Winter Wonderland Giveaway Winner

For the Winter Wonderland Giveaway I asked …

Which fat quarter bundle from the ‘Christmas Fabric’ category at the Fat Quarter Shop would you use to make your #verysherrichristmas quilt?  Click HERE to see your options.

It was fun reading through all the different holiday fabric bundles were finding.  Of course – I put together another chart.  This time it showed me that there was a four way tie for the ‘top’ fabric.

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‘Holiday Magic’ by Jan Shade Beach


‘Narcissus Winter Elegance’‘Narcissus Winter Elegance’ by Jason Yenter


‘Tinsel’ by Cotton + Steel

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‘Holly Tree Farm’ by Sweetwater

And now that I’ve shared that fun little statistic with you … the winner of a copy of Winter Wonderland AND a Holly’s Tree Farm Fat Quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop is …

Comment 64!

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Carol Swanson McCabe

Holly's Tree Farm Sweetwater bundle. No Instagram.

Congrats Carol!  You’ve actually won your favorite bundle!  Yeah!  Watch your inbox as I’ll be in contact with you shortly on how to claim your prize.


Thanks to everyone for entering in the fun!

‘Centered in the Orchard’ a Pinwheel Focus Through the Prism Quilt

I actually finished my quilt ‘Centered in the Orchard’ for the August Focus Through the Prism Pinwheel challenge a few weeks ago but I just haven’t had time to share it with you until now.  


So … voila!  Here is my pinwheel quilt … ‘Centered in the Orchard’.  It’s a half of a trunk and tree branches with apples.  The pinwheels are meant to be the leaves of the tree.  My Cherrywood focus fabric color is Green this month.  I started by sketching out approximately where I wanted things like the leaves and branches and trunks to be.  Then I sketched in a 4” x 4” gridded log cabin to help with piecing it all together properly.  Once it was broken down into ‘logs’ it was easy to fit all together. 


Once again … I had an amazing time with the free motion quilting portion of this piece.  It’s the perfect size to play around on my Bernina. 


Do you remember my quilt from last month – Grounded Origins?  Well … if you place it below ‘Centered in the Orchard’ my overall plan for the quilts is a bit more apparent.  I may even have a third quilt in mind for the top of this piece … we’ll just have to see!


Linking up to: Finish It Up Friday, TGIFF, and Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?

#WhatShadeRU Cameo Flagstone Giveaway Winner

It’s time to announce the winner for the RJR Fabrics Cotton Supreme Solids Giveaway! 

The question I asked to be entered in this giveaway was simply,

“What’s your favorite apple?”

Of course – I had to make an ‘apple’ pie chart to show the results.

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Honeycrisp was the winner … but just by one vote ahead of the Gala apple.  Of these 23 apples we grow 18 of these varieties at our orchard.  It was really interesting to me what people had to say so thanks for joining in the fun of my little question!  Okay … I’ve made you wait long enough!

Fullscreen capture 8272015 92631 AM helped me choose the winner for this giveaway!  Congrats to comment #20!

Michele T

How timely that I came across your post just as I was munching on my favourite Apple: Granny Smith!!

I’ll be contacting you shortly Michele to let you know how to collect your prize!  Congratulations again!

Cameo Flagstone Quilt

Apple Season Update

I have to admit it … I haven’t been sewing very much these last few weeks.  We’re into apple season again … so I’ve been doing apple season type things.  I’m going to try to update you weekly on what’s going on at the orchard but you can always stop by my orchard blog or facebook page if you’re interested in more details!


We have four little goats that are very entertaining.  Pictured above is Whoopie Pie and we also have Pumpkin Pie Sweetie, Andes Mint, and Hippo. 


The kids’ help me paint this great fence – great for photo ops!


I had to get the gift shop ready … with all the fun and random things that my mother-in-law, daughters and I create – including quilts!


We buried a boat in our backyard so kids could play on it.  Of course – I had to paint it in a patchwork theme.IMG_1856

And of course apples!  We grow 60 varieties of apples at our orchard.  We’ve already picked about 10 so far and it’s not even September yet.  I would say that our most popular early apple is the Zestar! for eating and the Paulared for baking. 

The first month is not crazy busy at the orchard so it’s always fun to catch up with customers we haven’t seen for almost a year and this year I’ve been surprised with how many new folks have come to visit us.  I think my favorite part is to see everyone so excited about fresh, crisp apples!  Stay tuned for more updates on apple season!


PS … we even have a mini quilt shop in the apple store.  We’re mostly selling patterns, fabric by the yard, hand dyed fabric, fat quarters and scrap fabric by the pound!

Winter Wonderland Sew Along–Peppermint Block and a Giveaway

Happy Saturday everyone!  Have you been following along with the fun I’ve been having with the #verysherrichristmas Winter Wonderland Sew Along with the Fat Quarter Shop.  If not it’s with  Sherri Falls of This & That patterns and we’re all sewing up the Sleigh Bell Sampler from her first book with It's Sew Emma, Winter Wonderland.

You can see my first two blocks here, my second two blocks here, and my third two blocks here.

I got started in this fun because I’m honored to be the host of the ‘Peppermint’ block! 


I chose a rather unconventional fabric combination for my peppermint block but I do think it is wonderful!  I just love mixing that light aqua with reds. 

Be sure to head on over and see what the A Quilting Life did with her basket block!  Keep an eye on my instagram account … @PersimonDreams  to see what my basket block turned out like!


Here are six of my blocks all together!  I’m going to make all twelve of the blocks but I’m not 100% sure I’m going to make it into the final quilt.  Don’t get me wrong – I love what Sherri did with the layout of her sampler … but I also think these blocks would make super cute miniature wall hangings, pot holders (that are pretty and you don’t actually use) or even set into placemats for the holiday’s.  The possibilities are endless and the blocks are lots of fun to put together!

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And with all of that – I also have a GIVEAWAY to offer you!  Yes – another GIVEAWAY!  Too much fun is happening on my blog this week!

The Giveaway

What can you win?

Holly's Tree Farm Fabric

The Fat Quarter shop is giving one lucky person your very own copy of Winter Wonderland AND a Holly’s Tree Farm Fat Quarter bundle!  What fabulous prizes!!!

REQUIRED: To win just answer one simple question …

Which fat quarter bundle from the ‘Christmas Fabric’ category at the Fat Quarter Shop would you use to make your #verysherrichristmas quilt?  Click HERE to see your options. 

Bonus Entry:

Follow me on Instagram: @PersimonDreams and leave an additional comment to let me know you did!

A randomly chosen winner will be announced on Friday, August 28th!

WhatShadeRU Blog Hop–Cameo Flagstone Quilt + Giveaway

When RJR Fabrics contacted me to see if I would be interested in joining in on the #whatshaderu blog hop with the Cotton Supreme Solids I was in immediately!  Take a quick minute to go and check out all the gorgeous color options in the Cotton Supreme Solid collection!  Definitely drool worthy!
I decided to have a quilt featured in August which is the beginning of apple season.  Of course – I had to go with an apple themed quilt!

My quilt ‘Cameo Flagstone’ all started with the inspiration of the ‘Apple Flagstone’ block I made for my 52 Twisted Traditions Quilt Along.  RJR Fabrics sent me a great miture of quarter yards of different greens, blues, browns, and reds to work with to make my apple quilt dream come true!  I mixed in some prints from my stash with the solids. 

I put all my slightly modified Apple Flagstone blocks together and then I turned the on point!  Yes – this was going to work!  I decided to create a horizon line in the corners of each strip on point.

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I improvisational pieced together the fabrics to complete the quilt and I’m so happy with how it turned out!  I had to share this picture with our new orchard cat, Spiff just taking a stroll by as I photographed my new quilt.  I mixed in browns, greens, and blues into my sashing to create the look of branches … it’s abstract but still pretty cool.  I’m so happy with how my horizon line turned out!
Cameo Flagstone Quilt

My aunt, Barb Raisbeck, of Quilts by Barb did the quilting on this piece and it’s absolutely perfect!
I also had a great time mixing in some of the fabrics I purchased at quilt market from the sample sale – including ‘Picnic’ from Cotton N Steel which has a great apple print!  It was just perfect!  I fussy cut a bunch of them and used them in the cornerstones of the sashing.  Just a little bonus you get to see as you study this quilt. 

And guess what!?  I get to share the goodies with you! 


Cotton Supreme Solids Fabric
RJR Fabrics is going to put together a fun bundle of some of the fabrics I chose for this quilt to gift to you!  These could include the Cotton Supreme Solids: Redwork, Moulin Rouge, Bandana, Noel Red, Clover, Sour Apple, Sprout, Grass is Always Greener, Cocoa, Espresso, Riveria, Pool Side and Carolina. 
And it’s super easy to enter!


Just leave a comment and let me know:

“What is your favorite apple?”

***Not sure … click HERE and check out the 60 varieties we grow at our orchard!
Bonus Entry:
Follow me on Instagram: @PersimonDreams and leave an additional comment to let me know you did!
A randomly chosen winner will be announced on Thursday, August 27th! 
Cameo Flagstone Quilt
What Shade Are You?
Linking up to:  TGIFF, Finish it up Friday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?

Pinwheel - A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, July

The‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge is going strong.  We’ve made it through three months of challenges with just four left to go.  This challenge has become an inspiration for folks and truly amazing pieces of art are being completed – in just one month.    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:  Pinwheel

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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 ‘Pinwheel’ 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, August 31st.
  • If you need me to link up for you I NEED the pictures and stories by 10:00pm CST on Monday, August 31st.  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.
Blogger's Block-A-Palooza - Block 4
Other info …
    • 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 ‘Pinwheels All Around’ as inspiration if you need some.
    •  Propelled Pixels Quilt