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
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I do hope your summer has been great! I know here in the Northwest we have been dealing with a lot of smoke from fires, but at least here in Montana it hasn’t been nearly as bad as it was last year, yet. I was concerned my tomatoes, peppers and chilies might not ripen and grow but I have been picking a lot of small tomatoes and freezing them. The chilies are almost ready to be picked and canned. I am just waiting for the peppers to get bigger. My second planting of carrots seem to doing ok. I’m just waiting for them to get bigger to pull.
My daughter and her boyfriend, Crystiana and Cody, stopped by here for a couple of days, to visit. They were on their way home after going to the Grand Teutons and Yellowstone Park. It was a wonderful but short visit. I look forward to them coming back soon!
(L) Timeless Treasures Fabric of Soho, LLC, Beeline (from Fabric.com) (R) Save the Bees fabric kit from Jacquelynne Steves.
Blocks 2, 3 and 4 precut
Blocks 3, 4 and binding precut
Applique pieces ready to use
Block 1 applique completed with hand stitching and embroidery
Making HST for block border
Block 1 completed
I did “color” outside of the lines a bit. So on block 2 (which I just received today in my email) I lightly drew a border on the white piece so my applique pieces will be within the block where they belong. On the whole though, it was a lot of fun to do. I have already cut out my applique pieces and started pressing them onto the background piece for Block 2. I am ready to begin the hand applique and embroidery again!
In between the time of completing Block 1 and waiting for Block 2, I completed a WIP that was only 2 years in the making. It was a wall quilt kit I had purchased from Connecting Threads. It was made using the Sedona Sunrise collection by Winthur Sempliner for Connecting Threads. It took me a while to hand-quilt it. I would start and then put it aside and work on other things. Pull it out again and start something else new. But it is now hanging on a wall in my bedroom. I bought some curtain clip rings from Amazon and used a curtain rod to hang the wall quilt. If you don’t want to add hanger pockets, this is a great way to hang a wall quilt.
I have also started sewing blocks together for my “summer” quilt. I have decided to use a thin loft batting so the quilt can be used year round, if I want to.
And I designed a new Autumn themed place mat and started designing a table cover to accompany the place mats, as well I started embroidering quilt blocks to use in a new quilt project. Don’t look too close to the “art” work on the place mat. An artist I am not. I do much better with stick people. There are a few artists in the family but that isn’t a gene I inherited. Though I do suppose quilting, designing quilted items, embroidery and other needlework projects should and are considered artistic. So I guess that makes me an artist!
Autumn themed place mat designed by LaTawnia Porter (Copyright protected)
Embroidered block for new quilt project
I do hope the braided piece in the place mats won’t be too difficult. I haven’t tackled that design yet so I am looking forward to a new challenge. I think it might end up being paper pieced, but we shall see. I will keep you posted.
I got my monthly kit from Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club and it is super cute. I haven’t started it yet, I don’t know why, maybe because I have so many projects going right now. But I think it will work great with my Autumn themed place mats and table cover. When I get that kit made I will post pictures.
I do hope you all have a wonder week and this month will be a great one for all. I love the onset of Autumn, the cooler nights, preparing to finish harvesting from the garden and the end of the crazy yellow jackets, wasps and hornets. Those flying, biting, stinging things have been out of control this year. I can’t wait for them to go away.
I love pulling out all of my fall toned fabrics and designing quilted items to bring warmth to my home also, finishing up WIPs that will be Christmas gifts for family and friends. What are some things you like about Autumn? Leave a comment sharing what you do at this time of year.
Until next time – Got your favorite lap quilt handy?
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!