Monthly Round Up–Dresden Neighborhoods

I’m just loving seeing all the different Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilts folks are making!  I have decided to do a “monthly roundup” on my blog to share with you some of the neighborhoods that are shared with me!

If you’d like your neighborhood featured you can email it to me – lapaceksorchard@gmail.com and/OR you can join my new facebook group – Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek and share it there!  Be sure to let me know if I have permission to share it (giving you credit of course)!

Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Cindy Joyce

This Dresden Neighborhood was made by Cindy Joyce!  Cindy was at the Northeast Wisconsin Modern Quilt Guild’s Dresden Neighborhood Workshop I taught back in November.  I am so happy she shared her finished quilt with me!  I adore the change in the greens for the background. 

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This Dresden Neighborhood was made by Debbie Wordehoff.  She also attended one of my Workshops that I taught in Iowa back in April!  Isn’t this just stunning!?  That quilting!!!!!

You can also share your Dresden Neighborhoods by adding them as a “Add New Project” under the Dresden Neighborhood pattern I have on craftsy.

mysmalltown_aiid1778092And that’s how I saw absheirandco’s fantastic version of this whimsical quilt!

Dresden Neighborhood by Karen Thompson

I adore Karen Thompson’s version – the bright fabrics against the grey background – just stunning!

The final Dresden Neighborhood I’m going to share with you was made by Elna Olsen of Norway!

Dresden Neighborhood by Elna Olson

(The Neighborhood is the quilt on the bottom). There are so many things I love about this – first – all the tones of red!  Just look at how stunning that is!  Also she made her quilt ROUND!!!!!  It’s amazing!  All of the doors are white – that against the tones of red and black inner circle – perfection! 

I am just loving seeing all the different versions of this little quilt.  I really think this monthly round up will help everyone else think of different things and or try new techniques with their neighborhoods too!

Interested in having me come and teach to your group?  Check out how to make that happen by going HERE.

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Tuned in to Texture–Challenge 3 of Project QUILTING Season 8

Have you ever bought a new car, and then suddenly you see that same car EVERYWHERE? It's interesting that once you're tuned in for something, you notice it all around you. So this week, I'm asking you to open your eyes.

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Once I started looking for quilting inspiration, it was everywhere: the paper towels are quilted, the manhole covers have interesting texture, even snack foods look like quilts to me. (I live in a very small town, and you have to know they don't even look twice anymore when I'm walking around the grocery store taking close-up pictures of the toilet tissue. You're welcome)

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This week, open your eyes to the patterns and textures around you and let that be your inspiration. Don't look to quilts, but instead scan the other parts of your life for textures or patterns to make a block or quilting design. I can't wait to see what you find!

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And remember: while there are fabulous prizes for PQ challenges from our amazing sponsors, this is really meant to be a fun inspiration to spark your creativity. Don't stress! Follow the call of your muse and make something that makes you happy, expands your skills, or brings joy to your life.

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THE RULES:


1. Your project must be inspired by a pattern or texture you find "in the wild" this week
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 (January 29 through February 5, 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 January 29, finished by February 5).
4. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:IMG_5147
  • Include patchwork.
  • Include appliqué.
  • Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
5. Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Sunday, February 5, 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 Sunday, February 5. Yes - that deadline is one hour earlier, because it requires more work for Kim.

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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) and .
If you decide to just directly upload your image to the link up party please email me this information so I 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 ROCK ON!
- Trish

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Please be sure to post your FINAL project just below HERE.  VERY IMPORTANT!



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Challenge 8.3 Project QUILTING Prize List

Happy Saturday night everyone! I love writing up the prize post because I am SO excited for you all.  We have some FANTASTIC sponsors and prizes this season which just makes making quilts PQ-button-with-heart-quilt-biggereven more fun! I hope you’re all really excited for the 3rd Project QUILTING Challenge of Season 8.  I have to say – when Trish emailed it to me so I could get the post ready I got tingles!  I’m confident it’s going to be a great one and you all will be super excited!  The challenge will go up tomorrow at NOON CST (aka Wisconsin Time).  Everyone who enters per the guide lines of the challenge will have their name put in a hat.  If you do multiple projects your name will still only go into the hat one time.  My girls will randomly draw the winners on “Facebook Live” once the challenge closes.

A Prize for EVERYONE who Participates!

StudioCherie has once again generously donated one of her pdf patterns to EVERYONE who successfully completes the third challenge of Project QUILTING!  Is your mouth wide open in amazement – because mine is!  WOW!

 

Prize 1

“Quilting Gift Certificate” for $30.00 off the Quilting on a Baby size quilt or larger. (Baby, Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King) from Marcia’s logo_crafty_sewing_150x150Crafty Sewing & Quilting.
The Gift Certificate will be good for 4 months starting one month after the challenge ends.  Excluding the Month of December for using the gift certificate.  The quilting gift certificate is transferable to another person, so you can share it with a friend, if you’d like.
Marcia will do an estimate based on the size of the winner's quilt top, quilting choices, thread choices, and batting and if they would like to purchase backing fabric from me. Winner can send backing fabric and batting with their quilt top, but I do have it available. This way the winner will have a good estimate of the value of your quilting prize.

Prize 2

Marcia would also like to giveaway to a separate winner a prize of one of her original patterns(value $8.00).

Prize 3

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The pattern Twirling Fans from Color Girl Quilts!

Prize 4

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Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio is giving one lucky winner a PDF pattern of their choice!

 

 

 

Prize 5

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Olive’s Flower Market Charm Pack from Moda!


Prize 6

LoveYouQuilt-JacquelynneStevesLove You! Quilt Pattern with full color diagrams, color way options and coloring sheet from Jacquelynn Steves. ***Just in time for Valentine’s day!***


Prize 7


IMG_4723One of these mini spool sampler thread collections from Aurifil!


Prize 8

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"Scattered Jewels” pattern from Perkins Dry Goods!

Prize 9

IMG_4806These fantastic Liberty Fabric Earrings from Pointelle Design!

Prize 10

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Melissa  of Sew BitterSweet Designs is generously offering TWO free patterns to one lucky winner of their choice from her Craftsy Shop!

Prize 11

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A mini charm pack plus a surprise from me (Persimon Dreams)

And with that … be sure to get everything you need to get done because you’re going to want to have time to work on the next challenge!  It’s Fabulous!

Recipe for the Week!

50705980869__9EBD8139-41E6-4B5C-97E4-02E6DC3247C3I made some fabulous soup last week – Chickpea, Kale and Sausage Soup

It was DELICIOUS and super easy to make!  I couldn’t find the sausage they said to use so I used Chorizo.  I have to admit none of my girls ate it but Jared and I both ate it two nights straight and then there was enough for me to have it for one more meal.  Definitely a winner in my book!

Project QUILTING Prize Winners for 8.2!

Hello everyone!  I’m here to post the prize winners for the previous Project QUILTING challenge!  Many of you may have seen the live drawing on Facebook but if not you can see it here:

We’re home from Capri’s basketball tournament and I’m ready to get some blogging done!  Her team played hard and won 2 of the 3 games!

Let’s start with our “Viewer’s Choice” winner!  Congratulations to masiemae and her quilt

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Carolina Lily”!  Beautiful work!  Keep an eye on your mailbox for …

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This Jelly Roll of Bonnie & Camille basics from Moda Fabrics!!!!

Prize 1

WINNER: Colleen Yarnell – Lucky Duck Day Dreams!!!!
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Home in My Heart Quilt Pattern with full color diagrams, color way options and coloring sheet from Jacquelynn Steves.

Prize 2

WINNER: Jennifer Lewis

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Mixed Bag Charm Pack from Moda!

 

Prize 3

WINNER: Amy Wierkiewicz - Awierkie

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One of these mini spool sampler thread collections from Aurifil!


Prize 4

WINNER: Barbara Moore!
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This lovely Liberty Headband from Pointelle Design!

 

Prize 5

WINNER:  Lisa Marie England!

“Quilting Gift Certificate” for $30.00 off the Quilting on a Baby size quilt or larger. (Baby, Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King) from Marcia’s logo_crafty_sewing_150x150Crafty Sewing & Quilting.
The Gift Certificate will be good for 4 months starting one month after the challenge ends.  Excluding the Month of December for using the gift certificate.  The quilting gift certificate is transferable to another person, so you can share it with a friend, if you’d like.
Marcia will do an estimate based on the size of the winner's quilt top, quilting choices, thread choices, and batting and if they would like to purchase backing fabric from me. Winner can send backing fabric and batting with their quilt top, but I do have it available. This way the winner will have a good estimate of the value of your quilting prize.

 

Prize 6

WINNER: Sewing Husband – Ed

Marcia would also like to giveaway to a separate winner a prize of one of her original patterns(value $8.00).

 

Prize 7

WINNER: SandraD Andrews

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The pattern “Star Crossed” from Color Girl Quilts

 

Prize 8

WINNER: Barrels of Monkeys – Michele

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"Uncle Joe’s Ties" pattern from Perkins Dry Goods!

 

Prize 9

WINNER: JanJans


Product Prize from ThermoWeb!  I love everything Thermoweb so I’m sure this will be fabulous and I can’t wait to see what you win!

 

Prize 10

Winner: Joan Martin Quilts

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Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio is giving one lucky winner a PDF pattern of their choice!

 

 

 

 

Prize 11

Winner: Kris Jarchow of Sew Sunshine!

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A mini charm pack plus a surprise from me (Persimon Dreams)

Congratulations to all the winners!  You should expect to get an email from me by the end of tomorrow January 29th.  If you haven’t seen anything don’t hesitate to contact me and see what’s going on!

I’ll be posting the prizes that are up for grabs for the next challenge ASAP so stop by the blog again later tonight!  The 3rd Project QUILTING Challenge will be posted at NOON tomorrow, January 29th!  See you then!

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Layer Cake Pop Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

I always enjoy getting emails from the Fat Quarter Shop excited about new patterns and quilt alongs.  Whenever time permits I love to say YES!  And this pattern – the “Layer Cake Pop!” was just too adorable not to say yes to!LCpopbloggerheader

I received the pattern early and was given the fabric requirement.  If you’re not new to my blog you should know by now I can’t do things “exactly” like the pattern. 

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In the case of these quilt alongs though I really need to follow the rules … mostly.

 

sweet Mint Jelly Roll Riley Blake DesignsThe first switch I made was to choose a fun mint jelly roll instead of the suggested white jelly roll.  My daughter Capri is obsessed with mint and I think she may be rubbing off on me!

Next was choosing the layer cake I would use.  I honestly bought two because I just couldn’t decide until I saw them with the mint.

Espresso Lane 10 karat Mini-Jewel Wilmington Prints

Espresso Lane 10 karat Mini-Jewel Wilmington Prints

and Batiks Color Daze Layer Cake Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda

the Batiks Color Daze Layer Cake Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda.

They are both just absolutely gorgeous!  It was hard to decide but after comparing the fabrics with the mint I felt that the Espresso Lane would create the impact I was hoping for.  Now I’ll just have to find something spectacular to do with my Color Daze Layer Cake … oh well!

The “Layer Cake Pop” pattern is a quick, easy, and has a fantastic secondary pattern!  Before I knew it I had six blocks whipped up.IMG_5033

Hmmm … this might be a bit TOO mint. I had to think of a way to de-mint this quilt just a touch.  Don’t get me wrong – this is gorgeous but pretty tame for a “Kim” quilt. 

After sleeping and dreaming on it I knew what to do – add pops of another solid background color (the second “Kim” switch)!

Layer Cake Pop Quilt Along pieced by Kim Lapacek

I found this great solid navy blue and ended up making three blocks to mix in with the quilt. This added an element I really enjoyed to the quilt without changing anything about the pattern!

Layer Cake Pop Quilt Along pieced by Kim Lapacek layout optionsThe trickiest part with those three navy blue blocks is deciding on which layout I liked best.  I utilized my design wall for this and after many layouts and photographs I finally decided on the one I liked best and stitched it together.

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Only the top is done … Project QUILTING has just taken up too much time … but I can’t wait for this to be quilted!  I’m not sure if I’m going to give it a go since it’s not overly large or if I’m going to send it out.  The one thing I’m sure of is there is a lot of “blank” space there for some fun quilting designs!

Layer Cake Pop Quilt Along pieced by Kim Lapacek

I finished the quilt top at 1am this morning and my original post just had late night bad lighting photos of the quilt.  This morning I headed out to the deer fence and got slightly better photograph in the fresh snow. 

I’m not the only one who made this quilt early to get you all excited!  Head over to the Fat Quarter Shop’s blog HERE so you can find out what others made and of course all the details on how you can join in the fun!

Layer Cake Pop Quilt Along pieced by Kim Lapacek

And stay tuned to see how I quilt it!

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