Log Cabin–A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, July

When I first came up with the idea for the ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge I never dreamt that by the time we reached the third challenge well over 100 quilt would have been completed.  And yet here we are.  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!

log cabin

I made this quilt for a previous Project QUILTING challenge - please remember though that your finished quit needs to be a finished 20" square.
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:  Log Cabin!

log cabin
  • 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 ‘Log Cabin’ 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 10:55pm CST on Friday, July 31st.
  • ‘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.
IMG_7592
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 'Shadow Box Log Cabin' as inspiration if you need some.  
Modern Log Cabin PIllow

“Flight School” Quilt Top

My ‘Quilt Top To Do’ List for July is slightly ridiculous.  I’m pretty sure  have about five quilt tops that I need to finish, start and finish, or design, start and finish … in just four weeks.  Oops!  At least it’s something I love.  I have to be honest – after my vacation to Mexico I was having a hard time getting back into working – going to be early, 100% just hanging with the girls.  I didn’t even visit my sewing machine for FIVE days until after we returned.  *GASP* 

That being said, once I started stitching again … I couldn’t stop.  The Riley Blake Modern Quilt Guild Challenge is due on July 31st!  I had had a bunch of blocks made for quite awhile and I just couldn’t decide on a final layout.  When I went back down to sew again, I put the blocks up on my design wall just to remind myself where I was at.  Well – the random way I put them up turned out to fit perfectly to make the final quilt design!  It was like serendipity … the blocks just fell into the perfect layout and it was time for me to sew it together!

Flight School Quilt Top

So I listened … and I sewed it together.  I wanted to make this quilt at least a lap quilt though so did add a sashing/border to both the top and bottom.  It now measures approximately 48” x 63” – a perfect lap size.

Love the dragonflies, bees, and butterfly you see pieced into the quilt top?  All patterns can be found in my craftsy shop!

I had contemplated quilting this one myself … but my ‘to sew’ list is just way to long.  It’s already packed up and in the mail on it’s way to Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb for her do to her magic! 

And now … I need to get sketching!  Lots to do!  I hope you enjoy your 4th of July weekend!

Linking up to Finish It UP Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop, and TGIFF.

 

Unwind with deep discounts on select courses and supplies during July 4th weekend! Offer begins 7/3 @3pm MT and ends 7/5 @11:59pm MT.

Shadow Box Log Cabin Block Tutorial

Each month with each new Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, I am sharing a fun 20” block tutorial based of that months block inspiration.  This month we are to be inspired by the Log Cabin.  I came up with the ‘Shadow Box Log Cabin Block’.  This is a fun little twist on the Log Cabin.  By adding just a little sashing in the right places a shadow box type effect is achieved. 

IMG_0346

You can download this tutorial for free from my Craftsy Pattern Page until July 10th.  After that there will be a small fee on the tutorial.

IMG_0345

I have four blocks completed from these 20” block tutorials.  Once this challenge series is done I’ll be able to put together a fun quilt top that will double as a memory to the Focus Through the Prism Challenge Inspiration.  Feel free to join in the fun and make your own quilt with me!

Have you noticed?  I’ve been using my spoonflower fabrics for these blocks!  I was able to use quite a few different ones for the Shadow Box Log Cabin Block!

Flower Center

Flower Center

Reflected Flower Miniature 
Reflected Flower Miniature

Butterfly Garden 
Butterfly Garden

Snail Shell Circles 
Snail Shell Circles

Elephants on Parade
Elephants on Parade (I love this one for fussy cutting!)

Friendship Star Focus Through The Prism Link Up Post

June Project QUILTING Focus Through the Prism Challenge:  Friendship Star

Are you having trouble linking up?  Check out my post 'How To Link Up to a Link UP'.

If you don't have instagram/flickr/or a blog please email me:  lapaceksorchard {at} gmail {dot} com a picture of your finished project and a paragraph or so on how you came up with your quilt.  I'll get it posted and linked up for you!


Turning Points Quilted Pillow

I count myself lucky that when cards fall as they should I get to be a pattern tester for the lovely and talented Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio

Fabric Pull

While I’m testing I can’t really share my progress pictures because we don’t want to give away the pattern until it’s released.  I did a little teaser instagram on the fabrics I had pulled for this fun pattern – Turning Points.  Turning Points is a great way to use up some of your fun scraps and make a project with a big impact!

 Prairie Points

Turning Points is a paper pieced pattern that incorporates Prairie Points to give the final piece a three-dimensional effect.  And it’s fun, fast, and easy! 

First Quadrant Turning Points

Sam Hunter does a fantastic job giving you step by step instructions to build the four blocks needed to make this dramatic piece.  Are you more of a visual learner?  Don’t worry!  There is a bonus supplementary photo tutorial on Sam’s blog showing even more step out details of some of the trickier steps. 

finished turning point top

It wasn’t long until I had the top pieced for a pillow!  Oooh!  I almost forgot to mention – in Sam Hunter’s pattern you get templates and instructions to make a pincushion, a mug rug, and/or a pillow!  A three for one deal! 

Turning Points Quilted Pillow detail

I decided to quilt my prairie points down … a bit.  They still have some three dimensional texture but mostly they’re stitched down. 

Turning Points Quilted Pillow

Isn’t this such a great rainbow effect?  I used a plethora of different scrap fabrics from my original spoonflower prints, batiks, hand-dyes, and commercial prints.  I chose to use Simply Sterling Metallic Etched Dragonfly Black/Silver from Benartex for my background fabric. 

  Turning Points Quilted Pillow

I made the pillow cased back using Simply Sterling Metallic Feather Black/Silver from Benartex.  I found both of these fantastic fabrics at my local quilt shop – Mill House Quilts.

Turning Points Quilted Pillow

I am so in love with this pillow, pattern and technique!  I’m sure there will be more projects like this from me in the future!

  Turning Points Quilted Pillow Detail

Did you know?  This was the first time I’ve ever made Prairie Points!

Don’t wait – go and get your pattern today!  PDF copies can be purchased HERE and hard copies can be purchased HERE.

Crossroads Quilt–Homespun Meets Modern

I was challenged by Audrey Manning to use a bale of homespun from Mill House Quilts and make a modern quilt.  The Modern Quilt Club at Mill House Quilts that I attend every month is currently working through the book Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making: From Color to Quilting: 10 Design Workshops by Your Favorite Teachers.  This book includes the quilt:
vojtechovsky_colorplay
Color Play by Kari Vojtechovsky
Centennial, Colorado
Pieced by: Kari Vojtechovsky
Quilted by: Susan Santistevan
which took second in Quilt Con this year!  This was the start of my inspiration.
Crossroads Quilt
The bale of homespun I chose where smaller pieces.  I wanted to use each of these in the cross … but there wasn’t enough fabric!  So … I had to tweak by adding a bit of solid.  I found all my scraps of solids and made them work! 
Crossroads Quilt
If you look closely at the rows of crosses you’ll see that as one moves upward on the quilts elements in the piece background start to disappear.  By the time you get to the top cross block … all that’s left is homespun and the purple background.
 Crossroads Quilt
Once I had the top pieced – I sent it to Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb.  I sent her a sketch of the quilting I was dreaming of she made my dream happen!  The ‘solid’ space in the quilt is sort of sampler quilted.  There are different quilted patterns throughout the solid space.
Crossroads Quilt
A gorgeous ovular mixed with linear design is quilted over the cross block section of the quilt.  And all of this is done in hot pink!  I’m in love!
Crossroads Quilt
The solid I used is meant to look like it has wrinkles and imperfections in it … so in love with this look too!
Can you tell how happy I am with how this quilt turned out!? 

Friendship Star–A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, June

Can you believe it’s time for the second ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge!?  SEVENTY amazing quilts were made during the first round and I'm beyond impressed!  If you can, take a few minutes to visit, read the stories, and comment on all the amazing work done.  Let's support each other and make this seven months series not only about a challenge of quilting but of a community from all over the world coming together to cheer each other on. They are all linked HERE


I made this quilt for a previous Project QUILTING challenge - please remember though that your finished quit needs to be a finished 20" square.


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 POSTand of course the FAQ post

And if you didn't finish the quilt for May that doesn't mean you can't join in now!  You can even still order the special ROYGBIV Cherrywood Fabric Bundle!

The Inspiration Block:  Friendship Star!


  
  • 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 ‘Friendship Star’ 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 Tuesday, June 30th.
  • ‘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.
Friendship Star Mini 
'Friendship Star Mini' by Tina

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 hastag #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 put together a tutorial called 'Trellis Friendship Star' if you would like the inspiration.