The 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge–I’m in

The fabulous Cheryl Sleboda whom (who?) I’m happy to call my friend has put forth a challenge during a crazy busy month of the year.


You all know how I feel about a challenge – of course I’m in!  You all get to see if I can hold my end of the bargain – writing a new blog post everyday for the month of December. I can’t promise they’ll all be interesting … but I can promise I’ll do my best to stick to this challenge. 

Find out more about the challenge and why it’s been given HERE.  Keep an eye on the other bloggers committed to this challenge too and cheer them on!

‘Autumn Exuberance’ Quilt

It’s hard to believe this is my final quilt for the Focus Through the Prism Challenge!  The challenge – the people I’ve met and the quilts that have been created – has been an amazing journey over the past seven months.

Without further adieu … meet ‘Autumn Exuberance.’


I used ombre fabrics for the main snowballs.  I focused on the reds, oranges, purples and yellows in the main snowball.  I then used my RED cherrywood fabrics for the corners of the snowballs. 


I started out piecing things so there wouldn’t be any inset seams … but by the end I decided to just ‘suck it up’ and deal with the inset seams.  It wasn’t too bad.


The tree trunk and branches were just strips of random brown fabrics stitched down with their raw edges exposed.  I think the threads just add more texture and dimension to the tree. 


I used brown aurifil thread to stitch fun curls out of the tree branches.  I then used red aurifil to free motion quilt swirls in the sky to depict wind.



linking up to Finish it Up Friday and Focus Through the Prism Snowball Challenge.

Snowball–a Focus Through the Prism November Challenge

And with that – we’re onto our final challenge of the ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge. I don’t know about you – but I’ve had a ton of fun with these challenges.  Not only by creating some great little quilts – but by meeting all of you folks and seeing what you’ve come up with in just one month!  In the last six months – 361 quilts have been created!  That is AMAZING!!!!
I know some of you are sad that the challenge is coming to an end but I want you to know that I have no intention of closing the group on facebook.  Feel free to chat, share your quilts, and encourage each other there.  Also – I’m only giving you one month off before the seventh season of Project QUILTING begins.  There are more fabulous challenges to come and they’re not too far off!
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It’s not too late to join in the Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING fun!!!!  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:  Snowball

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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 ‘Snowball’ 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, November 30th.
  • If you need me to link up for you I NEED the pictures and stories by 10:00pm CST on Monday, November 30th.  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.
    • 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 Four Snowballs as inspiration if you need some.

Stock up on Craftsy Classes

It’s a great time of the year to stock up on your Craftsy Classes!  The coolest thing is you can buy them NOW and spend the whole year learning!  Maybe make it a goal to take one class a month for a year?!  Just think of all the things you’d learn?  And you can do it on your own time schedule.  The best news is – the classes are all on sale RIGHT now for $19.99 or LESS!


Let’s make a plan for classes for 2016.  Here are my suggestions:

January – let’s start with the basics! 

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Learn to Quilt: Charming Baby Quilt with Amy Gibson

February – if you’re at all into quilting you’re bound to have scraps!  See how the amazing Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts deals with them!

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Colorful Scrap Quilting with Amanda Jean Nyberg

March – scared of free motion quilting or quilting in general?  Start with your walking foot and gain some confidence!

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Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot with Jacquie Gering

April – my favorite quilts are those that look like they took a lot of work but didn’t really.  This class looks perfect for making those kinds of quilts!

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Clever Cuts for Efficient Quilting with Debbie Caffrey

May – let’s learn to make better bags from the expert!

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Building Better Bags: Interfacing & Structure with Sara Lawson

June – let’s learn some free motion quilting by the fabulous Debby Brown!

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Free-Motion Quilting With Lines, Curves & Loops with Debby Brown

July – one of my favorite ladies in the quilting industry (and in life in general) is the lovely Edyta Sitar.  Take one of her classes and you’ll soon see why she’s so lovely!

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Mix & Match: Inspired Scrappy Quilting with Edyta Sitar

August – another fun method for quilting!  Let’s learn it all!
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Piece by Piece: Quilt-As-You-Go Techniques with Marti Michell

September – borders can make all the difference in a quilt!

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Finishing School: Better Borders with Winnie Fleming

October – take an opportunity to learn from FIVE amazing quilters in just ONE class!Fullscreen capture 11262015 84520 AM

Top Techniques for Big Quilts with Craftsy Quilting Instructors

November – by this time of the year you may be feeling a bit crazy …

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Crazy Quilts with Allie Aller

December – and let’s end the year learning how to finish our quilts!

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Finishing School: Edges & Bindings with Mimi Dietrich

These classes are not only a great gift for yourself but would make a great gift for a quilter you love!

You can never go wrong with the gift of learning!

Dreaming in Fabric Mystery Quilt Along link up

It’s time for you to link up YOUR quilt tops and/or finished quilts for the Dreaming in Fabric mystery QAL.

Shannon of Fabrics N Quilts and I had fun this summer bringing you some fun original blocks & designs in the Dreaming in Fabric QAL.  Now it's your turn to show us your creation! 

If you missed any of the blocks, you can find my tutorials here, here, here, and her quilted reveal here.


All of Shannon’s tutorials are in 1 combined download on the Free Patterns page of 
Any finished top qualifies & you can use any combination of the 6 blocks (3 from me & 3 from Shannon) in your quilt.
So link up below by December 1st!
Fabrics N Quilts will award a $25.00 gift certificate to one of the linky quilters, at random.  The quilt can be either a top or completely finished.   Shannon & I can't wait to see what you created!

Winter Mug Mini Quilt

This summer I participated in the Winter Wonderland Sew Along with Sherri Falls of This & That Patterns over at the Fat Quarter Shop, or as they called it, a #verysherrichristmas.  I wasn’t 100% sure what I was going to do with these adorable blocks I made.


I finally decided on fun little mini quilt – at least for some of the block.  Here’s my steaming mug of hot cocoa!  I used iridescent iCraft Deco Foil for the steam coming from the pieced mug.IMG_3911

I just love the little bit of shimmer it adds! 

I did put a hanging sleeve on this little mini but it would be perfect as a table topper too. 

Just a fun little finish to stare with you today!

Linking to Finish It Up Friday

Jack-O-Foil–Block of the Month with Thermo Web

I’m a bit behind in sharing with you the second block of the Mystery ‘Block of the Month’  featuring iCraft Deco Foil from Therm O Web!


The tutorial for ‘Jack-O-Foil’ can be found HERE.

Mystery DecoFoil Block of the Month

Here are the two blocks together so far!  Aren’t these fun!?

I’ve created a flickr group so you can share your blocks with us too! 

Please use #decofoilBOM on instagram/twitter when you post your progress pictures!

Santa Log Cabin Pillow

This project may be familiar to some of those who followed along with my 52 Twisted Tradtion Block Quilts Along in 2014.


I made this Santa Cabin as my 50th twisted blocks.  I finished this block into a fun pillow great for the holidays this year!


I thinking adding on Santa's stash was my favorite part!  Look at how nice it looks!

You can make your own Santa Cabin block with my pattern HERE

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.

Sleight of Hand–Block Entry

Happy 11th day of the month!  Do you remember what that means?  Yup!  It’s that time again!  It’s time to vote for your favorite block for the ‘Everything Old is New Again’ Block Challenge.  This months inspiration was the ‘Card Trick.’


I didn’t tweak the block design at all … just how I placed fabrics and a little flange addition.

I used the same tokyo tea time panel for all of the ‘cards’ in this block.  I just love all the colors and textures that all come from the blocks.  I also added a little flange of solid fabric around each of the ‘cards’.  It’s hard to really see this in the photo but it looks super cool in person!


And here are all four of my blocks so far!  I think this is going to turn into one pretty kicking quilt!

Voting for your favorite block goes from November 11th – 14th so head over now and please cast your vote for ‘Sleight of Hand.’

Four Snowballs Block Pattern

The final Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING challenge is ‘Snowballs’.  I made up a little 20” block tutorial in case you are stumped.  This block is also a great way to show off some of your large print fabrics.


Four Snowballs

You can download this tutorial for free from my Craftsy Pattern Page until November 20th.  After that there will be a small fee on the tutorial.


Here are all nine of my 20-inch blocks.  This is one crazy quilt! 


For the ninth block, I used some of the excess corners of the previous blocks.  Mixing those with some flying geese blocks and their extra half square triangle corners and I had a fun little block.

  Have you noticed?  I’ve been using my spoonflower fabrics for these blocks.  AND Spoonflower is having a ‘buy 1 get one Free’ fat quarter sale until November 12th!  This is a great opportunity to stock up on some great, unique fabrics!

What Shade Are You–Supreme Harmony

Where you following along on instagram at all to see the pictures of Fall Market this year? If you did … I’m sure you saw the amazing origami crane display at the RJR booth!

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It was a truly amazing display and they won ‘Best Booth Award’ for it!  Be sure to check out the rest of the pictures on their facebook page here

I had heard from a little bird that they would be doing a crane display and so I made a quilt using the gorgeous Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics. 


Today I am revealing the story behind my quilt ‘Supreme Harmony’ on the RJR BlogIMG_8553-001

Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb did the quilting on this fun quilt.

It measures 47” x 47” finished.

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And I want to end with a big thanks to RJR Fabrics for introducing me to their Cotton Supreme Solid collection.  It is a joy to work with these luxurious solids.  It has also been a good challenge for me to incorporate solids into my quilts.  They really make a statement and pop in a quilt.

Cozy Cottage Calendar Celebration!

I’m super excited to be sharing with you some fun news with you today!  Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet has a BRAND NEW 2016 Cozy Cottage Calendar!

It’s adorable, fun and it features quilts!  What’s better than that?

The Cozy Cottage calendar also includes the Cozy Cottage block, pillow, and mini quilt pattern, which you can only find in the calendar!

Cozy Cottage Block

I decided to make my cozy cottage block so it would coordinate with the blocks I’ve been making for Pat Sloan’s Vacation Time Mystery Quilt Along.  I figured it would fit in with the blocks since no matter how much you love a good vacation … there’s nothing like being at your own home.  I’ll keep you posted on how I put together all the blocks into a quilt top. 

Be sure to check out what other folks on the hop are doing – are the making the block, the pillow, or the mini quilt?

And when you head over to Quilt Jane’s blog – be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday!

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Don't forget to grab your calendars from our shop before they are all gone! Thank you so much for joining us and have a cozy-tastic day!

PS!  Visit Lori's blog for an exclusive, Cozy Season Mini Tutorial.

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