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

    Summer Rocks - a June Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge

    Hello everyone and happy June!  Yes!  I know I’m late but you’ll still have more time than a normal Project QUILTING Challenge to work on this challenge!  You can join in as many or as few off season challenges as you’d like.  These are purely for fun and inspiration!

    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?)Summer Rocks Project QUILTING Challenge

    Summer Rocks!

    The June challenge is based off our libraries summer reading program – Reading Rocks! I don’t know about you but our family loves joining in on the summer reading program and the libraries around here do so much to make it fun.  This month – let’s make a quilt inspired by the theme Summer Rocks!  Feel free to interpret it however you’d like.

    Summer softballTHE RULES:
    1. Your project should be inspired by the theme “Summer Rocks!”
    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 4th, 2018 through June 30th, 2018). 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 4, finished by June 30)
    4. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:summer rocks
    • 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 Thursday, May 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 Saturday, June 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.

    Summer SUP

    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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    In the Garden–a Quilt by Kim Lapacek

    I’ve been holding out posting this quilt for a bit now.  I had dreams of showing it at Quilt Festival but to be honest I have no idea how to get it in there and I think enough “peaks” have been shown already that if one of the requirements was it not being shown publicly first, it wouldn’t qualify.  So – today is the day that I’m revealing one of the coolest quilts I have made to this day.

    In The Garden a quilt by Kim Lapacek

    Introducing … “In the Garden”

    In the Garden a Quilt by Kim Lapacek

    I was also holding out for some decent pictures.  My first round of pictures were on an overcast day with a brown pre-spring background.  The photos today are on my deer fence with no editing necessary … the lighting was absolutely perfect!The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung

    I designed this quilt myself and it was inspired by the illustrations in the book “The Biggest Story” by Kevin DeYoung, Illustrated by Don Clark.  Illustrated by Don ClarkThis page in particular really caught my eye.  I love the saturated colors, the mixtures of shapes, and the whimsy in the design.

    In the Garden a Quilt by Kim Lapacek

    From this I just started to make blocks using gelato ombre fabrics with a print or two mixed in here and there. 

    large triangle blocks on In the Garden a Quilt by Kim Lapacek

    I created a large 8.5” x 11” triangle block and used ThermOWeb’s Stitch n Sew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets to make these triangles accurately.  I chose the 8.5” x 11” size for an obvious reason – it was the largest sheet I could put in my printer. 

    appliqued circles on In the Garden a Quilt by Kim Lapacek

    After the triangles, I started to make strips of ombre circles.  ThermOWeb’s Heat N Bond lite was essential for the raw edge applique.  To cut my circles perfectly I used the OLFA Rotary Circle Cutter.  It worked like a charm!  Since I put the fusible on the strip before I cut out the circles I was left with the strips of fused fabric with perfect holes set in them.  Instead of throwing these strips away I put them over ombre strips creating a sort of raw edge reverse applique effect. 

    Mermaid Scales on In the Garden a Quilt by Kim Lapacek

    Color Girl Quilts asked me to edit and test her Mermaid Quilt Pattern.  As a mother of three girls, of course I love mermaids and said yes immediately!  Who am I kidding?  Even if I didn’t have three girls I would love mermaids … and fairies …  Anyway!  Back to the story.  I tested her pattern (which is great btw) and used her Classic Curves Ruler to make a few of the scales.  These blocks were a perfect addition to the quilt. I surrounded them by some Scrappy Trip Along blocks and of course a bit of improv blocks as well.

    original block in In the Garden a Quilt by Kim Lapacek

    When you make the curve blocks using the Classic Curves Ruler you have some fun left over orange peel blocks.  Of course I couldn’t throw those away so I created a fun new block using some of the orange peels.  I put two of these into my quilt.

    tri recs triangles and houses on In the Garden a Quilt by Kim Lapacek

    I also made some smaller scaled triangle blocks using the Tri-Recs ruler.  I do have a love of houses too so I had to throw a few houses into the quilt.  There is so much happening in this quilt that you have to stare at it awhile to take it all in.  In the Garden a Quilt by Kim LapacekIt’s classic “Kim” busy and I knew I needed the right quilter to quilt it for me. I love Frank Palmer’s quilting style so I sent “In the Garden” up to him in Duluth, MN, to work his magic. I gave him no instructions other than “Do what you want.”  He let the quilt talk to him and it told him what to do and it is absolutely perfect!  The random linear quilting is simple yet interesting.  It’s not too much and really helps sort of settle the quilt.  I could not be happier!

    I just finished adding the hanging sleeve and label to this quilt.  It’s heading up to Minnesota for the 2018 Annual Show on June 14th – 16th in St. Cloud, MN.  I won’t be able to attend the show so if you happen to see it hanging I would love it if you could send me pictures!

    In the Garden a Quilt by Kim Lapacek

    Well – there she is.  My baby is officially out in this world. I  would love to hear what you think!  I guess good or bad, but if you don’t like it try to say it in a kind way Winking smile

    In the Garden a Quilt by Kim LapacekIn the Garden a Quilt by Kim LapacekIn the Garden a Quilt by Kim Lapacek

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