Lella Boutique


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It was inevitable that I should become a quilter. Addictions of this magnitude tend to be familial, and boy have I been predisposed. I’ve got my mother to blame–she shared her sewing and design knowledge with me since I was a little girl. Thanks to her, I became a full-blown quilt addict by the time I was sixteen years old. Of all my mother’s talents, however, I was most impressed by her ability to incorporate a sense of magic into all aspects of life.

Now that I am grown, I find myself revisiting my childhood quite often as a source of inspiration. Back in 2010, I quit my job to stay at home with a new baby. After a few months of adjusting to my new role as mother, I became reacquainted with my sewing machine and decided to start a blog and pattern company called Lella Boutique. When I tried to come up with a business name, I kept thinking about a sweet pink toddler dress that my mom made for me to twirl around in. I called it my “Lella” dress–“Lella” being my way of saying “Cinderella” at that age. I could think of no sweeter emblem than that beloved dress to remind me to incorporate all of those wonderful childhood elements into my creative process.

  • Hello, Forest
    Did you know Christmas is only 85 days away? Time to get crackin' so you can deck those halls with pretty Christmas quilts. For the October $5 Pattern of the Month, I've picked the Forest pattern. It's a charm pack quilt made in my Little Tree  collection for Moda Fabrics (currently… Read more »
  • Recess {Moda Schoolhouse Blog Hop}
    //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsHey there! Welcome to Day 1 of the Moda Schoolhouse Blog Hop. I've created a playful little block for you called Recess--though maybe I shouldn't say 'little' since it finishes at 18"! First off, you can grab the free PDF pattern here.Make one block into a pillow, stitch up a few for… Read more »
  • Leaves of Change
    I adore the moment I get to bring 'the leaf quilt' out of hiding every September.//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsI didn't always like this quilt. It was something I started five years ago, in the middle of my marriage falling apart. I needed something to distract myself with and this was it. By the… Read more »
  • Cottage Blossoms in September
    //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Time for a new $5 Pattern of the Month! Since autumn is on its way (and Harvest Road is shipping late next month), I think Cottage Blossoms makes the perfect fit. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Make it scrappy with a Layer Cake (42 squares 10" x 10"), or choose 10 of your favorite fat quarters like… Read more »
  • The Finish Line: Moda Blockheads 2
    It's taken me a long time to get this baby bound, but here she is! This is the Moda Blockheads 2 sampler--a free block of the month program from 12 Moda designers including me! Mine's a little crazy with all the juicy colors, reminds me of a fruit cocktail.//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsI used… Read more »
  • The Art of Quilt Binding
    //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsYou could say I've bound a few quilts in my life... I have never attempted to count just how many, but I do know I'm well past the 100-quilt mark. When I first learned to bind a quilt, I learned to stitch it by hand--at a nice, leisurely pace. It's… Read more »
  • Homestead
    Do you remember the Homestead quilt from back in April? (It was the $5 Pattern of the Month back then.) Well, if you were following me along on Instagram, I had decided to make a scrappy one using some of my fabric stash... here's how it turned out://embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsI've mixed my… Read more »
  • Garden of Quilts @Thanksgiving Point
    Hey! Just checking in to let you know I'll be teaching at the Garden of Quilts event at Thanksgiving Point (Ashton Gardens) in Lehi, UT September 12-14. I don't teach very often anymore, but I made an exception here for this beautiful venue. I grew up in the area and… Read more »
  • Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts from 2 1/2'' Strips
    Quilt: Cake BoxFabric is Le Vintage Chic by AGF Studio for Art Gallery Fabricswith Bella Solid in Tea Rose  (background) by Moda Fabrics.Pieced by Vanessa Goertzen,  quilting by Marion Bott."Of all the places I have lived, New York City literally takes the cake. Weekends were spent exploring the city's vast… Read more »
  • Kaleidoscope in August
    I blinked and summer is already drawing to a close. August means school is starting + a new $5 pattern of the month is here. This time around, I've resurrected an old favorite made with a Jelly Roll--Kaleidoscope. September is National Sew a Jelly Roll Month; here's a head start for… Read more »

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