bella, bella, bella!

Bella is… well… bella! Lotta Jansdotter’s second line for Windham, Bella, is a wonderful follow-up to her first collection, and in fact, the two play together quite nicely.

I received a lovely charm pack of this gorgeous line from the kind folks at Windham, and immediately wanted to make a quilt. I pulled out some Echo, thinking I’d combine both lines, but then ultimately decided to just focus on the new Bella prints. I doodled this little design one evening – I used a bit of this type of design on a really old quilt back (on an aqua background even!), and thought it would be fun to play with it again.

[I didn’t use a pattern on this one, but Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew has a great pattern in case you’re looking for something similar.]

It looks like I may be a bit obsessed with this patchwork-type background, as I think this is now the third quilt (in a row, even!) I’ve shown with a similar look. This time? Shades of aqua. I had a lot in my stash, along with just a few aqua print basics. There might not be quite enough contrast in this one – the white surrounding the Bella squares seems to blend in with the light aqua – so next time I’d like to try it with a neutral background and maybe a dark green, gray, blue? solid around the prints. Add it to the list…

Anyway, I love these new prints and look forward to adding some to my stash in August!

We lucked out with a beautiful spring day over the weekend. We spent a little time at the waterfront, mainly for this photoshoot, but of course we also took time to enjoy the flowers!

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23 Responses to bella, bella, bella!

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    carla says:

    Beautiful as usual : ) I have some of her fabrics coming any day now. Looking forward to it. Such a cute little man!

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    Jenn says:

    Love the patchwork background! What great inspiration for my next quilt ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Just beautiful! I am amazed and in awe at how much sewing you get done Ashley. Could you please do a post on how you manage all you have to do as a working mom plus get all this sewing in?

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    elsa says:

    Nice fabric! Love Lotta Jansdotter’s style and design ~ looking forward to seeing the new line in person!
    And, look at Max ~ he’s growing up so fast!

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    Ruth says:

    just gorgeous! i can’t WAIT for this line!!!

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    Freddie says:

    Luckily that fabric is not out till August. That gives me a few paydays ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Alli says:

    That’s just gorgeous! I love your quilt; especially the chopped up aqua background! I wants to steal it… ;D

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    sewkatiedid says:

    my favorite colors! love the improvness of it, not sure if that’s a word.

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    Franandrosie says:

    Beautiful fabrics! Would love to get some one day, the quilt looks great.

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    Gorgeous! The aqua background is perfect with Bella and I love the improv look of it!

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    Hazle says:

    Always you produce the most wonderful quilts, and I am amazed, how you find the time, and how you are so consistently innovative in your quilt making. It *is* bella, bella, bella!


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    Allison says:

    I love the blues! Great color combos

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    Cindy says:

    Love these colors- makes me think of summer!! And Max…precious as always!!:)

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    Luisa says:

    Si e bellisima! Which means in Italian it’s absolutely beautiful.

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    Jenny says:

    Whoa whoa whoa. That’s a little boy in the last photograph! Where did your baby go? I mean, I saw the mosaic, but still.

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    what a great way to showcase those fabrics!

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    Linda says:

    So beautiful! And the quilt isn’t bad, either… 8-). Your quilt is lovely, as always. It looks like it was a very beautiful day. I’m glad you three had fun.

    xo Linda

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    I love this quilt. The little guy is quite handsome too!

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    Alyssa says:

    I really love Echo and Bella, added to my wish list. Very nice job showing such great fabrics off!

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    Cindy Nelson says:

    The pic of Max and azealas took my breathe away, enjoy that baby…

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