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

    • 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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