Project QUILTING June Off Season Challenge Entries



Project Quilting - June Texture, 2. Every Fiber of Her Being, 3. Sweet Bass, 4. hide your love away (detail 2), 5. Project QUILTING Texture Challenge

Five quilted creations were made for the Project QUILTING Off Season Texture challenge.  Let’s take a closer look at each and then find out who ended up winning the fabulous fabric prize from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing and Quilting.

Quilter: erinrebbecaz

hide your love away (on my dining room wall)

hide your love away


Quilter: tjtruesdale


Sweet Bass

Sweet Bass

This is "Sweet Bass". In honor of my sons 16th Birthday. My 1st paper piecing my first art quilt and much more!! Read about it later on my blog

Quilter: For Quilts Sake

Every Fiber of Her Being

"Every Fiber of Her Being"

Made by Pam Geisel of For Quilts Sake in Yellow Springs, Ohio, June 2013 and entered for the Project Quilting Bonus Challenge, "Texture."

9" x 7.5

My creative process and how I made it:

As a fiber artist I’ve always loved the phrase “With every fiber of my being” so I decided to do a literal interpretation of that phrase.

Is this a self portrait? Well, I’m a pale woman who wears glasses. My hair is blonde (and currently shorter than here) but not only didn’t I have any yarn that was close in color to my hair.

The doily was the main inspiration for this quilt and it is couched to the background with a matching thread. In order to add even more texture I couched the yarn for the hair. The glasses and face are hand stitched.


Quilter: KrisTMJ

Project Quilting - June Texture

This idea was from an old vacation picture from Alaska. We walked along the edge of the water and turned into a thickly wooded forest. It was dead calm and you could see paths and light peek through but it was very dense with trees and overgrowth.
11 x 17.5

FMQing, improv piecing
made in nebraska
blogged about it and the inspiration photo here

Quilter: PersimonDreams

Project QUILTING Texture Challenge

Woven Quilted Tote Bag

I raw edge wove a tote bag using the Robert Kaufmann Modern Quilt Block fabrics. I love the movement that was created by using such a 'blocky' print and then weaving them together.  I was inspired by the woven texture on a chair that I am refinishing.


Now that we’ve looked at all the Texture projects created let’s see who wins.

The girls are all sleeping so I have to do the drawing a bit differently – don’t worry…


Here’s a cute picture of Pip (and grandma) since she didn’t draw the winner.

So – since my picker’s are all sleeping I’m assigning numbers to each participant by when they put their entries into the flickr group…

1 – erinrebeccaz

2 – tjtruesdale

3 – forquiltssake

4 – KrisTMJ

and then I headed over to to see who won

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The random number generator picked number 4 so congratulations to KrisTMJ!


Great job everyone!  The Project QUILTING off seaosn challenge for July is up if you’re interested – INDEPENDENCE.

A Lovely Year of Finishes–July Goals

As most of the summer has been July will be a busy month for me.  We have a mini family vacation planned, one wedding to attend, another wedding my three girls and husband are all in, and a big craft show for me to vend at.  That being said – I still want to finish something this month!  Let’s check out my goals for the July ‘A Lovely Year of Finishes’.

Goal 1.  My Brother’s Quilt

I had a hard time deciding what my main goal would be for July.  Just now, I realized if I don’t finish my brother’s quilt this month is probably won’t be done by Christmas.  I started with one idea in mind but now I’ve completely scrapped that and am going in a whole different direction for it.  Hopefully I’ll have some of the blocks made by the mid-month check in so I can show you what I’m doing.  I tweaked the Impromptu quilt pattern to eliminate the need for 1” strips but it’s going to have the same feel as the impromptu quilt does.

Goal 2.  Prepare for the Craftacular

It’s no secret that I’m highly productive when I can find some time to work.  With that being said I have a large inventory of finished product.  But every time I do a show I like to have at least a few ‘new’ things that I haven’t had at a show before.  This past Sunday, I hand dyed some pillow cases that I will need to add pockets too and make worry dolls for before the show.

heart pillows

I also have some plans for some special Heart Pillowcases and would like to get some more made.  I’ll be announcing the details on this next week!

Goal 3. Catch up and/or Keep up with the various quilt along’s I’m participating in.

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1. tulapink block 3, 2. Block 6, 3. Block 5, 4. Block 4, 5. Block 7, 6. Tula Pink’s City Sampler Quilt Along, 7. Tula Pink’s City Sampler Quilt Along, 8. Tula Pink’s City Sampler Quilt Along, 9. Tula Pink’s City Sampler Quilt Along, 10. Tula Pink’s City Sampler Quilt Along, 11. Tula Pink’s City Sampler Quilt Along, 12. Tula Pink’s City Sampler Quilt Along, 13. Tula Pink’s City Sampler Quilt Along, 14. Tula100 Block No. 16, 15. Tula100 BLock no 17, 16. tula100 block no 18, 17. tulapink block 1, 18. tulapink block 2

  • City Sampler Quilt Along – I have 18 blocks done so far! I would love to get 18 more done this month at least…let’s see if that happens!



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  • Aurifil Designer Block of the Month – Catch up on the last two blocks and finish the July block.

  • big bad wolf febrary bungalow Quilts BOMI have decided to combine my Aurfil blocks with the Fairytale Bungalow Quilting BOM patterns to create one really fun and crazy sampler quilt.  I need to catch up with the five others I’ve fallen behind on and do the one for July as well.

I think I’ll stop there.  I think that’s going to be plenty this month along with getting the apple orchard ready to open in mid-August…and keeping up with my three girls…


What are your July goals?

July Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge–Independence

Happy July 1st everyone!  Just because you all have until tomorrow to finish the June challenge doesn’t mean I’m not going to post the July challenge today!

I don’t know about you but it’s been a challenge for me to just find some time to sew this summer.  With the girls, the beautiful weather, a little pool in my yard, and all the trips we’ve been making quilting hasn’t made it to the top of the list too often.  Oh well – everything else going on has all been worth it!

Since we celebrate Independence Day in July, I wanted to make the challenge relate to that.  I debated between using the word Freedom or Independence as our inspiration and I finally decided on…


photo by cayogirl


Your challenge – take the word ‘Independence’ and let it inspire a quilted item.  You can use the colors red, white and blue but it can’t ‘read’ a red, white and blue quilt.


  1. Have FUN! These off season challenges aren’t about winning a prize – they’re about being inspired to create something you may never have created without the inspiration.

  2. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the time frame of the challenge to qualify for the challenge.

  3. Project can be a quilt, a garment, a bag, or any other item that is created using patchwork, appliqué or other traditional quilting techniques.

  4. If you need advice/tips/help (or you just want to give us all a sneak peak) with your project as you work on it feel free to post pictures to the flickr group: Project QUILTING WIP:

  5. POST your entries with a description of your creative process, including where you are (ie, I create in Madison, WI) and the size of your project by the end of the day Wednesday, July 31st 2013, to this flickr group – OR email a picture/description of your completed project to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line and I’ll post your piece for you. (1 month to finish the challenge)

  6. If you do want people to truly critique (the good and the bad) your project please post it to the Flickr Group: Project QUILTING – Critiques

Independence Day Fireworks

photo by Will Dwinnell

Port Washington, Wisconsin

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!  This post will have LOTS of pictures!  This is why I don’t scrapbook – I can never decide which ones are ‘the best’ and need to be shown…so you get to see lots of them!

When we were enjoying our time at the beach in North Carolina back at the end of May – I realized that my kids have no idea that I grew up at the beach.  And we had a lighthouse, and beautiful views.  My parents moved from the home I grew up in when they retired to be closer to their family.  Which is awesome but it means we get back to Port Washington, WI, way less than we used to.  When I had this realization I vowed that at least one day every summer we’d go and spend it in Port Washington.  So, last Friday morning, I packed up the van and the three girls and we headed to good old PW.

IMG_9715At our first stop – we picked up one of my best friends and Capri’s godmother – Aunt Kaitra.  She didn’t have to work so we were able to spend our entire fun day with her.  We made a quick stop at Java Dock for some refreshments and a surprise visit to one of my High School Friends Nichole before we headed to a new Port Washington fixture (at least new to me) – Possibility Playground.IMG_9724  The girls all had an amazing time at this new playground which is new to the Upper Lake Bluff Area – just a short walk from the house I grew up in. IMG_9731Pip’s adorable romper is from The MeasureIMG_9742Cedi helped keep an eye on Pip.  They had a lot of fun making music.

IMG_9736And of course, Cedi the monkey spent a lot of time on the monkey bars.

IMG_9738Aunt Kaitra (not really their aunt) surprised us all by showing us she could still hang upside down on the monkey bars.  We also met up with another friend of mine and her three adorable kids at the playground.  We spent most of the rest of the day with them…don’t worry – super cute picture of all six kids just below…

IMG_9755The girls and I with the lighthouse and harbor behind us.  I wasn’t kidding – my hometown is gorgeous!

IMG_9757Kaitra and Capri!

IMG_9759We had lunch with Kaitra, Stef and her kiddo’s at Harry’s downtown Port Washington.  I don’t think it’s changed since I’d been there but it was the perfect place for us all to eat.  port 10After lunch we headed to South Beach.  This beach is newly opened.  Wport washingtone used to have to walk around the sewage treatment plant (on the left) to get to North Beach – which you still can do – but it was much nicer to park in a lot and walk right onto the beach without the sewage smell.  Above is me with my girls from High School – Nichole and Stef!

port 4Here is a photo of all the kiddo’s!  If you would have asked Stef and I in the summer of 2001 if in 12 years we’d be getting together with our six kids we never would have believed it!  But we did and it was super fun!

port 5Kaitra and I!

port 2A view of the harbor from the start of the pier walk.  On our next trip we plan to walk out to the light house.  We just ran out of time and energy this trip.

port 3

And here is a picture of the church I grew up going to, St. Mary’s.  We ended our trip with a visit to a new popcorn store where Kaitra’s Dad, Marty (who was one of my first bosses), treated the girls and I to some delicious popcorn.  We dropped Kaitra off at home, said sad good-byes for now, and headed out.  The three girls were all sleeping before we left the city limits.  It was a perfect day.
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