26 April 2016

Sew Sampler by Fat Quarter Shop

I went out of town last weekend and when I came home I had a lovely little box waiting for me--Fat Quarter Shop's Sew Sampler subscription. Want to take a peek?!
Inside I found all sorts of goodies! Quilt and block patterns, a yummy charm pack of Grow by Me & My Sister for Moda, a small pair of rainbow thread cutters, a little set of tools for the sewing machine, and a little Creative Grids ruler. I'm stoked to try out the Creative Grids ruler--it has grippers to help prevent the ruler from sliding and I have never seen that built into a ruler before.
There are so many new and exciting notions coming out all the time that it's hard to keep up sometimes. Talk about a great way to try out new things! Check out Fat Quarter Shop's Sew Sampler and sign up here.
 Oh and speaking of Fat Quarter Shop, they're getting ready to launch the 2016 Moda Mystery Block of the Month starring my Little Miss Sunshine fabric. Spots are limited, so be sure to get over and sign up for that here.
Photograph courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop
I'm almost ready to show you new fabric and new patterns! Hang tight for a couple more weeks :)

08 April 2016

Frivolous Friday

"Of this be sure, you do not find the happy life, you make it." -Thomas S. Monson 
Moda Frivols no. 9
April is a great month for all you makers out there. Not only is it starting to warm up outside, but things are about to get sunny in your studio as Moda's Frivols no. 9 tin gets ready to ship. This sweet collectible tin-of-the-month stars my Little Miss Sunshine fabric and I'm happy to share a little about it today, and most importantly, give some away!
If you're new to Frivols, here's exactly what you can expect to find inside of this happy little tin: 
  • A quilt pattern for the "Olive" quilt that can be made using the pre-cut roll
  • A Little Miss Sunshine coloring book
  • 1 Maker block card featuring a bonus block pattern and a copy of my favorite quote
Here's a closer look at the "Olive" quilt--named after my own sweet little girl.

Frivols quilt "Olive"
And here, of course, is Little Miss Sunshine herself.
***GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED*** To celebrate Frivols (and all things frivolous), I think it only makes sense to do a giveaway. Or three. Yes, three giveaways sounds better. Let's go ahead and give one set of my Frivols away here on the blog, one set on Facebook, and one set on Instagram. Entries are for U.S. participants only (sorry), and here's how it will work:
  1.  Leave ONE comment here on this blog post. On Monday 4/11/16, I'll pick a winner from the comments for one set of the Frivols. Congrats Kim Courtright!
  2. Follow Lella Boutique on Facebook and leave ONE comment on the giveaway post there. On Monday 4/11/16, I'll pick another winner from the comments there to win one set of the Frivols. Congrats Kasey Schultz-Saindon!
  3. Follow Lella Boutique on Instagram (@lellaboutique) and leave ONE comment on the giveaway post there. On Monday 4/11/16, I'll pick yet another winner from the comments there. Congrats @beckyallen5!
But that's not everything! Go check out JoAnna, Edyta and Sweetwater's blogs too--they are giving away some of theirs too!

06 April 2016

The Diamond Block {Crossroads QAL}

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, without exception! I've just caught up with this month's block for Fat Quarter Shop's Crossroads Quilt-Along and they are so pretty in Joanna Figueroa's Strawberry Fields Revisited fabric! This is such a beautiful quilt and the cause it benefits is even better. If you haven't started yet, it's not too late! Head over to Fat Quarter Shop's blog and get yourself caught up. Happy Wednesday!

07 March 2016

Christmas in March

Back in December, I introduced you to a couple new quilt patterns in the shop featuring Basic Grey's new Christmas line, Juniper Berry (shipping to shops early summer).
Yesterday I finished binding both quilts and now get to show them to you! The first quilt is called By the Chimney. It is a fat eighth pattern and was pieced by my friend Chris from Stitching Revival. She did an amazing job, honestly it was pieced more perfectly than if I had done it myself :) Abby Latimer quilted it and as you can see, she used a beautiful snowflake pattern.
By the Chimney quilt
The second quilt is called Checkmate and is a fat quarter quilt. I pieced this one--in fact, I was supposed to be working on other things and I just couldn't help myself.
I just couldn't wait. Cut up everything for the #checkmatequilt and pieced one block. (Or eight.) #juniperberryfabric #lellaboutique #showmethemoda #christmasquilts #patchwork #quilting
The inspiration for this one was a checkered gingham sort of print from my Little Miss Sunshine fabric collection--I thought it would be fun to see if I could convert the print it to a quilt block. It turned out even better than I imagined. 
Checkmate quilt
Abby Latimer quilted this one too with a beautiful holly berry pantograph. I'm happy these are ready far in advance for Christmas 2016. I think I mentioned in December that I want to decorate all the beds for Christmas and I am well on my way but would still like to make a couple more. 
Checkmate quilt
Stay tuned for new fabric and quilts in May! Thanks for stopping by.

29 February 2016

The House Block {Crossroads QAL}

I've been MIA for a bit but for lots of good reasons--keeping my children alive, getting ready for new fabric, plotting new quilt patterns, and so forth. I even took a week off to drool over the local Parade of Homes with my mom. Speaking of homes...
Crossroads QAL
I'm finally (miraculously) caught up with Fat Quarter Shop's Crossroads Quilt-Along! (See my original post about it here.) I just couldn't stand that beautiful kit going untouched any longer. Stitched up these sweet little house blocks last night and can't wait to see what March's batch of blocks will look like. It's not too late to sign up for this amazing project--and all donations go to March of Dimes. Check out the information here and pick up your kit here (Fabric is Strawberry Fields Revisited by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.)

14 January 2016


Chatterbox quilt
Finally finished the model for my Chatterbox quilt! Woohoo!
Fabric is Flying Colors by Momo for Moda--shipping to stores in February.
Pattern is available in my shop in PDF or paper format. 
Quilting by Abby Latimer. It is such a cool design--I believe it's called Modern Pearl. Beautiful, as always, Abby! 

23 December 2015

Juniper Berry [by Basic Grey]

A close up of Juniper Berry by @official_basicgrey. This is pretty stuff! 😍❤️💚 #juniperberryfabric #basicgrey #showmethemoda
It's official. Next year, I am determined to have Christmas quilts on every single bed in my house. Every time I peruse through the Pottery Barn catalog and see all of the Christmas-y bedrooms, I just drool and drool. Well it's happening next year! Mark my word. 
To help get myself toward that goal, I've been designing some new Christmas quilts using this gorgeous fabric called Juniper Berry--it's Basic Grey's new Christmas line for Moda. I believe it ships in June 2016. I absolutely love the black mixed in with the traditional reds, greens, and blues.
Checkmate quilt pattern 
The first new quilt pattern is called Checkmate. The idea was to figure out a way to piece a design that had a checker/plaid sort of look to it. To make this quilt, just choose 16 of your favorite fat quarters and you'll be finished before you know it. Hopefully I'll finish piecing it soon--I've had way too much on my plate lately and I keep getting sidetracked. 
The next new quilt is called By the Chimney. For this one you'll need 15 fat eighths for the stocking body fabric and 4 fat eighths for the stocking cuffs. I have been so swamped lately that my friend Chris is going to piece this one for me after Christmas. I hope you'll follow her along on IG @stitchingrevival. I can't wait to see it, Chris!
By the Chimney quilt
The patterns are available in my shop right away. PDF patterns are available instantly and the paper patterns should arrive any day now. Just use promo code JUNIPERBERRY at checkout to get 10% off your order for the rest of December.
LB144 Checkmate Cover     LB145 By the Chimney COVER
Merry Christmas!

09 December 2015

Crossroads Quilt-Along with FQS

Photo courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop
Have you heard about Fat Quarter Shop's Crossroads Quilt-Along? This is such an amazing project that Fat Quarter Shop has generously put it together to benefit the March of Dimes. Every month from February to August 2016, there will be a free pattern posted so you can make this gorgeous quilt! All we are being asked to do is make a small donation for the use of each free pattern and of course all proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes.
Photo courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop 
Fat Quarter Shop has invited me, along with several other designers to participate in this amazing project and today we are sharing a little about the crossroads of our own lives. 
The most important crossroad I have faced was during my parents' divorce. I was 10 years old and really concerned about my lack of control in the matter. I spent several weeks crying and worrying about what was in store for my life. One afternoon something changed; I had an epiphany of sorts. It may sound obvious, but I realized that if I wanted to be successful and happy, it was all up to me. What a glorious revelation! From that day forward, I decided to choose happiness and love always. It has governed my life.. 
Olive is thrilled but Lorenzo decided to snooze. 
My bright outlook on life has been such a boon to me in times of turmoil. I have been pretty quiet about it, but this year has actually been a really tough one for me as I went through a divorce. In my darkest moments, I have been buoyed up by a choice to be grateful for all the wonderful things that I do have in my life. We all endure difficult situations in life but we have a choice about what we will do next.
 (That's the real story behind my inspiration for Little Miss Sunshine by the way. "She always look on the bright side.")
Thanks for reading! I hope you'll follow along and join us in such a great cause. Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for putting this together!