Candy Corn Project QUILTING October Challenge

I’m a little late in posting the October Project QUILTING Challenge … but it’s still before midnight central time … I was distracted by some major caramel apple making.  I’ve been contemplating the October Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge all day.  I personally LOVE Halloween.  I love it for the dressing up/costume/getting candy bit of it and I love to help my girls find the magic in that.  I know it’s not for everyone though … so I didn’t wanted to shove that in your face.  Instead … I’m going with my second love of October … Candy Corn!

Candy Corn Boo-doir

The Challenge – Candy Corn

Be Inspire by Candy Corn – the shape, the colors, what it means to you – just tell us how it relates to your finished quilt. 

  • Projects should be finished by Friday, October 31st and added to the link up below.  Anytime is just fine…just as long as they’re submitted by the time the linky closes (which there’s a countdown on so you can check your time constraints). 
  • This is purely just so we have a FINISH before we get moving on the October
  • Off Season Challenge.   Not only is Project QUILTING meant to inspire you to make something you never thought you would – but it’s to help encourage you to FINISH the project too.
  • Have fun!
  • And…if you want – add them to the Project QUILTING Flickr Group too!
303/365-It's Candy Corn time!


Prize for Off Season Project Quilting Challenges: (winner will be randomly drawn from a hat)


“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 Crafty 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.


Marcia would also like to giveaway to a separate winner a prize of one of her original patterns(value $8.00).
Here are the six quilt patterns the winner will get to chose from:
  1. Summer Tomatoes Quilt Pattern – PDF
  2. Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern – PDF
  3. Textures Quilt Pattern – PDF
  4. Quilted Checkbook or Calendar Pattern – PDF
  5. Quilted Pocket Purse – PDF
  6. Turn a Quilt into a Bag Pattern - PDF
Off Season Prizes
  • One of the most stressful parts of running a fun event on my blog for me is soliciting sponsors and prizes.  Off season means I don’t have to do that. 
  • BUT if you want to donate anything to be randomly drawn for by participants in the challenge I’m happy to post about it and run the hat drawing.  If this is something you’re interested in…just email me at lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com.

Manassas Neighborhood Block Tutorial–52 Twisted Traditional Blocks

Happy October!  October 1st means I leave for Houston in just 26 days!  I am so excited to be heading to the Quilt Festival this year!  I’ll be sure to keep you all posted of my journey (did I mention I’m taking a bus from Wisconsin to Texas!?) and I’ll continue to post my block tutorials every Wednesday for the 52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along.
Manassas Neighborhood Block Tutorial for
52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along
Finished Block Size – 12” x 12”
By twisting the traditional block ‘Manassas’ we can create a cozy little neighborhood!

Cutting Instructions

IMG_13734 – 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles (all the same or all different)

4 – 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles (all the same or all different – I used a brown with gold print)
Sky (blue)
1 - 2.5” x 20” strip
8 – 2.5” squares

Grass (green)
1 – 2.5” x 20” strip
1 – 4.5” x 4.5” square

3.5” x 1” – scraps of fabric (contrasting with the fabric you chose for your houses) and fusible web (your choice)


Strip Piecing a four patch

Sew your two strips of sky and grass fabrics together the long way. Press towards the darker of the two fabrics.
Cut into eight 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles.
Place the two 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles so the green and blue fabrics are opposite of each other. Sew together with the seams ‘kissing’.
Press open. Repeat to make four 4 patches.

Flying Geese – aka Roofs

Draw a line on the wrong side of your 2.5” sky squares. Place it right sides together with a 2.5” x 4.5” roof rectangle.
Stitch along the line you drew.
Trim off the upper right triangle a quarter inch from the seam you just stitched.
Press towards the sky fabric. Place another 2.5” square with a diagonal line drawn on the wrong side right sides together as indicated in the picture above. Stitch along the line and trim the upper left triangle.
Press towards the sky. Repeat to make four flying geese aka roofs.

Put it all together

Now that you have the 4 four patch blocks and the four flying geese blocks done – layout out all your pieces on your design wall in the arrangement shown in the picture. Sew the roofs to the house fabric to create a 4.5” blocks.
You now essentially have a nine patch.
Sew these all together to make the original Manassas block.
On your scrap of fusible – draw a rectangle that is 3” x ½”, divided into four equal ¾” segments.
Fuse to your door fabric scraps. Cut the rectangles out (I went a bit wonkier than my straight rectangles just for fun).
Lay them out in your desired layout and then iron to fuse them down.
And with that…your ‘Manassas Neighborhood’ block is finished!
Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (11/1), the PDF will be $1.

I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along
Hashtag: #52bTT


September A Lovely Year of Finishes–FINISH

I kept my goal for this month pretty simple – just two blocks.  And let me tell you – I have no idea how I even manage that … but I did!  IMG_3566Last night, I headed downstairs to make the September block, Barcelona, Spain, for Pat Sloan’s Mystery Globetrotting Quilt AlongIMG_3569

And here are my nine blocks so far!  I can’t wait to see what the next step is!!!! 

Aurifil BOM

Earlier this month I finished the September Aurifil block!

So with that – September Goal is complete!

My Button

X Mark–Fresh Mini Quilt Club

I finished the July Fresh Mini Quilt Top – X Mark!


I only used THREE fabrics for this one!  Just three!  Not scrappy at all – and I followed the pattern.  It was fun playing with a more neutral color palette for this one. 


This purple ring fabric was the most exciting of the bunch.  I used this fabric for the curtains in Cedi’s Chocolate Shop in our apple store and thought it would be fun to base this quilt on the fabric.


The other two fabrics are more neutral but the theme of the circles are carried throughout each of the fabrics.

Now – I just have to figure out how to quilt it.  Any suggestions!?

Fabrics N Quilts Giveaway Winner

Happy Friday everyone!  I’m excited to be announcing the winner of the Fabrics N Quilts Giveaway which celebrated my ‘Sewing with Nancy’ debut!

113 comments were made and chose …

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Congrats to Dawn Frisch!

I've watched Sewing with Nancy for years! I love her show and can't wait to see the new season. My favorite show was when she celebrated 30 years on TV and she went behind the scenes showing us what happens behind the camera. That was so interesting.
Happy sewing

Red Bird, Blue Skies Quilt Block from Guest, Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Can you believe we’re 39 weeks into 2013!?  That means we’re three fourths of the way through the year – and three fourths of the way through our 52 Twisted Tradition block!  Today I’m super excited to be welcoming Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop as the guest blogger!  Before we see her ‘twisted’ block – let’s find out a little bit more about her!
Find Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop online!

What is your favorite thing about Quilt Alongs? 
The excitement of seeing the next block or part of the quilt! And also seeing how everyone’s quilts are all unique and fabulous.

What type of quilter do you consider yourself - traditional, modern, contemporary, other...? 
I am mostly traditional, but starting to embrace the modern.

What other quilt alongs are you participating in in 2014? 
FQS’s Wishes Quilt-Along and I just finished the Sew Scandi Quilt Along
Apples or oranges? 
Orange JUICE

Favorite Book: 
No favorite book, but I love books about true crime!
Now let’s see the twisted block!
Red Bird, Blue Skies
Seriously!?  How adorable is this block!!!!!?
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Head on over to the Fat Quarter Shop’s blog to download the tutorial so you can make you’re very own Red Bird, Blue Skies Quilt Block!  This was twisted from the tradition 'sickle' block!

I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along
Hashtag: #52bTT


Eye of the Flower Fabric

I love taking photographs that I then crop to make great images for fabrics.  Brilliant, vibrant color combined with fun geometric design is what I look for.  Here are two options of fabrics from the same photograph – just at different scales …

Eye of the Flower

Eye of the Flower

Reflected Flower Miniature

Reflected Flower Miniature

I love these both so much and can’t wait to use them in a quilt!