Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin, Still time to Vote, and Blogging Challenge

Last night was a bit surreal.  Back in June an interviewer and camera crew came to my home to tape me, my quilts, my home and my studio for a PBS special – Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin.

treasured quilts

I was nervous to see my segment … I tend to say odd things on television … like calling it “Wisconsin Time” during my bit on Sewing with Nancy.  I know at some point while the crew was here I mentioned the apocalypse … luckily that was not what they focused on in my interview!  To help with my nerves I invited a bunch of folks over for a “PBS Party” (yup – only in Wisconsin). It was fun to watch them see all the different styles of quilting and see what people can do. 

If you can get Wisconsin Public Television you haven’t missed your chance to see it.  There are at least three more air times :

Fullscreen capture 11302016 82957 AMLots of amazing quilts were shown on the show including my good friend Trisha Frankland’s Quilt ‘Til Death Do Us Part.

Still Time to Vote!

This is the last day I’ll be bothering you to head over to HERE and vote for my quilt “Sake Bomb.” My quilt is currently in the lead but that could easily change throughout the rest of today so I really need your help!


Since you can only vote ONCE, please SHARE THIS link with friends, office mates, who ever you're having coffee with or TAG your friends in the comments so they can vote right away.  I cannot thank everyone enough for all your support on this!

Blogging Challenge

31 days

It’s back!  And so will I be!  Cheryl Sleboda of is hosting the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge once again this December.  This is perfect timing for me as apple season is over and I need to get my blogging swag back.  At this point I’ll be posting a lot about being prepared for the upcoming season of Project QUILTING and ways to start/maintain holiday traditions.  Things change and it’s not always easy to get through the holidays when they do … lets see if we can come up with some fun things together. 

Have you lost your blogging mojo?  This is a great opportunity to find it again … check out Cheryl’s plan by heading over here.

And that, that is all the news I have to share with you today.  But no worries – you’ll be hearing from me again tomorrow with something new and exciting (I still have to figure out what that is but it will be great I’m sure Winking smile).  See you tomorrow!

My Turn on the Ugly Christmas Sweater Sew Along

It’s no secret that I get a kick out of this ugly sweater quilt block pattern from Kid Giddy.  It’s probably one of my favorite things to sew during the holiday season.


I think I like the regular sweater pattern slightly more than the v-neck (yes – you get BOTH when you purchase the pattern).  Don’t get me wrong – the v-neck is classic … I just really love the fussy cutting potential with the standard sweater.  Check out this great moose sweater!IMG_3520

And I did it again with this adorable snowman sweater!  Head on over to instagram and check out the hashtag #uglysweaterblock to see the fun everyone’s been having!

Find out all the details on how you can join in on the fun by heading to Kid Giddy’s post HERE.

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PS.  Today is my oldest daughter’s TENTH (10!!!!) birthday!  It’s crazy how fast time goes!

“Sake Bomb” Quilt Finish

Happy Friday morning everyone!  I can’t believe it’s going to get up to 65-degrees here today in Wisconsin!  I am excited to share with you my latest quilt finish. I even managed to finish this quilt DURING apple season which is basically unheard of!


This quilt “Sake Bomb” was created as a result of Modern Quilts Unlimited “Everything Old is New Again Block and Quilt Challenge.”  You have all watch my blocks progress throughout the last year and know I’ve been having a lot of fun with this. 


The “print” fabric I’ve been using is a Michael Miller panel called “Asian Tea Time.”  Mixing that panel with Michael Miller Couture Cotton solids has created a unique, eye catching quilt. 


For the final setting I added in a 3-inch sashing strip to each row of 12-inch blocks.  The reason behind this is partially because I had some 3.5” sections left over from piecing the blocks in the quilt … I thought it would be a good idea to use them up.  I then added horizontal sashing going from smallest at the top to largest at the bottom.  I used whatever I had left of my solids left to make this work. 

My favorite block was actually the drunkard’s path.  If you remember – I hate piecing curves to to tweak this block I appliqued raw edge circles to mimic the design/seams that come from the Drunkard’s path.  I needed something that would help bring this piece “together” so I decided to applique more raw edge circles and half circles onto the entire quilt.  I am so in love with the final results of this decision!  I think the hardest part was stopping myself and not going overboard with the circles!IMG_2966

Once the top was done it was time to quilt!  Now I had put a bunch of flanges in the blocks of the quilts.  I don’t do this too often. I usually save the flanges for the borders.  But I thought I’d be clever and add that dimensional aspect to help me win some of the block votes.  Of course – it’s hard to see the dimensional aspect in photo’s so it really didn’t benefit me at all.  I do think it’s cool though and will be an extra element of interest when you see this quilt in person.   It does create a bit of a quilting dilemma … long arm quilters do not like those flanges.  It just messes with this.  I realized I would quilt this myself to maintain the good working relationship I have with the quilters.IMG_2962

I basted the quilt and then got to work on my Bernina and some aurifil thread. I decided to quilt it in a never ending circle.  This is a pain to get started but once you get around about 20 times it’s not so bad.  For some good tips on how to do this be sure to try out Christa Watson’s book, “Machine Quilting with Style.” I did go in and do another concentric circle quilting in just one spot which created a cool grid effect. I would say I spent about 8 hours just walking foot quilting this piece.  The end result is worth it though as I think it fits the whole Modern part of the challenge.


The final step was to bind and I was almost out of fabric.  So my binding decision was easy – whatever I had left that I could cut into 2.25-inch strips.  I made it work.


And now that you know the story behind the quilt - I hope you can take a minute to vote for my quilt “Sake Bomb” at the Modern Quilts Unlimited page HERE.  There is an amazing prize and I would LOVE to win it!  Thank you for all your support!

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

House Divided–Quilts for Scrap Lovers

It’s finally my turn!  Have you been following along on the blog hop to see what all the different designers thought of Judy Gauthier’s new book “Quilts for Scrap Lovers”?

I have to say I LOVE this book!  Judy is so clever on how she organizes, cuts and pieces back together her scraps.  I’m by far an expert quilter and this just goes to prove it!  I started by just glancing through the book so I could figure out which project caught my fancy.  Let’s just say – there are THREE different house patterns in this book – I LOVE HOUSE BLOCKS!  (I’m trying to contain my capitalization usage but I just can’t help it).  My initial plan was to make a quilt top pieced with all three of the house blocks … and that may still happen but I have to admit I was completely hooked with the “House Divided” Pattern.


It wasn’t long before I had six blocks made up … I definitely couldn’t stop there.


I now have twelve blocks with no intention of stopping anytime soon!  It’s a fun pattern with clever cutting instructions that makes these great blocks AND uses up my scraps!  Now, as I cut fabric out for other projects I’m also cutting the size blocks I need to make more of these.  I can see this little project growing and growing and growing!

See what the other quilters thought of the book “Quilts for Scrap Lovers.”
GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!  Congratulations to Laundered Cottons for winning!!

And now for the fun part: You can win your very own copy of Quilts for Scrap Lovers! Comment below with your “go-to” scrappy quilt pattern! Winner will be chosen via on Monday, Nov. 7.  (A book will be mailed to a US Winner or an ebook to an international winner).

Scrap Quilt Challenge Winners

I would like to start by saying “Fantastic Job” everyone!  It was so fun to watch all the scrappy-ness happening on the facebook group and be a part of a community so into figuring out how to utilize ALL the fabric.  89 scrappy quilts were submitted and linked up to be eligible for prizes for the 2016 Scrap Quilt Challenge. I had fun in picking winners!

Below is the winners along with a link to the sponsor for the prize.  I would appreciate if you gave the sponsors a nice little “thanks” on social media so they know we appreciate them and all of their support.

Let’s get started …

Prize OneIMG_2724

– a fat quarter bundle of Hazelwood designed by one canoe two for moda fabrics goes to …

Melinda of Quiltn in Wilton with her scrappy quilt “Bear Tracks.”

Prize Two

IMG_2733– a fat quarter bundle of Pumpkin Pie by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda Fabrics goes to …

The Wedding Quilt by DiggingUpBonesBratkin

Prize Three

 IMG_2738– a fat quarter bundle of Darling Little Dickens by Lydia Nelson of Dreamy Quilts for Moda Fabrics goes to …

Donna for her Scrap Quilt

Prize Four -

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Goes to …

Julie M for her entry “Syndey’s Quilt”.

Prize Five –

IMG_2990Pink Quilter’s Dream Batting goes to …

Blue Fig Quilts !

Prize Six

IMG_2992Natural Quilter’s Dream Batting goes to … jstafford and her quilt (37) King Size Square in a Square!

Prize Seven

IMG_2993- White Quilter’s Dream Batting goes to …Lisa Marie with her “Overlapping Squares” Quilt!

Prize 8

Stitch Fast La Passacaglia from Sew Forever Quilting goes to bpeterson

Prize 9

stitch fast 1 tumbler

Stitch Fast 1” Tumblers from Sew Forever Quilting

Goes to Mewilbanks!

Prize 10

stitch fast 1 octagon

 Stitch Fast 1” Octagons from Sew Forever Quilting

Goes to Claudia M with her quilt “Sunburst”

Prize 11

stitch fast 1 jewel

Stitch Fast 1” Jewels from Sew Forever Quilting

goes to BeckyJeffers!

Prize 12–

stitch fast 1 hexagon

Stitch Fast 1” Hexagon from Sew Forever Quilting

goes to Peachy Pages “Elizabeth’s Prairie Garden.”

Prize 13


A copy of Judy Gauthier’s new book “Quilts for Scrap Lovers” and the corresponding templates to go with it!

goes to Terry T with Scrappy Diamonds!

Prize 14

from The Quilty Box

A past Quilty Box!  (get your subscription today so you don’t miss out on future Quilty Boxes!)

Goes to … Kris R of Coloring Outside the Lines!

Prize 15


Frank Palmer, Full Frontal Quilts is giving a bundle of hand-dyed fabric specifically dyed by Frank for this challenge!

and the winner is …

Dale M and the quilt Split Nine Patch!

Prize 16

a Designer Scrap Bag from Teri Lucas!

goes to Kris J and her Scrap Bustin’ Quilt!

Prize 17

a Designer Scrap Bag from Flaun Cline, I Plead Quilty

goes to Stitchin at Home and her quilt “Pinky”!

Prize 18

a Designer Scrap Bag from Misty Cole

goes to Barbara R and her Kaffe Scrap Quilt

Prize 19

A Designer Scrap Bag from Joan Ford, Hummingbird Highway

goes to Donna’s Creative Corner and her quilt Doin’ the Split

Prize 20

A Designer Scrap Bag from Maddie Kertay, Bad Ass Quilter's Society

goes to Kim of Lily Patch Quilts!

Prize 21

A Designer Scrap bag and bonus pattern from Sam Hunter, Hunter's Design Studio

goes to JanieMcCombs!

Prize 22

A Designer Scrap Bag from Jennifer Jangles

goes to Wilma!

Prize 23

A Designer Scrap bag from Kim Lapacek (aka me)

goes to Sharon Lake!


Congratulations to all of our winners and I can’t thank the sponsors enough for their generosity!  I’ll be contacting the winners via email.  If you haven’t heard from me by Monday, November 6th, please contact me!  Thanks again and keep scrapping!

Ugly Sweater Quilt Along with Kid Giddy

A really fun new quilt along started a couple of days ago– the Ugly Sweater Quilt Along with Kid Giddy as our host!


From the first of November until 17th of December – quilters from all over will be making this fabulous #uglysweaterblock and posting them on instagram for a chance to win some great prizes!  Details for all of this fun can be found on Kid Giddy’s site HERE

My special post day is November 29th (my daughter’s 10th! ***EEK*** birthday!) so I’ll have to come up with something super fabulous and super tacky for that!

Get a head start and get your pattern HERE so you can get started on your blocks!

Quilts for Scrap Lovers–a blog hop

Happy November everyone!  I have to say – I’m super excited that it’s finally November!  Apple season was great (and it’s not over yet) but it is SO NICE to have more time to spend at my sewing machine!  I’ll be going crazy and sharing lots of different projects that I’m working on.  This week I’m excited to be a part of the blog hop for the book “Quilts for Scrap Lovers” by the talented Judy Gauthier.  I’m not going to say too much about it because I need to save some of it for when it’s actually my turn. 


To hold you over until my turn – be sure to visit the following bloggers to find out how you could win your very own copy of this great book!

Christa Watson- Nov. 1

Pam Vieiras McGinnon Nov. 2

Mary Abreu- Nov. 3

Diane Knott- Nov. 4

Kim Lapacek- Nov. 5th

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