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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Fun Day in Wray

If you missed last Saturday at Granma's Treasures in Wray, Colorado, boy did you miss out! The morning was full of neat demonstrations by talented sewers. And in the afternoon, I had a little class on the Bountiful bag. Since you might not have been there, join me in photos:
 Here are some of the ladies who participated in the class. Oh and me back there. Thank you Marie for all the pictures!
 It's so exciting to see my patterns on a store wall.

 Nearly finished!

You did it!

They even had a little Cherished dress sample made up.

Thank you Patty and girls for the lovely day. It was so fun! And such sweet people in the class.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Giveaway at the Quilting Gallery

Make sure to visit the Quilting Gallery today. Pat Sloan has been a host there with a whole bunch of information about organizing the sewing room. (Note to self, read all of those posts very carefully!) Anyway to help with your organization, I am giving away 5 pdf copies of Quilters Rule! Stop by today to enter.
The Learning Center
Quilting Gallery Logo


Friday, February 24, 2012

Quilters Rule! e-pattern now available

I'm so happy to have the e-pattern for Quilters Rule! available to download. The paper pattern is following and will be here soon. For now, you can buy the e-pattern from my etsy shop or website store.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Winner of Sonoma Rose

  Lucky #50 is the winner today.

Mama Lusco said...

sounds like a great book! Thank you!

Well it is a great book and congrats to Mama Lusco!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Introducing Quilters Rule!

Hi everyone. I have a brand new pattern called Quilters Rule! But before I talk about it, I need to tell you something really important. Starting tomorrow, this pattern will be available for FREE in tutorial format at Sew We Quilt. If you love it, and I think you will, make sure you print off the tutorial. Because after 48 hours, it will be gone.  And you'll have to buy the pattern from me. Now I love you guys, so I'm giving you this heads up notice.
 Quilters Rule! is a practical pattern born out of the frustration of always searching for my rulers. If any of you are the organizing type, feel free to come spend some time with me. You can clean my sewing room while I sew! Anyway, this handy case is a whopping 28" x 17". It  holds every ruler I own and has a nice pocket on the other side of the ruler toting side for holding notions. This way, you can take it with you to a sewing class and have all your supplies right there.
 On a side note, my little Nathan, who you don't see a whole lot of, took all these pictures. Quite the talent! He rarely appears here due to the girly girl nature of this blog.

I hope you love it!


Monday, February 20, 2012


Well Lilac Lane has been hit with the flu bug. I didn't want you all to think I'd forgotten about you, so I'm posting some pictures of Emilie, who did not get sick (yet) and was a little cheerleader this weekend.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Sonoma Rose: An Elm Creek Quilts Giveaway

The giveaway is closed. Please check back for the winner.
Well, Jennifer Chiaverini has done it again. February 21 her new novel in the Elm Creek Quilts Series, Sonoma Rose, comes out. I received an advance copy, which means you could win this book right after it comes out!

As the nation grapples with the strictures of Prohibition, Rosa Diaz Barclay lives on a Southern California rye farm with her volatile husband, John, who has lately found another source of income far outside the Federal purview.

Mother to eight children, Rosa mourns the loss of four who succumbed to the mysterious wasting disease currently afflicting young Ana and Miguel. Two daughters born of another father are in perfect health. When an act of violence shatters Rosa’s resolve to maintain her increasingly dangerous existence, she flees with the children and her precious heirloom quilts to the mesa where she last saw her beloved mother alive.

Doesn't it sound great? Well I, for one, have not been able to put it down. Leave a comment below for your chance to win this book. I will draw the winner on Wednesday, February 22!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Winner of the Green Fairy Quilts Gift Certificate

Ooh, I love that your pattern is downloadable -- thank you very much! I have to say, I've never done much to celebrate valentine's day -- my hubby and I usually just exchange cards, so not sure I can think of a gift! I do seem to recall making chocolate truffles for my family when I was in high school...and you really can't go wrong with chocolate.

So Hungry Crafter, you are the winner! Congrats! And thanks to everyone for loving this pattern. And a special thank you to Green Fairy Quilts for sponsoring the giveaway.

Also, just because I love all of you and hope you have a sweet day, when you buy the Cherished dress pattern from my etsy shop or the Lilac Lane store, you can receive the Cherished for Dolls pattern free. So if you've been waiting, here's your chance! Just write something in the notes box like, I would love the Cherished for Dolls pattern too. No need to purchase it or pay separate shipping. This is good for both the e-pattern and paper pattern! Act fast, this offer is only good until supplies run out or through Sunday, February 19, 2012.


Monday, February 13, 2012

The Very Basics of Quilting Part 8

Originally posted on Shruti's blog, 13 Woodhouse Road, last week, I wanted to make sure you saw the final installation of the Very Basics of Quilting.

But just in case you're new around here, the links to the rest of the series are:
Part 1: Equipment
Part 2: Choosing fabric
Part 3: Picking patterns
Part 4: Cutting and sewing a 9-patch block
Part 5: Sashes and Borders
Part 6: Preparing for a Long Arm Quilter
Part 7: Quilting on a Domestic Machine
Part 8: Binding (right here)

First you're going to need to measure all the way around your quilt. And then you need strips of fabric that will make up that length. Add a little bit extra on so that you can overlap a bit when you bind all the way around the quilt.

What's the perfect width for a binding strip? Well that's debatable, but many people like 2 1/2" wide. I prefer 2 1/4" wide, but you'll have to find your own perfect width. If you happen to have a partial jelly roll around, they make great binding strips. For my little quilt, I only needed four strips.
 Place the strips at 90 degrees to each other with the right sides facing.

 Using your quilting ruler, mark a straight line at a 45 degree angle across the strip, from tip to tip. Make sure to leave a little extra if you're using a jelly roll so you can get rid of the selvage.

 Here's the mark. I used permanent black marker for you, but you should probably use a water soluble or a pencil so it won't show.

 Sew across the line you made and then cut off the excess. A quarter inch seam here is plenty.

 Voila! A perfectly mitered strip. Why mitered and not just straight across? Well, when you're sewing on your binding this will make the seam a little less bulky. Go ahead and miter all your pieces together into one long strip.

 Next press the strip in half with the raw edges aligned.

Now you're ready to sew the binding onto the quilt. If you have a quarter inch foot (which I highly recommend), attach it. Leave several inches (at least 5 or 6) unsewn and then being sewing 1/4" from the raw edges of the quilt, aligning the raw edges of the binding and the raw edges of the quilt. Although you can't tell in this picture, you are attaching the binding to the FRONT of the quilt. Also, make sure to begin attaching the binding in the middle of one of the sides and not right at a corner.

 Okay, here you can better tell that we are, indeed, attaching the binding to the front of the quilt.

 When you get close to the corner, I want you to stop with the needle down and measure 1/4" from the corner in both directions. Don't eyeball it! Make a mark here. You might be able to see that I made a black dot right in that place (it's on the feather.) That is the exact spot where you will stop and back stitch a few stitches.

 Now cut the thread and we're going to do a little bit of fabric origami. First fold the binding across the corner at a 45 degree angle.

 Then fold again so that the binding is parallel to the edge of the quilt (straight across). Take your marking pen and again mark 1/4" from the corner from both directions. Again, that is the EXACT place where you will begin stitching once again. And also again backstitch (but not past this mark!). It would be a shame to do all this hard work and then the stitches would fall out.

 When you've done this four times (assuming your quilt has four corners), you will approach the place where you started binding. Stop stitching and backstitch when you are several inches from meeting up, at least 5 or 6 inches.

Take one of the binding strips and mark a 45 degree angle across it. Go ahead and cut here, across the mark.

 Lay both strips across each other, as flat as possible and then mark a 45 degree angle on the other strip in the same direction, but add an extra 1/4" from the point where they match up. Do not cut -- this is your stitching line.

 It should look something like this, except that the strip on the right is scooted back to allow me to show you the line on the strip on the left. The right strip should actually slightly (1/4") cover this line.

 Press back in place and sew using 1/4" seam to finish sewing the binding around the quilt.

 Fold the pressed edge of the binding to the back and clip in place. I like using girl's barrettes (they're cheap.) You will want the binding to be snug and even all around the quilt, definitely not saggy or wavy.

 Here's what it will look like from the front.

I hand sew using tiny stitches in and out of the fabric, but never showing on the top or bottom. This takes practice but you can soon do it very quickly. Miter the corners with a little fold in both directions.

You did it! For more tips, tutorials, patterns and recipes, visit me at Lilac Lane.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Chocolate Ice Cream Cake Recipe

I have a quick recipe for you for the weekend. Someone in this family had a birthday this week and here is the cake I made:

Ice Cream Cake

You will need:
1 family-sized brownie mix
1/2 gallon of ice cream in flavor of choice
toppings of choice

1. Make the brownie mix according to the directions except place it in a bigger pan. I believe mine is 15 x 11. Bake according to package directions, except it may not take quite as long.

 2. Chop up the toppings you chose. I chose Snickers and Oreos. Yum!

3. Add softened ice cream to the mixer and blend. Spoon over brownies and freeze at least two hours.
4. Enjoy!
I would show a picture of the birthday boy blowing out his candles, but he occasionally reads this blog! I should note that I used both low-fat brownies and low-fat ice cream and the fat was missed by no one.

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