Baby Lock Lyric WINNER!

Last November I finished my quilt “Sake Bomb” for the Modern Quilts “Unlimited Everything Old is New Again Challenge”. 

Sake Bomb Quilt by Kim Lapacek

There was voting and I hounded everyone for their votes, and my friends hounded their friends for votes for me and then their friends hounded their friends for votes and so forth.  The team effort paid off and I was proudly chosen as the winner!  It was surreal!  I won an amazing prize pack that included tons of fabric from Michael Miller, a prize basket from Modern Quilts Unlimited, piles of batting from Mountain Mist, and a fantastic amount of thread from Superior Threads.  It’s been amazing!

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The other week my final prize arrived at my door … a brand new Lyric sewing machine from Baby Lock!

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This is the first time I’ve ever won a sewing machine and I have to admit it felt pretty awesome.

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The Lyric is all set up and has been played on and sewed on.  I know this may sound silly to many but the automatic threading on this machine is incredible!  So quick, easy and no hassle.  It has TONS of gorgeous stitch options (perfect for making the Dresden Neighborhood) and I don’t know about you, but once you have a machine that cuts it’s own thread it’s hard to go back – and don’t worry, the Lyric cuts its own thread.

Thank you to all the sponsors for the prizes and thank you to all of you for voting for my quilt!  I couldn’t have done it without you!

Toe Shoes–A Quilted Art Piece

This past weekend we celebrated Cedi’s 6th recital, Capri’s 5th recital and Pip’s 3rd recital with Miss Erin of Center Stage Dance Academy.  It was an amazing (two) recitals and I can’t say enough good things about the girls’ teacher – Miss Erin.

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She gave an amazing speech before the first recital and my favorite quote from it was “It’s not your label that defines you but your dreams.”  Seriously – not sure if I could ask for a better role model for my three girls.

Toe Shoe Art Quilt by Kim Lapacek

I just had to make Miss Erin a little gift for all of her hard work, dedication and love for my girls. 

Toe Shoe Art Quilt by Kim Lapacek

I share the whole process of this piece “toe shoes” at the ThermOWeb blog HERE.Toe Shoe Art Quilt by Kim Lapacek

But let me just say – I’m having a lot of fun using the HeatNBond®’s Inkjet Transfer Sheets.  It’s such a cool way to transfer a picture to fabric and if you use the sheets made for light fabrics the pattern of the fabric comes through the picture.  Definitely my new favorite technique!

I still have about 300 photos to edit but here are a few from the recital on Saturday …

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The three girls pre-recital!

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Pip in her dance!

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Capri

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And Cedi.

I’ll admit – I teared up quite a few times on Sunday.  It’s so cool to see kids thoroughly loving showing everyone what they’d been working hard on.

Aurifil Artisan - 2017

Woot! Woot!  I’m super excited to announce that I’m officially an  Aurifil Artisan for 2017! I LOVE Aurifil Thread and I couldn’t be happier!

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Check out who else will be working with Aurifil this year on the AuriBuzz!

May I–A May Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge

Hello everyone!  Happy Cinco de Mayo!  I realized this morning that I completely spaced to post the May Project QUILTING Off-Season Challenge for Project QUILTING.  We’re going to keep it simple and stick with the wide open theme…

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May I?

That’s it – May I?  Simple.  Feel free to interpret “May I” however you’d like.  Make it whatever size you like. 

Consider adding a few personal rules of your own for these off season challenge – like all 24-inch quilts, or each one must have a flying geese block in it somehow, or they all have to be star wars themed … etc.  Just share in your post how it was inspired by “May I” and anything else you want folks to know about your piece.

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THE RULES:

1. Your project should be inspired by the phrase “May I?”

2. Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline (May  5th, 2017 through May 31, 2017). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 
3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after May 5th, finished by May 31st)
4. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:

  • Include patchwork.
  • Include appliqué.
  • Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine. 55

5. Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, at noon CDT. Alternately, you may email the picture and description to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by 11am on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017. Yes - that deadline is one hour earlier because it requires more work for Kim (which she is FINE with).
When you create your PQ entry's blog post or instagram or flickr image, please include:

  • a description of your creative process,
  • the overall size of your project (it's so hard to tell in a picture!)
  • where you are (ie, I create in Lodi WI)

If you decide to just directly upload your image to the link up party please email Kim {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} this information so she can share it with everyone else.

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SOCIAL MEDIA LINKING:

Please use the hashtag #pqSeason8 when posting on social networking sites to help spread the word about this fabulous quilting challenge!

Share progress pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and your blog - seeing your process and how you get to the final project is part of the fun!

If you can, post your project to the Project QUILTING Flickr Group because that's how I make mosaics and it's fun to see them grouped together there.

Make sure you like Project QUILTING on Facebook.

We have created a ‘Challenge Quilts’ Facebook Group for you to share your thoughts, questions, and friendship on PQ and other quilting challenges. Just ask to join.

With that – good luck and have fun!

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Prizes for EACH PARTICIPANT! 

logo_crafty_sewing_150x150Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing and Quilting has generously offered to give each participant  a PDF Downloadable Pattern from her Craftsy Pattern Store!  How cool is that?  When you finish the challenge and link up to the post just email Marcia {marcia (at) craftysewing (dot) com} to redeem your prize!

 

Be sure to LINK UP your finished projects by Noon on May 31st!

Month 4–Flying Geese–Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along

Happy May Day!  When I was a kid we would fill a basket with flowers and treats, leave it on the neighbors doorstep, ring the doorbell and run away. Instead of flowers and treats I’m going to share with you the blocks for the 3rd month of the Fat Quarter Shop “Bella Skill Builder”.

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The block assignment for this month is not too intense – just 12 flying geese blocks sewn into three rows to be placed within the quilt.  I love flying geese – they look more complicated to piece than they are and make a great addition to any quilt!

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I used a lot of different scraps of my bella solids to make the flying geese blocks.  It was a great way to help bring unity to my crazy, scrappy quilt!

It’s not required but the “Small Flying Geese Ruler” helps to trim your blocks perfectly!

Now head on over to the Jolly Jabber to see what other bloggers and quilters are doing with their Bella Sampler Quilts!  It’s so fun to see all the different versions!

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The Promise of Spring–A Quilt Finish

Hello everyone!  You may have noticed that I took a few weeks off from blogging.  I had my birthday in there, a couple of teaching/talk gigs, and a quilt retreat with 13 friends from all over the US.  It was great!

But I’m back and I have a new quilt finish to share with you!

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Blend Fabrics sent me some of Cori Dantini’s “Promise of Spring” fabric line for me to make a quilt with and use Therm O Web products on.

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Many of Cori Dantini’s lines come with a panel of adorable featured creatures.  I created a log cabin pattern that you could use to feature any of her lines with a 12” x 44” panel.  You can get your own copy of the pattern from my craftsy site HERE.The Promise of Spring Quilt by Kim Lapacek

I embellished the quilt with some fun Decofoil.  Earlier this week I blogged for ThermoWeb and shared how you can embellish any project for DecoFoil! 

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It is a really great way to make your quilt pop!  I just adore this line of fabric and the quilt looks perfect hanging on my wall for spring time! 

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Linking up to Finish It Up Friday!

PS – If you ever wonder what I’m up to when I’m not blogging – be sure to follow me on Instagram @PersimonDreams.  I post daily!

Cake Mix Recipe Bake Off with the Fat Quarter Shop–Week 2

Happy Monday everyone!  (and happy birthday to my dad if he happens to be reading this)  There’s a fun “Bake Off” happening at the Fat Quarter Shop for the next few weeks that use the new Cake Mix Recipe books.  Of course – I knew I wanted to be one of the “Bakers”.

Cake Mix and Layer CakesEssentially you use a Cake Mix Recipe and Layer Cakes (a focus and background) which helps you to make six different blocks from the units created after sewing.  I decided to mix things up a bit and use Alexa Abegg’s Cotton and Steel Hat Box Layer Cake as my focus fabric with Color Daze Batiks from Laundry Basket Quilts as my background fabrics.Cake Mix Recipe 2

You layer two 10” layer cake squares together and then stitch along the lines as indicated on the recipe sheet … right through the paper.  Once you cut out the blocks according to the stitches you will be left with the units to make two blocks.Hatbox Daze Quilt Top by Kim Lapacek

And here is the top I came up with!  This is made by pairing 30 layer cake squares to3ether and using the Layer Cake Recipe 2.  It measures approximately 32” x 38” and will make a great baby quilt – nice and bright!

There will be voting happening at the Fat Quarter Shop this week … you can plce your vote HERE.  Of course  - I would appreciate your support (I’m Kim L)!

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Month 3–Pineapple–Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along

Happy April 1st everyone!  I don’t have any great “fool” ideas for you but I do have something to share with you today.  That little something is a couple of blocks for the 3rd month of the Fat Quarter Shop’s “Bella Skill Builder”.

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I’d actually never traditionally pieced a pineapple block before!  I know!  Crazy!  I’ve paper pieced a few but I don’t think that’s the same thing at all.  I’m SO HAPPY that the Fat Quarter Shop required us designers to use all bella solids for this quilt.  I would never have chosen all solids on my own – but man – this is going to be an epic quilt that even I can’t believe how great the blocks are looking!

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I used the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool for piecing this block.  It was truly a game changer!  It made things so much easier.  I would highly recommend this ruler if you ever plan on making pineapple blocks! 

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I’ve said this so many times before but I LOVE samplers because of all the different methods and techniques it encourages me to use!  The Pineapple Trim Tool was definitely a win that will be added to my “go-to” list!

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I still have three more pineapple blocks to make this month!  Watch my instagram feed to see how these progress!

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I loosely laid out the blocks I have made where they will be in the final quilt.  I’m really happy I did that because it helps show me that I’m going to need some more blue on the left side and perhaps some darker colors in the bottom right.  I’ll keep doing this as I get more and more blocks made to help maintain balance even in all the scrappiness. 

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For good measure, I had to share with you all the blocks I have finished so far.  I’m seriously falling more and more in love with solids with each block I make!  (This is something I never thought I’d say!)

Head on over to the Jolly Jabber to see what other bloggers and quilters are doing with their Bella Sampler Quilts!  It’s so fun to see all the different versions!

Hand Dyed Dresden Neighborhood

Happy Friday everyone! I finally have a Friday Finish to share with you!

I’ve actually had it finished for a bit but completely forgot to share it on my blog.

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Surprise!  It’s another Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt!  This special quilt was made as a sample for Blue Bar Quilts.  Blue Bar Quilts is a new quilt shop that is opening in Middleton in the next month or so!  I can’t wait!!!!

The houses are made from a mixture of fabrics hand-dyed by Pam Niebauer, Creative Art Textiles, indigo-dyed by Jennifer Falkowski, and couple of prints from Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s fabric collection.  All of these will be available to purchase at Blue Bar Quilts and my pattern too!

Dutch Tulips Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

It’s time for another great quilt along with the Fat Quarter Shop – the Dutch Tulips Quilt Along.  When they asked if I wanted to sew along with it they told me I could use any fabric I wanted.  These are my favorite kind of quilt alongs!  I love sharing with you all my “odd” fabric choices and I’m sure you’ll agree that this time is no different.

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I decided to go scrappy!  I know – Shocker!  If I went a little bigger this would have been an ideal project for the Scrap Quilt Challenge.

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I also decided to make a table runner/table topper.  It’s going to look awesome on my table for Easter this year!

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This quilt is a mixture of traditional piecing and applique.  I love using mixed techniques.  The Orange Peel Set of Impressions Quilting Templates are very useful in making the tulip leaves.

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The pattern calls for all the same size leaves … but I had to tweak a couple … or seven and making them just one size larger because I could.

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I fused Heat N Bond Lite onto the assortment of green fabrics before making them into leaves.  This made placing them and setting them until I’m ready to quilt them easy peasy.

Dutch Tulip Quilt Top by Kim Lapacek

I tried taking photos of the quilt this morning … it was quite windy …

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Luckily, the clothespins held for at least a little while so I could get a decent shot.

Dutch Tulip Quilt Top by Kim Lapacek

I think the scrappy white tulips are pushing it a little but I do like the interest it adds to the piece.  Three different beige fabrics were used to piece the back.  I promise I’ll share with you the finished quilted project when it’s done!

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Head over to the Jolly Jabber (aka the Fat Quarter Shops blog) to see how YOU can join in the Dutch Tulips Quilt Along and see what other bloggers created from this great pattern.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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You can also get a Dutch Tulips Quilt Kit at the Fat Quarter Shop!
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Project QUILTING–Late to the Party

Hello everyone!  This is my FINAL post about Project QUILTING Season 8 – I promise!

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This year I added new link ups – link ups that never close.  I wanted to add these for those who had something come up and didn’t quite make the deadline.  We still want to see what you come up with!  This link up is for ANY project finished after the deadline that was inspired by the challenge.  It doesn’t even have to be started during the challenge – just link it up!

Here are six link ups below – one for each of the season 8 challenges.

Eight is Great Project QUILTING Challenge

 

Carolina Lily Project QUILTING Challenge

 

Tuned Into Texture Project QUILTING Challenge

 

Brighter the Better Project QUILTING Challenge

 

Well-Dressed Man Project QUILTING Challenge

 

Time is UP! Project QUILTING Challenge

 

The seventh link up is for any project you’ve created from

ANY Project QUILTING Challenge

since it began in 2010!  Don’t be shy – share your work!

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