Published–1000 Quilt Inspirations by Sandra Sider

I’m very excited to announce that a few of my quilts are included in the upcoming book “1000 Quilt Inspirations” by Sandra Sider!  I submitted quite a few quilts and images so I’m not 100% sure which ones will be in there but I do PROMISE to share with you which ones once I actually see the book!quilt inspirations

Book description:

As one of the core, traditional crafts, quilting is enjoyed by countless enthusiasts around the world - and its popularity is only growing. This collection of one thousand quilt DETAILS builds upon this interest, showcasing some of today's most innovative and beautiful WORK. See how others utilize color and design elements to craft creative pieces. Gain inspiration from their variations and intricate techniques. Maybe even CONSTRUCT your own original quilts. Whether YOU ARE a quilter or a collector, a craft-lover or an art enthusiast, 1000 Quilt Inspirations is sure to inspire your admiration and appreciation of the art of quilting. It's also likely to get you itching for some fabrics of your own!

Author Bio:

Dr. Sandra Sider, a New York quilt artist and independent curator, has published articles and reviews concerning fiber art and other aspects of visual culture for three decades. Her graduate degrees include an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She was President of Studio Art Quilt Associates (2010-2013), and is Consulting Curator for the Texas Quilt Museum.

You can preorder your very own copy by going HERE.  It will be released on February 1st, 2015.  I can’t wait!!!! (I may or may not have ordered 10 copies …)

Nested Churn Dash–Large Quilt Entry

The second quilt I’m entering in the Fall of 2014 Blogger’s Quilt Festival
is my most recent finish – Nested Churn Dash.


photo taken by Karmen Lindner Photography

I’ve been making a lot of quilts from my scraps lately – but it seems as they’re all sort of starting to look the same since they’re from the same bins of scraps.  With my Nested Churn Dash Quilt I decided to started with yardage.  Now that I’m done with the quilt I have some fun new scraps to add to my scrap bins!  I started this quilt to follow along with Quilt Jane and her Nested Churn Dash Along – what fun!  And of course – who doesn’t love them some Quilt Jane!?


photo taken by Karmen Lindner Photography

My nested churn dash blocks are made in a sort of ROYGBIV color scheme - with a  bit of brown and different shades of each color thrown in.  There are two different blocks – basically flips of each other.

One thing I’m most proud of this quilt is how I added that extra half square triangle and strip to the ends of each row thereby creating a sort of ‘chevron’ effect with the blocks.  It was my solution to make the quilt a bit wider even though I didn’t need more length.


photo taken by Karmen Lindner Photography

My aunt, the lovely Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb did the long arm quilting on tis quilt and I think it is just perfect!

Are you loving this jumbo block?  No worries – you can get your very own pattern HERE for just $2!

Category – oh which category?  I just couldn’t decide…so, I check out the dimensions.  The perimeter of this quilt is 254” which qualified it for the ‘large’ quilt category – done!

Quilt Stats

Name: Nested Churn Dash
Finished Size: 73.5” x 53.5”
Machine Pieced: Me, Kim Lapacek
Machine Quilted: Barb Raisbeck, Quilts by Barb
Category Entered: Large Quilt (over 240” around)

If you just LOVE this quilt be sure to head over and nominate it for ‘Viewer’s Choice’!

Thanks for stopping by!

Check out all the AMAZING quilts entered … here are the quick links to all the category pages:

 Mini, Small, Large, Appliqué, Art, Hand Quilted, Home Machine Quilted, Modern, Original Design, ROYGBIV, Scrappy, Viewer’s Choice

quiltson  the fence 2014

My friend Karmen – the lovely lady and talent behind Karmen Lindner Photography came out to the orchard this past Monday to do a quilt photo shoot.  Here’s the first sneak peek she shared with me!  These are most of the quilts I finished between May of 2014 and now.  I just LOVE how they look up on that fence – and then added the gorgeous fall colors and deep blue sky!  I can’t wait to see more!!!!

Once Upon a Time–Art Quilt

The first quilt I’m entering in the Fall of 2014 Blogger’s Quilt Festival

is one of my very own personal favorites – Once Upon A Time. I’ve shown this quilt off on my blog before but never during a Festival.  I am so proud of this piece I felt it deserved some time in the online festival.


The story behind the quilt …

In 2013, I worked on both the Aurifil Designer Block of the Month and the Bungalow Quilting and Yarn’s 2013 Paper Piecing Fairy Tale Block of the Month Quilt Along.  I decided right away that I would work in the same fabrics for the blocks of both.  This way – when I was done, I could combine them all into one big, unique, fun quilt!


photo taken by Karmen Lindner Photography

12 Aurifil blocks (including one completely hand stitched), 20 paper pieced fairy tale blocks (I decided to leave 2 out of the quilt), and a year and a half later – my quilt, “Once Upon a Time…” is finished!

fairy tale close up

I sent my quilt top to Marcia Wachuta of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing and Quilting to quilt it with the instructions that I wanted ‘fairytale whimsy’ mixed with tradition.  I also wanted the words “Once Upon a Time” stitched into the top and the words “and they lived Happily Ever After” stitched into the bottom.  Marcia did a fabulous job of fulfilling my request!


I always have a hard time deciding which category to put my quilts into.  I finally decided that I’m going to enter this one into art quilt. I feel this is not a traditional quilt in the sense of the mixture of traditional blocks with the fairy tale blocks.  I used three different fabrics from the same Laura Gunn Edges line interchangeably as my background fabrics to bring the 32 blocks together in a haphazard crazy way that makes you see something new every time you look at this one.  I do belie it’s truly a piece of art that will keep me warm and cozy at night!

Quilt Stats

Name: Once Upon a Time
Finished Size: 82" x 99"
Machine Pieced: Me, Kim Lapacek
Machine Quilted: Marcia Wachuta, Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting
Category Entered: Scrappy
Awards Won: 
Viewer’s Choice at ‘For the Love of Quilts’ show in Belleville, WI 2014
Accepted and Shown at the Dubuque, Iowa AQS Show in the Bad Ass Quilter Society Exhibit


photo taken by Karmen Lindner Photography

So here it is (next to my Tula Pink City Sampler)!  This was definitely a labor of love.  I enjoy things that are quick and easy but I adding in a crazy challenge here and there – like paper piecing 20 Fairy Tale blocks and mixing them in with traditional blocks – makes life a little more interesting!

If you love it too…be sure to head over and Nominate it for ‘Viewer’s Choice’.

100,000 plus Giveaway WINNER

Thank you to everyone who commented on my 100,000 plus Giveaway post!  The words you all had to say about my blog filled my heart with joy and inspiration.  It’s really nice to hear that people are truly enjoying what I have to say and share with you all.

263 comments were made for the giveaway so I put that into to find my winner …

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Congratulations to celticwoman55!

Her answer to the question:

Why do you like to visit Persimon Dreams’ blog?  (the giveaways, the tutorials, the challenges, pictures of my adorable kids, all of the above or is it something else?)


I just recently started following your blog last month. I really love the tutorials which are the main reason I follow any blog. I like the fat I can get new ideas and how to's for quilts.

Thanks again to everyone for joining in the fun!

Odd Fellow’s Cats Block Tutorial–52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

cat pile

We have a few cats at our orchard.  They can commonly be found all in a pile in one of the chairs in front of our shop.  It seemed only fitting to share this photo with you to go along with today’s block tutorial.

Odd Fellow’s Cats Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 10” x 10”

By twisting the traditional block ‘Odd Fellow’s Cross’ a whimsical block full of adorable kittens is created.

Cutting Instructions


Fabric A – Cats (four fabrics)
4 – 3 ¼” squares – cut both angles like shown in the picture above. Put aside two o the four triangles.


4 – 3/14” squares (one of each fabric)

Fabric B – Background

1 – 7.25” square – cut at both angles like shown in the picture above


1 – 2.5” squares
1 – 3.25” square


2” x 4” scraps of each fabric you use for cats.

5” x 6” fusible



Layout all your fabric like I show in the diagram above. This will help you as you sew.


We’ll start by making the cats’ ears. Place a triangle of Fabric A right sides together with the 2.5” square of Fabric B. Center this as much as possible before you stitch it down.


A portion of the triangle will go outside the square – just make sure that at a ¼” it lines up with the square and you’ll be perfect!


Take the second triangle of Fabric A and place it right sides together as centered as possible. Stitch it down.


Press towards the triangle.


Repeat with all four cat ears. Your new layout should look like it does above.


Now let’s sew the cat ears to the cat body.

Place your ear block right sides together with the 3.25” cat body square. Press towards the body.


At this point we just have a nine patch on point that needs to be stitched together.


Let’s stitch these into three rows. Always press towards Fabric B – this will help making your fabrics kiss when you want to match your corners.


Sew your three strips together by kissing the corners together.


Hold your finger on this seam as you sew to ensure the perfect points!


Press towards the larger triangles.

Now – let’s draw our kitten’s tails!


Instead of just making a template that you can print I am going to show you how you can draw your own applique templates. First – draw a right triangle the size of the block your applique is going into. In this case – the two sides are approximately 5”.


I drew basically an outlined ‘S’ coming off one edge for my cats’ tails.


Use this image to trace onto the fusible scraps.


Fuse eeach of these tails to a scrap of Fabric A.


Maker sure to fuse to the wrong side of the fabric.


Place the tails where you’d like them and press them down in place.


You could either draw or embroider more details to your cats – like legs, eyes, noses, and mouths – if you’d like but I like just the silhouette of each critter.

And with that…your ‘Odd Fellow’s Cat’ block is finished!

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Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (11/22), the PDF will be $1.


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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along

Hashtag: #52bTT

Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

Tactical Quilt Show Travel Techniques from Guest Blogger, Trish Frankland aka QUILTchicken

I’m very excited to be welcoming guest blogger Trish Frankland aka QUILTchicken on my blog today!  She attended the Quilt Festival in Houston last year and the AQS show in Chattanooga, TN, earlier this year and has some great tips to share with you all on what to pack and expect!


Are you going to Houston this year? Is a trip to Paducah in your spring plans, or is there another “big show” trip in your future? Since Kim’s off to Houston for the first time, I’m taking over her blog today with a list of things you should pack for your next big quilt show vacation.


1. Comfortable shoes: I know – you want to wear something cute and sassy to show your style and prove your pizazz. bad shoesBut nothing will ruin your trip faster than uncomfortable shoes. And I guarantee if those shoes are even the tiniest bit pinchy at home, halfway through show you’ll swear they were cobbled by Satan from razor wire and 40-grit sandpaper.

2. Tiny quantities of pharmacy supplies: I once wasted HOURS looking for a place to buy Tums. You only need a dose or two of anything, so don’t get carried away. Just pack a tiny baggie with:

  • one dose of Pepcid, a pack of Rolaids, or Pepto-Bismol chewable tablets
  • one dose of Sudafed
  • a couple Band-aids
  • some pain reliever
  • a handful of cough drops
  • a tube of lip balm
  • the floss mini-sample from your dentist
  • purse pack of wet wipes
  • contact lens case and fluid

3. Electronic privacy: Whether you’re going on a bus trip or adventuring with friends, at some point you just need to get AWAY for a bit. So pack your headphones, earplugs, and maybe even Benedryl for bedtime to make sharing the hotel room with a snorer more tolerable (she can’t help it, bless her heart). Also, pack your best manners and the patience of Job because seriously, too much togetherness is TOO MUCH … but you’ve all got to find a way to get along.

4. Camera: I know, it’s the 21st century and your fancy phone takes pictures. But pack the camera too. You’ll want to take tons of pictures of the quilts for future reference, and how will your friends text you to meet up later when you’ve drained the battery in your phone?

· Note: cellphone coverage is always HORRIBLE inside convention centers, so make contingency plans in case you don’t hear from one another by a certain time.

5. Chargers: My crystal ball says you’ll have 15 electronic devices along on the trip, so make sure you brought all the proper charging cords. Also, consider a portable power strip for the hotel room because those plugs are never convenient nor plentiful.


· Also, do not take your iPad or Kindle to the show – leave it in the hotel. It’s dead weight and you’ll be better off without it.

6. Boredom busters: For the travelling part of your trip, bring a selection of entertainments. Don’t rely 100% on your electronic devices, because batteries die and accidents happen. A book is always a good idea, but reading makes me barfy and bus-sick. Consider a small handwork project that doesn’t require motion above your elbows; your seatmate will agree this is not the time for a full-contact arm weaving project. Snacks are also advised.

7. Lanyard with swag: The show will probably give you a junky elastic or shoelace lanyard for your nametag but if you’ve got a fun one, bring it!


This is where you make up for the practical, non-cute shoes: adorn it with the buttons and pins from your homies and quilt-famous friends. Along with your local guild and affiliations, I highly recommend the Bad Ass Quilters Guild  and Sam Hunter’s “We Are $ew Worth It” campaign. We really should have Project Quilting pins made, shouldn’t we?

8. Bag: Absolutely you need to DOWNSIZE to the necessities: this is not the time for your huge wallet full of checkbook, store discount cards, old receipts, and 3-years-worth of kids’ school pictures. Instead of a purse, carry one medium-size totebag with a small change purse wallet and your small bag of necessities from #2 above. Leave the rest at home. Every night, empty out your bag, restock, and start again fresh.

9. Money: I’m not going to try to tell you how much to spend, or on what. But it is wise to budget yourself if you’re there more than one day, and set aside money for things like FOOD for the rest of your trip. I like to have a couple options (cash, credit card) and to put those in a smaller change purse that’s easy to locate, maybe in a special pocket of your totebag. Do NOT just throw it in your bag or you’ll annoy everyone in line with the archeological dig to the bottom. Also, you probably want to budget something to purchase a gift for that special friend who populates your blog while you’re absent. Just sayin’ …

Road Tripping on a Quilting Bus

That’s right folks.  One week from today (actually one week from 12 hours ago) I will be boarding a bus in Madison, WI to travel down to Houston, Texas for the Quilt Festival!  I can’t wait!  I know many think I’m crazy for taking a bus – but seriously – this is going to be amazing!  It’s a quilter bus!  We’ll be stopping at quilt shops every day on our way down!  The organizer, Cheryl, is fabulous and has done this MANY times … I just know it’s going to be fabulous.

quilt bus

The cherry on top – I just have to get on and off the bus whenever she tells me too – I don’t have to plan a thing, make a decision about anything, or do anything but sleep and relax.  SO READY!

Below I’ve listed the shops we’ll be stopping at our way down.  If this is your LQS please let me know if there’s something special there I should look for or collection on my way!

Our host shop – Quintessential Quilts in Madison and Reedsburg

And don’t worry – I’ll be blogging about my journey all week next week!  It will be like you’re riding along right with me (well – perhaps I’ll be slightly edited).

Stop back tomorrow for a guest post from my friend and talented quilter, Trish Frankland of Quilt Chicken,  who gives you some tips on what to pack for Festival!