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April 2014 Project QUILTING Off Season Challenge–Birthday Colors

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Featured, off season, Project QUILTING, quilt challenge | 3 comments

It’s not quit April but close enough and I know you are all anxious to get started on yet another Project Quilting Challenge!

Now – this is not an official ‘season’ challenge but these are what I call ‘off season’ challenges.  There are a few different things that happen.

  1. There aren’t any prizes…yet.
    • One of the most stressful parts of running a fun event on my blog for me is soliciting sponsors and prizes.  Off season means I don’t have to do that.
    • BUT if you want to donate anything to be randomly drawn for by participants in the challenge I’m happy to post about it and run the hat drawing.  If this is something you’re interested in…just email me at lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com.
  2. You have more than a week to finish the challenges.  In fact – I’m giving you FOUR weeks.
    • Projects should be finished by Sunday, April 27th.  Anytime is just fine…just as long as they’re submitted by the time the linky closes (which there’s a countdown on so you can check your time constraints).
    • This is purely just so we have a FINISH before we get moving on the May Off Season Challenge.   Not only is Project QUILTING meant to inspire you to make something you never thought you would – but it’s to help encourage you to FINISH the project too.

Alright – now that I put that out there…let’s see what I have for your challenge this month.

Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE my birthday!  And April is my birthday month – so of course this challenge is going to revolve around Birthdays!

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Using EQ7, I made a fun patchwork calendar quilt (with 31 as the border).  I started out by following the rainbow for the first 7 blocks…then I just went with it.

You’re challenge for this month is called ‘Birthday Colors’.

I want you to take the date of your birthday and use those numbers to find the two main colors of the quilt you will be making.  I’m not going to restrict you to using ONLY these two colors but one should be able to clearly see in your final quilt which two colors you had to use…so they have to be obviously used…not just ‘peeking’ out.

Since, I have a hard time interpreting my thoughts into words some times I’m going to give you a few examples…

My birthday is 4/15 (yup – that’s right..April 15th!  Just a few weeks away!) so my two colors are…

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this lovely green

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and a fabulous lavender.

You can see here I did this completely randomly because I would NEVER use these two colors as the main ones of a quilt…wish me luck!  I’ll need it!

A few more examples…

Capri’s birthday is 2/24 so these would be her colors…

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Cedi’s birthday is 11/29 and her colors would be…

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Pip’s birthday is 4/28 and her quilt would primarily consist of these two colors

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And finally – Jared’s birthday is 5/11 and his quilt would utilize these two colors

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 UPDATE 3/31: 

If you’re birthday is 1/1, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 6/6, 7/7, 8/8, 9/9, 10/10, 11/11, 12/12, or 6/28 – add your color with the color ‘BLACK’.  I hadn’t thought about these special days but I think this will work!  

I’m sure you’re all thinking this is going to be tough and quite a challenge.  I agree!  But it will be fun – right?!

So…in review – have your projects finished up by Sunday, April 27th.

Please link them up below so everyone can easily read more about your creative process.

And…if you want – add them to the Project QUILTING Flickr Group too!

Another UPDATE!  We have some PRIZES now too!

First…from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting

Prize for Off Season Project Quilting Challenges:
“Quilting Gift Certificate” for $30.00 off the Quilting on a Baby size quilt or larger. (Baby, Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King).

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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.

I 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.

Prize 2… A regular Project QUILTING Participant – Adva Price is donating a wonderful prize to a random winner too!

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One lucky person will get this fabulous charm pack from adva!

Thank you both so much for making these challenges even more fun by adding prizes to the mix!

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Have fun!  And don’t forget…

It’s Time to Think Outside the Square!

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Peeking Blooms, a Challenge Quilt

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Featured, quilt, quilt challenge, quilt gallery | 4 comments

At this point if you don’t know that I’m addicted to challenges, then I better just welcome you to my blog for the first time!  So glad you could stop by and to catch you up…

“My Name is Kim Lapacek and I’m addicted to Challenges.”

I love challenges – they make me either come up with something I never dreamed of OR actually do something that I have already dreamed of but never had the time for.

My local quilt guild does a challenge each year and of course I was in.  This year they gave us a piece of deep turquoise and yellow daffodil fabric and told us to ‘Think Spring’.  Now, I feel like I’m always thinking spring and it took me awhile to wrap my head around an new idea.  I finally figured out what I was going to do but in order to do so I needed lots of different shades of solid brown.  I headed to the Fat Quarter Shop and purchased all the browns I could find.

Before I get too far into this – I want to explain something.  One of my goals of late is to try to explain the process I personally go through in my mind when I create the quilts that I do.  I figure if I ever want to write a book (which I really, really do) I need to explain my process more clearly instead of just saying, “I dreamed this quilt up and when I went to pull fabrics, three of them called to me to use them.”  It’s going to take me awhile to get better and trying to figure out myself, why I do what I do, but I hope you don’t mind hanging on for the process!

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Here was my starting palette.

It was a tough piece of floral to work with…but I find that the busier the fabric the cooler it looks if you make it into small pieces.

IMG_6313I started with a red pentagon.  I was going to do a modern log cabin block but I do really like to keep tradition at least a little.  So, I started with a red center.  Then I went from the darkest of the browns and went around one time with those.  I cut between 7/8” and 1.25” strips of the floral challenge fabric and ironed them in half.  I sewed these flanges onto three of the five sides of the browns as it grew bigger.  IMG_6318I wanted it to be the illusion that spring was peaking out of the brown dirt.

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And it kept getting bigger…IMG_6384And bigger.  At this point you can see that I decided I had used enough shades of brown and I started going from the light back to the darkest.  This reminds me of a topographic map… with the hills and valleys in different shades.

IMG_6390The next issue I had to face was weather or not to leave this quilt as a pentagon or to trim it down to a rectangular version?IMG_6388To take a ‘peek’ into both of these options…I took a picture of the quilt as a pentagon and then I took closer up pictures of the quilt cropped into a rectangle.  IMG_6389

In a couple of of ways.  What would you have chosen?IMG_6472I kept it a pentagon.  I just couldn’t cut all that work off and I liked that it wasn’t standard.  AND it still fit in the size guidelines for the challenge so it seemed perfect for me.  The only problem with is, is that I was using this as a bit of a ‘trial’ quilt for another challenge I have to have finished by May.  Now that quilt HAS to be rectangular…I may have to do something different next time….IMG_6463Before I was finished I had to add a bit of embellishment.  I think I started with too big of a red pentagonal center – so I wanted to cover that up a bit.  I added some fibers and rolled fabric and embellished the center.  I thought about embellishing the entire thing…sort of an all or nothing feeling, but when I stepped back and looked at it I like the ‘arty center’ and the modern outside.  I did straight line quilting with a metallic thread.IMG_6466

I did add just a bit of sparkly brown ribbon to three of the five sides of binding…that’s one thing you can never have enough off…sparkle!

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Triangle Inspiration

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Featured, Project QUILTING, quilt challenge, season 5 | 0 comments

Last night I had dinner with my family and then I had to head out to a meeting or my quilt guild.   This morning when we sat down to have breakfast, Cedi, showed me what they worked on last night.

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Inspiration for me to use for the Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge!

IMG_6819They were all drawing on paper ideas for my triangle quilt!IMG_6822This was the one Cedi was most proud of.IMG_6823IMG_6824And this is Capri’s favorite…IMG_6829Oh…she liked this one a lot too.IMG_6821 Jared even got in on the fun!  I may just have to use his idea for the quilting on this one…wowsa!

While I’m probably not using there ideas THIS time I did already plan on including them in the design process of my quilt…

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At this moment…I’m using the TWO fabrics above for my challenge quilt.  YES.  Kim Lapacek, is only using TWO fabrics in a quilt.  They are a highly printed Hoffman fabric for the Hoffman Fabric Challenge and a highly textured orange/red/pink hand-dyed fabric…but still – only two!  We’ll see if this plan sticks or if I dream something else up before I get started!

Do you know what you’re doing yet?

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Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge Link Up and Voting Post

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Featured, Project QUILTING, season 5 | 2 comments

UPDATE 3/23/14!

TIME TO VOTE!  Choose your FOUR Favorite Quilts Below and click on the heart to vote (upper right corner)!  You can click on the photo’s themselves to read the ‘story’ behind the quilt – my favorite part!

Please DO NOT VOTE for entries 43 and 44.  Diane made 43 and and I made 44 – while we are not eligible for prizes and don’t want to take away votes from others – we still want to show off our work!  You can, however, feel free to click on our projects and leave us a comment on what you think!  We love to hear from you!

The quilt with the most votes will receive this:

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Adorable and fabulous - Felted Pirate Owl Pin Cushion from ElefawnDesigns!
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I have one of these fabulous owl pincushions in my collection and he just makes me happy!  Also – check out the view looking down on him – do you see the triangle!?  So appropriate!

Voting will close on Friday, March 28th at 8pm.  Spread the word to your family and friends!  They get FOUR votes so they can vote for you and then three other quilts that they like best!

Winners will be announced on Saturday, March 29th.

We’re going to try it again.  This new way to link up and vote seemed to run pretty smoothly for Challenge 4 & 5.   Below I need you to link up either a blog post or a flickr image to widget below of your COMPLETED Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge Piece.  The link up will be open from noon on March 16th until noon on March 23rd.  There is NO WIGGLE ROOM here like there was before.  At noon – you can no longer link up and I won’t be able to squeeze you in either.  Please plan accordingly.

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If you don’t blog and you don’t do flickr, email your picture and story to me by 11:00 am on March 23rd so I can get it posted for you.  Since I’m doing this differently I need time to do this BEFORE the link closes.

Please still include the story and information behind the quilt on flickr and/or your blog post.  We all still want to read about it!  AND when you link up, if you choose to link to your blog, be sure to link to the post talking about your quilt.  This will make it easier for us all to find it.

This is the third time I’m doing this!  If you have any questions or issues with it please let me know ASAP or feel free to post on the Project QUILTING page or ‘Challenge Quilts‘ Group.  If I’m not around someone usually is to answer questions!

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Project QUILTING Season 5, Challenge 6–Triangles

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Featured, Project QUILTING, quilt challenge, season 5 | 2 comments

It’s with a heavy heart that I’m posting the final challenge for Season 5 of Project QUILTING.  I can’t believe how fast this season has gone.  I have met lots of new quilters from all over the world and rekindled friendships with past participants.  195 amazing quilts have been made for the first 5 challenges.  Please help me spread the word to everyone you know about this FINAL Season 5 challenge – we need 60 participants to just TIE the Season 4 quilt total of 255 and I KNOW we can do it!
Of course – before we get to the actual challenge let’s see what this weeks prizes are!

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PRIZES

 

Marcia's Crafty Sewing & Quilting

$30 gift certificate redeemable towards quilting by Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting!

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Wooldand Ridge Retreat will be giving away a $50 gift certificate towards a retreat stay.

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For Quilts Sake will be giving away one of these fabulous stash bags to a lucky winner!

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Studio Cherie will be giving a free pattern!

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Fabrics N Quilts will be donating a $20 gift certificate!

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Sew BitterSweet Designs is giving a set of her 4 pack of original patterns!

Waggons West is donating a custom quilt label!

GRAND PRIZE REVIEW

I want to remind everyone too that this is the last time to get your name in the hat for the Randomly Drawn Grand Prize.  Here’s a quick review of what’s being given away to ONE lucky participant!

Every time you complete a Project QUILTING Challenge per the guidelines you’re name will be added to the drawing for the Grand Prize.  If you complete every challenge (all 6) you will get a bonus entry (maximum number of times your name will be in the drawing…7).

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$50 gift certificate redeemable towards quilting by Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting!

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Bungalow Quilting and Yarn will be giving away a book with templates!

Waggons West is donating THREE custom quilt labels!

Diana of SeldomSeenQuilting is giving away her service of digitizing a photograph for embroidery!

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Pat Sloan will be giving away a fabulous box of her Aurifil Thread, ‘The Perfect Box of Neutrals’ as part of this season’s grand prize!

I am so grateful for all my amazing sponsors this season!

I’ve made you wait long enough…what is the sixth and final challenge….

Triangles

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  1. Your project this week must include triangles. Half square triangles, quarter square triangles, pieced triangles, appliquéd triangles, paper pieced triangles, right triangles, isosceles triangles, equilateral triangles. The possibilities are endless.
  2. 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.
  3. Your project must have a name.
  4. Please remember that these projects need to be started and FINISHED during the week of the challenge.
  5. NEW NEW NEW READ!!!  Link up either a blog post or flickr image to THIS LINK UP POST by Sunday, March 23rd, 2014, at noon, CDT –OR email a picture/description of your completed project to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by 11am on Sunday, March 23rd.
    • Please still include on your blog or flickr image of your entry a description of your creative process, including where you are (ie, I create in Madison, WI) and the size of your project.  If you decide to just directly upload your image to the link up party please email me this information so I can share it with everyone else.
    • I would still love if everyone posted to the Flickr Group as that makes making mosaics and looking over things much easier, but it is no longer required.
    • There is now a ‘Challenge Quilts’ Facebook Group you can join in on to share your thoughts, questions, or whatever related to quilting challenges.  You can always post progress pictures there if you want too!
  6. Even if you’ve been participating for years… Please email Kim at {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line so that Kim can keep you updated on the behind the scenes going-ons and get all her records straight.

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Please be sure to post your FINAL project HERE.  VERY IMPORTANT!  If you do not link up to the VOTING POST you will not be able to win the public vote prize.

With that – good luck to everyone!  Don’t forget – you can find Project QUILTING on Facebook too! And a Challenge Group if you’re want to find out about all the challenges you can in the quilting world!

 

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