All about that Thread–Challenge 3 of Project QUILTING Season 7

It’s time for the third Project QUILTING challenge of Season Seven!  55 quilts were started, finished, and linked up in just one week for the second challenge bringing our season total to 122.  That is AMAZING!!!!    Be sure to tell all your quilting friends about how great this challenge is and what it is doing for your inspiration and creativity!  Let’s see just how many quilts can be made in a week!  (FYI – most quilts made for a challenge EVER is 72 … can we beat that number this season?)

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I just want to remind everyone that these challenges are meant to be inspirational and FUN!  I know it can be stressful making a quilt in just a week but trust me – it can be done.  Every week that you enter a piece for the challenge you are entered into a hat to win one of the amazing prizes from our sponsors!  There will also be a special prize for the ‘Public Vote’ winner of the week.   AND, if you finish the challenge in the time allotted your name will also be added into the final hat at the completion of the season for an opportunity to win the GRAND PRIZE!  Inspiration, quilting, fun AND Prizes!?  Can it get much better?

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Be sure to check out THIS post for all the prizes up for grabs this weeks and to thank our awesome sponsors!

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A photo of the ‘Wall of Thread’ I have hanging in my house.
Thanks once again to Diane Lapacek – whose birthday is TODAY by the way - for coming up with the themes for these challenges!  Stop by the Project QUILTING Facebook Page to wish Diane Lapacek a very happy birthday!

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Courthouse Thread Block

Challenge 3 – All about that Thread

1. In honor of one of Project Quilting's long term sponsors, Aurifil, the inspiration for this week's challenge is THREAD.
2.  Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline. Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.
3.  Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
  1. Include patchwork.
  2. Include appliqué.
  3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
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Strippy Spool Block Tutorial
4. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge.
5. Link up either a blog post or flickr image to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Sunday, February 7th, 2016, at noon, CDT –OR email a picture/description of your completed project to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by 11am on Sunday, February 7th.
  • Please still include on your blog, instagram or flickr image of your entry a description of your creative process, including where you are (ie, I create in Madison, WI) and the size of your project. 
  • There is now 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!
  • Please use the hastag #pq7 when posting on social networking sites to help spread the word!
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With that – good luck to everyone!  Don’t forget – you can find Project QUILTING on Facebook too! And a Challenge Group if you want to find out about all the challenges you can in the quilting world!

Please be sure to LINK UP your FINAL project just below HERE.  VERY IMPORTANT!




On a side note … I do my best to make sure I have everything set up to run smoothly but unfortunately life gets in my way sometimes and I miss something.  If you notice an error or discrepancy please feel free to let me know – I probably just didn’t notice it!  I will do everything in my power to correct and make up for my mistakes but I do appreciate your support and understanding along this Project QUILTING journey.

Another side note.  I LOVE thread and spools of thread!  I have a few inexpensive tutorials for making some fun blocks if you’re interested.  You can find them here:
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Challenge 3 Random Prizes for Project QUILTING

Has everyone had enough time off since the last Project QUILTING challenge?  I hope so!  Because tomorrow the third challenge for Season 7 of Project QUILTING will be posted at noon CST.  To get you even more excited about it … let’s see what random prizes are up for grabs this week!  Everyone who enters per the guidlelines will have their name put in a hat.  My girls will randomly draw the winners once the challenge closes.

Prize 1

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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.

Prize 2

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:

  • Summer Tomatoes Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Textures Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Quilted Checkbook or Calendar Pattern – PDF
  • Quilted Pocket Purse – PDF
  • Turn a Quilt into a Bag Pattern – PDF

    Prize 3

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    The Fat Quarter Shop

    One lucky winner will be recieving a mystery prize from the Fat Quarter Shop this week!  Ooooh … I love a good mystery!
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    Prize 4

  • aurifilA mini thread box from Aurifil!!!!!

    One lucky winner will get one of these fabulous boxes of thread in the mail!  Thank you Aurifil for your generosity and support!

    Prize 5

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    Michele Foster of Mishka’s Playground is generously donating a free PDF ‘Cobblestone Mat – Table Runner’ pattern for one random winner each challenge!  Thank you!

    Prize 6

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

    Prize 7

    Persimon Dreams Set of 9 Magnets Quilt Dots – a fun business that makes quilts into dots that can either be pins, magnets, needle nannies, or bookmarks! Do you have a favorite quilt but can’t afford to buy the favorite thing … collect the dot!  There are dots from many different quilters!  The magnets can be put on key chains, necklaces, chain pulls, and bracelets!  If you get bored of a design … just switch it out! 
    This week for Project QUILTING Quilt Dots will be given one lucky winner a set of “Celebrate” Magnet Quilt Dots which feature images of nine different quitls that I have made. 

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  • From our mystery sponsor – a fantastic Riley Blake Charm Pack!

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    And from Persimon Dreams … a Studio e fabrics “Winter Essentails III” Charm Pack!

    Just under 16 hours until the second challenge!  Stop back to see what it is!

  • Seasons Prize Winners!

    Yeah!  It’s time to announce some prize winners!  I like this post almost as I love seeing what the next Project QUILTING challenge is!
    Let’s start with the Viewer’s Choice …
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    Congratulations to Christina Belding with her quilt “Seasons of the Sun”! 
    Christina will be recieving a mini thread box from Aurifil and her very own set of Project QUILTING pins!
    I miraculously had all three of my lovely ladies home with me when I needed the prizes winners chosen for this week.  Let’s see who they picked to win!

    Prize 1

    “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 logo_crafty_sewing_150x150Crafty 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.
    And the winner is …IMG_5682 Beth Strand!

    Prize 2

    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:

  • Summer Tomatoes Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Textures Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Quilted Checkbook or Calendar Pattern – PDF
  • Quilted Pocket Purse – PDF
  • Turn a Quilt into a Bag Pattern – PDF

  • and the winner is …
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    Kimberly R!

    Prize 3


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  • The Fat Quarter Shop

    One lucky winner will be recieving a mystery prize from the Fat Quarter Shop this week!  Ooooh … I love a good mystery!
    Congratulations to …
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    Amy Wells!


    Prize 4

    aurifilA mini thread box from Aurifil!!!!!

    goes to …
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    Jennifer Lewis!


    Prize 5

    cobblestone-mat-layout-2   Michele Foster of Mishka’s Playground is generously donating a free PDF ‘Cobblestone Mat – Table Runner’ pattern for one random winner each challenge!  Congratulations to …
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    Lisa England!

    Prize 6

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    Melissa  of Sew BitterSweet Designs is generously offering a free pattern for each Project QUILTING Challenge of your choice from her Craftsy Shop!IMG_5687
    Congratulations Colleen Yarnell!

    Prize 7

    THE SIGN POST
    Donna of the Sign Post 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.

    and the winner is …
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    Laney!

    Prize 8

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    From our mystery sponsor – a fun Free Spirit Charm Pack!
    Which goes to …
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    Barbara Moore!

    Prize 9

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    And from Persimon Dreams … a Studio e Small Talk Charm Pack!
    This fun charm pack will be heading to …
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    Brandi Thach!
    Congratulations to all of our winners and a huge thanks to all of the amazing support these sponsors have given us!
    Prizes for the next challenge are posted here and the just over 15 hours the next Project QUILTING Challenge will be posted!

    Dream Modern–a Quilt Finish

    I am part of a modern quilting club at my local quilt shop – Mill House Quilts.  The group chooses a book for the year and then each month we go through a chapter/concept/skill by signing up for what we’d like to teach (it’s not required … but I love to talk so I signed up).  Our book last year was Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making: From Color to Quilting: 10 Design Workshops by Your Favorite Teachers and I signed up to teach Improvisational Patchwork.

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    This small quilt is what resulted from the lesson I taught.  The blue scraps were improvisationally pieced and then set into the solid fabric.

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    I like the unconventional design created by these pieces but I think my favorite part about this piece were all the possibilities for quilting it.  I used a turquoise Aurifil thread for quilting and I can’t say enough great things about it.  In the top I free form quilted the word ‘dream’ in the upper left and then just went from there with other patterns and designs.

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    Since the quilt isn’t large it was easy to manipulate on my regular sewing machine.

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    Here you can see that in the blue chunks I started to do some wavy straight line quilting.  My initial intent was to start with that and then go back and fill in some fun patterns.  But once I had it to this point, I stepped back and just really enjoyed how it looked without filling it in.  I think it’s a fun mixture of intense quilting and simple quilting … which mimics the intense improvisational pieces with the simple solid background. 

    This little piece is done and I am very happy with the end result – what a fun little project!

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    And for the back – a fun Quilt Graffiti print!

    Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.

    Quilt Making: A Modern Practice Gallery Show

    I’m really excited to have a couple of my quilts hanging in a real live gallery show!  When I dropped off the quilts I got a glimpse at the space and I have to say – it’s gorgeous!  I can’t wait until tomorrow night to go and visit it with all the quilts hanging!

    Please join us and meet the artists.
    This show features work from people all over the country, from our 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.

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    Gallery @ Truax | Room A1005 Gateway | 1701 Wright St. Madison, WI

    Reception January 28th 4-7pm | Meet some of the artists!

    Can’t make the reception?  Stop by during some of these other hours …

    Show Hours:
    January 19 - February 18th  or by appointment
    Monday 12pm - 5pm
    Tuesday 10am - 5pm
    Wednesday 9am - 12pm
    Thursday 9am - 5pm
    Friday 9am - 4pm

    Saturday January 30th 9:30am-12:30pm

    *Please check often for updated hours.  We may have more student help as the semester progresses. 

    Find us on Facebook! For more information call 608-246-6003 or email wfranczak@madisoncollege.edu

    “Heart Flake Pillow” Tutorial

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  I have to admit … I do believe it’s a bit of a “Halmark Holiday” but I also have to admit … I always love another reason to celebrate!

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    I created a fun heart themed pillow for Therm O Web and the tutorial went up on their blog the other day. 

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    It is raw edge appliqued and of course a little iCraft Deco Foil embellishment on the words.  On the templates I put together there are three different saying options … “LOVE,” “hug me,” and “be mine.”

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    Late last year I made a winter themed snowflake pillow and don’t they look so fun next to each other?

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    Stop over on Therm O Web now and see how to make this fun pillow just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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    ‘Foil Covered Branches’ Mystery BOM with ThermoWeb

    The fourth block for the Mystery ‘Block of the Month’  featuring iCraft Deco Foil has been posted!
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    I am having so much fun coming up with fun little blocks that shows off iCraft Deco Foil in a special way.
    This months block is called “Foil Covered Branches”
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    Here are my four blocks so far …
    Mystery Block of the Month with ThermoWeb
    Head on over to the ThermoWeb blog to see how you can join in the fun!

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    Seasons Challenge–Time to Vote!

    It’s time to vote!  Please take a minute to do so as your vote does matter!  Choose your SIX Favorite Quilts below that were created for the Project QUILTING Seasons Challenge and click on the heart to vote (upper right corner)!  You can click on the photo’s themselves to read the ‘story’ behind the quilt – my favorite part!  Vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right corner of the image.

    Please DO NOT VOTE for entries 45 and 46.  Diane made quilt 45 and and I made quilt 46 – while we are not eligible for prizes and don’t want to take away votes from others – we still want to show off our work!  You can, however, feel free to click on our projects and leave us a comment on what you think.   We love to hear from you!

    The quilt with the most votes will receive …
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    A mini thread box from Aurifil!!!!!
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    And your very own set of Project QUILTING pins!

    Voting will close on Friday, January 29th at 8pm, CST.  Spread the word to your family and friends!

    They get SIX votes so they can vote for you and then six other quilts that they like best! 
    The ‘Viewer’s Choice’ winner and other random drawing winners will be announced on Saturday, January 30th.

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