January 2018 Dresden Neighborhoods

Hi everyone!  The first month of 2018 has come to an end which means the first month of the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL is over.  Of course, if you didn’t get your first Dresden Neighborhood block done you can still catch up!  Not a problem at all!  I wanted to do a post to share with you what some folks in my “Quilt and Dream Along with Kim Lapacek” facebook group worked on in January.  It has been absolutely amazing to see all the different version folks have been making out of “my” pattern – completely surreal!

Allison Rather Dresden Neighborhood

Dresden Neighborhood by Allison Rather

Ann Hoke Dresden NeighborhoodDresden Neighborhood by Ann Hoke – I spy big foot!!!!!

Dresden Neighborhood by Mardy M

Dresden Neighborhood by Mardy McGarry – also created for the Project QUILTING Hometown Proud Challenge. 

Ingrid Agor Dresden Neighborhood

Dresden Neighborhood by Ingrid Agor 

Sandra Otremba Dresden Neighborhood

Dresden Neighborhood by Sandra Otremba

Sandy Lynch Dresden NeighborhoodDresden Neighborhood by Sandy Lynch

Terrod Marlyn Dresden NeighborhoodDresden Neighborhood by Terrod Marlyn

Wendy Barker Paull Dresden NeighborhoodDresden Neighborhood by Wendy Barker Paull

Sharon Hamilton Dresden NeighborhoodDresden Neighborhood by Sharon Hamilton – be sure to head to Sharon Creates facebook page to see how Sharon did the amazing circular quilting, in standard stitches, snowflake stitches and words!

Folks are also joining in via instagram and posting with hashtags #dresdenneighborhood and #dresdenneighborhoodsalBlue scrap dresden neighborhood by Vicki Freeman

Check out this beauty by VickiFreeman12.  It looks like she’s doing this with a #rainbowscrapchallenge2018 … hmmm … maybe there will be Dresden Neighborhoods made in all the colors of the rainbow!? I would LOVE that!!!!  Check out the post Vicki did on her blog – Fabric Scraps!

Dresden Neighborhood by Reiminka

Dresden Neighborhood by Reiminka

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Dresden Neighborhood by RoxiQuilts

Find out all you need to know about the sew along HERE.  All you really need for this is to purchase my downloadable Dresden Neighborhood pdf Pattern either on craftsy here or etsy here.


The inspiration for Month 1: Hometown Memories

This is the Dresden Ruler I recommend purchasing for your Dresden Neighborhood!

Triangulation Voting Time

TIME TO VOTE!  Choose your TEN Favorite Quilts below that were created for the Project PQ-square-@400QUILTING Triangulation Challenge (130!!! (127 qualify for voting)) and click on the heart to vote (upper right corner)!  You can click on the photo’s themselves to read the “story” behind the quilt – my favorite part!  (When you click on the photos a checkmark will appear in the upper left corner – this means nothing other than you’ve clicked on the link)  When you stop by please take a minute to comment on your favorite thing about the quilt!  Let’s make Project QUILTING an inspiring, uplifting community that encourages and supports each other in positive ways!  Vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right corner of the image.
The quilt with the most votes will receive …

its a mystery

A mystery box of fabric and other goodies from yours truly! I did a huge cleaning of my sewing room before this season was started and I found a plethora of goodies that I’ve been collecting for prizes and then putting somewhere safe for the last few years only to forget where I put them.  Well – I found them and one lucky winner will benefit from that at the end of this week!

Voting will close on Friday, February 2nd at 8pm, CST.  Spread the word to your family and friends!

Everyone gets TEN votes so they can vote for you and then nine other quilts that they like best! 
The “Viewer’s Choice” winner & random prize winners will all be announced LIVE on Facebook on Sunday, February 4th before noon. If you haven’t checked out the prize post yet be sure to do so. This weeks sponsors include: Fat Quarter Shop, The Quilter’s Planner, Wednesday’s Creations Studio, Aurifil, Kid Giddy, Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics, Hunter’s Design Studio, Warm Crochet, Sew Sweetness, Color Girl Quilts, Hungry Hippie Sews, Wefty Needle and Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting!

VOTE for TEN of your favorite quilts below by clicking on the heart in the upper right corner!


There are a few of us who can’t qualify for prizes but still want to share with you what we created for the Project QUILTING challenge.  I’ve created a special link up for us!  Not only will we be linking up here but if you didn’t finish the challenge in time you’re welcome to link up below so folks can see your finished project – whenever that may be!

Didn't finish your quilt for the Triangulation challenge on time?  That's okay!  You can't win prizes but we still want to see what you did!  Please link up your finish project below - anytime!  This is going to be a never ending link up!

Lurking Pig–A Finished Quilt

When the Project QUILTING Triangulation challenge came out I couldn’t not get the idea of a “triangular pig” out of my head.  I also had a “Barns of America” challenge for the Sun Prairie Heritage Quilt Show that I had to finish up and it’s usually around the second Project QUILTING Challenge that I try to double up the challenges.  It turns out the “triangular pig” fit right into the barn thing and I came up with an idea.

  Lurking Pig Preliminary SketchIt was either going to be arty like this sketch … or

Lurking Pig Preliminary Sketch
I was going to go a little more traditional and piece the classic “barn” quilt block with a pig
I decided to go the artier route. I pulled a bunch of fat quarters in blues, browns (mud) and green for making the background triangles.

  fabric pullYou’ll probably notice that I didn’t end up using them all … I found some scraps that worked really well too and threw those in.  But this was a great way to decide on my palette for the quilt.

all sorts of traingles
I decided that I was going to piece the background entirely of triangles – half square triangles, tri recs triangles and quarter square triangles – just to be a little different.  I had a cold which was perfect for mindless piecing.

  triangulation background
It wasn’t long before I had my 24” square background complete (the Sun Prairie Challenge required the quilt to be 24” square). 

pig sketchI sketched a pig for raw edge appliquebarn sketch and a barn.

I wanted the pig facing the other direction so I just traced him directly onto the heat’n’bond lite fusible as is. I had to trace the barn on the back side of the paper so it would be flipped when tracing it onto the heat’n’bond fusible

pig triangles

I decided that I would piece half square triangles together for the pig fabric.  I thought it would create a cool effect for the piece. 

As for the barn – well, I had challenge fabric that I was required to use for the Sun Prairie Challenge.  When they handed out the challenge packs you either got beige barn fabric or barn red barn fabric. 

barn fabric
Well – my challenge pack had the beige and I didn’t think that would contrast enough with the brown muds I had pieced. 

shiva paintstiks

The challenge did state we were allowed to alter the fabric so I pulled out my shiva paintstiks.

altered barn fabric
I added enough color to darken the fabric a bit and to create a more weathered old barn effect. This was much better.

preliminary Lurking Pig Quilt

I pinned up the pig and the barn to see how it looked.  I liked it but the big definitely needed more definition.  I was going to just quilt the pig outline with dark thread but Trish told me to try a coloring book black line. 

preliminary Lurking Pig Quilt

This was actually easy to achieve by tracing the pig onto heat’n’bond lite fusible slightly larger than the actual drawing.  I also created a few extra outlines for the ears, snout and other piggy details.  With the thicker lines on the pig I thought the barn would also need some thicker lines so I cut those out too.  The last thing to fuse was the fence.  I wanted the fence to help create the illusion of depth (since the big is way bigger than the barn, he needed to appear way out in front of it).  I’m pretty happy with how the lines from the fence helped achieve this.

aurifil thread

Once everything was fused in place it was time to quilt.  I proudly have a plethora of Aurifil thread in many colors and it wasn’t hard to pick out the ones I wanted to use for this quilt.  I used all 50 wt in 5007 (blue), 1231 (green), 2530 (pink), 4012 (brown), 2692 (black, not shown), and2460 (barn red, not shown).

  close up of lurking pig
There were A LOT of layers of fabric in this pig so I took my time and blanket stitched most of the pig down first.  Then I free motion quilted just a bit more to completely secure everything down.  Since I used heat’n’bond lite fusible I had to stitch everything that was fused down so it wouldn’t come off.

  Lurking Pig Quilt by Kim Lapacek

I spent a whole morning getting this piece quilted.  I was going to keep the quilting simple but it’s a little swirly/feathery … it’s hard for me to be calm sometimes.  I bound the quilt in a fun variegated striped fabric and put a hanging sleeve on it right away.  I named it “Lurking Pig” because in the Live facebook video for the first challenge my daughter, Pip, kept poking her head into the video and was “lurking” through most of the end of it.  As I re-watched I couldn’t stop laughing and thought “Lurking Pig” would be the perfect name for this piece.

Be sure to check out all the amazing quilts created for the “Triangulation” challenge and VOTE for your 10 favorites (I don’t qualify but if you like it feel free to comment here). 

Linking up to "Finish Up Friday" since I technically finished on a Friday ... just didn't have it blogged yet...


The other day I saw a fabulous Clip’n'Pincushion that Wefty Needle had made.  I instantly knew that I had to make one too.

I found the pattern by FabricsandFlowersUK on etsy – Clip’N’Pincushion and purchased it right away.  FabricsandFlowers version shows a great way to use up those excess cut-offs (*ahem* triangles *ahem*) from other projects but I wanted to create a fun applique design that would go great with the upcoming Valentine holiday.

Head over to ThermoWeb’s blog to see how you can add a heart shaped “SEW” onto your Clip’N’Pincushion.  I’m stoked that I have the perfect little cushion that’s perfect for wonder clips and pins

9.2–Triangulation–Challenge 2 of Project QUILTING Season 9

Hello and welcome everyone!  I know you are all just as excited for the next challenge in season PQ_instagram-with-text-[Recovered]nine of Project QUILTING!  Everything you need to know about how Project QUILTING began can be found on THIS page. I’m also excited that my challenge giver – Trish Frankland is starting to get back on her feet and has taken over the challenge writing again. 

Before I hand you over to Trish, a reminder: please read through the rules - read all the way to the bottom of this post -  and make sure you understand them. Feel free to ask questions, and we'll do our best to answer quickly. Note that photography of your finished project must be linked at the bottom of this post in order to be eligible for prizes and for the Viewer's Choice voting next week. The link up is in a square format so if you want your quilt in its entirety to show up on the thumbnail be sure to edit it into a square format.  (Maybe if you're unsure about the posting this first time, don't wait until the very last minute? THANKS!)

Hey - it's Trish. I'm back from the near-dead. Did you miss me? My advice: don't get influenza. I don't know how to make that happen, because it certainly didn't work for me ... but anyway, I have a new appreciation for how it's possible people die from the flu. Yikes.

So, how about that first challenge for Project Quilting season 9? Super excited to see all the wonderful, amazing things you made and it was like a travelogue from my couch. I'm such a librarian, and I love to hear about the places you call home. You guys knocked it out of the park, seriously.

triangle shaped

Are you ready for PQ9.2? I have something special planned for you this week. Our theme is



1. Your project should be (as much as possible) primarily made from and characterized by triangle shapes. The one with three sides.
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 (January 21 to 28, 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 January 21, finished by January 28). 

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 Sunday, January 28, 2018 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 Sunday, January 28. Yes - that deadline is one hour earlier because it requires more work for Kim. 
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 me this information so I can share it with everyone else.



Please use the hashtag #pqseason9 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 Facebookparabola
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.
And a bonus ask: take the time to seek out and thank all of our amazing sponsors! A little sugar goes a long way, and we couldn't do it without them.  This weeks sponsors include: Fat Quarter Shop, The Quilter’s Planner, Wednesday’s Creations Studio, Aurifil, Kid Giddy, Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics, Hunter’s Design Studio, Warm Crochet, Sew Sweetness, Color Girl Quilts, Hungry Hippie Sews, Wefty Needle and Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting!

Good luck and ROCK ON! And stay well, ok?

- Trish


Please be sure to post your FINAL project just below HERE. VERY IMPORTANT!



I was going to embed this for you all but since I personally don’t like blog posts with musical things on them I thought I’d just share the link Trish sent me if you need a little musical inspiration.
YouTube video (triangle man! triangle man!)

I want to remind everyone that these challenges are meant to be inspirational and FUN!  If you are feeling stressed just take a minute to look back at the “Words … “ post Trish did before Season 8.  It’s a classic and should be revisited every once in awhile. Every week that you enter a piece for the challenge you are entered into a hat to win one of the amazing prizes from our sponsors!  Be sure to check out THIS post for all the prizes up for grabs this weeks and to thank our awesome sponsors!  Our Ultimate Weekly Sponsor this week is the Fat Quarter Shop.  There will also be a special prize for the ‘Public Vote’ winner of the week.   AND, if you finish the challenge in the time allotted your name will also be added into the final hat at the completion of the season for an opportunity to win the GRAND PRIZE!  Inspiration, quilting, fun AND Prizes!?  Can it get much better?

Challenge 9.1 Hometown Proud Prize Winners

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today’s the big day!  The second Project QUILTING challenge goes up in just under 2 hours – I can’t believe the week has flown by so fast.

Just a bit ago, my girls helped me draw the winners for the first Project QUILTING challenge live on facebook.  If you want a glimpse at the craziness in my household feel free to watch it HERE.  Cedi’s missing from the drawing as she has got her dad’s cold and was bit snotty/coughing so I gave her a pass.

If you don’t feel like watching the video – that’s ok!  I’ll summarize the winners below.

Viewer’s Choice:

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Congratulations to Mel Beach with her quilt “Do you know the way to San Jose?” by getting 434 votes!!! If you haven’t taken a closer look at her quilt I highly recommend doing so!  Mel will be getting a miscellaneous box of goodies from me!


From our Ultimate Weekly Sponsor –Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com

heirloom sewing bundle


You can find out more about Cheryl and details of the prize at this post

Congratulations taraeire!!!!


hunters design studio
Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio is giving the winner – bymelodygould a PDF pattern of their choice!


warm crochet scissors

A pair of beautiful scissors from Warm Crochet. Congratulations to get Trina Peterson!  You get to choose which color of scissors too – Red Bronze, Silver, Gold or Bronze.  These are not only gorgeous but super sharp too!


“Quilting Gift Certificate” for $50.00 off the Quilting on a Lap size quilt or larger. (Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King) from Marcia’s logo_crafty_sewing_150x150Crafty Sewing & Quilting.
The Gift Certificate will be good for 4 months starting one month after the challenge ends.  Excluding the Month of December for using the gift certificate.  The quilting gift certificate is transferable to another person, so you can share it with a friend, if you’d like.
Marcia will do an estimate based on the size of the winner's quilt top, quilting choices, thread choices, and batting and if they would like to purchase backing fabric from me. Winner can send backing fabric and batting with their quilt top, but I do have it available. This way the winner will have a good estimate of the value of your quilting prize.

Congratulations to hometown quilting!!!!


Marcia would also like to giveaway to a separate winner a prize of one of her original patterns(value $8.00).  Congratulations Adva_P!!!!


sew sweetness

Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness is donating a $15 Gift Certificate to use at her online shop!  She’s got some amazing patterns, classes and other supplies!  Congratulations to wickedquilter!



A copy of Color Girl Quilts pattern “Pixie Medallion” goes to Little Penguin Quilts!  Which is extra perfect timing since she’s running a quilt along with this particular pattern RIGHT NOW!



A pair of Liberty Fabric button earrings from Pointelle Design goes to … Debbie Allred!


hungry hippie sewsessential oil case

A PDF Pattern of your choice from Hungry Hippie Sews! Natalie has a bunch of great patterns but I’m slightly partial to the Essential Oils Case pdf pattern I made it using the “Yoga is for Everyone” fabric.  And the winner of the pattern is … iluvmybaronie!


Once again Aurifil is one of our fabulous Project QUILTING Challenge!

aurifil small spools

I’m not sure which one exactly yet but one lucky person – Meena Schaldenbrand - will be receiving a small spool collection of Aurifil Thread


*This prize is only for a winner in the United States!


Kate Pietschman of Wednesday’s Creations Studio is giving one lucky winner an adorable frog pincushion!  Congratulations Crafty Quilting Amy!


*This prize is only for a winner in the United States!

2018 Quilters Planners Bundle

A Quilter’s Planner Bundle from Stephanie Palmer - which includes the planner, magazine and mini planner!

quilters planner

Congratulations Tracy R

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