Sharing the Weight

Today my cousin and fellow Project Quilt-er, Kerry is going to be taking over my blog. She asked if I would share with my readers about an organization that does a really important thing for children and adults in need.  Before we find out more about “Sharing the Weight” I want you to hear Teddy’s story. 
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After nearly 2 years of testing and questioning and plenty of medical visits, our 2.5-year-old son Teddy was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Multiple Congenital Anomalies-Hypotonia-Seizures Syndrome 1. Despite his low muscle tone, global developmental delays and seizures, Teddy is one of the happiest and most social children you could imagine ... unless you try to make him sleep. Then we went through phases where he screamed like he was being tortured, woke up for several hours during the night and needed to be rocked soundly to sleep before he could be set down.
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One of the things we wanted to try to help him sleep better was a weighted blanket, but those can cost more than $200 (and waiting for insurance approval would probably take about 4-6 months based on our experience with other things). Rather than invest that much money into something we weren't sure would work or wait another 4 to 6 months to get some much needed sleep, I decided to make one. That's when I found the organization Sharing the Weight, which distributes weighted blankets at no cost to children and adults in need. I followed Sharing the Weight's tutorial, which was easy to understand and didn't require advanced sewing skills, and ended up with an adorable blanket for Teddy.
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We're two nights in with the weighted blanket, so I can't guarantee it's success for him, but he's slept through the night both times! In addition to helping with sleep, weighted blankets are often used to help individuals to cope with their emotions instead of acting out inappropriately.
If you want to know more about Teddy's story, you can follow his story on Teddy's Triumphs and Trials.

How can you help “Share the Weight”?

Sharing the Weight is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that donates weighted blankets at minimal cost (just shipping – $15 in the US and $40 internationally) to both adults and children in need, and their waiting list is currently more than 4,000 people!
The weighted blankets most requested are the 10 lb. blanket, followed by the 7 lb blanket.
The link for the tutorial to make these blankets is here:

Completed blankets can be mailed their main address for distribution:

Sharing The Weight
132 W. 5th St.
Ottumwa, IA 52501


They are happy to accept the "Shells" of blankets too (no pellets). They bring these along to events.

If you'd like to purchase some weighted pellets here they are: Polypropylene Plastic Poly Pellets, 5 Lbs. in Heavy Duty Resealable Bag. Weighted for Stuffing & Filling Dolls & Crafts, Blankets and Corn Hole Size Bean Bags. or you may be able to find them at your local craft shop.

Thread Challenge–Time to Vote!

It’s time to vote!  Please take a minute to do so as your vote does matter!  Choose your FIVE Favorite Quilts below that were created for the Project QUILTING Thread Challenge and click on the heart to vote (upper right corner)!  Click on the photo’s themselves to read the “story” behind the quilt – my favorite part!  Vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right corner of the image.

Please DO NOT VOTE for entries 37 and 47.  Diane made quilt 47 and and I made quilt 37 – while we are not eligible for prizes and don’t want to take away votes from others – we still want to show off our work!  You can, however, feel free to click on our projects and leave us a comment on what you think.   We love to hear from you!

The quilt with the most votes will receive …

A mini thread box from Aurifil!!!!!

And your very own set of Project QUILTING pins!
Voting will close on Friday, February 12th at 8pm, CST.  Spread the word to your family and friends!

They get FIVE votes so they can vote for you and then four other quilts that they like best! 
The ‘Viewer’s Choice’ winner and other random drawing winners will be announced on Saturday, February 13th.

Queen Mab’s Tears Quilt

The third Project QUILTING challenge of season seven was “All About that Thread”.  The possibilities with “Thread” as the theme are absolutely endless!  Queen Mab's TearI finally decided to try something that’s been in my head for a bit now.  I printed a picture I took of bleeding hearts onto a HeatNBond EZ Print Inkjet Transfer Sheet.  (watch Heat N Bond’s blog later this month for more project details!)  It looked amazing – the colors so bright and vibrant.

Queen Mab's Tear

I pieced a couple of hearts, added a border and prepared the piece for quilting.  Using my Bernina 750 and of course – aurifil thread, I quilted the piece.  I wanted to highlight the photo – the leaves, the flowers, the background – with free motion quilting.  I had no idea how the transfer sheet would handle free motion quilting but it worked like a charm! 

Queen Mab's Tear

I quilted a bit into the border as well and I am thrilled with the final piece! 

Aurifil Block of the Month

One of my favorite things about the beginning of the year is that a bunch of new Block of the Months start up again.  I absolutely adore block of the months and even though my plate is pretty full … I should be able to follow along with a couple this year.

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Here is the first block I made for the Aurifil Block of the Month designed by Heather Valentine, the Sewing Loft. I decided to use the same fabrics that I used to make the 2015 Block of the Month from Pat Sloan.  Once I’m done with the Aurifil blocks I’ll have a decent pile to make a fun bed size sampler quilt!

I love Heather’s design so much I am going to use it as an inspiration for another challenge I have!  Stay tuned!

“We Heart Our Designers Blog Tour” with Quilt Dots!

I’m honored to be the first designer that Quilt Dots is featuring on their two week long “We Heart Our Desingers Blog Tour.”  Be sure to stop by there blog and see what’s happening and find out how you can win!

Persimon Dreams Blog Tour Graphic with Logo

Quilt Dots are fun “dots” you can collect and use to decorate your life.  They come in pins, magnets, needleminders, and bookmarks.  There is also jewelry pieces you can get that go with your magnetic quilt dots … when you get bored of one design, just pop it off and put a new dot on!  There are so many amazing quilt designers and artists featured on quilt dots you are definitely going to want to check them out.

I find myself honored to be amongst the quilters with their very own dots.  I started with three sets – Dreams, Celebrate, and Blossom.

Just yesterday a new collection was added – Intersections!

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Don’t these look great?!  I can’t wait to get my very own set!  I still am not sure if I like the pins or the magnets better … I’ll probably just have to get both!

All the details to win some goodies are on the Quilt Dots blog but part of the deal is you have to go to my facebook page – Persimon Dreams, and look for the heart image like the one at the top of the article.  Be sure to like the image and me on facebook for your chance to win some great Quilt Dot swag and other fun items from the designers in the hop!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you take some time to see all the great things Quilt Dots has to offer.

All about that Thread–Challenge 3 of Project QUILTING Season 7

It’s time for the third Project QUILTING challenge of Season Seven!  55 quilts were started, finished, and linked up in just one week for the second challenge bringing our season total to 122.  That is AMAZING!!!!    Be sure to tell all your quilting friends about how great this challenge is and what it is doing for your inspiration and creativity!  Let’s see just how many quilts can be made in a week!  (FYI – most quilts made for a challenge EVER is 72 … can we beat that number this season?)


I just want to remind everyone that these challenges are meant to be inspirational and FUN!  I know it can be stressful making a quilt in just a week but trust me – it can be done.  Every week that you enter a piece for the challenge you are entered into a hat to win one of the amazing prizes from our sponsors!  There will also be a special prize for the ‘Public Vote’ winner of the week.   AND, if you finish the challenge in the time allotted your name will also be added into the final hat at the completion of the season for an opportunity to win the GRAND PRIZE!  Inspiration, quilting, fun AND Prizes!?  Can it get much better?


Be sure to check out THIS post for all the prizes up for grabs this weeks and to thank our awesome sponsors!

A photo of the ‘Wall of Thread’ I have hanging in my house.
Thanks once again to Diane Lapacek – whose birthday is TODAY by the way - for coming up with the themes for these challenges!  Stop by the Project QUILTING Facebook Page to wish Diane Lapacek a very happy birthday!

Courthouse Thread Block

Challenge 3 – All about that Thread

1. In honor of one of Project Quilting's long term sponsors, Aurifil, the inspiration for this week's challenge is THREAD.
2.  Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline. Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.
3.  Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
  1. Include patchwork.
  2. Include appliqué.
  3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
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Strippy Spool Block Tutorial
4. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge.
5. Link up either a blog post or flickr image to the linky at the bottom of THIS PAGE by Sunday, February 7th, 2016, at noon, CDT –OR email a picture/description of your completed project to {lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com} with PROJECT QUILTING in the subject line by 11am on Sunday, February 7th.
  • Please still include on your blog, instagram or flickr image of your entry a description of your creative process, including where you are (ie, I create in Madison, WI) and the size of your project. 
  • There is now 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!
  • Please use the hastag #pq7 when posting on social networking sites to help spread the word!

With that – good luck to everyone!  Don’t forget – you can find Project QUILTING on Facebook too! And a Challenge Group if you want to find out about all the challenges you can in the quilting world!

Please be sure to LINK UP your FINAL project just below HERE.  VERY IMPORTANT!

On a side note … I do my best to make sure I have everything set up to run smoothly but unfortunately life gets in my way sometimes and I miss something.  If you notice an error or discrepancy please feel free to let me know – I probably just didn’t notice it!  I will do everything in my power to correct and make up for my mistakes but I do appreciate your support and understanding along this Project QUILTING journey.

Another side note.  I LOVE thread and spools of thread!  I have a few inexpensive tutorials for making some fun blocks if you’re interested.  You can find them here:
Thread Art

Challenge 3 Random Prizes for Project QUILTING

Has everyone had enough time off since the last Project QUILTING challenge?  I hope so!  Because tomorrow the third challenge for Season 7 of Project QUILTING will be posted at noon CST.  To get you even more excited about it … let’s see what random prizes are up for grabs this week!  Everyone who enters per the guidlelines will have their name put in a hat.  My girls will randomly draw the winners once the challenge closes.

Prize 1

Marcia's Crafty Sewing & Quilting

“Quilting Gift Certificate” for $30.00 off the Quilting on a Baby size quilt or larger. (Baby, Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King) from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting.

The Gift Certificate will be good for 4 months starting one month after the challenge ends.  Excluding the Month of December for using the gift certificate.  The quilting gift certificate is transferable to another person, so you can share it with a friend, if you’d like.

Marcia will do an estimate based on the size of the winner's quilt top, quilting choices, thread choices, and batting and if they would like to purchase backing fabric from me. Winner can send backing fabric and batting with their quilt top, but I do have it available. This way the winner will have a good estimate of the value of your quilting prize.

Prize 2

Marcia would also like to giveaway to a separate winner a prize of one of her original patterns(value $8.00).
Here are the six quilt patterns the winner will get to chose from:

  • Summer Tomatoes Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Textures Quilt Pattern – PDF
  • Quilted Checkbook or Calendar Pattern – PDF
  • Quilted Pocket Purse – PDF
  • Turn a Quilt into a Bag Pattern – PDF

    Prize 3


    The Fat Quarter Shop

    One lucky winner will be recieving a mystery prize from the Fat Quarter Shop this week!  Ooooh … I love a good mystery!

    Prize 4

  • aurifilA mini thread box from Aurifil!!!!!

    One lucky winner will get one of these fabulous boxes of thread in the mail!  Thank you Aurifil for your generosity and support!

    Prize 5


    Michele Foster of Mishka’s Playground is generously donating a free PDF ‘Cobblestone Mat – Table Runner’ pattern for one random winner each challenge!  Thank you!

    Prize 6


    Melissa  of Sew BitterSweet Designs is generously offering a free pattern for each Project QUILTING Challenge of your choice from her Craftsy Shop!

    Prize 7

    Persimon Dreams Set of 9 Magnets Quilt Dots – a fun business that makes quilts into dots that can either be pins, magnets, needle nannies, or bookmarks! Do you have a favorite quilt but can’t afford to buy the favorite thing … collect the dot!  There are dots from many different quilters!  The magnets can be put on key chains, necklaces, chain pulls, and bracelets!  If you get bored of a design … just switch it out! 
    This week for Project QUILTING Quilt Dots will be given one lucky winner a set of “Celebrate” Magnet Quilt Dots which feature images of nine different quitls that I have made. 

    Prize 8

  • From our mystery sponsor – a fantastic Riley Blake Charm Pack!

    Prize 9


    And from Persimon Dreams … a Studio e fabrics “Winter Essentails III” Charm Pack!

    Just under 16 hours until the second challenge!  Stop back to see what it is!