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Monday, July 28, 2014

Winner of the Pinterest Contest!

It's Lucky Number 4! And that is KatieQ who posted this super cute board:
KatieQ said...
I started a Lilac Lane Pinterest Board with 3 great quilt patterns and 3 fabrics to use with the Chasing Rainbows pattern.

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who made a Pinterest board about Lilac Lane! I really appreciate it. It was also a huge surprise that NANCY ZIEMAN (aka Sewing with Nancy) created a board!!!!
Nancy Zieman said...
Great idea, Melissa! Here's my board;

I hope everyone has a great week. I have a fun feature for later in the week that you won't want to miss, so make sure to stop back by.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pinterest Contest!

We are over halfway through the year!
This is a good enough reason to have a contest right?
This contest is just for fun and there are not too many formal rules; just enjoy yourselves!

Lets make some boards on Pinterest of one of these 3 subjects:
Build an Outfit around a Lilac Lane Pattern
A Perfect Summers Day built around at least one Lilac Lane Pattern (can include other patterns)
Fun Fabric Choices to use with a (or 2 or 3) Lilac Lane Pattern (must pin the pattern as well)

This is an example of a board I made for "Fun Fabric Choices"
click HERE

Share with us all in the comments section below the link to the board you created from one of the three choices above.

Winner will be chosen at random from one of the commenters on this post that shared a link to the board they created.

The prize will be 3 Lilac Lane Patterns of your choice! (see them all at the Lilac Lane Etsy shop.)
Contest is over Thursday, 7/24/14 at midnight CST. The winner will be chosen on Friday, 7/25/14.

Good Luck!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Romans 1:16


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Happy 4th!

We were helping with harvest on Independence Day this year. I was still able to have a little celebration by bringing homemade pizza and ice cream to the field.

 You might remember these dresses. They are my Lollipops and Gumdrops pattern.

 Hope you celebrated as well.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

American Made Brand Giveaway Winners!

The winner of the 8 fat quarters of American Made Brand fabric, donated by American Made Brand and Clothworks is:
Blogger PeginCO said...
Beautiful block! Beautiful children! I love visiting KS quilt shops on my way from CO to our family farm in MO. Always stop at Needle in the Haystack on hwy 400, as well as the shop at Hays and sometimes Colby.

The winner of the Kansas memorabilia and little goodies from me is:
brenda90159 said...
Wow love the block and your book cover is impressive. I love the thought of OZ I was mesmerized when I saw the shoes and other items at the Smithsonian a few years ago. Wizard of Oz was always my favorite movie.

The winner of the pieces of all 50 colors from American Made Brand is:
 Marianne said...
Kansas has always represented the heart of America to me. Love your license plate block.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Kansas American Made Brand Giveaway!

Hello from Kansas! I'm Melissa Stramel, a pattern designer, and it's such an honor to be the Kansas stop for the American Made Brand blog tour. If you're not in the loop on this, American Made Brand is a range of 50 cottons made entirely in the USA. I mean ENTIRELY! The cotton is 100% American grown. Then the yarn is made right here too. The cloth is then made in the USA and even dyed here.
 The challenge in representing my state is that there is so much to love about Kansas! We are known as the Wheat State, the Sunflower State, and the Jayhawk State.
I've lived in Northwest Kansas my entire life, except for 6 years when I went to college and pharmacy school on the other side of the state. (Go Jayhawks!) Northwest Kansas is very rural and very lovely, so I've attempted to show this in the Kansas block.

We have absolutely gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. These are the views out my back and front doors. When I think about being the Sunflower State, it reminds me more of the wild sunflowers in the photo below than fields of sunflowers. We have those too, but you don't see them all that often.

When I was asked to be the Kansas representative for the AMB blog tour, I had already begun a wheat study. If you've been on this blog lately, you know that I love to paint. There is something so musical and water-like about rolling waves of wheat. Kansas has been fondly called "The Breadbasket of America."
We also have lots of other crops out here. In the middle photo above, you can see that it's corn harvest, milo is ready to be picked and wheat is starting to grow.
Who can forget Kansas's most famous movie, The Wizard of Oz? We actually do have lots of rainbows as well. You can see this on my book cover (now out of print), and no, it is not photo-shopped.
I so agree, there's no place like home!

There are about a zillion different Kansas license plates, but here is one I particularly like:

And so, in developing this block, I wanted to showcase the wheat, the rainbow, and the year of our statehood. And the rainbow is so free that I also wanted it to symbolize a sunset. To make your own Kansas block, you can download the instructions here.

OK, so it's giveaway time! Up first, I have a set of 8 fat quarters from American Made Brand and Clothworks!
And second, a little Kansas giveaway from me with some souvenirs, a set of 5 of my quilt patterns (if you don't like to quilt, just let me know. We can switch them to clothing patterns or bag patterns!), 10 "Handmade with Love" sew-in labels, and a little set of 4 cards with envelopes from my painting.

And finally, all of the leftover bits of 50 solids from American Made Brand and Clothworks! Actually theses are mostly pretty large, so enjoy.

There you go, three winners. All you have to do is leave me a comment on this blog post. If you are a "no-reply blogger" please leave an e-mail address so that I can contact you. The giveaway is open until 6/16/14 and I will draw 3 winners on 6/17/14.

Thanks so much for visiting Kansas with me!

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Free Quilt Pattern!

Camelot Fabric Company and I have had a little collaboration, and the result is this Butterfly Quilt. You can download the instructions for free on their website. I'm loving their fabric line Mint Condition by Jacqueline Savage Mcfee

You can also get the free pattern by simply clicking here.  Who says the good things are never free?

Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:2

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Project Kitten

So we have these baby kittens. Their mama was Anna's cat, really just a kitten herself, and she died after they were born. Now I'm their mama. ha ha! What a job! This is like keeping up with newborn babies who also claw and bite. In the above two photos, they are 1 week old.
Here they are 2 weeks old.
Emilie with Violet, the only female. She is pretty tiny, even now, but above she is about 2 weeks.
 Now they are almost 4 weeks old. Crawling everywhere, getting out of their box, and just cute in general. These kittens are named Turmoil, Fritzy, and Badger.

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