I am super excited to announce that I will be teaching a special workshop next month at Thimbles & Threads in Draper, UT. It's about creating shapes using simple techniques. We'll be making heart blocks from my Open Heart pattern, as well as Cottage Blossoms mini quilts. The class will be held January 7, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm. Sign ups are available on the Thimbles and Threads website here. Hope to see you there!
02 December 2016
23 November 2016
07 November 2016
Love is in the air. (I'm looking at you, Grunge.) When I was looking for coordinating solids for my Sugar Pie fabric collection, I didn't have much luck with Moda Bella solids this time around. Then I found you, Grunge. We just belong together.
In case you're new to Grunge, it's a near-solid basic by BasicGrey for Moda. Everyone loves it. There are lots of colors and there are always new ones being added. It's seriously such a great basic. As you may already know, I used Grunge in Pear (30150 152) as the background in my Sugar Cookie quilt. It just adds another level of texture to your projects.
Here's the list of the coordinating Grunges by BasicGrey for Moda that work perfectly with my Sugar Pie fabric line shipping in March:
-30150 72 Sweetie
-30150 250 Salmon
-30150 155 Mint
-30150 163 Grey Couture
-30150 152 Pear
-30150 284 Clementine
-30150 115 Elafin
Now when it comes to thread, you know I'm an Aurifil girl through and through. I was SO delighted to get a sampling of various weights of thread in addition to my usual 50 wt for piecing. (Thanks, Alex!) Pictured is the Aurifil embroidery floss. Aren't they pretty spools?!
Here is that list of all the coordinating Aurifil colors that coordinate with Sugar Pie fabric--I always recommend 50 weight for piecing, but Aurifil offers a variety of thread weights based on your needs:
25 October 2016
Here's a tasty little collection full of sugar and spice for your fabric pantry. First, mix together sweet posies, whimsical roses, and a pinch of candied lace--all in luscious colors that are good enough to eat. Next, stir in a cup of herringbone, add a dash of love, and mark it with a X. Don't forget sprinkles! Now you are ready to bake up a fresh batch of quilts and other stitched goodies for all the sweethearts in your life.
Sugar Pie fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Showing now at International Quilt Market in Houston, TX with a ship date of March 2017. Check out my post about the new quilt patterns here!
Here's a taste of the quilts I've designed using Sugar Pie fabric. The colors are so luscious and sweet. All of the patterns are now available in PDF or paper in my shop. Just a note that I'll be out of town until November 1 so if you order paper, they will ship when I return :)
Beachcomber can be made with either 1 Jelly Roll or 1 Layer Cake--plus an accent color. (I picked an aqua herringbone print from the collection as my neutral.) I pieced this quilt and then my friend Kaitlyn quilted it with these mesmerizing swirls. Sidenote: If you're looking for a fantastic long arm quilter, she is accepting new clients :)
You can't see it super well, but I've used a yellow sprinkle print from the collection as the background print. It just adds a bit of warmth and texture that I really dig. I am dying to make one of these with just boy colors!
If you're a fan of sawtooth stars, you'll adore Star Crossed. You can use a jelly roll or a layer cake to bake this one up!
Here's a closeup of the yummy clamshell quilting by Abby Latimer. I have never done the clamshells before and I have such a crush on them.
I might be a little partial to the next quilt, Sugar Cookie. This quilt uses 1 charm pack and was given its name because it reminds me of a pink frosted sugar cookie with rainbow sprinkles. This design was just begging for custom quilting by Natalia Bonner. I dropped of the quilt to her and told her to have fun. She certainly did not disappoint, did she?! Just incredible.
For the background, I used BasicGrey's Grunge in Pear. I was happy to find that so many grunges coordinate with Sugar Pie. More about that later. Here's an overall shot of Sugar Cookie. It's got a giant barn star quality to it for sure. And one of my favorite things is you can make it with just 1 charm pack!
Now if you'd like a more traditional version, here's another Sugar Cookie quilt using a yellow sprinkles print for the background fabric. This one was pieced and quilted by my amazingly talented friend and fellow Moda designer, April Rosenthal. (Go check out her pattern shop and beautiful new line, Sweet Marion!)
Well! I'm getting ready to pack all these babies up and get on an airplane to Houston for International Quilt Market. I hope you like Sugar Pie and the new patterns. The fabric ships to ships March 2017 but you can find PDF and paper quilt patterns available in my shop now. Oh and you can get 10% off your entire order when you place it before November 1 and enter the promo code QUILTMARKET at checkout.
30 September 2016
Blogging two days in a row? This is crazy talk. Welcome to the Moda hood!
Moda has put together a free house-themed quilt along and assigned all of the designers different house blocks :) It's a free pattern through quilt shops, read more about it here to know how to participate. And of course post your pics and find others on Instagram using the hashtag #ModaBeMyNeighbor.
I was assigned Block #4. Here are the blocks I mocked up using Olive's Flower Market fabric (shipping to shops next month).
I stitched up all three blocks and decided they were just begging to be made into house-shaped pillows. I think they turned out so cute. There are so many fun variations that could be done with this idea. I was in a rush, but I thought about adding a simple pocket on the back. Sky's the limit!
29 September 2016
Hello cute people! Today it's my turn to share my block (Block #66) for the Splendid Sampler. If you aren't familiar with the Splendid Sampler, you can read about it here. In short, it's a super fun quilt sampler organized by Moda superstars Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. Pat and Jane have rounded up 83 designers to contribute blocks for this project and I'm happy to be one of them! Don't worry if you haven't started yet--you can find all of the blocks on the Splendid Sampler website here (with two new blocks being released each week). There's also a huge Splendid Sampler facebook group here if you want to join in on the fun there--how fun is that?!
So here's a little about the inspiration for Block #66 "Happy Thoughts." It seems like every time I sit down to make a new quilt, I find myself immersed in a joyful place. Whether the quilt be for a neighbor, a friend, a new baby, or a precious family member, I imagine all the adventures this quilt will experience. I think of the laughter, the blanket forts, the picnics, and even the sick days full of snuggles. It isn't long before I find myself grinning with every single stitch. When we create something for another person, we are giving them a little piece of who we are. My block is a visual reminder of all the love/energy/time we put into our quilts.
|Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics|
Fabric is my Little Miss Sunshine collection for Moda Fabrics (above). If you are a fan of Little Miss Sunshine, head over to my post from earlier this week and enter to win some from Fat Quarter Shop. Thanks for stopping by.
25 September 2016
**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED** Congrats Amy Taylor!
Hey there! I'm in the midst of sewing for quilt market but in the meantime, I'm pleased to do a giveaway sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop. This prize package centers around my current collection, Little Miss Sunshine for Moda Fabrics.
Little Miss Sunshine is all about looking on "the bright side" and so the colors are just as happy as you might expect. I get a lot of inquiries about matching Moda Bella solids and Aurifil threads, and I'm happy to let you know that Fat Quarter Shop offers a stash pack with everything you need. If you've been hoarding Little Miss Sunshine like some people I know, make it easy on yourself and grab one here.
Fat Quarter Shop has given me one of these Little Miss Sunshine stash packs AND one of my favorite notions of theirs--Alphabitties so I'm giving it all away to some lucky person, along with a jelly roll of Little Miss Sunshine.
Enter to win by subscribing to my blog or following me on Instagram. Just leave a comment on this blog post letting me know where you follow me. This giveaway will close Monday, October 3rd, 2016 (U.S. only). Good luck to you!
Believe me, you're not going to want to miss any of my upcoming posts. They may or may not involve new fabric and a new batch of patterns. Squeeee!
16 August 2016
My little guy loves airplanes, so I've had this airplane quilt in my mind for a long time and am glad to have finally made it a reality! This is a fat quarter quilt--and each fat quarter will yield the pieces needed for both 1 background and 1 airplane. Choose a mix of dark and light prints and mix 'em all around to get this scrappy delight!
An important note about this quilt--you will need to cut a 17 1/2’’ x 21 1/2’’ rectangle from each fat quarter -SO- when purchasing fabric, measure to make sure your fat quarters will allow you to do this. If you prewash fabric, you might consider purchasing half-yards.
I used a combination of collections for this quilt--primarily Persimmon by BasicGrey for Moda, and Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis for Moda, plus a lot of my favorite text prints! It's available in my shop now in PDF or paper formats.
You may also be pleased to know that there is no paper piecing or templates involved in assembling this airplane quilt and it comes together quite quickly. Hope you enjoy making it as much as I did!
02 August 2016
July just flew by, didn't it? I came home from a family vacation and found that I had a little package with Block #2 "Primrose" of Fat Quarter Shop's Moda Designer Mystery Block of the Month. This pretty block was designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts and uses prints from my Little Miss Sunshine collection for Moda. You can really see the texture of the white-on-white honeycomb too, one of my favorite things to do in a collection is add a white-on-white print for a little bit of texture.
Also received my Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop and I know I said last month's was my favorite, but this one topped that! Here is a list of the goodies inside July's Summer Picnic-themed box:
Dixie fat eighth bundle. Fabric is by Cluck Cluck Sew for Windham Fabrics. Olfa Splash Rotary Cutter. This is my favorite go-to rotary cutter so I am always happy to see another! Pie Ruler by Lori Holt. Excited to try this out! Sewline Butterfly Mechanical Pencil Exclusive Moonshine Tablerunner pattern BONUS: ADORABLE Quilt Block Needle Case by Moda Fabrics
12 July 2016
Did you know there are 165 until Christmas? That's just over 5 months! It's the perfect time to start those Christmas quilts--or maybe you know someone who might like a few patterns as a gift! No matter what you're looking for, get 25% off your entire order in July using the promo code XMAS25 at checkout.
If you're looking to make some Christmas quilts, these two are sure to make your house merry and bright!
Share your projects on social media using the hashtags #lellaboutique #bythechimneyquilt or #checkmatequilt.
Isn't happy mail the best?! It seems like I have been getting a lot of fun packages from Fat Quarter Shop, and I just have to share a little bit about them!
I have loved getting these sampler boxes every month--especially because the contents are always a surprise! If you follow me on Instagram, you've already gotten a peek at them, but if not, here's a bit about the May and June boxes:
May's box included the following items:
- 2 Cozy Christmas 5'' Stackers (fabric by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs)
- Bobbini Bobbin Holder by Smartneedle
- Sew Easy Tweezers by Elisa's Backporch Design
- Aurifil thread (dove and beige)
- Exclusive Cozy Holiday Tablerunner Pattern
- Cute Little Buttons by Lori Holt
June's box included the following items:
- Crayola Fat Quarter Box by Riley Blake Designs
- Blue Alphabitties Specialty Marking Tool by It's Sew Emma
- Creative Grids 2 1/2'' Quilting Square Ruler
- Frixion Ball Erasable Black Gel Pen by Pilot
- Shimmer quilt pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew
How great are those boxes?! If you want to sign up for the Sew Sampler subscription, just head over here AND if you sign up before July 20th using the promo code M4R3M, you'll receive a FREE Cozy Christmas 5'' Stacker after your first shipment!
I am just thrilled to have gotten the first block for this fun block of the month featuring my Little Miss Sunshine fabric. I managed to snag both a finishing kit and backing kit--there are a few left but you'll need to hurry to secure yours! This is the first block called Snowdrop that I got to design for month #1. I love how well the blues in this line play together!
I had to play some serious catch up to get Blocks #3, 4, and 5 made for the Crossroads Quilt Along. They are just darling, don't you think? All the info for the quilt along is here. Fat Quarter Shop has been so generous to put this pattern together for a great cause--just donate to the March of Dimes if you participate and let's help FQS get to its goal of raising $30K.
What projects do you need to catch up on?
28 June 2016
If you've been following me on Instagram, you've gotten a big peek at a new quilt I've designed called Arrow. I've been excited to share this one for a while!
I designed this for an Australian magazine called Quilts From Precut Fabrics issue no. 5. It's now on newstands in Australia, but don't worry--if you're not living Down Under, you can just snag a digital copy of the magazine here or here.
It's a fat quarter quilt, and assembly is so much fun! I've picked blues, greens, and reds from my Little Miss Sunshine fabric collection (now in shops). One of my favorite things about this quilt is the honeycomb quilting by Abby Latimer. It is just perfect for summer, don't you think?
|Photo used with permission by Quilter's Companion. From Quilt From Precut Fabrics issue no. 5.|
|Photo used with permission by Quilter's Companion. From Quilt From Precut Fabrics issue no. 5.|
This quilt is really a pretty boyish design, what fabrics will you make yours out of to give it your own spin?
23 June 2016
Hello friends! I've got something pretty great for you today. A couple years ago, Moda came out with this amazing free alphabet pattern called Spell It With Moda. I was dying to make one but was too busy to get around to making one. I don't feel bad at all with how long it's taken me, though, because I'm glad I had that time to consider what message I wanted to spell out on a quilt. And now you're really in luck, because I've made a tutorial on how to make one just like mine. It's up on the Moda Bake Shop here.
|Quilting by Abby Latimer|
In addition to the free alphabet patterns, you will see instructions for 2 different space-filler blocks--an arrow block, and a small sawtooth star filler block.
Here is a quick reference to where you can find each letter's pattern (click on the letter you are looking for):
So have you already made a #spellitwithmoda quilt? What message will you put on yours?