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
Welcome everyone! I have to apologize for having not posted anything since the end of October. A lot of things happened since then, including crashing hard drives, husband changing jobs and a medical scare that turned out to be benign. On top of that we took an impromptu trip to Indiana for me to finally meet my husband’s two oldest kids (it’s only been three years in the waiting) and the grand-boys, four of them, ranging in age from 10 months to 5 years old.
I’ll try to get a picture of all of the boys together. It was great to finally meet everyone. The weather was perfect in spite of the bit of snow and rain mix we ran into in Indiana. When we left the weather held until we got to Bozeman, Montana. It was full on snow all the way through Missoula. I was glad to finally get home.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day and wonderful Black Friday shopping. Hubby and I were on the road heading home during that time, so I didn’t even get to post great fabric sales. I sure hope you quilters got some great deals!
I haven’t got a lot done with quilting during November. It was just a crazy month. But I did get a little done. Here are some pictures:
NQC Medallion Mystery Block 2
NQC Med. Mystery Block 3
NCQ Med. Mystery Block 4
J.S. Save the Bees Block 4
J.S. Christmas Ornament Exchange
While I was in Indiana, Sarah gave me a wonderful surprise. She was given a box with a partially completed quilt top. She doesn’t quilt, yet, so she thought I could do something with it. Check this out:
There are several pieces unattached as well as pre-cut pieces. I looked up the pattern and I believe it’s called Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I can’t wait to get this completed but it will be some time. Right now I am working on Christmas ornaments, baby bibs for my teething, drooling grandson, a lap quilt and a table topper. Not to mention a couple of gifts. Sheesh. Sooooo many projects, sooooo little time.
I did get the Christmas tree up and decorated and decorations scattered throughout the house. I think this is the last year for my little Christmas tree. It’s looking a bit sad. What can I say, I bought it at a thrift store for $5.00, several years ago. It might be a bit difficult to find another one at that price. Here are just a few pictures.
Some of the ornaments I am making will actually go on the tree. The rest is going to various family members. I am making paper piecing (pp) ornaments, 3D ornaments and maybe stuffed ornaments as well as applique ornaments. That’s a lot of different kinds of ornaments. You should see my pretty bead stash to add as accent.
Well, I better get back to quilting, paper piecing, and gift making. I am so glad you decided to stop by. Don’t forget to sign up for email notification. I promise not to load your email box with lots of junk.
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Now, did you know it was Monday already? I am trying to figure out what happened to the week-end! Of course I have been busy cleaning the house and doing more organizing in the sewing room. My husband is on his way home after having been on the road for over four weeks. I can hardly wait. Won’t he be surprised to see I even re-organized both deep freezers. Brrrr.
I had my fabric scraps and remnants just thrown in a couple of totes and a couple of 5 gallon pails. YIKES! It was a nightmare whenever I started another project, trying find coordinating fabric. Now it’s so much nicer. I put my large pieces of fabric (1 yard or more) neatly folded into the large totes and my scraps are sorted now by color groups.
I have been working on my hand applique/embroidery aspect of the Little Bit of Baltimore (Jacquelynne Steves). It’s coming along quite nicely. I like the texture of the embroidery on the applique. Here are a couple of pictures…
Little Bit of Baltimore quilt border
I also received my monthly Sew Sampler last week. I cannot wait to dive into it. I took a couple of pictures so you can see what comes in the kit. It’s always something different. This time I got a jelly roll, a cool ruler (BasicX), labels, pre-made quilt hanger pocket (3 yds) and more. Take a look! Each box is themed and the fabric is always great whether it’s fat quarters, charms, mini’s, or jelly rolls. You can sign up for your monthly box at Fatquarter Shop.
That’s about all I have for now. I did “transfer” one of my quilt designs that was on paper to my EQ8 (Electric Quilt 8) program. Can I say I love my EQ8? I really do. It’s always a learning experience every time I design in it. By the time I got the quilt pattern (Peaceful) into the program I wasn’t feeling very peaceful. But I have to say the end product came out perfect. Once I get this quilt made I will add the pattern to the store so you will be able to make your own “Peaceful” quilt.
This week is full of all kinds of appointments so I won’t be posting another blog until next week. So in the meantime continue to stay positive, join a monthly subscription and stay quilting!
Happy Friday everyone! I am so glad you decided to visit us at LodgePole Quilting! We have some great things to share today. Since tomorrow is the beginning of hunting season here in Montana, I thought I would do some “hunting” for you wonderful visitors and friends. Look at what I found!
Hello, hello! I’m so happy to see you here today! I hope your week is going great so far. We actually have some beautiful sunshine today after cloudy days. It is getting frosty in the mornings but as long as it’s sunny I can handle it. How is it in your area?
We have two winners of the Autumn Give Away! Let’s give them a big hand!
Colleen P. and Mindy T. are now the proud recipients of Annie’s Favorite Quilts From Precuts. They now have 28 new time-saving quilt projects to add to their collection. One fun fact about these two ladies – they are mother and daughter! The daughter has been quilting and sewing for many years and mom has just started her quilting journey. How exciting is that.
Many thanks to Annie’s Catalog for making this give away possible. Thank you every one for participating in the give away. Sign up for our email to stay in the know for the next give away!
The new LodgePole Quilting Shop is up and running. You can purchase the Shades of Winter Quilt in four different sizes: lap, twin, queen and king. The quilt is custom-made so it does take about 4-6 weeks from start to finish (including shipping time). If you want to order this quilt as a gift for Christmas you will want to order it by the end of October to ensure it arrives before Christmas.
You can also now purchase the Stars Americana Quilt pattern in either digital or paper. This is a great quilt, only 40″ x 40″, which makes it perfect for a table topper or a wall hanging.
This quilt pattern is rich in detailed instructions and colored images to guide any quilter, whether they are a novice quilter or an advanced quilter.
Check out the store often and look for more new items to appear.
I have been making some changes here and I hope you take the time to check them out, especially the new store.
There is only one item listed in the store, but I hope to have more things listed in it by the end of the week. I am going to have some of my favorite quilt patterns for sell. So, stop by and see if there is anything you want to purchase.
Speaking of quilt patterns for sell, I have designed a place mat, Taste of Montana, using appliqued pieces. I am having so much fun with applique that I’m afraid everything I’ve been currently making has applique.
I used my Electric Quilt 8 program to design the place mat and Accuquilt Go! Northwoods Medley die to cut out the moose and bear pieces.
This is just a picture of one of the place mats, I haven’t put the binding on it yet, but it is quilted.
I have been playing around with different fmq (free motion quilting) patterns on this one. It’s been fun and as always a learning experience.
I have also designed a couple more place mats, Shades of Autumn and Christmas Times. Look for these place mat patterns to make their appearance in the LodgePole Quilting Store, soon.
If at any time you click on a link and it doesn’t work, please let me know. What with all of the changes I’ve been making I’m sure there might be one or two links that might have dropped.
Be sure to check back soon and see what’s new here at LodgePole Quilting!