Fabric Design

My Design Story: {A Quilting Life Podcast}

Friends! I have something fun to share with you. A couple weeks ago, I met up with a couple of my good friends and fellow Moda designers Sherri & Chelsi. We hung out in their studio to make a fun recording for their podcast: A Quilting Life. I share the story of how I got into quilting + fabric design, what a typical day is for me, what I’ve discovered about time management, and more! I had a great time talking with my friends and hope you’ll enjoy it too. (Hint: If you listen, you’ll get access to a special discount code you can use in the shop.)

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Here are a few ways to listen to episode 21 of A Quilting Life Podcast:

You can also watch episode 21 on A Quilting Life’s Youtube channel:

I shared a few quilt projects in the studio and want to include them here. They are list in order from left to right:

I also mentioned a little about my first quilt. Here it is!

My first quilt

***GIVEAWAY ALERT*** Don’t forget to enter the Christmas Morning fabric giveaway on my last post here – winner will be announced Sunday 2/21/21.

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  1. Diane M

    February 15, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    A great story. Thanks for sharing on the podcast with Sherri and Chelsi. I love your fabric and patterns and have a big collection which I will eventually break open and use beginning with Olive’s Flower Market. Folktale and Harvest Road are also in the pipeline. Now, along comes Smoke and Rust which I must have! My three daughters and six grandchildren love the fact that I quilt and one daughter and one granddaughter will follow the quilting endeavor that I so enjoy.

    1. lellaboutique

      February 23, 2021 at 8:23 am

      That’s pretty neat you get to share your hobby with your daughter and granddaughter. They will cherish the memories forever.

  2. Dawn Gallafent

    February 15, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    I enjoyed your appearance on A Quilting Life. I own most of your patterns but I recently received the Folk Tale Collection in a half yard bundle and I plan on making Spring Fling. My granddaughters all love that fabric line also. You are so talented. Congratulations on your success.

    1. lellaboutique

      February 23, 2021 at 8:23 am

      Thank you for the support! I hope you love sewing with Folktale.

  3. Kathy J

    February 15, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Love so many of your quilts, but think Mountainside is a top favorite!

  4. Dolores Vinson

    February 15, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    I watched a quilting life pod cast and you were great. I have so much of your fabric and have never followed you. Love your story, it is very motivate to here how you are learning to listen to that inter self what you should do and what you can handle.Nice to meet you, oh I will be shopping in your store, How long does a quilting life last for 20% off?

    1. lellaboutique

      February 23, 2021 at 8:24 am

      Hey thanks for listening! The 20% discount code is good for all of February 2021.

  5. Susan Fraser

    February 16, 2021 at 6:50 am

    I loved watching your interview on A Quilting Life. Your career path was very inspiring. I’d love to make your sunflower quilt pattern. I just moved to West Virginia and watching quilting podcasts is helping take the place of being able to meet with my former quilt group. I’m looking forward to joining a new group once life opens up again.

    1. lellaboutique

      February 23, 2021 at 8:25 am

      Oh I’m so glad we have things like podcasts so we can still feel connected to the quilting community. It will get better and before you know it you’ll have a fun new sewing group!

  6. Kellie Gualazzi

    February 16, 2021 at 7:02 am

    I really enjoyed the podcast with Sherri and Chelsi! You did an excellent job. I can’t wait to make your new Figgy Pudding quilt! I love it!

    1. lellaboutique

      February 23, 2021 at 8:26 am

      Thank you so much, Kellie! The Figgy Pudding is quick and fun, hope you enjoy making it.

  7. Lee Ann

    February 16, 2021 at 8:54 am

    I watch all the Quilting Life Podcast and what a nice surprise to see they had a guest. I always liked and bought your fabric and now I can put a face and story behind it. My favorite quilt pattern is the Diamond Dust. I love it but not sure if I’d attempt because of all the small pieces. They intimidate me!

    1. lellaboutique

      February 23, 2021 at 8:27 am

      Haha, yes, those tiny pieces can definitely seem a bit scary. They’re not so bad since they’re just being sewn into lots of 9-patches. It actually ends up being a very satisfying quilt to look at because of how tiny they are.

  8. Rose

    February 16, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Spring Fling is waiting for me to start. Love them all

  9. Theresa

    February 16, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    What a great podcast! It was so much fun learning how you got your start in the industry and how your Mom was a huge influence/inspiration that helped develop your talents. Your hard work and determination has paid off. It’s admirable! Congrats!

    1. lellaboutique

      February 23, 2021 at 8:28 am

      Thank you so much, Theresa! I owe so much to my mom. She showed me all things were possible.

  10. Ann

    February 16, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    What a great first quilt. 🤗

    1. lellaboutique

      February 23, 2021 at 8:28 am

      Thank you! It sure is a happy one.

  11. Kate

    February 19, 2021 at 6:04 am

    Love heartthrob and nice list!

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