Black Friday Deals at Therm O Web

Happy Black Friday everyone!  I love black friday– it’s a great day to stock up on things for the holidays AND supplies to keep me quilting, crafting, creating all year round!  Today I’m going to feature the fabulous deals you can find on the Therm O Web website.


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I’m a proud designer for Therm O Web which is the company that makes things like Fusible Interfacing and Deco Foil amongst other things!


Throughout the past few years I’ve shared with you projects I’ve done that have utilized Thermoweb products.  Above is a BOM I shared that featured decofoil.  Decofoil is a fun and easy way to add pizzazz to any quilting project!  You can even decofoil on rocks if you want!

chubby elephant mug rug

Thermoweb has a great product for paper piecing too - StitchnSew™ EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets – and you can see how it works on my post about my “Chubby Elephant” mug rug!

Another one of their products I absolutely love are the inkjet transfer sheets! They work great on dark or light fabrics. 

IMG_5489 - CopyMy favorite thing to do right now is to print pictures onto the lite fabric transfer sheets and fusing it to fabrics that then show through the picture.  It creates such an amazing “arty” effect – I just know I’ll be doing this more in the future!  See more about it on the “Time Warp” quilt post.

Keep an eye on the ThermoWeb blog for the next few weeks especially to get more great diy gift and ornament ideas!

memory tree

I posted a tutorial for making the “Memory Tree” ornament last year for the holidays. 

I recommend using this great sale to stock up on …

at the very least!  Be sure to check out the site and the blog for more great ideas and ways to use their fantastic projects. 

If you’re into challenges … *throat clear* like Project QUILTING … all these products are great to have at hand!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I live a blessed life – I have a great family, plenty (if not too much) food in my belly, a warm house, a comfy bed and of course – tons of quilts to keep me warm.


Today I am thankful for all of you.  Of everyone who reads my posts, likes my pictures on instagram, and keeps encouraging me to make.  I hope that my “making” is encouraging you to do so as well.

Lately I’ve been analyzing my brand and my goals.  What do I want to get from this little business of mine?  Well – I want to inspire you!  Somehow I’d like to make a little money doing just that but really, my main goal is inspiration. 


So thank you for letting me help inspire you to create through challenges like Project QUILTING and the Scrap Quilt Challenge.  I hope you continue to watch and be inspired as my creative journey continues to take me places that are unexpected!

Enjoy today with your families and friends! And thank you to all of you!


2017 Scrap Quilt Challenge Winners!

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Good morning everyone!  My apologies on the delay of announcing the winners of the 2017 Scrap Quilt Challenge!  With the end of apple season I just haven’t been able to catch up with things.  It’s going to work out to all of your benefit though … next years challenge will have a later due date!  Stay Tuned!

47 scrappy quilts were made for the challenge!  If you haven’t checked them out yet – I’ve posted the link up below!  Be sure to take a closer look at them all and share your encouragement and support to all these hard working quilters!

I used to determine the prize winners.



Urban Zoologie Charm Pack by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics goes to quilt 18!  Congratulations Kim Van Etten!



Backyard Roses by Nadra Ridgeway Charm Pack for Riley Blake Designs goes to quilt 5!

Congratulations Lisa Marie!



Pacific by Elizabeth Harman, Cool Colorstory Charm Pack for Robert Kaufman Fabrics goes to quilt 7!

Congratulations Anita SS!



Pacific by Elizabeth Harman, Warm Colorstory Charm Pack for Robert Kaufman Fabrics goes to quilt 34!

Congratulations Dale Hinshaw McMasters!



Doe by Carolyn Friedlander Charm Pack for Robert Kaufman Fabrics goes to quilt 25!

Congratulations tshfarm!



Free Spirit Charm Pack goes to quilt 17!

Congratulations Lynn of Quiltin 4 Fun!



The Kaffe Fasset Collective Charm Pack for Rowan Fabric goes to quilt 10!

Congratulations Carla!



Sun Print 2016 by Alison Glass Charm Pack for Andover Fabrics goes to quilt 3!

Congratulations lizquiltz!



Reel Time Charm Pack by Bridgette Heitland for Zen Chic for moda goes to quilt 1!

Congratulations bluefigquilts!



Artisan Batiks Charm Packs by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics goes to quilt 23!

Congratulations Slice of Pi Quilts!



A Tonga Treats for Timeless Treasures goes to quilt 6!

Congratulations Jo’s Adventures in Quilting!

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!

Quilt 46 …  Congratulations BeckyJeffers!

Quilt 33 ... Congratulations Jill M!

Quilt 22 … Congratulations theMama12!

and the last winner ….

Quilt 15 .. Congratulations Sewing Out of My Comfort Zone!

Head over to the main Scrap Quilt Challenge page to find out all the details for the next Scrap Quilt Challenge!

Great job everyone!  It’s been fun seeing what you’re all creating!

If you’re not in the Scrap Quilt Challenge Group on Facebook yet I highly recommend heading on over and signing up!


Looking for inspiration for next year!?

Here are a few of my favorite books great for “scrappy” quilts!

In Memory of Nancy Zieman

Earlier today an icon in the sewing and quilting industry – Nancy Zieman – passed away.  I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and chatting with Nancy Zieman about Project QUILTING three years ago.  It is a day I will never forget and I thought I’d share with you all my memory of the afternoon I spent with her.

I was extremely nervous.  I LOVE talking but I tend to get nerves before hand. I figure it wouldn’t be normal if I didn’t get at least a little nervous. 

Nancy Zieman and Kim LapacekOur segment was the final segment she had to tape that day and it had been a long day.  She was still gracious and poised through it all even though she had to be tired from being “on” all day.  She made me comfortable and ease as we chatted for just over 5 minutes about Project QUILTING.  I thought it would be a few takes on camera but after those five minutes of chatting they said, “That’s it!  We’re done.”  I was like, “What!?  I have no idea what I just said!?”  I was so in awe that I was actually talking to Nancy Zieman I couldn’t focus on the rest of what was happening!  Turns out the segment went really well even though I said, “Yup” ten million times and Nancy had to correct me when I said, “Wisconsin-time” instead of central time.  When it was all over she took the time to pose for a picture with me.  A few weeks later she sent me a thank you letter for being on the show with a set of her quilt cards. 

Nancy Zieman was an incredibly strong and talented woman. Her talent, inspiration, and work will be enjoyed and honored by so many of us for many years to come.

I would love for you to share your memories of Nancy Zieman with me below.  I know she’s impacted so many of us for the past 35 years.

Zephyr Table Runner–another quilted finish

Throughout the last few months I’ve been slowly working on a fun new table runner.  This runner was made for the Table Runner Bliss quilt along. I shared earlier the fabrics I chose for this project – of course they’re a bit unexpected.  Zephyr Kim Lapacek Persimon Dreams 3

I worked on the project slowly because of course it was apple season!  It was a great project for apple season though because I just worked on groups of different elements of the blocks when I had a few moments to sit down to my sewing machine.  Before I knew it – I had all the bits ready to put together into one table runner!Zephyr Kim Lapacek Persimon Dreams 2

And what a table runner it was!  This is quite the table runner finishing at 30.5” x 78.5”.  My friend Trish will love it though … she’ll just slide it to her side of the table when she’s visiting so she doesn’t stick to our table (lol – my girls LOVE syrup and honey and aren’t always the best at wiping it up after a snack).  Zephyr Tablerunner Kim Lapacek Persimon DreamsInitially I thought I was going to quilt this one myself but given its size and my time restraints with the orchard still up and running I decided to hand it over to the lovely and talented Kim Van Etten of Poynette, WI to do her magic.Zephyr Table Runner by Kim Lapacek Quilted by Kim Van Etten

The quilting she decided to do is just beautiful!  The sharp edges in the overall quilting design in portions of the quilt match beautifully with the sharp edges the piecing and fabric give to the quilt.  By not quilting so tightly in some places a secondary pattern “puffs” out of the quilt adding a fabulous bonus element to this piece.  I love just trusting her to do what she wants and seeing where that takes her!

Zephyr Kim Lapacek Persimon Dreams 4

This was the final day of the Table Runner Bliss Quilt Along … be sure to head over to Melissa Cory at Happy Quilting to see what she made today!  And take a look back to see what other fabulous creations were made from this great book!

Also check out #tablerunnerbliss on instagram to see what’s been happening! 

Selfish Sewing–A November Project QUILTING Off Season Challenge

Happy November!  Yes – I know … I’m late again!  Oh well!  This month, many of us start working on our holiday sewing and trying to figure out what we’re going to make for everyone else.  In fact, that’s pretty much what most of us do year round – sew for other people.  This month the Project QUILTING off season challenge is to – Sew Something for YOURSELF!

Dresden Neighborhood pattern by Kim Lapacek

I don’t care what you sew for yourself … just make something that makes you smile, that you enjoy and that you’re proud of!

I’m going to keep it super simple this month … just link up below your selfish sewing project to share with everyone!  The link closes just before Midnight, November 30th. Alternately, you may email the picture and description to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by Noon on Thursday, November 30th. 

Capri and Lucia with their chunky wee bags

  • Please use the hashtag #pqoffseason and #projectquilting 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!

The Finished Bella Skill Builder Quilt

For the last 9 months you’ve been watching as our blocks for the Fat Quarter ShopBella Skill Builder” have been put together.  Now – you get to see what each of our final quilts look like!  I’m sure you’re going to be so surprised to hear that mine is completely different than the example!

You can get the free finishing pattern here and it’s not too late to grab the Bella Skill builder Quilt Kits from the Fat Quarter Shop and press play with our friend and the Bella Skill builder quilt designer  Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life!


Instead of using just one fabric for the border I pieced together my leftover pieces to create a fun border. 

Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Leins

I only had bella solid fat quarter bundles to work with so it was going to have to be pieced either way … I figured I might as well make it interesting!

Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein

Once I had my quilt top pieced I sent it to Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts and let her do her quilting magic.  Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein And magic she did!Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein Every time I look at this quilt I see something new and fun in the quilting that I hadn’t noticed before!Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein

If you love this quilting as much as I do – you have an opportunity to take classes from Mandy!  She’ll be teaching at AQS Quilt Week in Paducah!  Find out more details HERE.

Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein

Every single grouping is uniquely and beautifully pieced – and to top it off, the quilting doesn’t distract or take anything away from design of the quilt.  That is pure magic in the world of quilts!

Bella Skill Builder Quilt by Kim Lapacek, Quilted by Mandy Lein

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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