Sewcialites 2 Block 17 - Simplicity Block by Vanessa Goertzen - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Sewcialites 2 Block 17 – Simplicity Block by Vanessa Goertzen

We’re celebrating our quilting community with a free block of the week quilt along called the Sewcialites 2 Quilt Along. We’ve joined forces with 24 talented designers to bring you all-new, unique sampler blocks! If you’re just joining us, you can find all of the details on the Sewcialites 2 Supplies Page. This week we’re excited to share Block #17, designed by Vanessa Goertzen!


This week’s designer is Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique (@lellaboutique), who sewed 6″ versions of the Simplicity block. She made her blocks in a variety of colorways including her Country Rose, Christmas Eve, and Love Note collections for Moda Fabrics.

This beginner-friendly block is lovely as can be and she shared her thoughts behind her simple design, “I am a sucker for simplicity in general but have come to realize I especially appreciate it during a sew along when life gets busy.”

We’ve sewn the Simplicity block with different collections in all three size options. The 3″ block is sewn with Nutmeg by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics, the 6″ block in Dwell by Camille Roskelley for Moda Fabrics, and the 9″ block using Cinnamon & Cream by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics.

You can join Kimberly for a prerecorded sewing tutorial of the Simplicity block on Fat Quarter Shop’s YouTube Channel and below.

For reference, here are the sizes that she is sewing, and her finishing pattern.

Blocks 1-89″
Blocks 9-166″
Blocks 17-243″

To learn more about the Sewcialites Quilt Along and how it works, visit the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page.

Ready to chat? Meet us in the Sewcialites Lounge

Meet your fellow Sewcialites by joining the Sewcialites Lounge on Facebook (where we will also be posting weekly updates and where you can ask questions).

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates, and share your progress with the #Sewcialites2 hashtag so we can see and share your work! We’ll see you back here on the blog on Friday, March 3, for the next block release of our Sewcialites 2 Quilt Along!

Happy Quilting!


  1. My favorite Sewcialites block so far is block #16 designed by Corey Yoder called Christmas Star.