Lopspeysa Quilt Finish–Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Happy Monday everyone!  I’m one of the weird ducks that actually LOVES my Mondays … it means that my orchard is closed and I get a day of rest (aka time to quilt and/or write).  Today I’m going to share with you one of my most recent quilt finishes for Amy’s Creative Sides’ Blogger Quilt FestivalLopspeysa Quilt by Kim Lapacek

A few months ago, the Lodi Valley Quilter’s Guild had Gudrun Erla of GE Designs come speak to our guild and teach a workshop.  It was a brilliant workshop and I learned so much.   We could choose from one of two quilts in her book “Big Blocks, Big Style” and I chose Lopspeysa.  Even though I feel that I’m a fairly decent quilter it is always fun to learn new things, new methods and new ways to look at design.  Gudrun did not disappoint.

Gudrun Erla and Kim Lapacek

As an added bonus – she taught us how to use her Creative Grids Stripology Ruler.  This ruler is a game changer when it comes to having to cut and I can’t recommend it enough.  Lopspeysa Quilt by Kim LapacekThe modern yet traditional look of Gudrun’s “Lopspeysa” quilt is striking but of course I had to change up how I put it all together.  The large area for solid just screamed “scrappy” to me so I pulled all of my fabrics turquoise tones and using strips of them created my own “solid” fabric.  I also used different beige fabrics and different light coral prints for the other two colors in this piece.  Lopspeysa Quilt by Kim LapacekKim Van Etten did a beautiful job quilting this piece for me.  I handed it over to her and told her to quilt it however it told her too.  She did an amazing job and I think her choices where absolutely perfect!  Lopspeysa Quilt by Kim LapacekThe back of this quilt is pieced with random pieces of turquoise fabric – sticking with the scrappy look.  Lopspeysa Quilt by Kim LapacekI think I might enter this quilt in a few shows over the next year or so but ultimately it is a piece I made for my cousin and new husband.  They have seen it and know it will be theirs soon but also are patiently waiting for me to be ready to part with it.

Now – be sure to head over to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival page and see what others are proudly sharing in this event!

Back To School Wee Zippy Pouches

I had a collection of gorgeous Fat Quarters of Meriwether fabric by Amy Gibson for Windham Fabric to work with and I knew right away I was going to make my girls Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches from Hunter’s Design Studios Chunky Wee Zippy Pouch Pattern.

IMG_7849If you haven’t tried Sam Hunter’s patterns yet – what are you waiting for?!  They are absolutely impeccably written and I love everything I’ve made from the!

Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches by Kim Lapacek

I made Pip a set with blue as the focus color.  The inside of the middle pouch is blue fabric but she (and I) just loved the big flower print too much to put it on the inside.

Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches by Kim Lapacek

Capri a set in “mint”.  Capri’s definition of mint is pretty broad and she was beyond thrilled with this little set of bags.

Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches by Kim Lapacek

Mercedi a set a set in pink – her favorite!

Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches by Kim Lapacek

And then a couple of extra of the big square pouches.

Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches by Kim Lapacek

I shared on Thermoweb’s blog how I added decofoil-ed initials for each of the girls’ bigger bags so be sure to head over HERE to check it out.

Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches by Kim Lapacek

The girls were beyond happy with these bags and I know there are more in my future to make!

Scrappy September–an Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge

I’m late!  It’s already September 7thand I haven’t posted this months off-season Project QUILTING Challenge!  Sorry to you all but considering I only give you a week during the regular season you’ll still have plenty of time to get a quilt made before September 30th!

Dreaming in Fabric - A Quilt by Kim Lapacek

Dreaming in Fabric – Scrappy Quilt by Kim Lapacek

1.  The challenge for September is “Scrappy September.”  Pull out those scraps and make something fabulous!  Maybe even make a scrappy quilt for this that also meets the requirements for the Scrap Quilt Challenge?  I love knocking two things off my list with one project!

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 (September 7th, 2017 through September 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 September 7th, finished by September 30th)

IMG_2328Scrappy Crown of Thorns – Scrappy Quilt by Kim Lapacek

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.

5. Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Saturday, September 30th, 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 Friday, September 29th. Yes - that deadline is earlier because it requires more work for Kim (which she is FINE with) but she has an apple orchard to run and won’t have time to link up after Friday night.

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 September 30th!

A bigger blade really IS better?! - Guest post by Trisha Frankland

A bigger blade really IS better?!

Hello again – it’s Trish Frankland (aka QUILTchicken) and today I’m sharing some thoughts as part of the 2017 Back to School blog hop.

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For years, I’ve avoided the temptation to buy every new quilting gadget that comes into my periphery. You too? Every other shiny tool promises faster, better, sexier results with little to no effort. Plus, you’ll lose 20 pounds and gain lustrous, flowing silken locks. Or not.

Still, I get sucked in. I’ve got a HUGE drawer full of acrylic measuring and trimming tools – many still in the wrappers. Some I’ve bought twice, and still never used.

But for 15 years I’ve been using the same 45 mm rotary cutter that was one of my first tool purchases. I’ve put a fortune’s worth of new blades on it, and it just keeps working. So why would I change my cutter?

Cue the voice of Gudrun Erla! She came to visit my local guild and introduced us to her Stripology rulers. (Did I mention I have a weakness for acrylic tools?) After showing how to use this fabulous tool, she then uttered the advice that changed my world: YOU’RE GOING TO NEED A 60mm BLADE.


See, you cut through slots in the Stripology ruler – so you’re losing cutting depth to the ruler: if you use a 45 mm blade, you can only cut a couple layers of fabric. Step up to a 60 mm blade and now you’re power cutting.

So next trip to the local quilt store I bought a 60 mm Olfa.

WOW is this a slick cutting experience! Not just with Gudrun's rulers. ALL. THE. TIME.

I'm not pushing fabric. I’m not recutting because I missed a section. I can stack fat quarters for days and I’m whipping through layers and layers all at once. I’m a precutting machine! I have 4 quilts cut out and bagged, just waiting for me to carve out time for sewing!

My quilting friends are all like, “Duh.”

I don’t know why it took me 15+ years of sewing to discover the 60 mm rotary cutter, but I have jumped on that bandwagon and I’m dancing a new jig.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some cutting to do …


Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to check out all the other amazing tips and tricks shared on this years Back to School Blog Hop.

The full schedule is HERE and Robin Koehler: Tips on How to Travel with Handwork is up tomorrow!

Month 8–Starburst Block–Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along

My kids go back to school in just five days which means … it’s September 1st!  And we all know that September 1st means that the next block of the Fat Quarter Shop “Bella Skill Builder” is revealed today!Logo

This month you’ll be making Starburst Blocks.  There are two special Creative Grid Rulers recommended for this block – the Creative Grids Starburst 30 Degree Ruler and the Creative Grids 12 1/2” Quilting Square Ruler.  I highly recommend the starburst ruler – it is a great ruler and has the potential to make many unique blocks that will add pizzazz to any quilt.  If you don’t have a 12 1/2” square ruler in your collection it is definitely worth adding the Creative Grid 12 1/2” square.  There are a few essential rulers that every quilter should have and I believe a 12 1/2” square is one of those.  I also use my 6 1/2” ruler, 6 1/2” x 24 1/2” ruler, and 6 1/2” x 12 1/2” rulers all the time.

Starburst Block by Kim Lapacek

I randomly pulled from my bella solid bundles stash to create these dynamic, scrappy looking Starburst blocks. 

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!

There’s a Facebook Group now too that you can share your work in!

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