Chubby Churn Dash Mini Quilt

The 2015 Aurifil Designer of the month for February was Joanna Figueroa.  I love these designer features each month.  I enjoy reading the designers ‘story’ and finding out how they got started, where there inspiration come from and more.  As a bonus – they share a free pattern for making a mini.  When I saw this months ‘Chubby Churn Dash’ quilt – I knew it was time to pull out some of my special fabric. IMG_7677These two fabrics are my own original fabrics that I had made on spoonflower.

Topography

This piece of fabric is a sketch I drew of the topography of our orchard for my quilt ‘Tree Topography.’  This is about as neutral as I get!

Rainbow

And this piece of fabric is made from a picture I took of a piece of fabric that my daughter, Mercedi, hand dyed.  All the textures in this piece make me drool!  It’s not very common that I only use two pieces of fabric in a quilt but I think there are enough colors in ‘rainbow’ to make up for that.

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Before I knew it, the top of the quilt was finished!

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Now … what thread do you I use?  Besides the obvious choice of using aurifil thread for quilting – choosing the color was going to be the hard part.  Wouldn’t every one of these look fabulous!IMG_7728

And so that’s what I did – I used all of them !  I decided to quilt my rainbow quilt in a rainbow of aurifil threads!

IMG_7732I went diagonally across the quilt using a fancy serpentine stitch.  It was so much fun!  You can learn more about this technique in the Craftsy Class ‘Creative Quilting with your Walking Foot’ by Jacquie Gering.IMG_7847

The only thing I wish is that I would have a had a bit more brilliant of a yellow. I know it would have still blended like the yellow I used did, but I think it might have shown up in the lighter sections a bit better.  I’m so in love with the serpentine stitch!

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I bound this quilt simply in black.  It just needed something to ‘stop’ the color and I’m beyond happy with the results!

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Layout 9 for the #scrappycrownalong

I’ve decided I need to make a ‘To Do’ list first thing in the morning every day!  I’ve had a crazy productive morning with just four (out of fourteen) things left on today’s lift!  After I publish this post I’ll be down to just three things!  Wowza! 

It’s time to share with you the plan for the 9th #scrappycrownalong layout.

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To make this block – you need to make

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Here are the first eight 30” block layouts in EQ7. It’s so exciting to see there are only four to go!

We’re three-quarters of the way there!  Woot!

I have to admit that I have not finished my block for the 9th layout yet.  My pieces are all cut and ready to be put together but with Capri’s birthday party this weekend it just didn’t happen.  I will finish it up soon though and post so you can see it!  I can guarantee that I’ll be using some of my alternate options for the 5” #scrappycrownalong blocks instead of making them all Crown of Thorns!

Layout 10 will be posted next Monday.  Just three more layouts to go and we’ll have enough blocks for a king size quilt! 

Please use #scrappycrownalong to share your photo's!
Also - join in the #scrappycrownalong flickr group and share your progress photo's there!

My Favorite Fabric - Challenge 5 of Project QUILTING

Good morning everyone!  We’re enjoying a fairly lazy morning here at the Lapacek household.  The whole family is getting prepared for the next Project QUILTING challenge to begin.  It’s always an exciting time!

Every week that you enter a piece for the challenge you are entered into a literal hat to win one of the amazing prizes listed at THIS POST from our sponsors including Aurifil, Sew BitterSweet Designs, Mishka's Playground, Waggons West, Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting, Laundry Basket Quilts, Village Creek Quilts, Quilt Chicken and Mill House Quilts!  There will also be a special prize for the ‘Viewer’s Choice’ finished project this week.

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Arizona bundle by April Rhodes at the Fat Quarter Shop

AND, if you finish the challenge in the time allotted your name will also be added into the final hat at the completion of the season for an opportunity to win the GRAND PRIZE!  Have you checked out the Grand Prize lately?  It includes over $350 worth of INCREDIBLE prizes from the Fat Quarter Shop, Aurifil, FabricsNQuilts, Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting, Creek Side Stitches and Laundry Basket Quilts!  Inspiration, quilting, fun AND Prizes!?  Can it get much better?

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French Navy Broken Chevron at Fabrics N Quilts

The Challenge:  My Favorite Fabric

This week we’re asking you to pull out your favorite fabric.  You know, that one that’s too pretty to cut into.

  1. Use your favorite fabric.  You can add as many other fabrics as you’d like, but since this one is your favorite, I expect it to be easily recognized in your completed project.
  2. Be sure to take a picture of your favorite fabric and post it with your finished project.
  3. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline. Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.
  4. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
    1. Include patchwork.
    2. Include appliqué.
    3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
  5. Your project must have a name.
  6. Projects must be FINISHED and LINKED UP at the bottom of this post by Sunday, March 8th at Noon, CST.

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Laundry Basket Quilts Heart Content at Fat Quarter Shop 

Other info …

    • I would still love if everyone posted to the Flickr Group as that makes making mosaics and looking over things much easier, but it is no longer required.
    • There is now a ‘Challenge Quilts’ Facebook Group you can join in on to share your thoughts, questions, or whatever related to quilting challenges.  You can always post progress pictures there if you want too!
    • Please use the hastag #pq6 when posting on social networking sites to help spread the word
    • If this is your first time participating in Season 6 or you haven’t emailed me yet … Please email Kim at {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with ‘PROJECT QUILTING SIX’ in the subject line so that Kim can keep you updated on the behind the scenes going-ons and get all her records straight.
    • ‘How to link up to a Link Up’ post
    • If you can’t figure out how to link up … just email me picture(s ) of your project with a description and I’ll post for you … lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com

Please be sure to Link Up your project at the bottom of this page.  If you don’t link up in time you won’t be qualified for any prizes!  VERY IMPORTANT!

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Fat Quarter Collection Hoffman Batiks 1895 Green from Mill House Quilts

Link up either a blog post, flickr image or instagram to the linky by Sunday, March 8th, 2014, at noon, CDT.

Challenge 5 Prize Post–Project QUILTING

The fifth challenge for Season 6 of Project QUILTING will be revealed in just mere hours.  Let’s check out what random prizes are up for grabs this week!

PRIZE 1

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Fantasia a collection of Aurifil floss for hand embroidery by Sara Lawson Collection. 

PRIZE 2

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Bear’s Candy Topper Pattern and the Ladies’ Album Mini Charm Pack from Village Creek..

PRIZE 3

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Mishka's Playground is giving one lucky person a choice of a pattern from her store including the newly released 2015 quilt-along - Aiming for Accuracy II!

PRIZE 4


Waggons West is donating a custom quilt label!

PRIZE 5

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Geese in the Fields Pattern from Mill House Quilts

PRIZE 6

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“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.

PRIZE 7

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

PRIZE 8

Sew BitterSweet Designs is giving one lucky person a choice of a pattern.

PRIZE 9

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Garden Trio from Laundry Basket Quilts.

PRIZE 10

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This fabulous key fob made by Trisha Frankland of Quilt Chicken

 

A HUGE thank you to all my sponsors and supporters!  Without these prizes and without folks actually participating in my challenges Project QUILTING would not be as exciting as it is!

247 quilts have been made this so far in Season 6!  This is absolutely AMAZING! 

Have a Heart Project QUILTING Winners

Happy Saturday everyone!  It’s another cold one today here in Wisconsin.  I’m hoping March brings some warmer weather … at least above zero.
49 beautiful quilts were made for the Project QUILTING Have a Heart Challenge! Let’s see who won people’s choice and the random prizes.

Viewer’s Choice

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Congratulations to Leah of Quilted Delight’s for winning ‘Viewer’s Choice’ by getting 132 votes for her quilt My Growing Heart! 
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10 Small Spools of Aurora from liah duncan for Aurifil Thread will soon be arriving in the mail for you!
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You also get to pick a pattern from Mishka's Playground including the newly released 2015 quilt-along - Aiming for Accuracy II!

Our Viewer’s Choice Runner up is …

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Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks with her quilt ‘Love You to Pieces’
Carla will be so excited to get mail in a few days and find the following …
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This fabulous key fob made by Trisha Frankland of Quilt Chicken
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Your very own Project QUILTING Duffel Bag!

Random Prizes

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45 names went into the magic hat!  (Diane, Capri, Mercedi and I can’t win prizes).
Now it’s time to see who my girls picked to win the random prizes!

PRIZE 1

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Priory Square by Katy Jones Collection of mini spools of Aurifil Thread will be heading to …
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Judee Koda!

PRIZE 2

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“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.
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Congratulations Quilted Delights!
PRIZE 3
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:
  • Summer Tomatoes Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Textures Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Quilted Checkbook or Calendar Pattern – PDF
  • Quilted Pocket Purse – PDF
  • Turn a Quilt into a Bag Pattern – PDF

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    Pip was super excited to pick Jan Lum!
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    Another quick picture of Pip because she just looks so cute in her first gymnastics leo!

    PRIZE 4

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    Mishka's Playground is giving one lucky person a choice of a pattern from her store including the newly released 2015 quilt-along!  And that lucky person is …
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    Quilt It Baby!

    PRIZE 5


    Waggons West is donating a custom quilt label to …
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    PK Soldberg!

    PRIZE 6


    Sew BitterSweet Designs is giving one lucky person a choice of a pattern.
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    Pip was adamant that this was the last name she was drawing!  Congratulations Pamela Wickman!

    PRIZE 7

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    Silhouettes from Laundry Basket Quilts will be mailed to …
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    KKreig!

    PRIZE 8

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    Sidewalk Café Table Runner from Mill House Quilts will be hand delivered to …
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    Trisha of Quilt Chicken!

    PRIZE 9

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    Charm Raising Pattern and the Best.Day.Ever! Charm Pack from Village Creek.. will be heading to …
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    Carol Johnston!

    PRIZE 10

    A good friend of mine, Trish Frankland of Quilt Chicken, recently won a beyond amazing prize from the Bad Ass Quilter’s Society to celebrate reaching 8,000 followers on facebook.
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    From her prize she’d like to pass on the Quiltspirations! Cards created by LoveBugStudio’s on to our last winner of the day …
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    Congratulations to all the winners!  Check your inboxes and if you don’t hear from me by Monday don’t hesitate to contact me!
    The next challenge goes up tomorrow at noon!