Flying Geese - A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, August

We are half way through the ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge!  Every time I see a new creation made for the challenge I am absolutely blown away.  The creativity, skill and imagination of the quilters is fabulous!

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!

Curvy Geese Trees

The Inspiration Block:  Flying Geese

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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 ‘Flying Geese’ 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 Wednesday, September 30th.
  • If you need me to link up for you I NEED the pictures and stories by 10:00pm CST on Wednesday, September 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.
Flying Geese

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 'Gigantic Geese’ as inspiration if you need some.
Turning Points Pillow

Gigantic Geese Block Tutorial

Each month with each new Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, I am sharing a fun 20” quilt block tutorial based of that months block inspiration.  This month we are to be inspired by the Flying Geese.  I came up with a block – Gigantic Geese.  Sometimes you just need to make a block with Gigantic Geese. I’ve made the math simple for when you need to do this!


Gigantic Geese

You can download this tutorial for free from my Craftsy Pattern Page until September10th.  After that there will be a small fee on the tutorial.

Here are all six of my 20-inch blocks.  This is going to make up one crazy quilt!  I can’t wait!
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 Pinwheels All Around Block.

Flower Center
Flower Center

Reflected Flower Miniature
Reflected Flower Miniature

Scarlet Apples in Bloom
Scarlet Apples in Bloom

Back to School Blog Hop Starts Tomorrow!

Sam Hunter has done it again.  She had a great idea to do a ‘back to school’ blog hop for quilters and sewists.  All month long (and a little into Ocotober) folks from the sewing and quilting industry will be sharing their tips and tricks of the trade with you!  The Back to School Blog hop kicks off on tomorrow on September 1st (which, ironically is my big girls first day of school).   Hop along with some of our industry’s pros to get tips and tricks for your quilting and sewing studio.

The Schedule:

Hope Blooms Log Cabin; a Classic & Vintage Series with the Fat Quarter Shop

I always have a lot of fun making the ‘Classic & Vintage Series’ quilts with the Fat Quarter Shop.  It’s good to go back to your roots and remember where this quilting craziness all began!  This round … we’re going back to the ‘Log Cabin’ block.  The Log Cabin block is a fabulous block which can be so different just by the way you choose to place your fabric and the direction you choose to place the blocks. 

The Fat Quarter Shop’s pattern celebrates supporting Breast Cancer and I decided to support another cause close to my heart – Ovarian Cancer. 

Hope Blooms Log Cabin Quilt

The color for Ovarian Cancer is Teal so I knew this was going to be the perfect place to pull out my Teal Medley Bundle from Cherrywood Fabrics.  I then checked out my teal stash and discovered a couple of gorgeous Petal and Plume prints by Bari J.  And to top it off – a stripe with a touch of teal but mostly yellow, blacks and greys (Sorry … not sure of the designer/line).  I knew I was risking it with the stripe because I had no intentions of mitering the corners on the log cabin where they would inevitable meet.  As you can see … it was worth the risk!

ribbon applique

Once I had the top pieced (which really went fast … I worked on it between bagging apple cider donuts for my orchard) it was time to add the applique to the corners.  The upper right is a ribbon.  I used Heat N Bond Lite Fusible for all the raw edge applique in this quilt … this is my fusible adhesive of choice. 

flower applique

To add a fun little touch – instead of just fusing down fabric or a bias tape for the stem of the fabric … I decided to use Teal DecoFoil

Hope Blooms Log Cabin Quilt

And Voila – here is my finished ‘Hope Blooms Log Cabin’ quilt top for the Classic & Vintage Series at the Fat Quarter Shop!

Do you want to make the ‘Hope Blooms Log Cabin’ Quilt too?   You can!  Head over HERE for the block and HERE to purchase the pattern.

And – the Fat Quarter Shop has created a fun YouTube video to go with this pattern!  I hope you have fun with Hope Blooms!

Pinwheel Focus Through the Prism Link Up Post

August Project QUILTING Focus Through the Prism Challenge:  Pinwheel

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!

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?