Chroma Basic // Sewing Smiles Doll


These dolls featuring Chroma Basic by Rae Ritchie are just too cute! Their adorable outfits feature scraps of some of our favorite new collections like Seas the Day and Dala. And they also support a great cause! Deborah Fisher designed the Sewing Smiles Doll pattern for Bo Twal. She made all of the dolls shown here. This purple hair-ed selfie gal is definitely our fav.

If these look familiar, you might recognize them from our Quilt Market booth in St. Louis or on social media as part of our Quilt Market coverage! Check out the full recap here.

Fun fact: Bo Twal means cloth kiss in Haitian Creole.


Bo Twal provides lovely, soft, handmade cloth dolls to children in underdeveloped countries. Needleworkers within the children’s country are paid to sew the dolls and distribute them to the boys and girls.

The program provides comfort to the children as well as income to the needleworkers. Funds to pay the doll makers are raised through the sale of doll patterns and kits.

The first doll pattern for sale, the Bo Twal Sewing Smiles Doll, is the same pattern used by the international needleworkers when they construct the dolls to donate to the children in their country.



For more info on the Sewing Smiles Doll pattern, click here or visit Bo Twal.

Happy stitching!


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Spring Quilt Market Recap! St. Louis – 2017



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

Fabric: Chroma Basic by Rae Ritchie
Hootsville Row by Sassafras Lane Designs
Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs
Elsie Avenue pillow by Sassafras Lane Designs
Alphabet Soup by Jaybird Quilts
Sewing Smiles Doll by Deborah Fisher for Bo Twal


Fabric: Seas The Day by Paula and Waffle
Quilt (top): Air Kisses by Kelli Fannin

Fabric: Supernova by Rae Ritchie
Quilt (left): Space Station by Stacey Day (free pattern!)

Also featured:
Blue Moon


Fabric: No Limits
Quilt: Bubbles by Kate Colleran

Also featured:
No Drama Llama
Pura Vida by Rae Ritchie
Folkwood by Rae Ritchie


Fabric: Pura Vida by Rae Ritchie
Quilt: Daybreak by Jaybird Quilts

Fabric: Sew Your Heart Out by Rae Ritchie
Mini Quilt by Shelly Pagliai

Fabric: Intermix Basics
Quilt: Silly Sloths by Wendi Gratz


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 Houston for Fall Quilt Market!

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Spring Quilt Market Sneak Peek


It’s that time of the year again…

Quilt Market is a biannual event for businesses in the fabric industry, where people travel from all over the world to feast their eyes on new fabric collections, patterns and books, and sewing and quilting machines. The show will be taking place this weekend, May 19 through 21.

If you’ll be at Quilt Market, be sure to visit us in Booth 341! We’re so excited to show off all the new and upcoming collections we’ve been working on.

If you won’t be attending Quilt Market, don’t fret! 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!

oDolls01Chroma Basic by Rae Ritchie (+ scraps of some of our favorite new collections) – Sewing Smiles Doll by Deborah Fisher for Bo Twal


Pura Vida by Rae Ritchie – Daybreak by Jaybird Quilts (made by Leslie Meltzer)

Space Station

Supernova by Rae Ritchie – Space Station by Stacey Day *free pattern*


No LimitsBubbles by Kate Colleran


Chroma Basic by Rae Ritchie – Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs


Chroma Basic by Rae Ritchie – Hexactly by Hunter’s Design Studio

We will be posting 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 St. Louis!

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Paint the Modern Rainbow with Rae Ritchie’s Chroma Basic



Chroma Basic by Rae Ritchie is a beautiful range of blenders that paints a modern rainbow. Look for it at your local quilt shop!

Mix and match new colorations of our favorite blenders. We’ve offered a wide range of colors to match back to Rae’s previous fabric collections, as well as some new tones that coordinate with nearly any Dear Stella project.

Check out the below quilt inspiration featuring Chroma Basic—click on the captions for more info.


Hexactly by Hunter’s Design Studio


Hootsville Row by Sassafras Lane Designs


Prism Parkway by Sassafras Lane Designs

Continue for additional quilt projects that feature Chroma.


Any Which Way by Cindi McCracken


Crossed Stars by Cindi McCracken


Beyond Labadee by Raija Salomaa


These adorable dolls also feature Chroma Basic + scraps of some of our favorite new collections. The Sewing Smiles Doll was designed by Deborah Fisher for Bo Twal. Find more project information here, and learn more about this charity program here.



As a thank you for reading our newsletter and blog, we’re giving three lucky readers a fat quarter bundle of Chroma Basic by Rae Ritchie—either a stack of lights, a stack of dark/jewel tones, or a stack of greys.

Enter the giveaway below!

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Thanks for reading!


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Stellasaurus // Mommy & Me Outfits

Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine made these adorable projects using Stellasaurus! Be sure to ask your local quilt shop for this awesome dinosaur collection!

She’s stopping by the Dear Stella blog to tell you about these dino-mite fabrics!

Hello my fellow Stellasaurus fans! When this line came out I was so thrilled! Not many novelty lines fit me and my son but this one is perfect. He loves dinosaurs and I love the way the designs are created for this line. The right balance of kids fun and science museum feel.

For my first set of projects I decided to whip up a little mommy and me outfit for my one year old. (I’ve got to take advantage of this for as long as I can with him allowing me to dress him as my matching twin!)


I used the Wiksten Tankdress for my outfit and love how it turned out. This pattern has quickly become a go-to for its versatility and quick sew. The print I used is Dinomania in Moonlight.


For Carter’s outfit I used the Oliver and S Sketchbook pattern. The shorts are such a fun sew and fit him so well, and the button up is so cute on little dudes! I used a 6-12 mo sizing for him because he is one long and lean bud. The shirt is sewn out of Jurassic in Moonlight and the shorts/accent for top is Net in Smoke.



Quilting cotton is truly such a wonderful substrate and works so well in garments. I used to fear it but have grown so fond of it. Don’t be afraid to jump right in with one of Dear Stella’s precious prints for clothes!!! They really are a match made in heaven.

Happy Sewing!

Kristen of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine

Thanks so much, Kristen! We hope you all enjoy Stellasaurus as much she does!

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