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).
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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20 June 2014

Mystery No More

Good news, kidney stones are gone and I am feeling so much better! I just got a couple major deadlines out of the way (next fabric line turned in!) AND finished up my Fat Quarter Shop Mystery Block of the Month from 2012. This was a really fun sampler to put together.

These blocks were all fun to make and look so neat altogether. There's no way I could choose a favorite. 

The beautiful fabric is from Vintage Modern (Bonnie & Camille for Moda) and is out of print, making it an even bigger treasure now.
Here is a look at the overall quilt top (taken when I basted it). You can read more of the details about the assembly here.

Back to work for me, way too many projects I've got to get done!

28 May 2014

Quilt Market Pittsburgh 2014

Rose Red
Rose Red--a new doll pattern coming soon!
Well, I've been home for a week now from quilt market in Pittsburgh and I had a great time. I was one of three (!) new designers for Moda and was so happy to make new friends of these lovely ladies. (If you don't already know April Rosenthal and Amy Ellis, you definitely need to check them out. Their new lines are FABULOUS.)
The newbies at Moda. So happy to have met these two. Their new lines are amazing. Congrats @amrosenthal @amyscreativeside #showmethemoda #quiltmarket
So I didn't bring my camera. (I was already bringing so much stuff with me that I really couldn't bear the idea of lugging my big camera bag and all its accouterments.) So you get to deal with my phone camera instead--sorry!
My booth was in the Moda designer section and it was a heavenly place to be. (A big thanks to all the folks at Moda for putting in so much sweat in making it an award-winning booth!) The Moda booth layout was sort of like a town square: the designers' booths surrounded the center sales booth area. (This is the view from my booth.)
My view this morning. #showmethemoda #quiltmarket
And here is my actual booth. Alex Veronelli (Aurifil) volunteered to model the Cottage Canopy and I must say that he looks right at home.
Making himself at home. @alexveronelli. #aurifil
There were several videos filmed at quilt market. Here is the Moda Schoolhouse video filmed by Fat Quarter Shop (I'm in it beginning at about 17:50):
It was really crowded in the room so you don't get to see my full layer cake quilt but don't worry--all will be revealed at a later time... You do get a beautiful shot of the quilting done by the talented Abby Latimer.
You can also see additional videos about my new patterns and fabric filmed by Fat Quarter Shop as well as a booth tour by Moda Fabrics. I hope you enjoy them.
I was excited to show a few new patterns I'm working on including the Rose Red doll at the beginning of this post, but also a Nordic play cape called Wolf Bait that my mom and I are working on together. 
Wolf Bait
It was a week of firsts--my first fabric line showing, my first time to Pittsburgh, and my first time in an ambulance. I definitely could have done without that last one (dang kidney stones!) but am okay. Long story short, I gained a stint while in Pittsburgh and will (finally) have the kidney stones blasted this afternoon here in Lubbock. (Wish me luck!)
In the meantime, my sewing machine is looking rather lonely and neglected. Please bless I can get this kidney stone business behind me soon!
Cartwheel quilt pattern. Fabric is Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique for Moda.

28 April 2014

For the Love {PDF vs Paper}

So I have this problem...
I don't know about you, but every time I go to buy a new quilt/sewing pattern, I experience this internal sort-of "wrestle" over whether I should buy the PDF download or paper copy. I usually end up with the PDF because I am very impatient. Later, I find myself wishing that I had gone with the pretty paper version to add to my collection. Happens EVERY SINGLE TIME! In all reality, I've come to realize that I would reeeeeeeally like both versions. 
Lella Boutique 
For some reason it's been on my mind a lot lately SO I have decided to make a special offer for those of you who may experience this same dilemma.
Cottage Canopy pattern by Lella Boutique
Here's how it works: If you visit my shop, you will see special PDF/Paper COMBOS listed for my six newest pattern designs. This "combo" allows you to add the instant PDF download to your paper pattern purchase for only $2 more.
If enough people like the idea, I'll expand to offer these combos in other patterns.