2016 Scrap Quilt Challenge–in Review

It’s time to set up for the 2017 Scrap Quilt so I’m moving the info from the 2016 scrap quilt challenge page here so I don’t lose all the info and you can all still find all the goodness that happened in 2016!  Details for the 2017 Scrap Quilt Challenge are coming soon!

Our 2016 Designer Showcase!

On the 15th of the month for 10 months a different designer will be featured!  They'll be sharing with you a fun block and/or tip or trick for using up your scraps!  I hope you enjoy!

Schedule

WE HAVE AMAZING SPONSORS!!!!

See the blog post HERE for all the details!
Designer Scrap Bags!
- Teri Lucas
- Flaun Cline, I Plead Quilty,
- Misty Cole
- Frank Palmer, Full Frontal Quilts (bundle of hand-dyes!!!)
- Joan Ford, Hummingbird Highway
- Maddie Kertay, Bad Ass Quilter's Society
- Kim Lapacek, Persimon Dreams
- Sam Hunter, Hunter's Design Studio - *Bonus* Pattern of Your Choice included!
- Jennifer Jangles

Moda

Quilter's Dream Batting
Sew Forever Quilting
Bungalow Quilting and Yarn
The Quilty Box

Prize List for Challenge 1 of Project QUILTING

Happy New Years Eve folks!  Do you have any big plans for today and/or tonight?  We started our day off by a fun New Year’s photo shoot with the fabulous Karmen Lindner Photography – just for fun. 
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Now it’s time for the girls and I to make TONS of appetizers so we’re ready for a wild and crazy night of dominoes!  I can’t wait!

I’ve also already been instructed to start hydrating as I am doing a special 108 Sun Salutations Hot Yoga class tomorrow morning to start my New Year out right!  I’m excited and super nervous for it!
Anyway – you’re really here because you want to which particular prizes are going to be up for grabs for the first Project QUILTING Challenge which goes up at NOON CST (aka Wisconsin Time) tomorrow!  Everyone who enters per the guide lines of the challenge 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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One of these mini spool sampler thread collections from Aurifil!

Prize 2

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Mixed Bag Charm Pack from Moda!

Prize 3

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A mini charm pack plus a surprise from me (Persimon Dreams)

Prize 4

“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.

Prize 5

Marcia would also like to giveaway to a separate winner a prize of one of her original patterns(value $8.00).

Prize 6

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2 sets of Quilt Labels – Cozy Afternoon & Maggie’s First Dance from Jacquelynne Steves

Prize 7

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The pattern “Sparkle” from Color Girl Quilts

Prize 8

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A pair of Liberty Fabric button earrings from Pointelle Design!

Prize 9

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My Favorite Apron” pattern from Perkins Dry Goods!

Prize 10

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Melissa  of Sew BitterSweet Designs is generously offering TWO free patterns to one lucky winner of their choice from her Craftsy Shop!

Prize 11

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Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio is giving one lucky winner a PDF pattern of their choice!
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Trish Frankland posted a great tip on our facebook group “Challenge Quilts” today.  “Today's #1 tip for Project QUILTING participants: cook today, get organized in the kitchen, and prep things for the rest of the week so dinner is SIMPLE and FAST and you have extra time to meet the deadline next Sunday! I've just made beef barley soup. “ 
I’m going to share with you an Instant Pot recipe I made for my kiddo’s and it was fast and a hit – Instant Pot Mac & Cheese!  You can find it by going HERE.  My plan this year is to find more great ways to use my Instant Pot!  If you have any great tried and true recipes – Instant Pot, Crock Pot, or overnight casseroles feel free to send them to me!  Let’s create a great community that not only sews amazing things in just a week but helps each other (and their families) eat well throughout that week!
See you tomorrow for the challenge!
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PS.  This last blog post means that I successfully completed Cheryl Sleboda’s 31 Day Blogging Challenge!  Woot Woot!

A Friday Finish–A Christmas Dresden Neighborhood

I’ve taught quite a few “Dresden Neighborhood classes” over the last year and while I’m teaching I make up “samples.”  After seeing some of my students make some adorable Christmas themed neighborhoods I decided it was time to make my own Christmas Dresden Neighborhood!

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It was a great way to use up my scraps of Christmas fabrics and now I have an adorable mini quilt to decorate my walls with at Christmas time!

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I was so excited to have found the fabric with the Santa on the reindeer … it’s the perfect fussy cut element for this piece!

I had a lot of fun playing with free motion quilting on this piece as well. 

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I swirly quilted most of the background in a icy blue thread but I then used a fun darker variegated thread to quilt smoke coming out of some of the house chimneys!  Just that little bit of difference in thread color can make a dramatic impact on a piece.

I finished this five days after Christmas but it’s ready for next year at least! 

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday

Prize List for Season 8 of Project QUILTING

There is an amazing amount of goodies and prizes that are up for grabs for Season 8 of Project QUILTING.  I’m going to go through and share with you a bunch of them but please stop by PQ-button-with-heart-quilt-biggerfrequently to see if the list is updated at all!  Also – I’ll be hyperlinking to all of these fabulous sponsors.  I know they’d appreciate it if you took a minute to stop by their social media sites to like, follow and thank them!
Each Saturday prior to the challenge, a new blog post will be posted to show you exactly what prizes will be up for grabs that week.  But for now – here’s just an overall summary.  Because I couldn’t decide on an order I’m going with alphabetical.




Aurifil

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Aurifil will be gifting six mini spool sampler thread collections (one for each week) and a large thread box for the Grand Prize!
Thank them on their facebook page, Aurifil and follow them on Instagram

Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics

Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics is getting in on the Project QUILTING action by donating a $200 gift certificate to the grand prize winner!!!!!
Thank Cherrywood Fabrics on Facebook and follow her on Instagram.

Color Girl Quilts

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A beautiful pattern from Color Girl Quilts each week!
Thank her on facebook and follow her on Instagram!

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The grand prize winner will be receiving $50 to spend on whatever they desire at the Fat Quarter Shop!
Thank them on facebook and follow them on Instagram!

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Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio is donating a PDF Pattern to one lucky winner each challenge week!
The Grand Prize winner will receive their very own copy of Sam’s book “Quilt Talk.”
Thank her on facebook and follow her on Instagram!


Jacquelynne Steves

Jacquelynne Steves has donated some amazing prizes to be spread out throughout the season challenges.  Check them out!
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2 sets of Quilt Labels – Cozy Afternoon & Maggie’s First Dance 
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Love You! Quilt Pattern with full color diagrams, color way options and coloring sheet    
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 Home in My Heart Quilt Pattern with full color diagrams, color way options and coloring sheet
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Oh Cherry! Quilt Pattern with full color diagrams, color way options and coloring sheet 
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Ahoy! Quilt Pattern with full color diagrams, color way options and coloring sheet 
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Flitter! Quilt Pattern with full color diagrams, color way options and coloring sheet 
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Chirp! Quilt Pattern  with full color diagrams, color way options and coloring sheet
Cozy Afternoon AND Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM - Jacquelynne Steves

And for the Grand Prize- Cozy Afternoon Block of the Month pattern PLUS Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM pattern

WOW!  Be sure to thank her on facebook and follow her on Instagram!

Pointelle Design

Laura of Pointelle Design is generously giving away adorable fabric earrings and headbands made from Liberty fabric!  For the GRAND PRIZE she is donating a pair of hand knit fingerless gloves – perfect for hand-stitching on cool winter days!
Thank her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram!

Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting

logo_crafty_sewing_150x150Each 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 pdf
original patterns – winners choice!
And for the Grand Prize – Marcia is donating a “Quilting Gift Certificate” for $50!!!
Thank her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram!

Mini Barn Quilts


Mini Barn Quilts is donating two popular kit designs for a weekly drawing: a Missouri Star Mini Barn Quilt, a Vintage Star Mini Barn Quilt kit along with a bundle of buttons and mod podge and a brush!  These are so adorable!




Thank them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram!

Moda Fabric

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Moda Fabrics sent me a plethera of amazing fabric prizes to distribute throughout the season!  Stop by before each challenge is announced to see what’s up for grab that particular week!
Thank them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram.

Perkins Dry Goods

perkins dry goodsSome special surprise goodies from Perkins Dry Goods will be on the prize list each week!
Thank her on facebook and follow her on Instagram


Sew Bittersweet Designs

sewbittersweet_button Melissa is generously offering two free patterns to one lucky winner for three different Project QUILTING Challenge of your choice from her Craftsy Shop!

Thank her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram!

Studio Cherie

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trioStudioCherie is going to be offering a free pattern to EVERY participant of one of the Project QUILTING Challenges – I’m keeping it secret until the day before the challenge starts so stay tuned!
The Grand Prize winner will be receiving this fabulous polka dot bag in the foreground of the picture from Cherie!  I so wish I could win!
Thank her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram!
and last but not least …

Therm O Web


Therm O Web will be donating three product prizes throughout the challenges!  I’m sure if you’ve read my blog at all you know that I adore Therm O Web products and consider myself lucky to be a designer for them!  These product prizes are going to come in handy during challenge seasons!
Thank them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram!
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So … after all that … are you excited yet!?  I know I am!  The first challenge will be posted Sunday, January 1st at noon, CST (aka Wisconsin Time). 

Words from Project QUILTINGs New Challenge Designer

Hi - This is Trish Frankland from QUILTchicken taking over Kim's blog today with a few words of advice and some ideas on getting ready for the start of Project QUILTING this coming Sunday, January 1.

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Photo: Trish sporting her Project QUILTING hoodie with Cedi, Capri, and Pip.   Photo Credit: Karmen Lindner Photography

I've been participating in Project QUILTING for a number of years, and Kim just recently announced that now in Season 8 I'm taking over as the challenge designer. I hope you're planning to participate this year - I've got some STELLAR challenge ideas cooked up, and I'll be sewing along with you, too, because I can't just step away from that part of the fun.

While the challenge timelines of Project QUILTING are only a week long, there ARE ways you can prepare and get ready without blackmailing me for insider knowledge of the challenge topics.

Sort your stash:

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Because the turn-around time on our PQ challenges is so short, you might not have the time to buy specifically for the challenge (certainly not from online stores, with delivery time). I try to work from stash for these challenges - not too much of a hardship, because I've been quilting (and collecting) for 16 years. But you don't have to have a giant fabric vault: I mean simply to find a way to use what you already have. Maybe sort scraps into color families or palettes, get out those fat quarter bundles that have been too pretty to untie, or even just group together a few fabrics into an inspiring stack. I've been making Christmas ornaments lately, and I've gathered all the festive scraps into a plastic baggie. It made clean-up easier, and I just know there will be some project this year that will be IDEAL for these red, green, snowflake and sparkly bits. (That's not a hint - sorry)

New techniques:

Do you have a gadget or whoseywhatsit you're just dying to try out? Project QUILTING is the fantastic way to experiment with new toys. Shiva paintstiks, fabric stamping, thread painting, Inktense pencils, 3D elements ... these are all great ideas to play with on a future PQ challenge. My advice is to work small and stay loose - give yourself a chance to screw up, start over, wreck it and then fix it.

Stockpile ideas:

I have a Pinterest board of inspiration for PQ challenges. I pin quilting techniques and blocks and even color palettes that I think I'd like to use some time. And don't limit your pins to quilts - one of my "Focus Through the Prism" quilts was inspired by (but not copied from) a print I found on Etsy. I try to keep my eyes peeled for any spark of inspiration that I can draw from on a future project.

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Cozies for Gel Air Fresheners made by Trisha Frankland – keeping it small is just fine!

Work small:

Consider creating small projects within this limited schedule. Don't start an ambitious bed quilt - maybe make a bed scarf instead? I make A LOT of table runners and wall hangings to meet these challenges because I work full-time and have frequent evening meetings. Sometimes I only have one evening to make my project, which means I've got to work quickly and efficiently. Plus, these ready-made small projects eventually make great gifts, easy donations for local fundraisers, and quick-change snuggle quilts in all the favorite napping spots of my cats. 16283928187_a9d89e7091_zThere have been several projects my 11-year old feline princess Scudaria claimed even as I was photographing them for entry!

Go easy on yourself:

Just remember: Done is done. You're eligible for Project QUILTING prizes just for finishing, and every piece doesn't have to be kissed by the quilting gods. Sometimes a quilt gets whomped with the ugly stick, but if you learned something THAT IS ENOUGH. Do it, get it done, and MOVE ON.

Good luck, and I can't wait to see what you make!

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PS – The Instagram GIVEAWAY loop is still happening!  Go HERE to see how to win some fabulous prizes!!!!!

Project QUILTING Huge Instagram Giveaway

Hello everyone!  Project QUILTING starts in just five days!  Can you believe that Season 8 is almost here?!  Right now there is a HUGE giveaway happening on Instagram!  You can head right on over to my account and see how you can win some amazing prizes!instagram-hop-art3

What’s up for grabs?

OVER $250 in prizes!!!!!!

The only way to win all these amazing prizes is on Instagram so be sure to go there to find out all the rules!

Now – I know that everyone doesn’t necessarily have instagram but I’m here to tell you that there will be TONS of amazing prizes just like the ones listed above up for grabs during the Season 8 Project QUILTING Challenges!

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What?  You’ve never heard of Project QUILTING?!  Well – have no fear!  I’m happy to explain it for you!

Project QUILTING is a series of six, one-week challenges that happen over a 12 week period at the start of each year.  The quilt challenge is posted right here on my blog on Sunday’s (in 2017 those exact days are: January 1st, 15th, 29th, February 12th, 26th, and March 12th).

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“Barn Bones” was made for an “Architectural Elements” Project QUILTING Challenge.  This piece aired on PBS along with me on a Nancy’s Corner segment of “Sewing with Nancy.”

Along with the challenge all of the rules you will need to follow for that particular challenge will be shared in each challenge post.  Basically you have to start and finish a quilt during the single week of the challenge and link up a picture/story to the link up post on my blog.  It is way easier than it sounds and I’ll be there to walk you through it every step of the way!  If you have no way to link up pictures from your own blog/instagram/facebook/flickr … you can always email it to me (lapaceksorchard@gmail.com) and I’ll happily do it for you!  My goal is to make this challenge as user friendly, stress free, and inspiration-full as possible!

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I finished this mini quilt “Orbital Eclipse” in just one night for a Project QUILTING challenge (and two other challenges I had to do).  Even if you’re crazy busy you can always make a small piece!  This one finished at 17” x 17”.

Did I lose you at “Finish a quilt in a week”?  I promise you it can be done!  In fact it’s been done 1,489 times since the inception of Project QUILTING in 2010.  Folks from 42 states, 5 provinces, and 10 countries other than the United States and Canada have even joined in the fun!  Later this week you’ll get to hear from our new “Challenge Giver” Trisha Frankland – she’ll be sharing with you some great tips to help you prepare yourself for these inspirational challenges!  As a bonus – once you finish the challenge for that particular week your name gets put in a hat and I draw winners randomly for the amazing prizes my sponsors have donated this year!Strings - Amazing Technicolor Dream Quilt

I made the “Amazing Technicolor Dream Heart” for a Project QUILTING Challenge.  This quilt was a bit of a push to finish in a week … lets just say the dishes and laundry where making some pretty piles.

Stay informed on what the challenges are by:

Hopefully this post at least peeked your interest in the upcoming season of Project QUILTING and you’ll decide to join in the fun!  And as I like to say … It’s Time to Think Outside the Square!

Christmas Day Sewing Project

Hello everyone!  Happy day after Christmas!  Are you all recovered from the festivities?  All I can say is I could eat lettuce and water for a week and I would probably still feel full!  Overall we had a wonderful holiday and it’s been fun watching the magic of it in our three girls. 

On Christmas Day one of our traditions is to do a little sewing … another is to play games.  This year Capri was really enjoying the games but Pip joined me for a little sewing.

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Together – Pip and I put together these three cute camper pincushions from kits I purchased from Jennifer Jangles HERE.  They were quick, easy and adorable!  I’m super excited to have these joining my rather large pincushion collection!  Pip was an excellent stuffer and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone enjoy putting pins into the pincushion quite so much before.

Did you do any sewing on Christmas?

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