Prizes for the Focus Through the Prism Off Season Challenges

Below is a list of the prizes that will be awarded randomly to those that finish and link up their ‘Focus Through the Prism Challenges’ by the end of each month.


“Quilting Gift Certificate” for $30.00 off the Quilting on a Baby size quilt or larger. (Baby, Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King) from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting.
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.
Marcia 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.


Marcia would also like to giveaway to a separate winner a prize of one of her original patterns(value $8.00).
Here are the six quilt patterns the winner will get to chose from:
  1. Summer Tomatoes Quilt Pattern – PDF
  2. Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern – PDF
  3. Textures Quilt Pattern – PDF
  4. Quilted Checkbook or Calendar Pattern – PDF
  5. Quilted Pocket Purse – PDF
  6. Turn a Quilt into a Bag Pattern - PDF

Beginnings of my Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

Challenge did you say?  Sign me up of course!

As soon as the email came from the Modern Quilt Guild for the newest challenge – I was in!

What's the challenge you ask?

  • Make something fantastic that is quilted.
  • Make something you've never done before.
  • Challenge yourself to learn something new.
  • Use only Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids.
  • Tag all your photos on Facebook and Instagram with #mqgfabricchallenge
  • The challenge runs from March until July 2015.

Check out the fun fabric designed by Amanda Herring that you get to play with!


My six fat eights of fabric from the Quilted Fish arrived and I knew I would need more.  I headed to the Fat Quarter Shop to add to my viable fabrics (remember – they had to be either Cottage Garden or Riley Blake Basics and Solids). IMG_8737

Not pictured are the additional Cottage Garden Prints I ordered to bulk up the amount of fabric I had.  I also think the pink bubblegum solid is going to drop out of this quilt … but it’s hard to tell until it’s actually in your hands!

Hmm … what was I going to do?

I decided I wanted to showcase a few of my original block designs.  One of my most popular tutorials is for my ‘Wyoming Dragonfly.’  It definitely felt like a good place to start.IMG_8913

I made a six-inch block to start – which is what the tutorial shows you how to make.


Then I decided I needed a bigger one too so I bumped up my measurements and made a 12” one.  A discussion last night really got my creative juices flowing and I know a 24” block is going to be on the table soon too!  There may be some butterflies added to the mix and perhaps a few bees or some big geese … only time will tell!


Capri had to photo bomb my picture – too cute!

Stay tuned to see how this progresses!  (It will be a surprise to us all!)

Give or Get Creativebug this Mothers Day

Pip is 4!

It’s been a joyous couple of days around the Lapacek household.  Our beautiful baby girl, Persimoni Mae (most of you know her as Pip) turned 4 yesterday!

I normally link up to my kiddo’s birth story for those that are interested but I’m noticing I didn’t really write one up for Pip.  Craziness!  I do recommend for a fun look back at Pip pictures over the year – my post for her 3rd birthday is pretty great.

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Pip started out her birthday by having a birthday donut complete with four candles and a song!  (Don’t ask about Pip’s hair … she thought she had made it ‘beautitul!’)


Then before school her sisters gave Pip her presents – Cedi a bubble machine. 


And Capri gave her a microphone.  I have one happy Pip!

Pip and I went on an adventure for her birthday.  Once we got the kids on the bus I loaded Pip into the van.  She wasn’t thrilled about going on a ‘van adventure’ versus a ‘walking adventure’ through the orchard but I knew it would be worth it.


Pip fell asleep on the way to our adventure but once she woke up, turned around and saw where we were she exclaimed – “You are the best mommy ever!”


We went to the Monona Dream Park which is the form of a castle.  It was a magical time for Pip.IMG_8797


And of course – she made a new friend.  Everywhere we go, Pip tends to find other kids and become there friends.  It’s great to see how much fun she has meeting others.  IMG_8830

We decided to check out another park we could see from the dream park and of course – Pip made even more new friends!


We welcomed the girls home on the bus by making bubbles with Pip’s new machine.IMG_8902

See how excited Pip is about her ‘My Little Pony’ underwear!  I love it!


And this was the gift I was most excited about!  7 Disney Princess dolls!  To make it even better – Target’s Cartwheel program had a 50% off coupon for it when I was there shopping!  Score!

I had a wonderful day with Pip and I know she felt that her day was super special too.  And now that I have a four year old – I never have to deal with the monster-like 3 year old attitude again right!?

Focus Through the Prism–a Project QUILTING Special Challenge

I have something new and exciting to announce that will be happening for the next 7 months of off season Project QUILTING Challenges.

Focus Through the Prism – A Series of Project QUILTING Off Season Challenges


Purchase:  Special ROYGBIV fabric Bundle from Cherrywood Fabrics

One block-inspired challenge will be issued each month for seven months. Use that block, plus ONE fabric from your special ROYGBIV bundle, then add anything else you need to create a 20” finished quilt by the month's deadline.

  • Each final project should read predominantly as one color in the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. 
  • A ROYGBIV hand-dyed color bundle of fabric must be purchased from Cherrywood Fabrics
  • You must use ONE fabric from the ROYGBIV challenge bundle in each quilt
  • Any other fabrics from your stash may be added.
  • You must use the month's block
  • Quilts must finish 20” square. 

Challenges must be completed by each monthly deadline
You can participate in as many monthly challenges as you’d like (one, or all seven!) but each challenge quilt MUST be started and finished within that month.

A NEW TWIST: the quilts also must be available to be shipped to me in January 2016 and in my possession for up to one year.
  • A 4" quilt rod pocket will need to be added to the back of the quilt before you send it to me January.  Check out THIS tutorial for how to do this.

The end goal for this special challenge series is to build a controlled spectrum display of 20” quilts featuring seven traditional quilt blocks. A jury of your quilting peers will select top quilts in each colorway, and my hope is to submit this to quilt shows as a special exhibit illustrating the creativity a Project QUILTING challenge can inspire.

At the very least I will put up a spontaneous outdoor quilt show on the deer fence in the orchard photographed by Karmen Lindner Photography.


a shot from the Fall 2014 Spontaneous Outdoor Quilt Show photo shoot by Karmen Lindner Photography

When:  The first challenge will start on May 1st and a new block will be revealed at the 1st of each month through November.  Challenges must be completed by the end of each month regardless if it’s a month with 30 or 31 days.

May, Challenge 1: Monkey Wrench
June, Challenge 2: Friendship Star
July, Challenge 3: Log Cabin
August, Challenge 4: Pinwheel
September, Challenge 5: posted on 9/1
October, Challenge 6: posted on 10/1
November, Challenge 7: posted on 11/1

Prize: To be announced but I promise I’ll get something good put together!

Purchase your Fabric Now so you’ll be ready to get started on May 1st!
The ROYGBIV bundle is available as fat quarters, half yards or full yards.  Individual colors are available online in fat quarters.

Woot!  I’m super excited about this!!!!

And don’t worry – more details will be posted with the first challenge.  The most important thing you need to do right now is click HERE to make your fabric purchase.  Oh – and tell all your friends to join in the fun too!

There has been some questions about the fun we'll be having with the challenge so I put together a FAQ post to help clarify a few things.  Please let me know if I can answer any other questions you may have too!

Questions or issues?  Email me!  lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com

FAQ about ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Challenge

The ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge starts just one week from tomorrow!  I’ve heard lots of excited comments, anticipation and of course some questions.  I’m going to try to clear up as much confusion as possible below here … feel free to ask more if you have them though!
Project QUILTING Challenge Bundle


Are we to be “inspired” by the chosen block, or “must we use the Block?
Inspired.  Inspired by is exactly it. You are free to be inspired by the quilt block I give. A story behind the quilt is appreciated though so you can show us how the final quilt was actually inspired by the quilt block.

We’ve had quilt block challenges before in Project QUILTING so I went back in the archives to the ‘Log Cabin Challenge’ of Season 1 to show you different way the challenge was interpreted. 

Shabby Ruffled Log Cabin - Kim's Crafty Apple Challenge
Let’s start with a literal example.  Here’s a fabulous traditional log cabin quilt made by Jennifer Rodriguez.  Yes – it’s literally a log cabin but her twist was to ruffle each ‘log’ in the cabin. 
Log Cabin Quilt

Catherine of MoranArtandQuilts used the traditional log cabin blocks to make a literal log cabin!  Another great solution the challenge!

Project Quilting Log Cabin Entry - Apple Tree - Submittal
And then this was my interpretation of the log cabin challenge.  My log cabins are wonky and they happened to turn into an apple tree.  Obviously, if my blocks are telling me they want to be a tree for the ‘Focus Through the Prism Challenge’ I’ll have to make them into a tree with an actual quilted fabric background to make a 20” square. 

Do I have to Register? Is there a form? Is there a fee?
No registration, no form, no fee (other than the purchase of the ROYGBIV fabric bundle from Cherrywood Fabrics)

Do we chose any color?
YES – Choose any color.  We want a mix of colors representing each block.  Overall this will have a great impact at the show.  You may use each color only ONE TIME in the seven month challenge.  For Example: … One month your quilt must read ‘Red’ with the ‘Red’ Cherrywood fabric somewhere in the quilt.  The next month you may pick any color but red to use.  So, if you chose yellow that months’ quilt must read ‘yellow’ and the yellow cherrywood fabric must be somewhere in the quilt. The month after that you may pick any color but red or yellow and so forth …

Do we send the quilt to you every month?
Photo’s of your quilts must be linked up to my blog – Persimon Dreams (exact web address announced at the first of each month) by the last day of each month to qualify for the randomly drawn monthly prize.

The quilts also must be available to be shipped to me in January 2016 and in my possession for up to one year.

My address is:
Kim Lapacek
N1959 Kroncke Road
Poynette, WI 53955

How do we 'link up' our quilt?
We've been linking up our projects for Project QUILTING for a few seasons now.  I did create a fun little post to assist you in the progress.  You can find it HERE.

If you don't have instagram/flickr/and/or a blog to link up feel free to email me: lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com a picture and story behind your quilt and I will link it up for you!

Is this the new “Cherrywood Challenge?”
No.  It’s really seven Off Season Project QUILTING Challenges that utilize the fabulous Cherrywood Fabric.

Can I use the Cherrywood Color Wheel bundle?
No – it is not the same.  You MUST use the ROYGBIV Project QUILTING Bundle.

Do you have to do all 7 months in order to win?
No.  The top quilts will be chosen individually, not based on the series.

Does the quilt need a hanging sleeve?
A 4" quilt rod pocket will need to be added to the back of the quilt before you send it to me January. Check out THIS tutorial for how to do this.

To find out more about the basic idea and history of Project QUILTING:

I hope this has helped to clarify a few things but please, please, please, don’t hesitate to ask me any other questions you may have!

Anniversary Giveaway Winner and a few Ballet Pictures

It’s time to announce the winner of my one year anniversary giveaway!  I had 118 entries and chose

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comment number 11 to be the winner!  Congrats Cheryl!


I Like Project Quilting on facebook. Good thing I followed your link there because I discovered I hadn't checked the option to Get Notifications so I've been missing all sorts of loveliness!

It’s been a busy day!  Pip and I started out the day by adding a new member to our family.  I don’t have pictures yet but his name is ‘Cutie Bone Cruncher’ (I think … I will have to ask Pip later to verify).  It’s a beta fish.  We also have two new snails but there names haven’t been determined yet.  These new additions will be living in our new Back to the Roots AquaFarm v2 .  I’m excited to attempt to grow some herbs in our house.  I’ll keep you posted on this experiment but I have to warn you … for a farmer … I’m pretty terrible at growing things.

Then it was time for Jared and I to be officially adults.  That’s right.  I’m 33 years old and I have to admit that I am an adult – we made a will and today we signed it.

ballet pip

Next – ballet pictures!  We’ve had the costumes for ages it seems but were under strict instructions not to let the girls wear them until pictures and then the dress rehearsal and recital.  All the girls looked adorable! 

ballet - girls

I LOVE this picture!  It really shows off all three of the girls’ personalities to a tee!

I have more pictures to share but I haven’t gotten them off my camera/phone yet so these two will have to hold you over for a bit. 

And … we’re ending out day at gymnastics.  Everyone should sleep good tonight!

Simply Color

If you’re at all like me you are currently anxiously awaiting for the first day of May when the first block of the ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING challenge will be posted.  I have my fabric and I’m ready to sew!

But instead, I’m gearing my mind up with inspiration and knowledge about color! 

simply color Red and Orange

My new favorite books about color are the ‘Simply Color’ series from Vanessa Christenson.  So far, I have

And I love them so much I’ve already pre-ordered the rest of them!

Why do I love these books?  I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but I tend to mix colors and patterns together in way that most would not.  Typically, it works though which is awesome!  Folks have asked me to teach this but truly it is just a gut response.  My goal has been to really learn more about the theory behind color so I may be able to explain my gut a bit more.  We’ll see if that happens!

These books have quilt patterns and some fun historical facts and stories too!  And – come on – they are GORGEOUS!  I don’t know about you but I just love to see books on my shelves.  It makes me happy and I know these six will be a stunning rainbow of color to add to the collection!

And of course … make sure yours fabric stash is well stocked!


Craftsy is having a Flash Sale this weekend!  Great chance to stock up!

Hydrangeas and Apple Blossoms–A mini quilt

I have another quilt finish to cross off my list!  My Aurifil Mini Quilt designed by Kimberly JollyIMG_8518

I’m calling it ‘Hydrangeas and Apple Blossoms’. 


I quilted this with an invisible thread to just pull out texture in the fabric instead of adding yet another design element.

I used two of my original spoonflower fabrics for this mini quilt:


Hydrangea Petals


Scarlet Apples in Bloom

Next up – the aurifil mini quilt ‘ Walled Garden’ designed by John Kubiniec


Linking up to:  Finish It Up Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop, TGIFF

Crazy Quilters and Courthaus Quilters - Review

Over the last two weekends I’ve displayed my quilts at a couple of local shows.  The first – was a the Mukwanago Crazy Quilter’s Show.  I had met many wonderful women from this guild on my bus trip to Houston and they had said wonderful things about the show.  I managed to get my application in on time.  Pip and I delivered the quilts the Friday before the show.  Cedi decided to come with me on Sunday to check out the show and pick up the quilts.  We were pleasantly surprised!  FOUR of the five quilts I had submitted had ribbons on them!


“Once Upon a Time’ got a second


“Novitiate Nebula’ had a Honorable Mention


“Modern Log Cabin’ had a second


And Cedi’s favorite ‘Amazing Technicolor Dream Heart’ had a second!

How amazing is that!?  I have to say – it felt great seeing my quilts with awards on them but what was even more wonderful was to see how excited Cedi was that her mom had won awards. 

IMG_6013To add a little whipped cream to the top of the day – Author Marie Bostwick was at the show!  She gave a talk about her books and got everyone excited about her newest book - The Second Sister.  I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book and it’s a wonderful read!  Cedi was pretty excited too to see a ‘real live author’! 0420154

And of course – to make a perfect day – we need to add the cherry on top!  I had also brought down quilts for my good friend Trisha Frankland of Quilt Chicken.  Three of her four quilts also got ribbons – Judges Choice, first, and second!!!! 

This past weekend was the Courthaus Quilter’s Show in Monroe, WI.  Monroe, WI is Trisha Frankland’s hometown so she took the lead on bringing the quilts to and from the show.

I was able to put in three quilts per their category restrictions and I’m ridiculously proud to say that all three got a ribbon. This time a Judge’s Choice (Celebrate Annie), a first (Once Upon a Time), and a second (Gypsy Wife).  Trish once again also took home quite a few ribbons!  You can see a complete list of the winners here

I’ve been entering my quilts in show in hopes that folks will see my work and ask me to come and talk at their guild … my new favorite thing!  Fingers crossed I caught some attention!

Fabrics N Quilts New Website Giveaway Winner

I bet you thought I forgot that I was going to announce the winner of the big Fabric N Quilts giveaway since I posted about my anniversary giveaway earlier!  But I didn’t forget!

160 folks entered the contest!  woohoo! choose …

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Comment 148 which is Kath!  Here’s what she had to say for the contest!


Unfortunately it's a no to all your questions. I live a long way away making it difficult. I am going to watch for shows closer to home and try to go, though it looks a bit overwhelming from pictures of past years.


I like that Fabrics N Quilts has so many categories to choose from, making it really easy to find just the right fabric you're looking for.

Congratulations Kath on winning these fabulous prizes!

1 Year Anniversary Giveaway

What!?  Only a 1 year anniversary celebration!?  Well … I did technically start blogging back in November of 2008 for my crafty business.  But the year anniversary is celebrating my switch back to blogger from wordpress.  Every moment I was at wordpress I missed the comfort of blogger and I finally decided to come back.

I’m SO HAPPY I did!  It’s made blogging so much less stressful. I know what I’m doing. I  know how to add things to my sidebar.  I know I can EASILY find past blog posts!  I hope you have all enjoyed the move as well. 

In just one year I’ve had over 282,000 page views!  Not too shabby if I do say so myself!
And in celebration to this success – I’m having a GIVEAWAY! 

Let’s see what I’m all offering up!


ONE lucky person will win this! A bundle of six fat quarters I personally hand dyed.  A charm pack of Atelier by 3 sisters for moda AND a sampler pack of Aurifil thread in Caramel, 6001. 

How can you win?

REQUIRED:  Easy – Just leave me a comment answering this question:
Be sure to include your email address so I’m able to contact you when you win!  If I can’t contact you I will choose a different winner.

What is it that keeps bringing you back to Persimon Dreams?

BONUS Entries  Leave a separate comment for each to gain extra entries
Seriously – if you don’t leave your email address, I won’t be able to get ahold of you and you won’t get the prize…this is very important!
The Giveaway is CLOSED!
kim birthday 2015
And with that … good luck and thank you for reading!  I love getting comments and seeing folks enjoying what I have to share!
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