09 December 2014

Christmas Goodies

My Christmas shopping is done, but the sewing? That is another matter. I'm busting my behind to get a few remaining projects finished before we go home to Utah for the holidays. I am LOVING this quilt for my brother-in-law--just finished it last night! The pattern ("Soiree") and fabric ("Modern Neutrals") are both designed by my lovely friend Amy Ellis for Moda.
I think it makes a great man-quilt and I hope my brother-in-law likes it. I noticed my hubby checking it out and methinks he wants one also...
I'm not sure when I'll be checking in next so I want to leave you with a couple of my favorite holiday recipes. The first is for my favorite soft gingerbread cookies. This is something I used to make with my mom and I love carrying on this tradition with Olive and Lorenzo.

I love this recipe because they look just as good as they taste.

My other favorite holiday go-to recipe is this yummy wassail recipe! Perfect for a large group.
I hope you are having as much fun as we are over here. Hope you all have a great holiday and safe travels if you are doing so. XO

30 November 2014

Cyber Monday Specials

I've been busier than normal, but I wanted to stop in and say hello. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving full of family, food, and blessings. I feel especially grateful to be doing what I love every single day so I'm offering a crazy-awesome sale tomorrow in my shop, Cyber Monday 12/1/14. Most patterns will be discounted at least 50% off. In the past, I've offered discounts on PDFs only, but this sale will include paper as well. These special prices will be available Cyber Monday ONLY for a limited quantity. No coupon code needed!
LB130 Hot Cross Buns LB129 The North Wind 117 coverrgb
LB127 Rose Red Woodland Doll pattern Twinkle Cottage Canopy
I've also got a special door prize...
At 9:00 AM CST, I am listing my Moda Love quilt for $25 in the shop. It was quilted by the amazing Abby Latimer of Latimer Lane Quilting (you can see some of the quilting detail over on my instagram account) which makes it even more of a treasure. Some lucky person is getting this quilt for $25 (shipping not included, US only). Crazy, I know. I'm just feeling extra grateful and hope this will brighten someone's day. Ya'll are such sweethearts. Good luck and thanks again for your support.
Moda Love #3

20 October 2014

Oh Baby

I'm going out of town with the family for a couple of days but wanted to check in with what I've been doing--trying to make lots of baby quilts! One of my favorites lately was this super girly version of Hot Cross Buns using a jelly toll of Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. It was a really difficult one to unwrap the jelly roll and cut into as the fabric has been out of print for a long time. But what else is fabric for?!
Hot Cross Buns in Bliss
I love the bright, happy colors and I think this little babe will love looking at it for some snuggles and tummy time!
Hot Cross Buns in Bliss
I think I would like a full sized girl version for myself and will be adding it to my "to do" list.

10 October 2014

a Spooky quilt

Awwwww, October. I heart your face. So glad you're here. To pay my true devotion, I've finally made you a quilt. You're welcome. 
Camille Roskelley's "Starlight" pattern using Witch Hazel fabric from Riley Blakc + Michael Miller Ta Dots = the perfect Halloween quilt to snuggle under.
I bought Camille's Starlight pattern about a year ago, and have been saving it until I could figure out the perfect fabrics to use with it. When I  bought some of Riley Blake's Witch Hazel fabric, suddenly it all made sense! Add some Michael Miller "Ta Dots," and we have the perfect Halloween quilt. YES!!!! When I look at my Halloween quilt, I see spider webs, candy corn, and witch hats! 
(Sidebar: Be sure to check Camille's pattern corrections before beginning...I should have waited to cut the big triangles to double-check that the smaller triangle units would be the same size. Whoops!)
Camille Roskelley's "Starlight" pattern using Witch Hazel fabric from Riley Blakc + Michael Miller Ta Dots = the perfect Halloween quilt to snuggle under.
We've already dragged this thing around through a corn maze, on a hay ride, and to the pumpkin patch.
Camille Roskelley's "Starlight" pattern using Witch Hazel fabric from Riley Blakc + Michael Miller Ta Dots = the perfect Halloween quilt to snuggle under.
Another great discovery in making this quilt? The "Cozy Stitches" print from Into the Woods was a perfect match for the back!
Camille Roskelley's "Starlight" pattern using Witch Hazel fabric from Riley Blakc + Michael Miller Ta Dots = the perfect Halloween quilt to snuggle under.
Aw, yeah. Check one more thing off my Halloween bucket list.

07 October 2014

Tone it Down

This is Olive. She is happy that her mama has finished her quilt, at last!
Tone it Down6
Ever since she was a baby, Olive always clung to her pink blankie. I mean literally. That thing even managed to sneak its way into her 2-year birthday pictures.
Photo taken by Katie Moss of Peekaboo Photography
Back in January, after YEARS of dirt and slobber, Olive and I had a little talk about saying goodbye to dear (nasty) blankie. I told her I would make her a new one and she was very happy with this idea.
I didn't get started on it right away, I wasn't even sure what I wanted to make her or which fabrics to use. A few months ago, I started working on Lissa Alexander's "Tone it Down" quilt (February 2014 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting) using in my Into the Woods fabric. Olive came in and saw me working on the first block. 
"Oooooo!" she said excitedly, "my quilt!!!" 
Tone it Down2
Alrighty, then!
Tone it Down1
I really had fun making this one special for her, even using some of the Into the Woods strike offs that didn't make the final cut. One of a kind, just like my sweet girl.

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

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)
Working on Moda Lissa's "Tone it Down" quilt from
American Patchwork & Quilting, February 2014
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 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...
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!

29 August 2014

Mixing it Up

I can still picture the day in third grade when the recorders were handed out (I remember them being called flutaphones?). One of the first songs we learned to play was "Hot Cross Buns". It's one of those little ditties everyone knows, right? One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot cross buns. (Do kids learn this anymore?)
For some reason I've had "Hot Cross Buns" on my mind lately and it has made its way into my quilting. So without further ado, meet one of my newest patterns:
LB130 Hot Cross Buns
I used a Jelly Roll® and coordinating solids from a fabulous new line of fabric called Mixologie by Studio M for Moda. It is a great modern collection and releases in just a few days! (That's right, I'm giving you a little sneaky peek.) The pattern is available in my shop in PDF or paper format--paper will ship sometime next week.
Hot Cross Buns1
I quilted it with a million squiggly lines--a fun method I learned from Camille's craftsy class! It took a lot longer to do this (and used a lot of thread) but was so worth it. 
Hot Cross Buns3
Definitely the craziest batch of hot cross buns I've ever seen. 
Hot Cross Buns2
But that's not all--I've got another new pattern for you. (A few of you may remember the original I made a year ago after moving to Texas.) It's called The North Wind after one of my all-time favorite bedtime stories. This pattern is also now listed in the shop in PDF or paper format.
LB129 The North Wind
I made this one with two charm packs, along with more coordinating solids. I love the way the navy corner/side triangles really make all the colors really pop. 
I must admit that I used to be totally afraid of on-point quilts. Then I actually made one and realized it was a fear of the unknown holding me back. So glad to be over that! It's really a lot of fun.
The North Wind 2
The quilt felt very whimsical to me so I let the freemotion quilting reflect that with lots of swirlies.
The North Wind 1
I'll be sending these off soon so they can pay a visit to quilt market in Houston! Wish I was going!