Hometown Proud Voting Time

TIME TO VOTE!  Choose your TEN Favorite Quilts below that were created for the Project PQ-square-@400QUILTING Hometown Proud Challenge 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!  When you stop please take a minute to comment on your favorite thing about the quilt!  Let’s make Project QUILTING an inspiring, uplifting community that encourages and supports each other in positive ways!  Vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right corner of the image.

The quilt with the most votes will receive …

its a mystery

A mystery box of fabric and other goodies from yours truly! I did a huge cleaning of my sewing room before this season was started and I found a plethora of goodies that I’ve been collecting for prizes and then putting somewhere safe for the last few years only to forget where I put them.  Well – I found them and one lucky winner will benefit from that at the end of this week!

Voting will close on Friday, January 19th at 8pm, CST.  Spread the word to your family and friends!

Everyone gets TEN votes so they can vote for you and then nine other quilts that they like best! 
The “Viewer’s Choice” winner & random prize winners will all be announced on Saturday, January 20th or in the morning on Sunday, January 21st (I’m not sure when we have basketball next weekend yet).  If you haven’t checked out the prize post yet be sure to do so.  We have great prizes lined up from our Ultimate Weekly Sponsor –Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com, as well as sponsors Hunter’s Design Studio, Warm Crochet, Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting, Sew Sweetness, Color Girl Quilts, Pointelle Design, Hungry Hippie Sews, Aurifil, Wednesday’s Creations Studio, and! Quilter’s Planner Bundle


There are a few of us who can’t qualify for prizes but still want to share with you what we created for the Project QUILTING challenge.  I’ve created a special link up for us!  Not only will we be linking up here but if you didn’t finish the challenge in time you’re welcome to link up below so folks can see your finished project – whenever that may be!

Didn't finish your quilt for Hometown Proud on time?  That's okay!  You can't win prizes but we still want to see what you did!  Please link up your finish project below - anytime!  This is going to be a never ending link up!

Spelling Bee Quilt: Letter L {Quilt Along}

I love a good quilt along and the Spelling Bee Book Quilt Along is no different.  image001Every Saturday for 44 weeks, bloggers from across the blogiverse are sharing what they’re making with specific letters, symbols or creations from this fun and whimsical book by Lori Holt.  L by Kim Lapacek Fruit Dots Navy Gold Stripe and Sweet Autumn Day Orangic Red Apple and PearWe got to choose a couple of blocks we’d prefer so my first choice was the capital “L”.  Any idea why I would want the letter L? Lapacek by Kim Lapacek - Fruit Dots Navy Gold Stripe and Sweet Autumn Day Orangic Red Apple and Pear Because I’m going to make a quilted sign with our name on it of course!  I have all the letters complete … I just need to sash them and then I have two fun bonus blocks that I’m going to put in the front and back of our last name.  One of the bonus blocks will be the apple block (surprising I know) and you’ll find out the second one in April.

Head over to the Jolly Jabber to see what other folks have been working on with this Quilt Along!

Spelling Bee Book by Lori Holt

Here is the schedule of Quilters, be sure to visit their Blogs and / or Instagram accounts to see what they are up to and don't forget to go an visit Joanne (Cottonjo on Instagram) to see her Bee Block.

Month 1: Hometown Memories for the Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along

Hello and happy 9th day of the month!  My plan for the 9th day of the month for today and the next 11 months is to share a new source of inspiration for making a Dresden Neighborhood Quilt Block (or mini quilt … whatever you prefer) and to keep the fun going in the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL

I’m really excited about today’s inspiration – Hometown Memories.  These Dresden Neighborhood blocks are a great way to create a memory quilt for yourself or as a gift. I designed three special Dresden Wedge Templates that are buildings you can find in my hometown – Port Washington, WI.  (hmm … this is related to the Project QUILTING Challenge this week too…)

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Port Washington WI Lighthouse Dresden Plate

There is double wide Dresden wedge that represents the towns lighthouse.

Port Washington WI Lighthouse Dresden Plate

A double wide Dresden wedge that represents St. Mary’s Church – an iconic church and view from downtown Port Washington.Port Washington WI Bandshell Dresden Plate

and finally a double wide Dresden wedge that represents the band shell down by Lake Michigan. 

You can get your very own templates for these three special Port Washington Building Dresden Wedge Templates on my craftsy page HERE.  Not from Port Washington?  That’s ok – these three unique buildings will look great in any neighborhood!

Today I’ll show you some tips and tricks on how to fit these special wedges into your neighborhood.  I’m not going to show you the whole process step by step though … that’s what the pattern you purchased is for.  If you are confused with anything from your pattern though don’t hesitate to contact me with questions via email:  lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com … I’m happy to help!

Each special building wedge is equivalent to TWO standard Dresden wedges. For example: if you decide to use one building wedge you would only need 18 regular Dresden wedges for the houses. 

REMEMBER: 1 Double Wedge replaces 2 Regular Dresden Wedges

Port Washington #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL by Kim Lapacek

I used all three special building templates so I only need 14 regular Dresden wedge houses.

My special buildings were all created using the Double Wide Dresden ruler as a template. 

Dresden Neighborhood initial layout

The Lighthouse

This template is going to be a combination of piecing and raw edge applique.  The base of the structure can actually just be a solid wedge.Lighthouse WedgeI cut a wedge that was 4” from the smaller end of the wedge for the base. 

The remaining details of the lighthouse will be fused on with Heat N Bond Lite.raw edge applique for Lighthouse Wedge

I recommend using Heat N Bond Ultrahold for any of the details you want to add that you don’t want to worry about stitching down to secure –for example, anything small like the windows on the lighthouse.

Lighthouse Wedge in Dresden Neighborhood

There are some small details on the lighthouse that could be stitched in with your sewing machine OR you could do some hand stitching to add even more interest to your piece.

Lighthouse Wedge in Dresden Neighborhood

I chose the hand stitching option and brought my neighborhood to my daughter’s basketball tournament to work on.  Before I left the house I used the blue end of the Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen to sketch out the lines I wanted to stitch. Aurifil 12 Wt 2692

Aurifil 12 Wt in 2692 was the perfect thread for stitching the details of the railing onto the lighthouse.


St. Mary’s Church

The shape of this Dresden Wedge building is unique and while you could trace it onto your fabric and cut it carefully out, I would recommend fusing this particular plate to Heat N Bond lite.  This is a situation where I’m really happy that ThermoWeb makes HeatNBond Ez-Print Lite sheets.  Fusible paper that can go right into your inkjet printer and print the template exactly!  This is much more accurate than tracing the details by hand.Heat N Bond EZ-Print Lite Sheets

Once the Dresden wedge is printed you can fuse it to the fabric you chose for the main church building.

St Mary's Church WedgeTo keep it extremely accurate, I used my Double Wide Dresden Ruler to cut out the bottom and sides of the church.  I then carefully cut the rest of the details with a small, sharp scissors

St Mary's Church WedgeWhen you’re ready to sew your church wedge into the whole neighorhood plate be sure to peel the paper off.  This will leave you with a shiny, almost rubbery feeling surface.  I discovered that it fed through my sewing machine better with the fusible side down towards the bed of the machine.  You may have to play around and see what works best on your machine.

sewing together

Because the church wedge has fusible on it, the seams cannot be pressed with an iron when adding it into the neighborhood.  This is where a tool I got in one of my Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler Boxes came in handy!  It’s a Clover Press Perfect foot.  It allowed me to press the seam sharply without using the heat of an iron.Clover Press Perfect Foot

Once the church plate is pieced, the remaining details of the church will be fused on.  Due to the intricacy’s of the church details I would recommend printing a second church onto the HeatNBond Ez-Print Lite sheets.  You can then fuse this sheet to the main detail fabric and cut out the shapes you need.

Remember, if the details is small and you don’t want to have secure it in place with stitches trace it onto Heat N Bond Ultrahold for fusing.

hand stitching details on Dresden Neighborhood Quilt

I chose to hand stitch the intricate line details of the church on with Aurifil 12 Wt in 2692

The Bandshell

Bandshell Dresden Neighborhood WedgeJust as the church was, the bandshell is an odd shaped wedge.  I printed the pattern onto HeatNBond Ez-Print Lite sheets to get the main shape of the building.  Heat N Bond Lite FusibleMost of the details can be directly traced onto fusible since direction doesn’t matter.  The flag however must be flipped to maintain the proper direction.  To do this I simply printed the template onto regular paper, flipped it to the back and traced the reverse image of the flag.  I then used that reverse image to create my template on the fusible. You can see how I forgot about this at first and had to cross out the tracing that was in the wrong orientation.

When you sew the bandshell into your neighborhood you’re going to want to follow the same method as the church. B sure not to iron it and instead use the Clover Press Perfect foot to create a crisp seam.

Wedges - Port Washington Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek

I had fun picking out a few special fabrics for the regular house wedges in my Port Washington neighborhood.  Since it was my hometown it’s where I went to school and I was a bit of a nerd in school. In fact, for Senior awards I won the award of “Teacher’s Pet.”  Not sure if it’s something to be proud of but I really liked school! The girl with the books on her head and reading a book is a perfect example of me growing up.  The fish in the fish bowl represents one of the biggest festivals in Port Washington – Fish Day!  It’s the worlds largest one day outdoor fish fry and if you’re ever near Port Washington on the third Saturday in July I’d recommend stopping in to check it out.  Skulls were necessary since it’s a harbor town and the High School Mascot is the pirate.Seagulls -Port Washington Dresden Neighborhood by Kim LapacekAnd of course I needed to include a touristy seagull house.  Port Washington has tons of seagulls AND tourists in the summer!

Port Washington Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek

My first Dresden Neighborhood block for the #DresdenNeighborhoodSAL is complete! I hope you found some inspiration in my post and give these special buildings a try. 

One more note before I go.  Since this is going to be a busy, scrappy quilt I will share one trick of mine to help make the blocks relate to each other. 

Scraps for future Dresden Neighborhoods

Any fabric I used that I had a decent piece left, I saved and I will use as I continue to make more Dresden Neighborhood blocks.  Now I probably won’t use all of them, but one or two at least.

Dresden Neighborhood House Wedge

I also cut out a few Dresden wedges from the background fabric that I hope to incorporate into one or more of the 11 Dresden Neighborhood blocks I have yet to make.

After I make the next block, I’ll add the fabric scraps into this bin and continue the process until I’m complete.  By mixing even a little of the same fabrics throughout the piece it will blend dresdenSALtogether better.

Now it’s your turn!  Let’s see what you come up with for your first 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 and/or link up below!


9.1 – Hometown Proud - Challenge 1 of Project QUILTING Season 9

Hello and welcome everyone!  I know you are all just as excited as I am for the ninth season of Project QUILTING to begin!  Everything you need to know about how Project QUILTING began can be found on THIS page

Hometown Proud - Challenge 1 of Project QUILTING Season 9

Normally Trish Frankland of Quilt Chicken writes up these posts and is full of whimsy and great vocabulary … but sadly she has a bad case of the flu and was unable to do the post write up.  But after a bit of fever induced texting I was able to interpret the first challenge of the season so no worries!  If you can though – send some good and healing energy to Trish so she feels better sooner than later! (she’ll see your comments on the Project QUILTING Facebook page).

smith brothers - an iconic restaurant and fishery in Port Washington, WI

Before we begin, a reminder: please read through the rules - read all the way to the bottom of this post -  and make sure you understand them. Feel free to ask questions, and we'll do our best to answer quickly. Note that photography of your finished project must be linked at the bottom of this post in order to be eligible for prizes and for the Viewer's Choice voting next week. (Maybe if you're unsure about the posting this first time, don't wait until the very last minute? THANKS!)

You must read more about "Susie the Duck" in Lodi, WI - click on picture

I just want to remind everyone that these challenges are meant to be inspirational and FUN!  If you are feeling stressed just take a minute to look back at the “Words … “ post Trish did before Season 8.  It’s a classic and should be revisited every once in awhile. Every week that you enter a piece for the challenge you are entered into a hat to win one of the amazing prizes from our sponsors!  Be sure to check out THIS post for all the prizes up for grabs this weeks and to thank our awesome sponsors!  Our Ultimate Weekly Sponsor this week is Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com.  There will also be a special prize for the ‘Public Vote’ winner of the week.   AND, if you finish the challenge in the time allotted your name will also be added into the final hat at the completion of the season for an opportunity to win the GRAND PRIZE!  Inspiration, quilting, fun AND Prizes!?  Can it get much better?

Mt. Horeb, WI has a great troll community

Challenge 9.1  The theme for the first challenge of season 9 is “Hometown Proud”.

The rules:
Union Terrace in Madison, WI1. Be inspired by the best of you community – what makes your town special?  We don’t care if it’s where you live or where you have lived.  This part is open to interpretation but in the description of your quilt please included the name of the town and why you chose it.

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 (January 7 through January 14, 2018). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 

3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge(started on or after January 7, finished by January 14). 

4.  Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
  1. Include patchwork.
  2. Include appliqué.
  3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
5. Link up a blog post, instagram post, or public facebook post to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Sunday, January 14th, 2018, at noon CDT. Alternately, you may email the picture and description to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by 11am on Sunday, January 14. Yes - that deadline is one hour earlier, because it requires more work for Kim. Do not hesitate to email Kim – we do not want you to feel in anyway that you can’t join in because you can’t get the linky to work.  Kim is more than happy to help!
When you create your PQ entry's blog post or instagram or whatever you can to link up (you can link up a facebook photo BUT please make sure you set your photo so the public can view it), 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 Madison, WI) and .  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.
6.  The only thing you have to do to join in this challenge is LINK UP your finished quilt that you made within the week of the challenge!  There is no form/email/etc necessary. This challenge is OPEN TO ALL!
    Coon Rapids, MN water tower - the first town I lived in
    • Please use the hashtags #pqSeason9 and/or #projectquilting when posting on social networking sites to help spread the word.
    • 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.
    With that – good luck to everyone!
    Poynette, WI my current home town
    Please be sure to link up your FINAL project just below HERE.  VERY IMPORTANT!  If you do not link up you cannot win a prize!

    An InLinkz Link-up

    There are a few of us who can’t qualify for prizes but still want to share with you what we created for the Project QUILTING challenge. I’ve created a special link up for us! Not only will we be linking up here but if you didn’t finish the challenge in time you’re welcome to link up below so folks can see your finished project – whenever that may be!

    Didn't finish your quilt for Hometown Proud on time? That's okay! You can't win prizes but we still want to see what you did! Please link up your finish project below - anytime! This is going to be a never ending link up!

    Prize List for Challenge 9.1 of Project QUILTING

    Happy Sunday morning everyone!  The first challenge for Season 9 of Project QUILTING will be posted very soon – I promise.  But before we see what the challenge is we need to check out all of the prizes that are up for grabs this week.  Everyone who enters per the guide lines of the challenge will have their name put in a hat.  My girls will randomly draw the winners once the challenge closes (we often do this live on facebook!). 

    Prize 1

    From our Ultimate Weekly Sponsor –Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com

    heirloom sewing bundle


    You can find out more about Cheryl and details of the prize at this post.

    Prize 2

    hunters design studio
    Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio is giving one lucky winner a PDF pattern of their choice!

    Prize 3

    warm crochet scissors

    A pair of beautiful scissors from Warm Crochet.  You get to choose which color – Red Bronze, Silver, Gold or Bronze.  These are not only gorgeous but super sharp too!

    Prize 4 

    “Quilting Gift Certificate” for $50.00 off the Quilting on a Lap size quilt or larger. (Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King) from Marcia’s logo_crafty_sewing_150x150Crafty 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.

    Prize 5

    Marcia would also like to giveaway to a separate winner a prize of one of her original patterns(value $8.00).

    Prize 6

    sew sweetness

    Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness is donating a $15 Gift Certificate to use at her online shop!  She’s got some amazing patterns, classes and other supplies!

    Prize 7


    A copy of Color Girl Quilts pattern “Pixie Medallion.”  Which is extra perfect timing since she’s running a quilt along with this particular pattern RIGHT NOW!

    Prize 8


    A pair of Liberty Fabric button earrings from Pointelle Design!

    Prize 9

    hungry hippie sewsessential oil case

    A PDF Pattern of your choice from Hungry Hippie Sews! Natalie has a bunch of great patterns but I’m slighly partial to the Essential Oils Case pdf pattern I made it using the “Yoga is for Everyone” fabric.

    Prize 10

    Once again Aurifil is one of our fabulous Project QUILTING Challenge!

    aurifil small spools

    I’m not sure which one exactly yet but one lucky person will be receiving a small spool collection of Aurifil Thread!

    *Prize 11

    *This prize is only for a winner in the United States!


    Kate Pietschman of Wednesday’s Creations Studio is giving one lucky winner an adorable frog pincushion!

    *Prize 12

    *This prize is only for a winner in the United States!

    2018 Quilters Planners Bundle

    A Quilter’s Planner Bundle from Stephanie Palmer - which includes the planner, magazine and mini planner! 

    quilters planner
    I have one of these myself and I’ve been using it diligently to stay on top of things for this challenge and the Dresden Neighborhood Sew Along … not sure what I would do without it.

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