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?)

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    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.
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    • 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!
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    • 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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