Blogger’s Quilt Festival–In The Garden

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog if this is your first time here!  You’ll soon realized that I’m not afraid of mixing color, patterns, and FUN!

quilt expo in the garden

Today I decided to share my quilt “In the Garden”.  I’ve shared the whole story before HERE but I haven’t shared the big news on here yet.

quilt expo ribbon

Earlier this month “In the Garden” was on display at Quilt Expo and it took home second place in the “Machine Quilted Bed Size – Mixed Technique” category!!!!  I was in absolute and utter shock when I found out!  It is the first time I’ve gotten a ribbon from a big show like “Quilt Expo.”   You can see all the winners of this year exhibition by going HERE.

This quilt was pieced by myself, Kim Lapacek, and quilted by Frank Palmer

My friend Trisha Frankland just did her lecture “Modern or Contemporary” and the group was undecided on my quilt.  What do you think … Modern, Contemporary, art, or some other category!?

Linking up to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side.

Month 9–Solids for the Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along

Good evening everyone!  It’s been a beautiful weekend here in Poynette, WI which means we had lots of visitors at Lapacek’s Orchard.  I’m going to admit … I haven’t gotten very far – whoops!


I did manage to cut the plates out between customers earlier in the week.  IMG_1078

Oh well – you’ll just have to watch my progress over the next month as I work on it in my spare moments of time!  So far I have the start of my neighborhood Dresden sewn together … oi!  I have some work to do!

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.  If you’re not feeling solids – feel free to use whatever theme/idea you have!


Apples–A September Off Season Project QUILTING Challenge

September is here and my girls are off to school.  As many of you who follow me know, it’s also apple season for my family at our apple orchard – Lapacek’s Orchard


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?)


This month I want to challenge you to make a quilt based on the theme “Apples”.  I’m putting this challenge out there for a selfish reason. I would love if a bunch of people all made these quilts that I could share via social media to help promote apple season (with proper credit to the maker of course!).  Quilts can be big, little, tiny, classic, modern, or arty – just make sure we can see at least one apple on it!


1. Your project should be inspired by the theme “Apples!”
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 (September 5th, 2018 through Sept 30th). 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 September 5th, finished by September 30th)
4. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least oneof these requirements:
  • Include patchwork.
  • Include appliqué.
  • Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.

apples photo

5. Link up a blog post, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Sunday, Sept 30th at 8pm CDT. Alternately, you may email the picture and description to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by 7pm on Sunday, September 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.

apple love

  • 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.

love apples

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