Treading Turtle Quilt Finish

I was not paying attention and I missed that Therm O Web posted my story on the finish of my quilt “Treading Turtle” over on their blog HERE.IMG_2582-001

The Manderlay Fabric by Franny & Jane for Moda Fabrics were the perfect fabrics for a fun “Treading Turtle” broderie perse quilt project!


I share with you my entire process for putting this piece together over at Therm O Web  HERE.  It was quite the process but was a joy to make.  Making all the fun whimsical objects in the fabric line into an adorable turtle brought me joy during my busy apple season.


Don’t miss an opportunity to win some great goodies that Therm O Web is giving away for their “Festive Friday” !!!!

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Scandinavian Fabric Stars–Christmas Ornament Idea

Many of my readers who have followed along with me over the years know that for my moms Christmas party we all make an ornament to decorate the tree with.  Now – you may think that would make a pretty bare tree … but not when there are over 100 people attending!  Yes – my mom has a large family – like 12 brothers and sisters large and Christmas is awesome.

Instead of exchanging presents we make (or buy if we don’t have time to make … I always make, way more fun) an ornament.  When the party is over we draw a name and that person gets our ornament to take home.  It’s probably my favorite Christmas tradition.

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I’m trying to figure out what “my” ornament is going to be this year and I’ve been playing around with these Scandinavian Fabric Stars.  Crafting a Rainbow has a great tutorial here.

I’m an engineer but I’m not very good at small details so my points aren’t quite perfect.  This was my first attempt though so for my next batch I starched the fabric to keep it a bit more crisp.  I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.  Also for the next ones I’m cutting into my Christmas fabric scraps.  I don’t use them for too much so this might be a good way to get through some of them.

If you have a great ornament tutorial or idea you’d like to share with me please leave me a comment below!  I have to come up with ones for my kids (and husband … yes, I make him make an ornament too) to make before Saturday, December 17th!

Take a look back:

Christmas Ornaments 2015

Gift Guide–Project QUILTING Swag

Are you struggling to figure out what you want to put on your Christmas wish list?  Have no fear – it’s a perfect time to stock up on Project QUILTING Swag!

New this season – Project QUILTING Temporary Tattoo’s!  I’m super excited about these new fun tattoos that I’ve already ordered so I’m ready for the new season to start!

These hoodies are so COZY!  You can also decide which color you’d like if grey’s not your thing!

Project QUILTING beer stein – pretty sure I don’t need to say anything more than wouldn’t this be great to have on one of those late night sewing binges to meet the deadline!


After all those late nights you’re going to need coffee!  You can’t go wrong with this gorgeous Project QUILTING themed mug!


Keep an eye on my Persimon Dreams zazzle shop … some more fun designs could be coming soon … *wink *wink!

Happy Giveaway Day from Persimon Dreams

I have about 2 seconds to catch your attention before you scroll down to see how you can win what I have to giveaway!  A friend of mine suggested my adorable daughter eating an apple while sitting on a quilt and holding an adorable kitten … I just couldn’t get that together in time.


So I decided to go with this fabulous photo taken by Karmen Lindner Photography.  It was from a special challenge I hosted on my blog in 2015.  In February of this year, nearly 250 quilts made it to my house which we hung on a deer fence it our orchard.

If you decide that you want to follow along on this blog, facebook or instagram you’ll find that there will be lots of eye candy here – in the form of beautiful quilts and beautiful photography!

There will also be quilt challenges, inspiration, fun recipes and more shared!

The whole show

The eighth season of Project QUILTING starts on January 1st – lots of inspiration lots of fun, and yeah – LOTS of prizes! 

I’m working on a fun new quilt along for the new year … details still to come.

Alright… enough about this blog!  Let’s see what I’m GIVING AWAY this week!…



One lucky randomly drawn person will win a “Olive’s Flower Market” charm pack, “Valley” mini charm pack, a “Friends in Wild Places” panel (it’s adorable!) and four spools Aurifil thread – 2370, 2850, 2930 and 4173!!!

I will ship internationally.

REQUIRED:  Easy – Just leave me a comment answering this question:
Be sure to include your email address so I’m able to contact you when you win!  If I can’t contact you I will choose a different winner.

Do you have a favorite ornament/craft project/baking that you do at the holidays?  Please share your traditions!

BONUS Entries  Leave a separate comment for each to gain extra entries

You can enter to win through Sunday, December 11th at 5pm PST.  Winner will be emailed by Wednesday, December 14th & prizes will be in the mail no later than Friday, December 16th.

Seriously – if you don’t leave your email address, I won’t be able to get ahold of you and you won’t get the prize … seriously!

And…now that you’ve entered my giveaway – head back to SewMamaSew and see what other blogger’s have to offer!!!

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Challenge Schedule for Season 8 of Project QUILTING

It’s about time I post the entire challenge schedule for Season 8 of Project QUILTING

Are you as excited as I am for the eighth season of Project QUILTING?


Here’s a little montage of the six (well eight because I made three bags for one challenge) quilted projects I completed for Season 7.

January 1st: Challenge 1 Announced at Noon CST
January 8th:  Challenge 1 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST

January 15th: Challenge 2 Announced at Noon CST
January 22nd:  Challenge 2 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST

January 29th: Challenge 3 Announced at Noon CST
February 5th:  Challenge 3 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST

February 12th: Challenge 4 Announced at Noon CST
February 19th:  Challenge 4 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST

February 26th: Challenge 5 Announced at Noon CST
March 5th:  Challenge 5 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST

February 12th: Challenge 6 Announced at Noon CST
March 19th:  Challenge 6 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST

Below is a Project QUILTING Google Calendar I created so you can easily integrate it into your own google calendar and never miss a new challenge or a deadline!

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Take a Class with Kim Lapacek–Dresden Neighborhood

It is a bit weird putting my own name in the title – Kim Lapacek – instead of me but some things are necessary to make a more efficient search.

At the beginning of November I was honored to teach the Northeast Wisconsin Modern Quilt Guild my Dresden Neighborhood Workshop.  This was a fabulous group of women and they have an amazing space in Ripon, WI to work!  If you’re in the area and are a quilter I can’t recommend this guild enough!


(Did I mention there was a coffee shop right across the street – yeah!)

IMG_3000My students always love that I come around randomly and take pictures of them as they work.  I always promise that I won’t post anything if it’s not a good shot.  But how adorable is Cindy!?IMG_3032

Each class I teach not only do the students learn how to make this fabulous, whimsical little quilt but I learn from them!  I think my favorite thing is to see all the different beautiful stitches they utilize to secure the houses down.  This project is a great opportunity to use those stitches you bought your machine for in the first place yet rarely use!


And here is a collage of what these talented ladies came up with (so far!).  I can’t wait to see their finish products!

I know it’s last minute but if you’d like to join in on my next class I’ll be teaching my Dresden Neighborhood Workshop at Mill House Quilts THIS Wednesday, December 7th from 9:30 to 3:30. It’s not too late to give them a call and sign up!

Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin on PBS Now Streaming

Most of you know that this past Tuesday not only did my oldest daughter turn 10 but the show “Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin” aired on Wisconsin PBS.

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I am so grateful that I didn’t look bad during the interview!  Whew!

The whole show is really quite incredible.  It’s so neat to see such a wide variety of styles and genres all just in a sampling of quilters from Wisconsin. If you don’t get Wisconsin PBS you can actually view the show online now – just click HERE.  My segment starts at around 34:40 but be sure to watch the others too!

I would love to hear what you think! 

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