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Let’s Have A Giveaway Before June is Gone!

Wow! Where has the month gone? I cannot believe I missed most of May and the beginning of June! Between the birds and the rains my garden isn’t doing as well as I would like. So I am having to replant some seeds and actual plants. The weeds however, are doing fantastic!

I did get a part time job at the local no-kill shelter. The place is called TRACS (Thompson River Animal Care Shelter. They take in dogs and cats and find good forever homes for them. It’s where I got my Monty dog. People come from all over to adopt a new fur family member. And these animals come from all over the country and even out of country like Korea. It’s a good job and I enjoy working with the dogs and cats.

Monty dog watching the garden grow.

Now onto the fun stuff, a GIVEAWAY!

I am giving away this darling Sweet Dreams Baby Quilt electronic pattern thanks to Annie’s Catalog, who has made this giveaway possible.

How adorable is this quilt? One of the great things about this quilt is the blocks can be made from your scraps. You don’t have to go out and buy new fabric! Wait! What did I say? Of course you want to buy new baby soft fabric in shades of aqua, mint, orange and yellow. Using neutral gender prints combined with pastel color fabrics you can create a snuggly, comfy baby quilt for your own little one or as a gift for the upcoming new born your friend or family member is having.

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Now the bears are machine appliqued, but don’t let that scare you if you have never done applique before. I use Soft Fuse Premium Paperbacked Fusible Web for all of my applique. There are other fusibles out there, but I found this one to be the easiest to use. Just follow the directions and have fun. I do recommend practicing before making the bears and applying them to the background. And don’t sweat the machine sewing. Just take it slow. Watch a few YouTube videos and practice.

One hint that will save your iron and ironing board, take a piece of wax paper, lay it down on your ironing board waxy, shiny side down. When you are ready to fuse your piece, take another piece of wax paper, waxy, shiny side down and lay it on top of your piece and then fuse according to instructions. These two pieces of wax paper can be used over and over again and you won’t get glue on your iron or ironing board.

Here is my quilt top. There are a couple of more things on the bear faces I have to do once I get my quilt sandwich together. But it sure was fun to make. I used scraps for my blocks and fat quarters for the border. My Accuquilt Go! Cutter sure came in handy when it came to cutting all of those blocks. I had some white tonal in my stash as well as the taupe for the bear heads. You can just make out the penciled drawing of closed eyes and the lines from their noses. I used Aurifil thread for my piecing and for the machine applique. I will be hand quilting this little project with Aurifil 12wt thread. When I’m finished I will post a picture.

The giveaway begins Monday June 10, 2019 and will end on midnight Monday June 24, 2019. This giveaway is open to all residents of the United States. You must be a minimum of 18 years old to enter. The winner will be announced within 48 hours. You know how giveaways work, the more questions you respond to the more points you earn. SO, answer those questions. The drawing will be random. Click on the link below to enter!


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Until next time – What are you making this summer?

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Growing Things and Spring

Hello, hello hello! I am so glad you stopped by today to see what’s happening at LodgePole Quilting. We have a few things going on around here so let’s get busy!

First I want to let you know I do use affiliate links so if you do make a purchase from one of my links, thank you. That small commission I make helps to keep this website going. Secondly, I want to encourage you to sign up for the email. That way you can stay informed as to when I make another post. And then third, be sure to follow me on Instagram. You can find the link at the end of this blog or click here.

My dear husband, Wes, has been very busy outside working on a couple of projects and one of them is for me. He is expanding my garden to give me more room to move around in and add a couple of more raised beds. I am very excited because the babies I have started from seeds are getting ready to be in their new home. I have lots of new baby plants and lots of more seeds to sow.

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He also bought me some new lily bulbs since the ones I had from a couple of years ago didn’t do so well last year. As soon as the weather straightens out I will get them planted as well.

Did I mention we bought a little peach tree. It already has buds that are opening. But again, we are waiting for the weather to stop being so erratic. Yesterday we had rain, snow, hail, more rain and a sprinkling of sunshine. Crazy. So my garden is indoors until spring gets itself under control.

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I want to announce the SEW HOT IRON REST Giveaway winner…. Drum roll please………………

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Congratulations! Woohoo! I did mail her the prize, the Sew Hot Iron Rest, so she should be receiving it in a few days.

I love giveaways, entering them myself or holding them. It’s always so much fun. I don’t always win but when I do I just get all giddy inside. How about you? And just the thought that someone has won a giveaway I hold, it just pleases me to no end.

So…… we are going to have another Giveaway! YAY! I told you I LOVE giveaways!

Annie’s Weekend Sewing GIVEAWAY!

This one is Annie’s Weekend Sewing: 30+ Quick and Easy Projects in electronic download (PDF format). I have already made two projects from this great book.


Both projects didn’t take hardly any time. I had some left over batik jelly roll and yardage to make the bag. The potholders were made with Moda Play All Day fat quarters. The quilting was simple line stitching with Aurifil MK-50 2026 (my all purpose piecing and quilting thread.)

Here is a description of this book:

Unleash your sewing imagination! Annie’s Weekend Sewing features 30+ inspiring, quick and easy projects perfect for any room and every occasion.

  • Craving a clutter buster? Our fun Sew Cozies make organizing your sewing room a breeze. Upcycled canning jars are great for storing small sewing supplies, and these cute cozies are the perfect way to decorate them.
  • Ready to bring the sunshine in? Brighten up your kitchen with our stash-busting Summer Fun Mug Rugs. Use your favorite fabric scraps to make this smiling duo in an afternoon.
  • Dinner too hot to handle? Protect your hands and keep your meal hot with our Microwave Cozies. These handy cozies are perfect for heating up a mug of coffee, a bowl of soup or even a serving dish of food, and removing it from the microwave safely and comfortably.

To enter the giveaway just click on the Rafflecopter link and answer all of the questions! By the way, if you have already won this month please allow others an opportunity to win by sitting this one out. Thank you. Oh! I almost forgot to tell you, the giveaway starts tomorrow, April, 17, 2019 and ends April 30, 2019. It ends just in time to make something for Mother’s Day!

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This giveaway is being made possible by Annie’s Catalog. They are providing me with the prize to give to a lucky winner. So thank you Annie’s Catalog!

Until next time – What’s growing in your garden?


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Oh Me, Oh My, How Time Flies!

It’s always amazing to me when I see we are approaching the middle of what was a new month. I haven’t decided if it’s because the older I get time seems shorter, or if time really is flying by.

I do know the SEW HOT IRON REST GIVEAWAY is almost over. If you haven’t entered now is the time to do so. The Giveaway ends April 14, 2019 at 12am. I will be announcing the winner on Tuesday April 16, 2019. Click here to enter the giveaway!

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I entered a designer fabric challenge through Modern Quilt Guild. They sent me five fat eighths. I was looking at them and thinking, “What am I going to do with these?” The upside of this challenge is I can use additional fabric from the same designer in my challenge. I decided to design a quilt. I’m calling it Star Blossoms.

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I have completed the nine star blocks. Five of them are 20.5 inches square including their borders and four of them are 14.5 inches square with their borders.

The designer is Riley Blake. I really like all of their collections and since I had some fat quarters and scraps I was able to use them with the five fat eighths I received. It was definitely a challenge in choosing fabric and which star block to make. I had one block I was going to use this great fabric for and I totally mis-calculated what I needed to cut and wasted two perfect fat quarters. It just about made me sick. However I was able to use some of it in another star block. Whew.

Here are some pictures of the star blocks I made.


I used Riley Blake Designs Simply Happy, Shortcake, Wild Bouquet, Vintage Crayola, Granny Chic Solids, Gingham Small Cotton Yellow and of course, the five fat eighths. I think they came out pretty good. I like star blocks and let me tell you I have tons of quilt designs crowding my mind with all of the various blocks I have found. I need more paper and pencils!

I used the five fat eighths in the Ohio star block, Sawtooth star block, Fractured star block and in Star Struck star block.

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The background is going to be white, Riley Blake Designs white, of course and the border is a red print and the backing is a blue plaid, again, Riley Blake Designs fabrics. I’m using Aurifil MK-50 2026 (white) thread for all of the piecing. I haven’t decided on the quilting part yet. It just depends on how it comes out once it’s all put together.

I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting System and various dies to cut these stars. Let me tell you, that is such a time saver. Not to mention how much easier it was to cut half rectangle triangles. No calculating on my part. So thank you Accuquilt! You made cutting block pieces so much easier.

Thankfully I have until the 31st of May to get this all finished. I did get the hard part completed. I will have more pictures later.

Until then, don’t forget to enter the Giveaway. I am going to be having another one in about a week. So be sure to sign up for the emails. You will want to enter this one as well. Oh, I do love giveaways!

One last thing, I am entering several quilts I have made in a quilt show that is being held Saturday, April 13, 2019. My stomach is doing flip-flops. It’s the first time I have ever done anything like this. It’s one thing to give my work to family and friends, but to have my quilts on display for strangers to look at…. well… flip-flops. Thankfully there isn’t any judging on these. Okay, that’s it for now.

Until next time – Spring is here – what’s blooming in your quilting?

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I’m So Excited!

It’s time for the great unveiling! The Union Square Quilt has been officially released today! Yay! I am so excited!

Union Square Quilt in Riley Blake Simply Happy and Gingham Small Cotton.
Back of Union Square Quilt made with Riley Blake Simply Happy and Gingham Small Cotton

I had a lot of fun making this quilt. I was able to use my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and my Go! Qube Mix and Match 8 inch Block to cut most of the pieces needed for this quilt block. I saved a lot of time using the cutting system and have accurate cuts.

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The fabric I chose for this quilt along is Riley Blake Designs Simply Happy by Dodi Lee Poulsen and Small Cotton Gingham Yellow. The yellow gingham made me very happy while putting the blocks together. I was surrounded by a lot of snow when I was making this quilt. All of the colors and happy prints brought spring into my wintry home.

50wt Chalk 100% Cotton Mako Thread Aurifil #MK50-2026


50wt Chalk 100% Cotton Mako Thread Aurifil #MK50-2026

from: Fat Quarter Shop

The quilting is a very simple line done in a horizontal and vertical 2 inch pattern. It actually compliments the pattern of the quilt. I used Auriful thread MK-50 #2026 (white) for all of the piecing and quilting. I am just going to admit it, Aurifil thread is my favorite thread to use. It’s the first one I reach for when I am piecing and/or quilting.

The wool pressing mat and the Tailor’s Clapper made a huge difference in the pressing of my pieces. Crisp seams and pointing points make a beautiful block.

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Fat Quarter Shop now has the Susanna’s Scraps Collection fabric available for you to make this wonderful classic and vintage quilt.

Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna's Scraps by Betsy Chutchian


Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna’s Scraps by Betsy Chutchian

from: Fat Quarter Shop

These are the links for the Union Square Quilt so you can make one yourself:

Pattern: https://static.fatquartershop.com/media/wysiwyg/pdf/UnionSquare-BlockPatternFINAL.pdf

Quilt Kit: https://www.fatquartershop.com/union-square-quilt-kit

Backing Set: https://www.fatquartershop.com/backing-set-for-union-square-quilt-kit

Susanna’s Scrap Collection: https://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-fabrics/susannas-scraps-betsy-chutchian-moda-fabric

Blog Post on Jolly Jabber: https://blog.fatquartershop.com/classic-vintage-union-square-free-pattern-video-tutorial/

YouTube video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXLBH4HoMpA

I hope you have as much fun as I did in making this quilt. I would love to see your final quilt. You can email me your photo at lodgepolequilting@gmail.com. I would be happy to share it on my blog so everyone can see your creation.

Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna's Scraps by Betsy Chutchian


Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna’s Scraps by Betsy Chutchian

from: Fat Quarter Shop

Until next time – Quilt along with us! Union Square Quilt!

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It’s Here! It’s Time! It’s GIVEAWAY Time!

I LOVE giveaways! I may have mentioned that in my last blog. BUT, it’s true. I enter every giveaway I find if it’s related in any way, shape or form to fabric, notions or just quilting in general.

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In fact, I just won a giveaway! I totally forgot all about that I had entered it and yesterday I received an email stating I won a Braid template. Wow! I love the look of braid quilts. I can draw a braid quilt but actually trying to cut fabric for a braid quilt…. not so much. Now I CAN with the nifty, cool braid template. I am in a dither waiting for it to get here.

So here is your chance to win a cool notion. It’s something every sewist can use. It’s the perfect size and the color is reminds me of the inside of an Andes candy…. yes! it’s mint! The Sew Hot Iron Rest is a must for anyone who sews and really, just uses an iron for pressing clothes or whatever. I am always concerned of knocking my iron over or Monty dog knocking it over while playing. So this is a handy answer.

I use mine all of the time. In fact, I own a cheapo iron and I can keep it laying down on the mat without any damage to my ironing table or iron. Knowing that my iron is laying down and not in a position where it can tip over or fall off of the iron table gives me a little bit of peace. I don’t worry about Monty dog knocking it over when he’s playing.

Monty dog chewing on one of his many toys.

Now, it just so happens I have an extra one, all packaged up and needing a home to go to. Will YOUR home be the lucky home?

All you have to do to enter is click on the RaffleCopter link below, answer the questions, you don’t have to answer all of them, but as we all know, the more you answer the better chance of being a winner. I will also have a link on my LodgePole Quilting FaceBook page and on my LodgePole Quilting Instagam page. You will only be able to enter once, but you can enter it from one of three places.

The giveaway begins Sunday, March 31, 2019 (today) and ends Sunday, April 14, 2019 at midnight. The winner will be announced Wednesday April 10, 2019. This is giveaway is eligible for residents of the United States, only. You must be at least 18 years old to participate.

So, good luck! I want to send this handy notion to some one, it may as well be YOU!

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Until next time – I LOVE GIVEAWAYS!


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No April Fool’s Here!

Can you believe it? March is almost over, finally. I don’t know about you, but it certainly roared in like a lion, but I’m hoping it will go out like a meek, little lamb. Did I say the snow is almost gone? That makes me happy. I’m planning my garden and starting my seeds for this year’s garden. Hubby is going to build me more boxes and we are expanding the garden so I have more room to move around in. Did I mention we are installing a new watering system for the garden? I can hardly wait.

Oh, I have an update on the Fat Quarter Square Union Square Quilt Along. It has been delayed. The new start date is April 12, 2019. Apparently the fabric for the quilt along has been delayed. I know I have been waiting for a while to share what I have made, but, it is what it is. I will keep you posted and let you know when you can join the quilt along. I am showing you a little tease with the following picture.

Union Square with gingham blocks

I did it! I finished the last two quilts I have chosen for the quilt show. The Moda Love Charm Quilt, which I hand quilted and the quilt I designed, Peaceful, are completed.

Moda Love Charm Quilt Wall Hanging

I used coordinating Aurifil 50 wt thread for hand quilting the Moda Love Charm quilt. It took me a bit of time to complete it. I also hand quilted some heart vines on the border. Those I drew on with a washable marker. I almost had a panic attack when I realized I forgot to test the marker on a piece of scrap fabric. Thankfully it did wash out. A little Dawn dish soap, gentle cycle and then air dry. It came out looking pretty good!

Now on to my Peaceful. I had designed this wall hanging last spring on graph paper with colored pencils. It was fun looking for the fabric on line to try to match my colored pencils. That included the border, which was drawn as a multi-stripe. On Fabric.com I found Kona Cotton Solids, Michael Miller Mer Mates Current stripe Tropical and the best is the backing, Kaffe Fassett Collective Brassica Pastels. Oh what fun it was when I received the fabric and got to see how close I got to my drawing.

PEACEFUL copyright protected (c) LodgePole Quilting 2018

I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and the Go! Qube Mix and Match 8 inch Block to cut most of the pieces for the quilt center. The border is a mitered border. I like how it came out. I had never made a mitered border before because I thought it would be difficult, but it really wasn’t.

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Aurifil was my thread of choice throughout the making of this quilt, for all of the piecing and the quilting. It makes for fine seams, not bulky like some other threads can be. The clear monofilament thread is a fine thread. I have tried a few other brands, but I am going to stick to Aurifil clear monofilament thread. It sews real nice and if you want to do detailed quilting but don’t want to take away from the fabric or pattern then I would use this thread.

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I wanted to do detailed quilting on this wall hanging but I didn’t want to distract from the fabric or the design. Here are a few pictures up close. I haven’t done a lot of free motion quilting, so excuse the mistakes.

I am fairly pleased with the overall look of the quilt and the detailed quilting. I did practice the various patterns over and over again with paper and pencil. Then I kept the drawings close by to refer to them as I was quilting. Having some muscle memory and a visual is helpful, especially quilting a new design. I have to thank Angela Walters for her great books on free motion quilting and her You Tube videos. I got all of my ideas from her.

One final thing I want to share with you. Starting Sunday, March 31, 2019, I am going to have a giveaway. No April Fool’s here! Now, all I am going to say about it is it’s an awesome item. And I know you are going to love it and want it for your own. So be sure you are on the email list to receive an update every time there’s a new post. That way you will know about the giveaway and everything else that’s happening here at LodgePole Quilting! I will post the link to the giveaway Sunday, March 31st, so stay tuned!

I plan on having another giveaway shortly after the one that starts March 31st, so be sure to sign up. I love giveaways. I always enter every one I find. I might not win anything, but it’s sure fun to try! I also love having giveaways. I love being able to send something to the winner. AND this spring there are going to be a few giveaways held here. That’s it for now. Check back Sunday for more news!

Until next time – How does your garden grow?

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Welcome March!

Welcome March!

Yay! March is here and soon it will be spring! Well in a couple of weeks at least. But it will be here nonetheless. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am looking forward to finally seeing some new green peeking out from all of the white of snow.

Isn’t that picture just gorgeous? It reminds me of the tulip farm I visited in Oregon a few years ago. I love tulips in all colors. I plan on planting bulbs this fall so I can have some next spring.

Speaking of gorgeous colors, the fabric I chose for the Union Square quilt-along is just perfectly spring-like.

Simply Happy Fat Quarter Bundle Dodi Lee Poulsen for Riley Blake Designs


Simply Happy Fat Quarter Bundle Dodi Lee Poulsen for Riley Blake Designs

Riley Blake’s Simply Happy has made me very happy. Dodi Lee Poulsen has captured the essence of spring with her simply drawn flowers (I say simply only because I can’t draw at all) and bright colors. The text printed fabric is full of happy thoughts and encouragement.

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Here are some photos of this wonderful fabric in use. I just love how it all works together. This quilt for the Union Square quilt-along is going to bright and cheerful. I can’t wait to see how all of the blocks will look when I’m done making them. I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and dies from the Mix and Match 8 inch Qube. For my thread of choice I am using Aurifil Thread white 2026 with matching bobbins of Wonderfil prewound bobbins.

Once I got all of the pieces cut for my first block, it was time to start putting it together. Ooooh, I am liking how that is coming together. One great thing about using my Accuquilt Go! Dies is there are no dog ears to deal with when making HST’s. That’s so nice.

 In these two pictures you can see I am using my wool ironing mat as well as a Tailor’s Clapper. If I actually sew my seams straight and on the quarter inch, I can get some pretty awesome points and flat seams when I preset the seams, finger press and then press those seams. The Tailor’s Clapper is an awesome tool in pulling out any heat remaining and making crisp seams.

 Now, since I don’t have a 5 ½ inch strip cutter I had to cut my 5 ½ inch squares with my faithful rotary cutter and 6 inch by 12 inch ruler. I love all of my rulers. And I don’t believe you can have too many!

There are a couple of different ways of making QST’s (Quarter Square Triangles). They can be a bit tricky and frustrating at first. So I suggest getting some scrap fabric and practice making these a few times before cutting and sewing and trimming on your good fabric.

As you can see from my pictures I first take a fabric pencil and draw an “X” on the wrong of one of the 5 ½ inch square piece, using my Fons and Porter Quarter Inch Seam ruler. Then I put my two pieces of fabric right side together and pick one line to sew against. I sew a quarter inch from the line on both sides of the line using my quarter inch sewing foot.

Once I have done that, I can now cut on the drawn line. Once I have cut it in half, I can cut on the other drawn line without fear of not being centered.

Now I can press my pieces open and sew them together making QST  blocks. Don’t forget to line up those seams! That’s very important.

Now here comes the real tricky part. Trimming the wonky QST block. If you know your unfinished block is going to be 4 ½ inches you need to know what the center of the block is. You can find it by dividing the block in half, 2 ¼ inches. I used my 6 inch square ruler for trimming purposes. Place your ruler so the 2 ¼ inch mark is in the center of block (See the picture). Don’t forget to line up the 45 degree line on the ruler on your diagonal seam. Now holding the ruler firmly in place and carefully trim top and right sides. Flip that block around. Place your ruler on the cut sides at the 4 ½ inch marks. Your 2 ¼ inch mark should be center, and now you can trim the other two sides. No more wonky QST!

Here is a great website showing you how to trim those QST’s. It helped me a lot. Now I am the queen of perfect QST’s! Okay, I’m not really… they just don’t come out so wonky any more. https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/quarter-square-triangle.html

Next week I will show you completed blocks for the Union Square Quilt-along that is going to be starting in a couple of weeks. Look for the links to join and make your own Union Square Quilt.

Thanks for coming by today. Don’t forget to sign up to receive an email when I post another blog. I promise not to flood you with a bunch of mail.

Until next time – Spring is in the air!

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Oh What Fun!

Good morning new visitors and friends and family! I am so glad you decided to stop by today and see what’s happening at LodgePole Quilting.

January 2019 First snow fall

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Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

I don’t know about any where else, but here in Montana we have received a lot of snow. Compared to last year, we have probably gotten twice as much. I am going to guess almost two feet. And there is still more on the way. I know, I know, I said I wanted lots of snow, but… I think I’m ready for it to stop snowing and get on to the melting part. At this rate it will be June before it’s melted and gone. Sheesh. I can see all of my garden plans being buried under the mounds of snow.

I have been keeping busy indoors. I am still clearing out my UFOs. I’m working on the Bellisimo quilt Connecting Threads quilt kit for our bed. It’s coming along nicely. I have three more rows to put together and then sew all of the rows together. I am going to hand tie the quilt. I found some nice crafting thread that will work lovely with the quilt. I am also still hand quilting the Moda Love Charm Quilt. This is being done in the evenings while watching television. I did get a quilt I designed cut out. It’s just waiting to be put together. And two more quilts are now ready for quilting. I will show you those when they are complete.

I do have some exciting news. I am going to be just one of several bloggers who are going to participate in a quilt-along. Woohoo! The quilt-along won’t be for a few more weeks but I thought I would give you a sneak preview.

I am using Riley Blake’s Simply Happy Fat quarters. These are so bright and colorful, they remind me that Spring really isn’t that far away. With all of the snow around me I need that reminder. I will also be using Riley Blake’s Small Gingham in yellow and for the backing Riley Blake’s Bee Backing 108″ wide in Red Bandana. Also Aurifil thread for the piecing and quilting. I have to say it’s one of my favorite brands of thread. I’ve given you the links but here are a few pictures of the fabric.

Using my trusty Accuquilt Go! Cutting System and four of the cutting dies out of my Mix and Match 8 inch Qube I was able to cut most of the pieces needed for my quilt block. Oh the more I quilt and design quilts the more I realize I need more dies from Accuquilt!

In my next blog I will show you some pictures of the pieces I have cut and how nicely they go together. It really makes putting a block together much faster. And no dog ears to deal with.

It’s time for more tea and back to quilting I go. I do hope you have a great week! May it be fill with the joys of quilting, great tea and signs of Spring.

Until next time – Who has Spring flowers?


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Snowy Sunday

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It’s snowing like mad here in Montana. We had a good snow storm last week that left us with about 7 inches of snow. After it started melting we now are looking at another possible 6 to 8 inches. I love it! Of course I stay indoors and drink lots of hot tea and quilt. What do you do when the weather is bad?

Speaking of quilting, Moda had a fun little quilt project last week. It was called Moda Love In Quilt Sew-a-long. I made three quilts, one from Moda Garden Variety charms and two from Moda Quill mini charms. Here are my pictures. The mini charm quilts are completed and the charm quilt is still being hand quilted.

Moda Love Mini Charm Quilt – Moda Quill Mini Charms – made and hand quilted by LaTawnia Porter
Moda Love Mini Charm Quilt – Moda Quill mini charms – made and machine quilted (scribbles) by LaTawnia Porter
Moda Love Charm Quilt – Moda Garden Variety Charms – made and being hand quilted by LaTawnia Porter

These were a lot of fun and super easy to make. And a great way to use some of my stash so I can make room for new charms and mini charms.

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I am super excited to start National Quilters Circle Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt. This is a free quilt project open to any one. If you have never done paper piecing quilting now is your chance to try. So click on the link and join it today. This should be lots of fun!

I am clearing up some of my UFOs. It’s a good feeling. It also makes room for more UFOs. What can I say, I get several projects going at once. I try to just do one at a time but ….. I find a new quilt pattern I have to try or design one and then one thing leads to another. I find myself with several projects going at once. Are you a one project at a time person or are you like me, several projects at a time person?

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I know Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Unfortunately I haven’t made anything for Valentines. But Jacquelynne Steves has a list of free Valentines projects you can check out. Just click on her linked name to see the projects!

Well, it’s time for more tea and back to finishing my Moda Love Quilt so I can finish a couple more quilts before I start the National Quilters Circle Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt. By the way, if you are doing any hand quilting, let me recommend Aurifil 50 wt thread. It’s smooth and silky as well as strong. And it comes in some amazing colors. I absolutely love it. You can purchase it from one of my favorite places, Fat Quarter Shop. Click on the link and check it out!

Have a great week! I hope everyone stays safe and warm and dry. Winter isn’t over and grab some tea, sit back and quilt!

Until next time – Mmmmmm nothing like a cup of hot Chai tea

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January Joys

Snowy, January greetings to all of you wonderful visitors, family and friends!

I lost the month of December and discovered that half of January has passed. Don’t ask what happened because I have no idea! I have enjoyed many cups of hot chai and hours of embroidery. EMBROIDERY? I know, but it’s been for a good reason. Sometimes I have to take a break from quilting to recharge my quilting batteries. However, one of my embroidery projects does belong to a quilt project, so technically it’s quilting. Right?

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I do hope everyone’s holiday season was wonderful. I embroidered tea towels and made potato bags for various friends and family. I ran out of time so I have a couple more to make as birthday gifts.


Indigo Girls (AllPeopleQuilt.com) embroidered with Presencia Perle cotton no. 8 tint 246 royal blue.
Meeses in the trees designed and quilted by LaTawnia Porter
Potato bags are perfect for steaming potatoes in the microwave.

These are just a few of the things I made over the holiday season. I embroidered several tea towels, the set shown is just one I had made. The place mats were a gift for my youngest daughter. I call them Meeses in the Trees. The quilting was a simple design of pebbles in the main portion and waves on the border. I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system and the NorthWoods Medley die to cut the pieces I needed.

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The potato bags were super simple. I used fat quarters from the Emma and Myrtle collection from Connecting Threads. All the batting was from scraps I had saved from previous quilts. The website I got the pattern from is American Quilter’s Society.

My husband did add more shelves in my sewing room. One shelf is being dedicated to fat quarters, jelly rolls, layer cakes and other pieces of fabric. The rest of the shelves are full of binders filled with various quilt patterns and BOMs and quilts I have designed. Ahhhh, I love it when things are organized.

What are some of the things you are looking forward to working on? I have been collecting free blocks from a few websites that I plan to make. Also, I am looking forward to a new BOM from National Quilters Circle, it’s going to involve English Paper Piecing (EPP). I can hardly wait.

Another great BOM I am looking forward to is with Jacquelynne Steves. And please let’s not forget the Fat Quarter Shop. They have some totally awesome BOMs.

Oh, I forgot to mention exciting news for my sister, Colleen. She just received her Accuquilt Go! Cutting System!

My sister Colleen. Just look at the excitement on her face!

Oh the choices that face me for this new year. Including some new dies from Accuquilt! Oh the fun I have to look forward to enjoy. Will there be enough time to do it all? I don’t know about you but I am game to try!

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Greetings from Montana!

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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Oh What Fun! Quilter Clubs!

Have you ever wondered about some of those clubs out there for quilters? I mean, there are a lot of different ones out there, right? So what comes in the kits they send? Is it complete? Do you have to buy other stuff to complete the project(s)?

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Well good news for you I check out these different clubs, just for you, so I can tell you about them. Today I want to share with you Annie’s Holiday Quilters Monthly Club. Now, I really like Annie’s clubs. They have great projects that are easy to complete and you have great gifts to give to others. I was provided, for free, a kit from Annie’s Holiday Quilt Club to review and evaluate, just for you.

Club Overview: Holiday Quilters Club is a monthly subscription that includes all the instructions, patterns and fabric you need to create a new seasonal project you can finish quickly and use right away. The projects are suitable for every skill level—easy enough for beginners and exciting enough for seasoned stitchers who want to make a quick quilted project.

Annie’s Holiday Quilters Monthly Club is everything I expected it to be. The quality of fabric is great. This months’ club kit, Multi-Holiday Hot Pads by Timeless Treasures, came with all of the fabric, patterns, applique templates, buttons and embroidery thread. And since the fabric in this kit is Timeless Treasurers, you know it’s quality fabric. In fact, all of Annie’s club kits use quality fabric.

Here is a few photos of the kit: before I opened it, layout of fabric and instructions, and completed projects.

Now tell me these aren’t adorable hot pads! They represent every season, spring, summer, fall and winter. The only things I had to add to make these was paper backed fusible, tracing paper, some leftover cotton batting and insulated batting and thread to sew these cute hot pads. I do recommend having some no fray solution on hand. It will come in handy.

Since this is a monthly club, every month is something different. You can be sure each kit will contain great fabric, instructions and lots of fun!

And to make sure you get to have fun I have a coupon code for 50% off of your first order. All you have to do is plug in the code and get 50% off! There is no expiration on the code, so if you can’t fit it in your budget this month it’s available for you to use when it does fit.

Here is the code: LPQ50

Just head over to Annie’s Holiday Quilters Club and start having fun! Then send me your photos of your finished products and I will share them here for everyone else to see just how much fun you’re having!

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Until next time – Annie’s Holiday Quilt Club – Sew Much Fun!

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