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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.

50% Off First 3 Months Bluprint Subscription at mybluprint.com through 4/7/19.

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

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.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

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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Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!

Or Happy National Quilting Day! What ever day you want to call it, celebrate quilting with the rest of your quilting friends around the world.

So what are you doing to celebrate this day? There are several great sales going on to celebrate today. Also, if you are signed up on Instagram and or get email from the Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber then you know they have a very sweet pattern for free. You can make it in a wall hanging size or a lap quilt size. The quilt is called Piece, Love & Quilting.

If you want, you can also enter your quilt to try and be one of three winners. Sounds like fun, right? Here is the link https://blog.fatquartershop.com/free-pattern-worldwide-quilting-day-contest/

I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system and was able to cut 98% of the pattern in just a matter of a couple of hours. Of course that included fresh cups of hot tea. Here is a photo of my version of Piece, Love & Quilting.

Piece, Love and Quilting Fat Quarter Shop Free Quilt Pattern

As you can see, it’s all ready to be quilted. I made the wall hanging to hang up in my sewing room. This is a super fast and fun little pattern. Let’s hope it’s a winner. By the way, the challenge runs from today (March 16, 2019) through Sunday, March 31, 2019. So you have time to get your free pattern, make your quilt and submit it. Have fun making it! I know I did.

I told you I decided to enter some quilts in the local quilt show that will take place next month. I finally made my final decisions and there will be eight quilt products I am showing. I finished piecing together my own designed quilt, Peaceful, and it is now spray basted and ready to be quilted. I am just waiting for some clear thread to arrive. I want to do some detailed quilting on it but not take away from the pattern or colors. My husband says it has an optical illusion about it. I am just very pleased with how the colors came together. I used Kona Cotton solids for the blocks, Michael Miller’s Mer-Mates Current stripe Tropical and for the backing I am using Kaffe Fassett Collective Brassica Pastels.

“Peaceful” designed by LaTawnia Porter copy right protected (c) LodgePole Quilting 2018
Kaffe Fassett Collective Brassica Pastels

I think the backing is going to be just as pretty as the front! This wall hanging will be displayed in the living room. I purchased all of the fabric from Fabric.com. They have great fabric and real good prices and fabric is always on sale. I used Aurifil MK50 2026 for piecing. I’m going to be using a clear, mono-filament thread, but I don’t remember what brand I ordered. I think it was Aurifil. It will be the first time I have ever used this type of thread so I have some practice sandwich pieces to practice on. I want to tension to be right. I understand it can be a bit stretchy. Since I tend to sew like I’m driving a race car, I’ll have to watch my speed and keep it nice and slow.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

Remember the quilt-along I told you about last week? It’s almost here! It starts March 22, 2019! So stay tuned to Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber Blog so you can be a part of it! It’s the Union Square Block Quilt. Here are a couple more blocks I made for it.

I made these with Riley Blake’s Simply Happy fat quarters. And I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system to cut the pieces. I have to say, that thing has saved me a lot of time and makes it possible to get to sewing my pieces together so much faster. What can I say, I love my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system!

That’s it for now. Spring is finally appearing here in NW Montana. They (the weather people) are talking about temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. Yay! That means all of this snow will melt and I can start planning my garden! And all of this snow will melt. Did I say that already? We have a ton of snow here.

Don’t forget, you can now find me on Instagram @lodgepolequilting. So be sure to follow me there! Also, I do use affiliate links but I don’t store your information. Check out my policy page to see how they are used.

Until next time – HAPPY WORLDWIDE/NATIONAL QUILTING DAY!

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Quilt Show Preparation

Hello all of you wonderful visitors! I am so glad you chose to stop by and visit us here at LodgePole Quilting. This is the place where quilting, designing quilts and just living in Montana happens.

Just to let you know I do use affiliate links. So if you purchase something I will get a small commission. It helps keep this website going. So thank you for any purchases you make. Also, you can now follow me on Instagram! My profile is @lodgepolequilting. See you there!

There is a bit happening here in our neck of the woods. I have decided to enter our local quilt show. It’s being held at the high school in town. It will be a first time for me. Okay, I have to admit just the thought of it makes me a bit nauseous. I recognize my limited skills, though they are improving. But knowing people I don’t know are going to be judging my quilts, with all of their warts (my quilts not the people), makes me a bit anxious. At least I won’t have to stand next to them. I can attend the show and no one will know I made those quilts. That way when they talk about the uneven stitching, mismatched seams, and general amateurish quilting I can pretend they aren’t my quilts. They belong to some other poor, deluded quilter. Oh wait! I just remembered my name will be on them. Maybe I’ll go in disguise.

I will hopefully have six quilts to enter. Four are completed. I just finished two of them yesterday. Okay I will admit one of them I totally love. The fabric, design and yes, even the quilting is great. Looking at the quilt makes me sooo happy and well, I have to confess, proud. And, it is the one I made for the FatQuarter Shop quilt-along!

The other quilt is one I had designed and put together about a year ago. It’s called Flying Trapeze II. After I commenced quilting it I sort of regretted the design I chose. I think a different design would have been better. But what was I to do? Rip it out? That wasn’t going to happen. Because I have carpel tunnel in both wrists, quilting is difficult for me due to extreme numbness in my fingers, arms and hands. So with that limitation, my lines are all squiggly. It does kind of work because of the pattern in one of the fabrics. We’ll see what the judges think.

The third completed quilt is the one on our bed. It’s our wedding quilt I made three years ago. The colors are light and dark creams with splashes of deep red squares through out. My husband helped me pick out the fabric and he chose the backing, a beautiful cream and deep red plaid. Because this is a queen size quilt I ended up hand-tying it. There wasn’t any way I would be able to machine quilt it. I was also on pain medicine because I had managed to break my left ankle during that time.

And the fourth is one I designed this past summer, Stars Americana. That was a lot of fun to make. The quilting is mainly stitch in the ditch, so it was pretty simple.

So that leaves two more quilts. One of them I am currently hand quilting and the other one I have yet to put together.

Oh! you want pictures? Well, I have a couple. The quilt for the quilt-along I can only show the back right now. The unveiling for the front is still a week away. Here you go!

Flying Trapeze II (c) protected 2018 LodgePole Quilting, designed, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter

 

From Best of Fons & Porter Easy Quilts: Blocks in a Box designed by July Hopkins, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter.
Backing of FatQuarter Shop Quilt-along.
Stars Americana (c) protected 2018 LodgePole Quilting designed, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, that is a lot of snow in those two pictures. We have received over two feet of the stuff. What you are seeing behind the quilts is the piles my neighbor has made with his plow, clearing my driveway and making a path for me. That’s just one of the great things about living here. Neighbors looking out for neighbors.

Speaking of which, I need to go check on my neighbor’s kitty. I’ve been kitty sitting while they have been away playing in the sun and enjoying the warm climes of Florida. So I’m going to go for now.

I’ll be posting again in a couple of days. I have some update photos of the quilt I’ve been making for the quilt along. And who knows, I might have another finished quilt to show you!

Until next time – What quilt shows are you going to?

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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.

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

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.

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Until next time – Spring is in the air!