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 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)

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


  • 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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