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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Under the Apple Tree

Have you heard of the Home Sweet Home Quilt Along at Kim's Crafty Apple? If not, you still have time to make these sweet blocks.

Today it's my turn to add one into the mix. All the blocks feature houses or trees. I decided that mine should have both.
In my normal style, it's a scrappy mix of applique and embroidery. And I think it's oh so cute! You can go here to get the full, printable instructions for how to make this block. I can't wait to see how Kim made hers. And you too! Make sure to add them to my Lilac Lane flickr group.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Monday, March 26, 2012

With Friends Like This . . .

Wow! My friends Thomas Knauer and Lisa Marie Sipes are on the FRONT COVER of the next edition of American Patchwork and Quilting! Thomas designed and pieced this quilt and Lisa quilted it. Gorgeous, isn't it? Congrats guys!

Make sure you buy it on April 3.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

a Rainy Day

 We are so thankful for the blessing of rain over the last two days. It's been so dry here. Now that it's spring, maybe that will change!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Good Morning

I'm praying for the Good Lord's blessings on you this morning.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Giveaway at SewBaby

Good Friday morning everyone! It's our second day of spring break here at Lilac Lane. And the weather here has been unbelieveable for March. Mid 70s, some 80s even.

One of the newest places to carry my patterns is SewBaby. I have an interview there today. If you leave a comment, you will be entered to win your choice of one of my patterns.

Also, there is some news I haven't let out yet right on that blog. Go see!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Almost Spring


Monday, March 12, 2012

Introducing the Mommy, Dolly and Me Aprons

Oh my goodness, it's reveal after reveal around here. I tell you what! I don't think it's going to slow down anytime soon either.

 This is such a fun pattern! It comes in doll sizes, girls sizes (about size 2T-12), misses (called skinny mama in the pattern) and plus sizes (simply mama). All of these are included in one pattern.

The skirt of the apron is very flowy and wraps around to the back, giving you nice coverage.

 I started work on this pattern quite some time ago, so let's say it's WELL tested!

 Oh how I miss 2-year-old Emilie!

 Did I mention the instructions include a half-apron option?

The Mommy, Dolly and Me Aprons is available as an e-pattern on my website. Paper version is coming very soon!


Friday, March 9, 2012

Quilt Market is Coming!

Eek! The upcoming International Quilt Market became very real yesterday. My booth assignment came, #2531. It's pretty close to the center, so I think it's a good place to be.

There's so very much to do before then, that I have to have a specific project in mind each and every morning.

If you're on my blog, you can see my countdown to quilt market, only 68 days and some hours to go.

Keep me in your prayers, please!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Goosegirl Sews Sweet

One of my pattern testers, Sivje of Goosegirl Sews, made such a cute version of Sweet that I had to share it with you. Isn't her daughter precious? The pinafore in the pattern changed since her sewing, but it looks so pretty, I just had to share the picture. Happy sewing!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sweet for Dolls

Well you knew this was coming, right?

We HAD to have a matching doll dress. My girls are wearing their Sweet dresses for Easter and the dolls need to come along! I had too much fun with these photos.

Thank you to Christy, my pattern tester.
Sweet for Dolls is available here.

Have a Sweet Day!


Monday, March 5, 2012

How About a Sweet Reveal?

Well it feels like it's time to show you something, so here goes. I have a new dress pattern out! It's called Sweet. It's a perfectly springtime kind of dress made up of both a dress and a pinafore. The pinafore looks smocked, but it's actually faux smocked, making it quite simple. It would be a great sundress on its own.
It comes in sizes 2T-10. Think Easter! Think spring weddings! Flower girls!

Even though the weather has been quite wintery, we had a beautiful day to take pictures.

 Thank you to my niece Samantha for agreeing to be a cover girl.

Thanks also to all my pattern testers: Leisel, Zarina, Sivje, Jenny, Jen, Cheryl and Robyn.
Thank you so much girls! I couldn't have done this without you.

The pattern is available in e-pattern form in my store. I'll let you know when the paper patterns get here.


Friday, March 2, 2012

The Very Basics of Quilting: Tips and Tricks

I recently finished my little series, the Very Basics of Quilting. It contains everything you need to know to complete your first quilt. Here are all the lessons:

Originally posted at The Quilting Gallery, here are some tips and tricks I have added to this series:

The iron is your very best friend in sewing. Until I figured that out, my projects were pretty cruddy. If you think about it, the iron flattens wrinkled fabric, turns back seam allowances, sets seams and does a myriad of other things.

Tips: *Never iron with your iron. Well, at least not on a quilt block! No, we want to press, a simple up and down motion. Ironing -- moving the iron from side to side -- can stretch your fabric.

* Use a lot of steam. Some will disagree, but I LOVE steam. It's the easiest way to get rid of wrinkles. I love how it sets seams.

*Sewing is full of gunky adhesives. Fusible interfacings, wonder under, etc etc. All of these things can really gunk up your iron. And that stuff can get transferred to your fabric. Take a dryer sheet and rub it on the plate of your iron while the iron is hot (I use an oven mitt) to remove all that gunk. It works like a charm. Just make sure to remove the greasy stuff before using it on your fabric again. I rub the iron on a scrap of fabric and then you're ready to go!

Rotary cutters and rulers are such time savers for a quilter and for a garment maker. We'd be lost without them. If you're new to quilting, you can get by with a good 6" x 24" ruler.

Tips: *Keep your blade sharp. The duller the blade, the harder you have to push, which can lead to nasty accidents.

*Line your body up with your cutting table. It helps to put your cutting mat on a corner. Then you can always cut "straight on."

*Keep firm pressure on the ruler with your left (right is you're left-handed) hand. Try to focus the pressure downward so the ruler won't slip.

*While we're talking about slipping, always cover the fabric piece you are cutting with the ruler. If you do slip, you won't ruin your good piece, just a bit of the extra -- and it will be fixable!

Invest in a quarter inch foot with a guide along the side! These are usually fairly inexpensive and will make a world of difference in your quilting. After all, in quilting, size does matter. Of the seams that is!

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