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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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Memorial Monday

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I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

I remember back in the day when this pledge was said every day in school. It gave me the feeling of belonging to something bigger than myself. That even though I was just a little, skinny, girl, I was in unity with all of my classmates when we recited that pledge.

Today we memorialize all of the men and women who gave their lives, freely, to protect this county, our families, to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, liberty and justice, and allegiance to this flag of stars and stripes.

To the Republic for which it stands.

noun
  1. a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.
  2. any body of persons viewed as a commonwealth.
  3. a state in which the head of government is not a monarch or other hereditary head of state.   http://www.dictionary.com

That first definition is powerful and is what is meant in this pledge. This is what our military gave and give their lives for.

They also gave their lives so that as a country we would be indivisible. Indivisible. That word is important to the pledge. The writers knew what they meant when they inserted that word in the pledge. It’s an adjective.

An adjective is a part of speech which describes, identifies, or quantifies a noun or a pronoun. So basically, the main function of an adjective is to modify a noun or a pronoun so that it will become more specific and interesting.

http://partofspeech.org/adjective/

And it means:

adjective
  1. not divisible; not separable into parts; incapable of being divided: one nation indivisible.    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/indivisible?s=t

Not divisible. Incapable of being divided. One nation under God, indivisible. Just think about that for a moment.

I realize that not everyone worships the same God, if they worship a god at all. Some people worship many gods. But I believe the major point here is one nation, indivisible.

When I look at the headlines today, I am no longer seeing one nation, indivisible. We are a nation being torn apart by politics, fear of offense, fear of religion, fear of just living. We don’t need to worry about another country trying to attack us and destroy us. We are doing it to ourselves. We have allowed small groups of people to set precedence in this country that are tearing away the very fabric that joined it together in the first place.

Is there a solution to this mayhem we are experiencing? Is there any way to halt the downward spiral this country is in? Will we, as citizens of this beautiful country, sit back on our heels and do nothing while we watch our country being destroyed?

I wish I had the answers. Would going back to the basics be the answer? Would requiring the pledge to be recited in schools across the country start to being back the sense of belonging to individuals who feel apart of everyone else? How do we give our young and old and those in between a true meaning and belief in something greater than ourselves?

Liberty and justice for all. If we look at those five little words, study them, ponder on their meaning, we might find an answer or two.

We pretty much understand what liberty and justice means. Right? Let us go ahead and break it down.

Liberty

noun, plural lib·er·ties.
  1. freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.
  2. freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.
  3. freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.
  4. freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint: The prisoner soon regained his liberty.   http://www.dictionary.com

We can see it’s FREEDOM!

Now Justice:

noun
  1. the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause.
  2. rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice.
  3. the moral principle determining just conduct.
  4. conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment.
  5. the administering of deserved punishment or reward.
  6. the maintenance or administration of what is just by law, as by judicial or other proceedings: a court of justice.   http://www.dictionary.com

Justice: everyone will be treated the same in a court of justice.

Freedom (liberty) and justice FOR ALL.

Not just for a select few. Not just for certain groups of people in the United States. But for everyone. For every breathing, living, citizen of this country worth dying for. And yes, I mean citizen. Because only a citizen can appreciate all that pledge entails.

It is for this pledge, this flag, the love for this country, her people, and God, that gives meaning to the many lives that have been given in sacrifice to protect it.

God bless America!

Until next time – I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

 

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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!

 

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Mother’s Day Week-end!

Hey every body! I am so glad you all could stop by today for a visit! This will be a fairly short article with mainly reminders and sales and fun things like that. Who doesn’t love a sale?

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

I’m excited because my husband will be home for a few days. He gets here early tomorrow morning. YAY! Maybe we’ll go somewhere to see a movie! We just have to find an area that isn’t flooding.

Okay, on to the good stuff…

TODAY is the LAST day to enter the PINK LEMONADE DIGITAL QUILT PATTERN GIVEAWAY! So be sure to enter for your chance to win!

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Fabric.com is hosting a $500 Customer Appreciation Giveaway!

At Annie’s Catalog Creative Studios you can access over 500 craft videos! Just click here!

Craftsy.com is holding some great sales this weekend! So here they are!

Accuquilt is having a sale on their Go! Qube mix and match sets! This one ends Monday.

FatQuarter Shop is featuring Riley Blake fabric for the Basic of the Month Special

They also have some great notions of the month sales!

That’s it for now. I will be announcing the winner of the Pink Lemonade Digital Quilt Pattern Giveaway! on Sunday, Mother’s Day. So enter it today!

Have a great week-end and Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!

 

Until next time – Love those Giveaways!