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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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Free Pattern! All Aflutter Skirt

Just in time for Back to School sewing, I'm bringing back my most popular tutorial ever. It's the All Aflutter Skirt. Thank you so much to Timeless Treasures fabric for the fabric goodies that we worked with! Originally included in my book, I've now added it to my free patterns, meaning you can easily print it. It also has some new improvements and measurements included.
 We loved working with the Botanic Garden collection of fabrics. This skirt is so simple that you can complete it in an hour, including cutting! To do this, you will need to use a serger and finishing the edges of the skirt is simply a serged edge. Even if you're using a sewing machine, this is a quick project with very cute results!
 As was always the case, this pattern is made to fit all sizes, from babies through adults. You are only limited by the length you need, so for adult sizes, you will need to find some wider width fabrics, like voile. For children, quilting cottons are perfect.
 Choose one, two or three layers and then get sewing!
 Remember this one? So cute!
 Emilie was only 2 here!
 The edges of this skirt were finished with a crocheted edge.
Ready, set, go make your own! Just visit Lilac Lane Patterns' Free Pattern Page.

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 1 John 5:1


Monday, August 18, 2014


 This year for vacation, we decided to visit our neighboring state of Colorado. This may not look like the most relaxing vacation to you, but it was a nice change from our extremely busy summer.
 We stayed at the YMCA of the Rockies. I can't recommend it highly enough. What a cool place with everything you would want to do on vacation right there.
 We went on their new summer tubing slide. A bit of a fast one for me, but everyone else loved it.

 There was also skating.
 And Rock Wall climbing.
 While the kids and Todd went down an Alpine Slide, I took pictures of the beautiful Colorado flowers.

 Todd, Nathan, and Anna did a giant zip line. Scary!
 Then we had a full day of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.
 The wildlife was amazing.
 We hiked up to 12,000 feet just as a storm blew in.
 The path went way up to the top of the mountain.

 Canoeing was relaxing.
 There was even a family of ducks we followed around.
 All in all, it was a great time. Hope you had time for a vacation this summer too.

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