Introducing // Blue Moon

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The classic white-and-blue palette of your dreams is here! Introducing: Blue Moon.

We’re so excited to share these adorable designs! This collection is receiving an abundance of love from our quilt shop friends. Visit your local shop to get your fix of Blue Moon—hitting stores April 2017.

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Blue Moon transports you to a meadow of grazing woodland critters just as the stars and moon start to wink in the sky. This new collection sings a lullaby of hushed blues and white, telling a story of floating leaves and light breezes from dusk to dark.

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Woodland Critters reminds us of illustrations out of a favorite childhood storybook. So adorable.

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Awesome quilts ahead.

Alligator Alley by Sassafras Lane Designs (new pattern launching this spring!):

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Blast by Denniele Bohannon:

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Fabric Stash by Kelli Fannin:

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So I mustache you a question… What do you see yourself making with Blue Moon?

Comment below, or better yet, share it with us on social media! Tag @dearstellafab and #dearstella.

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Folkwood Rabbit Pillow: Free Paper Pieced Pattern

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Get ready for Easter with this festive free pattern by Danica Willig Designs using fabric from Folkwood by Rae Ritchie! This 21″ square pillow is a perfect project to brush up on your paper piecing skills.

Folkwood by Rae Ritchie was inspired by American folk art. Rae’s new collection reminds us there is always a little magic in the forest. Shipping to stores now.

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Easter’s only three weeks away, so let’s get started!


Folkwood Rabbit Pillow

SUPPLIES NEEEDED:

1/4 yard Fabric A, STELLA-SRR512-Porcelain (Scallop Dot)
3/4 yard Fabric B, STELLA-SRR752-Pink (Woodland Texture)
1/2 yard Fabric C, STELLA-SRR749-Pink (Folkwood Rabbits)
Scissors
Coordinating thread
Quilting ruler
Pins
Rotary cutter (optional)
Rotary mat (optional)
Iron

PRINT PATTERN:

Print Pattern Pieces A-H. Be sure to print the templates at actual size and use the 2″ test square to ensure accuracy. Cut out templates with paper scissors, leaving about 1/8″ of space all the way around each template piece.

Section 6H is divided across two sheets of paper. To complete the template for this section, match up the pieces using the black line as a guide, and tape to connect.

CUT BORDER AND PILLOW BACK:

Cut 2 – 6” wide x 21” tall rectangles out of fabric B
Cut 2 – 21” wide x 15” tall rectangles out of fabric C

PAPER PIECE RABBIT:

Use standard paper piecing technique to assemble blocks A-H (Note the grey blocks should use fabric A and the white blocks fabric B). The 1/4” seam allowances are marked with grey dashed line. When units are complete, trim excess fabric and paper away using the outermost dash line on each unit as a guide.

(New to paper piecing? There are lots of great online resources for this precision piecing technique, including this helpful instructional video from our friends at Quilty! We also love this tutorial from Fons & Porter, and this written guide from patchpieces.com.)

ASSEMBLE RABBIT PIECES:

For the steps below, match seam allowances and pin in place (be sure to match the edges of the rabbit). Stitch in place at 1/4”. Then remove paper from just seam allowance and press seam open.

Sew B to G
Sew F to D
Sew FD to E
Sew A to GB
Sew BG to H
Sew DFE to C
Sew A to C

Once the full rabbit panel is assembled, remove all paper.

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ADD SIDE BORDERS:

Sew the 6” x 21” rectangles to the right and left edge of the rabbit panel to create a 21” square. Quilt if desired.

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FINISH EDGES OF PILLOW ENVELOPE BACK:

Take the two 21” x 15” rectangles and press the top long edge of one rectangle under by 1/2″. Fold again 1/2″ and press. Repeat with the bottom long edge of the other rectangle. On both pieces, topstitch the fold down 3/8” (or close to the edge) to enclose the raw edge, finishing the hems.

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SEW PILLOW ENVELOPE BACK TO PILLOW FRONT:

Place pillow front right-side up, then place the first rectangle right side down, matching unfinished edge with the top edge of pillow front. Pin in place. Lay the second rectangle right-side down on top, matching unfinished edge with the bottom of the pillow front. Pin in place.

Stitch at 1/2” all the way around the pillow edges. Trim corners and turn right sides out.

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All finished! Show us your finished pillows online with #folkwoodrabbitpillow and @danicawilligdesigns @dearstellafab.

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Introducing // Stellasaurus

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We are so (!) excited (!) to share an awesome new collection with you.

Dinosaurs may be extinct, but Stellasaurus is just hitting stores this month. This collection paints the Mesozoic era in an sweet & sophisticated color palette ranging from pinks to blues.

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Stellasaurus is packed with fossils and dinos in blue, green, fuchsia and neutrals. A perfect blend of high and low volume. Roar!

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Check out this fun quilt that you can make with Stellasaurus!

Flip Flop by Jessica VanDenburgh, Sew Many Creations.

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Now that Stellasaurus is roaming the Earth, what will you choose to make?! Tag us @dearstellafab & #dearstella.

We shared a sneak-peek of this post on Instagram yesterday—follow us to stay in the know for new releases just like this!

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Introducing // No Drama Llama

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We’re so excited to share No Drama Llama! This new collection combines some of our favorite trends: cacti, pom poms, and llamas. The cool, calm palette of aqua and mint makes it perfect for everything from modern quilts and garments to baby items and nursery decor.

This collection hits stores in April—ask for it at your local quilt shop or favorite online retailer.

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Net Basic in coordinating colors, left to right: Apple, Mustard, Azure, Smoke.

Have you seen more stylish llamas?!

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Positive Basic in coordinating colors, left to right: Topaz, Smoke, Parfait.

Check out this cute quilt by Jude Spero of Little Louise Designs. It has an equally cute name: Sleep Tight Sweet & Bright. Click the quilt image for more info!

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We can’t wait to see what everyone makes with this fun collection. Tag us @dearstellafab and use #dearstella to keep us in the loop!

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Wee Gallery Knits // Hudson Pants + Hemlock Tee from Jessie Stern Sews

We’re featuring Jessie from Jessie Stern Sews on our blog today! She recently created with Wee Gallery knits and posted about it on her blog. See the full post here.

Jessie is a Dear Stella alum who recently relocated to Philadelphia and has a closet full of handmade garments using Dear Stella fabrics!

We’ve included a few snippets from her blog in the captions below. She’s just as in love with our Wee Gallery knits as we are!


Jessie created these Hudson Pants (pattern by True Bias) using Wee Gallery’s Grid print in the black colorway.

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“The fabric is stretchy and soft, keeps its shape and doesn’t bag out.” 

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“I love the pockets and the ankle cuffs! Please note: these pants are extremely comfortable.”

Jessie also made a Hemlock Tee (free pattern by Grainline Studio when you sign up for their newsletter) in Wee Gallery’s Grid print in the white colorway.

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“Not much else to report, besides that I think this print is just really lovely.”

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“I’m really excited about these knits and can’t wait to see what everyone else makes with them!”

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Thanks, Jess! We’re also really excited to see what everyone makes with these knits!

Check out all the other Wee Gallery knits here.

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