Pinwheel - A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, July

The‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge is going strong.  We’ve made it through three months of challenges with just four left to go.  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!


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:  Pinwheel

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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 ‘Pinwheel’ 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 Monday, August 31st.
  • If you need me to link up for you I NEED the pictures and stories by 10:00pm CST on Monday, August 31st.  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.
Blogger's Block-A-Palooza - Block 4
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 ‘Pinwheels All Around’ as inspiration if you need some.
    •  Propelled Pixels Quilt

Winter Wonderland Sew Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

Happy Sunday everyone!  My parents snagged my kids on Friday for a few days so I’ve been busy sewing my heart out.  It’s been great. 

Yesterday was the first day of the Winter Wonderland Sew Along with Sherri Falls of This & That Patterns over at the Fat Quarter Shop, or as they are calling it, a #verysherrichristmas.

The Fat Quarter shop recently sold out of kits but you can still download the fabric requirements here so you can pick up your favorite Christmas fabrics to get started.  You have to buy the book though to get the instructions to the block so be sure to grab yours ASAP!

We’ll be making  two blocks a week so in just six short weeks you’ll have all the blocks you need to make this adorable quilt!

I couldn’t resist joining in the fun … here are my first two blocks:

Fabric Pull

This was my initial fabric pull for my version of the quilt.  I soon realized I would need to pull more varieties of colors as I worked on the blocks but I’ll just mix those right in to this stack.

Tula Tree Block

Here’s my version of the tree block.  I just love how this fabric from Tula Pink makes such a fun effect on the tree! It’s hard to see in pictures but both of the white you see that I’m using are either silver or gold sparkly fairy frost fabrics from Michael Miller.

Be sure to stop and check out Emily Ann’s Closets version as well!

Scottie Block

I am so in love with this Scotty Dog pattern!  Sherri breaks it down into a very doable block that is super adorable to boot!

Visit this blog page to see the complete schedule for the Sew Along (yes – you’ll recognize at least one name!), and don't forget to share your Winter Wonderland creations with us using #verysherrichristmas on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.

Pinwheels All Around 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 Pinwheel.  I came up with the ‘Pinwheels All Around Block’.  Pinwheels are not a tricky quilt block … but can be cumbersome to press where all the points meet up.  My tutorial shares with you pressing instructions to make this work out a little easier for you.


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.


I have five 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 Pinwheels All Around Block.

Flower Center

Flower Center

Reflected Flower Miniature

Reflected Flower Miniature

Rock Pool

Rock Pool

Purple Lace

Purple Lace

Log Cabin Prize Winners

I am so on top of things!  I’m going to announce the Log Cabin Focus Though the Prism prize winners BEFORE the next challenge even goes up! 

Once again I used to pick the winners  … sorry, just too many names to write out!  (Which I do think is a good problem to have)


And chose quilt entry 35 to win …


“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.

Quilt 35

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Jo’s – Everything’s Coming up Violets Quilt!  Congratulations!


Next … chose quilt entry 21 to win …

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:

  1. Summer Tomatoes Quilt Pattern – PDF
  2. Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern – PDF
  3. Textures Quilt Pattern – PDF
  4. Quilted Checkbook or Calendar Pattern – PDF
  5. Quilted Pocket Purse – PDF
  6. Turn a Quilt into a Bag Pattern – PDF

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Sharon Scott!

And … I just wanted to share with you the updated bar graph after three challenges …

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Log Cabin Focus Through the Prism Link Up Post

July Project QUILTING Focus Through the Prism Challenge:  Log Cabin
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!

An InLinkz Link-up

Grounded Origins–A Log Cabin Quilt

‘Grounded Origins’ is the quilt I created for the July Focus Through the Prism Log Cabin quilt challenge.  Once again, I had a lot of fun this month finding a unique way to interpret this quilting challenge.  IMG_1503My focus color on this one is orange.  Have you discovered what’s hidden in this chaos? IMG_1506Perhaps a hidden friendship star block, a monkey wrench, a nine patch, a flying geese or two, an hour glass, …IMG_1508and even a little square in a square block.  It turns out that teeny tiny piecing isn’t so bad as long as you have a month to make a 20” quilt.


And now – if you look from a bit of a distance you can see that my log cabin quilt – Grounded Origins – you may notice the base of a tree. 


I did my fun little flange of cherrywood orange on just the bottom and left side of the quilt.

IMG_1517Now the quilting – I think the quilting was my favorite part of this piece.  I attempted to channel my inner Angela Walters for the free motion quilting. 

IMG_1519I referenced her book, In the Studio with Angela Walters: Machine-Quilting Design Concepts Add Movement, Contrast, Depth & More, for inspiration and then just let the quilting happen.  Even the back of the quilt looks amazing!  (and I just noticed that her Craftsy Class – “Help!  How Do I Quilt That’ is on sale!)


And here are all three of my Focus Through the Prism Challenge Quilts so far!  I’m having such a great time making these fun 20” challenge quilts.  From the looks and sounds of it in the ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Facebook group – other participants are having a great time too!  Be sure to check out the other quilts made for this challenge by going to this post.  It’s not too late for you to join in the fun!  There are still four challenges left!  The next one goes up tomorrow!

Linking up to Focus Through the Prism Log Cabin, Finish it up Friday, TGIFF, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop

Scraps Happen

I’ve  been a bit off the grid lately I’ll admit.  I’ve been busy working on projects so I have things to share with you about quilting even when I’m not sewing during apple season.  I’ve also been running everywhere as my girls end their summer activities – gymnastics and pitching machine ball in particular.

In the midst of all this chaos I decided that my random scrap bins were bothering me and it was time to get them into their appropriate scrap color bins.


For some reason I thought that it would go quickly because the girls were excited to help me.  scraps 1

Turns out it’s super fun to play in piles of scrap fabric!  (I guess I could have figured that one out!)scraps 2

It wasn’t long until I was down to one helper.  Cedi helped in another way – occupying Pip while we worked to get things organized.

scraps 3

It felt like it was never going to end!  Seriously!?  This was the very last thing I needed to be doing right now.  Which I’m pretty sure is why I decided that it was time to do it.scraps zero

And four days after we began.  We had our living room back (well … as back as you get it when you have three young girls).  I didn’t organize the fabrics quite as well as I’d like but I think to do the true organization I need to wait until winter … or at least not a few weeks before we’re scheduled to open our apple orchard.