Back By Popular Demand…

Since it’s Friday (and also, because we love you), we have a little surprise!

Back by popular demand, our much-loved Carousel print is being reprinted! It will be hitting stores in May, so be sure to check with your local quilt shop and your favorite online retailer to see if they will be carrying it.

Carousel coordinates beautifully with our Confetti Dots – especially Black, Charcoal, Stone, and Blush. We can’t wait to show you the quilt idea we have for you with these – coming soon!

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Sweet & Simple Easter Projects

Easter is right around the corner, and if you haven’t had time to make something yet, we have a sweet and simple idea for you!

We made a quick and easy template of a bunny, and decided to make ourselves some Easter-themed table linens using our super-Springy collection Spring Street. How adorable are these!?

After the napkins and placemats were made, we couldn’t help ourselves – those bunnies had to make another appearance somewhere. We grabbed some plain white onesies and spruced them up a bit!

Muuuch better. We think this one is Grace’s fave!

Too, too cute.

Our Spring Street collection, which is available on shirting cotton, is in stores now! Look for these prints at your local quilt shop or find them through your favorite online retailer. Happy sewing!

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Happy Spring!

We’re pleased to report that the temperature in New York is (very) slowly starting to warm up! We couldn’t be happier to say goodbye to our heavy coats and beat-up boots, and say HELLO to the bright colors and cheerful floral patterns of springtime!

At Dear Stella we love seasonal bucket lists. Here are some springtime activities that have made ours!

1. Warm, sunny picnics – all. the. time. We’re excited to make spring quilts that will be perfect for these outdoor adventures! Why not try this one? The pattern is the “Tipsy Triangles” quilt from the book Liberty Love, and it features our aptly-named collection Spring Street! Read more about it here.

2. Brunch alfresco! Brunch is arguably the best meal of the week (at least it’s our fave!) and eating outside sounds pretty much perfect to us!

3. Spring-ify your closet. Time to pack away those chunky knits and coats! How about sewing up some dresses with our collections on cotton shirting? Spring Street is available now, and Ludlow will be hitting stores at the end of this month. We LOVE Sew Caroline’s Belladone dress using the Ludlow Floral - read more about it here. We also made a Wiksten Tank and Michelle My Belle dress!

Need more ideas for garments? We’re envisioning an Everday Skirt or Peplum Party Dress using a print from Spring Street. Swoooon.

4. Take a stroll to your local farmers market. Need a reusable tote bag for all your fruits and veggies? Make one! We love this Grocery Tote using our super-springy Savannah (say that three times fast!) collection, which is in stores now. Read more about this project here.

We’d like another one in the Floral Stitch and Savannah Floral prints too!

5. Run or walk a 5k. Spring is the perfect season for running: it’s not too hot and not too cold. There are so many fun 5ks to participate in – get a bunch of friends together and try signing up for one! We’ve tried The Color Run and can attest to it being the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”!


Now we are itching to get started on this list! Did we miss any of your spring faves? Leave a comment letting us know!

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Sneak Peek at Woodwinked (and Giveaway winner!)

We love sharing little peeks at upcoming collections with you, and we’ve got another one today!

A palette of rich, unexpected combinations of color — rusty red, pewter, and fresh citron — echo the whimsical forest scenes found in Woodwinked. We’re looking forward to showing you more of this fantastic collection later in the season! Stay tuned!


We’re also announcing our giveaway winner today!

Our winner is… Heather!

Congratulations Heather! You’ve won three yards of your favorite style from our Ludlow collection! We’ll be contacting you today via email to discuss your prize.

Thanks to all for participating!

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Spotlight on: Sew Caroline!

We have a special guest on the blog today – please welcome Sew Caroline! She’s sharing a gorgeous dress she made using Stella-S304 Navy from our brand new Ludlow collection. Take a look below!

And be sure to stick around until the end because we have an exciting GIVEAWAY!


Hi Dear Stella Friends!

Caroline here from the sewing blog, Sew Caroline. I’m so excited to be here today + honored that the lovely ladies behind the Dear Stella blog wanted little ole me to write a post over here! I got a sneak preview of the gorgeous line that will be hitting stores at the end of this month, Ludlow, and MAN was I blown away. I chose to have a bit of the cotton shirting fabric sent my way and thought the perfect thing to sew would definitely be the Belladone dress from Deer and Doe. It’s been sitting in my “unsewn patterns” pile for quite sometime, so I was happy to finally have an excuse to sew with it- yay!

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Dress Pattern: Belladone by Deer and Doe // Dress Fabric: Ludlow by Dear Stella // Boots: DSW (similar)// Necklace: Caroline G. Shop

I basically want to wear this dress always and forever starting.. now. Don’t you wanna get your hands on some?! Below you’ll find out exactly how you can WIN some of this gorgeous fabric!

I’d love it if you stopped by Sew Caroline sometime! We love sharing sewing inspiration, DIYs, and a bit of handmade fashion. And HEY, if you’re looking for a fun + easy dress pattern to sew up for the Spring, I’d love for you to sew my Out and About Dress- it is my first (of many) women’s sewing patterns that was just released last month!


Thanks Caroline! We’re in love with your Belladone dress.

You can see some other garments we made with Ludlow on our blog here, and Very Shannon‘s stunning Josephine Tunic here! We’re also envisioning beautiful Riding PeplumsWashi Dresses, Archer Button Ups… The possibilities are endless.

Want to win 3 yards of Ludlow fabric to make your own garment?!

Here’s how:

1. Leave a comment on this post letting us know which Ludlow print is your fave, and which sewing pattern you would use.

2. You can have a bonus entry if you:

         “Like” us on Facebook – then leave a separate comment on this post saying that you did this.

       ”Follow” us on Twitter – then leave a separate comment on this post saying that you did this.

           “Follow” us on Instagram – then leave a separate comment on this post saying that you did this.

         ”Follow” us on Pinterest – then leave a separate comment on this post saying that you did this.

** If you already “like” or “follow” us on any or all of those places, leave a separate comment for each saying so! Those comments will count as your bonus entries.

We will be choosing the winner at random on Tuesday, March 18th.

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