DS Basics // Churndash Court

Who doesn’t love basics? Simple patterns in an array of color – fun to mix in with more intricate prints, but sometimes even more fun to use all on their own!

We have a colorful quilt to share today that does just that. The amazing ladies behind Sassafras Lane Designs made this for our Quilt Market booth using a mix of our Zig Zags and Confetti Dots set against a crisp, white churndash in the center. They used their pattern Churndash Court – find it here.

Here’s a close up of the lovely quilting by Kristy Wolf – one-half of the mother/daughter team.

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We love this photo by Shayla – the second half of Sassafras Lane Designs – down below. You can see some of the backing fabric they used: our Color Swatches print! We think it was the perfect choice for this quilt. They also chose to bind with our Sunburst Stripe in Charcoal. We can never resist a stripey binding!

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Nutmeg // Maple Leaf Mini Quilt

Nicole from Modern Handcraft is at it again! She is constantly churning out gorgeous projects, and this one features our perfect-for-fall Nutmeg collection (in stores and online now).

She shared all about this quilt, including the tutorial, over on the Therm O Web blog. Read about it here!

Nicole made a super-fun patchwork border, which is great for showing off all the prints from Nutmeg. Doesn’t this quilt just scream autumn? It almost makes us want to rake the front yard…

Okay maybe not, but we wouldn’t say no to cooler weather and a bike ride to the pumpkin patch!

Nutmeg is in stores now. We’re loving all the fall-inspired projects we’ve seen popping up!

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Summer Sewcial at Pins & Needles!

Last week we had the ultimate treat of visiting one of our local quilt shops, Pins & Needles! The owner, Rachel, invited the Dear Stella girls over for a little summer sewcial, and it was such a lovely time.

Take a look below at some fun photos of our afternoon!

On our way to Pins & Needles – we took the subway from the Spring Street station near our office. Jessica is wearing the Riding Peplum she made using Spring Street, so we had to snap a photo!

We brought a few treats… Yummy fat quarter bundles!

Hayden contemplating the pattern we were going to be stitching – the Tulip Shorts!

Jessica cutting out her shorts and loving her view of the shop!

Here’s Emily – she showed us the ins and outs of the Tulip Shorts pattern. And yep, she made her dress!

Some serious stitching is going on here!

Hayden laying out her shorts. She used the amazing mushroom print from Woodwinked, and lined it with those cute orange hearts.

Jessica used the floral print from Emerson, and the gray polka dot for lining.

We love how they turned out! Both Woodwinked and Emerson are in stores and online now.

We found this amazing pillow the P&N girls made with the hearts print from Wild! They’re sharing the tutorial on their blog today – check it out here.

Here’s Rachel and Jessica hanging out in the shop. Thanks for having us, Rachel! We had the best time.

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Nutmeg // Moss Skirt

It’s no secret that we love the pattern company Grainline Studio. Led by Jen Beeman, Grainline’s garment patterns are clean and thorough – they fit into the modern woman’s closet effortlessly. We’ve sewn up countless garments using her patterns, like this Scout Tee and this Archer Button Up. Jen leads helpful sewalongs on her blog, and posts tons of tips, tricks, and pattern variation ideas. Check out her tutorial for using French seams on armholes, and this tutorial for getting a flat bias neckline. These have been super helpful for us!

When our Nutmeg collection came out, we knew that the bike print HAD to become something we could wear. So we looked to Grainline Studio, and decided that a bike print Moss Skirt would be amazing for the fall.

We underlined our skirt to give it a bit more substance. It turned out wonderful! We can’t wait to pair our Moss Skirt with a pair of tights and boots for fall.

Nutmeg is in stores now! You can find it at your local quilt shop or at your favorite online retailer’s website.

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Tinsel Town // Stocking Advent Calendar

We’re squeezing in one more Tinsel Town project for our Christmas in July series! In case you missed them, make sure to check out other holiday projects with this collection here: Snowball Games quilt, Snowflake Tree Skirt

Today we have an awesome idea for a quilty advent calendar. We used our Tinsel Town collection, which is chock-full of adorable, small-scale holiday prints – there are string-lights, winter sweaters, snowflakes, and more! See them all in this post.

Find the free tutorial from Trillium Design here.

We are in love with how the saturated prints look against the low-volume snowmen! This wall hanging measures 23″ x 28″, and you can find those cute little clothespins here.

Here’s a full view of the calendar:

Who could resist the vintage cars for the backing!? We couldn’t – that’s for sure.

Tinsel Town is in shops and online now. We can’t wait to see what you make with it!

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