14 August 2019

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 distinctly remember when it was built. Needless to say, it feels pretty special to be invited to be part of this event. 
My Post Copy 2-5
I have a couple different classes I'm offering--the first is the Dishes quilt. Come hang out with me and learn a bit about the basics of curved piecing. If you've been nervous to piece curves, you are going to love it! The original Friday class (Sep. 13th 1-4 pm) is sold out, so we've added a Saturday 9/14 class 9 am-12 pm. Reserve your spot in the Saturday morning class here. (Registration closes Sep. 1.) Dishes is made with a Layer Cake (precut 10'' squares). The sample below is made with a Layer Cake of Hello Darling by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.
Dishes quilt
For this class, I highly recommend bringing the Creative Grids Circle Savvy Ruler. It is AWESOME and makes cutting curves a piece of cake. Your other option is to bring template plastic and prepare your own templates from the pattern.
The other class I'm offering is for the Mini Open Heart Pin Cushion. This class is all about itty bitty piecing and will be held Saturday afternoon Sep. 14th 1-4 pm, registration here. Just grab a Mini Charm Pack (aka precut bundles of 42 squares 2½" x 2½"); and come join in the fun. Each Mini Charm Pack will yield the pieces needed for 3 pin cushions (including a scrappy patchwork back). Sample below uses Lollipop Garden fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Mini Open Heart Pin Cushion
If you'd prefer to talk to someone at Thanksgiving Point about ticket availability and event info, call 801.768.2300. Hope to see you there. Don't forget registration closes Sep. 1!

06 August 2019

Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts from 2 1/2'' Strips

Quilt: Cake Box
Fabric is Le Vintage Chic by AGF Studio for Art Gallery Fabrics
with 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 food culture, indulging in its delicious offerings. I still dream about the decadent waffles from Max Brenner, the rich cookies of Levain Bakery, and the glorious banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery. It's a good thing I did so much walking in that city--many bakery visits ended with a cake box in my arms (and plenty of calories) to take home. Happy memories like these sometimes find a way into my quilting... This quilt reminds me of those cake boxes--open at last, with their sides flattened out as an invitation to partake of the delectable contents inside." 
     -excerpt from Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts from 2½" Squares 
September is just around the corner--which means my newest book will be releasing very soon. Guess it's time for a little preview. The book is called Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts from 2½: Stripspublished by C&T Publishing (Stash Books). Ask your favorite quilt shop to reserve a copy for you--you won't want to miss it! It's a sequel (sort of) to my first book Charm School - 18 Quilts from 5'' Squares, meaning it follows a similar format--but this time around, you'll find 18 quilt "recipes" where precut 2½" strips (Jelly Rolls) are the star ingredient.
Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts From 2 1/2'' Strips 
Jelly Rolls, by the way, are Moda Fabrics' fancy name for 2½" x 40" strips rolled up in a concentric, cinnamon-roll style (just as irresistible as the edible kind). Even though precut Jelly Roll strips are the inspiration for this book, I'll show you how easy it is to make substitutions using what you already have in your fabric pantry. But if you decide to go with precuts, I use Moda Fabrics' brand of Jelly Rolls as the standard since they always contain 40 strips 2½" x 40". (This is important to remember if you use a different manufacturer's version--be sure to check how many strips are in each precut package and make adjustments accordingly.)
Lollipop Garden fabric
Fabric: Lollipop Garden by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics
We'll start with basic techniques, and gradually work our way up to more advanced skills. Whether you are newer to quilting, or have a lot of experience, there is something for everyone to enjoy making.  
Marbled Cheesecake1
Quilt: Marbled Cheesecake
Fabric: Sunnyside Up by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics
with Grunge in Vanilla by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.
Pieced by Vanessa Goertzen, quilting by Allison Black.
Quilt: Sprinkles on Top
Fabric: Catnip by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics.
Pieced by April Rosenthal, quilted by Kaitlyn Howell.
One thing you might not have known about me is I'm a pretty avid baker and have been since I was little. All of the Jelly Filled quilts tie into my love of baking/sweets in some way or another.
Quilt: Cookie Cutter
Fabric: Return to Winter's Lane by Kate & Birdie for Moda Fabrics.
Pieced by Vanessa Goertzen, quilted by Natalia Bonner.
We'll explore concepts like strip piecing, easy corner triangles, half-square triangles, log cabins, and briefly touch upon some advanced techniques in the last chapter, just to get our feet wet.
Quilt: Parade
Fabric: Nest by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Pieced by Vanessa Goertzen, quilted by Marion Bott.
As you thumb through the book, you may recognize one of my oldest designs that has been resurrected from its out-of-print status--Heartthrob!
Quilt: Heartthrob
Fabric: Garden Variety by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Pieced by Vanessa Goertzen, quilted by Natalia Bonner.
One of my favorite chapters covers log cabin quilts. They're a classic and such a perfect fit when it comes to using up Jelly Roll strips because of that 40" width of fabric. I'm pretty sure I could write a whole book about my love of log cabin quilts and all the bazillion variations... maybe another day ;) 
Quilt: Parfait
Fabrics: Assorted Lella Boutique collections (scraps) for Moda Fabrics
Pieced by Vanessa Goertzen, quilted by Allison Black.
The quilts will build upon the concepts covered in previous chapters (for example, strip piecing) to make a traditional idea (like log cabin construction) even more interesting.
Quilt: Potluck
Fabric: Feed Sacks in True Blue by Linzee McCray for Moda Fabrics.
Pieced by Vanessa Goertzen, quilted by Marion Bott.

Quilt: In the Mix
Fabrics: The Good Life by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.
Pieced by Vanessa Goertzen, quilted by Marion Bott.
These are just a few of the quilts you'll find in the book (18 total!). I hope you've enjoyed this preview. Jelly Filled is scheduled to ship toward the end of September 2019.
Oh and a quick word about fabric choices... Because a book takes such a long time to write, most of the fabric collections shown are not current. While it's not impossible to find them and make the exact quilts you see, it can be a challenge. I find it sometimes helpful to keep in mind that many designers have signature color palettes which means it is likely you'll be able to find a similar collection in look and feel in the future from the same designer. But also, don't be afraid to add your own spin with something completely different than what I've made. That's half the fun! In November, watch for a Jelly Filled quilt parade showcasing some of the book's patterns reinterpreted by my designer friends. Stay tuned for more details.

01 August 2019

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 an idea.
The last one I pieced (above) uses Sugar Pie fabric, but has a very similar look to a mockup in Lollipop Garden (below).
Kaleidoscope LOLLIPOP2 
This quilt can be made with 1 Jelly Roll--or with yardage for a single-print version like the one below. I plan to make a solid version for my home very soon--after I figure out just which room will get it, so I can pick a color scheme. 
Kaleidoscope solid 
This pattern is definitely a fan-favorite and has gone through several reprintings over the years. Here's the original circa 2015 in Gooseberry fabric. This is one of those quilt pattern designs looks good dressed in any collection. 
kaleidoscope quilt
Speaking of Jelly Rolls, next month my new book rolls out: Jelly Filled - 18 Quilts from 2 1/2'' Strips. Can't wait to tell you all about it--there have already been a few peeks on Instagram @lellaboutique. Do you like Jelly Rolls? Do you have a favorite Jelly Roll pattern?

31 July 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap - Week 6

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. It's my turn to share a free project for the Moda Summer Charm Pack challenge.
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First, I wanted to issue a quick reminder that today is the last day to snag a copy of  the Aviator quilt pattern as July's $5 Pattern of the Month. This is a fat quarter pattern and so much fun to make. I used a lot of old scraps (mainly Persimmon by BasicGrey and Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis for Moda Fabrics, both sadly out of print). No paper piecing required!
LorenzoRoom1 Aviator
Back to the charm swap... I was given Star & Stripe Gathering by Primitive Gatherings (Lisa Bongean) for Moda Fabrics. This was supposed to be a challenge to my normal color palettes (and technically, it is), but I loved and excuse to make a project using patriotic colors. I came up with a table runner. Of course there is nothing inherently patriotic about the design, so pick whatever fabrics suit the occasion!
Mini Chandelier Table Runner Cover
This is a miniature block version of my Chandelier quilt pattern--a popular quilt from my book: Charm School - 18 Quilts from 5" Squares. To make the table runner top, you'll need 1 Charm Pack + 1 1/8 yards background fabric + the free Chandelier Mini Table Runner PDF pattern found here. Hope you enjoy making this as much as I did.
This is final Moda Summer Charm Swap project release, but here's the complete schedule list so you can access all the patterns on each designer's blog:
Thank for stopping by!

24 July 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap {Week 5}

Happy Wednesday! Time for your new project today for the Moda Summer Charm Swap! Check out today's free charm pack pattern over at Lisa Bongean's Primitive Gatherings blog.
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And once again, here's the full schedule:
Next week is the final week--and my turn--so be sure to come back for my free charm pattern. Have you figured out whose fabric I used (by process of elimination)? 

17 July 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap {Week 4}

Hello again! Isn't summer just flying by? There's a new project today for the Moda Summer Charm Swap! Check out today's free charm pack pattern over at Me & My Sister's blog.
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And if you're new to the charm swap, here's the full schedule:

13 July 2019

Something Extra

mini charm
Just a little note to say the shop is back up after my little medical vacation! Also - I got my hands on some mini charms of Harvest Road--which means all shipped orders over $25 will include one of these sweet little stacks. 

10 July 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap {Week 3}

Hey everybody! It's Week 3 of the Moda Summer Charm Swap and today is Laurie Simpson's day to share. Just a reminder to head over to her blog here to get your copy!
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And if you're new to the charm swap, here's the full schedule:

06 July 2019


It's taken me a minute to post--I'm recovering from a tonsillectomy--but there's a new $5 Pattern of the Month in the shop. It's Aviator--my most popular quilt of all time. This is a fat quarter quilt--with each fat quarter yielding both (1) background and (1) airplane. Choose a mix of dark and light prints and mix 'em all around to get this scrappy delight!
I made this pattern several years ago for my little boy. It's made from scraps--I used mostly Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis, Persimmon by BasicGrey, and various text/low volume prints I'd been collecting. Unfortunately, most of them are out of print and near impossible to find. It's looking so sweet in my little boy's room, don't you think?
Because I'm recovering from surgery, please be advised that paper patterns will resume shipping by 7/15/19. (If you're excited to get started on a project, PDF patterns are your best bet.)

03 July 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap - Week 2

Hey everybody! It's Week 2 of the Moda Summer Charm Swap and today is Sherri McConnell's day to share. Just a reminder to head over to her blog here to get your copy!
Moda Summer Charm Swap badge
And if you're new to the charm swap, here's the full schedule:

26 June 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap - Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the Moda Summer Charm Swap! 6 of us Moda designers swapped charm packs to see what we could come up with using collections outside of our typical color palette. Each week, we're sharing free patterns created from the challenge. To make our patterns, you'll need 1 Charm Pack + 1.5 yards of coordinating prints from the collection. (Each pattern varies with how the 1.5 yards breaks down.)
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Today's pattern comes from Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles. She was given my Lollipop Garden collection. (Mini charm sampling of the group below.)
Lollipop Garden fabric
Visit her blog here to see what Lynne came up with and snag your free copy of the pattern! Here's an overview of the the complete schedule:

19 June 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap

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Are you always working in the same color palette and need a change? Are you in a color rut? You're in for a treat!
6 Moda designers are trading charm packs this summer and working with colors they don't usually work with and coming up with a free project for you.
The rules were simple...  we sent each designer 1 charm pack + 1.5 yards of coordinating fabrics to help with binding/background etc. The challenge was to come up with a pattern and make that project using at least 80 percent of the fabrics given.
The swapping fun starts June 26 and runs through August 7th. Each week you'll need to visit the featured designer to download their free charm pattern. Here's the schedule:
The wrap party will be August 7th so visit ALL the designers to see them usings their quilts on a summer outing! See you June 26th--can't wait to show you what happens!

16 June 2019

The Home Stretch

Time to start stitching those blocks into a quilt-top for the #ButterflyPatchQAL. There's a beautiful, collective kaleioscope of butterflies coming together, have you taken a look under the hashtag? It's glorious. I hope you've had as much fun as I have.
Butterfly Patch 
Before I left on vacation, I got my top back from my wonderful friend and quilter, Allison Black at AB Quilting Studio. She used this beautiful pantograph from Leisha Farnsworth called Squareception. Such a cool design Allison is sponsoring our prize for this final stage of the contest--free longarm quilting of the winner's Butterfly Patch quilt. Make sure you are following her acct @abquiltingstudio on Instagram and Facebook to be eligible.
Butterfly Patch quilt 
For this part of the quilt along, you don't have to finish your quilt--just post a photo of the quilt-top coming together and don't forget to use the hashtag #ButterflyPatchQAL. Here's my assembly photo, and as you may notice, I deviated quite a bit from my original pattern instructions. I made 44 extra patchwork blocks (using 2 Layer Cakes instead of 1) for a scrappy patchwork border. It doesn't complicate the quilt-top assembly at all! Sew extra blocks at the top/bottom of each column, then make two extra columns (13 blocks each) for the sides.
Have you spotted the layout mistake in this picture? Don't worry, I did eventually figure it out, after the columns were sewn together, of course. Thank heavens for seam rippers! So yes, please double check your layout before you sew it together. 

11 June 2019

Summer Vacay

butterflypatch blocks
I'm headed out of town for a couple of weeks and just wanted to updated you a few housekeeping items.
First off, all PDF patterns are 10% off (discount applied automatically at checkout). If you're in a hurry to get started on a project, this is the best method to access my patterns.
Otherwise, paper pattern orders will resume shipping 6/25/19. Shipped orders over $25 will include a Moda mini charm pack. 
Lollipop Garden Mini Charms 
I will not have access to internet/email so I appreciate your patience with any inquiries. 
If you're participating in the #ButterflyPatchQAL on Instagram or Facebook, you have until 6/15/19 to post progress of your quilt blocks. Just be sure to use the hashtag so I can find your post--the winner will receive a ginormous 90'' x 25 yard roll of Fairfield's Toasty Cotton batting ($226.99 value). This is what I use and I love love love it. To be qualified to win the prize, make sure you are following @FairfieldWorld on Instagram or Facebook. Big thanks to them for donating such a great prize.

30 May 2019

Harvest Road {Making All the Things}

Wow. It's been an interesting month. International Quilt Market was held in Kansas City, MO a few weeks ago. I was all ready to go and show Harvest Road--and had to cancel last-minute due to a plague that showed up on my doorstep. Luckily, my mom took all my quilts with her and delivered them to my friends at Moda--who graciously helped get my booth set up without me. Now that I'm feeling better, it's time to post a million pictures of Harvest Road and all the new quilts.
Oh and everything in the shops gets a 25% discount in May using promo code 25HARVESTROAD at checkout. Only a couple days left for that. 
First off, there's a new panel. What's better than big, beautiful flowers on a dreamy sage background. Not much, I say. Panels make great gifts since all you have to do is 1) quilt, 2) bind, and 3) wonder if you should actually give it away or keep it for yourself. Ha.
The panel measures 57'' x 70'' --a great lap size. You can make it bigger with a border, or even incorporate it into your backing. Check with your local shop to reserve yours today--they will ship with the collection in October.
Harvest Road Panel
Now for the quilt patterns. Remember this one?
Cottage Blossoms quilt HR2
It's Cottage Blossoms. This isn't a new design, but I updated the pattern when I saw just how amazingly cute Harvest Road was plugged into it. Safe to say--it's my new favorite. Make it with 10 fat quarters like I did, or use a Layer Cake for a scrappier look. I'm smitten with the rain drop quilting detail--quilting by Natalia Bonner.
Cottage Blossoms HR2 
Of course you can always opt for a a lighter background too. This fabric group has some really great near-solids for whatever background color you'd like. 
Cottage Blossoms HR
Next up is New Leaf. Who doesn't love the traditional maple leaf block? It's been done a million different ways, so my challenge was to come up with something new. This quilt is sampler-style and would make a fun block of the month. It's made with a Layer Cake for the blocks, fat quarters for the block backgrounds, and fat eighths for the leaf points.
Cable weave quilting by Natalia Bonner. Gosh that quilting is so good. Thanks, Natalia!
The hardest thing about this quilt is deciding what sashing color to go with. I made the cream one first--really because I felt my quilt market booth needed the balance in color. But I can't wait to make the navy one. Pale blue would be nice too. It's hard to choose.
Leaf Sampler 
LB182 New Leaf3
Next up is Sun Tea. Simple in design and easy to piece. It's one of those patterns that knows how to showcase big bold prints. With all the open space, I knew it was a perfect candidate for Natalia's custom quilting. 
Here's the full layout. Pick 9 of your favorite fat quarters to mix and match against an accent background.
Sun Tea
This is my first collection to include the Honeybun precut (each includes 42 strips 1.5'' x WOF). 
Harvest Road fabric 
For my first Honeybun pattern, I opted for something simple. Meet Rugby. And that yummy quilting? The work of Marion Bott. 
I was inspired by a graphic wallpaper I saw so I reinterpreted it to be a quilt. Sometimes simple is the way to go.
Lastly, I'm already getting questions about coordinating solids. I've looked for the best ones I could find, but again want to emphasize that the collection itself contains a lot of good near-solids for backgrounds. I couldn't find a decent match to the sage green or pale blue so I would recommend stocking up on prints within the collection.
The matches I did find were
  • 9900 218 "Indigo" Bella Solid 
  •  9900 285 "Unbleached" Bella solid 
  •  9900 129 "Weather Teak" Bella solid 
  •  30150 91 "Vanilla" Grunge by BasicGrey
I hope that helps! Let me know if you have other questions. This group ships in October so check with your local shop to see if they can reserve it for you.