2017 Scrap Quilt Challenge Winners!

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Good morning everyone!  My apologies on the delay of announcing the winners of the 2017 Scrap Quilt Challenge!  With the end of apple season I just haven’t been able to catch up with things.  It’s going to work out to all of your benefit though … next years challenge will have a later due date!  Stay Tuned!

47 scrappy quilts were made for the challenge!  If you haven’t checked them out yet – I’ve posted the link up below!  Be sure to take a closer look at them all and share your encouragement and support to all these hard working quilters!

I used random.org to determine the prize winners.

PRIZE 1

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Urban Zoologie Charm Pack by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics goes to quilt 18!  Congratulations Kim Van Etten!

PRIZE 2

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Backyard Roses by Nadra Ridgeway Charm Pack for Riley Blake Designs goes to quilt 5!

Congratulations Lisa Marie!

PRIZE 3

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Pacific by Elizabeth Harman, Cool Colorstory Charm Pack for Robert Kaufman Fabrics goes to quilt 7!

Congratulations Anita SS!

PRIZE 4

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Pacific by Elizabeth Harman, Warm Colorstory Charm Pack for Robert Kaufman Fabrics goes to quilt 34!

Congratulations Dale Hinshaw McMasters!

PRIZE 5

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Doe by Carolyn Friedlander Charm Pack for Robert Kaufman Fabrics goes to quilt 25!

Congratulations tshfarm!

PRIZE 6

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Free Spirit Charm Pack goes to quilt 17!

Congratulations Lynn of Quiltin 4 Fun!

PRIZE 7

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The Kaffe Fasset Collective Charm Pack for Rowan Fabric goes to quilt 10!

Congratulations Carla!

PRIZE 8

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Sun Print 2016 by Alison Glass Charm Pack for Andover Fabrics goes to quilt 3!

Congratulations lizquiltz!

PRIZE 9

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Reel Time Charm Pack by Bridgette Heitland for Zen Chic for moda goes to quilt 1!

Congratulations bluefigquilts!

PRIZE 10

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Artisan Batiks Charm Packs by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics goes to quilt 23!

Congratulations Slice of Pi Quilts!

PRIZE 11

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A Tonga Treats for Timeless Treasures goes to quilt 6!

Congratulations Jo’s Adventures in Quilting!

PRIZE 12 – 15

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And four (4) Orange Peel Templates that were a mis-cut – 10 3/4” x 4 3/4”.  They don’t fit a precut but they are PERFECT for scrap busting!

Quilt 46 …  Congratulations BeckyJeffers!

Quilt 33 ... Congratulations Jill M!

Quilt 22 … Congratulations theMama12!

and the last winner ….

Quilt 15 .. Congratulations Sewing Out of My Comfort Zone!

Head over to the main Scrap Quilt Challenge page to find out all the details for the next Scrap Quilt Challenge!

Great job everyone!  It’s been fun seeing what you’re all creating!

If you’re not in the Scrap Quilt Challenge Group on Facebook yet I highly recommend heading on over and signing up!

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Looking for inspiration for next year!?

Here are a few of my favorite books great for “scrappy” quilts!

In Memory of Nancy Zieman

Earlier today an icon in the sewing and quilting industry – Nancy Zieman – passed away.  I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and chatting with Nancy Zieman about Project QUILTING three years ago.  It is a day I will never forget and I thought I’d share with you all my memory of the afternoon I spent with her.

I was extremely nervous.  I LOVE talking but I tend to get nerves before hand. I figure it wouldn’t be normal if I didn’t get at least a little nervous. 

Nancy Zieman and Kim LapacekOur segment was the final segment she had to tape that day and it had been a long day.  She was still gracious and poised through it all even though she had to be tired from being “on” all day.  She made me comfortable and ease as we chatted for just over 5 minutes about Project QUILTING.  I thought it would be a few takes on camera but after those five minutes of chatting they said, “That’s it!  We’re done.”  I was like, “What!?  I have no idea what I just said!?”  I was so in awe that I was actually talking to Nancy Zieman I couldn’t focus on the rest of what was happening!  Turns out the segment went really well even though I said, “Yup” ten million times and Nancy had to correct me when I said, “Wisconsin-time” instead of central time.  When it was all over she took the time to pose for a picture with me.  A few weeks later she sent me a thank you letter for being on the show with a set of her quilt cards. 

Nancy Zieman was an incredibly strong and talented woman. Her talent, inspiration, and work will be enjoyed and honored by so many of us for many years to come.

I would love for you to share your memories of Nancy Zieman with me below.  I know she’s impacted so many of us for the past 35 years.

Zephyr Table Runner–another quilted finish

Throughout the last few months I’ve been slowly working on a fun new table runner.  This runner was made for the Table Runner Bliss quilt along. I shared earlier the fabrics I chose for this project – of course they’re a bit unexpected.  Zephyr Kim Lapacek Persimon Dreams 3

I worked on the project slowly because of course it was apple season!  It was a great project for apple season though because I just worked on groups of different elements of the blocks when I had a few moments to sit down to my sewing machine.  Before I knew it – I had all the bits ready to put together into one table runner!Zephyr Kim Lapacek Persimon Dreams 2

And what a table runner it was!  This is quite the table runner finishing at 30.5” x 78.5”.  My friend Trish will love it though … she’ll just slide it to her side of the table when she’s visiting so she doesn’t stick to our table (lol – my girls LOVE syrup and honey and aren’t always the best at wiping it up after a snack).  Zephyr Tablerunner Kim Lapacek Persimon DreamsInitially I thought I was going to quilt this one myself but given its size and my time restraints with the orchard still up and running I decided to hand it over to the lovely and talented Kim Van Etten of Poynette, WI to do her magic.Zephyr Table Runner by Kim Lapacek Quilted by Kim Van Etten

The quilting she decided to do is just beautiful!  The sharp edges in the overall quilting design in portions of the quilt match beautifully with the sharp edges the piecing and fabric give to the quilt.  By not quilting so tightly in some places a secondary pattern “puffs” out of the quilt adding a fabulous bonus element to this piece.  I love just trusting her to do what she wants and seeing where that takes her!

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This was the final day of the Table Runner Bliss Quilt Along … be sure to head over to Melissa Cory at Happy Quilting to see what she made today!  And take a look back to see what other fabulous creations were made from this great book!

Also check out #tablerunnerbliss on instagram to see what’s been happening! 

Selfish Sewing–A November Project QUILTING Off Season Challenge

Happy November!  Yes – I know … I’m late again!  Oh well!  This month, many of us start working on our holiday sewing and trying to figure out what we’re going to make for everyone else.  In fact, that’s pretty much what most of us do year round – sew for other people.  This month the Project QUILTING off season challenge is to – Sew Something for YOURSELF!

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I don’t care what you sew for yourself … just make something that makes you smile, that you enjoy and that you’re proud of!

I’m going to keep it super simple this month … just link up below your selfish sewing project to share with everyone!  The link closes just before Midnight, November 30th. Alternately, you may email the picture and description to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by Noon on Thursday, November 30th. 

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SOCIAL MEDIA LINKING:
  • Please use the hashtag #pqoffseason and #projectquilting 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!

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!

The Finished Bella Skill Builder Quilt

For the last 9 months you’ve been watching as our blocks for the Fat Quarter ShopBella Skill Builder” have been put together.  Now – you get to see what each of our final quilts look like!  I’m sure you’re going to be so surprised to hear that mine is completely different than the example!

You can get the free finishing pattern here and it’s not too late to grab the Bella Skill builder Quilt Kits from the Fat Quarter Shop and press play with our friend and the Bella Skill builder quilt designer  Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life!

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Instead of using just one fabric for the border I pieced together my leftover pieces to create a fun border. 

Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Leins

I only had bella solid fat quarter bundles to work with so it was going to have to be pieced either way … I figured I might as well make it interesting!

Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein

Once I had my quilt top pieced I sent it to Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts and let her do her quilting magic.  Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein And magic she did!Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein Every time I look at this quilt I see something new and fun in the quilting that I hadn’t noticed before!Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein

If you love this quilting as much as I do – you have an opportunity to take classes from Mandy!  She’ll be teaching at AQS Quilt Week in Paducah!  Find out more details HERE.

Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein

Every single grouping is uniquely and beautifully pieced – and to top it off, the quilting doesn’t distract or take anything away from design of the quilt.  That is pure magic in the world of quilts!

Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein

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!

There’s a Facebook Group now too that you can share your work in!

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Fat Quarter Shop Basic of the Month Sale

Dresden Neighborhood Roundup

It’s been awhile since I posted some of the fabulous Dresden Neighborhood quilts others have been making.  Since I saw some great Halloween themed ones I thought today would be a perfect day to post some pictures and links!

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First up – a Creepy Bunny pictured with a Ghostly Dresden Neighborhood made by Carol Swift of Just Let Me Quilt.Fullscreen capture 10312017 110854 AM

ThatsSewKathy has made a great start on her Halloween themed Dresden Neighborhood too!

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I think it’s safe to say that Julie Youngblood is digging these Dresden Neighborhoods.  Above his her Halloween themed one

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and here is a fun, whimsical, everyday neighborhood!  I truly can’t describe how cool it is to see how everyone creates differently from a pattern you came up with.  It’s seriously just surreal.  Fullscreen capture 10312017 112327 AM

I absolutely love the drama in this black, white and red Dresden Neighborhood by sewandisew

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And I know today is Halloween but we all know that tomorrow we’re all going to start thinking about Christmas and things we need to get done.  Wouldn’t a Dresden Neighborhood mini quilt be just a perfect gift!? 

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Check out this Christmas themed Dresden Neighborhood by My Girlfriends Quilt Shop.  I just LOVE the snow on the roofs!

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I adore this fall themed Neighborhood!  Some of the house wedges were turned into trees – ADORE!!!!

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And check out this stunning, dramatic Christmas Neighborhood!!!!!  It’s incredible!  The Dresden Santa Laser Cut Out is currently sold out at Quilted Works but keep your eye on their for more – this is such a great addition!

Are you inspired too!?  Get your very own pdf version of my original Dresden Neighborhood pattern HERE

Sew Alongs with the Fat Quarter Shop

There are a couple of different fun quilt along’s happening with the Fat Quarter Shop that I’m joining in on.table runner blis

Table Runner Bliss Sew Along

The first is Table Runner Bliss.  This quilt along is already onto week 6!  Be sure to check out the great table runner’s already created and follow along with what’s coming next.  I’m going to be sharing with you my creation on the final week of this quilt along the first week in November. 

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The top is almost pieced (and I used a pretty epic fabric combination … shocking I know) and then I’ll get to the quilting.  I may even have this actually finished for the deadline instead of just the top!

Some of the fabrics I chose for my table runner are still available if you’re interested:

You can see what others have made from this great book by checking out their websites listed below.

Tablerunner Bliss Quilt Along Schedule

Spelling Bee Sew Along

The second is a long running one – the Spelling Bee Sew Along featuring the Spelling Bee Book!

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This one goes for almost 10 months! I don’t share my blocks until January and April but I think I’ll have to make a few or 10 before then.  I need to decide on exactly what fabrics I’m going to use and my end goal plan but this should be a fun one to join in!

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I hope you decide to join in on some of the fun the Fat Quarter Shop has planned!  I love seeing what everyone makes!

Orange October–a Project QUITLING Off Season Challenge

Happy October everyone!  Whoa … it’s October 9th already!  Whoops!  Oh well – good thing these Off Season Project QUILTING challenges are just for fun and inspiration!

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1.  The challenge for October is “Orange October.”  We’re going to celebrate an underappreciated color by making quilts that “read” orange!

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 (October 9th, 2017 through October 31st). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.

3. 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.

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5. Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Tuesday, October 31st, at 11:55pm CDT. Alternately, you may email the picture and description to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by Noon on Tuesday, October 31st.

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 #pqoffseason 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!

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 11:55pm on October 31st!

Lazy Pinwheel Block–Month 9 of Bella Skill Builder with the Fat Quarter Shop

I’m late again!  So sorry everyone!  Apple season is in full force which is why I made my blocks before it started … I should have also pre-blogged about it!  So … today I’m finally here to share with you my next block for the Fat Quarter ShopBella Skill Builder.”Logo

Month 9 already!  For this month, you will need the Lazy Angle Ruler to complete your Bella Skillbuilder block!

Time to grab our Bella Skillbuilder Quilt Kits and press play with our friend and the Bella Skillbuilder quilt designer  Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life! Download the free October 2017 pattern and let’s get going!IMG_5922

I chose some of the bella solid bundle stash to create my Lazy Pinwheel blocks. I tried to pull some fabrics that I notice weren’t used very much yet and needed to pulled into the quilt more.  The pattern calls for some unusual block sizes so be sure to pay attention to what you need.

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!

There’s a Facebook Group now too that you can share your work in!
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Lopspeysa Quilt Finish–Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Happy Monday everyone!  I’m one of the weird ducks that actually LOVES my Mondays … it means that my orchard is closed and I get a day of rest (aka time to quilt and/or write).  Today I’m going to share with you one of my most recent quilt finishes for Amy’s Creative Sides’ Blogger Quilt FestivalLopspeysa Quilt by Kim Lapacek

A few months ago, the Lodi Valley Quilter’s Guild had Gudrun Erla of GE Designs come speak to our guild and teach a workshop.  It was a brilliant workshop and I learned so much.   We could choose from one of two quilts in her book “Big Blocks, Big Style” and I chose Lopspeysa.  Even though I feel that I’m a fairly decent quilter it is always fun to learn new things, new methods and new ways to look at design.  Gudrun did not disappoint.

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As an added bonus – she taught us how to use her Creative Grids Stripology Ruler.  This ruler is a game changer when it comes to having to cut and I can’t recommend it enough.  Lopspeysa Quilt by Kim LapacekThe modern yet traditional look of Gudrun’s “Lopspeysa” quilt is striking but of course I had to change up how I put it all together.  The large area for solid just screamed “scrappy” to me so I pulled all of my fabrics turquoise tones and using strips of them created my own “solid” fabric.  I also used different beige fabrics and different light coral prints for the other two colors in this piece.  Lopspeysa Quilt by Kim LapacekKim Van Etten did a beautiful job quilting this piece for me.  I handed it over to her and told her to quilt it however it told her too.  She did an amazing job and I think her choices where absolutely perfect!  Lopspeysa Quilt by Kim LapacekThe back of this quilt is pieced with random pieces of turquoise fabric – sticking with the scrappy look.  Lopspeysa Quilt by Kim LapacekI think I might enter this quilt in a few shows over the next year or so but ultimately it is a piece I made for my cousin and new husband.  They have seen it and know it will be theirs soon but also are patiently waiting for me to be ready to part with it.

Now – be sure to head over to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival page and see what others are proudly sharing in this event!

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