A Lovely Year of Finishes–October Completions

It’s time to check in and see how this month went…

Goal 1.


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My big goal this month was to keep up with the ‘Tula Pink Modern City Sampler’ Quilt Along.  12 blocks…I can do that, right?  I did it!

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Goal 2


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My second September goal was to make one set of ‘Hearts for Susie’ pillowcases and I’m going to combine that with the ‘An Apple A Day…’ Project QUILTING Challenge.  I’ve sold a couple of these quilted heart pillowcases and a few patterns since I launched my ‘Hearts for Susie’ campaign but I think I need to get some more pillows in stock. AND I did it!  Three new apple-y heart-y pillowcases are complete!

Most of this all magically came to be in the last three days – but I did it!  I’m very happy with the completion of these few goals and the goals I want to make for November are running through my head.  I definitely will need to prioritize because the list is LONG!  Can’t wait to get back at the machine!

Tula Pink City Sampler Quilt Along–Blocks 58 to 73

Yup!  I still managed to sneak a little sewing in here and there this past month.  I never found the time to blog about it throughout the month – but I did it!

Let’s play some catch up with my Tula Pink City Sampler Quilt and see which blocks I’ve completed since you’ve heard from me last.


No 58

No 58


bock 59


No 59


block 60


No 60


block 61


No 61 – nothing like big poppy print mixed with a little zebra and feathers… ;)


No 62


No 62


No 63


No 63


No 64


No 64


No 65


No 65


No 66


No 66


No 67


No 67


no 68


No 68 – I used some of my original Spoonflower fabrics in this block!


no 69


No 69


no 70


No 70


No 71


No 71


No 72


No 72


No 73


No 73


Wow!  I’ve actually accomplished way more in October than I thought I had!  My method for just a few minutes to sew/cut as a time is to get the pieces all cut up and ready for three blocks at a time.  Then when I had time the next time I could get those pieces all sewn together.

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These are so fun when you look at them all together…

So…here’s a sneak peek at the layout I’m most likely going to do when I have my 100 blocks complete.  Can you see where I’m going with this?

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Celebration, Blogger’s Quilt Festival

SERIOUSLY!?!   I even made myself a note in ‘Google Calendar’ so I would be posting so late in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  Argh!  Super mad at myself for ignoring my ‘alerts’…I guess if I make them an alert I should probably pay attention to them. 

Better late than ever I guess…

Celebration Quilt

I decided to share with you all a quilt that I made in 2012.  It is “Celebration” and it was the 2012 Quilts by Barb Retreat Quilt.  We saw that we would be making it at the 2011 retreat and I immediately went shopping and found the perfect focal fabric for it.  I rarely buy fabric knowing what I’m going to make with it.  The quilt was tweaked by Barb to incorporate some Kaleidoscope-ing which is why I had to pre-pick out the fabric I would use.  You can read all about how my kaleidoscopes came to be HERE.  This quilt was ‘built’ from the center out and it was fun deciding the fabrics for each different layer.  I even second guessed myself during the round building and took a moment to make better decisions.    Overall, this quilt was a whole new process for my typical method but I loved the whole thing and I loved the end result as well.

After a few blocks not only had I already pre-decided what fabric would be used for the quilt but I knew that the quilt would be perfect for my good friend Kaitra.  I’d been telling her for years that I would make her a quilt for her either when she got married or turned 30.  She’s determined to never get married and I actually surprised her with this quilt for her 29th birthday.  That way she could stop being ‘excited’ for her 30th since she was getting a quilt!  Since she’s actually turning 30 in just over a month I figured this was the perfect throw quilt to feature this Festival!

Celebration QuiltI took this picture at the playground at our apple orchard. 

Celebration Quilt

My aunt, Barb Raisbeck, of Quilts by Barb did a triple circle all over the quilt in three different thread colors – LOVE it!

Be sure to check out all the other amazing quilts in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!

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Quilts and Blossoms–Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Since I’m late to the party, I’m not going to delay my second entry for a second category any longer.  I’m entering this photo into the ‘Quilt Photographer’ Category of the quilt festival.

VOTING has begun!  Please vote for my picture in the festival - Number 29!  Thanks so much in advance for your support!IMG_8072-001

I took this picture of the ‘Spontaneous’ outdoor quilt show I had at my orchard during apple blossom time this past May.  My photographer friend was using the orchard for sessions at the time and she came down and snapped some truly incredible shots of my ‘show’ but I’m pretty happy with some of the shots I took as well.  I hope you consider this as your favorite in the quilt festival category for ‘Quilt Photographer’.

 
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Nominations for your favorite quilts from the festival is now open.  Go to this post:  http://amyscreativeside.com/2013/10/25/bloggers-quilt-festival-fall-2013/ and if this is you would like to nominate my "Quilts and Blossom'' quilt photo just enter this url: http://www.persimondreams.com/?p=6828  Thanks so much for all your support!

Celebration, Blogger’s Quilt Festival

SERIOUSLY!?!   I even made myself a note in ‘Google Calendar’ so I would be posting so late in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  Argh!  Super mad at myself for ignoring my ‘alerts’…I guess if I make them an alert I should probably pay attention to them.

Better late than ever I guess…

Voting has begun!  Please vote for my quilt 'Celebration' - it's Number 57!

Celebration Quilt

I decided to share with you all a quilt that I made in 2012.  It is “Celebration” and it was the 2012 Quilts by Barb Retreat Quilt.  We saw that we would be making it at the 2011 retreat and I immediately went shopping and found the perfect focal fabric for it.  I rarely buy fabric knowing what I’m going to make with it.  The quilt was tweaked by Barb to incorporate some Kaleidoscope-ing which is why I had to pre-pick out the fabric I would use.  You can read all about how my kaleidoscopes came to be HERE.  This quilt was ‘built’ from the center out and it was fun deciding the fabrics for each different layer.  I even second guessed myself during the round building and took a moment to make better decisions.    Overall, this quilt was a whole new process for my typical method but I loved the whole thing and I loved the end result as well.

After a few blocks not only had I already pre-decided what fabric would be used for the quilt but I knew that the quilt would be perfect for my good friend Kaitra.  I’d been telling her for years that I would make her a quilt for her either when she got married or turned 30.  She’s determined to never get married and I actually surprised her with this quilt for her 29th birthday.  That way she could stop being ‘excited’ for her 30th since she was getting a quilt!  Since she’s actually turning 30 in just over a month I figured this was the perfect throw quilt to feature this Festival!

Celebration QuiltI took this picture at the playground at our apple orchard.

Celebration Quilt

My aunt, Barb Raisbeck, of Quilts by Barb did a triple circle all over the quilt in three different thread colors – LOVE it!

Be sure to check out all the other amazing quilts in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!
AmysCreativeSide

Nominations for your favorite quilts from the festival is now open.  Go to this post:  http://amyscreativeside.com/2013/10/25/bloggers-quilt-festival-fall-2013/ and if this is you would like to nominate my 'celebration' quilt just enter this url:  http://www.persimondreams.com/?p=6821  Thanks so much for all your support!

What is Craftsy?

What is Craftsy?

Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

Why should I take a class online?
Online education isn’t just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons.  With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, anytime. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects.

Free Craftsy Classes



I personally have really enjoyed my experience on Craftsy.  In 2012 I participated in the FREE Craftsy Block of the Month Class.

8095728675_61cd4678d1 I learned SO much about piecing during this quilting class.  I learned that I LOVE English Paper Piecing and I learned that I still really don’t like curved piecing.  I still have to put the blocks together into a quilt but I’m really happy with the 20 blocks I have to start with for that.

I Lived a Dream

A week ago, I was honored to be the Guest Speaker at the Lodi Valley Quilter’s Guild meeting.  I’ve been wanting to write about the experience for a week now and I’m finally just doing it!  Anyway -   I filled in fairly last minute for our scheduled speaker and had very little time to prepare.  I think in the end this turned out to be a good thing.  This speaking gig was my first ever speaking gig to talk about quilting.  I was nervous, excited, and flabbergasted to be asked.  When folks ask me  what I want to do when I grow up my response is always ‘I want to be famous’.  Well – giving talks and showing my work is definitely a good step towards that dream!IMG_2624

I managed to scrounge up one of my very first quilts for the ‘trunk show’ portion of the talk.  It’s always nice to show everyone where you started and how far you’ve come in the years.  As you can see from this picture – this quilt has been used a lot and I may not have chosen the best fabrics for a quilt…IMG_2632My friend Trish was one of my quilt holding helpers for the talk.  Her advice for the show was to just focus on one thing instead of the seventeen I’m usually focused on.  This was great advice and worked for most of the talk – but of course, I had a few important tangents I had to go off on.IMG_2646My friend Karne was another one of my quilt holder helpers for the show and she also helped me be more relaxed and slow down when I needed to.  It was great to have two lovely ladies up there with me.  IMG_2664

I started the show with one of my first quilts so I had to end the show with the last one I’ve finished – my scrappy trip along.  100713

As I was putting together the order I would show  my quilts I thought it was pretty ironic that my first quilt was a square patchwork and my last one was a square patchwork sort…

Another friend of mine took pictures throughout the show of my different pieces that I talked about.  I don’t want to post too much of them at this time though because I hope to be asked to do this for more groups and guilds.  Yes – I was nervous for the talk but it turned out that I absolutely LOVED every minute I was up there.  It was such a good rush!  The feedback I got from the crowd as I talked just fed the energy I had during the presentation and from what I heard after the talk the crowd also enjoyed it.

My talk is about an hour and I can easily add to or shorten this to your groups desire.  The hour I talked focused on three things:

  1. my journey as a quilter – including some of my very first quits

  2. how challenges have shaped the quilter I’m becoming

  3. my addiction to quilt along’s and/or ‘Block of the Months’


If you would like to  have me talk to your group about my ‘Quilting Journey’ feel free to contact me by email:  lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com or give me a call 608-635-4780.

 

PS – I did not make my dress…it’s from Desigual.

My First Speaking Gig at the Lodi Valley Quilters Guild

I first discovered the Lodi Valley Quilters Guild about 2 years ago when I went and heard the amazing Karen McTavish speak.  It was an inspiring lecture and I have looked forward to the first Monday of the month ever since.

Each meeting we seem to have a great speaker with a lot of knowledge, experience and talent to share with our group of over 100 quilters.  After the speaker presents, we have announcements and show and tell.  I tend to manage to have something to show at each ‘Show N Tell’ session so many of the members have gotten to know me and my work.  They are all so supportive, encouraging, and inspiring!  Other events at the guild include a great Quilt Academy Day in the spring and a wonderful presences at the Lodi Valley Fair each summer.

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photo by Karmen Linder Photography

Just over a week ago on a Saturday I got a call from one of the members of the guild. It was a very busy day at the orchard and my main job during those days is to run the register and help folks out.  Anyway – so I got a phone call and was asked if I had a few minutes to talk.  My response was, “Can I call you back on Monday?”  Quickly, Irene got to the point and told me that the scheduled speaker for the Monday, October 7th meeting was ill and had to cancel.  My name was on the list of people guild members wanted to hear talk and she was wondering if I could fill in.  I was speechless.  (Trust me…if you know me…this never happens.)  She continued to say that she would let me think about it and to let her know as soon as I could.  Of course, I thought about it as I helped out my apple customers.  Was the timing ideal for me?  Definitely not – this is the busiest time of the year at the orchard!  Was this a dream of mine?  YES!  I decided, who cares about sleep!  Who knows if this opportunity would come up again for awhile (remember…our guild gets speakers like KAREN MCTAVISH!) so I might as well go for it!

So…I said Sure!

As I type this I have ALL the quilts in my possessions piled on the futon in my living room. I even found the first quilt I made in High School.  My plan is to show all the quilts that I have and talk about what I’ve learned and my journey.  I’ll be focusing on what challenges (like Project QUILTING) and Quilt Alongs/BOM have done for me as a quilter.  I haven’t planned very much but our retail shop is closed tomorrow.  I’ll be able to figure it all out by then…right?

Anyway – I’m excited and I hope the folks attending tomorrow night are excited to!

If you are in the Lodi, WI, area I hope you join us tomorrow night at 7pm at the Lodi Good Samaritan Center, 700 Clark Street, Lodi, WI.  Meetings are open to everyone.  Members may come free, non-members may come for free to their first meeting, $3.00 per meeting after that.  At times, there may be a higher fee charged to non-members due to the program, speaker, or event.

 

Wish me luck!  This is craziness!

the rest mat

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We had teacher conferences last week.  As we were waiting our turn I couldn’t resist taking this picture.  Can you tell which rest mat is Capri’s?

Spontaneous Outdoor Quilt Show Photo Book


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I made the stunning photo’s Karmen LInder of Karmen Linder Photography took of my spontaneous outdoor quilt show at the orchard during the apple blossoms into a fabulous book!  Check it out!

A Lovely Year of Finishes–October Goals

My ButtonI’m only a day late making my October goals…not too bad…

Goal 1.

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My big goal this month was to keep up with the ‘Tula Pink Modern City Sampler’ Quilt Along.  12 blocks…I can do that, right?

Goal 2

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My second September goal was to make one set of ‘Hearts for Susie’ pillowcases and I’m going to combine that with the ‘An Apple A Day…’ Project QUILTING Challenge.  I’ve sold a couple of these quilted heart pillowcases and a few patterns since I launched my ‘Hearts for Susie’ campaign but I think I need to get some more pillows in stock. 

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I didn’t quite finish this goal so this month I’m going to try to get the pieced heart pillow tops quilted and made into actual pillows. 

What are your goals this month?

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