2017 Quilt Finishes

As the year comes to an end it’s always fun to take a look back and see what quilts I finished.

2017 Quilt FinishesA quick look at the collage of my finishes makes me feel like I accomplished quite a bit.  In fact, if I counted correctly I had 37 quilt finishes.  Some of the quilts were rather large, and other fairly tiny. Six of those finishes were a direct result of season 8 of Project QUILTING.  I made three varying versions of my Dresden Neighborhood quilts. I tried out a new technique – wefty needle weaving.  I finished up a few unfinished tops and made some fun little gifts to boot.  A very successful year indeed!


Another fun thing to do was to find out which 9 photos on my instagram account has the most likes.  Here they are!  I’m thinking you are all really digging my ombre quilt!  I’m going to be mailing it off to the quilter tomorrow so it shouldn’t be too long until I finish that gal up.

I do have a few goals for 2018 in my creative world.  Here’s my list (for now):

  1. Finish all six Project QUILTING Challenges for Season 9
  2. Finish a couple of samplers I have the blocks made for …they just need either the setting and/or borders.
  3. Write and release new quilt patterns.
  4. Run an amazingly awesome, inspiring and fun Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along.
  5. CREATE quilts!

Project QUILTING Season 9 Weekly and Grand Prize Sponsors

Each week before the actual Project QUILTING Challenge is posted, a summary of the prizes that are up for grabs will be posted. All you have to do for a chance to win a prize is participate and complete a Project QUILTING Challenge. 


Weekly Prize Sponsors! 

The companies and people listed below have generously donated a variety of prizes for the one or all of the weekly challenges in Season 9 of Project QUILTING! The winners will be drawn randomly from all of those who participate in the challenge LIVE on the Project QUILTING Facebook page. 

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Hunter’s Design Studio

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Kid Giddy


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Warm Crochet



Stephanie Palmer – Quilter’s Planner


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Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting



Jacquelynne Steves


Sew Sweetness


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Pointelle Designs


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Color Girl Quilts



Studio Cherie


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Hungry Hippie Sews


Grand Prize Sponsors!

At the end of the season one lucky participant will be randomly chosen to win a fabulous grand prize bundle (details coming)! To have your name put in the hat for this prize you must complete at least one challenge.  Your name will go in one time for every challenge you complete.  If you complete all six challenges in Season 9 your name will go in a seventh time – increasing your chances of winning!

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    Hunter’s Design Studio


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    Kid Giddy


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      Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting



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        It’s not too late for you to become a sponsor!  I can still add you into the fun!  Just email me:  lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com with details about what you’d like to donate and for when (weekly and/or grand prize). In return for your support, I’ll post about your business on my blog, instagram, facebook and newsletter!

        Project QUILTING Challenge Schedule for Season 9

        It’s about time I post the entire challenge schedule for Season 9 of Project QUILTING

        Are you as excited as I am for the ninth season of Project QUILTING?

        Project QUITLING Season 8 quilts created by Kim Lapacek
        Here’s a little montage of the six quilted projects I completed for Season 8.
        January 7th: Challenge 1 - Hometown Proud
        January 14th:  Challenge 1 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST

        January 21st: Challenge 2: Triangulation
        January 28th:  Challenge 2 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST

        February 4th: Challenge 3: Bold and Brave
        February 11th:  Challenge 3 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST

        February 18th: Challenge 4: Mellow Yellow
        February 25th:  Challenge 4 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST

        March 4th: Challenge 5: A Stitch in Time
        March 11th:  Challenge 5 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST

        March 18th: Challenge 6:  SCRAPtastic
        March 25th:  Challenge 6 Due – Must be linked up by Noon CST


        I have TONS Of amazing sponsors lined up for season 9 too!  Check out the Ultimate Weekly Sponsor – a new prize this season!  And all of the weekly and grand prize sponsors! It’s not too late – you can be a sponsor too – click HERE to find out how!

        Here is a post to help you get yourself prepared for Project QUILTING to begin!  Can you tell I’m excited?


        Project QUILTING is brought to you by Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams.  Trisha Frankland of Quilt Chicken is the genius behind all of the challenges.  I couldn’t run this challenge without her help!

        Below is a Project QUILTING Google Calendar I created so you can easily integrate it into your own google calendar and never miss a new challenge or a deadline!

        Project QUILTING Season 9 Ultimate Weekly Sponsors

        This post is a summary of all the amazing sponsors that are lined up for Season 9 of Project QUILTING.  It’s going to be the best season yet with some really incredible prizes up for grabs!

        Each week before the actual Project QUILTING Challenge is posted, a summary of the prizes that are up for grabs will be posted.  There is a new special sponsor this year!  There will be “Utlimate Weekly Sponsors” that are donating a generous prize valued at least at $50.

        Ultimate Weekly Sponsors


        Cheryl Sleboda – Challenge 1 posted on January 7th, 2018


          Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

          Fat Quarter Shop – Challenge 2 posted on January 21st, 2018


            ThermoWeb – Challenge 3 posted on February 4th, 2018



              Wise Craft Quilts – Challenge 4 posted on February 18th, 2018


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              Perkins Dry Goods – Challenge 5 posted on March 4th, 2018


              blue barBlue Bar Quilts – Challenge 6 posted on March 18th, 2018

              Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along starting in 2018

              Good morning everyone!  Happy day after Christmas!  I don’t know about you but I woke up super early on Christmas morning – 5am.  And it wasn’t just because I was excited about Santa coming – which I was, and he did – but because I had an idea.  In 2018 I’m going to run a #DresdenNeighbhoodSAL.  That’s right!  I’m going to sew 12 Dresden Neighborhood blocks in 12 months!  By the end of 2018 I’ll have a full size 72” x 96” quilt (at a minimum … there may be some border treatment options) and I’d love to have you join in.


              It won’t just be “buy my pattern and sew 12 Dresden Neighborhoods” either.  On the 9th of each month I’ll feature a new idea or option that you can utilize when making your quilt. 
              There will definitely be ways to make it into a “memory” quilt … remembering the different towns and cities you’ve lived in my incorporating unique architectural elements into the houses of your neighborhoods. 

              I will share different options for doors, windows, roofs and even different sized houses! 
              Perhaps you’ll decide to make a rainbow of neighborhoods?  Or a completely black and white neighborhood quilt?  Whatever you decide – it’s going to be a year full of fun making these mini quilts!

              Christmas Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek

              January, Month 1: Hometown Memories -  Port Washington Building Dresden Wedge Templates

              What do you need to participate?

              Purchase my downloadable Dresden Neighborhood pdf Pattern either on craftsy here or etsy here.  (If you already purchased the pattern you’re welcome to join in the fun.  But if you look at the pattern and think you can make it without the pattern I’d still appreciate it if you purchase it since you are then supporting me as a designer.)

              HeatnBond LiteDresden Plate Ruler.  I recommend the EZ Quilting Dresden Quilt Tool Set to but if you have a different one (for instance – Creative Grids) already that’s not a problem.

              Heat N Bond Lite

              Heat N Bond Ultrahold

              Fabric Scraps!  This is a great project to use up your scraps!  The background of each Dresden Neighborhood is 24” square but this can be pieced so again – scraps work just fine.

              Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Kim Lapacek


              Me and My Sister Designs Me and My Sister Double Wide Dresden Ruler – this will enable you to easily create “double-wide” houses for your neighborhoods!  It’s completely optional.

              10" Diameter rotating cutting mat (or larger but not too large so it doesn't fit in your sewing area) – this just makes cutting your Dresden Plates easier.  I have one and it’s awesome when I remember that I can just rotate the cutting board and not myself … I just have to actually remember that!

              For Month 1 some optional supplies/tools

              HeatNBond Ez-Print Lite sheets - you can feed these right through your inkjet printer to print the templates precisely
              Clover Press Perfect foot.
              small, sharp scissors
              Aurifil 12 Wt in 2692

              Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Kim Lapacek

              I hope you decide to join in the fun!  I can’t wait to see all the different versions of the Dresden Neighborhood that will be created!
              Dresden Neighborhood Quilt by Kim Lapacek

              Be sure to follow me on instagram – @PersimonDreams and the hashtag #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL so you don’t miss anything!  Also – join my Facebook Group “Dream and Quilt Along with Kim Lapacek” for even more fun!

              Month 1:  Hometown Memories

              Month 3: Prism Dreams


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              Christmas Baking and Candy Making

              My girls had a half day of school yesterday to start out their winter break.  As soon as they got off the bus we started our mission – bake cookies and make as much candy as we could until we were sick of it!

              First up –

              Chocolate Chip Cookies

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              Each year we pick names amongst ourselves and we have to make that person a handmade gift.  I picked Jared this year – whew!  He’s super easy to make for.  He LOVES homemade cookies and I rarely make them (because if I make them I tend to have to eat them) so it’s a true treat for him.  We started our baking by making a double batch of chocolate chip cookies.  I use the recipe from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook.  This is the same cookbook my mom had as I grew up and the same recipe she uses when she makes cookies – it really is always a winner.

              It actually is even a winner if you forget to add the vanilla and then once you realize you forgot to the vanilla so you mix it in after the fact – still tastes good.

              Rolo Turtles

              While I was working on the chocolate chip cookies Cedi started in on the Rolo Turtles.  Seriously – this is the easiest thing we made and they are absolutely delicious!  A pinterest win for sure!  All you need is pretzels (the square ones are recommended but a bit tricky to find), pecans, and rolo’s.  Now – you’ll be tempted to buy the rolo’s in the bulk package but remember the rolo’s in the rolls by the register are already unwrapped so it saves you a bit of time.  I found that it took just under 10 rolls of rolos to cover a baking tray full of square pretzels.

              Christmas Crack

              Cedi finished the Rolo Turtles before I was done with the chocolate chip cookies (remember – double batch with a few issues) so she started in on the Christmas Crack.  This is a recipe I found on pinterest that we thought we’d give a try.

                christmas crack

              This was a pinterest success!  Cedi pretty much made it all herself … I just helped with the process for taking the hot things in and out of the oven.  And it is just as delicious as everyone says … in fact, my mouth is watering right now as I type this.

              Next up – Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

              Cedi was using the IPad to make the Christmas Crack and I was too lazy to open my computer so I found a recipe in a cookbook I had for these cookies.  I started filling the bowls I had with the ingredients the recipe said.  As I was putting all the ingredients I realized this particular recipe did not have peanut butter in it – huh?  That was not what I was planning on making.  So – I opened my computer and looked up the actual recipe.  Thee ingredient list looked pretty similar so I decided to wing it a bit and just add the peanut butter from one recipe into the other.  A whole new cookie was created and the family (and relatives) all enjoyed it. 

              Chocolate Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

              Chocolate Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

              1/2 c. butter
              3/4 c. white sugar
              3/4 c. brown sugar
              1 tsp. vanilla
              2 eggs
              1/2 c. peanut butter
              1/3 c. cocoa
              2 1/4 c. flour
              1 tsp. baking soda
              1 tsp. salt
              1 pkg chocolate stars 

              Beat butter, peanut butter, sugars and vanilla.  Add eggs and milk, beat well.  Mix in the rest of the dry ingredients.  Stir in chocolate chips. Roll into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350-degrees for 10 to 11 min.  Cool for 1 minute, remove from cookie sheet, press a chocolate star into the center of each cookie.

              Green Wreath Cookies

              christmas wreath cookiesMy mom always made these when I was a kid.  If you look on pinterest they’re all shaped into these beautiful wreaths.  Well – I did not take the time to do that. I heated up the butter, marshmallows, and green food coloring and then added the rest of the ingredients.  Pip took the reins from their – stirring the mixture and then plopping it onto wax paper.  Once the mixture was plopped, she sprinkled red hots onto them .. some had 5 red hots, some had none … she wanted to please all.

              Ting-a-Ling Cookies

              christmas tingalingThis is another recipe my mom always made at Christmas.  It’s another no bake recipe that went together quickly.  I did all the melting (to ensure they weren’t burnt … nothing worse than burnt chocolate).  Then I handed the bowl to Capri to mix the ingredients and plop the balls of mixture onto wax paper to dry.  I just love this crunchy, sweet treat!


              The final thing we made on Friday was fudge.  I never took a photo of it but it turned out really well. The trick to good fudge is to simply buy the container of marshmallow fluff and follow the recipe.  If you do what the recipe says its a no fail way to make a delicious, melt in your mouth treat.

              The good thing about making all this candy is that we were able to make fun plates of cookies and candy to bring to christmas parties.  The not so good thing is that I still have a bunch left and can’t seem to bring myself to stop eating it …. hmmm ….

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