Back to School Blog Hop Starts Tomorrow!

Sam Hunter has done it again.  She had a great idea to do a ‘back to school’ blog hop for quilters and sewists.  All month long (and a little into Ocotober) folks from the sewing and quilting industry will be sharing their tips and tricks of the trade with you!  The Back to School Blog hop kicks off on tomorrow on September 1st (which, ironically is my big girls first day of school).   Hop along with some of our industry’s pros to get tips and tricks for your quilting and sewing studio.

The Schedule:

Hope Blooms Log Cabin; a Classic & Vintage Series with the Fat Quarter Shop

I always have a lot of fun making the ‘Classic & Vintage Series’ quilts with the Fat Quarter Shop.  It’s good to go back to your roots and remember where this quilting craziness all began!  This round … we’re going back to the ‘Log Cabin’ block.  The Log Cabin block is a fabulous block which can be so different just by the way you choose to place your fabric and the direction you choose to place the blocks. 

The Fat Quarter Shop’s pattern celebrates supporting Breast Cancer and I decided to support another cause close to my heart – Ovarian Cancer. 

Hope Blooms Log Cabin Quilt

The color for Ovarian Cancer is Teal so I knew this was going to be the perfect place to pull out my Teal Medley Bundle from Cherrywood Fabrics.  I then checked out my teal stash and discovered a couple of gorgeous Petal and Plume prints by Bari J.  And to top it off – a stripe with a touch of teal but mostly yellow, blacks and greys (Sorry … not sure of the designer/line).  I knew I was risking it with the stripe because I had no intentions of mitering the corners on the log cabin where they would inevitable meet.  As you can see … it was worth the risk!

ribbon applique

Once I had the top pieced (which really went fast … I worked on it between bagging apple cider donuts for my orchard) it was time to add the applique to the corners.  The upper right is a ribbon.  I used Heat N Bond Lite Fusible for all the raw edge applique in this quilt … this is my fusible adhesive of choice. 

flower applique

To add a fun little touch – instead of just fusing down fabric or a bias tape for the stem of the fabric … I decided to use Teal DecoFoil

Hope Blooms Log Cabin Quilt

And Voila – here is my finished ‘Hope Blooms Log Cabin’ quilt top for the Classic & Vintage Series at the Fat Quarter Shop!

Do you want to make the ‘Hope Blooms Log Cabin’ Quilt too?   You can!  Head over HERE for the block and HERE to purchase the pattern.

And – the Fat Quarter Shop has created a fun YouTube video to go with this pattern!  I hope you have fun with Hope Blooms!

Pinwheel Focus Through the Prism Link Up Post

August Project QUILTING Focus Through the Prism Challenge:  Pinwheel

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!

Winter Wonderland Giveaway Winner

For the Winter Wonderland Giveaway I asked …

Which fat quarter bundle from the ‘Christmas Fabric’ category at the Fat Quarter Shop would you use to make your #verysherrichristmas quilt?  Click HERE to see your options.

It was fun reading through all the different holiday fabric bundles were finding.  Of course – I put together another chart.  This time it showed me that there was a four way tie for the ‘top’ fabric.

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‘Holiday Magic’ by Jan Shade Beach


‘Narcissus Winter Elegance’‘Narcissus Winter Elegance’ by Jason Yenter


‘Tinsel’ by Cotton + Steel

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‘Holly Tree Farm’ by Sweetwater

And now that I’ve shared that fun little statistic with you … the winner of a copy of Winter Wonderland AND a Holly’s Tree Farm Fat Quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop is …

Comment 64!

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Carol Swanson McCabe

Holly's Tree Farm Sweetwater bundle. No Instagram.

Congrats Carol!  You’ve actually won your favorite bundle!  Yeah!  Watch your inbox as I’ll be in contact with you shortly on how to claim your prize.


Thanks to everyone for entering in the fun!

‘Centered in the Orchard’ a Pinwheel Focus Through the Prism Quilt

I actually finished my quilt ‘Centered in the Orchard’ for the August Focus Through the Prism Pinwheel challenge a few weeks ago but I just haven’t had time to share it with you until now.  


So … voila!  Here is my pinwheel quilt … ‘Centered in the Orchard’.  It’s a half of a trunk and tree branches with apples.  The pinwheels are meant to be the leaves of the tree.  My Cherrywood focus fabric color is Green this month.  I started by sketching out approximately where I wanted things like the leaves and branches and trunks to be.  Then I sketched in a 4” x 4” gridded log cabin to help with piecing it all together properly.  Once it was broken down into ‘logs’ it was easy to fit all together. 


Once again … I had an amazing time with the free motion quilting portion of this piece.  It’s the perfect size to play around on my Bernina. 


Do you remember my quilt from last month – Grounded Origins?  Well … if you place it below ‘Centered in the Orchard’ my overall plan for the quilts is a bit more apparent.  I may even have a third quilt in mind for the top of this piece … we’ll just have to see!


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

#WhatShadeRU Cameo Flagstone Giveaway Winner

It’s time to announce the winner for the RJR Fabrics Cotton Supreme Solids Giveaway! 

The question I asked to be entered in this giveaway was simply,

“What’s your favorite apple?”

Of course – I had to make an ‘apple’ pie chart to show the results.

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Honeycrisp was the winner … but just by one vote ahead of the Gala apple.  Of these 23 apples we grow 18 of these varieties at our orchard.  It was really interesting to me what people had to say so thanks for joining in the fun of my little question!  Okay … I’ve made you wait long enough!

Fullscreen capture 8272015 92631 AM helped me choose the winner for this giveaway!  Congrats to comment #20!

Michele T

How timely that I came across your post just as I was munching on my favourite Apple: Granny Smith!!

I’ll be contacting you shortly Michele to let you know how to collect your prize!  Congratulations again!

Cameo Flagstone Quilt

Apple Season Update

I have to admit it … I haven’t been sewing very much these last few weeks.  We’re into apple season again … so I’ve been doing apple season type things.  I’m going to try to update you weekly on what’s going on at the orchard but you can always stop by my orchard blog or facebook page if you’re interested in more details!


We have four little goats that are very entertaining.  Pictured above is Whoopie Pie and we also have Pumpkin Pie Sweetie, Andes Mint, and Hippo. 


The kids’ help me paint this great fence – great for photo ops!


I had to get the gift shop ready … with all the fun and random things that my mother-in-law, daughters and I create – including quilts!


We buried a boat in our backyard so kids could play on it.  Of course – I had to paint it in a patchwork theme.IMG_1856

And of course apples!  We grow 60 varieties of apples at our orchard.  We’ve already picked about 10 so far and it’s not even September yet.  I would say that our most popular early apple is the Zestar! for eating and the Paulared for baking. 

The first month is not crazy busy at the orchard so it’s always fun to catch up with customers we haven’t seen for almost a year and this year I’ve been surprised with how many new folks have come to visit us.  I think my favorite part is to see everyone so excited about fresh, crisp apples!  Stay tuned for more updates on apple season!


PS … we even have a mini quilt shop in the apple store.  We’re mostly selling patterns, fabric by the yard, hand dyed fabric, fat quarters and scrap fabric by the pound!

Winter Wonderland Sew Along–Peppermint Block and a Giveaway

Happy Saturday everyone!  Have you been following along with the fun I’ve been having with the #verysherrichristmas Winter Wonderland Sew Along with the Fat Quarter Shop.  If not it’s with  Sherri Falls of This & That patterns and we’re all sewing up the Sleigh Bell Sampler from her first book with It's Sew Emma, Winter Wonderland.

You can see my first two blocks here, my second two blocks here, and my third two blocks here.

I got started in this fun because I’m honored to be the host of the ‘Peppermint’ block! 


I chose a rather unconventional fabric combination for my peppermint block but I do think it is wonderful!  I just love mixing that light aqua with reds. 

Be sure to head on over and see what the A Quilting Life did with her basket block!  Keep an eye on my instagram account … @PersimonDreams  to see what my basket block turned out like!


Here are six of my blocks all together!  I’m going to make all twelve of the blocks but I’m not 100% sure I’m going to make it into the final quilt.  Don’t get me wrong – I love what Sherri did with the layout of her sampler … but I also think these blocks would make super cute miniature wall hangings, pot holders (that are pretty and you don’t actually use) or even set into placemats for the holiday’s.  The possibilities are endless and the blocks are lots of fun to put together!

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And with all of that – I also have a GIVEAWAY to offer you!  Yes – another GIVEAWAY!  Too much fun is happening on my blog this week!

The Giveaway

What can you win?

Holly's Tree Farm Fabric

The Fat Quarter shop is giving one lucky person your very own copy of Winter Wonderland AND a Holly’s Tree Farm Fat Quarter bundle!  What fabulous prizes!!!

REQUIRED: To win just answer one simple question …

Which fat quarter bundle from the ‘Christmas Fabric’ category at the Fat Quarter Shop would you use to make your #verysherrichristmas quilt?  Click HERE to see your options. 

Bonus Entry:

Follow me on Instagram: @PersimonDreams and leave an additional comment to let me know you did!

A randomly chosen winner will be announced on Friday, August 28th!

WhatShadeRU Blog Hop–Cameo Flagstone Quilt + Giveaway

When RJR Fabrics contacted me to see if I would be interested in joining in on the #whatshaderu blog hop with the Cotton Supreme Solids I was in immediately!  Take a quick minute to go and check out all the gorgeous color options in the Cotton Supreme Solid collection!  Definitely drool worthy!
I decided to have a quilt featured in August which is the beginning of apple season.  Of course – I had to go with an apple themed quilt!

My quilt ‘Cameo Flagstone’ all started with the inspiration of the ‘Apple Flagstone’ block I made for my 52 Twisted Traditions Quilt Along.  RJR Fabrics sent me a great miture of quarter yards of different greens, blues, browns, and reds to work with to make my apple quilt dream come true!  I mixed in some prints from my stash with the solids. 

I put all my slightly modified Apple Flagstone blocks together and then I turned the on point!  Yes – this was going to work!  I decided to create a horizon line in the corners of each strip on point.

Cameo Flagstone Quilt
I improvisational pieced together the fabrics to complete the quilt and I’m so happy with how it turned out!  I had to share this picture with our new orchard cat, Spiff just taking a stroll by as I photographed my new quilt.  I mixed in browns, greens, and blues into my sashing to create the look of branches … it’s abstract but still pretty cool.  I’m so happy with how my horizon line turned out!
Cameo Flagstone Quilt

My aunt, Barb Raisbeck, of Quilts by Barb did the quilting on this piece and it’s absolutely perfect!
I also had a great time mixing in some of the fabrics I purchased at quilt market from the sample sale – including ‘Picnic’ from Cotton N Steel which has a great apple print!  It was just perfect!  I fussy cut a bunch of them and used them in the cornerstones of the sashing.  Just a little bonus you get to see as you study this quilt. 

And guess what!?  I get to share the goodies with you! 


Cotton Supreme Solids Fabric
RJR Fabrics is going to put together a fun bundle of some of the fabrics I chose for this quilt to gift to you!  These could include the Cotton Supreme Solids: Redwork, Moulin Rouge, Bandana, Noel Red, Clover, Sour Apple, Sprout, Grass is Always Greener, Cocoa, Espresso, Riveria, Pool Side and Carolina. 
And it’s super easy to enter!


Just leave a comment and let me know:

“What is your favorite apple?”

***Not sure … click HERE and check out the 60 varieties we grow at our orchard!
Bonus Entry:
Follow me on Instagram: @PersimonDreams and leave an additional comment to let me know you did!
A randomly chosen winner will be announced on Thursday, August 27th! 
Cameo Flagstone Quilt
What Shade Are You?
Linking up to:  TGIFF, Finish it up Friday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?

Pinwheel - A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, July

The‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge is going strong.  We’ve made it through three months of challenges with just four left to go.  This challenge has become an inspiration for folks and truly amazing pieces of art are being completed – in just one month.    If you haven’t joined in on this quilting phenomenon that doesn't mean you can't join in now!  Order the special ROYGBIV Cherrywood Fabric Bundle needed for the challenge and let the challenge take you where it may!


Take a look back at the projects
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 POST and of course the FAQ post!

The Inspiration Block:  Pinwheel

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  • 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 ‘Pinwheel’ 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 Monday, August 31st.
  • If you need me to link up for you I NEED the pictures and stories by 10:00pm CST on Monday, August 31st.  I just cannot stay awake until midnight!
  • ‘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.
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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 hashtag #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 made up a little block tutorial called ‘Pinwheels All Around’ as inspiration if you need some.
    •  Propelled Pixels Quilt

Back to School in Style Thanks to Thermoweb

Therm O Web?  Who shops there to get ready for back to school?  Stop by Therm O Web’s blog and see how I updated some boring old stretchy pants into some fun new and styling leggings with just the help of a little iCraft Deco Foil!


See how happy Capri is in her “new” leggings!?

Holly and a Stocking: Winter Wonderland Sew Along

The Winter Wonderland Sew Along with Sherri Falls of This & That Patterns over at the Fat Quarter Shop, or as they are calling it, a #verysherrichristmas continues!  It’s a crazy time for me right now so the way I’ve been getting these blocks done is by doing the piecing as my ‘Leaders & Enders’ for the quilting projects I DO need to be finishing up before apple season gets too crazy.  


Here is my Holly block!  This one looks a bit tricky but it really isn’t!  Check out ‘Spun Sugar Quilts’ version of the block – and she’s having a giveaway too!!!!


And here is my stocking block!  Again – a lot of fun!  I’ve never made a friendship star that way before but it definitely eliminated some unnecessary piecing!

Be sure to check out ‘Modern Hand Crafts’ version of the stocking!  It’s pretty awesome!

More about my first two blocks HERE and my second two blocks HERE

Dreaming in Fabric–Block 2–MacIntosh Mayhem

I’m super excited to reveal to you the second blocks for the ‘Dreaming in Fabric’ Mystery Quilt Along today!

Shannon from Fabrics N Quilts and I are hosting this fun scrappy mystery together!  Join us the 15th of July, August and September for unique scrap quilt block tutorials.  We are partnering to bring you this QAL as part of the 5th Annual Scrap Quilt Challenge!

How did your Cortland Quarter Stars go?  How many of you are waiting to see what the whole quilt looks like before you get started?  It’s okay – you can admit it!

At the end of this three month period we’ll have shared with you blocks and inspiration to create not one, not two, not even three, but countless quilt tops that are all your own!  And all of this by just sharing 6 blocks!

If you want to use the same color scheme as me – check out THIS POST to read about what fabrics you need.
Dreaming in Fabric Mystery QAL
Okay – so sticking with my apple name theme … this months block is called ‘MacIntosh Mayhem’. IMG_1671-001
And here it is – the MacIntosh Mayhem!  It’s not quite as daunting looking as the Cortland Quarter Star but there still is a few pieces.  I promise you that if you break it down like I do in my tutorial you’ll have fabulous blocks in no time!  I also promise you that this block just screams, “USE SCRAPS!”.  So listen – and use your scraps up!  The more fabrics … the cooler this quilt is going to look when it’s all said and done!

To make your very own ‘MacIntosh Mayhem’ you can download a FREE PDF by clicking HERE.

Regardless of how you want to put together the blocks in your final quilt … I would recommend making at least four of the ‘MacIntosh Mayhem’ blocks.
Here is what my ‘Dreaming in Fabric’ Mystery Quilt looks lie so far … I made 8 Cortland Quarter Stars (four in the center and one in each of the four corners) and 8 MacIntosh Mayhem blocks.  I’m thrilled with how this is turning out! 

Next month I’ll share with you the block I made for my border that ties this all together into one fabulous SCRAPPY quilt!

Make sure you head over to Shannon of Fabric N Quilts blog to see what her mystery block looks like!

Above are a few examples of layout looks that can be achieved by mixing our two blocks together.  The possibilities are endless!

We want to see your blocks when they’re all pieced together.  Just link up to the linky below so we can all see what you’re coming up with!

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And here are some fun quilt combinations you could make using three to four of the blocks Shannon and I have shared with you so far!  The possibilities are endless!

Peas and Carrots–Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

Welcome to my blog for those who are visiting through because of the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along!  I was super excited to be asked to showcase a block as part of the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop.  It's from the new book from Lori Holt titled Farm Girl Vintage.


My block is the ‘Peas and Carrots’ block.  This was a easy and fun block with a lot of possibility.  Lori Holt includes instruction for 12” and 6” blocks.  I chose to do 12”.  I may make a few more of these into a mini quilt or I might just make it into a mug rug/trivet type thing for my table.  Either way it’s cute!

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There are TONS of blocks in this book that are on my to do list!  I’m sure I’ll be making a Farm Girl Vintage sampler in my future!  Which block is your favorite?  (You can see them all by clicking HERE).  FGV-SewAlong-Button300x300
If you are sharing your progress on Instagram, Twitter, or FB, please use #farmgirlfridays

Linked up to Finish Up Fridays

Teal rules! Mini-quilt Swap is a Fun Fundraiser

I’m really excited to welcome a good friend as a guest blogger today.  Please welcome Trish Frankland (aka Quilt Chicken).

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Hey there - this is Trish Frankland from QUILTchicken and today I'm crashing Kim's blog to spread the word about a swap that's very close to my heart - the EvaPaige Quilt Designs 2015 Teal Mini Swap.

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This winter I'll be commemorating 10 years since my ovarian cancer diagnosis. It's scary to hear you have cancer of any kind, but exponentially scarier to hear you have something so frequently terminal as ovarian cancer.

I was among the lucky ones - my cancer was caught early and eradicated immediately. But 75% of the time, ovarian cancer isn't caught until it has reached or exceeded Stage III, when the success rate for treatment is much lower. Those sad numbers are due to many factors (subtle symptoms, misdiagnosis, lack of awareness) but I'm making it part of my personal mission to spread both awareness and hope.

These are some of the potential signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
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The EvaPaige swap benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, which funds clinical research grants in understanding why ovarian cancer forms, how it acts, and how to better treat it.

teal mini swap

Beth Helfter of EvaPaige created this fun swap event a couple years ago, and it's getting better every year: for 2015 you can choose to make a mug rug (less than 10" square) or a mini quilt (less than 18" square), and you'll receive the same size in return. It costs $15 to participate in the US (or $18 for Canadians), you get FREE FABRIC from sponsor Blank Fabrics, and $10 goes directly to OCRF.


This will be the second year I've participated in the EvaPaige Quilt Designs ovarian cancer fundraising swap. Last year I sent a two-spools mug rug off to a breast cancer survivor, so I called it "Ribbons? I'd Rather Have Thread." I used the awareness ribbon colors in the spools - pink spool for her, and teal for me.

Ribbons? I'd Rather Have Thread

Please consider taking part in this year's swap - you get the quilty fun of swapping mini projects with another quilter, we all take the opportunity to raise awareness about a quiet, insidious disease, and medical research receives funding. It's a winning situation all around.

  • You can sign up HERE.

  • For more information about the swap, see the EvaPaige FAQ post HERE

  • There's also a Facebook group created to discuss and ogle mini projects.

And remember to listen to your body - you know best what's normal for you, and you also know when something's unusual. Be your own best advocate, and remember that just because it's a "woman thing" doesn't mean it isn't IMPORTANT.

Hugs from a sister-survivor! Trish

Geese on the Loose Quilt Block

Modern Quilts Unlimited is having a new challenge – Everything Old is New Again Block and Quilt Challenge!  You all know how much I love a good challenge and even though I have lots of other things to do … I’m in on this one!

The first block challenge was the flying geese block.  Part of the challenge is that we can only use Michael Miller Fabrics. 

Geese on the Loose Quilt Block

Here is my block – Geese on the Loose.  I had a lot of fun mixing the ‘Asian Tea Time in Tokyo’ panel with Michael Miller Couture cottons in plum and acid.  I got the idea to use a panel as a regular fabric from the lovely and talented Dayna Thwaits.  She’s been using panels in her Focus Through the Prism Challenge pieces and it’s been beyond inspirational to me.

I do need your help from today, August 11th until August 14th.  Public voting is open HERE.  Please take a minute to vote for ‘Geese on the Loose’.  I appreciate your support!

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This is the overall panel – Asian Tea Time in Tokyo that I’ll be using as if it’s just a regular piece of fabric throughout the blocks I create for this challenge.

I am currently anxiously awaiting the 15th to see what the next block challenge is!

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