Meet our Newest Designer // Rae Ritchie

We are so excited to introduce you to Rae Ritchie, our newest designer!

Rae Ritchie is a Minneapolis-based illustrator and surface designer whose work is inspired by nature, vintage children’s books, fables and fairy tales. An award-winning graduate from the University of Wisconsin Stout, she has a strong fashion design background, where she specialized in sweater knit accessories. Rae now creates illustrative print and pattern for the apparel, home and paper industries, primarily working in gauche and ink. A crafter at heart, she can be found in her free time knitting sweaters and crocheting lacy creations. She’s filled with gratitude upon joining the tight-knit quilting industry with her new collection for Dear Stella.

You can find Rae in these places:

Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Etsy | Society 6

Check out this video of Rae working on a print from her very first collection, Desert Bloom. Stay tuned for a sneak peek next week!

Read on for our interview with Rae, after the jump! Continue reading

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Enchanted // The London Backpack

We’re gearing up for that good ol’ Back to School time of year, and what better way is there to prepare than by making the most adorable backpack ever?

Speaking of adorable backpacks, we might be a bit biased BUT we are over the moon for this London Backpack by willow & co featuring Enchanted.

We used The Cottage in Multi for the body of the bag and Net in Primrose for the accents. For the lining we used the sweet Fireflies in Navy.

This backpack is sturdy, roomy, and has professional details that will help make it last for a long time. It’s also a great size for stuffing school supplies!

We l-o-v-e the prints chosen for this backpack – they’re saturated without being overwhelming, and together they create a very special accessory. If you’d like to make your own, you can find Enchanted in your local quilt shop or at your favorite online retailer, and you can find the pattern here.

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Asuka // Makeup Travel Case

We have another project using Asuka to share with you today! We are so excited that this collection is hitting shops. Asuka has such a lovely and bright, saturated color palette, but many of the colors (like that mustard tone!) will take you right into fall.

Handmade Style, by Anna Graham of Noodlehead, released this year and it’s full of a wide-range of truly beautiful projects. For our first dip into her book, we made the Makeup Travel Case… twice! This bag finishes at a roomy size, perfect for all of the forgotten toiletries you need to stuff into your suitcase last-minute (or does that just happen to us?).

We made one Makeup Case using the Mustard Pop Floral from Asuka, plus accents of the Blue BudsNavy Dash, and Mustard Dash.

Our second version was stitched up using the Orange Pop Floral and accents of the Blue Dash, Cream Florets, and Navy Dash. We can’t pick our favorite! Can you?

We love those interior details so much. Many thanks to our friend Shelly Pagliai for stitching these up for us!

Find both Asuka and Handmade Style at your local quilt shop or online now!

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Sneak Peek // Lilypad

Happy Wednesday! We’ve got a little preview of a collection we’ll be releasing later this year… Lilypad!

With its striking textures and muted brights, Lilypad captures that dewy, early morning feeling and the quiet only found at daybreak. Inspired by elements found in nature.

The rest of this collection will be revealed this fall. We can’t wait to show you!

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Asuka // Bon Voyage Duffel Bag

In addition to Enchanted, our Asuka collection is beginning to ship to stores now! We love the movement of the patterns in this group and the vivid, unexpected color palette.

For some project inspiration, check out the bag we made using Asuka! The pattern is a *free* tutorial on our sister company, Timeless Treasure’s blog: the Bon Voyage Duffel Bag. Click on that link for the instructions.

We love how the main print from the collection, Asuka in Multi, is featured on the sides and bottom of the bag, allowing you to see the full beauty of the pattern. Dash in Blue and Pop Floral in Mustard make for a gorgeous combination on the main exterior and straps. It’s hard to resist blue and yellow!

Here’s a photo of the proud maker of this bag, Hayden. After these photos were taken, she jetted off to Florida – dutifully giving the duffel a test-run.

Keep your eyes out for Asuka, popping up in your local quilt shop and online very soon!

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