The Promise of Spring–A Quilt Finish

Hello everyone!  You may have noticed that I took a few weeks off from blogging.  I had my birthday in there, a couple of teaching/talk gigs, and a quilt retreat with 13 friends from all over the US.  It was great!

But I’m back and I have a new quilt finish to share with you!

The Promise of Spring Quilt by Kim Lapacek

Blend Fabrics sent me some of Cori Dantini’s “Promise of Spring” fabric line for me to make a quilt with and use Therm O Web products on.

 The Promise of Spring detail by Kim Lapacek

Many of Cori Dantini’s lines come with a panel of adorable featured creatures.  I created a log cabin pattern that you could use to feature any of her lines with a 12” x 44” panel.  You can get your own copy of the pattern from my craftsy site HERE.The Promise of Spring Quilt by Kim Lapacek

I embellished the quilt with some fun Decofoil.  Earlier this week I blogged for ThermoWeb and shared how you can embellish any project for DecoFoil! 

The Promise of Spring Quilt by Kim Lapacek

It is a really great way to make your quilt pop!  I just adore this line of fabric and the quilt looks perfect hanging on my wall for spring time! 

The Promise of Spring Quilt by Kim Lapacek

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday!

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Cake Mix Recipe Bake Off with the Fat Quarter Shop–Week 2

Happy Monday everyone!  (and happy birthday to my dad if he happens to be reading this)  There’s a fun “Bake Off” happening at the Fat Quarter Shop for the next few weeks that use the new Cake Mix Recipe books.  Of course – I knew I wanted to be one of the “Bakers”.

Cake Mix and Layer CakesEssentially you use a Cake Mix Recipe and Layer Cakes (a focus and background) which helps you to make six different blocks from the units created after sewing.  I decided to mix things up a bit and use Alexa Abegg’s Cotton and Steel Hat Box Layer Cake as my focus fabric with Color Daze Batiks from Laundry Basket Quilts as my background fabrics.Cake Mix Recipe 2

You layer two 10” layer cake squares together and then stitch along the lines as indicated on the recipe sheet … right through the paper.  Once you cut out the blocks according to the stitches you will be left with the units to make two blocks.Hatbox Daze Quilt Top by Kim Lapacek

And here is the top I came up with!  This is made by pairing 30 layer cake squares to3ether and using the Layer Cake Recipe 2.  It measures approximately 32” x 38” and will make a great baby quilt – nice and bright!

There will be voting happening at the Fat Quarter Shop this week … you can plce your vote HERE.  Of course  - I would appreciate your support (I’m Kim L)!


Month 3–Pineapple–Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along

Happy April 1st everyone!  I don’t have any great “fool” ideas for you but I do have something to share with you today.  That little something is a couple of blocks for the 3rd month of the Fat Quarter Shop’s “Bella Skill Builder”.


I’d actually never traditionally pieced a pineapple block before!  I know!  Crazy!  I’ve paper pieced a few but I don’t think that’s the same thing at all.  I’m SO HAPPY that the Fat Quarter Shop required us designers to use all bella solids for this quilt.  I would never have chosen all solids on my own – but man – this is going to be an epic quilt that even I can’t believe how great the blocks are looking!

bella solid pineapple quilt block by kim lapacek

I used the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool for piecing this block.  It was truly a game changer!  It made things so much easier.  I would highly recommend this ruler if you ever plan on making pineapple blocks! 

bella solid pineapple quilt block by kim lapacek

I’ve said this so many times before but I LOVE samplers because of all the different methods and techniques it encourages me to use!  The Pineapple Trim Tool was definitely a win that will be added to my “go-to” list!

bella solid pineapple quilt block by kim lapacek

I still have three more pineapple blocks to make this month!  Watch my instagram feed to see how these progress!

bella skill builder sampler quilt blocks

I loosely laid out the blocks I have made where they will be in the final quilt.  I’m really happy I did that because it helps show me that I’m going to need some more blue on the left side and perhaps some darker colors in the bottom right.  I’ll keep doing this as I get more and more blocks made to help maintain balance even in all the scrappiness. 

bella skill builder sampler quilt blocks

For good measure, I had to share with you all the blocks I have finished so far.  I’m seriously falling more and more in love with solids with each block I make!  (This is something I never thought I’d say!)

Head on over to the Jolly Jabber to see what other bloggers and quilters are doing with their Bella Sampler Quilts!  It’s so fun to see all the different versions!

Hand Dyed Dresden Neighborhood

Happy Friday everyone! I finally have a Friday Finish to share with you!

I’ve actually had it finished for a bit but completely forgot to share it on my blog.

dresden neighborhood blue bar

Surprise!  It’s another Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt!  This special quilt was made as a sample for Blue Bar Quilts.  Blue Bar Quilts is a new quilt shop that is opening in Middleton in the next month or so!  I can’t wait!!!!

The houses are made from a mixture of fabrics hand-dyed by Pam Niebauer, Creative Art Textiles, indigo-dyed by Jennifer Falkowski, and couple of prints from Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s fabric collection.  All of these will be available to purchase at Blue Bar Quilts and my pattern too!

Dutch Tulips Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

It’s time for another great quilt along with the Fat Quarter Shop – the Dutch Tulips Quilt Along.  When they asked if I wanted to sew along with it they told me I could use any fabric I wanted.  These are my favorite kind of quilt alongs!  I love sharing with you all my “odd” fabric choices and I’m sure you’ll agree that this time is no different.


I decided to go scrappy!  I know – Shocker!  If I went a little bigger this would have been an ideal project for the Scrap Quilt Challenge.

  Dutch Tulip Quilt Top by Kim Lapacek
I also decided to make a table runner/table topper.  It’s going to look awesome on my table for Easter this year!

preparing to fuse

This quilt is a mixture of traditional piecing and applique.  I love using mixed techniques.  The Orange Peel Set of Impressions Quilting Templates are very useful in making the tulip leaves.

  fused leaves
The pattern calls for all the same size leaves … but I had to tweak a couple … or seven and making them just one size larger because I could.

heat n bond lite

I fused Heat N Bond Lite onto the assortment of green fabrics before making them into leaves.  This made placing them and setting them until I’m ready to quilt them easy peasy.

Dutch Tulip Quilt Top by Kim Lapacek

I tried taking photos of the quilt this morning … it was quite windy …

Dutch Tulip Quilt Top by Kim Lapacek

Luckily, the clothespins held for at least a little while so I could get a decent shot.

Dutch Tulip Quilt Top by Kim Lapacek

I think the scrappy white tulips are pushing it a little but I do like the interest it adds to the piece.  Three different beige fabrics were used to piece the back.  I promise I’ll share with you the finished quilted project when it’s done!


Head over to the Jolly Jabber (aka the Fat Quarter Shops blog) to see how YOU can join in the Dutch Tulips Quilt Along and see what other bloggers created from this great pattern.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

dutch tulips block

You can also get a Dutch Tulips Quilt Kit at the Fat Quarter Shop!

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Project QUILTING–Late to the Party

Hello everyone!  This is my FINAL post about Project QUILTING Season 8 – I promise!


This year I added new link ups – link ups that never close.  I wanted to add these for those who had something come up and didn’t quite make the deadline.  We still want to see what you come up with!  This link up is for ANY project finished after the deadline that was inspired by the challenge.  It doesn’t even have to be started during the challenge – just link it up!

Here are six link ups below – one for each of the season 8 challenges.

Eight is Great Project QUILTING Challenge


Carolina Lily Project QUILTING Challenge


Tuned Into Texture Project QUILTING Challenge


Brighter the Better Project QUILTING Challenge


Well-Dressed Man Project QUILTING Challenge


Time is UP! Project QUILTING Challenge


The seventh link up is for any project you’ve created from

ANY Project QUILTING Challenge

since it began in 2010!  Don’t be shy – share your work!

Project QUILTING Season 8 Grand Prize Winner!

It’s been an incredible 8th season of Project QUILTING! Seriously – you all amaze me!  Thank you to everyone for joining in this season!  Even though we didn’t get 800 quilts made in season 8 we DID have 711 quilts made in season 8!  YES!!!  OVER 700 quilts during the course of six one week challenges – absolutely mind blowing!

219 people participated in at least once challenge this season.  51 of those folks completed ALL SIX Season 8 Challenges!

And a pretty cool statistic … since the inception of Project QUILTING in 2010 – 2,200 quilts have been completed for the challenges.

There’s still one more name to draw before it comes to an end – the Grand Prize Winner!

Of course – I’m going to make you wait just a minute more before I post who it is.  Let’s see what our sponsors have donated to make this amazing!!!


A large thread box from Aurifil!
Thank them on their facebook page, Aurifil and follow them on Instagram


Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics is getting in on the Project QUILTING action by donating a $200 gift certificate to the grand prize winner!!!!!

Thank Cherrywood Fabrics on Facebook and follow her on Instagram.

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The grand prize winner will be receiving $50 to spend on whatever they desire at the Fat Quarter Shop!
Thank them on facebook and follow them on Instagram!


Hunter’s Design Studio

hunters design studioSam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio donated a copy of Sam’s book “Quilt Talk.”

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Jacquelynne Steves

Cozy Afternoon AND Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM - Jacquelynne Steves

And for the Grand Prize from Jacquelynne Steves - Cozy Afternoon Block of the Month pattern PLUS Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM pattern
WOW!  Be sure to thank her on facebook and follow her on Instagram!

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Laura of Pointelle Design  is throwing another great pair of Liberty fabric earrings GRAND PRIZE!
Thank her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram!

Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting

logo_crafty_sewing_150x150For the Grand Prize -
“Quilting Gift Certificate” for $50.00 off the Quilting on a Baby size quilt or larger. (Baby, Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King) from Marcia’s Crafty 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.

Thank her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram!

Moda Fabric

Moda Fabrics is giving this amazing fat quarter bundle of fabrics!
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Perkins Dry Goods is giving the grand prize winner a “Corner Cutter.”!
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Studio Cherie

trioStudioCherie is giving the Grand Prize winner fabulous polka dot bag in the foreground of the picture from Cherie!  Thank her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram!
and last but not least … daretobeadorableredSTUDIOCherie9_Horizontal_O_KO




And now … what you are all waiting for …

The grand prize winner of Project QUILTING Season 8 is:

Mel Beach!!!!
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Congratulations Mel!  You’ll be hearing from me and our sponsors soon!!!!  Check out Mel’s amazing work on her blog HERE

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