Eye of the Carolina Tiger | Finished Quilt

I had a TON of fun with this challenge … well technically … these challenges.  I may or may not have quite a few things on my plate at any given time and I like to combine things whenever it’s feasible.  In this case I combined the Project QUILTING challenge – Carolina Lily with the Sun Prairie Heritage Quilt Show “Hexagon” challenge.  At first I had no idea how I was going to do this but it came together faster than I thought it would.

*Side Note* – I’m going to share the ENTIRE process of this quilt – lots of pictures, lots of info - enjoy!

The Carolina Lily challenge is pretty self explanatory – be inspired by the Carolina Lily.  The other challenge – the hexagon was a bit more specific.

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We were given a blue floral-esque fabric and had to include a minimum of 3 hexagons made of the challenge fabric.  And the final piece HAS to measure 24-inch square.

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The challenge fabric inspired my choice of fabrics for the 3-inch English paper piecing hexagons I hand stitched together – a mix of blues, blue greens and even a deep blue-purple.

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Before I knew it I had a piece big enough for a dress for Pip – well, half a dress … the back really didn’t cover her very well. 

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I love raw edge piecing.  In fact my first idea for the hexagon challenge was to just raw edge piece all the hexagons in strips of fabric … I may still do that sometime … but I think this was a cooler solution.  The colors for the background where inspired by the Carolina Lily – oranges, yellows, reds – and well some pinks too just because. 

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The 3” blue hexagons fit nicely over the raw edge pieced background.  IMG_4983

Next I needed to create my very own irregular hexagon template.  I traced some of the paper piecing templates so I could scale the “petals” properly and created a six sided shape.  This idea was actually inspired by Trisha Frankland when we were chatting. 

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I drew a reference line on the irregular hexagon template so I could properly trace the six hexagons onto the English Paper Pieced (EPP) blue hexagon flower with a Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen.

 IMG_4986I pinned everything in place.  IMG_4987And you can see the lines here. 

IMG_4989I used a 30 weight Superior Thread that I won in my big prize package in December to stitch RIGHT ON each of the lines I drew and then blanket stitch along the edge of the entire blue EPP Flower.

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I have a video of how the rest was cut out HERE but my blog kept locking up when I embedded it so you’ll have to go and check it out!  Basically – the layers were all stitched together so I pulled the blue EPP away from the background and with a tiny sharp scissor I cut the blue away inside the stitching.  Slowly you could see each of the petals show up!  I then traced a hexagon in the center, stitched the lines, and cut out the center in the same method.  Which each cut I was loving it more and more!  But with the six petals and center out it wasn’t enough.

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I found another smaller hexagon template and traced it six times.

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You may have guessed that tracing onto the dark purple solid fabric was not working the best.  Instead, I used the paper template itself and stitch down right on the edge of the paper (not through the paper … directly next to it) which worked fabulously. IMG_4997It was long before I had all the sections cut out.  I then glued the hexagons in the challenge fabric down to the center and stitched those down too.  IMG_4998It was time for quilting!  I started out with my walking foot and did some echo quilting around each of the petals.  Once I felt that I had gone far enough with the echo’s I put on the free motion foot and started to play!  A few days ago I attempted my first “Plume Feather” from Angela Walter’s Book “Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters.”  I have to say by this time I felt like Olivia the pig in her first book when she learned how to make sand castles … “She got pretty good.”IMG_4999Before I knew it … the piece was quilted!  But even though it’s insane … it still needed more.

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I decided to couch down some cording onto the quilt.  First, I did the standard zig zag couching … on the left.  While I was doing that I remembered Ricky Tims telling us about a special cording foot Bernina has – the #43.  You can basically free motion quilt the cording down.  I thought that after having that foot for at least 3 years … it was time to give it a go.  It worked beautifully!  I’m officially obsessed (photo on the right).

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So … I added six blue cording and six yellow cording on.  Then I trimmed the quilt up.  I decided to face the binding.  I stepped back and knew it needed one more thing – mirrors!  I glued square mirrors into the six reverse appliqued hexagons. 

Now I’m done!

I attempted a photo shoot on my fence … in the icy fog.  The lighting wasn’t really the problem but the wind didn’t help! 

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I finally got a decent photo by laying it right down on my driveway.

And that … is the story behind my piece “Eye of the Carolina Tiger.”

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Oh!  The name!  This quilt is named “Eye of the Carolina Tiger” because when I reverse appliqued the petals one of them perfectly framed the eyes of one of Tula Pink’s tigers! When I showed my in-laws who where canning in our commercial kitchen my father-in-law asked if I was going to name it “Eye of the Tiger.”  I had to tweak it slightly but it really was a perfect name.

If you’re still with me – thanks for reading my story!  I’m going to be linking up to the non-voting Project QUILTING link up on Sunday and Finish it Up Friday!

Quilt Details:
“Eye of the Carolina Tiger”
Finished size: 24” x 24”
Pieced, quilted and embellished by Kim Lapacek, Poynette, WI

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.

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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!