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Mid-Week Update

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Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday! Why am I excited about Wednesday? Because it’s two days closer to when my husband gets home! Yay! Also, the snow is finally, well mostly, gone! I hope. Still can’t plant the bulbs yet or get my garden planted, but we are getting closer to when it will happen. I can hardly wait.

I did want to remind every one that Fabric.com is still having their FABRIC MADNESS going on, so if you haven’t entered into the drawing now is the time to do so. Just click on the link below and good luck!


I know Easter is just a few days away and I have to confess I have made nothing for the occasion. There are tons of cute, free patterns out there and in fact one of my favorite sites has about 25 of them listed. Hop on over to Jacquelynne Steves blog and find a cute project to make to celebrate the holiday.

Be sure to check your favorite fabric and craft stores this coming week-end. There will be lots of sales going on both on line and especially in the stores. I am hoping I will get to go to Joann’s Fabric and Craft store this coming week-end, myself.

I have started cutting fabric for one of my newly designed quilts. I had some lovely batik that I had purchased from Connecting Threads set aside for a different project (two years ago) and decided to use it to make this new quilt. Connecting Threads has some very nice fabric collections and their fabric is real good quality.

Being color blind makes it a challenge sometimes when I am trying to decide on what fabric to use for my quilts but Connecting Threads alleviates the guess work. I just pick a collection I like and then choose the fabric I want to use out of that collection. I know it will all coordinate. I get excited when I go to other fabric websites and find fabric collections there as well. No guess work on whether it will coordinate. It makes quilting and buying fabric a lot more fun. And of course if my husband is around I always ask for his advise.

One more thing before I go, for those of you quilters that have one of the Accuquilt Go Cutter systems, they are having a couple of sales going on right now. And today is the last day for free shipping. So head over there and get your order in for some new stuff!

Accuquilt deals and current offers!

Well, that’s it for now. I am headed back to the cutting table and am just about ready to get my Flying Trapeze II sewn together. My goal is to get this top done before hubby gets home. We’ll see if I succeed. I did get the dog bathed and the house cleaned today so I can concentrate on sewing the rest of today and tomorrow.

Until next time – Have a blessed Easter!

 

 

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Saturday Paper Piecing Design

Welcome every one to the first Saturday after Spring! I don’t know about any one else, but I woke up to snow, on the ground. This is after most of it had melted away. Oh, I still had patches of snow, but really, new snow on the ground. I was looking forward to planting my lily bulbs. I guess I will have to wait another week. How about where you are? Are you still experiencing wintry conditions?

Last week-end I spent the time working on some new quilt designs. I really enjoy letting my imagination go and just draw. Now, I am no Monet, but with a ruler I can draw a pretty straight line. I even broke out the colored pencils and markers for a couple of the designs.

Right now I am trying figure out the best way to paper piece “Dahlia”. I have drawn out the 16 center blocks individually (drawing on graph paper really helps because the little squares represent one inch and that works when making my blocks 8 inch square) making sure each block remains true the design.

Now that I have all of my individual blocks drawn and printed on foundation paper (Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper) I am trying to figure out what is the best way to piece it. Let me tell you, even after watching paper piecing for dummies on YouTube, I am still having a devil of a time. They say the hardest part is the first piece, I say the hardest part is trying to figure out what the first piece should be and then build from there.

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“Dahlia” designed by LaTawnia Porter 2018

Again, having never done paper piecing before, I had to choose a design that couldn’t be simple (at least I didn’t start with “Spot Lights”). However, I do know once I conquer it, it will be beautiful. So I am open to suggestions on starting points and advice from those of you who are familiar with creating your own paper piecing designs. In the meantime I have made several copies of block one and I have lots of scrap fabric and plenty of thread. So my hope is to get a better grip on paper piecing this weekend and have something exciting to show in a few days.

                

I am looking forward to making all of the other quilts I have designed. I like all of them equally well. The “Flying Trapeze” and “Flying Trapeze II” will be lots of fun and I will be able to use scraps in both of them as well.

I am going to be most purposeful with choosing fabric for “Mountain Lake at Night.” I know what colors I want in it, especially for the stars. That quilt will be very pretty on a bed or as a wall hanging.

I think “Spot Lights” will be lots of fun to make as well. (As soon as I conquer paper piecing.) I see fussy cuts in the center squares on point. Just not sure what the fussy cuts will be yet. I’m still rolling ideas around in my head.

Again, those of you quilters who do a lot of paper piecing designing and quilting, I would appreciate any advice you may have for my little project. And in the meantime, I will push forward and will hopefully answer and conquer my own issues with it. I love new challenges in quilting and I know I can meet and beat this challenge.

Thanks for coming by. I look forward to hearing from you. Please be sure to leave a comment!

Until next time – What is your quilting challenge?

        

All of the quilt designs in this article, “Flying Trapeze”, “Flying Trapeze II”, “Dahlia”, “Spot Lights”, and “Mountain Lake at Night” are copy right protected. They were designed by LaTawnia Porter March 18, 2018.

 

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Yay! It’s Friday!

Hi there, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am glad it’s Friday! Not only that, but I finally completed my reversible 60 inch quilted table cloth! Yay!

Pictured above is side one and side two of the table cloth. I hadn’t put them together yet, obviously.

But here is a couple pictures of the two sides put together. I can’t wait to put it on my table.

I really like both sides. Side one is so Spring-y and side two makes me think of cool lakes in the early Spring, still being embraced by Winter’s last snow. And, well, as you can see, we still have a bit of snow here in Montana. I’m not sad to see it go as I am looking forward to planting my lily bulbs and getting my garden started.

I didn’t use quilting batting in this tablecloth. I used a white cotton sheet instead. And instead of normal binding, I used Wrights Bias Tape Maxi Piping, in lime green (I bought it from Amazon.com). The quilting part was free motion machine quilting. Actually all I did was some channeling inside the blue squares and diamonds  on side one and then stitch in the ditch around the outside of the main body. Just enough to keep the tablecloth from bunching and getting squirrel-ly.

This first one was certainly a challenge and I learned a lot making it. I think I will make some changes on the next one,but that won’t be for a while. I have another quilt in mind that I am currently designing.

Just a reminder to all of you, I still have the Shades of Winter quilt available on Etsy.com by LodgePoleQuilting. It comes in four sizes and should you want it in different colors you can send me an email with your choice of colors. I will also be adding the reversible 60 inch quilted table cloth to the listing.

Also, be sure to check with your favorite fabrics stores and sites. A lot of them are having some great sales celebrating Spring and their new fabric collections. I am drooling over the fabric at FabricDepot.comAnnie’s Craft Store has some awesome sales happening as well. Don’t forget the Fat Quarter Shop, either.

Thank you for coming by and have a great weekend.

Until next time – Who has tulips?

 

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Custom Made Quilts

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Shades of Winter designed, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter

Good evening everyone! I am very excited to share with you my first listing on Etsy.com! I have listed the Shades of Winter quilt to be custom-made for different sizes and prices. So if you would like to purchase a custom-made Shades of Winter quilt then hop over to Etsy.com and look for LodgePoleQuilting.

There will be free shipping for every quilt no matter the size. You can choose different colors for your primary color if you don’t want it to be black and white. There is also a contact where you can email me if you have questions. When you place your order it will be 6 to 8 weeks to ship because I will of course have to make sure I have all of the fabric needed and time to make it beautiful.

I plan on listing more custom quilts as I design them. So be sure to check and see what is new at the Etsy store and on the Designing Quilts page here. I look forward to hearing from you soon with an order!

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Is It Spring Yet?

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Spring Time Reversible 60″ Quilted Table Cloth Side One – Designed and made by LaTawnia Porter

Hello everyone! Can you believe it is almost Spring? I am still trying to figure out what happened to February. I don’t know about any one else, but I am ready for Spring. We have been receiving quite a bit of snow since mid-February. Today it’s a nice sunny day with a high of 46 degrees Fahrenheit. But we are suppose to get more snow Friday. Just in time to cover up what has already started to melt. That makes for some fun road conditions here in Montana.

I feel a bit like a slacker since I haven’t written anything for a couple of weeks, but I have been a bit distracted. We have had nothing but cell phone problems. My husband’s phone had to be sent back and repaired three times before it finally worked. And while we were out of town, my cell phone decided to not work. So essentially we were away from home with not one working cell phone. Scary and stressful. Thankfully they are both working now.

My husband and I, along with Monty dog, went to Arizona to see our daughter get married. Now, listen, I lived in Arizona for 13 (thirteen) long, hot years. I couldn’t get back to my beloved Northwest soon enough. But I believe that was the coldest I have ever experienced in Arizona. The day of the wedding, which was an outdoor wedding, was a high of 50 degrees fahrenheit. I felt sorry for everyone, but especially for myself! I was looking forward to thawing out a little in some 70 degree temperatures. When we left Montana we had almost one and a half feet of snow, with more on the way. I wanted warmth and sunshine. Instead it was cloudy, chilly and not your typical February Arizona weather. Did I mention it rained?

But the bride and her attendants (her daughters) were beautiful and the groom and his fellas (their three sons) looked handsome. Our family has grown by two more grandsons, giving us a total of nine grandchildren. Our son and his girlfriend had their son a couple of months ago.

Speaking of the littlest addition, William Lee, I made him the cutest baby quilt from the leftover fleece I had from a previous project. I got the free pattern from AllPeopleQuilt.com. Since I used fleece for the top and backing, I chose not to use any batting. It is plenty warm and since little William was a preemie I didn’t want it to be heavy on his little body. It will also make a nice floor quilt for him to lay on. The backing is a fun lime green with blue and red cars and trucks.

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Baby quilt for William Lee, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter. AllPeopleQuilt.com pattern

I free motion quilted it in straight lines resembling city blocks and roads. It was a super easy quilt to make and I had a lot of fun making it.

And yes, that picture at the beginning of this blog is the side one of my reversible quilted 60 inch table cloth. I finally got side one finished. Side two will be much easier now that I know what I am doing. Cough, cough.

The Missouri Star blocks weren’t too difficult. But after I needed to do some re-designing I had to change my border blocks and all of the notes I had written.

Side two will be made with a different block pattern so I look forward to seeing how it will come together. I hope to get Side two completed by the end of this week or beginning next week, barring any complications.

Because the blocks aren’t the same pattern but the same size I think I am going to do an all-over free-motion quilt pattern. I haven’t decided on what type of pattern or motif, but I am leaning towards simple flowers or leaves. I will just have to wait and see what it says to me. It may be crazy loops!

Well, that’s all that is happening here at LodgePole Quilting for now. I am still working on my sampler quilt and Shades of Winter II. As soon as I get those completed I will post them.

Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment below and let me know what you are working on for Spring. I would love to see what you are doing!

Until next time – Got Spring Fever?