The Chaos of Spring–A Finished Quilt

I didn’t think I would make the deadline for the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge.  Two weeks ago I came down with a decent cold.  One week ago I was in PAIN with an ear infection.  Man – adult ear infections are the worse!


Once the pain was under control I was left with a plugged ear.  Not being able to hear my kiddos fight as loudly wasn’t the worse thing ever BUT having a clogged ear makes you DIZZY!  I could only spend about 20 minutes at a time doing any project without having to lay down to gain my bearings again.  UGH!  Trust me – I’m a go go go person (I know this is shocking to some of you) so having to spend time just laying around for a week was annoying.  Finally I just decided to power through and get ‘er done.  IMG_7255

This is what I came up with. I call it “The Chaos of Spring” and it is my entry for the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge as well as the off season Project QUILTING Challenge “May I.”IMG_7258

At the beginning of May the ground is brown and ugly but as we progress through May the grass turns green, the leaves pop on the trees and flowers bloom.  This quilt depicts the chaos of the world as it transitions from brown to green.


This piece is free form pieced. I just kept sewing random strips together, cutting them up and sewing them together again.  The quilting needed to be kept simple since the piecing is so busy.  I did a wavy-straight stitch and then mixed in a few design bubbles into the mix.  I used three different colors of Aurifil thread – blue, pink, and green.

I added a flange around the edges before I bound it in scraps too.  It completes the whole “chaotic” look I was going for.

Scrap Quilt Challenge–Prizes Up for Grabs!

It’s about time!  Let’s see what great prizes are up for grabs for randomly drawn winners of the Scrap Quilt Challenge.  Haven’t started your quilt for the Scrap Quilt Challenge yet?  No worries!  You still have plenty of time! Go HERE to find out all the details.


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Prize 1


Urban Zoologie Charm Pack by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Prize 2


Backyard Roses by Nadra Ridgeway Charm Pack for Riley Blake Designs

Prize 3


Pacific by Elizabeth Harman, Cool Colorstory Charm Pack for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Prize 4


Pacific by Elizabeth Harman, Warm Colorstory Charm Pack for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Prize 5


Doe by Carolyn Friedlander Charm Pack for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Prize 6


Free Spirit Charm Pack

Prize 7


The Kaffe Fasset Collective Charm Pack for Rowan Fabric

Prize 8


Sun Print 2016 by Alison Glass Charm Pack for Andover Fabrics

Prize 9


Reel Time Charm Pack by Bridgette Heitland for Zen Chic for moda

Prize 10


Artisan Batiks Charm Packs by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Prize 11


A Tonga Treats for Timeless Treasures

Prize 12 – 15


And four (4) Orange Peel Templates that were a mis-cut – 10 3/4” x 4 3/4”.  They don’t fit a precut but they are PERFECT for scrap busting!


I hope you decided to join in the fun and enter one of your scrap quilts!  In the meantime be sure to join the community we’ve created over on facebook in the “Scrap Quilt Challenge” group.

Baby Lock Lyric WINNER!

Last November I finished my quilt “Sake Bomb” for the Modern Quilts “Unlimited Everything Old is New Again Challenge”. 

Sake Bomb Quilt by Kim Lapacek

There was voting and I hounded everyone for their votes, and my friends hounded their friends for votes for me and then their friends hounded their friends for votes and so forth.  The team effort paid off and I was proudly chosen as the winner!  It was surreal!  I won an amazing prize pack that included tons of fabric from Michael Miller, a prize basket from Modern Quilts Unlimited, piles of batting from Mountain Mist, and a fantastic amount of thread from Superior Threads.  It’s been amazing!

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The other week my final prize arrived at my door … a brand new Lyric sewing machine from Baby Lock!

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This is the first time I’ve ever won a sewing machine and I have to admit it felt pretty awesome.

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The Lyric is all set up and has been played on and sewed on.  I know this may sound silly to many but the automatic threading on this machine is incredible!  So quick, easy and no hassle.  It has TONS of gorgeous stitch options (perfect for making the Dresden Neighborhood) and I don’t know about you, but once you have a machine that cuts it’s own thread it’s hard to go back – and don’t worry, the Lyric cuts its own thread.

Thank you to all the sponsors for the prizes and thank you to all of you for voting for my quilt!  I couldn’t have done it without you!

Toe Shoes–A Quilted Art Piece

This past weekend we celebrated Cedi’s 6th recital, Capri’s 5th recital and Pip’s 3rd recital with Miss Erin of Center Stage Dance Academy.  It was an amazing (two) recitals and I can’t say enough good things about the girls’ teacher – Miss Erin.

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She gave an amazing speech before the first recital and my favorite quote from it was “It’s not your label that defines you but your dreams.”  Seriously – not sure if I could ask for a better role model for my three girls.

Toe Shoe Art Quilt by Kim Lapacek

I just had to make Miss Erin a little gift for all of her hard work, dedication and love for my girls. 

Toe Shoe Art Quilt by Kim Lapacek

I share the whole process of this piece “toe shoes” at the ThermOWeb blog HERE.Toe Shoe Art Quilt by Kim Lapacek

But let me just say – I’m having a lot of fun using the HeatNBond®’s Inkjet Transfer Sheets.  It’s such a cool way to transfer a picture to fabric and if you use the sheets made for light fabrics the pattern of the fabric comes through the picture.  Definitely my new favorite technique!

I still have about 300 photos to edit but here are a few from the recital on Saturday …


The three girls pre-recital!


Pip in her dance!




And Cedi.

I’ll admit – I teared up quite a few times on Sunday.  It’s so cool to see kids thoroughly loving showing everyone what they’d been working hard on.

Aurifil Artisan - 2017

Woot! Woot!  I’m super excited to announce that I’m officially an  Aurifil Artisan for 2017! I LOVE Aurifil Thread and I couldn’t be happier!


Check out who else will be working with Aurifil this year on the AuriBuzz!

May I–A May Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge

bleeding heart 2017Hello everyone!  Happy Cinco de Mayo!  I realized this morning that I completely spaced to post the May Project QUILTING Off-Season Challenge for Project QUILTING.  We’re going to keep it simple and stick with the wide open theme…

May I?

That’s it – May I?  Simple.  Feel free to interpret “May I” however you’d like.  Make it whatever size you like. 
Consider adding a few personal rules of your own for these off season challenge – like all 24-inch quilts, or each one must have a flying geese block in it somehow, or they all have to be star wars themed … etc.  Just share in your post how it was inspired by “May I” and anything else you want folks to know about your piece.
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1. Your project should be inspired by the phrase “May I?”
2. Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline (May  5th, 2017 through May 31, 2017). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 
3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after May 5th, finished by May 31st)
4. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
  • Include patchwork.
  • Include appliqué.
  • Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine. 55
5. Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, at noon CDT. Alternately, you may email the picture and description to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by 11am on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017. Yes - that deadline is one hour earlier because it requires more work for Kim (which she is FINE with).
When you create your PQ entry's blog post or instagram or flickr image, please include:
  • a description of your creative process,
  • the overall size of your project (it's so hard to tell in a picture!)
  • where you are (ie, I create in Lodi WI)
If you decide to just directly upload your image to the link up party please email Kim {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} this information so she can share it with everyone else.


Please use the hashtag #pqSeason8 when posting on social networking sites to help spread the word about this fabulous quilting challenge!

Share progress pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and your blog - seeing your process and how you get to the final project is part of the fun!

If you can, post your project to the Project QUILTING Flickr Group because that's how I make mosaics and it's fun to see them grouped together there.

Make sure you like Project QUILTING on Facebook.

We have created a ‘Challenge Quilts’ Facebook Group for you to share your thoughts, questions, and friendship on PQ and other quilting challenges. Just ask to join.

With that – good luck and have fun!


logo_crafty_sewing_150x150Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing and Quilting has generously offered to give each participant  a PDF Downloadable Pattern from her Craftsy Pattern Store!  How cool is that?  When you finish the challenge and link up to the post just email Marcia {marcia (at) craftysewing (dot) com} to redeem your prize!

Be sure to LINK UP your finished projects by Noon on May 31st!

Month 4–Flying Geese–Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along

Happy May Day!  When I was a kid we would fill a basket with flowers and treats, leave it on the neighbors doorstep, ring the doorbell and run away. Instead of flowers and treats I’m going to share with you the blocks for the 3rd month of the Fat Quarter Shop “Bella Skill Builder”.


The block assignment for this month is not too intense – just 12 flying geese blocks sewn into three rows to be placed within the quilt.  I love flying geese – they look more complicated to piece than they are and make a great addition to any quilt!


I used a lot of different scraps of my bella solids to make the flying geese blocks.  It was a great way to help bring unity to my crazy, scrappy quilt!

It’s not required but the “Small Flying Geese Ruler” helps to trim your blocks perfectly!

Now head on over to the Jolly Jabber to see what other bloggers and quilters are doing with their Bella Sampler Quilts!  It’s so fun to see all the different versions!


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