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Friday, November 21, 2014

Caring by Design

Lilac Lane is part of something big, and you can be too. All proceeds from Lilac Lane PDF sewing patterns sold between now and 11/25 are being donated to Caring by Design. In addition, you can enter to win one of five pattern bundles, each bundle is a huge amount of patterns. Bundle number three contains all 12 Lilac Lane outfit patterns, among lots of other patterns. What is Caring by Design? Keep reading!
For better or worse, in sickness and in health. Two pattern designers, both with young children at home, are caring for husbands fighting cancer. Both men have served in their country's military, both have a long road ahead of them. These sweet, strong women never complain. Anyone who has ever cared for an ill person can understand the demands placed on these women. It is a long road and a tough battle, but as one of the women said of her husband, "I still choose him so there isn't another option".

Over 65 pdf pattern designers have come together to show support for Naomi and Annemieke. This fundraiser is a way to let them know that even though we can't attend the appointments with them, that we can give them a virtual hug and that they're not going through this alone. They have friends, fans and family that know what they are going through and that we are happy to help.
We are reaching out to ask each person who visits for a $2.00 donation and/or a supportive comment. You are welcome to donate more if you wish.

Key Info: The facebook group that shows all the pattern bundles is: Caring by Design
1) The donation site is here…/the-2-00-fundraiser/266093
We are asking for $2.00 but will take any amount
2) Only comments left on the You Caring site will be counted as entries to win one of the 5 pattern bundles. No donation is required.
3) The bundles are shown under the "files" on the facebook page listed above.
4) The event ends 11/30 at midnight EST.
5) Winners of the bundles will be announced on 12/1 on the facebook page above!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Lilac Lane's Newest Pattern: Treasured

Sometimes a dress comes along so easily. Hi there! After a much, much needed break from pattern writing -- I think it was about a year -- I have jumped back in with both feet. This dress floated around in my head for a long time. And as it floated, my thought was that it would complete the Lilac Lane collection. I'm happy to report that once I started making this pattern, a million new ideas flooded me and the Lilac Lane collection is very much not completed.

But anyway, back to this dress. I named it Treasured because of the little person inside the dress. But I also named it Treasured because I think you should sew things to treasure forever. I asked my pattern testers to help me with what skill level it is: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate or Expert. This one sits right on the line between Advanced Beginner and Intermediate, so we will officially call it Intermediate. Find it here on Etsy.

Riley Blake fabrics new Penny Rose company provided some fabric. The line is called Olivia and I think it's divine. I cut right into the fabric for the first test. I just knew the pattern that well in my head! And here is the result:
We had a gorgeous fall here until recently, so I was able to take pictures that looked like summer. I just love the dropped waist, how it features the buttons you choose, and how very twirly it is.
This pattern is for sizes 2T - 12 and shown here in size 6 and 10.
As always, there were a lot of ladies helping me out by testing the pattern. If you follow Lilac Lane Patterns on facebook, you've been seeing them for the past few days. Here I'll highlight a couple.

Audrielle, my assistant, made this little beauty. I absolutely adore the flower print.
And here is my niece in my sister's creation. Love this one too. The same fabric on the top and skirt give the dress a new look.
One of my sewing students is a perfect size 12 and agreed to model for me. How cute! And how Christmas.

Here is a review from Krista, another pattern tester.

I hope you love my new favorite pattern as much as I do.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lilac Lane: the Studio!

I'm so happy to share my special place with you: where I teach, sew, and work (you know that means play!) I started in August with a vision of what I wanted it to be, and now, finally, it is completed enough to show. There are still a few missing pieces. I'll also let you know where I got everything in case you need it as well.

This room is in our basement, but has 8 foot ceilings and lots of natural light. It's an easy place to work. I wanted light and airy, but my husband did not want me to repaint because this paint matches the rest of the basement. For the most part, I tried to coordinate with it and only repainted one wall, behind the stairs.

As you can see, we have fabric! I'm starting to list it on Etsy. There are lots of Riley Blake prints and American Made Brand solids. All three of these book cases are from a local store called Goulosh, and I painted them. There has been a lot of painting in this project. The baskets are for my students' work and are from WalMart.
 This is a dresser I had from a garage sale. We weren't using it, so I decided to do something really different and redid it with decopage and paint. The fabrics are all Tanya Whelan from Marie Madeline Studios.
 I put ruffled curtains all across the open space in this room. It separates my sewing area from a living room where my kids often watch TV. The round rainbow is actually webbing which I am going to list on Etsy.
 Here is my chair which I saved from ugliness. I mean, it's comfy, but it sure wasn't pretty. I used two different tutorials to come up with this:
Positively Splendid's Office Chair Slipcover and
Simply Sewn Office Chair Slipcover.
This project literally took about an hour and you should so do this!
 This just shows some of the bins and shelves I am using. The two crown molding shelves are from Hobby Lobby. The bolt bins and yellow tool chest are local from Emerald Edition. The green wall bins and hanging system are from Ikea. Let me tell you, I have been using this setup for about a month, and it is SO NICE to be organized! Hopefully my husband doesn't ready this or I'll get a big I Told You So!
 I took a table I already had (back wall). It was too tall for sewing or drawing, so I added batting and some home dec fabric and made it into a large ironing board for quilts and such. You can also see my cutting table, a desk from a garage sale, which I painted. There was A LOT of paint in this project! Hopefully the wood police don't find me. Oh! And if you like the wallpaper, it's from Target, and I thought it was fairly easy to do. You can see just a bit of my green classroom table. That's another garage sale steal ($15!) and easily sits 3 people with sewing machines. Plus it has three drawers in it for storage.
 Anna didn't want to be left out, so this is her sewing table with her Hello Kitty sewing machine. The table in the background is my other classroom table. I was going to paint it, don't gasp, but when I turned it over and started to remove the bolts, it said 1904 on the bolts. I just couldn't do it. I thought if it survived 110 years untouched, I shouldn't be the one to touch it! ha ha
 Here's another look at my desk turned cutting table. It's 3 1/2 feet by 5 feet which is awesome for cutting. Plus look at all those great drawers.
 Here's the area where I work. I used some more Ikea baskets, this time holding my most used sewing supplies. The lights are from the Home Depot and were so easy to install that I did it myself. I covered the cords with some extra cord covers from Home Decorators.

Well that's it for now. We still need to add a desk for Emilie to sew at and a few other things. Mostly, it's a cheery place to be.

Thanks so much for touring with me! Hope you're inspired to organize!

How lovely is your dwelling place,    Lord Almighty! Psalm 84:1

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lilac Lane Sale!

Well it's been kind of quiet here because my sewing area has been undergoing a major remodel! It's very exciting but I want to put on the finishing touches before showing all of you what I've been up to. Oh and there's also a new (dress!!!!!) pattern coming out soon! So I've been as busy as always.

In the meantime, we are thrilled to announce that Lilac Lane patterns are now being carried by I Think Sew! This is a really cute e-pattern website. To celebrate, all of my patterns are being offered at 20% off. New patterns are being added daily!
Happy sewing everyone! And I really hope you're having a wonderful fall. It's been beautiful here.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Giveaway: Nancy Zieman's Quick Column Quilts Tour

Congratulations to Jen, our winner. Thanks for all the comments and enjoy Quick Column Quilts!
Jen Barnard said...
Congratulations to Emilie on her beautiful quilt, and the award.


I want to tell you about a wonderful book now available for quilters. It's Nancy Zieman's Quick Column Quilts. This summer I received an advanced copy, and my little Emilie got to make a quilt from it.
What I love about this book is that there is something here for everyone. As the title suggests, the patterns are quick and the quilts are formed in columns. These are great projects for using up scraps as well as some unwind time where you don't want to do too much thinking.

Each summer, Emilie and I have one sewing project that we work on together. This is the first time she's made a quilt.

Emilie picked the Carefree Columns Quilt. I think her favorite part was choosing fabric and arranging it. She said the hardest part was "keeping on the line" (sewing straight) and making quilt blocks (4-patches).

Here is Nancy's quilt from the book:
As this one is larger (45 x 60) and Emilie made a doll sized one, we omitted the two larger sizes of blocks.

Emilie loves her quilt! She entered in our county fair and received Grand Champion.
This quilt was on display at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo this past week.

Our favorite place for it is at home:
To win your own copy of Quick Column Quilts, leave me a comment below. Then visit Nancy Zieman's blog where there is quite a giveaway going on, including a sewing machine!

For a chance to win from each participating blog on the tour, as well as to see all the quilts the other bloggers made, visit:
09/04/14         Nancy Zieman
09/05/14         Quilt Taffy and Simple Simon & Co.
09/06/14         Diary of a Quilter  and Stitchin Jenny
09/07/14         A Woman a Day  and Craizee Corner                
09/09/14         Esch House Quilts and The Cottage Mama
09/10/14         Designs in Machine Embroidery and Pat Sloan
09/12/14         Happy Valley PrimitivesDoohikey Designs, and Quilt in a Day
09/13/14         Quilt Dad and Just Arting Around
09/14/14         Lazy Girl Designs and  Marie-Madeline Studio
09/15/14         Always Expect Moore  and Polka Dot Chair
09/16/14         Amy Lou Who Sews and Riley Blake Designs
09/17/14         Indygo Junction and Amy’s Creative Side

Happy sewing!

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalm 143:10

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Modern Prairie Sewing Blog Hop and Giveaway

My friend Abigail Long of Marie-Madeline Studio has written a book. And not just any book, but maybe the cutest book ever. Modern Prairie Sewing is FULL of gorgeous sewing eye-candy. And I mean patterns! And more patterns! Bags, dresses, skirts, home accessories, you name it. Abigail is on the cover of the book with her sisters (she is the one on the left) wearing the Riverwalk Skirt from her book. I am so in love with this skirt! I made them for the girls and have fabric to make one for myself (yes it is written for ALL sizes). So pretty!
Abigail suggests making the skirts from voile, so I worked with that fabric for the first time ever! Light-weight and very smooth, this is an easy fabric to work with. While normally pricey, I was able to find some bargains here and here.We took the skirts with us on vacation and got some extra-special photos in the mountains.
(Love this photo!)
Did I mention that I love this skirt? There are tons of other patterns from the book I'd like to make as well.
The girls wore their skirts to the first day of school.

Now I love a good blog hop, but if you're just joining in, I'm kind of near the end. But that doesn't mean that you can't go back and see all the fun projects the blog hop participants made (plus these are some of my favorite blogs in the whole world of blogging).
Start off by visiting Abi's new blog, the Modern Prairie Girl.
Then hop along:
Giveaway on The Modern Prairie Girl blog August 29th-31st.
Two giveaway winners will be announced September 1st and will receive signed Modern Prairie Sewing: 20 Handmade Projects for You & Your Friends and a project from the book by Abigail herself!
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,  
who walk according to the law of the Lord. Psalm 119:1

Thursday, August 21, 2014

10%off for Any Order

10%off for Any Order

I wanted to share these really cute books with you. You might really enjoy these for Christmas gifts. You can personalize them with the names of your children and even choose some of the illustrations. Click the link above for 10% off.

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