Carolina Lily–Challenge 2 of Project QUILTING Season 8

You STUNNED us with your Project QUILTING 8.1 challenge pieces, and we know you're anxiously awaiting our second challenge. And this week's challenge is just a bit different because variety is the spice of life, right? Let's take a closer look at the CAROLINA LILY.photo by Beverly Slone

The Carolina Lily blooms golden orange across the American South in late summer, and is the official wildflower of North Carolina.

It's similar to the Tiger Lily we see in the northern part of the US, although they're different plants.

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The Carolina Lily also is a quilt block that was especially popular in the mid-19th century.

A couple years ago the American Quilter's Society had a traveling exhibit of quilts made for the National Quilt Museum's "New Quilts from an Old Favorite" contest. 
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So this week, let's look to the Carolina Lily for inspiration: it's both an under-appreciated block ripe for reinterpretation, and a vivid and prolific bit of flora.

I can't wait to see how you're inspired by this theme. Will you piece it or applique? Recreate the original block, modernize it, recolor it, make a more realistic garden image, or be inspired simply by its vibrant color?

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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.

8.2-button-bigTHE RULES:


1. Your project must be somehow inspired by the Carolina Lily
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 15 through January 22, 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 15, finished by January 22).
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.
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, January 22, 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, January 22. Yes - that deadline is one hour earlier, because it requires more work for Kim.

6.  You may make more than one quilt during the week but your name will only be entered for prizes once. 

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.

photo by Roger Trentham
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKING:
Please use the hashtag #pqSeason8 when posting on social networking sites to help spread the word.


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

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

Challenge 2 Project QUILTING Prize List

I almost forgot that I have to post the prizes for the second Project QUILTING Challenge!  My girls are both in a basketball tournament all day today so I’m technically writing this on Friday PQ-button-with-heart-quilt-biggernight.  I know you’re all jealous of my crazy Friday nights!  I want to be sure help get you super excited for the 2nd Project QUILTING Challenge of Season 8 by showing you all the prizes up for grabs!  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 once the challenge closes.

Prize 1


HomeMiniQuilt-JacquelynneStevesHome in My Heart Quilt Pattern with full color diagrams, color way options and coloring sheet from Jacquelynn Steves.

Prize 2

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Mixed Bag Charm Pack from Moda!

Prize 3

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One of these mini spool sampler thread collections from Aurifil!

Prize 4


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This lovely Liberty Headband from Pointelle Design!

Prize 5

“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

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

Prize 7

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The pattern “Star Crossed” from Color Girl Quilts

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

Prize 9


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

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









Prize 11

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


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Recipes of the Week!


Secrets Of Slow Cooking: Mastering The Braise


Just keep them coming!  We can never have too many “go to” meals!  I asked for slow cooker meals this week.  You get them started during the day and it’s all ready by mealtime! 
This past week I made a pork tenderloin … I made 3lbs of pork tenderloin.  Needless to say I had 2.5lbs of leftover pork tenderloin.  So – I made Carnitas.  They were amazing!  We had a friend over on Wednesday night who helped eat up most of it but my hubby and I had the leftover leftovers as sliders for dinner tonight.  Basically 3 meals for 1 prep! 

Anyway – here’s what the folks from the Challenge Quilt group shared:

From Erin Zee: 
skinless boneless chicken breasts - your fave BBQ sauce. cook all day. shred. put on hamburger bun at dinnertime. delish!

from Deb F:
3-4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, 48 ounces chicken broth, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of chicken with mushroom soup put all in crockpot on low 6 hours. Take chicken out and shred then add back in crock pot and add a bag of home style noodles. Cook until noodles are done. I have started this on high for a couple hours then turn down to low to finish.

from Jen M:
Pulled Beef and dip sammies - 2 lb chuck roast - add 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1.5 cups water - some garlic powder and onion powder and cook on low for 8 - 9 or HI for 4 - 5 - when it is done, use a fork and tongs to pull the beef apart - throw away fat and connective tissues - use a separator to get the fat off the dipping sauce and slap into a bun and enjoy!

from Denise B:
Whole chicken. One cup water mixed with Lipton herb soup packet (sold 2 in a box)... Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

from Jo B:
Crock Pot Cranberry Pork
INGREDIENTS: 
1 (16 ounce) can cranberry sauce
1/3 cup French salad dressing
1 onion, sliced
1 (3 pound) boneless pork loin roast
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a medium bowl, stir together the cranberry sauce, salad dressing, and onion. Place pork in a slow cooker, and cover with the sauce mixture.
2.Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours, or on Low for 8 hours. Pork is done when the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken
INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, or more to taste
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 (14.5 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
DIRECTIONS: 1. Drizzle olive oil into the slow cooker. Place chicken breasts on top of oil and season each breast with salt and pepper. Top chicken breasts with onion slices, garlic, oregano, basil, rosemary, and thyme. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over seasoned breasts and pour tomatoes on top. 2. Cook in the slow cooker set to High until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 4 hours.


The Everyday Gourmet: Essential Secrets Of Spices In Cooking

PQ Challenge 1 Prize Winners

I’m excited to announce the prize winners for the first Project QUILTING challenge.  Instead of picking and photographing the winner drawing process this season I’m going to be doing a live drawing of the winners on the Project QUILTING facebook page.  If you missed it – it will be up to view whenever you have time to stop by.  On here I’ll just post the names.

We’re going to start the prizes off with the “Viewer’s Choice” winner.

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IMG_4757Congratulations to Liz M and her quilt “8 Birds on a Wire”!  Watch your mailbox for

“Sunday Drive by Pat Sloan” for Moda Fabrics Layer Cake plus a few other bonuses I might throw in!

 

And now … the randomly drawn prizes!  I hope the live feed went okay!

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Prize 1 – WINNER: Linda M – The Pieceful Kingdom

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One of these mini spool sampler thread collections from Aurifil!

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Prize 2 – WINNER: ilovemybaronie Melissa Meinhardt

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Mixed Bag Charm Pack from Moda!

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Prize 3 – WINNER: Leah of Quilted Delights

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

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Prize 4 – WINNER:  Heather K – A Reformed Heath’n

“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.

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Prize 5 – WINNER: karen blumeshaffer

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

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Prize 6 – WINNER: Joy – Am I shouting yet?

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2 sets of Quilt Labels – Cozy Afternoon & Maggie’s First Dance from Jacquelynne Steves

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Prize 7 – WINNER: Kathy E – Sparkles, Sprinkles & everyday Crap

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The pattern “Sparkle” from Color Girl Quilts

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Prize 8 – WINNER: Deb F

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A pair of Liberty Fabric button earrings from Pointelle Design!

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Prize 9 – WINNER: Nicole – minibea123

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My Favorite Apron” pattern from Perkins Dry Goods!

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Prize 10 – WINNER: Barbara – Cat Patches

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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!

 

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Prize 11 – WINNER: Fawn Benzing

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

 

 

 

 

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Congrats to all of our winners and thanks once again to our sponsors!  The next Project QUILTING Challenge will be posted tomorrow at Noon (Wisconsin Time) right on this blog!

10th Birthday Mystery Quilt–Finished!

I’m excited to have a finish to share with you today!  I made this quilt top in 2016.  The pattern was a mystery quilt that celebrated my quilt guild’s 10th birthdayIMG_4848I knew when I started that it would be a decent sized lap quilt and perfect for my daughter Capri.  I picked out colors that she likes – mint/aqua, red, orange and pink.  The pink background fabric is actually full of fairies which Capri loves. The mystery directions left us with a square quilt … which is fine … but I prefer my quilts to be rectangular.  I only added borders to the top and bottom. of the quilt.  To create continuity I bound the quilt in the same orange/yellow batik that I used in the top and bottom borders.  I feel like border technique was quite successful.

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Then – I dropped the quilt off at a local long arm quilter – Kim Van Etten.  She free motion quilts on her machine.  I just love what she did with this piece!IMG_4853I pretty much gave her no direction either.  I like to let whomever is quilting have the reigns and do what they are feeling instead of making them do something that they aren’t dreaming of.  The one thing I told her was that Capri liked tiny things.  Kim “hid” different things in the quilting – like the dragonfly above.

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And I just liked this because she quilted around the fairy to really emphasize her.

This was technically my final finish of 2016 but the weather wasn’t cooperative enough for photo’s so it’s going to go down in the 2017 records.

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.

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I’m excited to be a new affiliate for Quilty Box!  This is a fun monthly box full of quilty goodness ranging from fabric, thread, patterns, and other tools!  It’s a great way to discover gadgets and gizmo’s that other quilters love!

I Made a Quilt in Just One Week

The first Project QUILTING Challenge is complete!  Can you believe that 146 quilts were created in just one week!?  If you were one of the folks that completed the challenge we made a special “award” (aka button) just for you.1-week-button lg

Feel free to save this button add to your blog/facebook/social media wherever and link back to the Project QUILTING page so folks can see how they can earn a badge too!

Don’t forget – you get until Friday to vote for your TEN favorite quilts created in the “Eight is Great” challenge

Eight is Great–Time to Vote

TIME TO VOTE!  Choose your TEN Favorite Quilts below that were created for the Project QUILTING Eight is Great Challenge and click on the heart to vote (upper right corner)!  You can click on the photo’s themselves to read the “story” behind the quilt – my favorite part!  When you stop please take a minute to comment on your favorite thing about the quilt!  Let’s make Project QUILTING an inspiring, uplifting community that encourages and supports each other in positive ways!  Vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right corner of the image.

I am completely blown away by the number and quality of the entries for the first Project QUILTING Challenge!  Wowsa!  The previous record for most quilts finished in a one week Project QUILTING Challenge was 82.  This week - 146 quilts were started and finished!  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The quilt with the most votes will receive …
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Voting will close on Friday, January 13th at 8pm, CST.  Spread the word to your family and friends!
 
Everyone gets TEN votes so they can vote for you and then nine other quilts that they like best! 
The “Viewer’s Choice” winner & random prize winners will all be announced on Saturday, January 17th.


There are a few of us who can’t qualify for prizes but still want to share with you what we created for the Project QUILTING challenge.  I’ve created a special link up for us!  Not only will we be linking up here but if you didn’t finish the challenge in time you’re welcome to link up below so folks can see your finished project – whenever that may be!


If 8 is Great, 108 is even Better–Project QUILTING 8.1

When the first Project QUILTING challenge of the season was announced I had literally finished probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done – a 108 Sun Salutation Hot Yoga class.  It was a great way to start the new year out – but it was physically insane!  It took me at least four days to be able to pick something off the ground without groaning!  I’m all better now though and have been to three more hot yoga classes since.  Anyway – what does this have to do with the Project QUILTING Challenge??

Well – if “8 is Great, 108 is even Better.”  That’s what I came up with.  I designed a quilted yoga mat for Yin classes.

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It features farm animals doing yoga!  I just love these guys!  AND to top it off – there are 8 different squares of yoga animals.IMG_4862

I drew my plan out on graph paper and then I had to count each piece that was going on here – there are 108 total different pieces used to piece the top. 

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I was inspired by the colors of the barn wall in the hot yoga room I go to.  (Quilted yoga mat pictured is my original design “Flying Boat”)IMG_4865I free motion quilted this piece on my Bernina.  I call it “yoga quilting.”  I just let the quit and the thread tell me what it wanted to do.  IMG_4867I did a lot of “8” patterns and meandering. IMG_4869I didn’t quilt over the animals … just around them.IMG_4872

Every time you look at this piece you’ll notice something different!

It’s been in the negative temperatures around here so I opted to have hubby hold the quilt up for pictures.  I hope to get outside soon though and get my traditional “fence” pictures of this one.  I will be gifting this to a yoga instructor who has made a huge difference in my world.