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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

Thanks for coming by today. Don’t forget to sign up to receive an email when I post another blog. I promise not to flood you with a bunch of mail.

Until next time – Spring is in the air!

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Oh What Fun!

Good morning new visitors and friends and family! I am so glad you decided to stop by today and see what’s happening at LodgePole Quilting.

January 2019 First snow fall

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Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

I don’t know about any where else, but here in Montana we have received a lot of snow. Compared to last year, we have probably gotten twice as much. I am going to guess almost two feet. And there is still more on the way. I know, I know, I said I wanted lots of snow, but… I think I’m ready for it to stop snowing and get on to the melting part. At this rate it will be June before it’s melted and gone. Sheesh. I can see all of my garden plans being buried under the mounds of snow.

I have been keeping busy indoors. I am still clearing out my UFOs. I’m working on the Bellisimo quilt Connecting Threads quilt kit for our bed. It’s coming along nicely. I have three more rows to put together and then sew all of the rows together. I am going to hand tie the quilt. I found some nice crafting thread that will work lovely with the quilt. I am also still hand quilting the Moda Love Charm Quilt. This is being done in the evenings while watching television. I did get a quilt I designed cut out. It’s just waiting to be put together. And two more quilts are now ready for quilting. I will show you those when they are complete.

I do have some exciting news. I am going to be just one of several bloggers who are going to participate in a quilt-along. Woohoo! The quilt-along won’t be for a few more weeks but I thought I would give you a sneak preview.

I am using Riley Blake’s Simply Happy Fat quarters. These are so bright and colorful, they remind me that Spring really isn’t that far away. With all of the snow around me I need that reminder. I will also be using Riley Blake’s Small Gingham in yellow and for the backing Riley Blake’s Bee Backing 108″ wide in Red Bandana. Also Aurifil thread for the piecing and quilting. I have to say it’s one of my favorite brands of thread. I’ve given you the links but here are a few pictures of the fabric.

Using my trusty Accuquilt Go! Cutting System and four of the cutting dies out of my Mix and Match 8 inch Qube I was able to cut most of the pieces needed for my quilt block. Oh the more I quilt and design quilts the more I realize I need more dies from Accuquilt!

In my next blog I will show you some pictures of the pieces I have cut and how nicely they go together. It really makes putting a block together much faster. And no dog ears to deal with.

It’s time for more tea and back to quilting I go. I do hope you have a great week! May it be fill with the joys of quilting, great tea and signs of Spring.

Until next time – Who has Spring flowers?


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January Joys

Snowy, January greetings to all of you wonderful visitors, family and friends!

I lost the month of December and discovered that half of January has passed. Don’t ask what happened because I have no idea! I have enjoyed many cups of hot chai and hours of embroidery. EMBROIDERY? I know, but it’s been for a good reason. Sometimes I have to take a break from quilting to recharge my quilting batteries. However, one of my embroidery projects does belong to a quilt project, so technically it’s quilting. Right?

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I do hope everyone’s holiday season was wonderful. I embroidered tea towels and made potato bags for various friends and family. I ran out of time so I have a couple more to make as birthday gifts.


Indigo Girls (AllPeopleQuilt.com) embroidered with Presencia Perle cotton no. 8 tint 246 royal blue.
Meeses in the trees designed and quilted by LaTawnia Porter
Potato bags are perfect for steaming potatoes in the microwave.

These are just a few of the things I made over the holiday season. I embroidered several tea towels, the set shown is just one I had made. The place mats were a gift for my youngest daughter. I call them Meeses in the Trees. The quilting was a simple design of pebbles in the main portion and waves on the border. I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system and the NorthWoods Medley die to cut the pieces I needed.

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The potato bags were super simple. I used fat quarters from the Emma and Myrtle collection from Connecting Threads. All the batting was from scraps I had saved from previous quilts. The website I got the pattern from is American Quilter’s Society.

My husband did add more shelves in my sewing room. One shelf is being dedicated to fat quarters, jelly rolls, layer cakes and other pieces of fabric. The rest of the shelves are full of binders filled with various quilt patterns and BOMs and quilts I have designed. Ahhhh, I love it when things are organized.

What are some of the things you are looking forward to working on? I have been collecting free blocks from a few websites that I plan to make. Also, I am looking forward to a new BOM from National Quilters Circle, it’s going to involve English Paper Piecing (EPP). I can hardly wait.

Another great BOM I am looking forward to is with Jacquelynne Steves. And please let’s not forget the Fat Quarter Shop. They have some totally awesome BOMs.

Oh, I forgot to mention exciting news for my sister, Colleen. She just received her Accuquilt Go! Cutting System!

My sister Colleen. Just look at the excitement on her face!

Oh the choices that face me for this new year. Including some new dies from Accuquilt! Oh the fun I have to look forward to enjoy. Will there be enough time to do it all? I don’t know about you but I am game to try!

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It’s Friday!

Happy Friday everyone! I am so glad you decided to visit us at LodgePole Quilting! We have some great things to share today. Since tomorrow is the beginning of hunting season here in Montana, I thought I would do some “hunting” for you wonderful visitors and friends. Look at what I found!

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Bluprint Monthly for $9.99 – Or Bluprint Annual for $100 + FREE Get Started Box (extended through 10/21) 

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Here is an awesome Christmas/Birthday/Whatever Day gift idea from Accuquilt! Place your order soon, these things are selling like hotcakes! Just click on the link!

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Go! Me Easy Fabric Project Maker

Do you love free quilting patterns? I know I do. Accuquilt has some great free patterns. You can check them out here!

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Accuquilts Free Quilt Patterns

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Here are some great FREE Quilt Block Challenges, BOM’s and just fun Projects!

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From The Quilting Company…. If you love all things Irish then this is sure to be a pleaser! This BoM uses twelve different Irish themed blocks that you can download and make at your leisure.

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Celtic Knot Quilt Block

Also The Quilting Company has 150+ FREE Quilt blocks for you to peruse and design your own quilt. Pick a different one each month and build a beautiful quilt of your own design!

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Quilting Company

These folks are pretty cool so check them out here https://quiltmuseum.org/blockofthemonth/

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Want something more? How about monthly sample/kits boxes sent to your doorstep? Check these out!

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Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club

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Pink Castle Fabrics

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Quilters Stash Box

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Maxie Makes

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Quilt Crates

Phew! Well that should keep every one busy! I actually found a couple that look very interesting. I already subscribe to a couple of these so what’s a couple more?! Shhhh don’t tell my husband!

Have a great week-end! And if you or your family members are hunting, stay orange and safe!

Until next time – What’s your favorite quilting kit?