‘Autumn Exuberance’ Quilt

It’s hard to believe this is my final quilt for the Focus Through the Prism Challenge!  The challenge – the people I’ve met and the quilts that have been created – has been an amazing journey over the past seven months.

Without further adieu … meet ‘Autumn Exuberance.’


I used ombre fabrics for the main snowballs.  I focused on the reds, oranges, purples and yellows in the main snowball.  I then used my RED cherrywood fabrics for the corners of the snowballs. 


I started out piecing things so there wouldn’t be any inset seams … but by the end I decided to just ‘suck it up’ and deal with the inset seams.  It wasn’t too bad.


The tree trunk and branches were just strips of random brown fabrics stitched down with their raw edges exposed.  I think the threads just add more texture and dimension to the tree. 


I used brown aurifil thread to stitch fun curls out of the tree branches.  I then used red aurifil to free motion quilt swirls in the sky to depict wind.



linking up to Finish it Up Friday and Focus Through the Prism Snowball Challenge.

Snowball–a Focus Through the Prism November Challenge

And with that – we’re onto our final challenge of the ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge. I don’t know about you – but I’ve had a ton of fun with these challenges.  Not only by creating some great little quilts – but by meeting all of you folks and seeing what you’ve come up with in just one month!  In the last six months – 361 quilts have been created!  That is AMAZING!!!!
I know some of you are sad that the challenge is coming to an end but I want you to know that I have no intention of closing the group on facebook.  Feel free to chat, share your quilts, and encourage each other there.  Also – I’m only giving you one month off before the seventh season of Project QUILTING begins.  There are more fabulous challenges to come and they’re not too far off!
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It’s not too late to join in the Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING fun!!!!  If you haven’t joined in on this quilting phenomenon that doesn't mean you can't join in now!  Order the special ROYGBIV Cherrywood Fabric Bundle needed for the challenge and let the challenge take you where it may.
Take a look back at the projects
I know you’ve all been waiting so patiently for this moment and I thank you for all your enthusiasm!  To go over the story behind the challenge be sure to check out THIS POST and of course the FAQ post!

The Inspiration Block:  Snowball

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Each final project should read predominantly as one color in the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. You may not use the same color as you used in a previous challenge.
  • A ROYGBIV hand-dyed color bundle of fabric must be purchased from Cherrywood Fabrics.
  • You must use ONE fabric from the ROYGBIV challenge bundle in each quilt which should correspond with the color you want your quilt to ‘read’.
  • Any other fabrics from your stash may be added.
  • You must use the month's block as your inspiration.
  • Quilts must finish 20” square.
  • Share the story behind your quilt and how the block ‘Snowball’ was the inspiration.
  • Your quilt must have a name.
  • Pictures of your FINISHED 20” square quilts must be LINKED UP at the bottom of this post by 11:55pm CST on Monday, November 30th.
  • If you need me to link up for you I NEED the pictures and stories by 10:00pm CST on Monday, November 30th.  I just cannot stay awake until midnight!
  • ‘How to link up to a Link Up’ post
    • Don't use Instagram/Flickr/or blog?  Email me:  lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com a picture and description of your project and I'll link up for you.
  • A 4" quilt rod pocket will need to be added to the back of the quilt before you send it to me January.  Check out THIS tutorial for how to do this.
    • 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 ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Facebook Group and 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!
    • Haven’t ordered your bundle yet?  No worries!  Order now!  You can join in on all seven or just one challenge!
    • Please use the hashtag #pqoff #focusthroughtheprism #roygbiv when posting on social networking sites to help spread the word.
    • Prizes! There will be a grand prize at the end … more details to come.  In the meantime – check out THIS POST for details about the randomly drawn prizes given out each month just for completing the challenge!
    • I made up a little block tutorial called Four Snowballs as inspiration if you need some.

Stock up on Craftsy Classes

It’s a great time of the year to stock up on your Craftsy Classes!  The coolest thing is you can buy them NOW and spend the whole year learning!  Maybe make it a goal to take one class a month for a year?!  Just think of all the things you’d learn?  And you can do it on your own time schedule.  The best news is – the classes are all on sale RIGHT now for $19.99 or LESS!


Let’s make a plan for classes for 2016.  Here are my suggestions:

January – let’s start with the basics! 

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Learn to Quilt: Charming Baby Quilt with Amy Gibson

February – if you’re at all into quilting you’re bound to have scraps!  See how the amazing Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts deals with them!

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Colorful Scrap Quilting with Amanda Jean Nyberg

March – scared of free motion quilting or quilting in general?  Start with your walking foot and gain some confidence!

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Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot with Jacquie Gering

April – my favorite quilts are those that look like they took a lot of work but didn’t really.  This class looks perfect for making those kinds of quilts!

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Clever Cuts for Efficient Quilting with Debbie Caffrey

May – let’s learn to make better bags from the expert!

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Building Better Bags: Interfacing & Structure with Sara Lawson

June – let’s learn some free motion quilting by the fabulous Debby Brown!

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Free-Motion Quilting With Lines, Curves & Loops with Debby Brown

July – one of my favorite ladies in the quilting industry (and in life in general) is the lovely Edyta Sitar.  Take one of her classes and you’ll soon see why she’s so lovely!

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Mix & Match: Inspired Scrappy Quilting with Edyta Sitar

August – another fun method for quilting!  Let’s learn it all!
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Piece by Piece: Quilt-As-You-Go Techniques with Marti Michell

September – borders can make all the difference in a quilt!

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Finishing School: Better Borders with Winnie Fleming

October – take an opportunity to learn from FIVE amazing quilters in just ONE class!Fullscreen capture 11262015 84520 AM

Top Techniques for Big Quilts with Craftsy Quilting Instructors

November – by this time of the year you may be feeling a bit crazy …

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Crazy Quilts with Allie Aller

December – and let’s end the year learning how to finish our quilts!

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Finishing School: Edges & Bindings with Mimi Dietrich

These classes are not only a great gift for yourself but would make a great gift for a quilter you love!

You can never go wrong with the gift of learning!

Dreaming in Fabric Mystery Quilt Along link up

It’s time for you to link up YOUR quilt tops and/or finished quilts for the Dreaming in Fabric mystery QAL.


Shannon of Fabrics N Quilts and I had fun this summer bringing you some fun original blocks & designs in the Dreaming in Fabric QAL.  Now it's your turn to show us your creation! 

If you missed any of the blocks, you can find my tutorials here, here, here, and her quilted reveal here.


All of Shannon’s tutorials are in 1 combined download on the Free Patterns page of www.fabricsnquilts.com. 
Any finished top qualifies & you can use any combination of the 6 blocks (3 from me & 3 from Shannon) in your quilt.
So link up below by December 1st!
Fabrics N Quilts will award a $25.00 gift certificate to one of the linky quilters, at random.  The quilt can be either a top or completely finished.   Shannon & I can't wait to see what you created!

Winter Mug Mini Quilt

This summer I participated in the Winter Wonderland Sew Along with Sherri Falls of This & That Patterns over at the Fat Quarter Shop, or as they called it, a #verysherrichristmas.  I wasn’t 100% sure what I was going to do with these adorable blocks I made.


I finally decided on fun little mini quilt – at least for some of the block.  Here’s my steaming mug of hot cocoa!  I used iridescent iCraft Deco Foil for the steam coming from the pieced mug.IMG_3911

I just love the little bit of shimmer it adds! 

I did put a hanging sleeve on this little mini but it would be perfect as a table topper too. 

Just a fun little finish to stare with you today!

Linking to Finish It Up Friday

Jack-O-Foil–Block of the Month with Thermo Web

I’m a bit behind in sharing with you the second block of the Mystery ‘Block of the Month’  featuring iCraft Deco Foil from Therm O Web!


The tutorial for ‘Jack-O-Foil’ can be found HERE.

Mystery DecoFoil Block of the Month

Here are the two blocks together so far!  Aren’t these fun!?

I’ve created a flickr group so you can share your blocks with us too! 

Please use #decofoilBOM on instagram/twitter when you post your progress pictures!

Santa Log Cabin Pillow

This project may be familiar to some of those who followed along with my 52 Twisted Tradtion Block Quilts Along in 2014.


I made this Santa Cabin as my 50th twisted blocks.  I finished this block into a fun pillow great for the holidays this year!


I thinking adding on Santa's stash was my favorite part!  Look at how nice it looks!

You can make your own Santa Cabin block with my pattern HERE

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.