10 October 2010


Olive is thrilled but Lorenzo decided to snooze.
I suppose it was inevitable that I should become a quilter. Addictions of this magnitude tend to be familial, and OH MY GOODNESS 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 about fifteen years old. I could never bring myself to follow a pattern so even in the beginning I was designing my own quilts.
Fast forward to 2010--I had just quit my job to stay at home with a new baby. After a few months of adjusting to my new role as mother, I decided to start up a quilting blog and pattern company to make good use of naptime. 
When I tried to come up with a name for my business, my thoughts kept coming back to my childhood and what a really happy and magical time that was in my life. I wished very much to find a way to make that cheer and whimsy the focal point of my business. As a toddler, I used to twirl around in my "Lella" dress for hours--"Lella" being my way of saying "Cinderella" at the time. I could think of no sweeter an emblem than that beloved dress to remind me to incorporate all those wonderful childhood elements into my creative process. And so it was that "Lella Boutique" came into being. 
      Bright Side quilt pattern
In September 2013, I became a fabric designer for Moda Fabrics with my first collection, Into the Woods  making its way to stores August 2014. I have always been a huge addict of all things Moda so it is nothing short of a dream to be part of such an amazing company.
Into the Woods & matching Aurifil
What's next? Stay tuned for more fabric collections and patterns, of course.
Gooseberry fabric collection shipped October 2015.
Little Miss Sunshine fabric by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Ships to shops April 2016.
Little Miss Sunshine collection shipping April 2016.