Introducing… London Calling!

Way back in November, we shared a small taste of what was coming up for Jack and Lulu. We are ecstatic to announce that it’s finally time to show you the full collection – London Calling!

Union Jacks, double-decker buses, and a spot of tea – oh, the life of a Londoner. Jack and Lulu perfectly capture the essence of London in their signature colors and with these adorable designs!

London Calling will begin shipping to retail stores later this February. Check with your local quilt shop or find it online to purchase some for yourself. We’ll be sharing some projects with this collection soon, so be sure to subscribe to our blog to stay updated!

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Sneak Peek at Wild by Wee Gallery

Last week we introduced our newest licensed designer, Wee Gallery. We are over the moon with excitement, and so glad to have them on board with us.

To celebrate that it’s Friday (and also since it’s too hard to keep it a secret…) we wanted to share a little preview of what’s to come from Wee Gallery in their first collection with us – Wild.

Take a look at this adorable print, “Dress Me,” and coordinating tiny hearts! Wee Gallery animals are made of high contrast repeating patterns so that babies can enjoy them from day one. Seriously, our ideas for this adorable print are endless.

These cute animals are blank slates so your little ones’ imaginations can take over. We’re envisioning an easy play mat to bring to play dates, with a set of washable markers in tow. Or, place your favorite section in an embroidery hoop and stitch some cute outfits for an adorable wall decoration! You could even teach your children how to sew basic stitches using this fabric – how much more fun would that be?!

We had some fun at the office with this pattern to give you an idea of what these Wee Gallery animals look like dressed up. Too cute!

We’ll be back soon with more from Wee Gallery. Make sure to subscribe to our blog to stay updated!

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Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day!

Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day

This Saturday is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! In case you didn’t participate last year – Visit Your LQS Day is a worldwide celebration of independently-owned fabric shops. There are tons of fun events going on, including the Fan Photo Contest! Just upload a photo of yourself in your fave LQS for a chance to win $100 shopping spree! Voting will take place next week, and winners announced in early February. Check out more details about the contest here.

Make sure you visit the website to see all participating shops. If you don’t see your favorite LQS, ask them to get involved! This event is a great way to recognize our local, independent quilt and fabric shops around the world.

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And now for our giveaway winner from last week!

Congratulations Sarah! Sarah said:

Sarah has won a fat quarter bundle of the same Mini Confetti Dots that we used in our Big Love quilt tutorial! We’ll be contacting you today via email to discuss your prize.

Thanks to all for participating! Make sure to subscribe to our blog so you never miss a Dear Stella giveaway.

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Big Love Quilt Tutorial from Modern Handcraft

We’re welcoming Nicole from Modern Handcraft to the Dear Stella blog today! She’s sharing an amazing tutorial for Valentine’s Day using our Mini Confetti Dots, and we’re obsessed. There’s no better way to say “I love you” than by wrapping your valentine up in this quilt!

And be sure to stick around until the end of this tutorial… We’re having a little giveaway!

Hello! Nicole here from Modern Handcraft and I am going to share with you today how to make a quick throw-sized quilt perfect for Valentine’s Day. Big Love is a quilt that I made for myself last January and is a great beginner project since you are really just working with all half square triangles. The finished size of this quilt is 54″ x 62″.

This quilt features some amazing fabrics from Dear Stella - Mini Confetti Dots and Zig Zags.

Materials needed:

- Sewing machine & notions (thread, scissors, rotary cutter, cutting mat, straight pins, basting pins)

- Quilt batting

- Dear Stella fabrics:

Mini Confetti Dots in Scarlet, Tomato, Coral, Shell, Blush, Pink, Peony, White

Zig Zags in Raspberry

Stella Solids in White for binding.

Print out the quilt layout if you would like to plan out your colors to help you as you sew!

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Step 1: 

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Cut the following for your quilt top:

- 32-10″ squares in your assorted background colors (I chose 7 different fabrics)

- 10-10″ squares of your heart fabric (this is my white fabric)

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You will now cut all 32-10″ background fabric squares in half from one point to the other like shown. Cut 4-10″ heart fabric squares in half the same way. Be sure to set aside the other 6-10″ heart squares, we will get to those later.

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Step 2: 

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Print out the blank PDF Pattern for Big Love (above) if you would like to color in the triangles with your own color choices. Click here to download the pattern in the colors I used today.

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I like to go ahead and choose which background fabric triangles (pink) I am going to join with my heart fabric triangles (white) You will have a total of 8 squares that will look like the above picture.

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You will have a total of 28 squares that will look like the picture above, these are a combination of background fabrics. It helps to design your layout on the floor next to your machine so that you can mix up your colors.

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You will have a total of 6 solid 10″ squares, I wait to trim these until you are finished joining your half square triangles. Depending on how large you make your seam allowance can change the size of your white square.

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Now that you have figured out your layout you can begin sewing your triangles together. Sandwich your two pieces together, right sides facing, and stitch together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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After stitching all of your squares press open your seam allowance.

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You will now have a nice stack of squares ready to trim (not much trimming is necessary).

Once you are finished I like to take one of my new sewn squares and lay it on top of my remaining white squares to use as a guide for trimming them down a bit from the original 10″.

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Step 3:

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Lay out your finished squares in your heart pattern and start sewing your rows together – after each row take to your ironing board and iron open your seams.

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When it is time to join your rows, find your seams and pin in place to ensure that your lines are lining up.

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Once finished iron open your seams and press the front of your quilt top.

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Step 4:

Baste, Quilt & Bind and you are all finished!

I used a simple straight line stitch for my quilt – with the large scale of this pattern any quilting would look great!

Here are some finished pictures of the quilt – enjoy!

Be sure to tag us in your #biglove projects with #dearstella – we would love to see what you create!

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And now, it’s giveaway time!

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One comment per person, please. We’ll pick a winner at random this Tuesday, January 21st. Good luck!

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Wee Gallery for Dear Stella!

We are SO excited to announce our collaboration with Wee Gallery! You may recognize them from their wildly popular art cards for little ones, and we’re now bringing their distinctive designs to fabric!

A bit about Wee Gallery:

Wee Gallery art is created from bold, whimsical, hand-painted originals that cater to a baby’s visual strengths. The black and white images and their repeating patterns captivate little ones.

Their products include art cards for baby, mobiles, wall graphics, temporary tattoos, and very soon… fabric!

We recently spoke with Surya Sajnani, half of the Wee Gallery team, for some insight into her company. Read on for a little Q&A! (Click to enlarge image.)

Thanks for playing along, Surya – and welcome to the Dear Stella family!

We’ll be sharing a sneak peek of their new designs very soon, but in the mean time be sure to check out Wee Gallery’s website here and their blog here!

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