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

Labor Day Sales Everywhere!

Tis the season for Sales!  Yes – I am an affiliate for these companies and if you click on my links and purchase any of the things I’m telling you about I do benefit.  These deals are so great that I’m going to shamelessly share them with you!


Big 'Back to School' Sale! **Craft supplies & online classes up to 50% off!**


A HUGE class sale!  Here are a few on my wishlist …

The supplies are all on sale too!


I really don’t ‘need’ any more fabric but these may be too good to pass up!

Cotton + Steel Fat Quarter Box

Tula Pink Mystery Fat Quarter Box

And I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with this deal on the Free Spirit Mystery Bundle … hmm … perhaps this could create another fun quilt challenge …

Seriously though – the deals at Craftsy right now are too good to pass up! 


Thermoweb is having a free shipping special on orders over $20!  This is a great time to stalk up on your fusible for raw edge applique and the decofoils are really fun to use to add that hint of ‘wow’ to your projects!

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Mother of Dragons–a Game of Quilts Challenge Quilt

Yesterday, I share with you the ‘Blood, Stone, Steel & Fire’ Quilt I made for the Game of Quilts and today I’m going to share with you my ‘Mother of Dragons’ quilt.


These challenges were super tricky for me.  We purchased bundles of fabric with four fat quarters in them and that is all we were allowed to use.  Now – we could embellish these fabrics … to a point but they still needed to be recognizable as the fabric from the bundle we purchased.  Have you ever seen me a make a quilt with just four fat quarters of solid fabric?! 


The ‘Mother of Dragons’ quilt came to me right away.  Once I figured out that I would converge the background I knew that I needed to applique an amazing dragon. 


I used Heat N Bond Lite from Therm O Web to fuse my dragon applique onto the quilt.  Once I had the design cut out and before I ironed it onto the quilt top I took Shiva Oil Paintstiks to color the edges of the dragon.  Since I used the same dark grey for the dragon as I did for the background I somehow needed to create definition between the two – the Paintstiks did just the trick!


I had so much fun free motion quilting this piece as well!  I roughly outlined the dragon in a teal Aurifil thread.  For the rest of the quilt I used a florescent orange thread to create a flame design over the rest of the quilt. 


And to finish this piece off – I faced the binding on the quilt. 

Want to learn how to make convergence quilts?  Check out Ricky Tims' Convergence Quilts: Mysterious, Magical, Easy, and Fun !

Linking up to TGIFF, Finish It Up Friday, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?


Blood, Stone, Steel & Fire–Game of Quilts Entry One

Before I get too far into this post I have to admit something.  I’ve never seen or read the Game of Thrones.  When the Game of Quilts challenge came out I quickly got the first Game of Thrones book so I would have some idea on what I was getting myself into but it was just too close to apple season with too many other distractions to really get into the book (hopefully after this fall).  SO … I had to stick with being inspired by the challenge and the fabric.


I also didn’t really have a lot of time to do this challenge … but I really can’t say no to a challenge … especially a friends challenge … so I figured I’d ‘make it work’.  I deicide to stick with my stand by – convergence.  It always looks cool even though it’s fast and easy to do.  IMG_2171

For the ‘Blood, Stone, Steel and Fire’ quilt I decided to have the quilting be the statement of the piece.  These quilts had to be 18” square.  This is a perfect size for free motion quilting on my Bernina.  It is also a really great opportunity to play around with different designs. 


I really like my fire, steel (aka sword) and stone quilting … not quite sure about the blood but that was a tricky one.  How do you quilt blood? 

I finished the quilt with a faced binding.  It worked out wonderfully!

Want to learn how to make convergence quilts?  Check out Ricky Tims' Convergence Quilts: Mysterious, Magical, Easy, and Fun !

Winners for the Focus Through the Prism Pinwheel Challenge

Before we get too far into the Flying Geese challenge I’m going to announce the winners for the  Pinwheel Focus Through the Prism.  I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to look over all the amazing challenge pieces created for last months challenge.  Just click on the thumbnails to take a closer look … and leave comments of encouragement!  Everyone is doing an amazing job and I am beyond impressed!

55 quilts were created for the Pinwheel challenge which brings our overall total for all four challenges to 252 quilts dreamt up, created, and finished within a month!  Seriously!?  This is incredible!!!!

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)

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And chose quilt entry 25 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 25 is


Breezy by Liz Mandelcow! 


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Next … chose quilt entry 33 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

Quilt 33 is … IMG_0238

Golden Wind Farm by Marsha Friou!

Congrats to the winners and thank you to Marcia for your continued support and sponsorship!

And let’s take a look at how our chart is progressing …

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Looking at this chart …in three of the four months I used the most popular color for my quilts focus.  Where do your color choices fall?

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: