Month 9–Solids for the Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along

Good evening everyone!  It’s been a beautiful weekend here in Poynette, WI which means we had lots of visitors at Lapacek’s Orchard.  I’m going to admit … I haven’t gotten very far – whoops!

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I did manage to cut the plates out between customers earlier in the week.  IMG_1078

Oh well – you’ll just have to watch my progress over the next month as I work on it in my spare moments of time!  So far I have the start of my neighborhood Dresden sewn together … oi!  I have some work to do!

Now it’s your turn!  Let’s see what you come up with for your Dresden Neighborhood for the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL!  Feel free to share photos in my facebook group “Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek”, post to instagram with the hashtag #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL.  If you’re not feeling solids – feel free to use whatever theme/idea you have!

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Apples–A September Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge

September is here and my girls are off to school.  As many of you who follow me know, it’s also apple season for my family at our apple orchard – Lapacek’s Orchard

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How are the off season challenges different from a normal challenge?  The biggest differences are that you get a whole month (or almost a whole month) to complete the challenge and there are no prizes!  These challenges are here for inspiration and camaraderie (are you in the Challenge quilt group yet?)

Apples

This month I want to challenge you to make a quilt based on the theme “Apples”.  I’m putting this challenge out there for a selfish reason. I would love if a bunch of people all made these quilts that I could share via social media to help promote apple season (with proper credit to the maker of course!).  Quilts can be big, little, tiny, classic, modern, or arty – just make sure we can see at least one apple on it!

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THE RULES:
1. Your project should be inspired by the theme “Apples!”
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 5th, 2018 through Sept 30th). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 
3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the time frame of the challenge (started on or after September 5th, finished by September 30th)
4. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least oneof these requirements:
  • Include patchwork.
  • Include appliqué.
  • Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.

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5. Link up a blog post, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Sunday, Sept 30th at 8pm CDT. Alternately, you may email the picture and description to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by 7pm on Sunday, September 30th. 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, 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.

apple love

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKING:
  • Please use the hashtag #pqOffSeason and/or #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!
  • 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.

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Month 8: Black and White Kim-Style for the Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along

Hello everyone!  It’s been a crazy day!  I started out my day with the lovely ladies of the Mt Horeb Hands All Around Quilt Group where I gave my talk “Challenge Quilts”.  The ladies were lovely and seemed to really enjoy the talk.  It was also fun because my two oldest daughters played “Vanna” for me for the first time.  Then it was home for a few hours before we had to head over to the optometrists to get eyes checked.  Two need glasses and one is good.  Tonight my parents took two of my kiddo’s for the weekend and Cedi’s going to stay home with us to help us prep for apple season at Lapacek’s Orchard.  Whew!  It was a busy day! (Did I mention the older two also had basketball camp to go to tonight).

The paragraph above is just a tiny glimpse at the crazy the summer at my house has been.  My dreams of sewing all day long, organizing my recently flooded sewing room, and writing up new patterns quickly dissolved and flew out the window.  But the memories I made with my kids was well worth the time lost!

Black and White Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek

I have still found tiny bits of sewing time and that includes getting the Dresden Neighborhood blocks for the sew along done.  The theme for this months’ #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL is Black and White … Kim Style. Now … my block is not quite done.  It still needs roofs, doors, windows and a center circle but you can get the idea of where I’m going with this.  Black and White fabricsOn Tuesday, I was at Blue Bar Quilts picking up the quilts from my “Challenge Accepted.” quilt exhibit and I picked up a few … well … 20 fun black and white fat quarters to cut into for my latest Dresden Neighborhood. There were just so many fun ones I couldn’t resist.

black white and orange dot fabricWhat makes this a black and white …Kim Style theme is that not all the fabrics I chose are purely black and white.  There’s one print that looks almost like it’s cream instead of white but if you look really close there are actually tiny orange dots in there!  I just LOVE that surprise! 

stripes in black and fuchsia

I couldn’t resist.  I also have a black stripe print that is mixed with fuchsia stripes in the opposite direction creating the image of polka dots.  And of course there’s also a bit of gold mixed in on one of the black fabrics … just because I could.  But really … this is a Black and White themed neighborhood …right Trish!?

Black and White Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek

I contemplated finding a very neutral background … a subtle grey or even a white … but I just couldn’t.  Instead I picked this “Fiesta Fun Happy Streamers” fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I think I prefer it in the vertical orientation but I have until the quilt is put together to make the final decision on that.

Now … for the roofs … I’m thinking that a black house may have a black roof, and white with a white roof … or … we’ll see what happens!  Stay tuned and watch my instagram account to see what I’m up to as I finish this block up!

Now it’s your turn!  Let’s see what you come up with for your  Dresden Neighborhood for the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL!  Feel free to share photos in my facebook group “Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek”, post to instagram with the hashtag #DresdenNeighborhoodSALand/or link up below! If you’re ok with me sharing your version of the Dresden Neighborhood please let me know!  I love to do round ups on the blog.

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    Summer Festivals–An August Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge

    Oops!  I did it again!  It’s August 8th and I’m just now getting to posting the August Project QUILTING Off Season Challenge.  Because of that I’ll give you a little extra time to finish your piece … through the Labor Day vacation … so projects will be due Tuesday, September 4th.
    I’m currently frantically trying to finish a bunch of things … the new map for the orchard, packing for my “Challenge Quilt” Talk in Mount Horeb tomorrow, and making my Dresden Neighborhood for the sew along that I have to share tomorrow.  Oi!  I definitely need to work on my time management this summer.

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    How are the off season challenges different from a normal challenge?  The biggest differences are that you get a whole month (or almost a whole month) to complete the challenge and there are no prizes!  These challenges are here for inspiration and camaraderie (are you in the Challenge quilt group yet?)

    bay beach

    Summer Festivals!

    As summer winds down so does festival season.  I don’t know about you but these are always some of my favorite things to attend.  My hometown has “Fish Day” every year, the town just down the way from me has “Susie the Duck Days” and of course there are state and county fairs.  Your challenge is to be inspired by one of these festivals.
    Fullscreen capture 882018 32041 PMTHE RULES:
    1. Your project should be inspired by the theme “Summer Festivals!”
    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 (Aug 8th, 2018 through Sept 4th). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 
    3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the time frame of the challenge (started on or after August 8th, finished by September 4th)
    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, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Tuesday, Sept 4th 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 Tuesday, September 4th. 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, 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.
    fair days
    SOCIAL MEDIA LINKING:
    • Please use the hashtag #pqOffSeason and/or #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!
    • 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.

    Patchwork Apple Potholder

    Apple season is less than a month away (21 days if we’re counting)!!!! When I heard my newest assignment for ThermOWeb was to create a fruit themed potholder I knew right away I was going to make apple potholders!

     Patchwork Apple Potholder Tutorial by Kim Lapacek

    I couldn’t just make potholders that looked exactly like an apple though – right? Instead I create a fun patchwork block featuring Wonder fabric by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics and cut an apple shape for my potholder.  They are all quilted using Aurifil 2225, 50 wt.

     Patchwork Apple Potholder Tutorial by Kim Lapacek

    You can see the entire step by step process over on ThermOWeb’s blog HERE

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    Table Runner Round Up Winner

    Last week I did a giveaway for an ebook copy of the new book I have a project in - “Table Runner Roundup: 13 Quilt Projects to Spice up Your Table”.  I used random.org to choose my winner …

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    Congratulations to Michele T!  I have forwarded your email onto Martingale and you should have a e-copy of the book soon!

    Table-Runner-Roundup collage

    Bummed you didn’t win!?  You can order your very own copy HERE!  There are so many great projects this will become a “go to” when you need just a little something to create!

    Table-Runner Roundup–a New Book and a Giveaway!

    Happy Monday everyone!  I’m excited to be here today to share with you the news that one of my projects has been PUBLISHED in a book!  The book is called “Table Runner Roundup: 13 Quilt Projects to Spice up Your Table”.  I’m honored to be included in this fabulous book among 9 other fabulous designers!  The book is compiled by Amelia Johanson and it’s definitely going to be your “go to” book for making gifts and decorations for your home.

    high tail table runner by Kim Lapacek
    I designed this fun table runner called “hightail” and it features flying geese, half square triangles, and of course, fun color combinations!

    hightail table runner by Kim Lapacek
    It looks great hanging on our deer fence.

    hanging sleeve by Kim Lapacek
    I used safety pins to add a temporary sleeve to the table runner.

    hightail table runner by Kim Lapacek
    Which made it easy for me to hang the quilt up on our wall!

    While, I do think my table runner is pretty fabulous … there are lots of other ones I’d love to make from the Table Runner Roundup book.  Perhaps I’ll even get an early start on my Christmas gifts this year!  I’m not going to show you ALL the quilts in the book … but these four are definitely on my to-do list!

    all lined up by Tony Jacobson
    “all lined up” by Tony Jacobson

    making waves by Julie Taylor
    “making waves” by Julie Taylor

    improv under control by Miranda Rosa
    “improv under control” by Miranda Rosa

    equinox by Michelle Bartholomew
    “equinox” by Michelle Bartholomew
    Now – I have a giveaway for you!  Would you like to win a copy of this fun new book - “Table Runner Roundup: 13 Quilt Projects to Spice up Your Table” (in ebook format)?  It’s easy peasy!  Just leave a comment on my blog answering this question …

    What do you like to do with your table runners?  Do you use them on your tables only or do you have a unique way you like to display them?

    For Bonus enteries ….  (leave a comment for each bonus thing you do to get the extra entries!)
    1. Follow me on Instagram: @PersimonDreams
    2. Like me on Facebook: PersimonDreams
    3. Join my Facebook Group: Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek
    The giveaway is open through Friday, July 20th at 5pm, CST.  Winner will be announced before I go to bed on Sunday, July 22nd.

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    Month 7: Liberty and Linen for the Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along

    Good afternoon everyone! I’m really excited to share with you the theme for the seventh month of the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL! I’ve been frantically finishing mine up and writing up this post between swimming lessons, the gym and seeing my new nephew!  I want to remind you all that the themes I post each month are just suggestions, ideas, or starting off point. If you don’t want to make a neighborhood with that specific theme –it’s ok!  Just make whatever neighborhood you want!

    Don’t have the pattern yet?  Get it on Craftsy or Etsy!  OR ask your local quilt shop to order it from me!

    Have you ever sewn or even touched Liberty Fabric?  If not I highly recommend seeking it out!  I was exposed to Liberty fabric for the first time when my friend Lucy of CharmedAboutYou sent me a fun container of scraps.  It was love at first touch!Liberty and linen Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek

    It didn’t take me long to seek out more Liberty fabric but it’s not the most inexpensive fabric so my stash is quite precious to me.  I knew that it had to be featured in one of the Dresden Neighborhood months though.  The bitty prints and silky feel are just too amazing to not make a neighborhood out of!Liberty and linen Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek

    Instead of using the busy Liberty print for the background I chose a gorgeous piece of cream linen – a perfect contrast!  Liberty and linen Dresden Neighborhood by Kim LapacekOne of my favorite things about this sew along is seeing what other folks are doing with their Dresden Neighborhoods!  I’ve seen quite a few folks put circular windows in and I just had to give them a try too.  Circle windows will definitely be found on future neighborhoods of mine!

    Liberty and linen Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek

    All stitching on here was done using Aurifil 2835 thread – a perfect minty color!

    If you don’t have any Liberty fabric – what should you do for this month?  Well – I would pick out your favorite fabrics and make a favorite fabric Dresden Neighborhood!  It could be all from the same line or a bunch of different ones!  Do you have a stash of fabrics your afraid to cut into?  This would be a great project to start!  You don’t have to use much of the fabric and then you’ll see just how gorgeous it looks when it’s actually being USED and not just hanging out on your shelves.

    Now it’s your turn!  Let’s see what you come up with for your  Dresden Neighborhood for the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL!  Feel free to share photos in my facebook group “Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek”, post to instagram with the hashtag #DresdenNeighborhoodSALand/or link up below! If you’re ok with me sharing your version of the Dresden Neighborhood please let me know!  I love to do round ups on the blog.

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    Pineapple Party–A July Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge

    July 2nd … already!?  This weekend went by fast and it was one of our less insanely busy ones.  With heat indexes over 100-degrees I spent most of Friday and Saturday in the pool.  It’s amazing how tiring just sitting, relaxing, and staying cool in the pool can be.

    How are the off season challenges different from a normal challenge?  The biggest differences are that you get a whole month (or almost a whole month) to complete the challenge and there are no prizes!  These challenges are here for inspiration and camaraderie (are you in the Challenge quilt group yet?)

    It’s time to share with you the inspiration for the July Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge.

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    Pineapple Party!

    The July challenge is based of Pineapples!  You can interpret this however you’d like … traditional pineapple blocks, the fruit, Pines and Apples!?   Have fun and CREATE!

    pineapple zippy pouchTHE RULES:pineapple elephants

    1. Your project should be inspired by the theme “Pineapple Party!”
    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 2nd, 2018 through July 31st). 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 2, finished by July 31)
    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, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Tuesday, July 31st 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 Tuesday, July 31st. Yes - that deadline is one hour earlier because it requires more work for Kim (which she is FINE with).pineapple 1

    When you create your PQ entry's blog post or instagram, 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.Fullscreen capture 722018 104657 AM

    Bungalow Aqua on White Pineapple Yardage by Kate Spain for Moda Fabric

    SOCIAL MEDIA LINKING:

    • Please use the hashtag #pqOffSeason and/or #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!
    • 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.

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    Softball Fan Quilt–a June Finish

    My “Summer Rocks” because I get to watch a TON of softball! I have two girls in travel leagues and my youngest is playing tball.  I really do love watching and cheering on their teams … but it means I don’t get to be at my sewing machine very much.

    photo by Leslie Seas of White Willow Studios

    photo by Leslie Seas of White Willow Studios 

    While I tend to bring hand work projects (it helps keep me calm), I thought it would also be nice to make a quilt for the softball field.  There’s always time between games for the girls to relax and have fun … why not hang out on quilt!

    Maggie and Capri on Softball Fan Quilt by Kim Lapacek

    My goal was to make the quilt quick and easy so I didn’t mind if the girls were dirty or spilled on it.  It will hopefully be washed often and loved a lot.  Kim Van Etten did the all over quilting on it to keep all the layers secure so this will last for many years to come.Softball Fan Quilt by Kim Lapacek

    Find out my process on creating this quilt on ThermOWeb’s blog HERESoftball familyI’m happy the quilt is done (and was done quickly!) and ready for the rest of the season! 

    Softfall Fan Quilt on the fence

    Linking up to Summer Rocks Project QUILTING Challenge and Color Girl Quilts Finish Up Challenge.

    Month 6: Upcycled Fun for the Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along

    Good morning everyone! I’m really excited to share with you the theme for the sixth month of the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL! It’s been a fun one for me to work on this month.  I want to remind you all that the themes I post each month are just suggestions, ideas, or starting off point. If you don’t want to make a neighborhood with that specific theme –it’s ok!  Just make whatever neighborhood you want!

    Don’t have the pattern yet?  Get it on Craftsy or Etsy!  OR ask your local quilt shop to order it from me!

    photo by Karmen Lindner photography

    I tended to dress my three girls in really fun clothes when they were little – one brand in particular was Matilda Jane. I liked it for many reasons – one, if I were to make clothes for them this is the kind of clothes I would make and secondly, it was was made with really nice fabric that I knew I could use to make quilts for the girls in the future. 

    photo by Karmen Lindner Photography

    I’ve been collecting it now for years and the girls have started to grow out of it so it was time to use some of it to make their quilts!Upcycled Fun Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek featuring Matilda Jane Fabric

    The theme for this months Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along is Upcycled Fun!

    Matilda Jane Clothing

    Now – if you don’t have a pile of adorable clothes your kids wore growing up to cut up and make into a neighborhood – there are plenty of other options!  Perhaps head to your local thrift shop and get old dress shirts to make into your houses?  Or if you have some of your favorite clothes that you want to use? 

    KL002Let’s take a look at some of the fun details in my Upcycled Fun Dresden Neighborhood. 

    Upcycled Fun Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek featuring Matilda Jane Fabric

    One of my favorite things about Matilda Jane clothing is all the fun details from ruffles, to lace, to fabulous buttons. I haven’t worked a lot with “non quilting” material but I got some great tips from Blair Stocker’s Book “Wise Craft Quilts” and I would highly recommend it if you want to really do more with unconventional fabrics.

    I did a little experimenting to get the ruffles added to the roofs.

    Upcycled Fun Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek featuring Matilda Jane FabricThe first step was to cut the ribbon ruffle to the length of the roof.  Upcycled Fun Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek featuring Matilda Jane FabricI only wanted half of the ruffle so I cut it lengthwise.  I put the bit where I wanted it and stitched the edge down before adding the roof fabric.Upcycled Fun Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek featuring Matilda Jane Fabric

    I fused the roof on and once it was there I used Aurifil thread to secure the house down.  Because of the bulky-ness of the fabrics and details added into this particular neighborhood I stitched all the roofs down as I created them instead of just doing all the final stitching at the end.  This kept everything secure and made things easier to keep track of.

    Upcycled Fun Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek featuring Matilda Jane Fabric

    When cutting out the plates for the houses I had fun fussy cutting around the great details of Matilda Jane clothes.  This particular dress had ribbon with great sayings all around the skirt.  I, of course, had to add the “challenge yourself” saying to my neighborhood.

    Upcycled Fun Dresden Neighborhood

    I have plenty of fabric from the girls clothes so I plan to make three more of these special upcycled fun – one for each of the girls’ quilts.  six months of Dresden Neighborhood Quilts by Kim Lapacek

    I can’t believe that we are already through the first six months of 2018!  I’m loving how unique each months neighborhood is!

    Now it’s your turn!  Let’s see what you come up with for your  Dresden Neighborhood for the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL!  Feel free to share photos in my facebook group “Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek”, post to instagram with the hashtag #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL and/or link up below! If you’re ok with me sharing your version of the Dresden Neighborhood please let me know!  I love to do round ups on the blog. 

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    photo by Karmen Lindner Photography

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