Little Red and White House Quilt

The inspiration and challenge of pure ‘red and white’ quilts of the  ‘Infinite Variety: Three Generations of Red and White’ show was just too much for me to ignore. 


I decided to do a whimsical house applique with a tree and some bushes for my August Off Season ‘Red and White’ Project Quilting Challenge.


I practiced the double blanket stitch feature on my new Bernina…still need more practice to make it perfect but it was fun.


I also love the stitch regulator that is on my Bernina.  It makes free motion quilting on my machine so much easier!


Quilt Stats

Name: Little Red and White House
Finished Size: 16” x 14”
Machine Appliqued and Free Motion Quilted: Me, Kim Lapacek
Inspiration: Red and White Project QUILTING Challenge

Quilt Block Tutorials on Craftsy

I’ve been working really hard to put together some quilt block tutorials together for you all and publishing them onto my Craftsy Pattern Store
One that I had promised to you all way back in February was the Modern Log Cabin Block that I used to make my Modern Log Cabin Quilt.
So … FINALLY here is the tutorial so you can make the basic block!
Tiny Ticky Tacky Houses – this can be either a start to a bigger quilt or a fantastic mini quilt! 
Large Ohio Star Block – another one that could either be the start to a bigger quilt or a fantastic miniature quilt.  This one was inspired by a barn quilt I painted this summer.

Large Dutch Rose Block

And again – either a miniature quilt or the start to a bigger quilt.
I started with the Large Dutch Rose Block for my Michael Miller Modern Quilt Guild Challenge.  One block remained complete and the other five were ‘deconstructed’ in some way or another to create the quilt ‘Deconstructed Dutch Rose’. 
Just click on the blocks above and you’ll be able to buy the patterns for yourself!  I can’t wait to see what you make with these!
Feel free to add any of your blocks or patterns to my flickr group: Persimon Dreams

Dutchman’s Tree Block Tutorial

Are you ready for the 34th Block of the ‘Twisted Traditional’ Quilt Along?  I hope so because here it is!

Dutchman’s Tree Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 8.5” x 8.5”

By twisting the traditional block ‘Dutchman’s Puzzle’ we can create a block that is a fun twist of trees.

Cutting Instructions

Fabric A – Trees 4 – 2.5” x 4.5”
(same or scrappy)
Fabric B – Background
8 – 2.5” squares
8 – 2.5” x 2.25” rectangles
Fabric C – Trunks4 – 1” x 2.5”


Flying Geese
The tree tops are made by a flying geese block.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of both of your fabric B squares. Place one square right sides together with your Fabric A rectangle.
Stitch right on the line you just drew.
Trim the corner off and press towards the corner fabric.
Repeat on the other side. Stitch, trim and press.
Your first ‘tree top’ is complete. Repeat with the remaining 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles of Fabric A.
Next, take your Fabric C and stitch one 2.5” x 2.25” rectangle of Fabric B to one side and the other 2.5” x 2.25” rectangle of Fabric B to the other side. Press towards the trunk. Repeat to make four 2.5” x 4.5” ‘trunk’ rectangles.
Layout your eight rectangles in the orientation shown above and sew together.
And with that…your ‘Dutchman’s Tree’ block is finished!
The ‘Traditional’ Dutchman’s Puzzle Block would be put together like this…with 8 flying geese blocks.
Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (9/20), the PDF will be $1.
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!
Previous Blocks:

Guest on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio

The countdown continues!  Yes, I know I just mentioned that I was going to be a guest on Pat Sloan’s American Patchwork and Quilting Radio Show next Monday, August 25th on my post yesterday…but I had to bring it up again today.

Check out the graphic that came to my email just yesterday!

Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Kim Lapacek Aug 2014 guest

This just made everything REAL!  I’m going to be chatting with Pat Sloan NEXT Monday!  So excited for it!

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You’ll be able to listen in on the fun by going HERE on Monday at 3PM EST!  You’re not going to want to miss it!

Paris, France with Pat Sloan


I’m having a lot of fun ‘traveling’ the world with Pat Sloan’s Globetrotting Mystery BOM.  This month we headed to Paris, France – a city I’ve never been to in real life.


Here are all my blocks together…just one more before we put it all together!  I thought it was appropriate to share with you the progress I’ve been making on her BOM since we’re just one week away for me being on her podcast LIVE!  That’s right – I’ll be chatting with Pat Sloan next Monday on the American Patchwork and Quilting Radio at 4pm EST.  I've been listening to her podcasts while I sew and I can’t wait to chat with her in person!  So – set your alarms and tune in on Monday, August 25th and listen to see what we have to talk about!

Opening Weekend of 2014 Apple Season

orchard 2I’ve been talking about it starting for weeks and this past Friday it happened – our apple orchard, Lapacek’s Orchard, opened for the 2014 season.  I’ll still be blogging about my creations throughout the season but I probably won’t get to it daily anymore.  I am going to try to share with you some ‘week in reviews’ of what’s happening at the orchard though because we do have some fun adventures on the farm.  For more details on what’s happening make sure you follow my orchard blog HERE.

don apples

One of my favorite things when we re-open for a season is seeing our regular customers again.  This guy, Don, has been coming with his lovely wife for many years to the orchard.  He made sure to put on his Lapacek’s Orchard ‘please don’t squeeze my apples’ t-shirt for opening day.  This is definitely going to be one of the ‘highlights’ of the season.  So adorable!


I also love that we get to ‘show off’ some of the new things we’ve been working on at the orchard…like our new variety tree.  We grow 60 varieties of apples at our orchard.  Now, folks can check out the variety tree before they even come in to see if apples are ‘In Season’ (red), ‘Coming Soon’ (green), or ‘See You Next Year’ (yellow).  I’ve been wanting something like this for years and Jared was inspired this year to make it.  So happy with it!


Our Apple Fairy Garden is flourishing…


And of course, we have new mugs from Deneen Pottery for our customers to purchase.IMG_2786

I did do a little sewing for the shop too!  We don’t have carts or baskets for shopping but what we started last year is this‘add to cart’ shelving unit.  Folks can make their pile on the shelves and continue to look around or even go outside to play or wander for awhile.  Last season we just had yarn to pull across…it didn’t work too well.  This year I whipped up some quick curtains for the shelving unit.  Now, when they have their items in the unit they just pull the curtain shut and their items are saved until they’re ready!


Stay tuned to hear about more fun adventures at Lapacek’s Orchard during the 2014 season!

The Quilt Block Project QUILTING Challenge Finishes

My Project QUILTING Class wrapped up this past Tuesday.  I was so proud of my students!IMG_2945
Here’s Krista with her finished quilt!
I also had them bring in examples of work that is more ‘typical’ of what they make.  Her newest piece is on the left…and her typical blocks are on the right!  She definitely worked outside her square on this one!  Great job!
Marsha has given away all the quilts she’s made so far so she brought in some pictures.  I just love the one above of all her family loving their new quilts!
And here is Marsha with her finished quilt top for the Project Quilting Challenge!  I just love what she’s done here!
And…a picture of all three of our projects together.  Mine is in the upper left.
I’m going to walk you through my ‘process’ on this one…
We had to use the majority of fabric from a mystery scrap bag.  This is what I had to work with…definitely not my typical fabric collection.
The challenge was ‘The Quilt Block’ and I had been working on my ‘Nested Churn Dash’ quilt so I decided to just stick with a churn dash.
IMG_2119I started by ‘caveman piecing’ five churn dash blocks together (Ricky Tims Style).  I really liked them but I’ll admit…they sat on my design wall for awhile as they marinated in my mind.
After I listened to Edyta Sitar and saw her trunk show…I had a new idea!
At this point…my design wall was in this state…  Can you see where I pulled in a little of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s 15 Minute of Play theory!?
Here is the quilt that created a spark.  I’ll admit…I’m not a fan of just regular sashing.  I tend to mix my sashings up if I decide to use it in a quilt.  The quilt above though – now that is a sashing I can appreciate!  It completely changes the look of the piece and now I know what to do!
I had some lighter pink in my scrap bag…so I added some of my own scraps of lighter pink to it and used to sash out a larger churn Dash Block with the five miniature ones included – one in the middle and in each of the corners.
And here is the final piece – all quilted and bound!  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  Definitely a typical ‘Kim Quilt’ but it was a fun challenge that I enjoyed playing on.
I quilted it with wonky straight lines…I didn’t think it needed much more.
Someone asked me the other day what I was teaching and my response was ‘Inspiration.’  Not only to I believe I inspired my students to do something they never thought they would but this class inspired me to do the same.  Looking at this piece I was inspired by three other amazingly talented quilters (Ricky Tims, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, and Edyta Sitar) and used it all in the same piece. 
Inspiration comes from all around – don’t be afraid to grab of hold of it and see where it takes you!

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