Bella Collage Quilt Tutorial!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


i'm so excited to tell you all that we finally had some gorgeous weather here and i got the "bella collage quilt" photographed!! yay!!!! i heart this quilt.  it was such a fun one to whip up.  it's all about the fabrics on this one. i'm a huge fan of lotta jansdotter's work and fell head over heels for her new line bella.  i wanted something that was a great beginner quilt for all you fellow newbies but also something that let you have some wild fun with quilting if you were more experienced.  you know me...i'm all about a bit of wild fun :P


one of my main goals for designing the bella collage quilt was to enable the sewer to use 6 yards of fabric fully with minimal cutting.  i'm always looking for a way to use full yardage (i gotta thing for it) and i'll admit it...i suck at cutting.  so if i can't get a pre-cut bundle i tend to lean towards yardage and fun quilting to add some flair.  the finished size of this quilt is perfect for one adult. i'm all for that. i believe in selfish sewing these days and heck if my toes are warm and i'm all cozy and snuggled i'm happy.  when the hubs is out and i need a warm me up i go straight to bella now.  she keeps me nice and toasty.

i had the most fun with the layout of the quilting pattern for bella.  from far away she looks unquilted but if you look close - bam....tetris baby!  i wanted to highlight the outline of the blocks in the quilt front but also play up the 2 pieces on the back by splitting the pattern in half so to speak.  it enables a new quilter to jump in and make something that looks complicated but is fairly straightforward.  all straight lines (no curves). if you can sew straight lines you can make the bella collage quilt.


being a blogger i make collages a lot...and i mean a lot.  so the idea came to me when i was trying to figure out how to preserve as much of my yardage as possible to just make a collage.  i lurve it and it is going to be well loved by this momma in our little apartment.  i've been snuggling up with it non stop since i finished hand sewing the binding on and it really brightens up my sofa (which is definitely not as nice, or clean, as my friends whose is pictured above).

the bella collage quilt tutorial features:

: : 4 page full color pdf pattern complete with clear & easy to understand step by step instructions with bright photos and digitally drafted diagrams

: : instructions for a finished quilt including the tetris style quilting pattern.

: : fabric requirements, notions needed

: : a fun quilting/sewing experience :)

the bella collage quilt tutorial is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD here:



we had a blast photographing the bella collage quilt.  this is one of my fave places in victoria.  a beautiful lookout bluff that has 3 bright colored anorak chairs perched atop it.  when you sit there you feel as if you're floating in the air above the ocean.  it's one of my fave places to go and just breathe.  it reminds me how amazing this place is and how to not sweat the small stuff.  i can tell you that i needed it that day.  it ain't easy photographing quilts peeps. i freely admit i stressed with this one.  i wanted some shots that i could look back at and enjoy that weren't just for tutorial purposes.  something to document that moment and our little family.  i'm thankful the hubs & even the kidlets helped me out!  i adore the pics and i get relaxed and calm just looking at them.  i think one of these bad boys is going in a frame cause i need all the help i can get these days to just remember "to breathe".

so come, grab your fave quilt and a thermos of coffee and join me on the bluff...let's chat...and dream away an hour or two atop the ocean......
i hope you all enjoy this quick and easy quilt as much as i did. sometimes it feels good to whip something up that makes you feel fabulous that you adore that doesn't take months and months to make.  it was refreshing to just let my mind go and have some fun and just make what i felt like making and not worrying about how tricky or "new" it was.  i just enjoyed the whole process and i hope you will too.  so if you've been scared to try quilting now's the time to jump in.  i promise i'll hold your hand if you need it and i'll be here cheering you on!  you can do it...i know you can!


happy sewing from my home to yours!  xoxoxo  oh, and if you make one please upload some pics to our flickr group so we can all see your lovely quilts!  i can't wait!

what do you think? do you think you'll make one? what fabric line are you crushing on that you would use? i can't wait to hear your thoughts!

32 comments:

  1. Very cute! Thank you so much for the free download! I love the quilting too (I have a Tetris top that I really want to finish by Christmas, this may be the push I need to get it done).

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  2. It's simply lovely! Incredible fabrics, and it really does have the feel of a photo collage when you look at it.
    By the way, that's one of my favourite spots in Vic too :)

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  3. I love the bella line. I have a teensy bit of it at home and I've been hoarding it! Gorgeous quilt!

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    1. Ohhh..all the more reason to use it up :)

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    2. Fair enough! My plan is to use it on something that my kids won't wipe their noses on. Something for me!

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  4. Lovely quilt, Shannon! I love how you're so encouraging to new quilters, you're inspiring a whole new group of people to get quilting! I've got to find that spot next time I'm in Victoria!

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    1. Thank you so much Holly! What a sweet comment. You made my day hun.

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  5. I know where you took the pictures! At first I thought it was the Chinese graveyard but then the pic with the Adirondack chairs told me exactly where you were.

    Great place! Nice quilt too.

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  6. Hm...which photo do I love more - the one with your sassy leg kicking out from under the quilt, or the one of your little girlies snuggled together under it? Tough call! Definitely love the quilt, though. Quilts are so fun to play with, design-wise and quilting-wise!! Lots of options. :)

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    1. Hahaha...Kristin...I had the same dilemma when posting and editing pics. So many fun ones to choose from! Thanks :)

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  7. Your quilt and photos are SO gorgeous, Shannon! I love this idea, a perfect way to showcase that favorite fabric collection!!

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    1. Awww, thanks so much Maureen. That means so very much coming from you luv.

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  8. Thank you, Shannon! This is just what I've been looking for. You're so sweet to do this as a free tutorial.

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    1. You're welcome Retha! I really just wanted to convince you all to get quilting :)

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  9. Thanks for the tut Shannon, your quilt is stunning. I'm hoping this will let me dip my toe in quilting-wise, that part scares me and I usually send out to a professional. Stunning photos, what a beautiful are you live in x

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    1. I think it's time you give it a shot. Start with something small, like a crib sized quilt and just do some straight line quilting..trust me...it's super fun! It's my fave part.

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  10. I love it so much! I've downloaded it. Love those fabrics, colors, and the photos are great! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Lynne. I can't wait to see yours :)

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  11. It turned out so pretty and happy! The photos are gorgeous. Ahh! I could SO live there

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    1. Move here.....I would be so thrilled! You could be a Canadian no prob :)

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  12. This looks like a great starting point for me and I love that there is no cutting. Maybe I'll be brave enough to tackle this one soon.

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    1. Kelly I think you would do a fab job making this. give it a shot :) You can do it.

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  13. I'm not a big quilty person, but I have to make this! Might take me a while, but I'll get there soon. Where in Vic did you take those? It looks lovely, I'm guessing it's somewhere on the Surf Coast

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  14. Oh thank you for the inspiration - I have some fabric that I have been pondering how to use to make a quilt for my son and your pics have provided the hint I needed. Love the colour choice of your fabrics and the gorgeous pics of the finished item.

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  15. I really l ove the fabric you chose. Love how simple yet fabulous it is too!

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  16. Ok, Shannon, I think you've gone and convinced me with this beautiful quilt that I need to give it a try. I just looked at the instructions, and being the complete quilting beginner that I am, I think I could handle it! Thank you so much for the inspiration and the tutorial. And the awesome pics make me miss the west coast soooooo badly!

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  17. this is absolutely beautiful Shannon! I adore how easy you make it look, and it is such a beautiful quilt!!!

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  18. I already printed it off and get to mark someone off my list if I can pull it off!
    And you are too adorable - love the pictures of you!

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  19. Oh what a beautiful quilt and fun pictures!!!! I'm still obsessing over the last two lisette lines of fabric with all of my fingers crossed that there's a 2013 line.

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  20. Simply Lovely! Pictures are equally beautiful. I will definitely make this one a keeper!

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