Project Quilting

Kim Lapacek and me

A few year’s ago I met a very talented and energetic quilter named Kim Lapacek. She had attended my Mariner’s Compass lecture at a Quilt Expo – and she was so excited about the technique that she made a few compasses and sent me pictures. I was impressed!

This past week Kim was the speaker at Patched Lives Quilt Guild – and we all were impressed (can you find the mariner’s compasses in this amazing scrap quilt?)

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Kim and her husband have three young girls and run an apple orchard in Poynette, Wisconsin.

Lapacek Orchard

For a bit about who Kim is – in her own words – go to:

I must tell you, she is a fantastic quilter (or at least a fantastic “topper” – she admitted her Aunt-in-law, Barb Raisbeck, quilts most of her quilts)!

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She is also a very entertaining speaker. I would highly recommend her for your guild or quilt group.

In her talk she explained how, a few years ago, she got the idea to do something she calls Project Quilting while watching Project Runway on TV. On Project Runway designers are given a garment challenge and 2 days to create it. On Kim’s blog she chooses a quilt challenge theme and participants are given 1 week to create it. During her regular season these quilts can be any size – so quilters can fit it into their schedule.  Kim makes a quilt along with everyone else. She also has prizes! What a fun idea – and we got to be a part of the fun because she shared many of her Project Quilting quilts! Here are just two:

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She also does “off – season” challenges during the Summer and apple time in the orchard. Her current off-season challenge series is:

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It uses Cherrywood fabric and these quilts need to be 20″ square. For background information on this challenge click here! For the current challenge info click here! Kim said that over 70 quilters made quilts for her most recent challenge! And you can be a part of the fun. If you decide to take one of her challenges, please let me know – and send pictures!

To contact Kim and have her speak to your guild, simply go to her blog:

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  • Kim Lapacek said:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed having me at your guild! I had such a lovely time and I truly love sharing my dreams with other quilters! Your lecture was definitely a turning point for me! You made something that looks crazy hard be doable! It made me believe that there are no limits to what one can do … sometimes you just have to take a minute to really look and think about the problem. Thanks so much and I hope to see you again in the future!


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