Introducing… Wild by Wee Gallery!

Back in January, we introduced you to the newest member of the Dear Stella team – Wee Gallery! We also showed you a sneak peek at their first collection, Wild.

We could not be more excited to finally reveal the full line to you today!

Wee Gallery art is created from bold, whimsical, hand-painted originals that cater to a baby’s visual strengths. Their images and repeating patterns captivate little ones.

We are so excited to bring Wee Gallery’s designs to the fabric world! You can check out images of the collection here, and take a look below at some up close and personal photos.

We are loving this fun Alphabet print on a soft cream background. And seriously, how can you not love that this cute narwhal makes an appearance!?

If you’re already familiar with Wee Gallery, you might recognize this next print – Dress Me.

We have big plans for this one, and we can hardly wait to share!

Safari Animals, Sea Creatures, and Garden Friends! These high contrast patterns are perfect for developing little ones.

And finally – Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!

Wild just started shipping to stores, so be sure to check with your local quilt shop or favorite online retailer to scoop some up!

We’ll be sharing our first project with you next week. What will you make?

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Modern Traditional #DSTTchallenge

Last week, we hinted that something fun was in the works with our sister company, Timeless Treasures - and now we can reveal our top-secret plans!

Today we’re launching the Modern Traditional Mini Quilt Challenge!

(For a handy one-page PDF of the challenge guidelines, click HERE.)

We’re challenging you to make a “modern traditional” mini quilt that that uses fabrics from both Dear Stella and Timeless Treasures. You’ll have all of April to complete and submit your project.

Joining us are two of our favorite celebrity quilters, Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts and Katy Jones of Monkey Do. Julie and Katy will be judges of the #DSTTchallenge, along with a judge from each of the Dear Stella and Timeless teams.

 

When the challenge concludes, Julie and Katy will be sharing their own “modern traditional” mini quilt interpretations. We can’t wait to see what they dream up!

We’ve got some truly awesome prizes lined up, including this massive 60-piece half yard custom selection of two Dear Stella and Timeless favorites – Mini Confetti Dots and Sketch!

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Rules

1. Finished mini quilt must measure 20″ x 20″.

2. Mini quilt must use only Dear Stella and Timeless Treasures fabrics — at least 2 prints from each company.

3. No solids may be used in the mini quilt.

4. Mini quilt should reflect your interpretation of the theme “modern traditional.”

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Submission Guidelines

1. Email a photo of your finished entry to DSTTchallenge@gmail.com by 11:59pm April 30, 2014. Winners will be announced Friday, May 2.

2. Submit no more than 3 photos of your entry (1 that shows the full quilt, and up to 2 detail shots). Photos should be clear and in focus, and medium-to-high resolution.

3. Include a ruler or tape measure in the photo of your finished quilt, so we can ensure your project measures the specified dimensions (20″ x 20″).

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Tips

• If you’re running low on Dear Stella or Timeless Treasures fabrics, check out our store locators:

Dear Stella – Where To Buy
Timeless Treasures – Shops, Online

• Both DS and TT offer a variety of coordinating basics that can be used in lieu of solids:

Dear Stella: Confetti DotsMini Confetti DotsZig ZagsSunburst Stripes
Timeless Treasures: Sketch, Dream, Rain, Spring, Willow, Pearle, Frosting, Understudy, Java Blenders

• Share photos of your Works in Progress (WiP) on Instagram because we’ll be hosting a mid-challenge giveaway! Post your projects while you’re working on them to Instagram, using the hashtag #DSTTchallenge. Make sure to tag @dearstellafab and @sewtimeless in the caption of the photo, too! We’ll be picking a winner from the hashtag pool during the week of April 21st – you could win a huge charm pack of DS and TT basics!

• Show off your work and get inspired over on the #DSTTchallenge Flickr group! Head over here to check it out.

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Challenge Prizes!

*FIRST PLACE: 60 half-yard cuts of Dear Stella Mini Confetti and Timeless Sketch - that’s 30 yards of fabric total! The winner will also be featured on the Dear Stella and Timeless blogs.

*SECOND PLACE: 24 fat quarters of assorted Dear Stella Mini Confetti and Timeless Sketch.

*THIRD PLACE: 12 fat quarters of assorted Dear Stella Mini Confetti and Timeless Sketch.

*WiP GIVEAWAY (selected at random on Instagram): Giant charm pack (see “Tips” section above)

This towering stack of fabric could be YOURS!

Good luck! We can’t wait to see your beautiful creations!

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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”!

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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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