Year in Review–Quilt Edition

Today is the final day of 2015.  As you look back was it all that you expected?  Did you accomplish a lot or are there things you still plan on working on in 2016?

2015 Quilt Finishes

I have to say that I’m not one to look back and regret too much.  There’s nothing I can do about whatever happened at this point so we might as well continue to move forward. 

I had a very prolific quilting year in 2015.  I have 53 finished quilted projects.  It just dawned on me that's just over one quilt a week … craziness! Now these include some tiny projects as well as big ones.  14 of those quilt finishes were a directly result of Project QUILTING challenges. 

What are my plans for 2016? 
  • Have a successful Season 7 of Project QUILTING
  • Write a book
  • Learn how to make Frittatta
Have a happy and safe New Year’s everyone!

New Quilt Display

On Christmas Eve my family locked me in my room.  Which was actually 100% fine with me – peace and quite for once.  I was wrong!  All I could here was banging, drilling and an attempt to not say a bad word.  I tried to just block it all out and before I knew it the girls were dragging me out as they covered my eyes.

quilt rack

They sat me on our couch and told me to look up. 

Jared had installed an old apple ladder (100% sanded smooth and clean) to our cieling in our loft.  We now have an entire wall of quilts.

quilts are everywhere

The quilts were about about 7 deep on the railing and he said he thought it would be better if we could see them all.  Our house is not completely quilt-ified … well not completely but he said he has another ladder to hang on the other section of railing yet.

Prizes for Season 7 of Project QUILTING

As always – I have loads and loads of amazing prizes for you to win this season of Project QUILTING!  LOADS!  Each week that you successfully complete a Project QUILTING Challenge per the guidelines your name will be put in a hat for a chance to win one of the great weekly prizes. 
Thanks to these generous folks … it’s going to be a great season!

I don’t have 100% of the details yet but I know it’s going to be great.  Let’s take a  peak at what I know so far!


The Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter Shop has always been a huge supporter of me and my dreams.  They’ve stepped up once again and donated prizes to the challenge.
Each challenge they will be giving a random fabric/pattern/book to one lucky winner.
The icing on the cake though – they have donated a $100 gift certificate for the Fat Quarter Shop to be given as part of the Grand Prize package at the end of the challenge!  (more details about the Grand Prize at the end of the post) 

logo_crafty_sewing_150x150Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting.

Marcia is once again sponsoring the challenge!  Yeah!
Each challenge, Marcia will be giving out two prizes – one for a quilting gift certificate and one for a free PDF pattern.  Details are below.
“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
And for the Grand Prize – Marcia is donating a “Quilting Gift Certificate” for $50!!!


I’m beyond excited to announce that Aurifil is once again supporting project QUILTING with a plethera of thread prizes!
Each challenge they will be giving away TWO mini thread boxes!  For a total of 12 small spool designer collection heading to lucky winners!

And for the Grand Prize – a Large Spool Designer Collection Box!  Woot!  Woot!  (images coming soon)

Sew Bittersweet Designs

Melissa is generously offering a free pattern for each Project QUILTING Challenge of your choice from her Craftsy Shop!

Studio Cherie

daretobeadorableredSTUDIOCherie9_Horizontal_O_KOStudio Cherie is going to be offering a free pattern to a random participant of challenge 1.  And then she’ll have a surprise for EVERYONE who participates later on as the challenges progress to help you get through those last few weeks!  Stay tuned!

Mishka’s Playground

cobblestone-mat-layout-2Michele Foster is generously donating a free PDF ‘Cobblestone Mat – Table Runner’ pattern for one random winner each challenge!  Thank you!

Quilt Dots

Quilt Dots is a new sponsor of Project QUILTING this year!  On the third challenge they will be giving away a ‘Celebrate collection of magnets by Persimmon Dream’ to one lucky winner!
And for the grand prize – a Quilt Dots jewelry collection!  (bracelet, necklace and key chain bases)  These are great for you to show off your Quilt Dots – and you can change your look as often as you want!

Mystery Donation!

One of the lovely past participants of Project QUILTING Challenges sent me a box full of goodies for me to give away to you all!  I’ll post each challenge which prize is up for grabs!

The Sign Post

I'm excited to welcome another new sponsor - The Sign Post! Donna is donating one dark blue mug with a quilt saying sandcarved into it for the second Project QUILTING challenge. The winner gets to choose from the three sayings listed in the picture.

From Persimon Dreams!

I may have purchased some fun fabrics and things to give away throughout the challenge.  You’ll just have to wait and see what I have to offer each week!

The Grand Prize!

How do you win the grand prize?  Just participate in one or more Project QUILTING Challenges.  Each time you complete a challenge your name will be put in the hat for a chance to win the big haul!  If you complete all six of the challenges your name will be put in one extra time and help increase your chances of winning.

Are you interested in being a Project QUILTING sponsor?  Just email me at:

Christmas Day Tradition

I’m really huge on tradition.  I absolutely love it and I have to admit … I’m a bit of a child when it doesn’t happen.  For 30 years of my life I always did the same thing on Christmas morning … except once that I can remember because of the stomach flu.  So, when they decided three years ago that we wouldn’t uphold that tradition anymore since so many of us were grown up and had other places to be … I was devestated.  I pouted the first year on Christmas day … it just wasn’t the same.  I tried to get my act together for the second year for my kiddo’s but it still wasn’t just it yet.  And then this year I was determined to not think about the old traditions and figure out some new traditions.

First … my sister-in-law was here for the first time since Cedi was born on Christmas morning. T he girls were so surprised when she walked down the stairs Christmas morning!  Santa had brought their aunt home!  Later when we asked what there favorite Christmas surprise was it was a unanimous response … “Aunt Karma!”

We proceeded to play games and my parents came to visit.  Capri and I decided to sneak away and work on a little Christmas sewing project. 

kids sewing

We were going to make the ‘Card Table Playhouse’ from Sue Marsh’s book - Doodlebug Day Camp.  This was going to be our winter break project but I’ll be honest … I have a lot to do over break.  I needed to either do this now or it wasn’t going to happen.  So … we snuck away at Christmas and got started!

kids sewing

Capri picked out all the fabrics for the project and sewed together all of the roof shingles.  Before I knew it – she was chain piecing … she figured it out by watching me!  So cool to see how quick kids can pick things up!

walls of fort

I gave Capri pretty much free range of my fabric stash for this project.  I have to admit that I did swap out one of my Tula Pink ‘True Color’ pink fabrics that she picked out for an older Riley Blake ombre that I’ve already used in a bunch of projects.  I just couldn’t use that Tula just yet!
Of course I hadn’t quite planned it all out yet and there are parts of this pattern that need some fusible fleece and some fusible webbing.  Luckily – I’m a designer for thermoweb and I just happened to have some things in my stash.

stitch n sew sew in fleece

I used the ‘Stitch n Sew’ Sew in Fleece for the playhouse.  Since it wasn’t fusible I did a little bit of quilting in wavy lines with my walking foot just to secure everything down.  The Heat N Bond Fleece Fusible High Loft would have also worked great and wouldn’t have needed the quilting.

heat n bond fusible interfacing

For the place that called for interfacing I used this Heat N Bond Fusible Interfacing.  I know it says ‘for dresses and blouses’ but I didn’t have any other interfacing on hand.  I have to say – it worked great and I would use it again for this project.

fort walls

By the time we left for our Christmas celebration that night we had this much done … plus all the shingles stitched!

When we got home Capri went to bed adn I just sewed all the main pieces together.
In the morning she helped me place the velcro strips, pin them on and do all the final sewing/trimming of the playhouse.

card table playhouse

Before we knew it – our playhouse was done and Capri was testing it out! 

card table playhouse

I’m not sure which is my favorite fabric on this playhouse … but I do love the gnome border fabric we used for the door!

card table playhouse

On the inside for the lining I used some Very Hungry Caterpillar fabrics, book shelf fabric (every fort needs a library) and some huge floral print fabric.  Not only is it fun looking on the outside but it’s super fun on the inside too!

card table playhouse

Capri is already on the lookout for a project we can sew next Christmas!  I have a feeling this is going to be the start of a very awesome Christmas tradition! 

Season 7 of Project QUILTING–Schedule

The seventh season of Project QUILTING starts in just one week!  Let’s get all the challenges and voting plans onto our 2016 calendars!  I will be updating links and sponsors as more are added!

***You do not need to sign up for this!  Just join in on the challenges each week.  If you click here you'll learn more about the entire Project.  ***

Check out HERE for all the prizes that are up for grabs!

The Schedule

Project QUILTING – Season 7

Challenge 1: Confetti
Posted: Sunday, January 3rd at Noon CST
Due: Sunday, January 10th at Noon CST
Viewer’s Choice Voting from January 10th – 15th
Prize Winners

Challenge 2: Seasons
Posted: Sunday, January 17th at Noon CST
Due: Sunday, January 24th at Noon CST
Viewer’s Choice Voting from January 24th - 29th
Prize Winners

Challenge 3: All about that Thread
Posted: Sunday, January 31st at Noon CST
Due: Sunday, February 7th at Noon CST
Viewer’s Choice Voting from February 7th - 12th
Prize Winners

Challenge 4: I Need a Vacation
Posted: Sunday, February 14th at Noon CST
Due: Sunday, February 21st at Noon CST
Viewer’s Choice Voting from February 21st - 26th
Prize Winners

Challenge 5: Through the Eyes of a Child
Posted: Sunday, February 28th at Noon CST
Due: Sunday, March 6th at Noon CST
Viewer’s Choice Voting from March 6th - 11th
Prize Winners

Challenge 6: A Goose in the Monkey Wrench
Posted: Sunday, March 13th at Noon CST
Due: Sunday, March 20th at Noon CST
Viewer’s Choice Voting from March 20th – 25th
Prize Winners

Sponsors for the 7th Project QUILTING season!

Amazing Grand Prize!

Contact me (Kim) at lapaceksorchard {at} gmail  {dot} com if you’re interested in finding out how you can become a Project QUILTING sponsor!

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Ugly Sweater Block Winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in the fun (and fast) Ugly Sweater Block Contest!  Don’t worry – if you missed out we’ll be doing it again next year … and we’ll plan ahead so you have more time!

But now – let’s see who won this years Ugly Sweater Block!
With 108 votes …
Congratulations to Tabatha Smith and her ‘Trek the Halls’ block!

I will be contacting you asap for your info so you can look forward to getting some more fabulous Christmas fabrics in the mail 

AND copy of Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy’s book ‘Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love’.

Thanks to everyone for joining in the fun and for Kid Giddy for creating this fabulous block with us all!  And if you missed it – don’t worry … you can still get the pattern for this great block HERE

Merry Belated Christmas

I had the best intentions of pre-blogging for Christmas so I would keep to my 31 days of blogging goal … but it just didn’t happen.  Oh well – I’m not giving up just because I missed one day!
merry christmas tree girls
Pip looks so uncomfortable Smile  But I just want to squeeze her cheeks!
We do have quite a few celebrations yet today, one which starts very soon, so I’m taking the easy route and keeping this post with just some cute pictures of my girls wishing you all a very Merry – Belated – Christmas!
merry christmas girls
The girls in their bathrobes from Santa … I think with the hoods up they look a bit like Jedi’s …
Enjoy the rest of your day everyone!  Don’t forget … today is the last day to vote on your favorite ‘Ugly Sweater Block’!


I honestly can’t remember the last Christmas here in Wisconsin where there was no snow.  I know it’s happened before but it just doesn’t seem real.  I know the girls are all down about the lack of the white stuff and the overall crummy weather we’ve had.  Oh well – it will still be nice.  We have a super special surprise for the girls tomorrow and it has nothing to do with presents!  I can’t wait to see their faces.  I promise I’ll share with you what it is after it happens!  Smile
In the meantime .. we made our own snow.  Actually … our elf hung it up for us. 

Vote for your favorite Ugly Sweater!

It’s time!  You can vote for your TWO favorite ugly sweaters!  We had a limited time to get these all made up but we did have eleven successfully completed and ready for you to vote on!

ugly sweater

I made a couple of ugly sweaters myself - I love the style of this v-neck.  Be sure to check out the prizes up for grabs and then choose which two of the eleven sweaters below is your favorite ugly sweater!  Thanks Kid Giddy for the great pattern!  Voting ends on Saturday, December 26th at 11:55pm CST.

A Doodlebug Day Camp Winter Break Project

I was super excited to open my mail to discover Sue Marsh’s book - Doodlebug Day Camp !  There are so many amazing projects in this book and luckily for me … Capri is super into projects.
doodlebug day camp
When I showed Capri the book she decided that we would have to make the ‘Card Table Playhouse’ during break.  I’m excited to have a project to work on with her!  I’ll keep you all posted on our progress!  And now that I’m posting it here I’ll have to stick with it! 

Quilt Making: a Modern Practice

And with the news of having my quilts not accepted into a show comes news of acceptance.  I am proud to post that I will have two quilts at the show ‘Quilt Making: A Modern Practice.”
Both ‘Propelled Pixels’ and
will be hung at the Madison College, The Gallery at Truax. 
It is the first time for this show and here’s a little more information about it:

This show features people from the community as well as Madison College. We are highlighting the modern aesthetic of quilt making including but not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing,"Modern traditionalism" and Art quilts. You might see a few quilts that surprise you.
The force behind this show is Wendy Franczak and I’m so excited to be a part of it!
The artist reception is on January 28th from 4pm – 7pm.  If you’re in the Madison area I hope you take a minute to stop by!  The show will hang from January 11 until February 19.  Please check the website for more details and hours. 

Gift Exchange

This year we decided to pick names and exchange hand made gifts between my brothers family, my parents, and my family.  Here are a few of the gifts we made.  I’ll try to get more pictures of what everyone else made.
house and quilt
Pip picked Keri and made her a play house.
She also picked out and designed a little doll quilt for the Mermaid Lalaloopsy we got her for Christmas.  I had a lot of fun playing with the fancy stitches and walking foot on my Bernina.
Handmade Ornaments
I picked my brother’s girlfriend, Laura, and I put together a six pack of handmade ornaments for her.
Cedi and Capri decided to paint peg people for the names they picked.
Nativity Peg People
Cedi painted a nativity scene for Grandma.  I took this picture before we wrapped baby Jesus in swaddling and added wings to the angel.  Grandma Van was thrilled!
Star Wars Peg People
And I had to save this for last … Capri painted the main Star Wars characters for Uncle Brian!  I can’t decide which one is my favorite …
I didn’t get a picture of Jared’s but he had Erik’s name … Laura’s 8 year old son and he made him a box full of ‘minute to win it’ games.  How much fun does that sound!?
I’m guessing this is going to go over really well this year and it will be the start of a new tradition.

Handmade Ornaments–a Holiday Tradition

I love creating things by hand.  Handmade ornaments in particular are my favorite.  Every year my family has to make an ornament to bring to my mom’s side Christmas party.  You see – there are over 100 people in the family so instead of exchanging presents, we all bring an ornament that we made.  We use the ornaments during the party to decorate the tree.  At the end of the party you pick a name and that person gets to take home your ornament.  We’ve been doing this for years and it’s one of my absolute favorite traditions.

This year, I became obsessed with making one ornament in particular.
The ‘Ho Ho Sew’ ornament by Betz White.  These are fun, fast and easy to make and seriously, how adorable are they!  You still have plenty of time to make one (or nine) before Christmas – just get the pattern HERE

I also spend a lot time at gymnastics and the coach had brought in a bunch of pine cones from her yard. 

I saw this picture on pinterest …
pinecone owls
and these are what I created. 


Not quite as perfect but I think they’re still adorable!

I decided to bring a sewing machine as my ornament for the Christmas Party.
I didn’t get a very good picture of Capri’s but it’s sort of line a chandelier of rainbow loom stars in a design she came up with herself.

Cedi made a double candy cane ornament out of slices of apple wood.

Jared made a sun/star out of a gold ball and toothpicks.


And Pip created a golf ball snowman!

Seriously!?  Aren’t these so much fun?  I love seeing what the girls come up with each year!
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