A Lovely Year of Finishes–March Goal Complete

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My official ‘March Goal’ was to put these 80 block of the month, quilt along, and sampler blocks that I made two years ago together into one quilt.
I had a few other quits to work on and finish this month along with the other things in life but I managed to get this goal done!
Let’s see how it all came together..I’m working on explaining the decisions I make when putting a quilt together better.
IMG_6722My design wall could only fit the quilt on sideways.  The right of the picture is the top of the quilt.  Here’s the layout I came up with and went from there.
My New York Beauty blocks look good from a distance – but they were definitely far from square.  In order to not have a completely wonky final quilt…I decided to border the 4 by 4 block that included the 10 New York Beauty Block First.  I used the border method of measuring the centers and using the same measurement to add the borders. IMG_6725I also decided to go with a non-standard sashing.  I love this crazy wild large scale print…but it’s hard to find the right place to use it.  Since this quilt was already crazy – why not just go with it and make crazy sashing!?IMG_6726So…now I have added a sashing to a strange place in my quilt.  If I were to just sew the rest of the blocks together and try to add them to the newly sashed section…they wouldn’t fit.  So…I need to add two strips of sashing to each side of the newly sashed area.IMG_6727
The big decision was how and where I wanted to do it.  I decided to make it sort of a ‘cross’.  I wanted to highly two of the Mariner’s Compass blocks I put together so I made sure they were sashed on the top and left side of the main section.  The bottom and right didn’t matter quite so much to me.  IMG_7019I love how sharp the New York Beauty looks when framed out with the sashing.IMG_7001The next big decision…how to do the outer border?  I had some of the circle fabric left but not enough to make it around the entire quilt.  First, I started with a thin black fabric to ‘stop’ the crazy busy blocks.  Then, I cut the circle fabric so that it looked like the border was scalloped.  I added some more of that black between each stretch of half circle fabric and in the corners to stretch out the circle fabric that I didn’t have enough of to make the border.IMG_7011This ended up working in my favorite because these circles aren’t ‘exactly’ circles and if I would have attempted to line things up nicely on the border…it wouldn’t have worked.  One of those things that all worked out the way it was supposed to.
When the border was all on I had just 2 half circles left.  I marinated on those half circles for a bit and finally decided what I wanted to do with them after consulting some quilting buddies on the border.IMG_7049Yup – I made them into quarter circles and added them to the corners!  Sometimes it’s just small details like that which add so much to a quilt!IMG_7045
And…with the four quarter circles added to the border – my March goal – the quilt top – is complete!
Now…it’s off to the long arm quilter…I can’t wait to see what she does!  I’ll be sure to share some pictures once it’s all done!
Tomorrow I’ll be posting my April goals!  Stay tuned to see what I have in mind!

April 2014 Project QUILTING Off Season Challenge–Birthday Colors

It’s not quit April but close enough and I know you are all anxious to get started on yet another Project Quilting Challenge! 
Now – this is not an official ‘season’ challenge but these are what I call ‘off season’ challenges.  There are a few different things that happen. 
  1. There aren’t any prizes…yet.
    • One of the most stressful parts of running a fun event on my blog for me is soliciting sponsors and prizes.  Off season means I don’t have to do that. 
    • BUT if you want to donate anything to be randomly drawn for by participants in the challenge I’m happy to post about it and run the hat drawing.  If this is something you’re interested in…just email me at lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com. 
  2. You have more than a week to finish the challenges.  In fact – I’m giving you FOUR weeks. 
    • Projects should be finished by Sunday, April 27th.  Anytime is just fine…just as long as they’re submitted by the time the linky closes (which there’s a countdown on so you can check your time constraints). 
    • This is purely just so we have a FINISH before we get moving on the May Off Season Challenge.   Not only is Project QUILTING meant to inspire you to make something you never thought you would – but it’s to help encourage you to FINISH the project too.
Alright – now that I put that out there…let’s see what I have for your challenge this month.
Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE my birthday!  And April is my birthday month – so of course this challenge is going to revolve around Birthdays!
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Using EQ7, I made a fun patchwork calendar quilt (with 31 as the border).  I started out by following the rainbow for the first 7 blocks…then I just went with it. 
You’re challenge for this month is called ‘Birthday Colors’.
I want you to take the date of your birthday and use those numbers to find the two main colors of the quilt you will be making.  I’m not going to restrict you to using ONLY these two colors but one should be able to clearly see in your final quilt which two colors you had to use…so they have to be obviously used…not just ‘peeking’ out.
Since, I have a hard time interpreting my thoughts into words some times I’m going to give you a few examples…
My birthday is 4/15 (yup – that’s right..April 15th!  Just a few weeks away!) so my two colors are…
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this lovely green
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and a fabulous lavender.
You can see here I did this completely randomly because I would NEVER use these two colors as the main ones of a quilt…wish me luck!  I’ll need it!
A few more examples…
Capri’s birthday is 2/24 so these would be her colors…
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Cedi’s birthday is 11/29 and her colors would be…
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Pip’s birthday is 4/28 and her quilt would primarily consist of these two colors
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And finally – Jared’s birthday is 5/11 and his quilt would utilize these two colors
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I’m sure you’re all thinking this is going to be tough and quite a challenge.  I agree!  But it will be fun – right?! 

UPDATE 3/31: 
If you're birthday is 1/1, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 6/6, 7/7, 8/8, 9/9, 10/10, 11/11, 12/12, or 6/28 - add your color with the color 'BLACK'.  I hadn't thought about these special days but I think this will work!  

So…in review – have your projects finished up by Sunday, April 27th.
Please link them up below so everyone can easily read more about your creative process.
And…if you want – add them to the Project QUILTING Flickr Group too!

Prize for Off Season Project Quilting Challenges:
“Quilting Gift Certificate” for $30.00 off the Quilting on a Baby size quilt or larger. (Baby, Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King).

The Gift Certificate will be good for 4 months starting one month after the challenge ends.  Excluding the Month of December for using the gift certificate.

The quilting gift certificate is transferable to another person, so you can share it with a friend, if you’d like.
I will do an estimate based on the size of the winner's quilt top, quilting choices, thread choices, and batting and if they would like to purchase backing fabric from me. Winner can send backing fabric and batting with their quilt top, but I do have it available. This way the winner will have a good estimate of the value of your quilting prize.
Prize 2... A regular Project QUILTING Participant - Adva Price is donating a wonderful prize to a random winner too!

One lucky person will get this fabulous charm pack from adva!
Thank you both so much for making these challenges even more fun by adding prizes to the mix!
Have fun!  And don’t forget…

It’s Time to Think Outside the Square!

Grand Prize Winner, Season 5 of Project QUILTING


Every time someone completed a Project QUILTING Challenge per the guidelines their name was added to the drawing for the Grand Prize.  If you complete every challenge (all 6) you will get a bonus entry (maximum number of times your name will be in the drawing…7).  13 people completed all six challenges in Season 5.
Before we get to the Randomly Drawn Grand Prize winner…let’s take a look at all the fabulous prizes!

$50 gift certificate redeemable towards quilting by Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting!

Bungalow Quilting and Yarn will be giving away a book with templates!

Waggons West is donating THREE custom quilt labels!
Diana of SeldomSeenQuilting is giving away her service of digitizing a photograph for embroidery!

Pat Sloan will be giving away a fabulous box of her Aurifil Thread, ‘The Perfect Box of Neutrals’ as part of this season’s grand prize!
I will be throwing in some fabric and other goodies too!
I am so grateful for all my amazing sponsors this season!  It really adds to the fun of a challenge when you know there’s a chance you could win prizes!
I thought about just using the random number generator for this one…but drawing from a hat is just too much fun…so I got out my slips of paper, my hat, and my sharpie.
And I wrote out the 240 entries (not counting Diane and I and adding in 12 extra entries for the folks that completed all the challenges – I excluded myself once again in here).
And I put them in the hat.  Every time I walked by the hat I would grab the names and mix them up a bit more.  I did this at least 10 times before the drawing took place.
AND Capri got to do the honors of picking the Grand Prize winner since she was felling better this morning.

And Congratulations to Kelly Kroon!

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This was Kelly’s first season of Project QUILTING but she did make six fabulous quilted pieces!  Congratulations Kelly!  You’ll be hearing from me soon!

Thanks again to everyone for once again joining in the Project QUILTING fun!  I’ll be posting an ‘off season’ challenge tomorrow and Season 6 is scheduled to start in January of 2015!

Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge Prize Winners

Happy Saturday morning everyone!  Do you have any big plans for today?  We’re going to be taking a trip to the library, then some friends are coming over to help me put together gift baskets for the Quilt Academy my guild is putting on next weekend, and finally – we have a babysitter coming so Jared and I can go and watch the Badger’s play!  Should be a fun day.  Before and during all this – I’ll be posting LOTS of Project QUILTING winners!  First – I’ll be announcing the Public Choice winner and the randomly drawn winners for the Triangle Challenge.  Later today – I’ll be posting the Grand Prize winner!  It’s going to be fun!
First…let’s see who one the public vote and will be getting this adorable little guy…

Adorable and fabulous - Felted Pirate Owl Pin Cushion from ElefawnDesigns!

Congratulations to Jersey Kim and her beautiful triangle geese pillow!

Random PRIZE Winners

Now let’s see who the girls chose to win the random prizes.  Capri was a bit under the weather (ear infection) and wasn’t in the mood last night to draw any names so Cedi and Pip did all the drawing.

Prize 1

$30 gift certificate redeemable towards quilting by Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting goes to…

Prize 2

Wooldand Ridge Retreat  is giving away a $50 gift certificate towards a retreat stay to

Prize 3

For Quilts Sake is giving away one of these fabulous stash bags to the lucky winner…
Indigo at Work and Play!

Prize 4

Studio Cherie will be giving a free pattern to
Alyssa Carrion!

Prize 5

Fabrics N Quilts will be donating a $20 gift certificate to
sharon huismith!

Prize 6

Sew BitterSweet Designs is giving a set of her 4 pack of original patterns to…
Lucky Duck Dreams!

Prize 7:

And…for some reason I forgot to draw this winner last night…so Cedi picked it in the morning…

Waggons West is donating a custom quilt label to…
Cotton N Lace
Congratulations to all the winners!  If you haven’t heard from me by the end of tomorrow – 3/30/14 – please don’t hesitate to email me!
AND A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the amazing sponsors this season!  Thanks for helping make the challenges even a bit more fun by giving out some prizes to the participants!  I appreciate EVERYONE’s support beyond words!

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