Snowball–a Focus Through the Prism November Challenge

And with that – we’re onto our final challenge of the ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge. I don’t know about you – but I’ve had a ton of fun with these challenges.  Not only by creating some great little quilts – but by meeting all of you folks and seeing what you’ve come up with in just one month!  In the last six months – 361 quilts have been created!  That is AMAZING!!!!
I know some of you are sad that the challenge is coming to an end but I want you to know that I have no intention of closing the group on facebook.  Feel free to chat, share your quilts, and encourage each other there.  Also – I’m only giving you one month off before the seventh season of Project QUILTING begins.  There are more fabulous challenges to come and they’re not too far off!
snowball quilt
It’s not too late to join in the Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING fun!!!!  If you haven’t joined in on this quilting phenomenon that doesn't mean you can't join in now!  Order the special ROYGBIV Cherrywood Fabric Bundle needed for the challenge and let the challenge take you where it may.
Take a look back at the projects
I know you’ve all been waiting so patiently for this moment and I thank you for all your enthusiasm!  To go over the story behind the challenge be sure to check out THIS POST and of course the FAQ post!

The Inspiration Block:  Snowball

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Each final project should read predominantly as one color in the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. You may not use the same color as you used in a previous challenge.
  • A ROYGBIV hand-dyed color bundle of fabric must be purchased from Cherrywood Fabrics.
  • You must use ONE fabric from the ROYGBIV challenge bundle in each quilt which should correspond with the color you want your quilt to ‘read’.
  • Any other fabrics from your stash may be added.
  • You must use the month's block as your inspiration.
  • Quilts must finish 20” square.
  • Share the story behind your quilt and how the block ‘Snowball’ was the inspiration.
  • Your quilt must have a name.
  • Pictures of your FINISHED 20” square quilts must be LINKED UP at the bottom of this post by 11:55pm CST on Monday, November 30th.
  • If you need me to link up for you I NEED the pictures and stories by 10:00pm CST on Monday, November 30th.  I just cannot stay awake until midnight!
  • ‘How to link up to a Link Up’ post
    • Don't use Instagram/Flickr/or blog?  Email me:  lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com a picture and description of your project and I'll link up for you.
  • A 4" quilt rod pocket will need to be added to the back of the quilt before you send it to me January.  Check out THIS tutorial for how to do this.
    • 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 ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Facebook Group and 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!
    • Haven’t ordered your bundle yet?  No worries!  Order now!  You can join in on all seven or just one challenge!
    • Please use the hashtag #pqoff #focusthroughtheprism #roygbiv when posting on social networking sites to help spread the word.
    • Prizes! There will be a grand prize at the end … more details to come.  In the meantime – check out THIS POST for details about the randomly drawn prizes given out each month just for completing the challenge!
    • I made up a little block tutorial called Four Snowballs as inspiration if you need some.

Dreaming in Fabric Mystery Quilt Along link up

It’s time for you to link up YOUR quilt tops and/or finished quilts for the Dreaming in Fabric mystery QAL.

Shannon of Fabrics N Quilts and I had fun this summer bringing you some fun original blocks & designs in the Dreaming in Fabric QAL.  Now it's your turn to show us your creation! 

If you missed any of the blocks, you can find my tutorials here, here, here, and her quilted reveal here.


All of Shannon’s tutorials are in 1 combined download on the Free Patterns page of 
Any finished top qualifies & you can use any combination of the 6 blocks (3 from me & 3 from Shannon) in your quilt.
So link up below by December 1st!
Fabrics N Quilts will award a $25.00 gift certificate to one of the linky quilters, at random.  The quilt can be either a top or completely finished.   Shannon & I can't wait to see what you created!

Winter Mug Mini Quilt

This summer I participated in the Winter Wonderland Sew Along with Sherri Falls of This & That Patterns over at the Fat Quarter Shop, or as they called it, a #verysherrichristmas.  I wasn’t 100% sure what I was going to do with these adorable blocks I made.


I finally decided on fun little mini quilt – at least for some of the block.  Here’s my steaming mug of hot cocoa!  I used iridescent iCraft Deco Foil for the steam coming from the pieced mug.IMG_3911

I just love the little bit of shimmer it adds! 

I did put a hanging sleeve on this little mini but it would be perfect as a table topper too. 

Just a fun little finish to stare with you today!

Linking to Finish It Up Friday

Jack-O-Foil–Block of the Month with Thermo Web

I’m a bit behind in sharing with you the second block of the Mystery ‘Block of the Month’  featuring iCraft Deco Foil from Therm O Web!


The tutorial for ‘Jack-O-Foil’ can be found HERE.

Mystery DecoFoil Block of the Month

Here are the two blocks together so far!  Aren’t these fun!?

I’ve created a flickr group so you can share your blocks with us too! 

Please use #decofoilBOM on instagram/twitter when you post your progress pictures!

Santa Log Cabin Pillow

This project may be familiar to some of those who followed along with my 52 Twisted Tradtion Block Quilts Along in 2014.


I made this Santa Cabin as my 50th twisted blocks.  I finished this block into a fun pillow great for the holidays this year!


I thinking adding on Santa's stash was my favorite part!  Look at how nice it looks!

You can make your own Santa Cabin block with my pattern HERE

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.

Sleight of Hand–Block Entry

Happy 11th day of the month!  Do you remember what that means?  Yup!  It’s that time again!  It’s time to vote for your favorite block for the ‘Everything Old is New Again’ Block Challenge.  This months inspiration was the ‘Card Trick.’


I didn’t tweak the block design at all … just how I placed fabrics and a little flange addition.

I used the same tokyo tea time panel for all of the ‘cards’ in this block.  I just love all the colors and textures that all come from the blocks.  I also added a little flange of solid fabric around each of the ‘cards’.  It’s hard to really see this in the photo but it looks super cool in person!


And here are all four of my blocks so far!  I think this is going to turn into one pretty kicking quilt!

Voting for your favorite block goes from November 11th – 14th so head over now and please cast your vote for ‘Sleight of Hand.’

Four Snowballs Block Pattern

The final Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING challenge is ‘Snowballs’.  I made up a little 20” block tutorial in case you are stumped.  This block is also a great way to show off some of your large print fabrics.


Four Snowballs

You can download this tutorial for free from my Craftsy Pattern Page until November 20th.  After that there will be a small fee on the tutorial.


Here are all nine of my 20-inch blocks.  This is one crazy quilt! 


For the ninth block, I used some of the excess corners of the previous blocks.  Mixing those with some flying geese blocks and their extra half square triangle corners and I had a fun little block.

  Have you noticed?  I’ve been using my spoonflower fabrics for these blocks.  AND Spoonflower is having a ‘buy 1 get one Free’ fat quarter sale until November 12th!  This is a great opportunity to stock up on some great, unique fabrics!