Center of Attention–30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days with Creatin in the Sticks

This was the most perfect block for me to do today for Creatin in the Sticks “30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days” Blog Hop and Quilt Along since today is my birthday!

center of attention quilt block by Kim Lapacek

I am running a bit behind on the other blocks but I’m finding I’m quickly catching up – I have seven plus the 15th block – Center of Attention done already!  My middle daughter Capri has also started making these to create a baby quilt for her aunt.  It’s a great pattern for a beginner and she’s doing a wonderful job with it!

I have to admit I woke up with a stomach bug so I’ll be posting LOTS more pictures on Instagram on our progress … just not today.  I posted my very first block HERE if you want to check it out.

Head over to Carla’s blog to see what other designers are up to and join in the fun!  I promise it’s not too late to catch up!

Spelling Bee Quilt: Home {Quilt Along}

Good morning everyone!  I’m excited to be here this morning sharing with you not only my second block in the fun and fabulous Spelling Bee Book Quilt Along but also the adorable little quilt I made from it!

Spelling Bee Book by Lori Holt

Every Saturday for 44 weeks (this is week 28!), bloggers from across the blogiverse are sharing what they’re making with specific letters, symbols or creations from this fun and whimsical book by Lori Holt. house by Kim lapacek - Clover Persimmon Tiny Tiles Cozy Natural Dream Owl Fruit Dots Navy and Orange Gold Stripe

My block today was the house block!  The book not only includes tutorials for letters but some fun little bonus blocks as well!  I love creating quilts with houses on them (shocker right!?) so I signed up for this block right away.  IMG-1390

I used Fruit Dots Navy Gold Stripe from Cotton and Steel for the background. The stripes aren’t perfectly straight or even close to that and I love the effect they create on the block. It looks like the house is a wonky house but it’s really not!  This is perfect for me as I do love an good illusion while I piece.  Cozy Natural Dream Owl was the fabric I used for the main house.  I love how there are owls peeking out everywhere … even in the door window!IMG-1391

Since I posted about creating the letters for my last name – LAPACEK – in January I have now also pieced the house and the apple block!  I had to add an apple to the mini quilt since my family has an apple orchard.  It was just too perfect!  IMG-1389It didn’t take me long to put together the top for my quilted family name banner.  It’s dreary here in Wisconsin and took a little prodding to get the kids out of bed for the picture but I think they look adorable and they love that we now have a fun sign representing our family.

Side note … wouldn’t these little “name” banners be a really fun wedding shower gift for a new couple?  Pick two of the bonus blocks that represents the couple and then put their name in between.  Sounds pretty perfect to me!  (as long as their last name isn’t too long …)


Head over to the Jolly Jabber to see what other folks have been working on with this Quilt Along!

Here is the schedule of Quilters, be sure to visit their Blogs and / or Instagram accounts to see what they are up to and don't forget to go an visit Very Kerry Berry to see her Jar of Hearts block!


Have you seen the new “Nesting Box” the Fat Quarter Shop is offering?

Nesting Box Mystery Quilting BoxIt’s a Limited Edition Mystery Box that’s only available while supplies last!  I ordered mine – don’t miss out on the fun!

Month 4: Striped Sensation for the Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along

Good morning everyone!  I’m writing this up as I sit in a comfortable, quiet hotel room in Iowa City, Iowa.  I’ll be at the Old Capitol Quilter’s Guild today teaching my “Project QUILTING” Workshop and then my trunk show talk.  I had dinner with a couple of the ladies from the guild last night and I’m feeling that today is going to be incredible!Striped Sensation Dresden NeighborhoodBefore I find the local Starbucks, I thought I’d share with you this months inspiration – stripes!  Once again, I failed in time management and I only have my houses stitched on.  I thought about bringing supplies to add the roofs and doors in the hotel last night, but then I thought I’d get your opinion on what you would do. The “Kim” in me wants to make all the roofs in striped fabric too.  But would that be too much?  My other thoughts is go opposite and make all the roofs polka dots!  OR should I just do what I normally do and make the roofs random and not worry about the pattern?

Feel free to leave a comment here or on facebook group – Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek – on what you think I should do for the roofs!

A. Striped Roofs

B. Polka Dot Roofs

C. Random


I cut striped fabrics in both horizontal, vertical and a single diagonal orientations.  I love the movement the stripes create on the houses!  Especially when I have two wedges of vertical stripes adjacent to each other.  I almost wish I would have just cut all the wedges so the stripes were vertical … perhaps you could give it a try and show me how it looks!?

IMG_0614And of course, once the houses are trimmed … a 100% new look appears!IMG_0624

I didn’t debate too long on what fabric I wanted to use for my background.  This large scale poppy print from Laura Gunn was just calling to me from my shelf!  I just love how the poppies “pop” in the background! 

I used aurifil thread to stitch the wedges down … next up – the roofs and doors!  I’ll be sure to add in the picture of the finished  “Striped Sensation” Dresden Neighborhood for the April #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL all pieced together. 


Now it’s your turn!  Let’s see what you come up with for your  Dresden Neighborhood for the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL!  Feel free to share photos in my facebook group “Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek”, post to instagram with the hashtag #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL and/or link up below!



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    Season 9 Grand Prize Winner!

    Before we get to announcing the Season 9 Grand Prize Winner I’m going to share a few fun stats from Season 9 and go through the amazing prizes that ONE lucky participant will win!

    667 quilts were made in Season 9!

    204 people made at least one quilt for a challenge!

    52 people participated in all six challenges!

    In order to have your name in the Grand Prize Winner Bucket … you had to complete at least one of the six challenges.  Your name went in the bucket for EACH Project QUILTING Challenge.  If you completed all six of the challenges – your name went into the bucket an extra time!

    Now … let’s take a closer look at all the great prizes!


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    Aurifil will be giving the grand prize winner one of their big spool of thread boxes!  I’ll post a picture of the exact one once I know exactly which one is up for grabs!



    logo-3$30 worth of PDF Patterns!
    You’re going to have a hard time picking just $30 worth!  Amy’s patterns are fabulous and easy to follow! (I’ve made a few)!  My personal favorites (I limited myself to 5) would have to be Bushel Basket of Apples (I know – shocker!), Camper, Hexie Case, Little Lady, and Interlock Quilt Pattern.



    hunters design studio[6]quilt talk bookSam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio is generously giving our grand prize winner their very own copy of her Quilt Talk Book!  I have used the paper pieced letter patterns in this book on numerous occassions and for multiple Project QUILTING Challenges.  It is a great book to have in your quilting collection!



    Project Quilt 2018 Prizes- Jacquelynne Steves- The Art Of HomeJStevesLogo150dpiJacquelynne Steves has donated two beautiful digital Block of the Month patterns, with complete instructions and lots of diagrams! Fun for the beginning and more advanced quilter. Both patterns include option for applique, hand embroidery or just piecing.

    Did you know that Jacquelynne has a “The Art of Home Club”?  There’s currently a wait list but you’re going to want to get on it!


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    Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy is giving our lucky Grand Prize winner a PDF Pattern Bundle which includes the patterns for her Hot Skates, Queen Bee and Land of Magic Quilts!  These are all on my current “to do” list of quilts to make. 



    logo_crafty_sewing_150x150For the Grand Prize, Marcia will be giving aQuilting Gift Certificate” for $65.00 off the Quilting on a Lap size quilt or larger. ( 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 Marcia quilted my quilt "Once Upon a Time" - it's incredible!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 Bundle from Modern Stitching AffairMy good friends Wendy Franczak and Trina Peterson organize an incredible sewing retreat event right her in Madison, WI – the Modern Stitching Affair.  This year the Speaker and Demonstrators for the weekend include Tara Curtis of Wefty Needle and Sara modernstitchingLawson of Sew Sweetness!  It’s going to be an epic weekend!
    The Modern Stitching Affair wanted to support Project QUILTING and has donated an incredible prize bundle which includes …



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      Bernie Kringel of Needle and Foot Fine Fabrics has generously donated a $25 Gift Certificate to her online shop!  If you haven’t visited her etsy shop do so now!  It’s full of a great selection of fun fabrics!  Everything from Organic to Art Gallery to Batiks and Henry Glass!  Something for everyone can be found here! It would not take me long to fill my cart at this shop!



      Sara Lawson is giving our lucky Grand Prize Winner her Minkins 12-Pattern/Video Bundle! Before you know it you’ll be making bags in your sleep and all your family and friends are going to love you even more!



      weftyTara Curtis of Wefty Needle is also joining in on the prize giving fun!  The Grand Prize winner will add the EZMiter quilt as you go template and paper pattern to their collection of great tools!  I think I might have to get one of these before Project QUILTING get too far into Season 9.



      A PDF pattern bundle from Hungry Hippie Sews! Natalie has a bunch of great patterns but I’m slightly partial to the Essential Oils Case pdf pattern I made it using the “Yog

      a is for Everyone” fabric.


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      I have a super fun prize in mind … just have to work out some details!


      And … the winner is …

      Darlene Cunningham - dcapulus!!!!  Congratulations Darlene!  What an amazing season 9!!!

      Screen Captures4dcapulus completed all six of the Season 9 Project QUILTING challenges!  Here’s a little collage of her pieces this season!  Congratulations!!!

      SCRAPtastic Prize Winners

      Trish and I got together and did a live drawing for the final winners of the SCRAPtastic Project QUILTING Challenge.  If you want to watch it – feel free to do so HERE. If you don’t – no worries!  I’m going to summarize it all for you right below!

      First – the Viewer’s Choice goes to Mel Beach and her quilt “Under the Sea Debris.”

      Fullscreen capture 412018 92935 PMI hope you take a moment to head to Mel’s blog to read more about this piece and the inspiration behind it.  I promise you it’s worth your time!

      Mel – keep an eye out for another mystery goodie box from me!  I have no idea what I’ll be putting in it this time … but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

      PRIZE 1:

      From our ultimate Weekly Sponsor – Blue Bar Quilts – a fat quarter bundle full of 15 Alison Glass fabrics!!!

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      Read more about Blue Bar Quilts on this special feature post!

      Congratulations Paula of Political Thread!

      PRIZE 2

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      Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness is donating a $15 Gift Certificate to use at her online shop!  She’s got some amazing patterns, classes and other supplies!

      Congratulations Becca’s Quilting Fun!

      PRIZE 3

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      A PDF Pattern of your choice from Hungry Hippie Sews! Natalie has a bunch of great patterns but I’m slightly partial to the Essential Oils Case pdf pattern I made it using the “Yoga is for Everyone” fabric.

      Congratulations Becky Lancour!

      PRIZE 4

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

      Congratulations Wanda Carpenter!

      PRIZE 5

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      The lovely Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics online store is giving a $15 gift certificate to one of the participants of the second Project QULITING Challenge!

      Congratulations Mareenz!

      PRIZE 6

      Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy is giving one lucky random winner a PDF Pattern for her quilt Land of Magic!

      Congratulations Shannon Nicki Kelly – shanndee35!

      PRIZE 7*

      *This prize is only for a winner in the United States!


      Kate Pietschman of Wednesday’s Creations Studio is giving one lucky winner an adorable frog pincushion!

      Congratulations Heather Monroe Gipson!

      PRIZE 8

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      A pair of beautiful scissors from Warm Crochet.  You get to choose which color – Red Bronze, Silver, Gold or Bronze.  These are not only gorgeous but super sharp too!

      Congratulations Diana H!

      PRIZE 9

      Aurifil is one of our fabulous Project QUILTING Challenge!

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      One lucky person will be receiving a mystery small spool collection of Aurifil Thread!

      Congratulations Pamela Quilts!

      PRIZE 10


      A copy of Color Girl Quilts pattern “Spin”!

      Congratulations fatzaz!

      PRIZE 11

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      A surprise set of Felted Acorns from Pointelle Design (not the ones pictured above).

      Congratulations Andrea Robason Ohrt!

      PRIZE 12

      “Quilting Gift Certificate” for $50.00 off the Quilting on a Lap size quilt or larger. (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.

      Congratulations The Black Sheeps Friend – Dawn Murray!


      Marcia would also like to giveaway to a separate prize of one of her original patterns (value $8.00) to EVERYONE who participates in the second Project QUILTING challenge!  To claim this prize all you have to do is email Marcia ( and let her know your name and the name of the project you submitted!  And voile – you’ll have a prize!  Don’t forget to do this!!!!

      April Fools’ a Project QUILTING Challenge

      What!?  Another Project QUILTING Challenge!?  Well – yes, the official season 9 is over but we’re still going to post monthly off season Project QUILTING Challenges.  Now – how is this different from a normal challenge?  The biggest difference is that you get a whole month to complete the challenge!  Yup – you have until April 30th to start and finish the quilt for this challenge.  The other difference is – no prizes  prizes from Trish Frankland!!!! Yeah!  I'm not sure what these will be but I've been to her quilting room and I'm sure she'll come up with some great goodies!  These challenges are here for inspiration and camaraderie (are you in the Challenge quilt group yet?)

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      April Fools’!

      Yup – that’s the challenge!  How can you interpret the day/phrase April Fools’ into a quilt?Consider adding a few personal rules of your own for these off season challenge – like all 24-inch quilts, or each one must have a flying geese block in it somehow, or they all have to be star wars themed … etc.  Just share in your post how it was inspired by “April Fools’” and anything else you want folks to know about your piece.

      THE RULES:

      1. Your project should be inspired by the day/phrase “April Fools’”
      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 (April 1, 2018 through April 30th, 2018). 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 April 1, finished by April 30)
      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. 55
      5. Link up a blog post, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Monday, April 30th, 2018, 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 Monday, April 30th. Yes - that deadline is one hour earlier because it requires more work for Kim (which she is FINE with).
      When you create your PQ entry's blog post or instagram, 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.



      • Please use the hashtag #pqOffSeason and/or #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!
      • 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!


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      SCRAPtastic–Voting Time!

      What an incredible ninth season of Project QUILTING.  A huge thank you to all who have participated and sponsored!  It’s not quite over … we still have voting to do and one more live prize drawing … next Sunday, April 1st probably later in the day, early evening-ish.  I’ll keep you posted on exact times once Trish and I coordinate our schedules.  We may even have a bonus challenge up our sleeves for you just because we’re not quite ready for it to be over … you’ll have to tune in to see!  Before we get to that though …

      Let the fun begin! TIME TO VOTE!  Choose your TEN Favorite Quilts below that were created for the Project
      PQ-square-@400QUILTING SCRAPtastic (96!!! 93 qualify for voting)) 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 click on the photos a checkmark will appear in the upper left corner – this means nothing other than you’ve clicked on the link.)  When you stop by 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.

      The quilt with the most votes will receive …
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      A mystery box of fabric and other goodies from yours truly! I did a huge cleaning of my sewing room before this season was started and I found a plethora of goodies that I’ve been collecting for prizes and then putting somewhere safe for the last few years only to forget where I put them.  Well – I found them and one lucky winner will benefit from that at the end of this week!

      Voting will close on Friday, March 30th at 8pm, CDT.  Spread the word to your family and friends!  Everyone can vote – not just participants!
      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 sometime next Sunday, April 1st … stay tuned for exact times. If you haven’t checked out the prize post yet be sure to do so. This weeks sponsors include: our ultimate weekly sponsor – Blue Bar Quilts, Wednesday’s Creations Studio, Aurifil, Hunter’s Design Studio, Warm Crochet, Sew Sweetness, Color Girl Quilts, Hungry Hippie Sews, Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting, Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics, Kid Giddy and Pointelle Design!

      VOTE forTEN of your favorite quilts below by clicking on the heart in the upper right corner!'


      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!

      Didn't finish your quilt for the SCRAPtastic Challenge on time?  That's okay!  You can't win prizes but we still want to see what you did!  Please link up your finish project below - anytime!  This is going to be a never ending link up!


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