27 February 2020

Projects in Bloom

Ooh la la! Bloomington fabric is shipping to shops soon (April) and I just realized I never got around to doing my usual blog post introducing the coordinating patterns. Time to get up close and personal with all the new projects featuring this sweet upcoming collection from Moda Fabrics.
So... I have a thing for black and white tile floors and it's made its way into my quilting. There are two versions of this design--all charcoals and a more colorful scrappy version. Both use a solid charcoal color as the alternating blocks (Moda Bella Solid #9900 283 "Lead") and the skinny bias stripe print for the little diamond accents.
Cathedral quilt
Cathedral quilt
Quilting for both of the Cathedral quilts is by Natalia Bonner on these. Her brain for custom quilting is unreal. More of the charcoal bias stripe for the binding.
Cathedral quilt
I was really on a tile kick--this one is fashioned after Moroccan tile pattern. Make it with (1) Layer Cake (42 squares 10" x 10") plus whatever accent colors you'd like to frame the block and alternate in between. Quilting by Marion Bott.
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Who doesn't love a scrappy herringbone quilt? Here's my take on the traditional pattern, made with (1) Honeybun (42 strips cut 1.5" x WOF) + fat quarters for the larger parallelogram blocks. This one was pieced and quilted by Kaitlyn Howell. The teal background (a print within the collection) gives it such a spunky vibe! 
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Because Modern Herringbone is made of parallelogram shapes (a template is included to help you cut them), it requires the very piecing technique you would use for piecing triangles or diamonds. Trust me, it's much easier (and more fun) than it might sound. In fact, I've created a little video w/ a few pointers on my Instagram @lellaboutique under the "Modern Herringbone" story highlight
Here's another one using a more traditional light background (BasicGrey's Grunge in Vanilla). I pieced it and this yummy swirly quilting is by Juri and Ciera.
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I couldn't resist making one of the Heartthrob quilts from the new Jelly Filled book in Bloomington fabric. Sherri McConnell pieced this one for me (have I mentioned how I lucked out in the friend department??) and Marion Bott quilted it.  
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This time around, Moda gave me a few coated prints in the Bloomington collection. Coated prints are cotton prints coated with a laminate layer. This means they are easy to clean, more durable than quilting cottons, and perfect for bags. I came up with this fun little hanging travel bag pattern. The Kiss & Makeup pattern is available in the shop, here's a little peek...
I will create a separate blog post soon to talk about tips + tricks for working with my coated prints, as well as some general advice about constructing this bag. Of course, you can use anything you'd like to make this bag--regular cotton prints, canvas, etc. This 12-page pattern includes detailed instructions with photograph step outs to help you along every step of the way. I hope you love it as much as I do.
LB189 Kiss & Makeup Hanging Travel Bag COVER
And that's all for now. Bloomington fabric will be here before you know it. Stay tuned in the coming months for brand new fabric and a whole new batch of patterns!

23 February 2020

Open Heart

Hello, lovers! In case you didn't already know, February is almost over...whoops! Just a reminder that there are a few days to get the Open Heart quilt pattern for just $5 in my shop
Open Heart
This remains one of my most popular patterns to date. The original quilt was made in my Olive's Flower Market collection from a few years back. It's now out of print (and nearly impossible to find) but you can achieve a similar look using my upcoming collection Bloomington (shipping to shops in April). Check out this mockup in Bloomington--what do you think?
It can be made with fat eighths or fat quarters (sorry, not Jelly Roll friendly--I get asked this a lot). Here's another original made with Olive's Flower Market against a Moda Crossweave (black) background. Just a word about crossweave--I would recommend you buy extra yardage and prewash. It shrinks up a lot more than quilting cotton and will have a warped look if you don't. (Ask me how I know.)
But that's not all! There is a second pattern on sale in February! You can also get the Mini Open Heart Pin Cushion on sale for $5 in February. This prototype was made up in 1 mini charm pack of Garden Variety fabric. (A mini charm pack will actually make 3 pin cushions!)
LB175 Mini Open Heart pin cushion
Stay tuned for March's $5 pattern of the month!