A Lovely Year of Finishes: Mid-March Check In

Can you believe we’re already half way through March?  It’s time for me to do my Mid-March Check in for the ‘A Lovely Year of Finishes’.  So – lets take a look and see how I’m doing on all the goals I set this My Buttonmonth.

Goal 1:  Project QUILTING, Challenge 5


Local Foods Grow Strong Communities - ENTRY

Click on the picture above to read more on how my quilt ‘Local Foods Grow Strong Communities’ came to be.

Goal 2: Prepare Quilts for the Prairie Heritage Quilt Show and Competition.


I entered multiple quilts into the Prairie Heritage Quilt Show and Competition in Sun Prairie.  The show is next month and the quilts have to be dropped off on April 5th.  I still have to add hanging sleeves and labels to the quilts.  Not hard but I just can’t forget to do it – and it’s one of those things that will probably have to happen when Pip isn’t around.
What quilts did I enter?

Category D. Bed Size Quilts, pieced, machine quilted

Christmas In July Block-A-Thon

Christmas in July Sampler.

Machine pieced by me, Kim Lapacek.

Machine Quilted by Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb
Category H. Wall Quilts, Applique/Mixed/Other, Machine Quilted

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Finished

Home Sweet Home Sampler

Machine Pieced/appliqued/other by me, Kim Lapcek

Free Motion Machine Quilted by Marcia Wachuta of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing and Quilting
Category I. Wall Quilts, Pieced, Machine Quilted

Amazing Tehcnicolor Dream Scrap Quilt

Amazing Technicolor Dream Quilt

Machine Pieced by me, Kim Lapacek

Machine Quilted by Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb
Challenge Quilt Competition

ENTRY Celebrate Annie created for the 'Annie's Vision Project QUILTING Challenge'

“Celebrate Annie”

Machine Pieced and Quilted by me, Kim Lapacek


Goal 3:  Baby Quilt

WIP – just needs the binding


This is a project that I also have to finish in March.  I have a baby shower at the end of the month and I need to make the baby quilt that my mom and I will be giving.

Here’s what I came up with from the ‘panels’ from Critter Community from Suzy Ultman for Robert Kaufmann.  I did some linear quilting and some wavy quilting to compliment the whimsy geometric feel of the quilt.  When I’m done I’ll be sure to photograph the back but I backed in a cozy farm alphabet printed flannel.  It will be perfect for the Minnesota weather this baby will be growing up in.

Now – I just need to hand stitch the binding, add a label and it will be all ready to gift on the 30th!


Goal 4:  Bind my 1930’s Repro Sampler Quilt


1930s BOM Sampler from Fabrics n Quilts

I still haven’t met with my friend yet but I’m sure I’ll be getting it to her soon.  Can’t wait to see what she thinks!

Goal 5: Project QUILTING, Challenge 6

The sixth and final Project QUILTING Challenge will go up this Sunday, March 17th.


Overall, I would say I had a productive beginning of March –which is a good things because I have quite a few 'non-quilt’ plans for the last half.


  1. You have been very productive. Wish I could say the same. I have 3 projects in progress - but I'm not progressing fast enough. :)

  2. You are doing wonderfully on your goals! I have decided to enter 2 quilts into our country fair this year, so I guess I should consider figuring out sleeves too...

  3. What colorful, wonderful quilts. Thanks for sharing!

  4. The first year I entered quilts in a show I underestimated the amount of time it takes to make the sleeves and found myself stitching in the parking lot at drop off - exaggerating a bit but that's how it felt. You've gotten so much done!

  5. YOU'RE on a roll!! Wow to all of them. Beautiful.

  6. LOVE the baby quilt! So bright and colorful and non-traditional 'baby" - LOVE it!


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