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Goose on the Loose Shop Hop 2016


180 Parsons Road Unit 27 Alliston, On.  L9R 1E8
(705) 435-2746

  Your Complete Quilt Shop
Patterns, fabrics, notions, workshops, longarm quilting services and custom made quilts.
We also carry a large inventory of quilts for sale
. These can be viewed by visiting our Quilts for Sale link.

SUNDAY  11:00 – 4:00
Closed Statutory and Civic  Holidays and the day before.

Goose on the Loose Shop Hop
Winners have been drawn and posted on the Goose Shop Hop page


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Thank you for shopping personally at Lilac Lane Quilts.  For every $25.00 spent on regularly priced merchandise you will receive a stamp.  When your card of 9 stamps is filled you will have $25.00 saved on your next regular priced merchandise sale.

Chatter at the Lane.  Click here to leave your comments. Thanks!

Our Gala held November 13 2015 celebrating our 13th anniversary was a great evening.  Thank you Sheila for the informative talk about battings.

Our Calendar is up and running again.  We have updated to a new calendar so let us know how this one works for you.

New page added to our site.   our shop page has two virtual tours of our shop that you can view there or here as well as a short video of one of our Gammills quilting. Click on the image to drag the view to the left or right.
They are sharper if viewed full screen.



Lizzie’s Birthday Sale and Competition!

First the Sale:  From Sat. May 14th until Monday May 16th.  Buy 2 meters of batiks (one meter minimum cut) for only $16.58.  How did we decide on that number?  It is all about Lizzie’s birthday and years.  She will explain. 

Competition:  Let’s have some fun!  Make an original design quilt top using pieced letters.  Feel free to get your inspiration from Moda’s Spell it with Fabric book that is in stock at The Lane.  You have from now until June 14th to bring in your quilt top.  We will display the entries and there will be a viewer’s choice judging.   The winning quilt top, will be quilted by Liz edge to edge.  The second winning quilt top person will get a $100.00 gift card to The Lane.  The third winning quilt top person will get a $50.00 gift card to The Lane.  Start those creative juices flowing!

Goose on the Loose Shop Hop:  Thanks to everyone who came to our event.  It was a lot of fun.  I am sure you are now knowledgeable about batting. Keep that handout handy.  Congratulations to Christine of Kitchen who won the grand prize. Our quilt was won by Mary of Campbellvile.  To see the complete list of winners go to the website.  There is a link on our side bar that will leap you to it.  Lots of great plans for our next years event. 

ROW BY ROW EXPERIENCE:   A shop hop with a difference.   No passport required.   Where ever you travel from June 21st until Sept. 6th 2016 check the area for participating shops.  This is a happening event in 8 provinces and most of the United States.  Each shop will give you their row design free. There is a website to get the details of this very exciting and different event  On the home page you click the licence plates for the different provinces and you will have a list of shops participating.  It started in the USA so if you are going south of the border during this time, check the site for the United States.    There is also a Facebook page for those of you who use that.  Any questions, please ask.  We will do our best to explain it and if we don’t know we will do our best to find the answers.  See you in the summer.  We have to say, we had a blast last year and met so many fabulous people. Our quilters said the same thing about their travels.  In Ontario, the motto is Yours to Discover!

Here is a sample of a single row as in the pattern for the Row by Row from a previous year.  On the right is a sample we have using 4 rows assembled into a table topper.      

Good Shepherd Food:   This is a completely volunteer run organizationAt The Lane you will find a basket where you can leave food donations or if you prefer you may leave a cheque and the volunteers will mail you a tax deduction.  We thank you for your continued support.



Basic Sewing kit for most workshops:  sewing machine in good working order, sewing machine manual, thread, thread scissors, seam ripper just in case, tape measure, bobbins filled and ready to go, pattern, fabric, notebook, and pen.

Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.  It may interfere with other activities in the workshop area.  Also it gives us time to make the coffee and tea and set up for your activity.  We appreciate your enthusiasm and will very much appreciate you thinking of us setting up for you.

Paper Piecing Part 2:  Once you know the basics of paper piecing but may have wondered how to do I get started and what next?  We are rethinking this workshop.  It requires more classroom time than we believed. Keep an eye on us as details are being rethought.  Getting closer to what we need to do.  It is just too bad that Carl is such an awesome quilter and cannot get time to work on this project.  Poor Carl.

Place Mats:  Double Dip!  This is a great quilt as you go project.  Choose from 2 styles and crack into those beautiful 2 ½ inch strip packages.  Sat. June 11th.  11:00 – 4:00 Workshop fee $30.00 Pattern required.

Christmas in July:  Join us for a non-quilt workshop and make these cute triangular trees.  Have a blast embellishing them too!  Homework before the workshop.  Sat. July 23rd  10:00 – 4:00 Workshop fee $30.00 Pattern required.

Getaway BagGet Out!  Can you believe The Lane is doing a bag workshop?  We heard your requests and have listened.  Join us Sat. Aug. 20th from 10:00 – 4:00 to make this bag.  Workshop fee $30.00.  Pattern required.

Stained Glass The Easy Way:  Without using bias tape.  No tracing through dark fabric.  Trace once, Cut once.  NOW THAT IS EASY.  This workshop will be held at Knox Church King St. South in Alliston.  Sat. Sept. and Sat Oct. Workshop fee $75.00 and pattern purchase required.  The full array of patterns are available on our website. www.lilaclanequilts.comMore patterns have been added this weekend which are not on the website. Sept. 24th and Oct.29th

We will also be offering in the future a TEE SHIRT QUILT.  This is specifically for those people who have a collection of tee shirts that they want to remember and put them into a quilt.  We have discovered a new process for this and it makes a lot of sense but we want to test it out before we present it.  To be able to enjoy this workshop, you will need to know how to use your sewing machine.  We will go from there.  So if you are waiting for this opportunity, get familiar with your machine, get it serviced if you have not loved using it for some time and then we will gather to make those tee shirts into something to love again in a new way.  The book has arrived!  The stabilizer has been ordered so let’s get together May 25th at 10: 00 until 3:30 and get these memories started! Workshop fee $20.00

O Henry!  Well if you didn’t win the quilt from the Goose on the Loose and want to make a quick and easy lap quilt, join us June 18th.  This quilt is GREAT for the beginner.  Only 22 seams.  Nothing needs to match up with the seams and it is a GREAT quilt project for someone with an obsession with something  Pattern purchase required.  Workshop fee $25.00

One Block Wonder:  One fabric, one block lots of possibilities. Book purchase required and material listing when you register.  Amazing possibilities!   Sat. Sept. 10th  10:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.  Workshop fee $45.00

Mini Dresden Plate: Lots of great ideas to dress up those Dresden plates.  We are going mini size.  Imaginations will be running high in this workshop.  Sat. November 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop  $45.00  


Frivolous Club:  The brains behind the original precuts have combined the popularity of kits and precuts into a new fun project featuring a new 7” precut. Then add the creativity of the originator of Schnibbles, Carrie Nelson and Frivols is born.  You can join in at any time.  Next club meeting is Sat April 30th  at 11:00am.  $49.99/month.  This has been a well-received club and there is still room to join and catch up if you are interested.  If you wish to purchase one kit the price is $64.99.  Come in and see the selection.

BOEOW:  Block of Every Other Week.  This began March 19th..    Our pattern is Flying Home.  OOPS. Someone made a scheduling error.  It certainly could NOT have been Liz.  She LOVES her calendar.  In reality Liz hates to be told what to do and when and doesn’t even wear a watch, she is just that stubborn.  So club members, there has been a change in our BOEOW schedule.  We will NOT be meeting July 9th.  Our instructor is working for us off site teaching the Stained Glass Workshop the Easy Way.  So BOEOW will  move to July 15th and go every 2 weeks from then on.  Thank you for understanding.   A full size quilt and with instructions on how to utilize your Tucker rulers to make this quilt well.  Pattern is $28.00   The Club is well underway but you can still purchase the pattern.

Civil War Sampler Quilt Club:     We will meet Tuesdays.  May 3, June 7,  July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, and Oct. 4.  During that time we will created civil war blocks from either the of the two provided books.  You have your choice.  Liz has chosen to use 12 inch blocks which was one option from the one selected books.  Book required, club fee $20.00   Liz is using fabric from get this Lizzie’s Legacy.  WE have the first 5 blocks on display but need to get a photographer in there to show you.  However, blurry pictures are on our FaceBook page.

Pre Cut Party!  Let us have a party.  We know!  Don’t hide it.  You have collected precuts and stashed them away.  You are not sure what to do with them.  Those pre cuts are so enticing.  Like little demons.  We are there to lift the curse.  For 5 months we will help you work through the pre cut a wonderland.   We will start with charms and give you options of how to take them off the shelf and make them into a project.  Moving on, we will next start with 2 ½ inch strips, then layer cakes.. you got the idea.  Dates are, June 7, July 5, August 30, Sept 27, and Oct. 4.  Register early.  This is going to be a big deal!  Workshop fee $40.00.    

Friday Night Freak:  We sew from 3:00 p.m. until midnight if we can stand it that long.  Bring in your projects, and get busy.  The next Freak will be pot luck.  We drop down the blinds and have the entire shop to ourselves.  Friday May 27th.

Gift Cards are available!  If you don’t have a list of gift ideas for the people who would like to buy you something nice, they can pick up a gift card and you can shop with them even on our sale items!


Batting by the Roll:


Hobbs Heirloom:  80/20 which translates to 80 percent cotton, 20% polyester so you don’t have a layer of scrim.  It is built right in.  96” wide 27 meters $ 285.00    120 inches wide 27 meters $310.50.


Hobbs Heirloom Poly batting available by request.  In store we have a roll to cut from if you don’t require a full roll.


Quilters Dream batting available by request.  In store we have packaged batting sizes in Dream Cotton.  !  We also have Dream Wool, Dream Cotton, Dream Poly, Dream Green, and Dream Orient in stock for purchase by the meter off the roll.



Caesar Potato Salad
Try this variation of French-style potato salad at your next cookout.

Serves 4

2 pounds Red potatoes
1 cup Caesar dressing
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil the potatoes until just soft. Cool and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Toss in the dressing . Toss in the cheese. Check the seasonings. Serve chilled.

- Nick Sundberg

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Here are our two clips of our guest appearance from Thursday Oct. 14th 2010 when we were guests on the Roger’s Community Show, Daytime.  This aired live but you can watch our segment in two parts here. Thanks to Rogers Community Television for having us as guests.

First half of our appearance.

Second half of our appearance




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