30 September 2014

By the Chimney with Care

YAAAAYYYY! The day is finally here!
I'm totally excited to finally show you some sweet rustic stockings I made in June for American Patchwork & Quilting. If you know me well, you know that I absolutely adore making stockings and love an excuse to make more every year. When I designed Into the Woods, I imagined a woodland set of stockings. Never did I imagine I'd get to make them for such an amazing publication!
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
I suppose the reds/mints from my collection would have been an obvious choice for Christmas stockings, but I just couldn't help myself with the brown and pinks.
Look for this stocking pattern in the newly released December 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting:
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
A big thanks to everyone at American Patchwork & Quilting for being so wonderful to work with! I have been a fan of this publication for a very long time and it is a dream to be a part of it at last.
One more thing--don't forget about the 20% discount in my shop using the promo code MODALOVE at checkout--today (9/30/14) is the last day it will be valid.

13 September 2014

The Prize

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by for the Moda Love Blog Tour! I love hearing about your favorite bedtime stories. The winner of the FQ bundle of Into the Woods is KrisD who said her favorite story is "Katie the Kitten." Send me an e-mail and let me know where to send the loot!
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda
I'm also extending the 20% discount in the shop until the end of September. Just use the promo code MODALOVE at checkout to get the discount.
Cottage CanopyCartwheelTwinkleLB128 Wolf Bait (Nordic play cape)117 coverrgbLB127 Rose Red Woodland Doll pattern
And don't forget about my new (free!) pattern, Figgy Pudding
Figgy Pudding quilt pattern
Have a great weekend!

04 September 2014

Moda Love Blog Tour

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Hello! Today it's my turn on the Moda Love Blog Tour and I'm thrilled to have you here. If you're visiting for the first time, I'm Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique and am a new designer for Moda. My first collection Into the Woods shipped to shops last month (!!) and I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of the Moda family!
Into the Woods & matching Aurifil
Speaking of family, I'm quite fond of mine! I'm mother to two spunky children named Olive and Lorenzo. These sweeties keep me running in circles all day, but I would not have it any other way.
Olive is thrilled but Lorenzo decided to snooze.
Since the Moda Love Blog Tour is all about LOVE, I'm answering a few questions about my LOVE of quilting:
When did you start quilting and what was your first project? My mom taught me to sew at a young age, but it wasn't until I was 15 that I really took an interest in quilting. One afternoon, I discovered her working on a pixelated sunflower quilt. It was so cheery and wonderful that I just had to make one. Of course, I wanted to add my own special touch, so I designed some smaller pixelated flower blocks to incorporate into a border. I was having a great time making it all up as I went along, adding sashing (of various widths) and corner blocks as I pleased... Of course, nothing really lined up quite as I had envisioned but I think the saving grace was a sweet poem I embroidered into the border about sunflowers and their quest for light. Despite its MANY imperfections, the quilt has always been a meaningful reminder to seek the good things in life. 
My first quilt
What is the best part of your design process? I LOVE the challenge of coming up with something new by letting the fabric do the talking. Each collection speaks to me in a different way and I love exploring new possibilities that each one brings. Playing with fabric every day is the best job in the whole world.
Rose Red Cartwheel quilt pattern. Fabric is Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique for Moda.
What fuels you to create? Because I do much of my work after everyone has gone to bed, sweets literally fuel my creativity in the wee hours of morning. Some of my favorites are Twizzlers, Swedish Fish, and Riesens. 
(something gummy-ish + something chocolate = the proper balance)
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Working on Moda Lissa's "Tone it Down" quilt from
American Patchwork & Quilting, February 2014
THE MODA LAB 
At Quilt Market, we Moda designers were given the opportunity to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in the Moda Lab. Watch below as I share my favorite technique to transform a Layer Cake® into half-square triangles:

This method of making half-square triangles comes in especially handy when piecing my new Figgy Pudding quilt pattern (free).
THE MODA LOVE LAYER CAKE PATTERN  
The Moda designers were also given this pattern and tasked with making it using our latest lines. Here's mine, and the beautiful bread basket pantograph quilting was done by Abby Latimer of Latimer Lane Quilting.
Moda Love #3
I wanted a little bit of a scrappy look to mine so I departed from the pattern slightly... I took 12 Layer Cake® squares, sub-cut them into 5" squares first, sewed them into four-patches, and THEN plugged them into the pattern.
Instructions include smaller versions using a charm pack or a mini charm pack. I made all three sizes and I think the mini charm version is my favorite! Isn't she sweet?
Moda Love #1
And here is the charm pack version (I played around with the inverse design):
Moda Love #2
It's fun to see all the other Moda designers' fabrics plugged into this pattern! Now what, you've all been waiting for...
THE GIVEAWAY! 
A fat quarter bundle of Into the Woods is up for grabs! Just leave (one) comment telling me what your favorite bedtime story is. 
But that's not all! I'm also offering a 20% discount on all patterns in my shop when the promo code MODALOVE is used at checkout.
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda
Winners for the giveaways will be announced September 13th! 
Be sure to check out the full Moda Love Blog Tour schedule for other great giveaways, Moda Love quilts, and Moda Lab videos! Today check out the new posts today for Malka DubrawskyBlackbird Designs, and Lauren + Jessi Jung. Thanks for stopping by!