Two for Teal Mini Swap

Hey everybody - this is Trish Frankland (aka QUILTchicken) and it's time again to talk about a project close to my heart: the Two for Teal Mini Swap fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

This is a fun annual event coordinated by Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Design. It's $15 to sign up ($18 for Canadians), you receive a piece of inspiration fabric to include in your project, and you're paired with another quilter. Then, it's swap away!

This is a cause close to my heart because I'm a 12-year ovarian cancer survivor. I was lucky - mine was caught early - but many others don't get that same advantage. And so I work to offer HOPE, I work to raise awareness, and I work to raise money for research.

Ribbons? I'd Rather Have Thread

Last year over 400 quilters came together to raise more than $4,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. It's a great cause, it's a great time, and you get a really cool little gift from some other awesome quilter who may be your new best friend. YES!


Do you know the signs of ovarian cancer? Most frequently, the symptoms include 1) bloating, 2) pelvic or abdominal pain, 3) trouble eating, 4) urinary symptoms. These same symptoms can result from other, benign causes. But a persistence or severity of symptoms OR a change in your own personal "normal" are always reasons to see professional examination.

Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap registration is open now and will be open until 8/29/17 or until the cap of 650 registrants is reached. 

Be a part of the community chatter by joining the Teal Mini Swap facebook page.  It's a great group of like-minded people who are supportive and encouraging. When the swaps start happening, the Facebook group is also where people post pictures, so you get to see all the awesome creativity.

The donation to OCRF will be made in September, and the final amount raised will be announced on the Two for Teal Facebook page.

Click HERE to register for this swap.

Fiesta de Azucar week #4

Just a reminder that the blog hop for Fiesta de Azucar is going on right now. Nine talented designers each created a custom sugar skull design. Buy the patterns for $3 and complete a project using one or more to be eligible for great prizes! Join the Facebook group to read more
Here on Persimon Dreams we're hosting week #9 with a design made by Trish Frankland (aka QUILTchicken) and that will go live Saturday, August 26th. Trust me - you don't want to miss this inspired design!18839169_1714485218564818_4469998152105482409_n

But in the meantime, check out the other four blocks that have been published - especially this week's entry by my friend Cheryl Sleboda over at Her design is a variation of her logo, and of course it's got eyebrows that are ON FLEEK.

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Designs are released each Saturday morning, and we'll see you back here August 26 for Trish's design.


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Spelling Bee Book by Lori Holt

Fabulous Giveaway at the Fat Quarter Shop

This is such a fabulous giveaway that it deserved a blog pot about it.fqs-giveaway-pinktext

The Fat Quarter Shop is teaming up with Bernina to giveaway a special edition Cotton + Steel Hello Lovely B350 sewing machine!  Seriously!?  How amazing is this!!!!?!fqs-giveaway1

Watch this video to see a little bit more about this wonderful machine that is being GIVEN AWAY.Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric and Supplies

Click through to The Fat Quarter Shop’s blog to enter through Rafflecopter. Each task will give you one entry, for a total maximum of 7 entries. This giveaway will end on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at midnight CST, and the winner will be drawn at random and announced on July 26, 2017.

Good luck!

The Mug Club–Christmas in July Sew Along

One of my favorite designers – Kid Giddy – and her sister – Moss & Lotus are starting another fun Sew Along this July.  Last year, you may remember the Sweater Quilt Along they ran – what fun!

This year – from July 5th through December 15th designers from all over the world will be making and sharing their finished mug club block on instagram.


Today is my day!

I chose to make the Soho Mug from Moss & Lotus’s Mug Club Series 2 collection.  It was the perfect size to fussy cut and feature my hipster santa on the mug!
This block went together fast and has a great impact.  I can’t wait to make a few more of them and then make them into mug rugs for perfect holiday gifts!  I can’t believe how far ahead I’m already getting. 

You can join in the fun too!  (Did I mention you can win prizes!?) Here's how:
@mossandlotus and @kidgiddy have both designed 6 different mugs – kidgiddy has a bonus mug in her set and mossandlotus has some awesome bonus pieces that can allow you to make a teapot, sugar bowl and of course a cookie jar too!   (I’m pretty sure I’m going to HAVE to make the teapot, sugar bowl, tea set for Capri … she collects them!  What a perfect little mini quilt idea!)

Both sets of patterns are linked below and are instant pdf downloads.

More details can be found on KidGiddy and/or mossandlotus’ instagram accounts!  Just click any picture with a mug on it!

I can’t wait to see what your mugs look like!  Keep an eye on all the fantastic creations by watching the hashtags #TheMugClub and #TheMugClubSAL.

Prime Day is Almost Here!

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

I promise you won’t see posts like the following one on my blog too often but it’s a great opportunity for me to make a little bit of money to help support the time I spend working on blogs and challenges for my readers.  Plus – there are honestly a ton of great deals – many of which I’ll be taking advantage of myself.

So – tomorrow is Prime day on Amazon – which technically starts tonight.

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

To take advantage of these fantastic deals you MUST be a Prime Member – which you can join and be for FREE for 30 days! 

I’m an Amazon Prime member and my favorite things about it is the fast, free shipping.  I also love the Prime Video which I get to watch tons of shows and movies for FREE.  It also makes it super easy for me to rent movies instead of going to a Red Box or something similar.  We live in the country and while Red Box is a great deal for many – we NEVER remember to return our movies in a timely manner so they end up being ridiculously expensive.

Now let’s take a look at the deals.

Get 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99

I haven’t tried Amazon Music yet but I’ve heard from others it’s pretty sweet.

I know I’ll be browsing all the select items so I can find great deals on anything I “need” - 20% back on select items on Prime Day with an Amazon Prime credit card

So – now you know that Amazon Prime day start tonight and goes through tomorrow!  Don’t forget you have to be a Prime member to take advantage of these deals.

And – after this post – it will be back to news from the sewing and quilting world I live in!

Orange Slice Hot Pad–a Finish

A bit ago I got a new book – “simple, fun & quickly done” by Terry Atkinson.  It includes 18 easy-to-sew table runners, bags, pillows and more.  I’m digging the different projects in the book.  They’re just like the title says – they’re simple, fun and quick! 


The first project I tackled is this fantastic orange slice hot pad.  Isn’t it adorable?  Wouldn’t this make a great Christmas gift?  I think I’ll be making fruit slice sets (orange, lime, and lemon) for family … hmmm .. they would also make cool teacher gifts for the start of the year (or Christmas).


I finished binding this little orange guy at a softball game so I had to take a picture with the proper background. 

Also, I think I may try to do a watermelon one … green outside, white, and then red polka dotted fabric perhaps? 


I know it’s only July but it’s not a bad idea to get started on some of those gifts you want to make.  Just browsing through the book I know this is a great resource for some adorable, unique things. The Bacon-and Eggs Hot Pad is on my list next … it’s a perfect project for the “Summer Sizzle Project QUILTING Challenge!”

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday

Dresden Neighborhood Round Up

Hi everyone!  It’s time again to look at some of the amazing Dresden Neighborhood Quilt folks are making all around the globe!

If you’d like your neighborhood featured (or any quilt you’ve made using a pattern of mine) you can email it to me – and/OR you can join my new facebook group – Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek and share it there!  Be sure to let me know if I have permission to share it (giving you credit of course)!

Dresden Neighborhood Quilts made by Martha Lindberg

Martha Lindberg  teaches my Dresden Neighborhood to folks in Texas.  Here’s the sample quilt she made with 6 Wonky houses all done.

Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Carol Ann Blank

Check out the fabulous quilt Carol Ann Blank from Muskego, WI finished!  The roofs are perfect!  And that FLAG!!!!  Love!Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Rhonda Ferguson

This ghostly Dresden Neighborhood was made by Rhonda Ferguson and she’ll be teaching a class on August 3rd, 10:30-1:30 at Quilted Works.

Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Greenbrier Designs

This version by Ania Reich made by Greenbrier Designs is absolutely jaw dropping!!! 

Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by carolshepp

Check out this brilliant bright color Dresden Neighborhood by carolshepp!  I love the circular quilting on this one and the cloudy background fabric!

Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Marcia Wachuta of Marcia's Crafty Sewing & Quilting

I think it’s safe to say that Marcia’s having fun with my pattern!  I love seeing how she tweaks it each time!

Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Greenbrier DesignsGreenbrier Designs shared this Dresden Neighborhood that was made during classes at Sewingly Yours.  If you check out the instagram post you can see some progress photos too!

Dreden Neighborhood Pillow by pakafn

pakafn made her Dresden Neighborhood into a pillow!  How perfect is that!?

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BayleeBarkley made this gorgeous Dresden Neighborhood for a rainbow mini swap!  I have fabric envy!

Are you a quilt shop and would like to carry my Dresden Neighborhood pattern!?  Awesome!  You can find my wholesale listing HERE

PS – if you sent me your neighborhood or tagged me in a post and you don’t see yours on my round up please send it again!  I need to come up with a better system for keeping things organized and when I went to find them all for the round up I know I missed some!  I LOVE them all!

Previous Round Ups

Recommended Dresden Plate Ruler

Summer Sizzle–July Off Season Project Quilting Challenge

When Trish Frankland sent me the theme for this months off season Project QUILTING challenge of “Summer Sizzle” I knew immediately what my piece would be based off!  The trick in these summer months is trying to find the TIME to make something!  I love summer – I get to hang out with my kiddo’s, go on adventures, and do art projects … but I have little time for me and for sewing.  These little challenges each month are ensuring that I find at least a little bit of time to create something in my quilting studio!IMG_2645

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1. Your project should be inspired by the theme “Summer Sizzle”.  Feel free to interpret that however pleases by Karmen Lindner Photography
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 (July 1st, 2017 through July 31st, 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 July 1st, finished by July 31st)
4. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:IMG_3195
  • 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 Monday, July 31st, at 11:55pm CDT. Alternately, you may email the picture and description to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by Noon on Monday, July 31st. Yes - that deadline is earlier because it requires more work for Kim (which she is FINE with) and she isn’t staying up until Midnight on the due date of the challenge.
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 #pqoffseason 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 11:55pm on July 31st!

Where you late to the party but still inspired by the Summer Sizzle Challenge?  No worries!  Link up below and share your creation!

Month 6–Courthouse Steps–Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along

Happy July 1st everyone!  Summer is just flying in our household but someone I didn’t forget that today is the day to share the next block of the Fat Quarter Shop “Bella Skill Builder”.Logo

This month the featured block is the classic Courthouse Step block.  Of course I had to have fun playing with all of my random Bella Solids that I’m using for my quilt to see what I could come up with.  It’s so crazy how fabric placement can really change the look of a design.IMG_5913

The Creative Grids 6” Log Cabin Trim Tool is recommended for this block and I agree that it definitely helped me make these blocks perfectly.  IMG_5914

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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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!

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