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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we wanted to get into the holiday spirit by making some pie carrier bags from Liana Allday at Creative Bug.

These bags feature Stella-DAW1456 Multi and Stella-DAW1454 Multi from Woodland Fairytale by August Wren, as well as Stella-1486 Stargazer and Stella-1492 Begonia from Love Potion #9. Both of these collections are in stores now!

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The materials for this project are simple: 2 rectangles of fabric 28″ x 16 1/2”, 2 pieces of webbing each 15” long, ruler, pins, and a sewing machine with coordinating thread.

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We added batting to the bag to make it thicker and sturdier for any pie size or container weight. This step is optional but we think the results are worth it.

Follow the Creative Bug tutorial for sewing instructions and check out our results below!

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Have a happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Fall 2019 Quilt Market Sneak Peek!

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It’s finally fall… which means we’re off to Quilt Market!

Quilt Market is a biannual event for businesses in the fabric industry, where the newest fabric collections and patterns are showcased. We’re heading to Houston, TX this weekend, where the show will be taking place Saturday through Monday, October 26-28.

If you’ll be at Quilt Market, be sure to visit us iBOOTH #1217. We can’t wait to share all the new and upcoming collections we’ve been working on.

If you won’t be attending Quilt Market, don’t worry! As always, we’ll keep you in the loop via Instagram and Facebook. We’ll have beautiful quilts on display featuring Viva Mexico!, Artistic Garden, Love Potion #9, and Woodland Fairytale, so stay tuned!

Here’s a sneak peek of the NEW collections we’ll be offering this weekend in our booth:

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Cats (Stella-1579 Multi), Not Ameowsed Collection.

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Cacti (Stella-SRR1494 White) by Rae Ritchie, Desert Bloom Collection.

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Fall Treats (Stella-DAW1572 Multi) by August Wren, Falling For You Collection.

Mythical

Unicorn (Stella-SRR1432 White) by Rae Ritchie, Mythical Collection.

Purrfection

Cats with Yarn (Stella-1537 White), Purrfection Collection.

Sparkle

Elves (Stella-1541 Parfait), Sparkle All The Way Collection.

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Bears (Stella-1553 Misty), Brave Enough To Dream Collection.

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Holiday Blooms (Stella-DAW1581 Multi) by August Wren, December To Remember Collection.

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Fall Sketches (Stella-S1544 Peat), Autumn Journal Collection.

Look for these new collections in stores in 2020! See you at Market! 👋

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Meet Clara Jean!

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Meet Shauna Little and Afton Harding, the mother-daughter duo behind Clara Jean Design! Shauna’s background is in clothing design and Afton is a talented artist. We’re thrilled to welcome them both to Dear Stella!

Continue on to get to know Shauna and Afton, and take a peek at their first collection, Artistic Garden. Look for it in stores and online this December!

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• How did you get started as a design team?
We just asked ourselves one day, “Why don’t we team up and see what happens?” My daughter, Afton started painting and using Adobe Photoshop, and I (Shauna) taught myself Adobe Illustrator and began to paint. We printed our favorite designs through Spoonflower and used them to make clothing, pillows, tote bags, and other test items to see what worked best. Our style evolved naturally into a more definitive vision. We love designing with an upbeat mood!

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• Where are you from, and where are you currently based?
We’re both originally from the California Bay Area, and are currently based in Highland, Utah.

• Tell us a little about your creative process. Do you have a process? What are your sources for inspiration?
We start by painting or sometimes drawing a design. When we’re happy with the results, the design is then scanned and dropped into Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. We manipulate it into a pleasing pattern and then load it into Spoonflower, a website where you can design and print your own custom fabric. The fabric is ordered, and when received, carefully inspected to make sure the print is flawless!

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• What is your favorite medium to work with?
Watercolor is by far our favorite medium. The way the colors blend and shape the design makes for the most stunning prints. We also play around with ink and acrylic.

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• How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started?
I love Monet; impressionism definitely informs my artistic style. Afton studied Art History in college and uses many of the masters’ works for design inspiration. Both of us are avid shoppers and love trend-spotting to keep our designs fresh and current.

• What colors are you drawn to right now?
We are both passionate about color and exploring new palettes. So it really depends on the day and the mood!

• When you’re not creating designs, what can you be found doing?
Afton has three children, so when we’re not working, we focus on family. Both of us also love home decoration, shopping, traveling, and on rare occasion, sleeping in!

•Do you have a morning ritual?
Our morning rituals differ. First thing in the morning, I reach for my laptop, where I might be working on anywhere between one and five designs at a time. Afton’s mornings are kids and kids! They get together during Afton’s two year old’s nap and go over new designs, organization, etc. but their favorite activity is painting together.

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• How do you take your coffee?
Our coffee is Diet Coke!

• We can’t wait for your fabric collection to debut! What sorts of projects do you hope to see made?
We love to make clothing, pillows and bags — so of course these items, but also super excited to see all the other unique projects that come out of this creative community!


Speaking of projects, it’s never too early to start planning! Check out these amazing quilts you can make with Artistic Garden.

Artistic-Garden-Coming-OutComing Out by Hanna Bourque, Miss Winnie Designs

Artistic-Garden-Perfect-TenPerfect Ten by Swirly Girls Design

Artistic-Garden-Pretty-in-FloralFREE PATTERN (Coming Soon) // Pretty in Floral by Denniele Bohannon

Clara Jean Hummingbird Logo for Website

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Hygge 101

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Summer just started, but Rae Ritchie’s new Hygge collection starts shipping to stores next week so we’re already planning our coziest Fall projects! Autumn is the ultimate season for hygge, which was the inspiration behind this festive collection.

What is hygge? If you’ve ever done the following things, you probably already know…

• lit a candle after tidying up your favorite room
• sipped homemade hot chocolate out of that mug you really love
• taken a walk or bike ride not to get anywhere, but just to be outside
• perfected your succulent garden with just the right planters
• worn your favorite vintage outfit to a friend’s birthday party, while carrying a perfectly-wrapped gift
• shared a song over headphones with a friend
• put on your coziest woolly socks *and* slippers
• relaxed in front of the fireplace wrapped in your favorite quilt
• worked on your latest crafty project while catching up on a podcast
• wrapped your hands in the sleeves of your snuggliest oversized sweater
• spruced up your dining room with fresh flowers from the local market

hyg·ge (pronounced hue-guh or hoo-guh):
a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).

Want to capture the feeling yourself, but can’t make it to Denmark? Try planning a trip to one of these top ten hygge cities in the US!

We think Rae’s new fabrics sum up the feeling perfectly!

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Quilts are essential ingredients in the recipe for cozy. Up your hygge game with the patterns below. Two of them are FREE!

Starflight by Elisabeth Hardy (download)
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Shattered by Missy Shepler (download)
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Square Peg by Miss Winnie Designs (more info)
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Tell us your favorite moments of hygge in the comments below.

<3,
Your friends at Dear Stella

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Spring 2019 Quilt Market Sneak Peek!

Hello springtime! Lots of exciting things are just around the corner, and we’re not just talking about cookouts with friends, beach season, and blooming gardens. We’re also getting ready for Quilt Market!

Quilt Market is a biannual event for businesses in the fabric industry, where the newest fabric collections and patterns are showcased. We’re heading to Kansas City, MO next week, where the show will be taking place Friday through Sunday, May 17-19.

If you’ll be at Quilt Market, be sure to visit us in *BOOTH #624*. We can’t wait to share all the new and upcoming collections we’ve been working on!

If you won’t be attending Quilt Market, don’t worry! As always, we’ll keep you in the loop via InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. We’ll have beautiful quilts on display featuring Fat Cat, May the Forest be With You, Nailed It, Dash Flow Basic by Rae Ritchie, Among the Wildflowers by Caitlin Wallace Rowland, and Blue Crush by August Wren.

Here’s a sneak peek of the NEW releases we’ll be introducing at the show! We’re only revealing one fabric from each collection here to avoid spoiling the fun…  😉

You’ll be able to see the full collections on our website in a couple weeks, and fabric in stores later this year!

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