I chose the name of this blog, Lodge Pole Quilting because my husband and I share the same initials, L. P. and we have Lodge Pole pine all around us. They are really something in the late fall. Their needles turn a bright yellow then turn gold as the season gets colder, and eventually they fall off. The roads and highways are covered in gold pine needles. That is when you know fall is over and winter is here in Montana.
My goal is to post the various quilting projects I am working on, as I design them. Designing a quilt can be challenging, especially if you are mathematically challenged as I am some days. It’s a good thing I am not an accountant.
So I hope you enjoy this blog and the various quilts I design. I will even share some of what is happening in my neck of the woods here in Montana. I look forward to hearing from you.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Happy Wednesday to all of you wonderful people! I hope your week is going well so far. It has been a whirl-wind around here. My husband got home last Wednesday and from that moment on it was go, go, go!
We got everything ready to travel and left Friday night at 2am. We went to my sister and brother-in-laws’ house in Kalama, Washington. We arrived around 2pm and after about a half an hour of visiting, Colleen and I went shopping, for fabric of course! You can never have too much fabric. She has just started her first quilt. She finally got all of the fabric cut. I took my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and a few dies to show her how much easier it is to cut fabric. She is now budgeting for one for herself! (I should be a spokesperson for them! I love my Go! Cutter!)
We went to JoAnn Fabric and Craft store and enjoyed their 75th Anniversary sale. I picked up some gorgeous purple and teal fabric. I will be making myself a lap quilt. I gave my baby sister, Laura, the one I had made last December. I have several quilt designs waiting to be made. I just have to make a decision on which one to make!
Her favorite colors are purples and green. Mine are purples. I like some greens but tend to lean to the teals. I thought this would be a nice gift since she sits and is in a wheel chair all of the time due to M.S.. When I am sitting on the couch in the fall and winter, I enjoy a lap quilt.
She really liked it! I am glad I gave it to her. She was very excited to see all of the purple and greens The backing is dark green with green leaves. It is a real nice lap quilt and I know she will get a lot of use out of it this fall and winter.
It was a crazy four days on the road visiting family and friends. We did take Monty with us. He got to play with a couple of dogs and see lots of people, but I am sure he is happy to be home and just being a lazy dog. We were going to take another day in visiting but Wes had to go back to work a day earlier. So we visited with my best friend, Mary, for a bit of time and then hit the road. We finally got home Tuesday around 2:30am. I am just glad we got home safely.
I am super excited because I finally got my email containing the instructions for my first BOM from Jacquelynne Steves Save the Bees. I actually got it last week, but tomorrow I get to work on it and I will post photos as I go along so you can see what I am doing. If you haven’t signed up for the BOM, I think you can still do so. Just go to her website, www.jacquelynnesteve.com.
Now that my sweet husband is back on the road (sigh, sniff, sniff) it’s time to clean house and get dirty clothes in the washer. It always takes me a couple of days to get the house back in order after he leaves. This time it’s compounded with our time away. So before I can play in the quilt room I have to do my chores. I can’t wait to start my BOM and my new lap quilt so I gotta do the chores first.
I will be having another giveaway. So stay updated by signing up for email notifications. The giveaway will be starting soon. It’s going to be great! I hope you all will enter the giveaway!
Hello friends and visitors! I am so glad you stopped by today. I do hope you are having a great week-end and that it’s not too hot for you. It’s definitely a warm July. We have been experiencing temperatures in the 90’s. I don’t mind the low 80’s but when it starts getting into the 90’s, that’s too warm for me.
I have been working on my hand quilting WIP while waiting for the SAVE THE BEES BOM to begin. If you haven’t signed up for the BOM, there is still time! (Click on the link!) I am so excited for it to begin! The first block will be sent out August 6th, I think. I’m just waiting, waiting, waiting.
I bought some backing fabric for my BOM. It’s called Beelines from the Timeless Treasures Fabric of SoHo, LLC. I got it from Fabric.com. I thought it was super cute and perfect for this project.
Since this BOM includes applique, I have been practicing machine applique. Okay, I have to admit, I am a traditional piece block person. Applique really isn’t my thing. But I know a lot of people like it and I found some super cute dies from Accuquilt. Elephants, fall medleys, moose and bear, flowers and more.
I am already planning a baby quilt with applique elephants, a fall quilt with fall leaves and dare I say, Christmas quilted items with super cute applique dies. I will get this applique technique down. In the meantime I am making place mats for a neighbor and friend, whose theme in her house is moose and bears (very Montana). It’s a way a saying thank you for all she has done.
For those of you who love to design quilts and blocks, Accuquilt is having an Accuquilt Quilt Block Design 2018 Contest! Enter your quilt block design(s) then see if you designed a winner! Here is the link: https://www.accuquilt.com/block-contest/contest-home. The contest ends July 31, 2018. I have entered several quilt block designs already, hoping one of them will be a winner.
I have been canning green beans, carrots and beets. I have planted more carrot seeds, I am just hoping they grow so I will have more carrots to can. My neighbor gave me a large box filled with pie cherries from her trees. So I have those to pit and freeze today. I am waiting for the chilies and peppers to start producing and the squash seeds I planted are growing! The cucumber is doing great! I can’t wait to pick those and believe it or not, my green onions are still growing. They are almost ready to be pulled. I had to put my outdoor table and chairs against the fencing to keep the deer from eating my tomato plants. I don’t want them to eat the plants before I harvest tomatoes. Fun times in the summer time!
The yellow jackets are out of control out here. I have five traps and they are full. I can’t go out on my front porch because there is a nest of them under it. My poor Monty dog has been stung several times now. I can’t wait for my husband to get home and deal with them. They are vicious. My neighbor said they would try to help me get rid of the nest. I just don’t want them to get stung. I don’t want my husband getting stung either.
I am getting ready for another giveaway! So be sure to keep in the know by signing up for email notification. I promise not to overwhelm your email box.
Please send me pictures and a brief description of what you are working on this summer. I would love to share them with everyone. Are you already thinking about Autumn and cooler temperatures? Planning for winter and the upcoming holidays? How about some great BOMs. There are lots of them going on right now. Lets share and compare!
Greetings all new visitors and friends! I am so excited to announce the winner of the Quilts You Can Make In A Day (electronic book) giveaway! (Thank you, Annie’s Catalog, for making this giveaway possible!)
Drum roll please!………..
Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your book! There is a lot of fun and great quilts projects inside of it.
Please look for an email from me (email@example.com) containing your electronic download.
A big THANK YOU! to everyone who entered the giveaway! There will be another giveaway next month, so keep in the know by signing up for email updates!
Greeting everyone! A BIG HELLO! to all you visitors! I’m happy that you all have taken the time to stop by tonight! I’m calling this night Saturday Night Fever! because it’s hot, hot, hot! It’s so hot I feel like I have a fever…. I think this calls for ice cream!
I haven’t written for a couple of weeks due to being busy, busy, busy. My husband, Wes, was home for about a week, that was so wonderful, even if my back was acting up and he hurt his hand doing, I don’t know what he was doing, something. He left just a couple of days before Independence Day.
I designed and made a Stars Americana quilt after he left. So that took a little time. Here are a couple of pictures…
Stars Americana designed and quilted by LaTawnia Porter
Stars Americana designed and quilted by LaTawnia Porter
I used fat quarters I purchased from Connecting Threads, Patriotic Picnic and Glory Days collections.
I really like the combination of the two collections. It gave the quilt a vintage look. All of the various prints worked well together. The blocks used are Sawtooth Star and Hourglass Star #2. These blocks were cut using my Accuquilt Go Cutter and dies. I used some left-over solid dark navy fabric for the backing and I had some blue-grey solid fabric from the place mats I made. It’s only 40 inches x 40 inches square, so it makes a great wall hanging or as you can see, a table topper.
Even though Independence Day has passed, the quilt looks great on my old sewing machine table. It’s a nice way to display it.
My garden is doing great. We finally got the sunshine we needed, however, someone could turn down the heat a bit. This over 90 degrees a day stuff is just a bit much. I got some great pictures. My tomatoes are loaded with blossoms and my bush beans have little baby green beans!
Baby green beans
Roma grape tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes in bloom
I did a trial run with the new pressure cooker/canner today. I thought I had pulled enough carrots to fill two pint jars but I could only fill one jar. So….. I went through the process and pressure cooked one pint of carrots. Everything worked great!
How cute is that?! It’s now sitting in the pantry behind closed doors. I have more carrots to pull and can, as well as beets. I look forward to getting the green beans canned as well as the peppers and chilies (when they are ready) and the tomatoes.
So while I am waiting for my veggies to get ready to be picked, pulled and plucked, I am working on a few WIPS. I am also waiting to start my Save-the-Bees BOM from Jacquelynne Steves. I have my fabric and thread. I am just waiting for the first block pattern to come out. It’s super cute and I believe you can still sign up for the BOM. Just click on the link and join the fun! It’s ice cream time now, or perhaps it’s time for me to stick my head in the freezer… boy it’s hot! So I hope everyone has a great week-end, wherever you are! Stay cool!
Hey there everyone! Welcome to all of you new visitors! I am glad you are here today. There are some fun things I want to share with you. So read on and see what’s happening!
I got all of my orders for the reusable dry sweeper pads completed and sent away. After crocheting steadily for over a week my hands were quite numb and painful due to carpal tunnel syndrome. So I had to let them rest and do exercises. That meant no sewing, fabric cutting, blogging, crocheting or any other thing that would bring about more aggravation. Bummer. But they are feeling better now and I did get to do a little quilting these past couple of days.
My garden is abundant in lettuce, carrots, radishes, beets, spinach and more. I have eaten salads every day. I blanched spinach to freeze. I cut beet greens and cooked them with smoked turkey bacon and other yummy things. The beets aren’t ready to pick yet but I am ready to can them. I have my pressure cooker/canner and spices for pickling! My tomatoes and green beans are ready to bloom. Now if the weather will cooperate and give us some needed sun instead of clouds and rain, that would be helpful.
Bush green beans, lettuce and radishes
Zinnias, beets and carrots (not shown)
Tomatoes, cucumber in back and kale
chilies and peppers
Baby green onions between zinnias and beets
My dear husband is on his way home. He will be here early tomorrow morning, just in time to take me to the dentist to have oral surgery. At least this time I won’t be alone while dealing with the pain. He will be able to take care of Monty dog while I recover.
Speaking of my husband, he is so wonderful. He ordered me a new sewing table that will help with my back trouble. The table is adjustable so it should help me to be able to sew with minimal pain. He will also raise my cutting table while he is home. He is the best!
Now, I want to share with you a special project. This project will also include a GIVEAWAY!
Annie’s Catalog has given me a free copy of “Quilts You Can Make In A Day” to sample and share a project. So I chose Summer Seas Mats. This project is two place mats and hot mat made with fat quarters.
This is an ideal project to use some of your favorite fat quarters and have a set of really nice place mats with coordinating hot mat.
The designer used batiks for her fabric. I chose a couple of novelty fabrics with coordinating cotton solids.
Here are a couple of pictures:
I really like the sea shell novelty fabric I picked out for this project. I used a dark orange mottled fabric as well as three different blue/gray fabrics. Many thanks to my friend and neighbor Joyce. She helped me to coordinate those pesky blue/gray colors.
This was a super easy project. But all of the projects in this book are pretty easy. There may be a few intermediate ones, but since you are suppose be able to make any thing in this book in a day, they aren’t that complicated at all. I have a few more projects I have printed out to make from this book. When I get them made I will post pictures of them so you can see what I made.
One of the tools I used in the project is my binding tool I bought. It’s made by Fons and Porter. Let me tell you, my binding comes out right every time I use it! (This tool can be purchased at most fabric and craft stores.)
Now here is the fun part…..
I am GIVING AWAY a free electronic copy of Quilts You Can Make In A Day! (Valued at $9.99) All you have to do is enter the GIVEAWAY! It starts tomorrow, June 26, 2018 and ends on July 14, 2018. (That is my oldest granddaughters’ birthday! What a great day!)
Be sure to do all of the things you are required to! And don’t forget… you can enter the giveaway every day it is running! The more times you enter increases your opportunity to win this great book! Just think of all the great things you can make from Quilts You Can Make In A Day! Many thanks to Annie’s for the free book to review. I am going to make lots of fun things from it.
That’s all I have for now. But stay tuned for more summer fun! Sign up for email notification! I promise not send you a lot of notices.
Remember, this website is affiliated with many merchants, so when you click on one of the various links and then make a purchase I will receive a small payment. So be kind and click! You help support this website every time you do.