Free Pattern // Follow Me Pillow

Remember our Follow Me Pillow (a free pattern!) from last season? We made a couple new ones using Summer Love and Hilltop by Wee Gallery!

With this project there are a bunch of different directions you could go. You can make one that’s a little more sophisticated, like this one below. We especially love the use of the stripe in the gusset!

Or you could make a playful pillow, like this one with Hilltop! Who could resist these cute woodland creatures?


This pillow is a perfect gift for a baby shower, or a fun weekend project for your living room. Head to our Projects page to download the *free* pattern and get started today!

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Free Pattern // Slice of Life Pillow

Hi guys! We’re popping in today to let you know about our latest free pattern – the Slice of Life pillow.

This pillow was designed by Jessica VanDenburgh of Sew Many Creations, and coordinates with her brand new Noteworthy quilt pattern. We had a bunch of these fun pillows in our booth at Quilt Market last week, and they were a hit! These fit 18″ x 18″ pillow forms.

For this version we used a few bright polka dots and a neutral stripe from our upcoming collection of basics, Intermix. Stay tuned for an up close and personal introduction to Intermix next week.

Can’t wait to start sewing?! Download the free Slice of Life pillow pattern right here, or find it on our Projects page.

We can’t wait to see your versions. Be sure to share your photos on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tag #dearstella so we can see too!

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Spring Quilt Market 2015 – Minneapolis!

Spring International Quilt Market is here! Quilt Market is a trade show held twice-yearly for the fabric industry, and this spring it’s being held in Minneapolis.

Follow along with us on our social media (either on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter) to see our updates from the floor! We love sharing little snapshots from the booth, so be prepared to see lots of fun photos.

If you’ll be at the show, come say hi to the Dear Stella team! Our booth number is #2633. There may even be a little giveaway opportunity for you…

Don’t worry if you won’t be at Quilt Market, though. We’ll keep you updated on our social media sites, and when we’re back from MN there will be a giveaway for you too! We hope you enjoy all of the new collections and projects we have to show you.

Make sure you’re following us on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter for all of our updates!

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Kiss the Cook // Picnic Placemat Tutorial

Happy Tuesday, guys! Today we have a really fun tutorial from Julie at Jaybird Quilts using our Kiss the Cook collection. She made some placemats that are perfect for your next picnic! Read on to see how she did it.

I was inspired by the new Kiss the Cook fabric line for Dear Stella to make a BBQ themed project to use on my patio this summer.

Picnic Placemat – Finished size 12″ x 21″

1. Placemat designed, pieced & quilted by Julie Herman
2. Aurifil 50wt thread used for piecing & quilting.
3. Batting is Warm Blend from The Warm Company.

Supplies for TWO placemats:

6 assorted Fat Eighths from Kiss the Cook
3/8 Yard of binding – Stella-378 Grey (Meat)
2/3 Yard of backing – Stella-379 Slate (Butcher’s Chart)
2/3 Yard of Slicker by Sew Lazy (Optional)
Spray Baste (optional)
Ruler – Hex N More, Sidekick or Super Sidekick

Directions to make ONE placemat:

1. Cut a 3 1/2″ x 21″ strip of fabric from each Fat Eighth.

2. Sub-cut strips into 3 1/2″ triangles. You can use the Hex N More, Sidekick or Super Sidekick. You need 40 triangles for each placemat.

You’ll need 40 triangles for each placemat. You can choose to be scrappy or plan out your layout. If you want to follow the layout I used, cut the number of triangles from each fabric as shown below.





2. Arrange 40 triangles as shown.

3. Sew triangles into pairs. Align notched corners when possible. If you’re having trouble aligning the triangles you can cut all the tips off, as seen here.

4. Sew pairs of triangles into complete rows.

5. Sew rows together to complete the top of the placemat.

6. Cut a rectangle of backing fabric – 15″ x 24″

Add “Slicker” to create a laminated fabric backing for the placemat. I like to do this for placemats because when you have kids, or messy friends, around you can flip the placemat over and cleanup is super easy on the laminated side! (Follow manufacturers directions, this is just a sample below.)

7. Cut Slicker to the same size as the backing fabric for the placemat.

8. Peel slicker off paper and place sticky side down on fabric. Avoid getting any threads or dust between the slicker and fabric.

9. It will look something like this once the Slicker as been added to the backing fabric:

10. Place the paper shiny side down on top of the slicker. Use a dry iron on medium heat and press for about 8-10 seconds in each area. You don’t need to use much pressure.

11. This is the result.

12. Layer the backing fabric, batting and placemat top. If you laminated your backing fabric it is best to spray baste them to avoid making holes in the slicker. If you didn’t laminate your backing fabric you can pin the 3 layers together.

13. Quit as desired. I quilted straight lines 1/4″ from each seam with a walking foot.

14. Add binding. I used 2 1/4″ strips. You can find my binding tutorial here.

15. Wrap binding to the back and clip in place with Wonder Clips. Hand sew the binding in place to finish the placemat.


Share your placemats with us on social media using #PicnicPlacemats. We can’t wait to see what you come up with for yours!

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Summer Love // Sundial Quilt (free pattern!)

Happy Friday! We’ve been feeling particularly inspired by our Summer Love collection lately, thanks to the warmer weather in these parts, and we’re so excited to show you our latest quilt.

We used our *free* Sundial pattern for this quilt – download the pattern on our Projects page here. We LOVE how this turned out! The gorgeous floral patterns from Summer Love are highlighted in the large circles, and then emphasized even more by the small, saturated squares on their perimeters.

The gorgeous quilting by Osie Lebowitz truly makes these sunshine-y prints pop!

See our other projects with Summer Love here and here. This collection is available on a soft cotton shirting that is perfect for quilts and garments alike. Ask for it at your local quilt shop or find it online!

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