Friendship Star Focus Through The Prism Link Up Post

June Project QUILTING Focus Through the Prism Challenge:  Friendship Star

Are you having trouble linking up?  Check out my post 'How To Link Up to a Link UP'.

If you don't have instagram/flickr/or a blog please email me:  lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com a picture of your finished project and a paragraph or so on how you came up with your quilt.  I'll get it posted and linked up for you!

Turning Points Quilted Pillow

I count myself lucky that when cards fall as they should I get to be a pattern tester for the lovely and talented Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio

Fabric Pull

While I’m testing I can’t really share my progress pictures because we don’t want to give away the pattern until it’s released.  I did a little teaser instagram on the fabrics I had pulled for this fun pattern – Turning Points.  Turning Points is a great way to use up some of your fun scraps and make a project with a big impact!

 Prairie Points

Turning Points is a paper pieced pattern that incorporates Prairie Points to give the final piece a three-dimensional effect.  And it’s fun, fast, and easy! 

First Quadrant Turning Points

Sam Hunter does a fantastic job giving you step by step instructions to build the four blocks needed to make this dramatic piece.  Are you more of a visual learner?  Don’t worry!  There is a bonus supplementary photo tutorial on Sam’s blog showing even more step out details of some of the trickier steps. 

finished turning point top

It wasn’t long until I had the top pieced for a pillow!  Oooh!  I almost forgot to mention – in Sam Hunter’s pattern you get templates and instructions to make a pincushion, a mug rug, and/or a pillow!  A three for one deal! 

Turning Points Quilted Pillow detail

I decided to quilt my prairie points down … a bit.  They still have some three dimensional texture but mostly they’re stitched down. 

Turning Points Quilted Pillow

Isn’t this such a great rainbow effect?  I used a plethora of different scrap fabrics from my original spoonflower prints, batiks, hand-dyes, and commercial prints.  I chose to use Simply Sterling Metallic Etched Dragonfly Black/Silver from Benartex for my background fabric. 

  Turning Points Quilted Pillow

I made the pillow cased back using Simply Sterling Metallic Feather Black/Silver from Benartex.  I found both of these fantastic fabrics at my local quilt shop – Mill House Quilts.

Turning Points Quilted Pillow

I am so in love with this pillow, pattern and technique!  I’m sure there will be more projects like this from me in the future!

  Turning Points Quilted Pillow Detail

Did you know?  This was the first time I’ve ever made Prairie Points!

Don’t wait – go and get your pattern today!  PDF copies can be purchased HERE and hard copies can be purchased HERE.

Crossroads Quilt–Homespun Meets Modern

I was challenged by Audrey Manning to use a bale of homespun from Mill House Quilts and make a modern quilt.  The Modern Quilt Club at Mill House Quilts that I attend every month is currently working through the book Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making: From Color to Quilting: 10 Design Workshops by Your Favorite Teachers.  This book includes the quilt:
Color Play by Kari Vojtechovsky
Centennial, Colorado
Pieced by: Kari Vojtechovsky
Quilted by: Susan Santistevan
which took second in Quilt Con this year!  This was the start of my inspiration.
Crossroads Quilt
The bale of homespun I chose where smaller pieces.  I wanted to use each of these in the cross … but there wasn’t enough fabric!  So … I had to tweak by adding a bit of solid.  I found all my scraps of solids and made them work! 
Crossroads Quilt
If you look closely at the rows of crosses you’ll see that as one moves upward on the quilts elements in the piece background start to disappear.  By the time you get to the top cross block … all that’s left is homespun and the purple background.
 Crossroads Quilt
Once I had the top pieced – I sent it to Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb.  I sent her a sketch of the quilting I was dreaming of she made my dream happen!  The ‘solid’ space in the quilt is sort of sampler quilted.  There are different quilted patterns throughout the solid space.
Crossroads Quilt
A gorgeous ovular mixed with linear design is quilted over the cross block section of the quilt.  And all of this is done in hot pink!  I’m in love!
Crossroads Quilt
The solid I used is meant to look like it has wrinkles and imperfections in it … so in love with this look too!
Can you tell how happy I am with how this quilt turned out!? 

Friendship Star–A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, June

Can you believe it’s time for the second ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge!?  SEVENTY amazing quilts were made during the first round and I'm beyond impressed!  If you can, take a few minutes to visit, read the stories, and comment on all the amazing work done.  Let's support each other and make this seven months series not only about a challenge of quilting but of a community from all over the world coming together to cheer each other on. They are all linked HERE

I made this quilt for a previous Project QUILTING challenge - please remember though that your finished quit needs to be a finished 20" square.

I know you’ve all been waiting so patiently for this moment and I thank you for all your enthusiasm!  To go over the story behind the challenge be sure to check out THIS POSTand of course the FAQ post

And if you didn't finish the quilt for May that doesn't mean you can't join in now!  You can even still order the special ROYGBIV Cherrywood Fabric Bundle!

The Inspiration Block:  Friendship Star!

  • Each final project should read predominantly as one color in the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. You may not use the same color as you used in a previous challenge.
  • 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 which should correspond with the color you want your quilt to ‘read’.
  • Any other fabrics from your stash may be added.
  • You must use the month's block as your inspiration.
  • Quilts must finish 20” square.
  • Share the story behind your quilt and how the block ‘Friendship Star’ was the inspiration.
  • Your quilt must have a name.
  • Pictures of your FINISHED 20” square quilts must be LINKED UP at the bottom of this post by 11:55pm CST on Tuesday, June 30th.
  • ‘How to link up to a Link Up’ post
    • Don't use Instagram/Flickr/or blog?  Email me:  lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com a picture and description of your project and I'll link up for you.
  • 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.
Friendship Star Mini 
'Friendship Star Mini' by Tina

Other info … 
    • I would still love if everyone posted to the Flickr Group as that makes making mosaics and looking over things much easier, but it is no longer required.
    • There is now a ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Facebook Group and a ‘Challenge Quilts’ Facebook Group you can join in on to share your thoughts, questions, or whatever related to quilting challenges.  You can always post progress pictures there if you want too!
    • Haven’t ordered your bundle yet?  No worries!  Order now!  You can join in on all seven or just one challenge!
    • Please use the hastag #pqoff #focusthroughtheprism #roygbiv when posting on social networking sites to help spread the word.
    • Prizes! There will be a grand prize at the end … more details to come.  In the meantime – check out THIS POST for details about the randomly drawn prizes given out each month just for completing the challenge!
    • I put together a tutorial called 'Trellis Friendship Star' if you would like the inspiration.

A Fairy and a Dutch Rose

Last year I came up with a block tutorial for a large Dutch Rose Block.  I decided to make another one the other day.Fairy Dutch Rose Quilt Block
I am in love with the fairy in the center of the star!  I also just love what the floral stripe is doing on the outer edges too.  This really makes me want to make a bunch of these blocks with a fussy cut center focus … perhaps a cute throw quilt.  We’ll just have to see …

A Cross Stitched Gnome

Our neighbor girl who has been babysitting for us practically since Cedi (our oldest) was born graduated from High School this year.  She’s a wonderful kid and I know she has big things in her future.  We’re super excited for her but we are all going to miss her terribly!  She loves gnomes and she’s really arty so I knew she’d appreciate a little cross stitched piece.  I found this fun gnome kit and got to work whenever I had a minute.
gnome 7
I think it’s fun to see how these little cross stitching projects progress.  When you just add a few more crosses or colors the project changes so much!
gnome 6
Getting close with this one!
gnome 5
And the main gnome is done.  Just wait until you see what a difference the black outline makes!
gnome 3
And here’s the little guy all outlined!
gnome 2
He wasn’t quite finished until I added a few strands of grass to the background.  It’s all about the details!
gnome 1
I just covered a mini little canvas that came with an easel for the final display.  I love this little guy!  It’s fun to take a step away from quilting for a bit and just do something that’s 100% for fun!

Soul’s Blossom–Project QUILTING June Challenge

I love free form quilting.  When I saw the ‘Friendship Star’ Focus Through the Prism Challenge I knew I wanted to do some skinny free form quilting for this piece and I knew I wanted to use the indigo fabrics to do it. Soul's BlossomSo … I pulled some blue and indigo and purple and other fun scraps out and I just started to free form piece them together in whatever way I wanted!Soul's Blossom

And then I sewed some more together and then I sewed them all together into one piece.Soul's BlossomOnce I had a main block pieced together it was time to add in the friendship star so I cut the block up even more.Soul's BlossomAnd I kept cutting it up even more.  Do you see where the friendship stars are going to be?Soul's BlossomOnce my cuts where made it was time to free form piece some yellow, orange, and red strips into the star spots.Soul's BlossomAnd this is where I was at.  At first I thought this is where I was gong to stop but it didn’t feel that great to me.Soul's BlossomSo I added a few more cuts and I added some more fun strips.Soul's BlossomAnd then I just couldn’t stop!  I cut and sliced and filled and cut some more … and this was where I was at!  Soul's BlossomI added some deco foil embellishment and then I quilted the piece with wonky diagonal line quilting in a blue aurifil thread.  (This quilt is a perfect 20” square … I just wasn’t standing at the proper angle when I took the picture.)Soul's BlossomOnce the machine quilting was done I did a little bit of big stitch hand quilting with aurifil 12 weight variegated thread.    Soul's Blossom

I am beyond happy with this quilt!  I see a lot more free form piecing in my future!

Linking up to: Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop

Craftsy Summer Sale Happening Now!

Craftsy is offering up to 70% off physical goods from 6/19 - 6/21 @11:59pm MT.

This includes cake & baking supplies, art supplies, paper supplies, yarn and fabric!


Don’t miss out on these great deals!  There’s nothing better than a relaxing summer day spent doing what you love! With Craftsy’s Summer Steals event, it’s easy to find the supplies you need to fill your days with inspired creations – at incredible prices! Offer ends Sunday. Discover your next project now!!!

Summer Nights with Pat Sloan

I love a good block of the month – and a free one is even better!  Pat Sloan has been running a great one for the last couple of years.  I finished my block for June yesterday …Summer Nights Block

And this, this is ‘Summer Nights’.  2015 Vacation Time Mystery BOM

Six blocks are finished for the 2015 Vacation Time Mystery BOMs so far!  I’m having so much fun with this one!

Pineapple Mini Quilts and the Last Day of School

We were very fortunate this year that our girls both had wonderful teachers for 1st and 2nd grade.  Even though there’s nothing I can really do to truly show how much I appreciate what they do for my kids … I can do a little something to show my appreciation.

pineapple mini quilt

Do you remember the pineapple block I made for my mom for mother’s day?  Well – as soon as I knew how great hers turned out I immediately ordered more kits from Fabrications by Doris


A week ago today was the girls last day of school!IMG_0167

I can’t believe how fast the year went.  IMG_0192

I love this shot of the girls getting on the bus for the last time of the school year!

And now – we’re in the throws of summer break.  Any tips on how to get everyone to get along and NOT FIGHT!?  Argh!!!?!!!!!!!!!

Birthday Bash in a Flash at the Fat Quarter Shop

I often get asked where I buy my fabric.  Everywhere of course!  I love my local quilt shops, random garage sales, and of course – online!  One of my favorite online shops is the Fat Quarter ShopCupcake

The Fat Quarters Shop has a HUGE selection of amazing fabrics and some wonderful deals to be found.  I love to stock up whenever I can! BdayBash-Blog-Header

I’m excited to share with you that the Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating there birthday!  Happy 12th Birthday to the Fat Quarter Shop! This year, they want to celebrate our special day with you along with some amazing deals on some of their favorite things. So they've combined their Birthday sale with their Flash Sales to create the BIRTHDAY BASH in a FLASH deals!


The Birthday Bash will last for twelve days and begins Monday, June 15th, at 10 am CST. So be sure to check back on our website to unwrap new deals daily!BdayBash-Header

You seriously need to head over to the the Flash Sale section now – wow!  Some truly great deals and a perfect way to bulk up your stash! 

BatchGeo Map for Focus Through the Prism Monkey Wrench Challenge

I’ll admit it.  I’m not only an artist … but I’m also an engineering.  I love stats and random data.  And I love excel.  I’ve been a stickler during ‘Focus Through the Prism’ to keep track of where everyone who is joining in the fun is from.  By doing this … Trisha was able to create this fabulous map showing how the folks participating are from all over!

View Focus Through the Prism May 2015 in a full screen map

Now that I see the map from the first Focus Through the Prism challenge I would love to get one updated for Project QUILTING.  If you’ve participated in ANY Project QUILTING challenges from ANY previous season please email me:  lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com so we can get to work on the other maps!

Patched Lives Quilt Guild Lecture

With school out for summer things have been crazy around here.  Not crazy in a bad way, just crazy in a way that I need to figure out my new schedule.  I haven’t been finding quite as much time online as I was before school was out but I’ll try to keep in touch at least 3 to 4 times a week with you all.

Last Wednesday, I was honored to be the guest speaker at ‘Patched Lives Quilt Guild’ in Wales, WI.  It was an extra special talk for me not only because of the wonderful group of quilters that welcomed me but in the fact that my family was there to support me and hear me speak. 


Now that I’m starting to book more of these lectures, I wanted my girls to know what it was that I was doing when I wasn’t at home.  It was also neat to have Jared see my talk.  My favorite comment on the way home was, “You really know your quilting lingo.”  Well – I would hope so!  It is what I do all day and night!


As I mentioned earlier – it was a wonderful group of quilters.  I’m so grateful that Chris Lynn Kirsch suggested that the guild invite me to be a speaker.  I’m pretty sure I’ve peaked some interested in Project QUILTING from some who may have not have heard of it before and at the very least – I hope I’ve inspired a few to not be afraid of a challenge. 

And yes – we grow honeycrisp apples at our orchard.

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