Sisterly Love

I’ll admit – there are days when my girls make me want to pull my hair out.  And I’m sure that’s going to continue to happen – especially since we have THREE girls (…well..technically FOUR girls) under one roof…poor, poor Jared.


But I think lately there have been more times when their sisterly love just makes my heart want to melt.  The other night, after I got home from the craftacular and the adults were having a beer to relax, the girls decided to play together.


Pip climbed into the wagon, Capri pulled the wagon and Cedi helped guide from the back with her skates on.


They went around and around and around again in the driveway.  No whining.  No crying.  A few times Cedi was even sprawled out on the driveway…still…no crying.  A miracle?  No, I think it’s just Sisterly Love.

Sew Intertwined Quilt Along with Sew Bittersweet Designs and Sew HappyGeek – Fabric from Spiceberry Cottage

Sew Intertwined Quilt - Stockholm Fabrics by Robin Singone
A Quilt Along put on by Sew Bittersweet Designs and SewHappyGeek

Today I’m going to pick out some fabric from the Spice Berry Cottage – a great online fabric store that I initially discovered on etsy when I was looking for some particular fabrics.  I have continued to order from her and LOVE the quality of the fabric along with the quick delivery!  I’m going to do some ‘Virtual Windown Shopping’ in Spice Berry Cottage’s etsy shop tonight to find some fabrics that would look great in the ‘Sew Intertwined Quilt Along’ being put on by my friend Melissa of Sew Bittersweet Designs and SewHappyGeek.  I haven’t pulled fabric from my stash for this quilt along yet so I figured I’d do a little ‘Virtual Window Shopping’ for some inspiration.  I hope this gets your brain turning too and you decide to join in the quilt along fun!
Fabric Requirements –

Fabric 1: 2/3 yard (orange in image above)





Fabric 2: 2/3 yards (green in image above)



Fabric 3: 2/3 yards (pink in image above)





Fabric 4: 2/3 yards (leaf in image above)



Fabric 5:  2/3 yards (multi colored in image above)







Yes – I combined fabrics 4 & 5.AGAIN.

Fabric 6: 1 yard (Daisy Janie Grey Print)





Fabric 7 – Background: 2 yard cut (solid)




I never decide on borders and bindings until my quilt is pieced so I’m not going to tell you what to use right now.  I would order a bit extra of the fabrics and then you can usually come up with a border from that.



For this mix I started with the J’Adore Stella Eiffel Tower Fabric.  It was the first one that caught my eye and I thought it would make a wonderful ‘background.’  The patchwork look from the Millie’s Closet fabric is sure to create a great, unique look in the stripes and triangles of the piece.  Then, blending the ‘weaves’ in blues and pinks will help bring this entire look together.



This little ‘virtual shopping’ blogging project of mine has been really quite fun!  I have at least one more shop I’m going to do some shopping at before I finally pick the fabrics I’m actually going to use for my own Intertwined Quilt!

Up Nort’

Every summer we pack up the van with the ridiculous quantity of things you need when you go anywhere with three little girls (especially when one of them is under 2) and we head up to my parent’s cottage.  It should take us about 4 hours to get there but it seems to always take us between 5 and 5 and half hours to get there with all the stops we have to make.  But once we get there we enter a peaceful haven in the woods.

 

P7190325 Two of the three girls take after me and LOVE water.  The first night we got there we headed to the beach for an hour of water fun before dinner.  P7190337Capri was happy to see her beloved blow up dolphin - ‘Dippy’ that my parents got the girls a few summers ago.  P7190330   The girls also really enjoyed zooming down the slide into the lake.  P7190342 P7190353 They have definitely gotten braver since the last time we were here and swam out to the diving raft with Papa on that very first night.  It’s so great to see the girls enjoying ‘Up Nort’ just like I used to when I was a kid.  It was always my home away from home and I hope that we can fit trips up there more often so they can create some of the memories like I did.P7190370 Every night we were up north we built a fire and had smore’s.  Pip enjoyed running around in the grass behind my parents house.  The older girls were supposed to take a quiet walk and then talk about what they heard.  From my perch on the back deck I’m assuming all they heard was Cedi talking :)P7200389 On day two we headed back to the beach with all the girls.  My third child, Pip, is not a water lover like her sisters – but she did enjoy the sand!  Papa dug a hole in the sand and filled it with water.  Before we knew it Pip was hanging out in that puddle playing. P7200406 When I came back in from hanging out with Cedi while she did  cannonballs off the raft (yes – Uncle Brain – you would be proud) I pulled my chair into the lake and relaxed with a book.   Before I knew it – who joined me in the lake – PIP!  I was so excited to see her out of the water and enjoying herself!

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My parents came by just after one, hung out for awhile and then took Pip home with them for a bath and a nap.  We ended up staying with the beach with the older girls for five hours that day!  So fun!

The next day, we were going to head back to the beach but our friends who have a cottage and boat on the lake called us up and invited us to go tubing.  The girls really enjoyed this and Tony did a great job pulling them at just the right speed.  They both even gave water skiing a try!  They didn’t quite make it up but they did a bit of ‘butt’ skiing.  I was SHOCKED that Capri even tried when she didn’t even really want to get in the water that day.  Six ours later we packed the wet, tired, sunned girls back in the van and headed to the cottage for dinner.  We didn’t have a fire that night but we did get to see a cool slideshow of Grandma and Grandpa’s latest trip to Alaska.

Overall our trip was great – another calm and relaxing trip Up Nort’.  I really think this was the most relaxing trip we’ve had so far…it just goes to show that in some aspects – things do get easier as the girls get older.

Sew Intertwined Quilt Along with Sew Bittersweet Designs and Sew HappyGeek – Fabric from The Fat Quarter Shop

Sew Intertwined Quilt - Stockholm Fabrics by Robin Singone

A Quilt Along put on by Sew Bittersweet Designs and SewHappyGeek

Today I’m going to pick out some fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop - a great online fabric store and supporter of independent quilt bloggers - that would look great in the ‘Sew Intertwined Quilt Along’ being put on by my friend Melissa of Sew Bittersweet Designs and SewHappyGeek.  I haven’t pulled fabric from my stash for this quilt along yet so I figured I’d do a little ‘Virtual Window Shopping’ for some inspiration.  I hope this gets your brain turning too and you decide to join in the quilt along fun!
Fabric Requirements –

Fabric 1: 2/3 yard (orange in image above)



Fabric 2: 2/3 yards (green in image above)

Simple Pleasures Tonal Tossed Daisies



Fabric 3: 2/3 yards (pink in image above)



Fabric 4: 2/3 yards (leaf in image above)



Fabric 5: 2/3 yards (multi colored in image above)

Yes – I combined fabrics 4 & 5.  I think that in the pattern you can do this and you won’t loose too much effect if any.

Fabric 6: 1 yard (Daisy Janie Grey Print)

Costume Clubhouse Purple Stripe

Fabric 7 – Background: 2 yard cut (solid)



I never decide on borders and bindings until my quilt is pieced so I’m not going to tell you what to use right now.  I would order a bit extra of the fabrics and then you can usually come up with a border from that.



For this mix I started with the butterfly fabric and then worked from there.  Initially I figured I would pull one of each butterfly color for the ‘woven strands’ but then I thought a more dramatic look would be accomplished by using different shades of purple for most of the darker fabrics.  When I spotted the purple and green stripe fabric I knew it would be perfect as a second focal fabric to the butterflies.

Hmmm…I’ll have to think about doing this for my quilt…I still haven’t started it…ooops…

Dena Designs ‘Pretty Little Things’ Charm Pack Giveaway WINNER from Free Spirit

Happy Monday!  I’m sorry I’m so late getting this posted!  I have a BIG SALE coming up on Sunday that I’m getting ready for and of course – Apple Season is creeping up on us fast than normal so there’s a lot to get done with that.  Always something right?  Well..I’m not going to make you wait any longer…

 

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Free Spirit has been kind enough to let me giveaway this adorable Dena Designs ‘Pretty Little Things’Charm Pack .

 

72 comments were made for the giveaway so it’s time for me to head over to random.org and put 72 into the random generator:

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Commenter #2 is the winner…so….that means…
 

2.

Melissa / July 16, 2012 (Edit)

I already get your newsletter:)

Congratulations Melissa!  You should hear from me soon so I can get your info for your prize!

Sew Intertwined Quilt Along with Sew Bittersweet Designs and Sew HappyGeek – Fabric from Hawthorne Threads

Happy Sunday everyone!  I just returned from an amazingly relaxing long weekend up North at my parent’s cottage – no internet service, no cell phone service – beautiful night skies, fun at the lake and peace and quiet.  It is happy to be back though because I thought of some great posts I can do that will feature a friend of mine’s quilt along AND my great sponsors.

Sew Intertwined Quilt - Stockholm Fabrics by Robin Singone
A Quilt Along put on by Sew Bittersweet Designs and SewHappyGeek

Today I’m going to pick out some fabric from Hawthorne Threads great online fabric store that would look great in the ‘Sew Intertwined Quilt Along’ being put on by my friend Melissa of Sew Bittersweet Designs and SewHappyGeek.  I haven’t pulled fabric from my stash for this quilt along yet so I figured I’d do a little ‘Virtual Window Shopping’ for some inspiration.  I’m going to do my first ‘shopping’ at Hawthorne Threads.  I’ve described the fabric requirements for the quilts and put in what Melissa used in the quilt above – below it I will show you the fabric I would choose to use from Hawthorne Threads.  I hope this gets your brain turning too and you decide to join in the quilt along fun!


Fabric Requirements –


Fabric 1: 2/3 yard (orange in image above)



Fabric 2: 2/3 yards (green in image above)



Fabric 3: 2/3 yards (pink in image above)



Fabric 4: 2/3 yards (leaf in image above)

Fabric 5: 2/3 yards (multi colored in image above)



Fabric 6: 1 yard (Daisy Janie Grey Print)



Fabric 7 – Background: 2 yard cut (solid)



I never decide on borders and bindings until my quilt is pieced so I’m not going to tell you what to use right now.  I would order a bit extra of the fabrics and then you can usually come up with a border from that.



Stop by soon to get some more ideas for how you could put fabrics together for this fantastic looking quilt along!

I AM a RAW Artist

I am a RAW Artist.

One of the perks to being a RAW Artist is that when you do a RAW event you not only get amazing photo's taken, meet lots of great people, see some truly amazing work, enjoy some great bands and talent, BUT you also get a video made.   Here's the video that was made for me focusing on my quilts.



What do you think?

NEW Eloide the Elephant

I saw this amazing 'Eloide Elphant Doll Pattern' from Bit Of Whimsy Dolls and I just couldn't resist.  I purchased the pattern and of course...it sat for a bit.  I finally decided it was time to give it a try.  I pulled together some of my orphan blocks (blocks that never made it into the actualy quilt) and created this fun little guy!  I am so in LOVE with him!  His huge ears are perfect and he was easy peasy to put together!  I am hoping to have five of these ready for the Craftacular in a few weeks...3 from fabrics from my stash and 2 from other orphan blocks.  I have three ready for ears and eyes and two cut out...I think I can manage to fit it all in!Patchwork Elephant


Now the question is for mom's out there!  What would be your price range for these guys?  The instructions were easy to follow but quite a few steps and quite a bit of fabric.

Poynette Splash Pad

There's a new Splash Pad in town!  And even though I haven't been with it yet - the girls and Grandma have - TWICE.  One of my friends snapped these pictures of the girls there yesterday and I just had to share how cute they looked!



my favorite picture!








Thanks for sharing these great pics with me Monice!

Home Sweet Home Quilt Along – Zig Zag Pathways Sashing Tutorial

I couldn’t think of anything to blog about today…I’ve been busy promoting the upcoming Craftacular and my giveaway.  Then I realized – I have LOTS of Sashing Tutorials left!  So here it is…

 

38.  Zig Zag Pathways Sashing Tutorial


a Tutorial for the Home Sweet Home Quilt Along

Cutting Instructions


061Fabric 1 (light): 1 strip 32” x 1.25”

Fabric 2 (dark): 1 strip 32” x 1.25”

Construction Instructions


0621.  Sew the two strips together and iron towards the darker color.

0632.  Cut the strip into 16 – 2” pieces.  Arrange them as shown in the picture above – creating a ‘zig zag’

0643.  Sew them all together!  I sewed the top and bottom strips first and then all the little strips together.  My goal in quilting is to ALWAYS sew the shortest seam feasibly possible.  It seems to make me a more accurate sewer.

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‘Zig Zag Pathways’ sashing between the Wonky Modern House Block and Two Trees.

Gone With the Wind

Last weekend I went to the Vintage Flea and Find July Market to help my good friend Naomi of the Glitter Workshop get things set up and ready for the vendors and customers.  I did this for the April show too and had so much fun that I was more than happy to help again.  Not only do I get to hang out with friends without the pressure of setting up and running my booth but I also get first dibs at all the Vintage Goodness one can find at these shows.  (I found my Vintage Hexagon Quilt at the April show…)

I had a few things in mind that I was on the look out for – like vintage linens and doily's (and YES I found them) but I’m really trying to be a bit more frugal with my spending…actually needing something or knowing exactly what it would be used for.  One of my best finds was a Kraut Cutter that I know we’ll use at the Orchard this fall for our special ‘Kraut Days’ Event.  P7150305At the same booth as the kraut cutter…I spotted it…a First edition copy of ‘Gone with the Wind’, aka, my favorite book ever! I still remember sitting on the couch in our living room on a Friday night during High School and sobbing at the end of the book the first time I read it.  P7150307I re-read it every year and love it more and more each time.  All of my being wanted to snatch it up and buy it.  BUT I listened to my mind and no – I really didn’t need it…

With a heavy heart, I put the book back down.  I figured if it was still at the booth for the next sale it would be meant to be and I should get it but I had to pass this time.  It just isn’t something I need to buy especially this year.

I went home from the show and proceeded to tell everyone around what I had seen and how it hurt me not to buy it, but I was proud of myself for having at least some self control.  After a day or two I put the book out of my head.

On Wednesday I went to the dentist (yuck) and after my appointment I stopped by The Glitter Workshop’s brick and mortar show to talk with Naomi about the Craft-Apple-Ar at the Orchard.  When I walked in Naomi had me watch things while she ran out to her car. She came in holding the BOOK!  P7150306I couldn’t believe it!  She had purchased the FIRST EDITION COPY OF ‘GONE WITH THE WIND’ for ME!!!!!!!!!  Tears came to my eyes…how amazing!  I will cherish this book forever and I’m so grateful for the wonderful surprise!  I honestly am still in shock and awe that I am the owner of this book!  Thank you thank you thank you so much Naomi!  It is in my ‘Top Ten’ of best gifts EVER!  I always strive to find the ‘perfect gift’ for a person and this incident reminded me again why I love to do it.  If I can make other people feel about a gift I gave them the same way I felt when I got ‘Gone with the Wind’ I will be a happy person.

Now I just have to figure out a good way to display it…any thoughts?

Rowan and Free Spirit Christmas in July Block-a-thon Block 7 ‘PresentsUnder the Tree’ and a Fabric Giveaway

freespiritfabrics.blogspot.comHappy Monday everyone! Did you all have a great weekend?  My family had a really amazing weekend and I’m sort of sad to even be starting the new week.  Oh well – we have lots of fun things planned again this week…just hope the girls are as well behaved as they were!

Anyway – I’ll start today with one fun thing!  My original block ‘Presents Under the Tree’ is the block for the 'Rowan and Free Spirit Christmas in July Block-a-ton’ today!

Final Block - Presents Under the TreeYou need to head over to the Free Spirit Blog to find the directions on how to make it yourself! Christmas in July - Persimon Dreams Block 7Here’s my block in the crazier fabrics I chose to use for my quilt.  A twist on my blockI really loved the modern feel of my block and I recently promised to make my brother a quilt.  His favorite color is white.  Anyone that knows me or follows my blog knows that white really isn’t my thing.  BUT I love my brother so I figured I would figure it out.  I decided to use the block that I designed for this quilt along and tweak it to make it work for my brother’s quilt.  He also wanted cool colors so above is the first block that I created.  I’ll be sure to keep you all posted as his quilt progresses.  Wish me luck with white!



Enough of that!  It’s time to announce the giveaway!

GIVEAWAY:  Dena Designs ‘Pretty Little Things’ Charm Pack




Free Spirit has been kind enough to let me giveaway this adorable Dena Designs ‘Pretty Little Things’ Charm Pack .

***REQUIRED***

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

To enter to win this fantastic charm pack (International Entries Welcome) all you have to do is tell me what you like and/or dislike about quilt alongs (I personally LOVE them).  If you are doing any quilt alongs I would love to hear what they are too!  Make sure I have your email address so I can reach you! If I can’t reach you…no prize!

***For EXTRA Entries  ****  Leave a comment for EACH of the ‘extra’ things you do for your extra chances to win.  They must each be separate comments.

1.  Sign up for my newsletter HERE.

2.  ‘Like’ Persimon Dreams on Facebook HERE.

3.  Pin an item from my etsy shop, Persimon Dreams, on Pinterest.  be sure to tag #PersimonDreams  and let me know which item you chose.

4.  Pin an item from my etsy shop, theApple, on Pinterest.  Be sure to tag #Persimon Dreams and let me know which item you chose.

5.  Blog about the giveaway and tell everyone about this great Block-A-Thon.   Leave a link to your post in your comment.

6.  Tweet about my giveaway and with hash tag #PDGiveaway

SEVEN Chances!  Good luck!

I will choose and announce the winner on Monday, July 23rd.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!



Before I leave you I just wanted to show off my progress on the Block-a-thon thus far.  Here are my first seven blocks.

Christmas in July Block-a-thon - 7 block progress

This is going to be one crazy looking quilt!

And don’t forget - it’s not too late to join in the fun!

Blog Hop Schedule:

July 2th - Heather at Fiberosity
July 5nd - Pat Sloan
July 6th – Melanie at Melanie Dramatic
July 9th - Pam at Pam Kitty Morning
July 11th - Kelsey at Kelsey Creates
July 13th - Katie at Swim Bike Quilt
July 16th - Kim at Persimon Dreams
July 18th - Amanda at Sasikirana
July 20th - Jane at QuiltJane
July 23th - Kristy at St Louis Folk Victorian
July 25th – Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
July 27th - Lee at Freshly Pieced
July 30th - Jennifer at MJ and Co
August 1st – Mishka at Quilting Gallery
August 3rd - Tiffiny at Free Patchwork Quilt Info
August 6th - Tacha at Fat Quarterly
August 8th – Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations
August 10th – Jocelyn at It’s Sew Emma
August 13th – Final Quilt Reveal!

A Family Affair at The Drive In Theater and the Lodi Agriculture Fair

It was a busy weekend at the Lapacek household.  A busy but great, really great weekend. We started out on Friday night by

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taking the girls to their first movie at the Big Sky Drive In Theater in the Wisconsin Dells. Before we left we packed the car up with TONS of blankets, pillows and chairs.  We stopped in Portage for popcorn and had a cooler filled with soda.

 

We were ready for the movie!  If you look at the picture with Jared and the girls you may notice that Pip’s back their in her car seat.  Since we left around  7pm for the movie we hoped that Pip would fall asleep in the car and stay asleep for the movie.  We were dreaming with those thoughts!  It definitely didn’t happen like that. BUT she did to pretty well.  drive inThere was a little time during ‘Brave’ (I really enjoyed the movie as did Cedi (5) but it was a bit too scary for Capri (4)) that Jared had to just walk around with her but overall we were able to keep her content.  If we happen to go again this year I think we would definitely find a sitter for her, but we might try her again next year when she’s a year older.    We had a wonderful time at the drive in but it was definitely a late night.

On Saturday, the girls all took good naps so we were off to the Lodi Agriculture Fair.  I am secretly obsessed with carnival games and there were definitely some good ones at the fair!  Then we went and checked out the Pie Auction that I’ve been hearing about.  It definitely did not disappoint – some of the pies when for OVER $1,000!  How crazy is that!?   But it all goes to a good cause and it was neat to watch.

The girls were so excited to meet the 'princesses' (aka Fairest of the Fair) and I had a really nice chat with this years Alice in Dairyland.

P7140284We met up with John and Al for dinner and then they took the girls on a few rides.

P7140270 Al and Cedi on the bumper cars…P7140273Versus Little John and Carpi…the girls LOVED every minute of it and I think the boys did just as much!  P7140291There were extra tickets so they got to pick another ride…well…sort of…mom may have veto’d a few she wasn’t comfortable with…

They finally agreed on the Dragon Coaster…it was quite entertaining to watch and the girls loved it!P7140296 Before we knew it, it was 8:00 which made for the second late night in a row.  We packed the girls up after checking out all the animals and headed home.  Amazingly the girls went to bed without any meltdowns.

We laid low on today – watered, picked some blueberries with Scott and Erica, had a tea party with them, grilled some brats, watched a movie, and got a house ready for the bunny’s coming soon – and of course, watered.  Lots and lots of watering.  I wish every weekend was like this one was!

Home Sweet Home Quilt Along – Steps Sashing Tutorial

I really do go in spurts with these Sashing Tutorials…sorry about that.  Trust me – I want to have them finished as much as you do!  I’m remembering now that a 14 month old demands A LOT of attention!  For some reason I had forgotten that about my first two.  Oh well – I’m getting there – just 17 tutorials left to share!  Well over half way there.

Steps Sashing


A tutorial for the Home Sweet Home Quilt Along

Cutting Instructions:

Fabric 1 (pink):

1 – 1.5” x 12.5”

1 – 6.5” x 1.5”

1 – 3.5” x 1.5”

Fabric 2 (green)

2 – 5” x 1.5”

2 – 3.5” x 1.5”00 033

Construction Instructions:


Arrange your fabrics like shown in the picture above.

00 034 Sew the short ends of the strips together and iron toward the darker fabric.00 035

Sew all three long strips together to make a 3.5” x 12.5” sashing block. 00 041

In the picture above ‘Steps’ is shown above the ‘Acid Cottage’ BONUS Block along with the HST Sashings.

 

229In the final layout I put my ‘steps’ sashing below my  Crazee Patch House Bonus Block.  I did this on purpose because the same green fabrics are in both and it sort of ‘blends’ down and makes it look like my sashing is ‘front steps’ to the crazee house.  I really love how this worked out with some of my sashings…it added a lot to the final look and causes you to look even closer to things.  I’ve said it before…every time I look at my pieced quilt I see something new…
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