Spring Quilt Market Recap!

Last month we flew to Salt Lake City for Spring Quilt Market! It was a whirlwind of fabric, and we had a great time showing off our new collections and beautiful quilts. We’re sharing all of our photos with you today – be sure to check them out and let us know your favorite part!

Here’s our booth at a glance. We must say, we definitely enjoyed that teal carpet!

Quilt: Heart to Heart free pattern by Jessica Stern & Stacey Day, featuring Intermix

Quilt: Trail Mix by Jaybird Quilts
Baby shirt: Modern Layette Set by Green Bee Patterns


Mini quilt: Mini Canyon Boulevard by Sassafras Lane Designs

Mini quilt: Mini Diamond Detour by Sassafras Lane Designs, featuring Positive basics
Quilt: Molehills by Latifah Saafir, featuring Wildwood

Shadowbox by Rae Ritchie
Mini quilt: Mini Privet Drive by Sassafras Lane Designs

Mini quilt (top): Mini Diamond Detour by Sassafras Lane Designs, featuring Positive basics
Quilt (top): Molehills by Latifah Saafir, featuring Wildwood
Quilt (bottom): Silver Linings free pattern by Denniele Bohannon, featuring Shadowbox by Rae Ritchie

Life Aquatic
Plushies: Norton the Narwhal free pattern by Melissa Lunden

Mumseed Meadow & Foxtail Forest by Rae Ritchie
Quilt (top): Churn It Up free pattern by Denniele Bohannon, featuring Mumseed Meadow
Pillow (bottom): Once Upon a Time pillow from For Keeps by Amy Gibson, featuring Foxtail Forest

Pillow: Once Upon a Time pillow from For Keeps by Amy Gibson, featuring Foxtail Forest

Stag heads: pattern from Issue 31 of Love Patchwork & Quilting, featuring Adelaide and Shadowbox by Rae Ritchie
Quilt (top): Regatta by Cozy Quilt Designs, featuring Rock Lobster by Jack and Lulu

Rock Lobster by Jack and Lulu
Dress: Doll dress from Doll Days! book by Erin Hentzel

Quilt (top): Regatta by Cozy Quilt Designs, featuring Rock Lobster by Jack and Lulu
Dresses (top): Doll dresses from Doll Days! book by Erin Hentzel

Snöfall by Rae Ritchie

Baby rompers + bandanas: Modern Layette Set by Green Bee Patterns

Quilt (top): One Way by Sassafras Lane Designs, featuring Junebug
Quilt (left): Bunny Hill free pattern by Stacey Day, featuring Snöfall by Rae Ritchie
Baby rompers + bandanas (right): Modern Layette Set by Green Bee Patterns
Quilt (bottom right): Garden Path free pattern by Kate Colleran, featuring Adelaide

Quilt: Letters from Home by Crimson Tate, featuring Intermix basics

Quilt: Letters from Home by Crimson Tate, featuring Intermix basics

Thanks for stopping by, whether you were at Quilt Market last month or you scrolled through our photos. We love sharing our fabric and projects with you! Let us know your favorites in the comments below, and keep tagging your own photos with #dearstella so we can follow along.

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Doll Days! Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to the Dear Stella stop on the Doll Days! blog tour! I’m Erin and I’m here to share with you a bonus pattern for the Vintage Party Dress pattern from my new book Doll Days! Sew an Everyday Wardrobe for 18” Dolls.

Doll Days front cover image

I was inspired by Dear Stella’s gorgeous new fabric collection, Rock Lobster by Jack an Lulu.

Nautical-themed clothes have definitely stood the test of time and are a popular favorite of so many that it seemed appropriate our dolls should have sailor dresses for summer. It’s such a classic and this Anchors Away print is a perfect fit.

Dear Stella sailor dress

You’ll need to download the *bonus* pattern piece for a Sailor Collar here, in addition to all the pattern pieces for View B of the Vintage Party Dress pattern from Doll Days.

I always trace my patterns onto Swedish Tracing Paper to preserve my original patterns and achieve accurately cut fabric pieces.

Print and Trace Pattern

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for sewing the sailor collar:

Step 1

Cut out 4 collar pieces.

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Step 2

Sew 2 collar pieces together, with right sides facing and a ¼” seam allowance, leaving the one edge open as shown. Repeat for the remaining 2 collar pieces.

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Step 3

Clip the curves. I like to use pinking shears to clip and trim the seam allowances all in one quick step.

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Step 4

Turn the collars right side out, smooth the curves and poke corners out. Press well.

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Step 5

Using this Sailor Collar, follow the instructions and make the Vintage Party Dress as instructed on pages 43-45, just as you would for View A.

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The patterns in Doll Days are so versatile. There are several sleeve finishes to choose from. I chose to bind the sleeves as instructed for View B of the Button-down Shirt project on page 42.

sailor dress 2

I thought it was fitting to pleat the skirt instead of sewing gathers. See page 45 of Doll Days for the tutorial on how to pleat the skirt instead of gathering it.

sailor dress 3

sailor dress 1

I hope you enjoy this bonus collar pattern and use it create some adorable seaside attire for the doll collector in your life. Be sure to keep following along with the Doll Days blog tour for more tutorials, bonus patterns, and reviews.

Here’s the full schedule:

June 13 Kickoff! Erin (me!) on C&T http://www.ctpub.com/blog/

June 14 Amanda on Jedi Craft Girl http://www.jedicraftgirl.com/

June 15 Erin (me!) on Dear Stella  http://dearstelladesign.com/blog/

June 16 Karen on Karen Mom of Three http://karenmomofthreescraft.blogspot.com/

June 17 Erin (me!) on Sew Mama Sew http://www.sewmamasew.com/


June 20 Lindsay on Lindsay Sews http://www.lindsaysews.com/ 

June 21 Jane on Janie Carroll Designs www.janiecarrolldesigns.com

June 22 Bonnie on Fishsticks Designs blog http://www.fishsticksdesigns.com/

June 23 Tracy on Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/

June 24 Rachael on RJR Blog http://quiltwithlove.com/


June 27 Cherry on Cherry Blossoms Studio www.CherryBlossomsQuilting.com

June 28 Final stop Erin (me!) on Avery Lane Sewing www.AveryLaneSewing.com

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Snöfall Quilts // Bunny Hill (free) + Baker Street

Snöfall by Rae Ritchie is now shipping and popping up in shops! We are so excited to see what you make with these prints (especially those sweater-wearing llamas!). Today we have some quilty inspiration for you!

First up is our newest free pattern, the Bunny Hill quilt! Designed by Stacey Day, this quilt features large patches and gentle arcs that beautifully highlight this collection. Get the pattern here!

Next up is Baker Street, a new quilt pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs. We absolutely love how this pattern shows off Snöfall, as well as the Intermix Polka Dots that were thrown into the mix.

Find Rae Ritchie’s Snöfall collection in stores now!

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Now Shipping // Positive Basic

There’s a new basic in town… Brand new to our Intermix collection is Positive, and it’s shipping to stores now. Even better, six colors are also being printed on flannel! We can’t wait for you to get your hands on these.

We are so excited to see Positive make its way into your fabric stash. This print is easy to mix into any project, and we started with a palette of eight colors that match several of our upcoming collections… Stay tuned for those!

The ladies at Sassafras Lane made a version of their Mini Diamond Detour pattern using our new Positive basic (plus new Net and Dress Stripe colors!). How adorable is this? We know just the spot for it: on the wall in our sewing room!

We love the overall effect that arises from combining colors both saturated and soft. We can’t pick a favorite – can you?


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Introducing // Snöfall by Rae Ritchie

Rae Ritchie’s final collection for Spring 2016 is about to begin shipping! Meet Snöfall. Weaving a Scandinavian-inspired story, Rae Ritchie’s love of winter knitting comes through in this new holiday collection, warming your heart with fuzzy-bundled animals, folky florals and cable knit textures.

We love how Rae seamlessly combines floaty florals with geometric pattern in this collection. And who could resist these llamas, foxes, and birds sporting Nordic sweaters? We anticipate lots of fussy cutting on this print!

Here’s a word from Rae about her inspiration behind Snöfall!

/// One of my favorite pastimes is looking at maps of arctic northern lands. I think about what’s happening in these isolated areas of the world, and imagine what life is like up there.

Snöfall is a holiday collection inspired by the beauty of the arctic and the folk crafts of Scandinavia, all with a playful spin. As an avid knitter and former cold weather accessories designer, it was very exciting to join my illustration work with my passion for knitting in the Knit Cable, Mittens, and Winterscape patterns. Folky florals round out this playful interpretation of life in the north! \\\

Printed on our soft cotton shirting, this collection is perfect for quilts and garments alike. We’re thinking of sewing up a pair of Winterscape pajamas… And we have a free quilt pattern coming up that we can’t wait to share with you!

Snöfall is hitting stores this month! What will you make?!

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