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Mid-Week Catch-Up

Greetings to all of you wonderful visitors, friends and family! This is my mid-week catch-up. So stick around and let’s visit over a cuppa and get caught up.

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We are having our Autumn GiveAway right now. So be sure to enter it! There are three great prizes being offered. Just follow the link and complete the requirements to be a contender.

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Have you signed up for Jacquelynne Steves’ Save the Bees BOM yet? There is still time! This is a FREE BOM, and who doesn’t love FREE! You can make these super cute blocks from your scraps or go out and buy more fabric! Quilters always need fabric (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge!)

I have just completed Block 3. It was a real easy block to make. I used Soft Fuse interfacing webbing for my hexies and then used a simple zigzag stitch to applique them to my background.

Here is a picture of the three blocks I have completed so far

This is the first BOM I have ever done so it has been a lot of fun. Everyone posts their completed blocks on Facebook so we all get to see the different variations. So sign up for the BOM today, if you haven’t done so already!

In between waiting for the next block to download I have been working on about three or so projects. Ok, I have about 6 projects lined up, three I am currently working on simultaneously and half a dozen UFOs.

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One of the quilts I am working on is a lap quilt (for myself). But, if it turns out as lovely as I hope it will it may end up being a wall hanging. It will have five blocks of embroidery with four Nine Patch blocks. A total of nine 15 inch blocks. I am using Emma’s Garden by Maywood Studios. I purchased this gorgeous fabric from FatQuarterShop.  I love pansies and the color purple and this fabric is perfect with my embroidery blocks which are made of pansies and butterflies.

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Embroidered block for new quilt project

Once I have my embroidery blocks and nine patch blocks compete and the quilt top together I will finish the embroidery trim by hand as part of the quilting process. I am still deciding on what I will do for the rest of the quilting. But it will definitely  pretty when it’s finished. I will post a photo of the completed quilt. (I purchased the embroidery block kit from JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts.)

The other project I am also currently working on is called Little Bit of Baltimore Collection 21. It is a small quilt with four blocks of applique. I got the pattern from Jacquelynne Steves website.

I really like these colors I’ve chosen for this project. They are kind of muted so the 33 inch quilt can be for many purposes. I have some left over thin loft batting that I think I am going to use. That should allow the quilt to hang nicely over a small table. There is also a candle mat and a small wall hanging that is a part of this collection.

And I am STILL working on my summer quilt which will now have to be for next summer. I know, I know, I need to focus on one project at a time and complete it before starting on another. But there are so many awesome projects out there that need to be made not to mention all of the block and quilt designs running through my mind. Also, Christmas is just around the corner and I still have to finish those projects… At least I am never bored.

I think we are all caught up now. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with me. I hope the rest of your week goes well.

Until next time – What are you working on today?

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AUTUMN GIVEAWAY!

Hello! Hello! Hello! I am so happy you could stop by and visit! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted. There has been a lot happening in my little world here in Montana, but that is for another blog.

Starting tomorrow there is a great giveaway happening here! I will be giving away two (2) digital books (each retails at $9.99) and the Pink Lemonade Digital Pattern (electronic download retails at $7.99).

There is a lot of great patterns in both of these books and the Pink Lemonade quilt is totally great!

A little about the two books:

Quilter’s World: Quilts You Can Make in a Day

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Create stunning quilts in no time at all with this special issue of Quilter’s World packed with 26 beautiful quick-and-easy projects, most of which can be made in a day!

  • Enjoy patterns for every skill level and taste, from coasters to bed quilts!

  • Craft charming chains and make a dazzling quilt using precuts.

  • Ideal for stash-busting, this issue is chock-full of projects to help clean out your scraps.

I made these cute hot pads from this book, using fabric from my stash. They were very easy to make.

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Butterfly Trio Hot Pads- Quilter’s World: Quilts You Can Make in a Day

There are some real great patterns and they are all pretty easy.  I have several ear-marked for Christmas and birthday gifts, not to mention just for my own use.

The next book in the giveaway is Annie’s Favorite Quilts From Precuts.

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Enjoy making the most of your precut stash! With the 28 projects inside this special issue, you’ll delight in the convenience of using precut fabric to create beautifully quilted projects in no time at all.

  • Relax while you stitch up creative treasures with your stashed precut packages, such as Train Tracks (using fat quarters) and Charming Stars (featuring charm packs).

  • Unique time-friendly patterns are organized into three chapters arranged according to the precuts used to make them (5″ squares known as charm packs, 2 1/2″ strips known as Jelly Rolls and, of course, fat quarters).

  • You’ll find designs for all areas of your home, from bed quilts to lap quilts, table runners to mug rugs, plus baby quilts and more!

From this book I made some very cute place mats and a hot pad for Summer. They were called Summer Sea Mats.

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Summer Seas Mats from Quilts You Can Make In A Day

Just by changing the fabric used for these place mats you can make place mats for any season or occasion. How fun is that?

Now for that last item in the give away…..

The Pink Lemonade Quilt –

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Pink Lemonade Quilt Pattern from Annie’s Catalog

Fast and easy piecing makes this quilt pattern one of the quickest quilts for you to make! You can use the same fabrics throughout for a planned “look” or dig into your scraps for your own fun style! Easily adaptable for any age or room decor. Finished size is 52″ x 62″.

I made this quilt in vintage colors. I really like how it looks and it didn’t take me long at all to make.

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Pink Lemonade Quilt – in vintage fabric colors

Now since there are three items in this give away, there are some rules to follow to be a winner.

  1. Decide which prize you would like to win.
  2. Enter for that prize here:     a Rafflecopter giveaway
  3. Have Fun!

It’s as simple as that! Please remember, one winner per household. If you enter for more than one prize, you will be disqualified, so please don’t.

Annie’s Catalog has made this giveaway possible by providing these products to me for free. So give them a big thank you! All of the highlighted information regarding the three prizes come from Annie’s Catalog website.

Until next time – How to choose? They are all so GREAT!

 

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Greetings September!

Hello to all of you visitors! Welcome to LodgePole Quilting! Here at Lodgepole Quilting we are inspired to bring warmth and beauty to your home through originally designed quilted and crocheted items. So please take the time to browse the various blog articles. Also, look for new quilt blocks and designs on the Designing Quilts page. There is also some great Quilting Tips, so be sure to check them out. We try to add new tips and techniques often. While you are visiting, please leave a comment and let us know what you would like to see an article about, relating to quilting, embroidery and crocheting. Thank you!

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I do hope your summer has been great! I know here in the Northwest we have been dealing with a lot of smoke from fires, but at least here in Montana it hasn’t been nearly as bad as it was last year, yet. I was concerned my tomatoes, peppers and chilies might not ripen and grow but I have been picking a lot of small tomatoes and freezing them. The chilies are almost ready to be picked and canned. I am just waiting for the peppers to get bigger. My second planting of carrots seem to doing ok. I’m just waiting for them to get bigger to pull.

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Cactus wall hanging (Connecting Threads kit) made and hand-quilted by LaTawnia Porter Aug 2018

My daughter and her boyfriend, Crystiana and Cody, stopped by here for a couple of days, to visit. They were on their way home after going to the Grand Teutons and Yellowstone Park. It was a wonderful but short visit. I look forward to them coming back soon!

Now on to some quilting fun!

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I told you in my last blog that I had joined the Save The Bees BOM with Jacquelynne Steves. I have taken some pictures of my progress from cutting fabric to my completed Block 1. I used my Accuquilt GO! Cutter where it was possible to alleviate the wear on my wrists. For the appliqued pieces I used Shades Soft Fuse Premium Paperbacked Fusible Web for Machine or Hand Applique. That is some great stuff. It works so good, that I am actually excited to make more quilted items that have applique pieces. I have all ready used it in machine and hand applique projects. I used Aurifil Thread for the hand applique and DMC embroidery floss for all of the embroidery.

 

I did “color” outside of the lines a bit. So on block 2 (which I just received today in my email) I lightly drew a border on the white piece so my applique pieces will be within the block where they belong. On the whole though, it was a lot of fun to do. I have already cut out my applique pieces and started pressing them onto the background piece for Block 2. I am ready to begin the hand applique and embroidery again!

In between the time of completing Block 1 and waiting for Block 2, I completed a WIP that was only 2 years in the making. It was a wall quilt kit I had purchased from Connecting Threads. It was made using the Sedona Sunrise collection by Winthur Sempliner for Connecting Threads. It took me a while to hand-quilt it. I would start and then put it aside and work on other things. Pull it out again and start something else new. But it is now hanging on a wall in my bedroom. I bought some curtain clip rings from Amazon and used a curtain rod to hang the wall quilt. If you don’t want to add hanger pockets, this is a great way to hang a wall quilt.

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I have also started sewing blocks together for my “summer” quilt. I have decided to use a thin loft batting so the quilt can be used year round, if I want to.

And I designed a new Autumn themed place mat and started designing a table cover to accompany the place mats, as well I started embroidering quilt blocks to use in a new quilt project. Don’t look too close to the “art” work on the place mat. An artist I am not. I do much better with stick people. There are a few artists in the family but that isn’t a gene I inherited. Though I do suppose quilting, designing quilted items, embroidery and other needlework projects should and are considered artistic. So I guess that makes me an artist!

I do hope the braided piece in the place mats won’t be too difficult. I haven’t tackled that design yet so I am looking forward to a new challenge. I think it might end up being paper pieced, but we shall see. I will keep you posted.

I got my monthly kit from Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club and it is super cute. I haven’t started it yet, I don’t know why, maybe because I have so many projects going right now. But I think it will work great with my Autumn themed place mats and table cover. When I get that kit made I will post pictures.

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Photo taken by Sharon Follis (copyright protected)

I do hope you all have a wonder week and this month will be a great one for all. I love the onset of Autumn, the cooler nights, preparing to finish harvesting from the garden and the end of the crazy yellow jackets, wasps and hornets. Those flying, biting, stinging things have been out of control this year. I can’t wait for them to go away.

I love pulling out all of my fall toned fabrics and designing quilted items to bring warmth to my home also, finishing up WIPs that will be Christmas gifts for family and friends. What are some things you like about Autumn? Leave a comment sharing what you do at this time of year.

Until next time – Got your favorite lap quilt handy?

 

 

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Mid-Week Fun!

Happy Wednesday to all of you wonderful people! I hope your week is going well so far. It has been a whirl-wind around here. My husband got home last Wednesday and from that moment on it was go, go, go!

We got everything ready to travel and left Friday night at 2am. We went to my sister and brother-in-laws’ house in Kalama, Washington. We arrived around 2pm and after about a half an hour of visiting, Colleen and I went shopping, for fabric of course! You can never have too much fabric. She has just started her first quilt. She finally got all of the fabric cut. I took my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and a few dies to show her how much easier it is to cut fabric. She is now budgeting for one for herself! (I should be a spokesperson for them! I love my Go! Cutter!)

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Premium fabric purchased at JoAnn Fabrics and Craft store.

We went to JoAnn Fabric and Craft store and enjoyed their 75th Anniversary sale. I picked up some gorgeous purple and teal fabric. I will be making myself a lap quilt. I gave my baby sister, Laura, the one I had made last December. I have several quilt designs waiting to be made. I just have to make a decision on which one to make!

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Made and quilted December 2017

Her favorite colors are purples and green. Mine are purples. I like some greens but tend to lean to the teals. I thought this would be a nice gift since she sits and is in a wheel chair all of the time due to M.S.. When I am sitting on the couch in the fall and winter, I enjoy a lap quilt.

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Baby sister, Laura

She really liked it! I am glad I gave it to her. She was very excited to see all of the purple and greens The backing is dark green with green leaves. It is a real nice lap quilt and I know she will get a lot of use out of it this fall and winter.

It was a crazy four days on the road visiting family and friends. We did take Monty with us. He got to play with a couple of dogs and see lots of people, but I am sure he is happy to be home and just being a lazy dog. We were going to take another day in visiting but Wes had to go back to work a day earlier. So we visited with my best friend, Mary, for a bit of time and then hit the road. We finally got home Tuesday around 2:30am. I am just glad we got home safely.

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Jacquelynne Steves Save the Bees BOM

I am super excited because I finally got my email containing the instructions for my first BOM from Jacquelynne Steves Save the Bees. I actually got it last week, but tomorrow I get to work on it and I will post photos as I go along so you can see what I am doing. If you haven’t signed up for the BOM, I think you can still do so. Just go to her website, www.jacquelynnesteve.com.

Now that my sweet husband is back on the road (sigh, sniff, sniff) it’s time to clean house and get dirty clothes in the washer. It always takes me a couple of days to get the house back in order after he leaves. This time it’s compounded with our time away. So before I can play in the quilt room I have to do my chores. I can’t wait to start my BOM and my new lap quilt so I gotta do the chores first.


I will be having another giveaway. So stay updated by signing up for email notifications. The giveaway will be starting soon. It’s going to be great! I hope you all will enter the giveaway!

Until next time – Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer!

 

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Bzzy Saturday

Hello friends and visitors! I am so glad you stopped by today. I do hope you are having a great week-end and that it’s not too hot for you. It’s definitely a warm July. We have been experiencing temperatures in the 90’s. I don’t mind the low 80’s but when it starts getting into the 90’s, that’s too warm for me.

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hand quilting a wall hanging WIP

I have been working on my hand quilting WIP while waiting for the SAVE THE BEES BOM to begin. If you haven’t signed up for the BOM, there is still time! (Click on the link!) I am so excited for it to begin! The first block will be sent out August 6th, I think. I’m just waiting, waiting, waiting.

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Jacquelynnesteves.com Save the Bees BOM
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(L) Timeless Treasures Fabric of Soho, LLC, Beeline (from Fabric.com) (R) Save the Bees fabric kit from Jacquelynne Steves.

I bought some backing fabric for my BOM. It’s called Beelines from the Timeless Treasures Fabric of SoHo, LLC. I got it from Fabric.com. I thought it was super cute and perfect for this project.

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Applique moose and bear place mats (practice)

Since this BOM includes applique, I have been practicing machine applique. Okay, I have to admit, I am a traditional piece block person. Applique really isn’t my thing. But I know a lot of people like it and I found some super cute dies from Accuquilt. Elephants, fall medleys, moose and bear, flowers and more.

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Accuquilt Go! Northwoods Medley

I am already planning a baby quilt with applique elephants, a fall quilt with fall leaves and dare I say, Christmas quilted items with super cute applique dies. I will get this applique technique down. In the meantime I am making place mats for a neighbor and friend, whose theme in her house is moose and bears (very Montana). It’s a way a saying thank you for all she has done.

For those of you who love to design quilts and blocks, Accuquilt is having an Accuquilt Quilt Block Design 2018 Contest! Enter your quilt block design(s) then see if you designed a winner! Here is the link: https://www.accuquilt.com/block-contest/contest-home. The contest ends July 31, 2018. I have entered several quilt block designs already, hoping one of them will be a winner.

I have been canning green beans, carrots and beets. I have planted more carrot seeds, I am just hoping they grow so I will have more carrots to can. My neighbor gave me a large box filled with pie cherries from her trees. So I have those to pit and freeze today. I am waiting for the chilies and peppers to start producing and the squash seeds I planted are growing! The cucumber is doing great! I can’t wait to pick those and believe it or not, my green onions are still growing. They are almost ready to be pulled. I had to put my outdoor table and chairs against the fencing to keep the deer from eating my tomato plants. I don’t want them to eat the plants before I harvest tomatoes. Fun times in the summer time!


The yellow jackets are out of control out here. I have five traps and they are full. I can’t go out on my front porch because there is a nest of them under it. My poor Monty dog has been stung several times now. I can’t wait for my husband to get home and deal with them. They are vicious. My neighbor said they would try to help me get rid of the nest. I just don’t want them to get stung. I don’t want my husband getting stung either.

I am getting ready for another giveaway! So be sure to keep in the know by signing up for email notification. I promise not to overwhelm your email box.

Please send me pictures and a brief description of what you are working on this summer. I would love to share them with everyone. Are you already thinking about Autumn and cooler temperatures? Planning for winter and the upcoming holidays? How about some great BOMs. There are lots of them going on right now. Lets share and compare!

I saw it on Fat Quarter Shop

Lori Holt Happy Farm Girl AuriFloss Thread Pack Aurifil #LH-FarmGirl-AuriFloss – Aurifil Thread

 

Until next time – What’s your favorite thread?