Cross Cut Quilt Along The Beginning

I know I’ve been absent on my blog a lot lately … which is not typical for me.  I’m still creating and having fun with things I’ve just found it a lot harder to sit down and write up a decent post.  But I’m not giving up on blogging yet!  I think I just need to pick a day (or two) of the week and just make sure it gets DONE! 

Anyway – onto the fun!

Happy Apple Season!  Every fall my family goes into “work” mode as we own and operate Lapacek’s Orchard, an apple orchard in Poynette, WI about 20 minutes north of Madison.  This has nothing to do with quilting or creating … it just means it’s even harder to find time to sew.

I’ve found though that it is imperative for myself and my families well-being that I find even a few minutes a day to sew or create SOMETHING!  Today I’m going to share with you a “Bonus-just-for-me-no-deadline-no-secrets” project that I’m going to be working on this apple season.  It’s a really simple quilt with a really cool, dramatic end result and I’m super happy to have discovered it at just the perfect time of year for me.

What is it?  The Cross-Cut Quilt!  Which is actually a quilt along being run Debbie of A Quilter’s Table.  And it’s all over instagram … which is what got me hooked.  So many amazing quilts in so many different color combo’s that all looked fabulous!  I just had to join in!

You can find out all the details by going HERE.

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The first thing I did was pull my fabrics.  I went for a completely different color palette than I’ve been using recently – very black and grey with a bit of burnt orange as my accent.

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It’s an easy improv block and quilt with very little stress so before I knew it I had my first four blocks made … they all mostly look like this.  My next plan is to make a BUNCH of blocks with the opposite color placement – the black/grey/taupe as the background and the burnt orange for the crosses in the block.

I’ll keep you posted on how this quilt goes but feel free to follow along on instagram!

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Focus Through the Prism Quilts on Display

This past weekend, I was thrilled to have enough room given to me to hang 72 of the quilts from the “Focus Through the Prism” Challenge that I ran on my blog last year.  They were hanging at the Rio Library Quilt Guild show and they looked amazing!IMG_3158 Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be there with them due to our first weekend of apple season but MANY folks came by the orchard after the show and told me how great they looked and how fun it was to see what everyone came up with!13939378_1015159105269481_6819046542138369532_nTop Row, left to right: “Circus Monkey” – First in Monkey Wrench Challenge, pieced & quilted by Becky Grover, Ann Arbor, MI, “Red Red Rudolph” pieced & quilted by Pat DuBois, Woodbury, MN, “Keeping It Simple” pieced by Audrey Manning and Quilted by Marcia Wachuta, Middleton, WI

Second Row: “Soul Sisters” pieced & quilted by Sharon Scott, Sun Prairie, WI, “My Tumbleweed Friends” BEST IN SHOW, Pieced & Quilted by Victoria Mansfield, Brisbane, Australia, “Cirque de Zinnias” pieced & quilted by Diane Lapacek, Poynette, WI

Third Row: “Monkey with a Wrench” pieced & quilted by Linda Syverson Guild, Bethesda, MD, “Design on the Fly” pieced & quilted by Mary Deeney, Minnetonka, MN, “Monkey Madness” pieced & quilted by Leslie Carmichael, Prattville, AL

Bottom Row: “Pinwheels” pieced & quilted by Karen Golden, Woodbury, MN, “OMG! Quilt Show! LOL! Batiks!” pieced & quilted by Roxy Pike, Acworth, GA, “Snowball Bouquet” FIRST in Snowball Challenge, pieced & quilted by Jo Brickwell, Casa Grande, AZ, 13902566_1015596528559072_7897910624197316019_nTop Row, left to right: “Snowball’s Chance in Hell” pieced & quilted by Mel Beach, San Jose, CA, “Rick with Sparkling Variety,” Pieced & Quilted by Trisha Frankland, Lodi, WI, “Indian Summer” First in Flying Geese Challenge, pieced & quilted by Sharon Scott, Sun Prairie, WI

Second Row: “Mon Florida Beach” pieced & quilted by Mel Beach ,San Jose, CA, “Orange Log Cabin-ish,” pieced by Dayna Thwaits and quilted by Marcia Wachuta, DeForest, WI, “New Mexico Dreaming” FIRST in the Log Cabin Challenge, pieced & Quilted by Mary Deeney, Minnetonka, MN

Third Row: “Give a Snowball a Chance,” pieced & quilted by Linda Syverson Guild, Bethesda, MD, “A Milestone of Memoirs” pieced & quilted by Roxy Pike, Acworth, GA, “Haydukes Cabin” pieced & Quilted by Charlene Waggoner, St. Peters, MO

Bottom Row: “Positively Pinwheels” pieced & quilted by Pam Giesel, Yellow Springs, OH, “Grandma’s Sunrise Windmolen” pieced & quilted by Marcia Wachuta, Boscobel, WI, “Yellow Friendship Star” pieced by Dayna Thwaits and quilted by Marcia Wachuta, DeForest, WI14034941_1015731908545534_3757773115406442464_nTop Row, left to right: “Elephant in the Middle” pieced & quilted by Kim Lapacek, Poynette, WI, “Make New Friends” pieced & quilted by Jill Cranford, Ottawa, IL, “Big Yellow Flower” by Elizabeth Schmidt, Engelwood, FL

Second Row: “Stars Fell on Alabama” pieced & quilted by Leslie Carmichael, Prattville, AL, “Curve Ball” pieced & quilted by Becky Grover, Ann Arbor, MI, “Rising Star” – FIRST in Friendship Star Challenge, Pieced & Quilted by Jo Brickwell, Casa Grande, AZ

Third Row: “Cabin FLower” pieced & quilted by Diane Lapacek, Poynette, WI, “Come Fly with Me” pieced & quilted by Roxy Pike, Acworth, GA, “Flower Power #1: A Wrench in the Works” pieced & quilted by Audrey Manning, Middleton, WI

Bottom Row: “Bee Happy” pieced & quilted by Pat DuBois, Woodury, MN, “Here Comes the Sun Dogs” pieced & quilted by Sharon Scott, Sun Prairie, WI, “A Second Self” pieced & quilted by Pam Giesel, Yellow Springs, OH

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Top Row, left to right:  “Friendships Grow in Many Directions” pieced & quilted by Mary Deeney, Minnetonka, MN, “Nine Patch Doodle” – FIRST in Nine Patch Challenge, Pieced & Quilted by Linda Syverson Guild, Bethesda, MD, “Trios Fleches” pieced & quilted by Erin Faller, Duncannon, PA

Second Row: “Pinwheel on the Prairie” pieced & quilted by Victoria Mansfield, Brisbane, Australia, “Flower Garden” pieced & quilted by Rochelle Summers, Carson City, NV, “Windmills of my Mind” pieced & quilted by Eveyln Larrison, DeForest, WI

Third Row: “Anserini Asters” pieced & quilted by Trisha Frankland, Lodi, WI, “Green Power”, pieced & quilted by Betsy Vinegrad, Short Hills, NJ, “Hashtag Wild Goose Chase” pieced & quilted by Betsy Vinegrad, Short Hills, NJ

Bottom Row: “Crop Circles” pieced by Audrey Manning and quilted by Marcia Wachuta, Middleton, WI, “Pinwheels & Posies” pieced & quilted by Mel Beach, San Jose, CA, “Joy” pieced & quilted by Debbie Silva, Deatsville, AL

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Top Row, left to right: “Branching Out” pieced & quilted by Elizabeth Schmidt, Engelwood, FL, “Flat, Straight, and Square” pieced & quilted by Trisha Frankland, Lodi, WI, “Blue Goose” pieced & quilted by Becky Grover, Ann Arbor, MI,

Second Row: “Twirl” pieced & quilted by Trisha Frankland, Lodi, WI, “Violet Snowball” pieced by Dayna Thwaits and quilted Marcia Wachuta, Lodi, WI, “Friendship Star in Indigo” pieced & quilted by Linda Syverson Guild, Bethesda, MD

Third Row: “Colorado Beauty” pieced & quilted by Jill Cranford, Ottawa, IL, “Last Evening of Summer Vacation” pieced & quilted by Roxy Pike, Acworth, GA, “ Meet Me at Infinity” pieced & quilted by Diane Lapacek, Poynette, WI

Bottom Row: “Bubbling Blues” pieced & quilted by Marcia Wachuta, Boscobel, WI, “Indigo Buntings” pieced & quilted by Cheryl Snellgrove, Autaugaville, AL, “Pinwheel Farm” – FIRST in Pinwheel Challenge, pieced & quilted by Linda Syverson Guild, Bethesda, MD

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Top Row, left to right: “All Wired Up” pieced & quilted by Victoria Mansfield, Brisbane, Australia, “Raspberry Beret” pieced & quilted by Erin Faller, Duncannon, PA, “Everything’s Coming up Violets” pieced & quilted by Jo Brickwell, Casa Grande, AZ

Second Row: “Circle of Friends” pieced & quilted by Diane Lapacek, Poynette, WI, “Pinwheels at Midnight” pieced & quilted by Lisa Foslien, Lake Stevens, WA, “Binary Log Cabin” by Mel Beach, San Jose, CA

Third Row: “Not my Mother’s Geese” by Lisa Foslien, Lake Stevens, WA, “Follow Me” pieced & quilted by Jill Cranford, Ottawa, IL, “Solstice at Moonrise” pieced & quilted by Trisha Frankland, Lodi, WI

Bottom Row: “Singing to the Lights” pieced & quilted by Rochelle Summers, Carson City, NV, “Stars Abound in Hollywood” pieced & quilted by Roxy Pike, Acworth, GA, “Just Because II, pieced & quilted by Mary Deeney, Minnetonka, MN

 

The next chance you’ll have to see some of the Focus Quilts on display will be at the 2016 Quilt Expo in Madison, WI, September 8th – 10th. 

Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts–Scrap Quilt Designer Showcase

Happy 15th of the month!  It’s a great day on my blog … time for another guest blogger for the Scrap Quilt Challenge!  Today we’re going to meet Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts.  You can find Mandy on instagram: @mandaleiquilts and on facebook: Mandalei Quilts.fairday

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K: Why do enjoy using fabric scraps for quilting?

M: I used to be more of a tidy-looking-quilt kind of gal, and many of my new designs are all very clean-looking, but lately I've been experimenting and throwing myself into scrap quilting! I have lots of scraps, and I am terrible at organizing them and using them. Most of them are solids, though, and what's a scrap quilt if it doesn't have lots of prints?

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K: Do you have a secret or tip for storing your scraps?

M: I have no secret organization. I wish I did. I am pretty sure I am adult ADHD, so when it comes time to organize my scraps I have a strong fight-or-flight response. They're just in giant bins right now!

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K: If someone where to have given you one tip for sewing/quilting when you first started - what do you wish they would have told you?

M: I didn't discover glue basting until I had been quilting about ten years. It changed my life and really helped me to do much more advanced things. In particular, I made this quilt with about 1500 1 1 /2" HSTs without any trimming of any triangles, and the points all line up perfectly. Thanks glue basting! In fact, I am eyeing this quilt pattern I wrote for it as a way to use up all my scraps. Just as soon as I finish the other quilts on my list, ha!

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It was great to find out more about you Mandy!  Now everyone needs to go over to Mandy’s blog HERE to find out about her favorite *neutrals* to use in scrappy quilts!

And don’t forget to link up your scrap quilt finishes per the challenge rules by November 3rd!

A New Look at Longarm Quilting

Foiled Watermelon Block

The tenth Mystery DecoFoil Block for Therm O Web has been revealed!

One of my (and my children’s) favorite things about summer is of course all the delicious watermelon we get to eat!  There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than to take the melon to the porch, slice it up and enjoy!  Watermelon BlockI thought it would be the perfect subject for the latest block!  Head on over to ThermoWeb’s blog HERE to see how you can make your very own watermelon block!

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Here are all ten of my blocks so far!  Have you made any yet?  There’s still two more yet to be revealed!

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Modern Stitching Affair–Sign Up Today

Hello!

Trina Peterson and Wendy Franczak here. Kim has invited us onto her blog to tell you about the newest and coolest retreat happening in Madison, Wisconsin this fall!

unnamedWendy and I founded the Modern Stitching Affair sewing retreat to bring stitchers together for a long weekend of fun projects and camaraderie.

We’ve got 3 great projects lined up for you, and the best part is that they’re being taught by their respective designers!

Betz White is coming from Maryland to demonstrate her Field Study Tote.

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Cristy Fincher, from Arizona, will be showing us her unique Piec-lique method to make sewing curves a breeze. We’ll be doing her gorgeous Circle Maze pattern.

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Ann Sandler, owner of Stitch Supply Co. in Altoona, Wisconsin, has designed an amazing embroidery sampler for our event! She’ll teach us all of the basic embroidery stitches.

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There will also be time for “free sewing”, so bring along your own projects as well.

We have a ton of sponsors who have provided generous gifts for the event. Every attendee will go home with awesome swag, and there will also be additional door prizes throughout the weekend. There will even be a grand prize drawing: a Juki sewing machine from Mill House Quilts!

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Modern Stitching Affair will take place September 29 - October 2, 2016 at the Madison Marriott West hotel and conference center.

Visit our website, www.modernstitchingaffair.com for all the details about the retreat and to Register! There are a limited number of spots (75 total), so get your ticket now!

Included with your registration fee:

  • Welcome Reception with Appetizers on Thursday
  • 5 Meals: Breakfast Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Lunch Friday, Saturday
  • All 3 Project Demonstrations by the Designers
  • Awesome Swag
  • The chance to Win even more Door Prizes including a Juki Sewing Machine
  • Exclusive Discounts to some of your Favorite Retailers
  • Optional Swap
  • Access to Vendors

We have a limited number of rooms available at the Marriott at a discounted rate, but they are going fast. Reserve your room at our special rate here, or call (608) 831-2000 and tell them you are with the Modern Stitching Affair.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates: @modernstitchingaffair. We hope to stitch with you this fall!

Dutch Treat Quilt

I was thrilled to see Betz White’s new fabric line “Dutch Treat” for Riley Blake Designs.  I was even more thrilled when I was given the opportunity to make something using these fantastic fabrics.DutchTreat_Collage_72dpi_jpg_400x400_q85

I sketched up a few blocks and finally drew up one that has a bunch of pinwheels … which remind me of windmills so I thought it was fitting for the Dutch Treat theme.

Dutch Treat Quilt Block

I made my original block in two colorways for a total of four blocks.

Dutch Treat Quilt Block

I added a thin sashing between the blocks and then pieced a border to emulate the windmills from the block into the borders.  I used Aurifil thread and my Bernina to free motion quilt the top.  It was the perfect size top  (33” x 33”) to quilt on my home machine.

Dutch Treat Quilt

I had to wait for better weather to photograph the quilt … but I have to say … it was worth the wait!

Dutch Treat Quilt

This might be my favorite shot from that evening.  I haven’t named the quilt yet … or the block.  If you have any thoughts on a good name please leave a comment below!

Thank you to Betz White and Riley Blake for trusting me to make something cool with the Dutch Treat fabrics.  I’m also excited to say that Betz White will be coming to my area this September to teach at the Modern Stitching Affair.  While I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be able to go myself (apple season) I hope if you can make it work you’ll consider checking it out!  And Betz … perhaps you can take a little road trip to the orchard so we can meet in person!

Scrap Quilt Challenge Sponsors and Prizes!

Today I’m really excited to share with you some of the details about the prizes you can win by entering a finished quilt into the Scrap Quilt Challenge.  (For complete details about the challenge click HERE.)  It just seems as this project keeps getting better and better!
A new set of prizes this year include “Designer Scrap Boxes”!  I have a fabulous group of quilters that are saving there scraps just for you!  I’m really excited about these boxes – they’ll all vary and all will add some amazing scraps into the winners collections!  Each person donating a scrap box has a completely different aesthetic –these are going to be amazing!
Here are all the folks donating a box of scraps to a lucky winner:

Designer Scrap Bags!

We also have prizes from …

Frank Palmer, Full Frontal Quilts

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A bundle of hand-dyed fabric specifically dyed by Frank for this challenge!

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  • Enjoy a Craftsy class for free - up to a $69.99 value!
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  • Some exclusions apply

Quilter's Dream Batting


  • twin size batting of our new Dream 80/20 in
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    • white, and
    • Dream Pink
  • (3 twins total!!!)

Sew Forever Quilting

Stitch Fast Packages (5 prizes total!)

Bungalow Quilting and Yarn

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A copy of her new book “Quilts for Scrap Lovers” and the corresponding templates to go with it!

The Quilty Box 

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A past Quilty Box!  (get your subscription today so you don’t miss out on future Quilty Boxes!)

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Fabric goodies to increase your scrappy stash!!!!
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If you weren’t already excited about the Scrap Quilt Challenge I hope you are now!  Check out the rules HERE to see how you can enter to win!
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