Back to School Blog Hop 2017

It’s not what you’re thinking … this has nothing to do with getting the kids ready for classes to start … this Back to School Blog Hop is all about sewing!

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The hop started today with the lovely Sam Hunter owner of Hunter’s Design Studio and the brains behind this whole thing!  She’s sharing with you tips on how to spray baste a BIG quilt!  I definitely need to read about it.

I’ll be joining in on the fun on August 23rd with tips on how to be productive when your life is busy. 

It’s going to be an epic 32 days with so much great information shared by some really talented people in the sewing and quilting industry!

Month 7–Half Square Triangle and Quarter Square Triangle–Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along

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Happy August 1st everyone!  August 1st means it’s just 14 days until my families apple orchard opens AND that the next block of the Fat Quarter Shop “Bella Skill Builder” is revealed today!

This month you will be using half square triangles and quarter square triangles to build featured blocks in this sample quilt.The Creative Grids Half Square 4-in-1 Triangle Ruler and the Creative Grids 4 1/2″ Quilting Square Ruler are both useful in this block but not necessary. 
Block 7A.

Once again, I used a mixture of the light and darker bella solids from the random bella solid bundles I started this project with.  I love the scrappy feel it creates and the uniqueness of each block. 
Block 7B.

Look at what a huge impact the quarter square triangles make!  It’s crazy how different scales of the same shape can have such an impact.


Here all my blocks so far.  This image is NOT TO SCALE – juts a collage of pictures I’ve been taking over the last few months.  I’m digging where this is heading!

Now head on over to the Jolly Jabber to see what other bloggers and quilters are doing with their Bella Sampler Quilts!  It’s so fun to see all the different versions!

There’s a Facebook Group now too that you can share your work in!


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Have you signed up for the “Sew Sampler” box from the Fat Quarter Shop?  I’ve been a member for about 9 months now and it’s something I look forward to each month!  Also a great gift idea for the quilter in your life!

Do Over–August Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge

August!?  Already!?  I can’t believe it’s already August – this summer is flying by!  Actually I don’t know why I’m surprised – this is exactly what happens every summer – time flies.  I have a confession … last month was the very first Project QUILTING Challenge I didn’t manage to finish.  I just had too much on my plate.  I do think I’ll still make something but first I have some actual deadlines I have to finish up.  Be sure to head over to the Summer Sizzle post though and click on the quilts that WERE made … they are quite fabulous!  And if you didn’t finish – like me – you can link up at any time you make something that “Summer Sizzle” inspired you to make.

Galaxies Converge - by Kim Lapacek
Galaxies Converge for the Stars Over America Challenge

Do Over

1.  The challenge for August is “Do Over.”  Either be inspired by the phrase “Do Over” or do something you missed out on, something you did that was fun, something you tried but didn’t quite work the way you were hoping.  All the photos in this post are of projects I’ve done for previous Project QUILTING Challenges – feel free to look through if you want some inspiration and a chance to “do over” a challenge you didn’t do.

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 (August 1st, 2017 through August 31st, 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 August 1st, finished by August 31st)

Rows of Circles Quilt by Kim Lapacek

Rows of Circles for the Office Supply Store Challenge

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.

Barn Bones Quilt by Kim Lapacek

Barn Bones for the Architectural Element Challenge

5. Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Monday, August 31st, at 11:55pm CDT. Alternately, you may email the picture and description to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by Noon on Monday, August 31st. Yes - that deadline is earlier because it requires more work for Kim (which she is FINE with) and she isn’t staying up until Midnight on the due date of the challenge.
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)

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.

Celebrate Annie's by Kim Lapacek

“Celebrate Annie” for the Annie’s Vision Challenge


  • Please use the hashtag #pqoffseason 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!
  • 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 have fun!


logo_crafty_sewing_150x150Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing and Quilting has generously offered to give each participant  a PDF Downloadable Pattern from her Craftsy Pattern Store!  How cool is that?  When you finish the challenge and link up to the post just email Marcia {marcia (at) craftysewing (dot) com} to redeem your prize!

Be sure to LINK UP your finished projects by 11:55pm on August 31st!

Two for Teal Mini Swap

Hey everybody - this is Trish Frankland (aka QUILTchicken) and it's time again to talk about a project close to my heart: the Two for Teal Mini Swap fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

This is a fun annual event coordinated by Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Design. It's $15 to sign up ($18 for Canadians), you receive a piece of inspiration fabric to include in your project, and you're paired with another quilter. Then, it's swap away!

This is a cause close to my heart because I'm a 12-year ovarian cancer survivor. I was lucky - mine was caught early - but many others don't get that same advantage. And so I work to offer HOPE, I work to raise awareness, and I work to raise money for research.

Ribbons? I'd Rather Have Thread

Last year over 400 quilters came together to raise more than $4,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. It's a great cause, it's a great time, and you get a really cool little gift from some other awesome quilter who may be your new best friend. YES!


Do you know the signs of ovarian cancer? Most frequently, the symptoms include 1) bloating, 2) pelvic or abdominal pain, 3) trouble eating, 4) urinary symptoms. These same symptoms can result from other, benign causes. But a persistence or severity of symptoms OR a change in your own personal "normal" are always reasons to see professional examination.

Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap registration is open now and will be open until 8/29/17 or until the cap of 650 registrants is reached. 

Be a part of the community chatter by joining the Teal Mini Swap facebook page.  It's a great group of like-minded people who are supportive and encouraging. When the swaps start happening, the Facebook group is also where people post pictures, so you get to see all the awesome creativity.

The donation to OCRF will be made in September, and the final amount raised will be announced on the Two for Teal Facebook page.

Click HERE to register for this swap.

Fiesta de Azucar week #4

Just a reminder that the blog hop for Fiesta de Azucar is going on right now. Nine talented designers each created a custom sugar skull design. Buy the patterns for $3 and complete a project using one or more to be eligible for great prizes! Join the Facebook group to read more
Here on Persimon Dreams we're hosting week #9 with a design made by Trish Frankland (aka QUILTchicken) and that will go live Saturday, August 26th. Trust me - you don't want to miss this inspired design!18839169_1714485218564818_4469998152105482409_n

But in the meantime, check out the other four blocks that have been published - especially this week's entry by my friend Cheryl Sleboda over at Her design is a variation of her logo, and of course it's got eyebrows that are ON FLEEK.

cheryl sleboda

Designs are released each Saturday morning, and we'll see you back here August 26 for Trish's design.


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Spelling Bee Book by Lori Holt

Fabulous Giveaway at the Fat Quarter Shop

This is such a fabulous giveaway that it deserved a blog pot about it.fqs-giveaway-pinktext

The Fat Quarter Shop is teaming up with Bernina to giveaway a special edition Cotton + Steel Hello Lovely B350 sewing machine!  Seriously!?  How amazing is this!!!!?!fqs-giveaway1

Watch this video to see a little bit more about this wonderful machine that is being GIVEN AWAY.Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric and Supplies

Click through to The Fat Quarter Shop’s blog to enter through Rafflecopter. Each task will give you one entry, for a total maximum of 7 entries. This giveaway will end on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at midnight CST, and the winner will be drawn at random and announced on July 26, 2017.

Good luck!

The Mug Club–Christmas in July Sew Along

One of my favorite designers – Kid Giddy – and her sister – Moss & Lotus are starting another fun Sew Along this July.  Last year, you may remember the Sweater Quilt Along they ran – what fun!

This year – from July 5th through December 15th designers from all over the world will be making and sharing their finished mug club block on instagram.


Today is my day!

I chose to make the Soho Mug from Moss & Lotus’s Mug Club Series 2 collection.  It was the perfect size to fussy cut and feature my hipster santa on the mug!
This block went together fast and has a great impact.  I can’t wait to make a few more of them and then make them into mug rugs for perfect holiday gifts!  I can’t believe how far ahead I’m already getting. 

You can join in the fun too!  (Did I mention you can win prizes!?) Here's how:
@mossandlotus and @kidgiddy have both designed 6 different mugs – kidgiddy has a bonus mug in her set and mossandlotus has some awesome bonus pieces that can allow you to make a teapot, sugar bowl and of course a cookie jar too!   (I’m pretty sure I’m going to HAVE to make the teapot, sugar bowl, tea set for Capri … she collects them!  What a perfect little mini quilt idea!)

Both sets of patterns are linked below and are instant pdf downloads.

More details can be found on KidGiddy and/or mossandlotus’ instagram accounts!  Just click any picture with a mug on it!

I can’t wait to see what your mugs look like!  Keep an eye on all the fantastic creations by watching the hashtags #TheMugClub and #TheMugClubSAL.

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