29 August 2014

Mixing it Up

I can still picture the day in third grade when the recorders were handed out (I remember them being called flutaphones?). One of the first songs we learned to play was "Hot Cross Buns". It's one of those little ditties everyone knows, right? One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot cross buns. (Do kids learn this anymore?)
For some reason I've had "Hot Cross Buns" on my mind lately and it has made its way into my quilting. So without further ado, meet one of my newest patterns:
LB130 Hot Cross Buns
I used a Jelly Roll® and coordinating solids from a fabulous new line of fabric called Mixologie by Studio M for Moda. It is a great modern collection and releases in just a few days! (That's right, I'm giving you a little sneaky peek.) The pattern is available in my shop in PDF or paper format--paper will ship sometime next week.
Hot Cross Buns1
I quilted it with a million squiggly lines--a fun method I learned from Camille's craftsy class! It took a lot longer to do this (and used a lot of thread) but was so worth it. 
Hot Cross Buns3
Definitely the craziest batch of hot cross buns I've ever seen. 
Hot Cross Buns2
But that's not all--I've got another new pattern for you. (A few of you may remember the original I made a year ago after moving to Texas.) It's called The North Wind after one of my all-time favorite bedtime stories. This pattern is also now listed in the shop in PDF or paper format.
LB129 The North Wind
I made this one with two charm packs, along with more coordinating solids. I love the way the navy corner/side triangles really make all the colors really pop. 
I must admit that I used to be totally afraid of on-point quilts. Then I actually made one and realized it was a fear of the unknown holding me back. So glad to be over that! It's really a lot of fun.
The North Wind 2
The quilt felt very whimsical to me so I let the freemotion quilting reflect that with lots of swirlies.
The North Wind 1
I'll be sending these off soon so they can pay a visit to quilt market in Houston! Wish I was going!

14 August 2014

Figgy Pudding {Free Pattern}

Figgy Pudding quilt pattern
I have been meaning to make a Christmas quilt ever since I got my hands on Into the Woods yardage clear back in March. Five months later...
The Figgy Pudding fat quarter pattern is here at last and the good news is 1) it's free, 2) there is still plenty of time to make it before Christmas, and 3) Into the Woods is on its way to shops right now!
Maybe this was perfect timing after all.
Figgy Pudding
This is a free pattern, and there are a couple different ways to access it. First, you can visit the Moda Bake Shop and view it in tutorial form OR you can access the PDF download here. I think this quilt would make a really great class!
Abby Latimer quilted Figgy Pudding with a cable design and I can't stop swooning over it. You cannot go wrong with the cable design! 
Figgy Pudding

28 July 2014

My Favorite Bedtime Story

Thank you for the birthday wishes! I loved hearing about your favorite bedtime stories and how some of them have become family traditions. So neat! 
A big congrats to Lisa E. who won the fat eighth bundle and and pattern prize. She said "My daughters had a lot of stuffed bunnies, so we made up bedtime stories about the softies." Let me know where I can send your prize!
Into the Woods
One of my favorite bedtime stories was "The Boy and the North Wind." I found an excellent retelling of it here if you are interested in hearing it.
We're in the final days of the 30% discount in my shop. Just use the promo code PIONEERBABY in July AND if you purchase 3 patterns or more you also get a free mini charm pack of Into the Woods (while supplies last).

24 July 2014

The Big 30

It's my birthday, ya'll and I'm ALLLLL about the number 30 today. 
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique for Moda
Speaking of the number 30, did you know that Into the Woods has 30 different prints? I guess it's a sign I'd better give some away...how about a fat eighth bundle and a handful of my patterns. Sound good?
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique for Moda
Because Into the Woods was inspired by my favorite bedtime stories, you can enter to win by leaving a comment telling me what your favorite bedtime story is. I'll pick one comment at random first thing Monday morning (7/28/14). ***Contest now closed***
Because of the number 30, I am also offering a 30% discount in my shop off anything using PIONEERBABY as the promo code--good through the rest of July. And what the heck, if you buy 3 patterns or more, I'll sweeten the deal by throwing in a mini charm pack (while supplies last, no promo code needed).
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda
The last decade of my life was pretty cool, and I'm definitely looking forward to what's up ahead. Oh and Happy Pioneer day!

15 July 2014

A Perfect Match

Thread. Everybody who sews uses it but not everyone knows the difference between the good stuff and the BEST stuff. When you sew everyday like I do, it's imperative to use the best, so I have become a big Aurifil fan. I mean, just check out how pretty those little spools are just sitting there!
Into the Woods & matching Aurifil
You may have heard other designers rave Aurifil thread and I'm here to confirm it is for good reason. First of all, these fabulous little spools are 100% Egyptian cotton (long staple) and come in multiple weights. I prefer the 50 weight pretty much all the time as it is great for everything--piecing, quilting, hand-binding, etc.
One of the first things I did when I got my Into the Woods strikeoffs was look through my Aurifil color card to find the perfect coordinating colors for all my bazillions of projects I knew I would be making. (I used every single color in the Cottage Canopy for all that top-stitching!)
So here are the coordinating colors that you are going to want to stock up on for your Into the Woods sewing projects (as seen above):
  • 2021 (white)
  • 2415 (pink)
  • 2360 (brown)
  • 2835 (mint)
I hope that helps! Feel free to leave any questions in the comments. 
Oh and don't forget about the 30% discount in my shop using promo code PIONEERBABY any time in July! 

08 July 2014

Wolf Bait

It will likely come as no surprise to you that I keep finding myself sewing projects for children. Not only do I have a few little ones running around, but the inspiration for my Into the Woods fabric itself was my own special childhood. In my last post you got to see my Rose Red woodland doll pattern, and now I'm happy to show you the Wolf Bait Nordic play cape pattern. (I need a nap.)
LB128 Wolf Bait (Nordic play cape)
This pattern was another collaboration with my mom, Miriam Rawson and she gets all the credit for its clever name. We just know that this sweet play cape will delight the Little Red Riding Hood in your life AND it can be made with or without a hood. You know, just in case you want to make it in purple with black ball trim for all the little Frozen movie lovers in your life?! 
Anyway, it's ready in the shop in PDF or paper format. But that's not all. Because it's my birth month, I'm offering a 20% 30% discount in the shop. Just enter the promo code PIONEERBABY at checkout before July is over and get 30% off ANYTHING your heart desires.
Into the Woods will be out in stores next month, so now is the time to stock up on the patterns! Enjoy. 

30 June 2014

Rose Red

LB127 Rose Red Woodland Doll pattern
She's here! My first ever doll pattern is ready to download. I had so much fun making Rose Red and I especially adore her hair using my woodcut print from Into the Woods. Which is going to be in stores August, by the way! It's coming up soon, ya'll!
Paper copies will be in the shop early next week. I'm hoping to keep up my momentum and get the Wolf Bait play cape in the shop soon.

27 June 2014

Briar Rose

I'm so excited to share this baby quilt with you! It is yet another quilt made using my Starstruck quilt pattern but this time I've used fabrics from Windham's Briar Rose collection by Heather Ross. It was difficult not to share a million photos of this one. 
Starstruck in Briar Rose
I called upon my instagram friends to help me pick out the binding and the majority voted for this orange print from Moda's Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille. I'm so glad I listened! I love how it turned out! (If you haven't found me on Instagram yet, come find me under the name lellaboutique.)
Starstruck in Briar RoseStarstruck in Briar Rose
I quilted it myself with simple freemotion blooms. It's never easy to quilt with soft backs like fleece or minky but I decided to try out some of Moda's Snuggles since I had heard so much about it at quilt market. It did not disappoint! It is a lot thinner than the fleeces I've worked with in the past so it was nice to cut down on some of that bulk. It's so soft that it is pretty much a no brainer for any baby quilt.
Starstruck in Briar Rose
These colors are so happy and bright. I hope it will serve as a sort of eviction notice for the overdue baby for whom it is intended. Come on, baby!
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