Happy Halloween and Trick Or Treat Bags

Halloween used to be my favorite holiday … but now I live in the country.  It’s just not quite as exciting in the country as it was when I lived in a neighborhood.  That being said – I still enjoy it bunches!

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I blogged over on the Therm-O-Web blog today and shared how you can make these super fun Trick – Or – Treat bags that you’re kiddo’s will use for years and years!

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One of my favorite things is making/putting together the girls costumes!

We go trick or treating later today (we have to go into town and steal a neighborhood) but the big girls had a Halloween dance at school last night so I already have some pictures of them in costume.

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This year Cedi was Dirty Laundry, Pip was a minion fairy (she wanted to be a minion fairy mermaid … but I could only do so much …), and Capri was a gumball machine!  They are posing in front of the pumpkins we carved too!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween … however you choose to spend it!

‘Ennead Luminescence’ Quilt

As October comes to an end it’s about time I share with you my quilt for the Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Nine Patch Challenge.

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It is called “Ennead Luminescence”.  Once again named by the lovely Trisha Frankland of Quilt Chicken.

Ennead = a group of 9 things and luminescence is a ‘glowing’ word.

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I’m guessing many of you are thinking that this is pretty tame for me … and it is … and I love it!  IMG_3111

I decided to use my violet cherrywood and play with it’s complimentary color – yellow! 

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I had a ton of fun playing with free motion quilting.  I decided to use a florescent orange thread so it really ‘popped’ and because I may have had quite a few bobbins already full that I needed to use up.  I started by quilting straight lines diagonally all over the quilt to create different sections.  In each section I did a different free motion quilting design.  It was great practice and I love the interest it added to the piece.

And with that my 6th Focus Through the Prism Quilt is finished!  Next month I will have to use red!  What color do you have left?

 

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.

Nine Patch–A Focus Through the Prism Challenge, October

There are just two ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenges left!  Can you believe it!?  Now be honest, are you still into it or are you super glad that it’s almost over?  I honestly thought I’d be tired of it by now but I’m personally loving these little 20” block challenges.   Every time I see a new creation made for the challenge I am absolutely blown away.  The creativity, skill and imagination of the quilters is fabulous!
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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:  Nine Patch

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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 ‘Nine Patch’ 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 Saturday, October 31st.
  • If you need me to link up for you I NEED the pictures and stories by 10:00pm CST on Saturday, October 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 Trellised Nine Patch as inspiration if you need some.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival–Dresden Neighborhood

Ironically the second quilt I chose to enter in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is for the Small Quilt Category.  (It’s ironic because the first quilt is in the Large Quilt Category). 

I really have a hard time deciding which quilts to feature as I do tend to make quite a few with all the different challenges I participate in.  So, I was trying to think of which of my quilts over these past few months has been one that seems to have caught many folks’ attention. 

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Dresden Neighborhood. 

This small 24” square quilt has made a dramatic impact on my quilting life.  It has won multiple ribbons in various shows over the past few months and most recently hung at the 2015 Madison Quilt Expo.  I have also created a class based off this pattern at my local quilt shop, Mill House Quilts.  The first class sold out quickly and I’ll be teaching a second class on November 10th. 

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I really think the appeal of this quilt is how I took such a traditional block and with just a bit of imagination created this fun neighborhood that leads to so many possibilities!

I’ve made a few more Dresden Neighborhoods since the first one and each of them has its own charm about it.

Soon on my blog I’ll be sharing photo’s of some of the Dresden Neighborhood quilts my students have come up with!  It feels so good to know that it was just a little dream that helped create such inspiration and whimsy.

Thanks for stopping by!  If this is one of your favorite quilts in the festival please nominate it for ‘Viewer’s Choice’ by going HERE.

#ScrappyCrownAlong All Finished–Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry

Hello everyone!  Even though I haven’t had much time to sew the last few days I am finally getting some pictures edited.  Today I’m going to share with you the finished #scrappycrownalong quilt!  This is also my entry for the ‘Large Quilt’ Category in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  Haven’t heard of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival – you must check it out nowScrappy Crown Along by Kim Lapacek

This quilt is so big I couldn’t’ even fit it properly on my deer fence!  This quilt is comprised of 12 30” blocks and two 6” side borders.  I made up each of the blocks individually without comparing to what had been made previously or thinking about what I planned to do in the future.  And this is what happened! 

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I had a lot of fun making this one using 100% scraps throughout the earlier months of this year.Scrappy Crown Along by Kim Lapacek

The #scrappycrownalong quilt was quilted by Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb.  It’s a great random triangular design.  This quilt is so busy already it didn’t need anything ridiculous for quilting.  Scrappy Crown Along by Kim Lapacek

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I turned it on it’s side and that seemed to fit slightly better.  It’s still huge!  It measures 120” x 132”!!!

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Want to make one too?  See my posts HERE about the quilt along and HERE for the Crown of Thorns Block Tutorial!

Thanks for stopping by!  If this is one of your favorite quilts in the festival please nominate it for ‘Viewer’s Choice’ by going HERE

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday!

Urban Triangulation Quilt

This weekend is the Fall Quilt Market and sadly I won’t be able to attend.  Now that I’ve been to one market I know it’s going to be hard not being there.  IMG_2714

BUT – I will be represented at a few of the booths that are going to be at market.  One of the booths you can look for my quilt at is the Therm O Web.  I created ‘Urban Triangulation’ which utiltizes half square triangles and red and black Deco Foils™.  It’s simple but elegant … I love it!

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The quilting through the iCraft® Deco Foil worked out really well too.  If you’re interested in seeing how I created this piece be sure to check it my post over on the ThermOWeb Blog!

Scrap Quilt Challenge

Hi everyone!  Many of you are joining me after reading the surprising news on Shannon of Fabrics N Quilts blog.  Yes!  I will be hosting the 2016 Scrap Quilt Challenge and YES!  I promise it will still be TONS of fun!

I’m honored that Shannon has asked me to take over the reigns of this challenge and I hope to do her proud.

I would like to share a little bit about me and my experience with the Scrap Quilt Challenge.

I participated in my first Scrap Quilt Challenge in 2012 – and it was a ‘quilt changing’ moment for me.

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photo by Karmen Lindner Photography

I created my quilt ‘Amazing Technicolor Dream Quilt’.  I used a free form piecing technique and I had some fun.  This quilt and challenge brought me to a new level of quilting and I will always look back and thank Shannon for creating the Scrap Quilt Challenge. 

In 2014 I entered my quilt ‘Novitiate Nebulla’.

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This one isn’t just scrappy because I used all my fabric scraps … I literally scrapped together blocks from multiple quilt alongs.  It’s intense and I love it.

This year Shannon asked me to design a quilt for the ‘Dreaming in Fabric’ Quilt Along and I surprised even myself by coming up with this:

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Not only am I a fan of the scrap quilt challenge but I’m a fan of challenges in general.

In 2010 I created a quilt challenge called ‘Project QUILTING’.  It involves making a quilt in just one week, participants are joining in from all over the world and you can read more about all the details here.

Whenever I see challenges I have a hard time resisting hopping on board.  By saying ‘yes’ to a challenge I have created quilts I haven’t had time to dream up yet. 

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This quilt ‘Modern Log Cabin’ will be hanging at the International Quilt Festival in Houston at the end of the month.  It came to be because of the Modern Quilt Guild’s Riley Blake fabric Challenge back in 2014.  The ‘quilt changer’ in this piece was that I ran out of the pink/yellow/orange ombre fabrics when I was going to make the border.  I created an entirely different border using whatever Riley Blake fabrics I could get my hands on … and it changed the whole quilt. 

Okay – enough about me and my obsession with challenges.  I just hope that this post leaves you with a feeling of ease about the changes coming about.  I love challenges, scraps, and quilting – we’re going to have some fun!  See you in the ‘Scrap Quilt Challenge’ group!

Trellised Nine Patch Block Tutorial

As is the theme of this month … I’m late yet again!  Each month with each new Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, I am sharing fun 20” quilt block tutorials based off that months block inspiration. This month the challenge is the nine patch.  It is not a difficult block … but it’s one with a lot of possibilities and a great potential for showing off special fabric.

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And that is exactly what I did with this months – Trellised Nine Patch Block.  It was a great way to showcase some of my spoonflower fabrics that I have been featuring throughout my 20” blocks through the challenge.

You can download this tutorial for free from my Craftsy Pattern Page until October 23rd.  After that there will be a small fee on the tutorial.

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Here are my 7 blocks so far … These big blocks have been so much fun to make!  We’ll just have to see what next month’s block is …

Winners for the Pinwheel Focus Through the Prism Challenge

Once again … I’m super far behind on announcing the winners of the Focus Through the Prism Flying Geese Challenge.  

54 quilts were created for the Flying Geese challenge which brings our overall total for all four challenges to 306 quilts dreamt up, created, and finished within a month!  Seriously!?  This is incredible!!!!

Once again I used random.org to pick the winners  … sorry, just too many names to write out!  (Which I do think is a good problem to have)

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And random.org chose quilt entry 23 to win …

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“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.

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Congratulations! Dayna Thwaits you are the winner!

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Next … Random.org chose quilt entry 52 to win …

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

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Yeah!  Nancy LaPorte!  You are a winner!

Congrats to the winners and thank you to Marcia for your continued support and sponsorship!

Postcard from Columbus–Block Entry

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 ‘Ohio Star’.IMG_2726Here’s what I came up with.  It’s called ‘Postcard from Columbus’.  Once again I utilized that same panel, along with Michael Miller Couture solids.  I decided to add a little turquoise lip to two sides of the block … just for fun!IMG_2722

And here are my three blocks all together so far!  I’m having a bunch of fun with this challenge. I truly enjoy that I don’t know what each months block inspiration will be and therefore have no idea where this quilt is going.

Voting goes from October 11th – 14th so head over now!

Mystery Block of the Month with Therm O Web DecoFoils

I have something super exciting to share with you!  Today is the first day of the Mystery ‘Block of the Month’ I’m sharing with you that will feature iCraft Deco Foil from Therm O Web! Yes!  I’m designing a new 8″ finished quilt block each month for an entire year.  I just love a good sampler and these iCraft Deco Foil are going to add a fun added touch!

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I hope you decide to join in the fun!  Each block will be whimsical and fun and a perfect way to use up your scraps.  In the end you’ll have twelve 8-inch blocks that will make an adorable wall hanging OR you can use the blocks to make mini quilts, table runners and wall hangings!  Feel free to copy the button above and add it to your blog to share with everyone the fun we’re going to have with this quilt along.

The first block has been posted and instructions can be found HERE

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Check out … “Wish Upon an Apple Tree.”  I hope you decide to join in the fun of this block of the month!

Forest Frolic Quilt Finished

I have decided to name my quilt to match the name of the gorgeous fabric line ‘Forest Frolic’ by Heidi Boyd for Red Rooster Fabrics.

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Forest Frolic was quilted by Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb.

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I managed to get the hand sewing portion of the binding done while I watched my girls do gymnastics.  I can still accomplish some things during apple season!  It’s just all about planning ahead!IMG_2826

It’s so hard to pick my favorite woodland critter – but these hedgehogs are pretty cute!

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Linking up to Finish It Up Friday!

Straight Stitch Throat Plate - Back to School Blog Hop with Guest Blogger, Trish Frankland

Hi! This is Trish Frankland from QUILTchicken  and I’ve taken over Kim’s blog today as part of Sam Hunter’s Back to School Blog Hop. My topic today is the STRAIGHT-STITCH THROAT PLATE for your sewing machine.


I have an older Pfaff (a 7570) that I adore – except that it’s prone to jamming the tips of my stitching down into the bobbin case and chewing them up rather than stitch a nice clean seam. Sometimes this happens right at the start of a seam, but it invariably happens when I offer triangle points – my Pfaff monster snacks them down like Doritos!

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I know quilters who start and end every seam with a little scrap of fabric to avoid this problem – heck, Bonnie K. Hunter even wrote an entire book on how to make the most of those “leaders and enders.” 

And lots of people hold the tail ends when they start a seam - which is really just playing tug-of-war with the monster. I kept wishing there was a better answer. And there is.

Take a look at the bed of your sewing machine: see the slot where your needle goes up and down through to your bobbin case? It’s shaped like a slot because your machine has all those fancy stitches and to sew them requires left-and-right needle action. That wiggle room is the portal that allows the monster to eat your piecing.


We can replace that throat plate with one designed for straight stitching – it has a small hole for the needle passage, rather than a slot. It’s an available option for most machines (the plates snap off and on super quick for changes on the go). IMG_0536Check with your brand dealer.
Instantly, no more tears! Well, almost no more tears: because if you forget you have the straight stitch throat plate on and try to zig zag there may well be crying. You’ll break a needle INSTANTLY.


Some manufacturers put a red dot, an icon, or some reminder that you have the straight stitch throat plate on. Perhaps you’d like to add a fancy fingernail polish stripe to the front edge to remind yourself. Mine doesn’t have that, and I’ll admit that one night it took me 3 needles and a whole machine rethread before I figured out what the problem was: You can’t change the needle position with the straight-stitch plate on. (For the same reason, my plastic ¼” foot has a chunk out of the side of the needle hole. I’ve never claimed brilliance.)

But don’t be afraid to try this tip. It’s a way to easily improve your accuracy and your stitching pleasure. I didn’t even know such a thing existed until a couple years ago (a decade into my sewing obsession), and I cannot overstate how much this discovery rocked my quilty little world!

PS: While you have the plate off your machine, take the time to clean inside (Megan offered tips for that earlier in the month at http://thebitchystitcher.blogspot.com/)

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