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Saturday Night Fever

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!

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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…

I used fat quarters I purchased from Connecting Threads, Patriotic Picnic and Glory Days collections.

Patriotic Picnic Collection

Glory Days Collection

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!

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!

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Fresh carrots canned 14 Jul 2018

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!

Until next time – Summer Projects Away!

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Summer Time Fun!

Hey there everyone! Welcome to all of you new visitors! I am glad you are here today. There are some fun things I want to share with you. So read on and see what’s happening!

I got all of my orders for the reusable dry sweeper pads completed and sent away. After crocheting steadily for over a week my hands were quite numb and painful due to carpal tunnel syndrome. So I had to let them rest and do exercises. That meant no sewing, fabric cutting, blogging, crocheting or any other thing that would bring about more aggravation. Bummer. But they are feeling better now and I did get to do a little quilting these past couple of days.

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Crocheted reusable dry sweeper pads designed and made by LaTawnia Porter

My garden is abundant in lettuce, carrots, radishes, beets, spinach and more. I have eaten salads every day. I blanched spinach to freeze. I cut beet greens and cooked them with smoked turkey bacon and other yummy things. The beets aren’t ready to pick yet but I am ready to can them. I have my pressure cooker/canner and spices for pickling! My tomatoes and green beans are ready to bloom. Now if the weather will cooperate and give us some needed sun instead of clouds and rain, that would be helpful.

My dear husband is on his way home. He will be here early tomorrow morning, just in time to take me to the dentist to have oral surgery. At least this time I won’t be alone while dealing with the pain. He will be able to take care of Monty dog while I recover.

Speaking of my husband, he is so wonderful. He ordered me a new sewing table that will help with my back trouble. The table is adjustable so it should help me to be able to sew with minimal pain. He will also raise my cutting table while he is home. He is the best!

Now, I want to share with you a special project. This project will also include a GIVEAWAY!

Annie’s Catalog has given me a free copy of “Quilts You Can Make In A Day” to sample and share a project. So I chose Summer Seas Mats. This project is two place mats and hot mat made with fat quarters.

This is an ideal project to use some of your favorite fat quarters and have a set of really nice place mats with coordinating hot mat.

The designer used batiks for her fabric. I chose a couple of novelty fabrics with coordinating cotton solids.

Here are a couple of pictures:

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Summer Sea Mats from Quilts You Can Make In A Day
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Summer Seas Mats from Quilts You Can Make In A Day

I really like the sea shell novelty fabric I picked out for this project. I used a dark orange mottled fabric as well as three different blue/gray fabrics. Many thanks to my friend and neighbor Joyce. She helped me to coordinate those pesky blue/gray colors.

This was a super easy project. But all of the projects in this book are pretty easy. There may be a few intermediate ones, but since you are suppose be able to make any thing in this book in a day, they aren’t that complicated at all. I have a few more projects I have printed out to make from this book. When I get them made I will post pictures of them so you can see what I made.

One of the tools I used in the project is my binding tool I bought. It’s made by Fons and Porter. Let me tell you, my binding comes out right every time I use it! (This tool can be purchased at most fabric and craft stores.)

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Now here is the fun part…..

I am GIVING AWAY a free electronic copy of Quilts You Can Make In A Day! (Valued at $9.99) All you have to do is enter the GIVEAWAY! It starts tomorrow, June 26, 2018 and ends on July 14, 2018. (That is my oldest granddaughters’ birthday! What a great day!)

Here is the link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to do all of the things you are required to! And don’t forget… you can enter the giveaway every day it is running! The more times you enter increases your opportunity to win this great book! Just think of all the great things you can make from Quilts You Can Make In A Day! Many thanks to Annie’s for the free book to review. I am going to make lots of fun things from it.


That’s all I have for now. But stay tuned for more summer fun! Sign up for email notification! I promise not send you a lot of notices.

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Until next time – Fun times in summer time!

 

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I’m not slacking, honest!

Welcome visitors and friends! I am so glad you decided to stop by. We have been experiencing some turbulent Spring weather here in NW Montana. Rain, thunderstorms, flooding, sunshine and temperatures that range from low 60’s to mid 80’s. How has the weather been where you are?

I did get a little visitor a couple of weeks ago. A sparrow fell down the chimney pipe that goes to my pellet stove. I had to have my neighbor come and disconnect part of the pipe and then I covered it in bird netting. After shutting Monty dog in my bedroom, the little fella finally came out and I was able to capture it. Poor thing was covered in soot.

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Little bird caught inside my house
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Poor thing covered in soot

I promise, I haven’t been slacking, really I haven’t. I have been dealing with severe back trouble for the last few weeks. So it has put my quilting  and blogging behind. So while I have been recuperating I have been building my stock of crocheted reusable dry sweeper pads to sell on Etsy. In fact I have already sold a set! I am making them in various colors that won’t show too much dirt.

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Colorful Catchall

I did complete my very colorful catchall. Now that my sampler is done, I can make more. It was real easy. I cut strips 1 “, 1 1/2″, 2″ and 2/1/2” wide with my Accuquilt Go Cutter and strip cutting dies. After sewing them together, I cut my strips to 15″ x 15″ square. I cut (2) 15″ squares out of fusible fleece. I also cut out the same size from a fat quarter for the lining.

Well, you can see the results for yourself. I quilted waves on the outside and straight line on the inside. I will be making these in various sizes and colors to be sold on Etsy. I am also building my stock for the co-op store. WooHoo!

I did get a baby quilt I have designed started. Since I can’t sit or stand for too long at a time, this is taking longer than normal. This quilt should be just a day project but I have to baby my back until it’s better. Anyway, here are a couple of pictures. I am calling the quilt “Ship A Sailing.” The fabric used in this project is from the 3 Wishes Itty Bittys Collection purchased from Hancock Fabrics. It’s incredibly soft. It’s labeled 100 %  cotton and feels like brushed cotton or baby flannel. I just like how it feels. I think it will be wonderful quilt. I am using a cotton solid powder blue sashing between the blocks and for the border, as well as the binding. The backing will be Seawater Friends Having Fun cotton fabric.

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Seawater Friends Having Fun cotton fabric
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Ship A Sailing blocks with powder blue sashing
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Ship A Sailing block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The batting will be Quilter’s Dream, 100% cotton, thin loft. This will keep the quilt from becoming too heavy, yet provide just the right amount of warmth for the baby.

My garden is flourishing. I have picked all of the radishes for now. I did reseed some more. My tomatoes are growing, the lettuce is tasty, as well as the spinach. In fact I enjoyed a very yummy spinach quiche tonight!

I am waiting for green onions, kale, chilies and peppers to start producing. My sole surviving cucumber is starting to grow more. My bush beans are doing well and I’m waiting for tasty beets and carrots. Many thanks to my sweet husband who built this garden for me. It gives me lots of pleasure to work in it.

Well that’s all I have for now. Hopefully my back will be better soon and I will be back quilting full swing. I have signed up for a BOM and will be posting that when it gets started. Also I have several new projects to start and complete. And I will be showcasing a special project with a giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is happening at LodgePole Quilting. Be sure to sign up for the email. That way you will be notified when I post and you can keep up with all that’s happening.

Until next time – Who’s got your back?

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What a week!

Greetings new visitors and fellow quilters! I am happy you all decided to stop by and see what’s happening here at Lodgepole Quilting. This is the place where quilting and designing happens. It’s also where I share my experiences, tips I come across and share with you and what’s happening in my world here in Montana.

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Lilac bush planted and fenced

I do hope you all have had a great week and week-end. I know I have! My husband got home the Friday before Mother’s Day and he was home until yesterday. I drove him to Missoula so he could pick-up the rental car, the new company he is going to drive for, reserved for him.

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The garden is doing well.

We got a lot of work done while he was home. We put together three benches we had been storing since we moved here. They are now sitting under the pine trees. We bought a small weed trimmer that I can use without hurting myself. One thing I have learned is my arms are weenie! After using the trimmer for 45 minutes they were all shaky and weak! And sore! I think I will have Popeye muscles by the time I get done trimming down all of those weeds on the property!

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I obviously didn’t get much quilting done while he was home. But I did come up with a new project which I was able to do while relaxing and watching television with my sweetie. Only it’s not quilting, it’s crocheting. I hate spending money on things when I can make something that can be used over and over again. So I designed a crochet pattern for a reusable dry sweeping pad for my Swiffer sweeper. Now I won’t have to buy those refills again! When they get dirty I just throw them in the washer and then air dry them. In fact I am going to make sets of 3 to sell in my Etsy shop. They will be browns and black and other dark colors. As soon as I get enough sets made and put in the shop I will let you all know so you can go over there and get your own set. Here is a picture of one I made.

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Crocheted reusable dry sweep pad for Swiffer Sweeper and similar sweepers.

I have finally started making quilted catchalls. The first one is going to be quite eye-catching…. teeheehee.

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Colorful soon to be catchall

I don’t know, I’m feeling a bit Crystal Blue Persuasion- ish looking at that, how about you? I plan on making several of these to sell on Etsy, as well. There will be several sizes, different colors and probably sets, to purchase.

   

I should have this one done in a couple of days. I am still in the process of getting laundry caught up and house cleaning done. It always takes a couple of days to get the house back in order after getting hubby ready to go back on the road.

Well, that’s what’s been happening in this past week and week-end. Now that my stay-cation with my hubby is over it’s back to quilting and crocheting for me. And weed trimming, gardening and digging up rocks and picking up branches and the best part of all….. sitting on my green bench, sipping tea and reading.

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Green bench under the pine trees

I hope you are making and/or designing something fun this week. I know I will! Don’t forget to sign up to get email notifications!

Until next time – Sip some tea under a tree!

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GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. My wonderful husband got home late Friday night and presented me with a beautiful lilac shrub yesterday for my Mother’s day gift. I can’t wait to get it planted, but we will have to put fencing around it so the deer won’t eat it. Lilacs are just one of my favorite flowers. I love the fragrance. So this one will be planted somewhat close to the house so the scent will waft through the windows.

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Lilac Shrub

Now onto the exciting news that everyone is waiting to hear….. drum roll please!

EXCLUSIVELY ANNIE'S QUILT DESIGNS: Pink Lemonade Quilt Pattern

The Pink Lemonade Digital Quilt Pattern Giveaway winner is…..

AMBER S!

She will be receiving the Pink Lemonade Digital Quilt Pattern via email. I am very excited for her and I am asking her to send me a picture of her quilt when she gets it completed. I am sure we all would love to see it when she gets it done. I know I will!


I also want to give many thanks to Annie’s Catalog for making this giveaway possible. They generously provided the digital pattern for me to make and showcase on this blog. They also provided the digital copy for me to offer in the giveaway.


Again, congratulations Amber S. for being the winner of this giveaway! And many thanks to all of you who participated in the giveaway.

Be sure to follow this blog. There will be another giveaway soon. Shall I give you a hint as to what it will be? Hmmmm….. I think I will keep it a suspense for now. But I will say it is going to be awesome!

Until next time – Have a great week!