Before I was even born, I was going to quilt shops with my mother. As a child, my brothers and I were surrounded by shelves full of quilting fabric, the constant whir of my mother's Bernina, and piles of patterns ready for mailing. Is it any wonder that I made my first quilt as a teenager?
I never made any plans to follow in my mother's footsteps, but somehow the fates decided differently. When I was expecting my first child, I started quilting again. I found that creating my baby girl's first quilt was an intoxicating experience--and couldn't stop! I started my pattern company (Lella Boutique) in 2010 and have published dozens of patterns to date. I have always been drawn to the beautiful fabrics of Moda, and began the joyful experience of designing fabric for them in 2013. (I'm still pinching myself on that one.) My first book, Charm School--18 Quilts from 5'' Squares (C&T Publishing/Stash Books) hit the shelves early 2017 and I'm hoping to write the next one soon. The best part of my job is that it allows me to stay home and be 'mama' to my two spunky children, Olive and Lorenzo--who also like making things and keep life exciting down in southern Utah.