Lella Boutique

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It was inevitable that I should become a quilter. Addictions of this magnitude tend to be familial, and boy 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 sixteen years old. Of all my mother’s talents, however, I was most impressed by her ability to incorporate a sense of magic into all aspects of life.

Now that I am grown, I find myself revisiting my childhood quite often as a source of inspiration. Back in 2010, I quit my job to stay at home with a new baby. After a few months of adjusting to my new role as mother, I became reacquainted with my sewing machine and decided to start a blog and pattern company called Lella Boutique. When I tried to come up with a business name, I kept thinking about a sweet pink toddler dress that my mom made for me to twirl around in. I called it my “Lella” dress–“Lella” being my way of saying “Cinderella” at that age. I could think of no sweeter emblem than that beloved dress to remind me to incorporate all of those wonderful childhood elements into my creative process.

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  • Smoke & Rust
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  • Block 37: Fixer Upper
    I live in a fixer upper. I will never forget that first month and all the sweat it took to rip out carpet, linoelum, baseboards, old wallpaper, etc. Of course, all the work was worth it, and I ended up with a beautiful, blank canvas. Over the last couple years, I’ve… Read more »
  • Square Dance
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  • Block 23 - Lucky Penny
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  • Starstruck in June
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  • Coated Prints 101: Sewing with Laminates
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  • A Fresh Batch {Folktale Quilts}
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  • Folktale (a new fabric collection)
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  • Kiss & Makeup (May's $5 Pattern)
    Here's to dreaming about future travel plans! Meet Kiss & Makeup--May's $5 pattern. It's a hanging travel bag perfect for toting your favorite knick knacks near and far.//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js This is my first bag pattern. The idea came about when Moda added a few coated prints to the Bloomington collection. At… Read more »


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