Mini Friendship Pineapple Blocks

I realized I never shared with you the other teacher gifts we gave at the end of the school year.  I wasn’t original … it’s actually the same thing I made for the teachers last year – but in my defense it really is such a perfect little gift.

You can get these friendship pineapple kits from Fabrications by Doris in many different colors.  It comes with the pattern, the fabric, AND the gorgeous matte. I made for mini quilts this year.


One in Tulip

IMG_7344-001One in Deep Gems

IMG_7347-001 One in Blue Lagoon

IMG_7351-001 and one in Mahogany.

To finish the blocks off all I had to purchase was 6”x6” frames.  I bought them in bulk so I could keep using them for more Friendship Pineapples.  After these latest four it’s time for me to order some more frames!

linking up to Finish It Up Friday

Fiesta de Azucar coming your way

Hi - this is Trish Frankland (AKA Quiltchicken) and I'm taking over Kim's blog to tell you about something very exciting starting Saturday, July 1.

sugar skull

I'm nuts about skulls for myriad reasons and I'm so, so happy to announce that I'm participating (right here on Kim's blog) in the Fiesta de Azucar 2017 blog hop. You've heard of a block of the month? Well, this is sugar skull of the week! 

18839169_1714485218564818_4469998152105482409_nNine amazing designers have each created a unique sugar skull design, and we'll be rolling them out one at a time from July 1st through August 26th, 2017.

Once they're announced, each block pattern will be for sale for only $3 on the designer's blog, website, Etsy, or Craftsy.

Plus, if you stitch up any one or more of our Fiesta de Azucar 2017 blocks before October 30th and post it on our FB page, you'll be eligible to win some great prizes! Our hop's sponsors, Island Batik and Aurifil, have donated great prizes, with additional prizes added by the designers!

Visit and join our Facebook group "Fiesta de Azucar 2017" for details and to stay on top of the hop. 

I've had a sneak peek at all the designs, and I'm blown away by the creativity! I think you'll be inspired, too. I can't wait to show you mine (and I'm at the END of the hop, so I'll be in stitches FOREVER!)

Hope you join me in this fantastic, fun event!

Blog hop calendar:

Snail’s Trail Quilt–Classic and Vintage from the Fat Quarter Shop

Happy Friday everyone!  I’ll be spending the day at my daughter’s softball tournament and I can’t wait!  But before I head out … here’s my latest quilt finish – Headera Snail’s Trail Quilt for the Fat Quarter Shops Classic and Vintage Series.

IMG_3509I always have a good time with the Classic and Vintage Series from the Fat Quarter Shop.  This Snail’s Trail Quilt was no exception.  It was fun to pick random red, pink, orange and grey fabrics to create this unique twist on the classic.  There are so many unexpected combinations in there that each piece of fabric reveals something new!


Four snail blocks make a perfect size for either a table topper, wall hanging or baby quilt.  The design also lended itself perfectly for a fun curvy feather quilting design!  I’m not an expert yet but practice makes perfect … right … eventually …


Of course … I finished binding it earlier this week at my daughter’s softball game (happy summer)!!!  How many other softball mom’s are out there with a quilt, thread, needle and thimble cheering their kiddo’s on this summer?! 


Head on over to the Jolly Jabber to see what other blogger’s did with this Classic and Vintage Quilt Pattern and see how you can join in the fun!FlashSale-Banner2-min

PS – the Fat Quarter Shop’s Birthday Celebration Flash sale is still happening!  Head over now to make sure you don’t miss any of the fabulous deals!

Cherrywood Fabric Dresden Neighborhood

I’m so excited to share with you a new finish – my Cherrywood Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt! Cherrywood Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Kim Lapacek

I had so much fun picking out the fabrics for each of the houses.  The Cherrywood grab bags are perfect for the houses, doors, windows and roofs! 

Cherrywood Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Kim Lapacek

I just love how the Cherrywood fabrics look like suede!  The pack is pieced with two different blue fabrics … not easy to see but a fun little addition when you look closer.

Cherrywood Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Kim Lapacek

The piece is quilted using 100% Aurifil thread!  It’s a dream to quilt with and has so many different color options you can’t go wrong!

Cherrywood Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Kim LapacekI would love to see your work when you’re finished (or in the process)!  I do recommend getting a Dresden Plate ruler for this quilt – this is the one I use HERE.  Be sure to share my facebook group – Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek so you can share and see what others are up to!

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday!

Caravan of Geese–New Pattern Release

Good morning everyone!  I’m super excited to share with you a new quilt pattern I’ve just released – TODAY.  It’s a fun and easy pattern that I hope you check out.

Caravan of Geese Quilt by Kim Lapacek

It’s for my quilt “Caravan of Geese.” 

This quilt is pieced by me, quilted by Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb and it uses Quilters Dream Blend Batting.

This quilt is full of scrappy fun! The amount of cutting necessary may seem daunting, but if you break it up it’s manageable. My favorite thing about a scrappy quilt is all the memories it contains from previous projects.  It is also the PERFECT pattern for the “Scrap Quilt Challenge” happening right now!

For this project, the scrappier the better: just make sure your fabrics are a good mixture of values (dark, medium and light) for a dynamic, fun quilt. This would be a great quilt for a swap too … you could swap fabrics, half square triangles and/or flying geese!  Seriously – the more mix the better the quilt!

Caravan of Geese Quilt by Kim Lapacek

“Caravan of Geese” is currently only offered as a pdf pattern but will be printed soon for Local Quilt Shops interested in carrying it.  Caravan of Geese Quilt by Kim LapacekMore photo’s of this quilt in the blooms coming soon from the lovely and talented Karmen Lindner Photography.

Hand Print Owl Quilt–Kindergarten Graduation

Last week was a whirlwind around here.  The last day of school was on Wednesday, June 7th so of course I spent the first few days of the week finishing up teacher gifts and mentally preparing myself for the girls home for the summer.

The last half of the week was spent enjoying the first few days off with my girls, softball games, swimming, basketball tournaments and some fabulous house guests.  Today I’m trying to get a bit more on a schedule.  I have to admit though – in the summer I like to just let things happen and be happy with whatever gets done or doesn’t get done.  Soon enough it will be apple season and then soon after that – school will start again.

Today I want to share with you some photos from my babies (Pip) graduation. 


Pip had a phenomenal teacher!  I was so grateful for that!  I had a really hard time having her away from me and in school full time and having her with such a spectacular person helped make it easier on me.  I should tell you – Pip had absolutely no problem being away from me – she LOVED school!

Kinder Grad-7Here is a picture of Pip and her classmates!  (photo courtesy of A Thousand Words Photography)Kinder Grad-8

And here are some photo’s of Pip’s teacher opening her gift.  (photo courtesy of A Thousand Words Photography)Kinder Grad-9

We made a very special gift for her teacher – a handprint owl quilt.  You can see all the details on how you can make one (or something similar) on Thermoweb’s blog HERE.

hand print owl quilt by Kim Lapacek and Mrs. Pafford's 2017 Kindergarten Students

I had a lot of fun doing this quilt and am so happy that Pip’s teacher will have something to remember her last year of Kindergarten.  (photo courtesy of A Thousand Words Photography)

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After 17 years as a Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Pafford, is moving to the 2nd grade next year.  I’m super excited for her but know that the she will be greatly missed in Kindergarten. (photo courtesy of A Thousand Words Photography)Kinder Grad-95All the kids helped to make a poem for Mrs. Pafford using the letters of her name.  Pip was “Stupendous” for the “s” in Mrs. (photo courtesy of A Thousand Words Photography)IMG_7427-001And just like that … I have a first grader …


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Month 5–Half Square Triangle–Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along

Happy June … 2nd!  Whoops!  I completely spaced and forgot to share with you my blocks for the 5th month of the Fat Quarter Shop “Bella Skill Builder”. 


I used a lot of different scraps of my bella solids to make my half square triangles.  It was a great way to help bring unity to my crazy, scrappy quilt!

half square triangle blocks by kim lapacek

I used the 3" Half Square Triangle Paper Triangles on a Roll to make my half square triangles for this block.  half square triangle paperIt helped make them perfectly with no trimming down or squaring up!  Definitely a trick I’d use again!

random piecing

Once all my triangle units were made I put them in a bag.  (I was at a quilting retreat when I worked on this).

random piecing

For the next step I blindly grabbed the units and sewed them together in the proper orientation.  Once they were in pairs, I sewed the pairs together randomly and finally I sewed the strips together – all randomly!

half square triangle block by kim lapacek

Sometimes the same squares were right next to each other …

half square triangle block by kim lapacek

and I’m totally okay with that!  Sometimes it’s way too stressful to make sure things don’t get grouped together … but look at how interesting they look when groups are formed. 

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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sew sampler blox

Have you signed up for the “Sew Sampler” box from the Fat Quarter Shop?  I’ve been a member for about 6 months now and it’s something I look forward to each month!  Also a great gift idea for the quilter in your life!

June Buggy–An Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge

I can’t believe it’s already June!  My girls have 3.5 days of school left so I have 3.5 days left to sew and write uninterrupted!  Right now I’m rushing to get teacher gifts made.  You can watch the progress I’m making on the handprint quilt for Pip’s teacher in my Instagram Stories and photos.  (I’m PersimonDreams on Instagram).

lady bugs

Mini Urban Zoologie Red Ladybugs Fabric

We had 10 quilts made in May for the “May I” challenge plus a few more that just didn’t link up on time – no worries!  I’m adding another link up so those that are still inspired by the theme “May I” can share there project!  Just head over to the “May I” post here and scroll to the bottom to find it.

Let’s see what challenge is in store for you this June -


Bugs Collection Fabric by Judy Quintero

June Buggy

june bug

1. Your project should be inspired by the theme “June Buggy”.  Feel free to interpret that however pleases you.

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 (June 1st, 2017 through June 30th, 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 June 1st, finished by June 30th)
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 Friday, June 30th, 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.

baby bugs quilt

Baby Bugs Quilt Pattern by Honey, Bunny, and Doll Quilt Desgins


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!

dontbugmequiltpattern40101_aiid311816Don’t Bug Me Quilt Pattern by Castilleja Cotton


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 June 30th!

Beetle Bling - Bronze & Jade

Beetle Bling Fabric by Samalah


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