substrate: knit! The collections we showed are: KnitsFresh Dew Knits by Paula & Waffle, and Wee Gallery Knits—all shipping in February.

We had darling knit baby clothes and accessories in our booth. DIY Baby Hat (below) and Knot Bow Headband patterns by Coral + co. Just Hatched Baby Leggings by Made By Rae. *All free patterns!*

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Thanks for stopping by, whether you were at Quilt Market or you scrolled through our photos. We love sharing our fabric and projects with you! See you in St. Louis for Spring Quilt Market!

Signed,

Dear Stella

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