Christmas Eve fabric Sew Along

Lella Boutique + Chenille-It Sew Along 2023

Lella Boutique’s ‘Tis the Season Christmas panel embellished with Chenille-It blooming bias creates beautiful texture.

Have you ever given a quilt the “Chenille-It” treatment? I’m talking about adding texture / softness to a quilt-top by stitching special “blooming bias” strips on top – framing and filling shapes of a design. After the quilt is quilted / washed, the strips fray and fluff up like you see in the picture. Fun, right? I’ve never used Chenille-It, but I fell in love with Nannette’s version of my ‘Tis the Season panel on display at quilt market. I had a bit of an epiphany on the plane ride home and wondered if a Chenille-It Sew Along could be a thing. After taking a little survey on Instagram, it became clear there was a lot of interest. So it’s official! Nannette and I are teaming up for a Lella Boutique + Chenille-It Sew Along in July 2023!

Stitch Along

In this sew along, Nannette and I will teach you how to stitch the Chenille-It Blooming Bias in its different applications using the ‘Tis the Season quilt panel. Come learn tips and tricks to filling in letters, outlining shapes, quilting it, and even binding it.

'Tis the Season Christmas panel by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Shipping May 2023. Here it is embellished with Chenille-It blooming bias strips for texture. Join the Lella Boutique + Chenille-It Sew Along to make one in July 2023!
Lella Boutique’s ‘Tis the Season quilt panel embellished with Chenille-It blooming bias. The Chenille-It sew along begins July 2023.

The Schedule

The ‘Tis the Season panels are expected to arrive in May with the rest of the Christmas Eve collection. We thought it would be best to schedule the sew along in July to give everybody plenty of time to get their kits. Though this is not set in stone, here’s what we’re imagining the schedule to resemble for July 2023 (beginning 07.10.22):

  • WEEK 1: Stitching the white Blooming Bias onto the letters / stars
  • WEEK 2: Stitching the other Blooming Bias colors to outline the floral elements
  • WEEK 3: Quilting – either free motion quilt it yourself (I’ll probably do my own) or send it to the long arm. (You may want to get one scheduled in advance.) For long arm quilting, we suggest a more open pantograph that is not too dense – or even better – custom quilting that quilts around the designs.
  • WEEK 4: How to finish it with Chenille-It in place of binding.
'Tis the Season Christmas panel by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Shipping May 2023. Here it is embellished with Chenille-It blooming bias strips for texture. Join the Lella Boutique + Chenille-It Sew Along to make one in July 2023!
Lella Boutique’s ‘Tis the Season panel ships May 2023. The Chenille-It Sew Along begins July 2023, reserve your supplies now!

Kit Info

It will be up to you to find a kit… We want to make sure there are enough supplies to meet the demand for everyone who wants to participate. To reserve a kit now, you have a few options. For one, you can reach out to your favorite local / online shop and request a reservation. (I’ve shared the materials list below, but they can also access this list through their Moda reps). It’s important to talk to shops NOW so they can get their orders into Moda before the Dec 6th order cutoff for the Christmas Eve collection. Nannette at Chenille-It also has some preorder options available. Visit the Chenille-It shop here for a full or partial kit.

Materials Needed:

'Tis the Season quilt panel by Lella Boutique with Chenille-It details added. Join the sew along here!
Closeup of the gorgeous texture of Chenille-It added to the ‘TIs the season panel.

Any questions about this sew along? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Peggy L

    December 6, 2022 at 3:20 am

    I can’t wait! 🦋

  2. Mary Irwin

    December 6, 2022 at 6:47 am

    Looking forward to it, so excited

  3. Tammy Klos

    December 6, 2022 at 9:21 am

    LOVE your custom quilting so much… wondering… I am nervous about quilting this myself. Feels kinda big to manuever under my machine. If send to a long-armer… you mentioned a larger quilting design, do you have 🙂 a sample of one of these beautiful quilts with an open quilting pattern? I just wonder how the quilting would effect the look of the chenille. Thank you 😉

  4. Kimberly Pace

    December 6, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Looks like fun!

    1. Gladys prez-almiroty

      December 13, 2022 at 9:03 am

      Will there be kits available? There are no local stores for me and it would be a life saver!

  5. Arnell Galley

    December 7, 2022 at 7:29 am

    I’d love to get on your Pre-order list – how do I do that?

  6. Babette Thomas

    December 7, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    How do we sign up for the sew along?

    1. lellaboutique

      December 9, 2022 at 8:14 pm

      You don’t need to do anything special to sign up for the sew along. I’ll be sharing the info on the blog and shop newsletter so if you are subscribed to either one of those, I’ll be sharing the info through those. Hope that helps!

  7. Susan

    December 7, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Oh my gosh. I just finished your (my) “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” panel last night. I used both yarn and “Chenille It”. I couldn’t find all the colors in the Chenille so I added the white yarn. I was really nervous. I’m not very good at free motion quilting and it was the first time I used the couching method for the yarn. I threw it in the wash and hoped for the best. I was so surprised and delighted how it came out. I wasn’t sure I wanted to give it away so I told my Hubby I’ll just have to do another one 🙂

  8. Barbara

    December 10, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Do you think this can be done with a domestic sewing machine? It’s really beautiful.

  9. Pamela Cunningham

    December 14, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Will this be a video tutorial?

    1. Susan

      December 14, 2022 at 8:09 pm

      is this an online virtual class

  10. Shannon Bennett

    December 14, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Will the class be recorded if you can’t be online that day/time for the class? Thanks!

  11. Bonnie Blake

    December 20, 2022 at 9:59 am

    This looks really fun, but I can’t find the panel?? Is there a link somewhere??

  12. Penny Schilz

    June 7, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    What week in July will this start?

  13. Christine Chipman

    July 7, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Is this a current class that is happening? And if so how do I sign up for it. I work for a shop in denver and ordered everything from our moda rep. to complete this project. But some directions would really help! Thank you.

    1. lellaboutique

      July 9, 2023 at 9:32 pm

      So each week Nannette at Chenille-It made a video tutorial so yes- it is sort of like a class. I haven’t ever done this before either so I’m learning as we go along. Should be really fun! XO

  14. Christine Chipman

    July 11, 2023 at 10:45 am

    Perfect! And do you know where we find those video tutorials?

  15. Melisa Kennedy

    August 21, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    I missed the blog on chenille Christmas blog in July. Any way I can see that now?

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