Tag: Dear Stella

Whimsy or Chance?

As kids, we played lots of games. My dad loved to play cards, so we learned all sorts of games: Pitch, Poker, Rummy, Hearts, Spades, Cribbage, War, Solitaire, Euchre, Canasta, Pinochle, and more. It is amazing how many games you can play with a deck (or two) of cards! The only one of note that […]

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Frosty Fox

Our neighborhood abut a nature preserve, so we have lots of furry creatures roaming around. Some of them you only see after dusk or around dawn, like the bears, coyotes, raccoons, and deer. Others venture out during the day such as beavers, rabbits and fox. I love living on the edge of nature. Frosty Fox […]

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Fawn in the Forest

Yesterday, my son and I took Fergus (our Newfoundland that is often mistaken for a bear) on a walk in the woods. It was so peaceful with a gentle breeze, the warm sun peaking through the canopy of leaves that had just filled in. As we strolled along the well tended paths (avoiding poison ivy […]

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Building Blocks

My boys grew up with Bob the Builder, Legos and Tonka trucks. I loved to watch they play and create and sometimes destroy. My oldest liked to build castles and with Legos. Anyone who has had Legos in their house knows they end up everywhere and you find them best with your feet! My oldest […]

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Christmas Weaving

I have always been fascinated by weaving. When we were kids, a friend of the family, Ruth, had a huge loom sitting in her living room. She would shuttle back and forth making the most beautiful designs. We spent a lot of time with Ruth as kids, so I began experimenting with my own forms […]

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Honey Bee Happy

I can’t wait until the Dear Stella’s “Meant to Bee” collection is released so I can make this as designed! When we design for fabric lines, we have images of the fabric to make the design. Then, we test it with something similar…. but it is never quite the same. This quilt and the associated […]

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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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