Monkey Wrench Focus Through The Prism Link Up Post

May Project QUILTING Focus Through the Prism Challenge:  Monkey Wrench

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!

Give It A Whirl!

My friend Sam Hunter has some fabulous new designs coming out.  She's slowly sharing them with you all so you get to get more an more excited about each new pattern!

I was lucky to be a 'stunt sewer' for her pattern 'Give it A Whirl!'.

I had a lot of fun putting this one together!  I tried to tone it down a bit for me but I guess I can't help myself.  I used one fabric for the background .. a fabulous ombre grey in x's and o's from Stof Fabric.  This pattern was written to go perfectly for a jelly roll.  I knew I wanted to make this for a new baby boy so I pulled out some of my fun and whimsical fabrics that I thought would be fun for this quilt and cut out my own jelly roll.  It had been awhile since I just took a pattern and pieced it.  I'm so used to have to come up with my 'own thing' all the time it was really nice to just sew.    

This quilt was for my girls' ballet teachers' new baby boy, Landry.  Every Monday I'd be at ballet I'd watch Ms. Erin get bigger and bigger and I knew I had to get this quilt done and finished for her so she would have it before she had her beautiful bundle of joy.  So I even quilted it myself!  It was the perfect size for putting on my long arm frame and it didn't take long before I had it all quilted!

Here you can see a closer look at my quilting.  I have a really hard time staying on focus with the same pattern/design over and over.  Does that ever happen to you?

All that was left was binding and of course the deer fence photo shoot before I gave it as a gift.  I finished this quilt back in February and I kept it a secret until Sam was ready to release the pattern!  If you know me at all you know that it is a huge deal for me to keep anything secret!

Once the photo shoot was done I brought it to ballet class and the girls excitedly had Miss Erin open it!  She loved it and I'm so happy I decided to make a quilt for baby Landry...who by the way ... is an adorable and healthy baby boy born at the end of March.  I love being able to share my passion with someone who shares her passion (dancing) so freely with my kids and so many other children around her.  

So ... what are you waiting for!?  Head over to Sam's website and get your 'Give It a Whirl!' pattern asap!   It’s for sale hard copy here and PDF here.

A Penny For Your Thoughts

We spent another long night with Pip last night.  She’s been super congested at night since I was gone at Quilt Market.  It just hasn’t been getting better so my ‘Mom-o-Meter’ told me it was time to go in and just get her checked out.  Sure enough – sinus infection.  She hasn’t had one since 2013 so we got some antibiotics will hopefully get my baby feeling better soon!  While I was there Pip mentioned that when she was at Grandma’s yesterday she swallowed a penny.  I hadn’t heard anything about it so a quick text to Grandma and sure enough, she had told grandma she swallowed a penny yesterday.

The doctor recommended a quick x-ray just to check on the location of the penny. She’s totally fine at the point but I have to say it’s really sad seeing your baby in a hospital gown!

And the x-ray proved two things:
  1. Pip was not lying.
  2. Pip did in fact swallow a penny.
They’re not sure if her insides are big enough yet to pass things on its own so we get to watch her poop until Monday.  If it hasn’t passed we’ll go in for another x-ray so the pediatric gastroenterologist can look at how things are progressing.  We’re hoping that it just passes naturally before then!

And I was just thinking this morning that I wasn’t sure what I was going to blog about today.  I do say that the crazy things in my life happen just so I have something to blog about!

Friendship Pineapple Gift Idea

I realized this morning that I hadn’t shared with you what I gave my mother for Mother’s Day/her birthday. 

I picked up this fun little ‘Friendship Pineapple’ kit from Fabrications by Doris when I was at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago this past March.  My mother’s favorite color is blue so I thought blue would be the perfect choice.  The kit includes a paper pieced pattern for the miniature pineapple block, Cherrywood Fabric for sewing your block, AND a nifty matted frame to make it look even cooler!

I would recommend getting an CM Designs Add-An-Eighth Ruler, ruler if you don’t already have one.  You could use a CottageCutz Add-A-Quarter Ruler, but these finished strips are TINY!  You’re going to want trim as much of that excess fabric from the seams as you can without compromising their strength.  And to be honest – both the add-a-quarter and add-an-eight rulers are worth adding to your ruler collection if you enjoy paper piecing at all.  It just makes it so much easier and faster to trim your excess fabric off. 

And here is what the final block looks like!  Sure … I could probably do this without a kit.  But sometimes don’t you just want to not think and just sew? 

And seriously – this gorgeous matte is worth the kit price.  It truly just adds so much to the quilt block.  My husband didn’t even believe that I had made this little piece of art when I showed him … he thought I just colored it!

And of course – after I finished my first one I had to go and order more.  Won’t these make the BEST teacher’s gifts!?  I’m in love!
Oh – and I did frame this but I didn’t snap a picture of it framed and up yet.  I promise to show you the next time I visit my parents house!

Time to Vote at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Have you been able to spend some time looking through the Blogger’s Quilt Festival yet?  There are quilts of all kinds from all over the world that fit into 11 different categories!  It’s definitely worth the time to look around to discover new quilters/designers that you love!  And of course … it’s time to vote for your favorites!  You can vote for three favorites in each category simply by clicking on the heart in the upper right corner of the quilts’ thumbnail (just like how you vote for Project QUILTING).

I have included the links to each of the categories so you can easily go to check them out.  I also included the prizes from the sponsors for the favorite quilts.  All these fun online activities are enhanced so much by the generosity of sponsors and I just wanted to include their links because not only as a participant am I grateful for this but as a blogger myself.

Please consider voting for my quilt ‘Fen Koan’ in the Original Quilt Category as one of your top three quilt favorites.

Please consider voting for my quilt ‘Gypsy Wife’ in the Scrappy Quilt Category as one of your top three quilt favorites.

And with that – enjoy the show and good luck picking just three favorites in each category!

Monkey Wrench–A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, May

Can you believe it’s time for the first ‘Focus Through the Prism’ Project QUILTING Challenge!?  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:  Monkey Wrench!

In honor of my good friend Trisha Frankland and May being her birthday month I asked her what her favorite block was – a Monkey Wrench!  So – that’s what we all get to be inspired by this month! 
monkey wrench
If you search ‘Monkey Wrench’ there are a few different versions out there but to be consistent I would like your inspiration to come from the Monkey Wrench Block above.
  • Each final project should read predominantly as one color in the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. 
  • A ROYGBIV hand-dyed color bundle of fabric must be purchased from Cherrywood Fabrics  Hopefully you already have your bundle but you can join in the fun anytime … just make sure you have your quit done by the end of the month!
  • 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
  • Quilts must finish 20” square.
  • Share the story behind your quilt and how the block ‘Monkey Wrench’ 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 Sunday, May 31st (Trisha’s actual birthday). 
  • ‘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.
Monkey Wrench Quilt
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 hastag #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 put together two tutorials for 20” Monkey Wrench Blocks – in either a 3 x 3 grid or a 5 x 5 grid HERE.


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