Meet our Newest Designer // August Wren by Jennifer Orkin Lewis


We are so excited to introduce Spring Theory by designer Jennifer Orkin Lewis of August Wren!

Jennifer Orkin Lewis is an artist, illustrator and author who divides her time in a very colorful house right outside of New York City and a small studio in the city. Obsessed with painting from an early age, she was always making art and creating something new. She is known online for her daily sketchbook paintings, which she has been doing for over 5 years and sharing on social media. Every day – weekends and vacations included – she paints for up to 30 minutes for personal satisfaction, the things that inspire and surround her.  It has become a visual diary of the moments that pass by, sometimes unnoticed. It may be high flying bird, a field of weeds, a broken teacup, or details in a large crowd of people, to the small moments of life, such as gardening, a bike ride, or a museum.

Her paintings are primarily gouache and watercolor but also include ink, pencil, and the occasional marker. She was a textile designer and stylist before becoming an illustrator. She has worked with clients such as Anthropologie, Abrams Books, Chronicle Books, Flow Magazine, Kate Spade, Eeboo, TeNeues and now Dear Stella, as well as many more.

Learn more about Jennifer and connect with her online!

Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter

The debut collection, Spring Theory, is available to order now and begins shipping in January 2019!


Read on to meet Jennifer and learn more about her design process. Check out the full collection at the end of this post, or on our website here!

DS: How did you discover your passion for illustration and design?

JOL: I’ve always loved to create. It was really the only thing I enjoyed and had any success at as a kid. Math and science just weren’t for me. I took classes at different after school programs and I drew and painted in my room all the time because I loved it. It came naturally. When I went to RISD I discovered more about the world of design.

DS: Does what you studied in school apply to your career today?

JOL: I studied textile design at RISD; we did both weaving and print design but by the time I was graduating I was a print designer all the way! Now my work involves designs for all sorts of surfaces including fabric so it turned out to be very relevant.

DS: Can you tell us a bit about your design process? What inspires your work?

JOL: I have 2 ways of working. When working with a client I need to work off a brief so I am researching more and thinking about the end product and how it will work for them. When I do my personal work I just sit down and paint, a bouquet of flowers I just got, a person I recently saw. I am very inspired by the daily scene and mood. If it’s raining and grey I might use colors that reflect the look of the day. I’m often inspired by seasons, birds, a word. I do have a staple of ideas I use when I’m stumped and am not in the mood to paint. I always love painting flowers, faces are an endless fascination, I might use only blues or use an old photo as reference. The supply of inspiration is endless. It just needs to be channeled, which is the hard part!

DS: What’s your favorite medium to work with?

JOL: My #1 favorite is gouache, an opaque watercolor, but while I’m working in another medium like pencil or ink, I will mix mediums. I’ll use watercolor, a little acrylic, lots of ink, pencils.

DS: How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started?

JOL: When I look back at my work over the years there is a definite similarity from the beginning until now. I have always had a very loose and intuitive way of working. I’d say when I started my daily sketchbook practice 5 years ago I was able to really hone my skills and master my style. By painting for 30 minutes everyday I gained the time to play and see what could happen when I tried new things. I’m still doing that; I want to continue to find new techniques, colors and ideas that excite me.

DS: What colors are you drawn to right now?

JOL: I like to experiment and change it up all the time. At the moment, I’m feeling shades of greens and turqs, from dark to light with a neutral and spots of purple.

DS: When you’re not designing, what are some of your favorite things to do?

JOL: I love to walk around NYC and watch people, see a show, art or theater, I love to travel and definitely relax on the beach.

DS: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

JOL: The basics, brush my teeth and have a good cup of tea. Get dressed and make my bed. All those are a given. Then I paint all day.

DS: What’s your favorite meal?

JOL: I don’t do this often but a big bowl of ice cream is really my favorite.

DS: We can’t wait for your fabric collection to debut! What sorts of projects do you hope to see made?

JOL: Anything people make, I want to see! If I had time to sew, I would make a simple shift dress. It will be exciting to see how people interpret the patterns into a quilt or clothing. I can’t wait!

Spring Theory full collection:


We are so thrilled to welcome Jennifer to the Dear Stella family! We hope you are as inspired by the fresh and bright colors of her Spring Theory collection as we are.

Remember to tag us in your projects using @dearstellafab and #dearstella.

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Wee Gallery // Father’s Day Gift Idea!

Wee Gallery‘s latest collection, Harvest Moon, has been a huge hit! Their whimsical style in black and white print results in a collection with appeal for all ages.  If you’re looking for a fun DIY Father’s Day gift, Wee Gallery whipped up these awesome aprons that are just perfect!WG apron 2


Our FREE PATTERN, Kiss the Cook, offers two options for sizing across the chest and also features several handy pockets for Dad to store his grilling utensils. Not only can this pattern be easily easily adjust for height, it can be also made reversible!

With all the fun prints in this collection, your options for fabric combinations are endless:


Harvest Moon is in stores now; we are excited to announce that this September we will be releasing a new panel to coordinate with the collection!


We hope you are as inspired by this collection as we are – we can’t get enough of it!

Remember to tag us in your projects using #dearstella so we can see what you make.

Happy creating!

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Spring 2018 Quilt Market Recap!

QM-logo-centeredWe are back from Quilt Market and so excited to share some highlights with you!!!



This spring we showcased several new collections on quilts, table runners, and fat quarter bundles. We also featured Catitude, Stay Wild, and a scrappy rainbow in the cutest dolls and houses – you probably caught them if you followed along on social media during the event!

FQ-bundlesFat Quarter bundles of Camp Wander, Pink Paradise, Little Red and more.

Little-Red-Quilt-2Little RedThrough the Woods by Rachel Rossi

Table-Runners-and-Harvest-MoonHanging projects from left to right:
Pond Life table runner *FREE PATTERN*
Harvest MoonRabbit Holes adapted by Stacey Day *FREE PATTERN*
Camp Wander table runner *FREE PATTERN*
Deja Moo table runner *FREE PATTERN*

Catitude-housesCatitudeTiny Houses from Crossroads by Amy Barickman

Stay Wild housesStay Wild – Tiny Houses from Crossroads by Amy Barickman

Deja-Moo-and-Farm-Life-quiltsQuilts from left to right:
On the Farm – Rolling Pastures by Osie Lebowitz *FREE PATTERN*
Deja MooHomestead by Osie Lebowitz *FREE PATTERN*

doll-collageDeborah Fisher designed the Sewing Smiles Doll pattern for Bo Twal, and not only do we adore the whimsical touch they add to our booth, but we also love that they support a great cause!

PINK-PARADISEPink Paradise by Rae Ritchie from left to right:
Sewing Smiles Doll by Deborah Fisher
Alligator Alley by Sassafras Lane Design
Serenade by Denise Russell *FREE PATTERN*

Thanks for stopping by our booth and following along on social media, we had such a fun time in Portland!

Can’t wait to see you this fall in Houston!

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Spring 2018 Quilt Market Sneak Peek!


We’re excited to announce that it’s that time of the year again…

Quilt Market is a biannual event for businesses in the fabric industry, where the newest fabric collections and patterns are showcased. We’re heading to Portland, Oregon this week, where the show will be taking place this Friday-Sunday, May 18th through the 20th.

If you’ll be at Quilt Market, be sure to visit us in Booth #1052. We can’t wait to share all the new and upcoming collections we’ve been working on – this year we are debuting 4 never before seen collections, including a super cute panel by Wee Gallery!! We can’t wait to see what you think!

If you won’t be attending Quilt Market, don’t worry – As always, we’ll keep you in the loop via InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. Click to follow.

Here’s a little preview of what will be at our booth!

First up, Pink Paradise by Rae Ritchie – Serenade by Denise Russell *FREE PATTERN*!

Little RedThrough the Woods by Rachel Rossi


Deja Moo – Homestead by Osie Lebowitz *Free Pattern Coming Soon*

Pond Life

On The Farm – Rolling Pastures by Osie Lebowitz *Free Pattern*

We will be posting daily updates on our social media throughout the show so stay tuned! Behind-the-scenes shots, Instagram Stories, and fun photos during the show – we’ve got you covered.

Find us here: Instagram || Facebook || Twitter

See you in Portland!

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Show Us Your Stella!

It’s time for another round of SHOW US YOUR STELLA! Continue on to see the amazing Dear Stella projects that have been inspiring us lately. We love to admire your creativity via the #dearstella hashtag on our social media pages, which is how we found all of these super cute handmade projects. Be sure to use the #dearstella hashtag on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so we can check out your makes!

All image credits can be found at the bottom of this post.

Row 1: Adventure Awaits dress via @smallpotatoesbaby; Feline Myself passport cover and card holder via
Row 2: For Fox Sake bandana via @itsharutheshihtzu; Black Swan dress via @celestialhappenings
Row 3: Feline Myself dress via @plaidpie; Wee Gallery heart push pins via @sakura_confections
Row 4: Life’s a Beach coin purse via @octopurse; Royal Picnic sundress via @briarhollow
Row 5: Life’s a Beach pom-pom shorts via; Wee Gallery heart bow ties via @lennonandco
Row 6: Positive overalls via @handmade_byheatherdolls; Life’s a Beach dress via
Row 7: Life’s a Beach tote via @sewitupbernina; Little Red zipper pouch via @raejarv
Row 8: Little Red pincushion via @bobbypinbandit; Black Swan cloth doll via @finn_and_fiona

Thanks so much for sharing your projects with us! We absolutely love seeing what you make – it is so inspiring.

Have a great weekend. Happy creating, and keep on sharing!

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