Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to be here today on the Fat Quarterly blog! I’m Melissa from Lilac Lane. Here’s what you should know about me: I’m a do-it-yourselfer, whether that means painting the walls, designing some artwork, arranging flowers, even woodworking. I’ve been sewing since I was at least 7, some hand sewing even before that. As a child, I didn’t care much for sewing AT ALL, especially not garment sewing, but now that I have kids, it’s pretty natural for me to become so involved in it. I love that I can make outfits truly one of a kind for them.

I also love quilting, and made my first quilt at age 10. I made at least one quilt a year throughout high school and college, but never had a formal lesson. I somehow had the notion that a class would stifle my creativity. As a newlywed, I finally decided I would take a class, and it opened a whole new world of possibilities to me!

When I decided I wanted to be a fabric designer, more than two years ago, I thought I had better ease into the business a little bit. So I started with pattern designing, since that was more familiar territory for me. I feel like I got my “big break” with Moda Bake Shop and have several tutorials there. I now have my own pattern line published by QuiltWoman.com.  I have just signed with Andover Fabrics and am hoping that my first fabric line will be out in time for fall market, but it’s always hard to say in the fabric industry.

Spread your joy with the Joy bag. This is the perfect bag for every day or for a night on the town. Have fun learning to make pleats! Choose from two sizes and with or without a stripe. You can even mix it up and choose three or four colors. Then you’re ready to get started. It also makes a quick gift for a favorite friend.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Don’t you love all the efforts to go green these days? And yet, most reusable grocery bags look nothing like the original. I’m talking the traditional, tried and true, foldable paper bag. Recycle some fabrics from your stash to make a stylish statement while shopping with Bountiful. It also includes Lunch Bag and Gift Bag instructions.

Skill level: Beginner

I’m giving away a copy of each pattern. Just leave a comment below. Or visit QuiltWoman.com to buy the pattern as either a traditional paper copy or an instant downloadable copy.

Thanks so much for featuring me today. Come over and visit Lilac Lane where I have lots of tutorials and even more giveaways.



Thanks, Melissa!  We’ll draw a winner for the two patterns next Wednesday, May 11th.

- The FQ Team