24 May 2018

Garden Variety {The Projects}

It's in full bloom... meet Garden Variety--my newest collection for Moda Fabrics. It ships in October, but you can reserve a bundle now by talking to your local quilt shop. Ready to see the new projects?!
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Cottontail
Cottontail quilt
The first quilt is called "Cottontail"--a nickname my Grandpa had for me when I was small. Of course it features sweet rabbits and carrots all fenced in--and does not required any paper piecing or templates! It finishes at 84 1/2'' x 84 1/2'' and is made with a combination of fat quarters and fat eighths for the rabbit and carrot blocks. Also- Moda will be offering this as a boxed kit!
Cottontail quilt top

Cottontail quilt
Custom quilting by Natalia Bonner

(NOTE: A single bunny block version of this pattern is also available called #169 Little Cottontail and includes finishing instructions for a wall hanging or pillow... You may remember the post about it here.)
I originally mocked this quilt up with a darker background and love how it makes those pastel bunnies pop. (Fabric is Grunge in Grey Couture by BasicGrey for Moda.) Which version do you like best?
Cottontail grunge bg
Chandelier 2
I'm also releasing a sequel to what has been the most popular quilt from my book Charm School--18 Quilts from 5'' Squares (C&T Publishing). Chandelier 2 uses 1 Jelly Roll ( or 1 Layer Cake) and comes together quickly--just like its sister design. 
chandelier 2 quilt2
Long-arm quilting by JC Quilting (Juri Strong & Ciera Strong)

Chandelier 2
Pretty Please
One of my favorite things about this Garden Variety fabric collection is the green. It is THE PRETTIEST green. (I got confirmation of this when I discovered it matches Joanna Gaines' colander at Target.) Of course I had to highlight it in one of the quilts as background! Check out the skinny stripe in green as background to "Pretty Please"--made with 1 charm pack and a few accent bits of yardage.
pretty please quilt1
Long-arm quilting by JC Quilting (Juri Strong & Ciera Strong)

Pretty Please is a charm pack pattern with instructions for 2 size options. Make it a 60'' x 60'' quilt from 1 charm pack--or go big at 84'' x 84'' with 2 charm packs.  
Pretty Please quilt
Holland
Holland quilt 
Finally, no garden is complete without flowers. "Holland" is my take on a two-tone tulip using beginner curved piecing technique. There are two versions of the quilt: multicolor made with fat quarters, or a simplified version using yardage. This would make a really great class on beginner curved piecing. (Templates included.)
Holland
For both of these quilts, I use BasicGrey's Grunge for the background. For the simplified version, I used "Grey Couture"; for the multicolor version, I used "Picnic."
Holland
For the rest of May, get 25% off all patterns in my shop using the promo code GARDENVARIETY25 at checkout. Also, orders over $25 will include a mini charm pack.
Garden Variety mini charms

18 May 2018

Garden Variety

Garden Variety
Rain has fallen, seeds have been planted, and bees are buzzing as they meander from flower to flower. The garden is in full bloom. There is splendid harmony found in a garden bed; a juxtaposition of beauty and growth mingled with weeds and brambles. Like a real garden, you will find a variety of textures and sun-kissed colors in this collection--along with a few brambles too! Pick your favorites and see what you can grow in your fabric garden.
Garden Variety
Fabric is Garden Variety by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics--showing this weekend at International Quilt Market in Portland. Shipping October 2018.
Garden Variety fabric
I have 4 new quilt patterns (which I will blog about more in depth later), but for now here is a quick look. Oh and for the rest of May, get 25% off in the shop using promo code GARDENVARIETY25 at checkout. 
LB170 Cottontail COVER   LB171 Chandelier 2 CoverLB172 Pretty Please COVER   LB173 Holland COVER
I'm heading out of town for Quilt Market in Portland but all paper patterns will ship as soon as I get back :)

02 April 2018

Maker Valley + Lella Boutique Week

This past week, I got a chance to be a guest designer over at Maker Valley. Maker Valley is a Utah-based design house that specializes in craft-themed apparel and accessories. Throughout the week, Maker Valley posted a series of tee shirt designs featuring my artwork. At the end of the week, those designs were put to a vote--with the winning design(s) being produced/sold on Maker Valley. Check out the winning designs below and get yours preordered now! Get 20% off when you preorder before 4/4/18 using promo code LELLA20 at checkout. (Estimated ship date is 4/23/18.) 
The first design is my Scrappy Sunflowers quilt block in muted colors on a Heather grey tri-blend tee--available in crewneck or v-neck.
Scrappy Sunflower tee 
The second design features my favorite quilting motto, "When life is scrappy, make a quilt," hand-lettered by Dave at Stately Type. It's printed on a navy cotton/poly tee, also available in crewneck or v-neck. (Unisex sizing.) I can't wait to get my hands on these tees!
When Life is Scrappy tee 
We also designed a pretty little collection of enamel pins featuring my signature motifs. Since my fabric collections tend to be floral-centric, we started out with a "Handpicked" floral design in a soft aqua blue. The second is based on my Social Butterfly quilt block. The third is based on my Scrappy Sunflowers quilt block. 
MV enamel pins
Holly (at Maker Valley) and I are just thrilled with how these all turned out and we know you will love them too. Preorder now to reserve your tees and pins--and be sure to take advantage of the 20% discount before it ends. (Use promo code LELLA20 at Maker Valley by the end of 4/3/18.)

Nest Fabric {in shops now}

"To those you love, give roots and wings." 
My Nest fabric collection for Moda Fabrics is finally in shops! Yay! If you're wondering where to find it, you can check your local shop (find a store carrying Moda here) or find it online :) 
NEST fabric
If you're looking for the best coordinating solids (and near-solids) for Nest, here's what I recommend:
 Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics:
  • 9900 87 Teal 
  •  9900 262 Frost 
  •  9900 170 Etchings Slate
 Grunge by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics:
  • 30150 163 Grey Couture 
  •  30150 152 Pear
Coordinating solids 
And lastly, in my pattern shop, I'm adding a mini charm pack of Nest fabric to every order over $25 (while supplies last).
Nest fabric

31 March 2018

Little Cottontail

Little Cottontail pillow
When I was little, my Grandpa called me Cottontail. Sweet, right? I knew the instant I decided to design a bunny quilt block that it would have to carry that name too. Because the full quilt version (coming out mid-May) is called Cottontail, this single-block version is called Little Cottontail.
I knew I needed Natalia Bonner to work her custom quilting magic on this and of course, it's perfection! Just check out those beautiful quilting details below. 
Little Cottontail pillow
The PDF pattern is available in my shop right now for $5. It includes instructions to finish it as a 22'' x 22'' pillow or wall hanging.
lb169 little cottontail cover

28 October 2017

New Quilts on the Block

New fabric = new patterns, and this time around it's all about a little collection called Nest. This collection gives me the good kind of blues. 
First off, I'm offering 25% off all patterns in my shop in October using the promo code QUILTMARKET at checkout. I'll be out of town most of this week for its debut at International Quilt Market, so paper pattern orders will resume shipping Nov. 1. 
#165 EASY BREEZY 
First up is Easy Breezy and if you're new to working with wonky cuts, this is a perfect place to begin. This quilt can be made with 1 Layer Cake® or 36 squares 10'' x 10''. Available here in PDF or paper.
I pieced all of the quilts, then employed Kaitlyn and Natalia to add their beautiful quilting finishing touches. Beautiful job, ladies! First up is the white Easy Breezy quilted by Kaitlyn.

Another idea is to use a darker background instead of traditional white. I ended up making a few of these (including a few baby quilts) and really love how quickly it can be pieced. Natalia quilted both of the versions seen below.
Easy Breezy Easy Breezy
#166 MABEL
Next up is Mabel--named after a great aunt. What a name! The quilt looks somewhat difficult but I found a way to piece so that even an experienced beginner could tackle it without having to use paper piecing or y-seams. It's a big block--finishes at 24'' x 24'' and can be made with fat quarters. It's available in my shop in PDF or paper.
Natalia quilted this using one of her own pantographs! Isn't it cool?? I love that it gives the feel of pebbling but uses oval shapes instead. 
#167 BLUEGRASS
Bluegrass has a wild charm and spunky personality about it--reminding me a bit of the way I feel when I hear the twang of bluegrass music. Bluegrass is made with 16 fat eighths and is available in my shop as a PDF or paper pattern. 
This one was also quilted by Natalia using an orange peel variation. I keep thinking that a Christmas version of this quilt would be just beautiful!
#168 SUMMIT
I've had this design stowed away for a bit until I could find the right fabrics. Summit is made using 1 Jelly Roll® or 40 strips 2 1/2'' x WOF and I've mocked this one up in multiple color options playing with background again. The BasicGrey Grunge in Grey Couture plays so well with my Nest fabrics. The pattern is available in my shop here in PDF or paper versions.
I haven't had the chance to piece the main version but I did piece the grey grunge  background version. This was quilted by Kaitlyn using a feather pantograph. I'm so glad she suggested it--feathers sometimes are associated with an older kind of quilt style but I think it fits this quilt so well.
Speaking of Kaitlyn--she designed a beautiful new bag pattern called Hello Pouches and made up these beautiful samples in my Nest fabric. I will take a dozen, please! 
hello
 That's the new stuff! Once again, take advantage of the 25% discount in October using the promo code QUILTMARKET at checkout. 

Nest fabric

To those you love, give roots and wings.
Nest fabric
Every spring, I see little nests being built in the apple tree in our backyard. These little birds search for all kinds of things--sticks, straws, feathers--anything that will build a secure home for the little baby birds. We do something similar. We look for the comfortable, the beautiful--the things that nurture our souls and turn a house into a home. Nest celebrates that instinct... the blues are restful shades while the greens signify new life. and the taupes and creams have just a touch of pink for variety and warmth. These are the things we use to decorate in our homes, to create our nests.
Nest fabric is now showing at International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas and will ship to shops March 2018.

07 September 2017

Scrappy Sunflowers

From the early morning hour / 'til the sun is at its close / the loyal steadfast flower seeks the light without repose
Scrappy Sunflowers 
It all started with sunflowers. Twenty years ago, I decided to make my very first quilt because of a scrappy mosaic sunflower block my mom was working on. I was smitten and knew I just had to make one too. It was a pretty small project, so I invented smaller mosaic blocks to go in a large border around the main mosaic. My mom gave me the basics to get started but I was largely unsupervised. It's the best gift she ever gave me! If she had made me pick out stitches, I never would have cared to finish.

Scrappy Sunflowers
I figured it was time to revisit the scrappy sunflower idea and I'm thrilled with how it turned out. Of course I had my good friend, Natalia Bonner, add her beautiful custom quilting to it!
Sunflower Power*
I used the delicious yellows and greens from my Olive's Flower Market/Sugar Pie/Farmer's Daughter fabric collections with Moda Fabrics. I used every last bit of a text print from Farmer's Daughter for the background (the pic above uses Grunge by BasicGrey for a single block sample).
Scrappy Sunflowers
Paper patterns will be here in a couple more weeks but the PDF version is in the shop now! 
LB164 Sunflowers PDF cover