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April 24, 2014
Quick Update – Mid Atlantic Mod from Sparrow Quilting Co.

Just a fast post today – its pretty busy over here! – to show you proof that I did, in real life, attend the Mid Atlantic Mod retreat.

Mid Atlantic Mod Retreat | Sparrow Quilt Co.


Mid Atlantic Mod Retreat | Sparrow Quilt Co.


Well, there you have it. Photographic evidence that I did, in fact, exist in the same physical space as the retreat. Whether or not I actually got anything done while I was there is another story entirely.

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Lilac Lane on Instagram from Lilac Lane by Melissa Stramel

Well I've finally joined Instagram! I know, I'm behind the times, but I only just got a smart phone this past Christmas. So without further ado, you can watch what I'm up to, more on a daily basis, if you follow this.


Here's what I've been doing over the past week. It seems like mostly baking, ha ha!

Making salsa.

And granola.
Getting the garden ready to plant.
Entertaining Easter guests.
Having a birthday.

Treats for school.
Making Easter eggs.

Folding patterns.

Why not follow along? @lilaclanepatterns

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I love you Peaches - a baby quilt story from Fabric of My Life

Hi everyone,

 I really really want to tell you this little story. :)
No big plot or drama here, just how I enjoyed every minute and every second of making a very special baby quilt - one for our first, beautiful, can-hardly-wait-to-be-born little granddaughter!
I already started a bit in a previous post, here but now here is a whole story.
For now, while young parents are still choosing the name, her nickname is Peaches. I just love it so much.
Mommy-to-be loves pale, gentle pinks and purples and she had fun picking fabrics from my stash and she did it so ...

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Designer Tidbits: Melly & Me from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Cuddle up at home with a quilt made with Sweet Home! Sweet Home by Melly & Me for Riley Blake Designs celebrates the comfort and love that you can't get anywhere but home. Melanie of Melly & Me is here to show off her new collection, so keep reading for a closer look!

Q: Tell us a little about the Sweet Home collection. What were you inspired by?
A:When I sat down to design my new fabric collection there was only one theme I kept feeling entirely inspired by - my sweet home! Home is my haven, it is where I ...

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surfs up! from Not Afraid of Color

I am deep into the process so I haven't been writing lately.

If I am ever missing in blogland like this again, feel free to look at a label on the side for topics, or blasts from the past to enjoy. There are some funny bits back there!

Can you tell the state now?
Does that look like a surfboard?
I'm going to try and make it look like it's embedded in the sand.
Isn't the pic to the left gorgeous? I found it on google images (visualphotos) and fell in love! It's sheet music ...

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Odds and Sods from Quilt Matters

Mad About Patchwork is in the last week of its six-year anniversary celebration. Save 16% until the end of the month on all precuts - charms, rolls & strips, and two new tumbler sets — Mormor and Enchant. Yummy! Use the coupon code CHARM16 at checkout to get the discount.


EQ7 for Mac was released this week. Yay! I'm thinking about getting it, but haven't seen any reviews yet. Anyone get it? Thoughts? Reviews? 

Spotted this quilt at the Museum of History. It was a quilt that was made by Japanese students in response to a quilt made by Canadian students ...

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SCRAPS AND MORE SCRAPS! from The Proficient Needle

I've been trying to tidy my sewing room, and manage an ever-growing pile of flannel scraps.  I love using flannel on the backs of baby and kids quilts, so I've collected lots of leftovers over the past few years.

This was my first quilt top, using 5 inch squares and 2 1/2 inch strips and cornerstones.  The colour choices were determined by the size of the scraps available.
 This is the second top, made with 2 1/2 inch strips.  I used Bonnie Hunter's scrappy Bargello pattern, but only sewing 3 strip sets, with 23 strips ...

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For Sale in the quilt show small quilt sale. from Hand Quilter

I just finished this piece and I'm donating it to go into the small quilt sale at our show.  The Smoky Mtn Quilt show is May 23, 24, and 25.  It's at the Maryville College Athletic Center.  Will have over 200 quilts to see!!!

Close up of my quilting...

Here's the other small quilt.  My camera didn't like all the details of the fabrics.  That's computer board fabric for the boot.

Again, the camera probably needs more charge to keep things in better focus.  There will be many small quilts there for sale and a ...

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Jaybird Quilts Sew Along! from Mommy's Nap Time

I almost forgot! Head on over to Sara's blog to see my stop on the Jaybird Quilts Sew Along! I made the Mini Disco quilt! This little guy measures in at just 12.5" x 15.5" and it was a lot of fun to make!

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How to cut fabric with Templates A Tutorial from The Intrepid Thread

Hi Everyone,

No, I am not going to tell you how to make the Aviatrix Medallion Quilt. I am going to show you my handy dandy way to cut fabric with templates (as long as they are geometric) without having to draw them out and cut them by hand. It is accurate and super fast. One of the templates in the Aviatrix Medallion has to be cut more than 200 times... that is just a lot of cutting without a little shortcut. It took me less than an hour my way. So I hope this helps you all too. Oh ...

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Meagan's Creations Update! from Domestic Deficit Disorder

I am very happy to be on a new creative team for digital scrapbooking, and wanted to share some of what is going on here. Meagan's Creations has always been a style I love with a traditional paper style as well as really cute and creative templates! So I am proud to be helping out by creating things for her. Here is what she has going on this week:

Meagan's rereleasing two bundles today. Anywhere But Here is a vintage-y travel kit that is great for your on-the-go pages! Take a look:

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Self Doubt from Sew Karen-ly Created...

"Is this thing lying flat?  I doubt piecing was probably off...or maybe my pressing. Did I have it smoothed out enough when I pinned it?  I don't remember smoothing it before I taped the edges, but I must have, right? Gosh, did I use enough pins?  I used up all the big ones in the container but I bet there were more upstairs -I should have checked. Is there such a thing as too many pins?  I rushed through the basting because Polly was being such a nuisance she had to be put outside and then ...

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Picknick Quilt from Quiltmanufaktur

Zu aller erst muss ich mich bei euch allen bedanken, das ihr mir auf meine Frage wegen des Quiltens in dem letzten Post so viele tolle Antworten gegeben habt! Mir ist es anschließend fast noch schwerer gefallen, mich zu entscheiden.... ;-) Am liebsten hätte ich alles umgesetzt - jetzt habe ich aber auf jeden Fall ein Haufen Ideen für alle kommenden Quilts! - Danke dafür!!!

Picknick-Quilt vor der Quiltmanufaktur in Frankfurt, Wallstrasse18

Drapiert auf meinem Bänkchen vor meinem Geschäft, wo ich ab und zu mal sitze, wenn gerade kein Kunde kommt. Hier habe ich vorhin die letzten Stiche am Binding bei strahlendem Sonnenschein ...

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Random on a Thursday... spring is here from Blueberry Patch

 So I was sewing away last Saturday.  Mum was visiting so she was sitting at the table beside me.  And then I saw a shadow.  I thought it was the neighbour's dog so I looked up.  It was not a dog.  It was Marvin!  He peeked at me through the sliding glass doors and was peeking under the ironing board at me.  EEK!  Marvin is a black bear.  I hollered at Husband, "Little bear!" Just a little guy and a pretty cute little guy at that!  EEK!  He was right there looking at me!  Husband blew the air horn ...

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Follow The Quilt Ladies by Email from The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

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From new fabric from Stitchin' Therapy

  While folding and cutting strips from the new fabric, I asked myself the "What if..." question and got caught up in finding out.  Based on my "Let's Book it" project for this month, so I will wait to show it then.  Hopefully I will have a completed flimsy today.

   The watercolor is still on the design wall....I need to add the final border when the inspiration strikes.  Some things just need to simmer a while, right?

   So a little instant gratification was needed.  I tried out a quick tutorial for thread catchers that I had pinned on Pinterest ...

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Smith Mountain Lake or Bust! from Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

It was too late after last night’s Quilt-Cam to want to unpack and repack the trunk show for my presentation on Saturday evening at the Virginia Consortium of Quilters (VCQ) CELEBRATION. That meant that I needed to do it this morning. Only. I slept too late! Yes, I needed it but…. I’ve been running around like a crazy fool quilter trying to get everything done before leaving in about 2

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Blooming Bias Rail Fence Quilt from Eric the Quilter

So, I started this lap quilt with the blooming bias… I’m really hoping it turns out well. I’ve never done anything quite like it before. I’m not really an embellishments type of person, but we’ll see how it turns out! Hopefully it doesn’t look too hideous!

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Tagged: Blooming Bias, embellishments, Rail Fence

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April Finishes Party – A Lovely Year of Finishes from sewbittersweetdesigns

ALYoF2014April has just flown by for me. It feels like it came in like a tornado. I have been pretty productive, a couple finishes and a couple near finishes. My goal is one of those near finishes. I will likely be waiting until the very last minute to finish because I am hoping that my swap partner will comment on a picture on Flickr. No luck yet, but I remain hopeful, if she doesn’t comment soon, I will use my best judgment and move forward!

Hexie Wall Hanging Progress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSince this picture was taken, I have finished the quilting and trimmed it up ...

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Patchwork of the Crosses from Little Quilts

Today we’ll begin stitching, so start threading those needles!  (If you're joining us for the first time, you might want to review our earlier posts - this Blog Along started on April 3 and posts every Thursday). By now, you should have all twenty-four honeycomb shapes glue basted and ready to go.

Arrange your blocks as follows:
Start in the center with four floral honeycombs that will make the cross.

Add brown honeycombs for the four diagonals,

and finally, add the floral side and brown corner units.
Since this is basically a two-color block, it’s an easy block ...

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