Tag: Dear Stella

Halloween Sly Fox

I live in a rural area, where fox sightings are routine. Most of the time, you get a fleeting glance as they race across the road or dive into the underbrush. They are so illusive – a streak of red. Maybe this is why myths and legends about foxes are scary. Maybe this is why […]

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Cats and Mice

The second block of the Kitty in the Middle Quilt is Cats and Mice. It was originally published in 1897 by Ladies Art Company for two fabric colors. We changed the color scheme to add two more colors, which really changes the look. The block is comprised of squares, triangles and quarter square triangles. Today, […]

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My Design Board Saved the Day!

I was sewing the first block of my Kitty in the Middle Quilt – Puss in the Corner. There are several versions of this block most of which are based upon a nine patch. I am not sure if the name of puss or kitty relates to a cat’s nine lives, but it seems to […]

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Color Me Happy

While frigid temperatures, snow and ice grip the country, I am thinking of warm summer days and picnics. Why? Because of this beautiful quilt pattern that transports me to the scenes of a BBC period movie, where the the characters are sitting on a large quilt enjoying a basket of goodies, a bottle of wine, […]

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Fuzzy Friends

When my kids were young, one of our favorite places to go was the Columbus Zoo. We would go once a week or more just to get some exercise and fresh air. Ok, sometimes it wasn’t that fresh… The boys loved seeing the animals. One of their favorites as Coco the Asian elephant. Coco was […]

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Jungle Flora

Have you ever wanted to escape to a tropical paradise? Take a walk amongst the philodendron, palms, or bird of paradise on your way to cool waterfall? I have been fortunate to visit a few tropical locations with their own unique jungles – Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Marshall Islands. What always strikes me is […]

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One Scoop or Two?

I love ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, and especially gelato… As a kid, we looked forward to our special trips to Baskin Robbins or Friendly’s. For some reason, the ice cream always tasted better at a shop than from our freezer. I had no idea how scrumptious freshly made ice cream was until I was an […]

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Sweet Treat

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! This was one of my favorite chants as a kid. My parents would load us up in the car on a Sunday afternoon and drive to the local ice cream stand. I say local, it was about 5 miles away, which is local when you […]

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Luna Moth

Have you ever seen a luna moth? It is a relatively rare nocturnal moth with a distinctive spot on its wings. They are quite beautiful with their large and graceful wings. The Luna Moth pattern attempts to capture some of those elements with a star center to represent the nocturnal aspect. The secondary pattern of […]

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Bobbin Away

Dear Stella’s Sew On and Sew Forth fabric collection is due to ship in December. Bobbin Away was designed to highlight the beautiful fabrics in this collection. Moonscape fabrics were added as blenders. The simple repeating design is scaled for three sized spools – small, medium and large. The easy pattern is great for confident […]

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