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Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer Ruffle Dress

Hello friends! Have you seen the cute Spring Ruffle Top by Made by Rae? I've been eyeing it for awhile, but had never made it. Then I won Jennifer Paganelli's drawing for a fat quarter of the entire line of Poodle! (I know, don't hate me. I couldn't believe it either.)

So it's summer and I wanted a dress. I barely changed up this easy and well-fitting pattern and here are the results. All fat quarters. 3 looks, 1 dress and 1 very happy Mama!

I am just in LOVE with pleats right now. This dress has them in the back and the front.

Don't forget the back! I almost didn't add pockets so I could reverse it. LOVE this Poodle fabric. Thanks Jennifer!

If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Numbers 14:7-9

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wray Day

Yesterday was Quilts of the Plains in beautiful Wray, Colorado. Do you recognize the quilt below? Here is a group of my favorites, and by no means all of the quilts there. Plus we visited some of the neatest stores the area has to offer. So fun. I'd love to know which quilt won in each category if anyone stayed for the results who reads this.
Oh! one of the above pictures has my fabric in it, as it was when I digitally printed it. I'm not telling which one!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quilt Label Tutorial

Do you label your quilts? I never have. But then this post from Julie of Jaybird Quilts got me thinking. In 100 years if one of my quilts is still around, no one will ever know I made it. That sort of makes me sad. She suggests printing labels from Spoonflower because you can get about a jillion of them from a yard of fabric. Oh, you don't know what Spoonflower is? It's a digital fabric printing company. They will print anything you upload onto their site. It's pricey for fabric, but you would get a lot of labels. And a really unique look. So maybe. I'm thinking about it.

In the meantime, I'm going to a quilt show in Wray, Colorado Saturday. (Come join me! I went last year and it was fabulous.) And I have a few entries, so I thought I REALLY should label them.

So here is an easy peasy tutorial.

1. Cut a 5 inch square from white or muslin or something your writing will show up on .

2. Press 1/4" all around the block.

3. Cut a 6 1/2 inch square from a fabric which coordinates with your quilt.

4. Center the 5" square on the 6 1/2" square and sew around all four sides.

5. Now press 1/4" all around the 6 1/2" block.

6. Write all your info with a special permanent quilt market available in quilt shops.

7. Whipstitch this by hand to the quilt.

Done! Of course you can probably figure out how to do this just by looking at mine, but maybe this will inspire you to label your quilts. Let me know!

Oh and come see me in Wray.

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4


Monday, June 21, 2010

Fine Lines

Okay, here it is: my fabric news! I just wanted to make sure the t's were crossed and the i's dotted before I shared, so please forgive the wait.

So, there I was a market, which was a dream come true for me. And in between appointments with fabric companies, of course I was wandering. Visiting booths of beautiful fabric, patterns and my favorite designers. Oh. Could still do a little joy dance.

Anyway I wandered down an aisle and a woman started talking to me.

Lovely woman: I know I shouldn't say this about someone else's fabric, but I love your stuff.

Me: Oh. This is no one's fabric. I mean it's mine, but I'm looking for a company.

Lovely woman: I'm a company. Come talk to me.

Turns out the lovely woman was Sue Penn, the president of Fine Lines Fabric. You haven't heard of it, you say? Well probably because it's very, very new. But her fabric and quilt were on the cover of Quilt Magazine this month.

She offered me a contract. I told her I had to think about it. She said to pray about it. (You know I like that!)

In the end, I was offered contracts with two other companies. Big companies that you would know. But when I prayed about it, over and over again I was led back to Sue. And now I know we will make wonderful things together!

So I'm a fabric designer. And I'm a Fine Lines woman. Whoo hoo!

Just between us, this is just the beginning.


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Take Time for Dad

Here's to 3 of the best dads I know:

Grandpa Stramel.
Grandpa Pa (aka Dad).

Daddy. Todd. Mr. I don't want my picture taken. Ever. Period. I couldn't do it without you, honey.


Friday, June 18, 2010

What's New at Lilac Lane?

Truthfully, not a whole lot. The kids have had the crud since last Saturday. To the tune of 1 ER visit, 2 doctor visits, 1 dentist visit and $245 at the pharmacy. Wow. And lots of sleepless nights.

Other than that, we have some new babies:

Meet Snowbelle, Curious, Blacky, and Snowman. (yeah, they're all in there and yes, the kids named them.)

Let's not forget our bucket calf Henry. You think I live a glamous life? Half the time I might be wearing a skirt, but my shoes of choice are my hubbie's black muck boots.

Anna turned 5! It's hard to believe. So we had a little party

One of her gifts was a sewing machine, which just didn't cut it after she's been using mine the past two weeks. So it will have to go to a garage sale. Which reminds me, I also had a garage sale! (I think I about had a sun stroke, it was SO hot!)

Other than that, we've just been horsin' around. (sorry I had to throw that in there.)

Fabric news next time.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Trimmed with Love Winners

There were so many beautiful entries. I am so humbled by all of your talents. But there was one person I was blown away by, and that's Robyn who made this gorgeous dress. She writes,

"Hey Melissa this is my second entry my daughter Jordyn's baptism/communion dress. I had seen a dress similar to this one and wanted to copy it. The one I saw was made with English netting and the lace alone would cost $325 (I know what the freak) So I went to a local lace store and found this Venice lace I liked it but thought that the lace would make my silk look cheap so I put the sheer over the lace and found the sheer lace that was the perfect shade of silk white I used the same lace on the sleeve with a beading lace to weave the ribbon through. Also I didn't know if beads counted as trim so I included a picture of the smocking and embroidery. I really hope that you like this one too."

Truly, this was trimmed with love. Robyn's business is called Sweet Angel Clothing. Perfect, right? Robyn, you receive Anna Maria Horner's new book, Jennifer Paganelli's four fat quarters and Carla Crim (aka the Scientific Seamstress) new patterns. Wow!

Second place goes to Nicole Scott of Cole's Corner and Creations. Isn't this dress beautiful?

Okay Nicole, you receive four fat quarters from Buttercuppity and a pattern of your choice from V&Co.

Third place goes to Candace who sent me this fabulous entry:

Candace receives the Smarty Girl Bookbag pattern from Heather Bailey and Miss Clarice's Apron from Prairie Flower Farms.

That leaves me this honorable mentions, so in no particular order:
Lyanna, who receives another Smarty Girl Bookbag pattern.

Judy who receives Julie of Jaybird Quilt's pattern and fat quarters.

Beverly who made this adorable towel receives two Amy Butler patterns. She also has the tutorial on her blog site.

And finally to Holly, I am donating all my Amy Butler LOVE bits and pieces.

I could go on and on. There were so many close calls on winners. This was SOOO much fun! So, I need to thank Christy and Marie for helping me by being judges. Thank you to Anna Maria, Jennifer, Carla, Ari, Vanessa, Heather, Linda, Julie and Amy for donating prizes. I couldn't have done it without you (even though most of you fabulous people aren't even reading this!)

And most of all thanks to all of you who entered the contest. It was truly so much fun for me. I hope it was for you too. If you won, make sure to e-mail me with your address and thank whoever sponsored your prize.

Thanks everyone!

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14