Modern Quilt Entry–Propelled Pixels

The second category I’m going to enter for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is “Propelled Pixels”.  I’m entering this one into the Modern Quilt Category although it is also an original design.  So many quilts fit so many categories!

propelled pixels 1“Propelled Pixels” is a quilt I designed and made for the Michael Miller Modern Quilt Challenge back in 2014.  It was also juried into Quilt Con 2015 which was pretty sweet.  Each square is actually log cabin made of nine patches.  I decided to orientate my log cabin blocks in a pinwheel fashion.  If you want to see more of my process … check it out HERE.propelled pixels

“Propelled Pixels” also proudly hung at the exhibit “Quilt Making: A Modern Practice” this past January.  It was really cool to see all these amazing quilts hung in a gallery setting!
Now – go on back over and check out the other modern quilts!  They are all so cool!  If you love “Propelled Pixels” I would really appreciate a nomination for “Viewer’s Choice”.

Original Quilt Entry–Cerise to Blush

I can’t believe I almost missed this falls’ Blogger’s Quilt Festival Hosted by Amy Ellis!  I love the Bloggers Quilt Festival!  It’s such a great way to see what everyone has been up to, check out everyone’s work and of course – strut your stuff!

My first entry is going into the “Original Quilt” category.

“Cerise to Blush” is the result of my final project for Lorraine Torrence’s Design I Class at Mill House Quilts.  This class was amazing for me as I’ve always created per my gut and not really known any of the color/design theory behind what I’m doing.  Now I think I have at least some idea!

IMG_9032This quilt was made as a result of blocks I made from a homework assignment based on scale, value, and symmetry!  We could have done the assignment with paper or gluing fabric to paper but if I’m going to do something … I wanted to be able to eventually make something out of it.  IMG_9038You can read more about my process on this quilt by going to my original post HERE.IMG_9040

I do have to say that I did do the free motion quilting all by myself – I mixed pebbles with wavy line quilting and I think it was great!

“Cerise to Blush” has hung at two shows since I finished it.

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It took a blue ribbon at the Lodi Valley Ag Fair.

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And it was accepted and hung at the 2016 Quilt Expo!

It’s always fun to see your quilts hanging so others can check it out too!

Now – go on back over and check out the other original quilts!  They are all amazing!  If you love “Cerise to Blush” I would really appreciate a nomination for “Viewer’s Choice”.

Pat Sloan, the Voice of Quilting–Scrap Quilt Designer Showcase

Happy September 15th!  It’s a great day on my blog … time for another guest blogger for the Scrap Quilt Challenge! Today we get to meet one of my most favorite people – Pat Sloan!  You can find her on Facebook and Instagram too!

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I met Pat Sloan at the 2015 Spring Market … I just had to do a #selfie with her!

Before we see what scrappy block she wants to share with you … let’s see what she had to say to my interview questions!

K: Why do enjoy using fabric scraps for quilting?

P: There are always favorite fabrics, ones I can’t bear they will eventually be gone.  Keeping precious small squares to use in a future scrap project makes me very happy!

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K: Do you have a secret or tip for storing your scraps?

P: I have a very small home, and very small studio area in this very small home. And I design mostly with my own fabric lines and new lines. This means I have to be very smart and selective on what scraps I store.  I experimented and found that for right now, I just keep 2.5” squares. I store them by color in clear plastic shoeboxes. And I keep those very near by so that it’s EASY to put the squares in them.

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K: If someone where to have given you one tip for sewing/quilting when you first started - what do you wish they would have told you?

P: I wish they had told me right away that I could applique by machine!

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K: What's your favorite color to use in your quilts?

P: Red, red, deliciously red!

K: If you have a picture and/or story of your favorite quilt you've made using scraps thus far ... please attach and share.

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P: "My friendship group issued a challenge to use strips of my fabric. We called it the 4lb challenge because I gave everyone 4lbs of strips!”

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It’s so fun to see what folks did with all those scraps from Pat!

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Thanks for that fun little interview Pat!

Pat Sloan wanted me to share with you her fun little scrappy block that comes with a challenge in itself – her “Scrap Happy Courthouse Steps” block!  I love it and it’s an absolutely perfect block for using your scraps up!

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You can go and see what I’m talking about by visiting her challenge page HERE.  If you make a block or three of these be sure to link up below to share with everyone!

 

 

And don’t forget to link up your scrap quilt finishes per the challenge rules by November 3rd!

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City Sampler Quilt Along - Again

I just couldn’t resist any longer!  All the instagram pictures under the hashtag #100days100blocks were getting to me and I had to join in the quilt along fun of the 100 blocks in Tula Pink’s City Sampler book!

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This particular quilt along is being run by gnomeangel and it’s been so much fun seeing what other folks are doing with their blocks and what fabrics they are selecting.  There are also sponsors with prizes to be won!  Doesn’t get much better than that, eh?

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I’m going an entirely different direction than I did with my first City Sampler quilt (do you remember that one?  You can see it HERE if you missed it).  I’m using mostly an indigo/mustard color palette.

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I purchased some great indigo dyed fabric (and one mustard hand-dyed too) from Jennifer Falkowski during the summer and I had been itching to use them!  They are just too gorgeous to let sit in my piles of fabric for too long!

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Here are my first 25 blocks all on my design wall.  I am just loving where this is heading.  I didn’t have enough of the dyed fabric from Jennifer to make a whole quilt so I am mixing in other indigo/blue/mustardy fabrics from my stash to add into the quilt.  One of my favorite quotes from my mother-in-law is “Why use five fabrics when you could use 50?”  SO TRUE! 

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Instagram accounts to watch!

GnomeAngel: well … not only is she the organizer of this great challenge – her blocks are pretty fabulous too!  She’s using all Lizzy House fabrics!

GoGoKim: she’s actually doing two sets of 100 blocks … and one of those sets is all made out of clothing!

LauraPlus3and1 – her 18th block is one of the most amazing fussy cut blocks I’ve EVER seen!!!!

Be sure to follow me on instagram to see how my 100 blocks progress!

Adelaide Flying Boat Hot Yoga Mat

It’s no secret that I’ve recently become addicted to hot yoga.  I “accidently” tried it when I went back to the gym after a few months away.  I had looked at the class schedule online and thought that “Flow” would be a great way to start back!  It’s a great class that’s a workout but not requiring quite as much as say kickboxing would for a first time back at the gym.

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I arrived at the gym with my yoga mat and flip flops only to find out the yoga flow class was in all actuality – hot yoga flow. I had two choices – leave having done nothing since I didn’t bring tennis shoes with me or suck it up and give it a try.  Knowing myself, I knew if I left I would not be coming back … it was time to suck it up and give it a try.  I’m now officially hooked.  I heart Hot Yoga.

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This summer I even joined in on a hot yoga challenge – I had to do 33 classes over 11 weeks.  This doesn’t sound too bad until you factor in that it’s SUMMER, the girls are home and it takes me 25 minutes just to get to class (so 50 minutes spent driving + 1 hour in class + 10 minutes getting coffee = 2 hours spent not hanging with my girls or sewing). But like I said, above I LOVE hot yoga!  The challenge was also made easier when a hot yoga family class was added and my girls all LOVED going!  Yeah! 

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Unfortunately I did not complete the challenge.  I made it to 30 of my 33 classes.  I ended up being sick for a week and the challenge overlapped into apple season.  I know I could have completed it if I had really stuck to it but there’s a point where sleep during apple season is super important and spending the last day off with my kids before school starts also trumps the challenge.  But no worries – I’ll be back at hot yoga at 5:30am on Wednesday!  Just because the challenge is done it doesn’t mean I am!

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In June I shared with you my new pattern for the “Flying Boat Yoga Mat” and today I’m a guest blogger at Therm O Web where I show you how you can add inspiring words to your yoga mat. 

IMG_1063Dear Stella Designs generously sent me a bundle of the beautiful Adelaide fabric that I made a “Flying Boat Yoga Mat” with.  The quilting was done by Mindy Skinner of Stitches by Mindy.

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Have you ever tried hot yoga?  Or are you like I used to be … thought it would NEVER be for you?  (I can’t even sit in a hot tub and can handle about 1 minute in a sauna.)

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Cross Cut Quilt Along The Beginning

I know I’ve been absent on my blog a lot lately … which is not typical for me.  I’m still creating and having fun with things I’ve just found it a lot harder to sit down and write up a decent post.  But I’m not giving up on blogging yet!  I think I just need to pick a day (or two) of the week and just make sure it gets DONE! 

Anyway – onto the fun!

Happy Apple Season!  Every fall my family goes into “work” mode as we own and operate Lapacek’s Orchard, an apple orchard in Poynette, WI about 20 minutes north of Madison.  This has nothing to do with quilting or creating … it just means it’s even harder to find time to sew.

I’ve found though that it is imperative for myself and my families well-being that I find even a few minutes a day to sew or create SOMETHING!  Today I’m going to share with you a “Bonus-just-for-me-no-deadline-no-secrets” project that I’m going to be working on this apple season.  It’s a really simple quilt with a really cool, dramatic end result and I’m super happy to have discovered it at just the perfect time of year for me.

What is it?  The Cross-Cut Quilt!  Which is actually a quilt along being run Debbie of A Quilter’s Table.  And it’s all over instagram … which is what got me hooked.  So many amazing quilts in so many different color combo’s that all looked fabulous!  I just had to join in!

You can find out all the details by going HERE.

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The first thing I did was pull my fabrics.  I went for a completely different color palette than I’ve been using recently – very black and grey with a bit of burnt orange as my accent.

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It’s an easy improv block and quilt with very little stress so before I knew it I had my first four blocks made … they all mostly look like this.  My next plan is to make a BUNCH of blocks with the opposite color placement – the black/grey/taupe as the background and the burnt orange for the crosses in the block.

I’ll keep you posted on how this quilt goes but feel free to follow along on instagram!

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Focus Through the Prism Quilts on Display

This past weekend, I was thrilled to have enough room given to me to hang 72 of the quilts from the “Focus Through the Prism” Challenge that I ran on my blog last year.  They were hanging at the Rio Library Quilt Guild show and they looked amazing!IMG_3158 Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be there with them due to our first weekend of apple season but MANY folks came by the orchard after the show and told me how great they looked and how fun it was to see what everyone came up with!13939378_1015159105269481_6819046542138369532_nTop Row, left to right: “Circus Monkey” – First in Monkey Wrench Challenge, pieced & quilted by Becky Grover, Ann Arbor, MI, “Red Red Rudolph” pieced & quilted by Pat DuBois, Woodbury, MN, “Keeping It Simple” pieced by Audrey Manning and Quilted by Marcia Wachuta, Middleton, WI

Second Row: “Soul Sisters” pieced & quilted by Sharon Scott, Sun Prairie, WI, “My Tumbleweed Friends” BEST IN SHOW, Pieced & Quilted by Victoria Mansfield, Brisbane, Australia, “Cirque de Zinnias” pieced & quilted by Diane Lapacek, Poynette, WI

Third Row: “Monkey with a Wrench” pieced & quilted by Linda Syverson Guild, Bethesda, MD, “Design on the Fly” pieced & quilted by Mary Deeney, Minnetonka, MN, “Monkey Madness” pieced & quilted by Leslie Carmichael, Prattville, AL

Bottom Row: “Pinwheels” pieced & quilted by Karen Golden, Woodbury, MN, “OMG! Quilt Show! LOL! Batiks!” pieced & quilted by Roxy Pike, Acworth, GA, “Snowball Bouquet” FIRST in Snowball Challenge, pieced & quilted by Jo Brickwell, Casa Grande, AZ, 13902566_1015596528559072_7897910624197316019_nTop Row, left to right: “Snowball’s Chance in Hell” pieced & quilted by Mel Beach, San Jose, CA, “Rick with Sparkling Variety,” Pieced & Quilted by Trisha Frankland, Lodi, WI, “Indian Summer” First in Flying Geese Challenge, pieced & quilted by Sharon Scott, Sun Prairie, WI

Second Row: “Mon Florida Beach” pieced & quilted by Mel Beach ,San Jose, CA, “Orange Log Cabin-ish,” pieced by Dayna Thwaits and quilted by Marcia Wachuta, DeForest, WI, “New Mexico Dreaming” FIRST in the Log Cabin Challenge, pieced & Quilted by Mary Deeney, Minnetonka, MN

Third Row: “Give a Snowball a Chance,” pieced & quilted by Linda Syverson Guild, Bethesda, MD, “A Milestone of Memoirs” pieced & quilted by Roxy Pike, Acworth, GA, “Haydukes Cabin” pieced & Quilted by Charlene Waggoner, St. Peters, MO

Bottom Row: “Positively Pinwheels” pieced & quilted by Pam Giesel, Yellow Springs, OH, “Grandma’s Sunrise Windmolen” pieced & quilted by Marcia Wachuta, Boscobel, WI, “Yellow Friendship Star” pieced by Dayna Thwaits and quilted by Marcia Wachuta, DeForest, WI14034941_1015731908545534_3757773115406442464_nTop Row, left to right: “Elephant in the Middle” pieced & quilted by Kim Lapacek, Poynette, WI, “Make New Friends” pieced & quilted by Jill Cranford, Ottawa, IL, “Big Yellow Flower” by Elizabeth Schmidt, Engelwood, FL

Second Row: “Stars Fell on Alabama” pieced & quilted by Leslie Carmichael, Prattville, AL, “Curve Ball” pieced & quilted by Becky Grover, Ann Arbor, MI, “Rising Star” – FIRST in Friendship Star Challenge, Pieced & Quilted by Jo Brickwell, Casa Grande, AZ

Third Row: “Cabin FLower” pieced & quilted by Diane Lapacek, Poynette, WI, “Come Fly with Me” pieced & quilted by Roxy Pike, Acworth, GA, “Flower Power #1: A Wrench in the Works” pieced & quilted by Audrey Manning, Middleton, WI

Bottom Row: “Bee Happy” pieced & quilted by Pat DuBois, Woodury, MN, “Here Comes the Sun Dogs” pieced & quilted by Sharon Scott, Sun Prairie, WI, “A Second Self” pieced & quilted by Pam Giesel, Yellow Springs, OH

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Top Row, left to right:  “Friendships Grow in Many Directions” pieced & quilted by Mary Deeney, Minnetonka, MN, “Nine Patch Doodle” – FIRST in Nine Patch Challenge, Pieced & Quilted by Linda Syverson Guild, Bethesda, MD, “Trios Fleches” pieced & quilted by Erin Faller, Duncannon, PA

Second Row: “Pinwheel on the Prairie” pieced & quilted by Victoria Mansfield, Brisbane, Australia, “Flower Garden” pieced & quilted by Rochelle Summers, Carson City, NV, “Windmills of my Mind” pieced & quilted by Eveyln Larrison, DeForest, WI

Third Row: “Anserini Asters” pieced & quilted by Trisha Frankland, Lodi, WI, “Green Power”, pieced & quilted by Betsy Vinegrad, Short Hills, NJ, “Hashtag Wild Goose Chase” pieced & quilted by Betsy Vinegrad, Short Hills, NJ

Bottom Row: “Crop Circles” pieced by Audrey Manning and quilted by Marcia Wachuta, Middleton, WI, “Pinwheels & Posies” pieced & quilted by Mel Beach, San Jose, CA, “Joy” pieced & quilted by Debbie Silva, Deatsville, AL

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Top Row, left to right: “Branching Out” pieced & quilted by Elizabeth Schmidt, Engelwood, FL, “Flat, Straight, and Square” pieced & quilted by Trisha Frankland, Lodi, WI, “Blue Goose” pieced & quilted by Becky Grover, Ann Arbor, MI,

Second Row: “Twirl” pieced & quilted by Trisha Frankland, Lodi, WI, “Violet Snowball” pieced by Dayna Thwaits and quilted Marcia Wachuta, Lodi, WI, “Friendship Star in Indigo” pieced & quilted by Linda Syverson Guild, Bethesda, MD

Third Row: “Colorado Beauty” pieced & quilted by Jill Cranford, Ottawa, IL, “Last Evening of Summer Vacation” pieced & quilted by Roxy Pike, Acworth, GA, “ Meet Me at Infinity” pieced & quilted by Diane Lapacek, Poynette, WI

Bottom Row: “Bubbling Blues” pieced & quilted by Marcia Wachuta, Boscobel, WI, “Indigo Buntings” pieced & quilted by Cheryl Snellgrove, Autaugaville, AL, “Pinwheel Farm” – FIRST in Pinwheel Challenge, pieced & quilted by Linda Syverson Guild, Bethesda, MD

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Top Row, left to right: “All Wired Up” pieced & quilted by Victoria Mansfield, Brisbane, Australia, “Raspberry Beret” pieced & quilted by Erin Faller, Duncannon, PA, “Everything’s Coming up Violets” pieced & quilted by Jo Brickwell, Casa Grande, AZ

Second Row: “Circle of Friends” pieced & quilted by Diane Lapacek, Poynette, WI, “Pinwheels at Midnight” pieced & quilted by Lisa Foslien, Lake Stevens, WA, “Binary Log Cabin” by Mel Beach, San Jose, CA

Third Row: “Not my Mother’s Geese” by Lisa Foslien, Lake Stevens, WA, “Follow Me” pieced & quilted by Jill Cranford, Ottawa, IL, “Solstice at Moonrise” pieced & quilted by Trisha Frankland, Lodi, WI

Bottom Row: “Singing to the Lights” pieced & quilted by Rochelle Summers, Carson City, NV, “Stars Abound in Hollywood” pieced & quilted by Roxy Pike, Acworth, GA, “Just Because II, pieced & quilted by Mary Deeney, Minnetonka, MN

 

The next chance you’ll have to see some of the Focus Quilts on display will be at the 2016 Quilt Expo in Madison, WI, September 8th – 10th.