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Let’s Have A Giveaway Before June is Gone!

Wow! Where has the month gone? I cannot believe I missed most of May and the beginning of June! Between the birds and the rains my garden isn’t doing as well as I would like. So I am having to replant some seeds and actual plants. The weeds however, are doing fantastic!

I did get a part time job at the local no-kill shelter. The place is called TRACS (Thompson River Animal Care Shelter. They take in dogs and cats and find good forever homes for them. It’s where I got my Monty dog. People come from all over to adopt a new fur family member. And these animals come from all over the country and even out of country like Korea. It’s a good job and I enjoy working with the dogs and cats.

Monty dog watching the garden grow.

Now onto the fun stuff, a GIVEAWAY!

I am giving away this darling Sweet Dreams Baby Quilt electronic pattern thanks to Annie’s Catalog, who has made this giveaway possible.

How adorable is this quilt? One of the great things about this quilt is the blocks can be made from your scraps. You don’t have to go out and buy new fabric! Wait! What did I say? Of course you want to buy new baby soft fabric in shades of aqua, mint, orange and yellow. Using neutral gender prints combined with pastel color fabrics you can create a snuggly, comfy baby quilt for your own little one or as a gift for the upcoming new born your friend or family member is having.

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Now the bears are machine appliqued, but don’t let that scare you if you have never done applique before. I use Soft Fuse Premium Paperbacked Fusible Web for all of my applique. There are other fusibles out there, but I found this one to be the easiest to use. Just follow the directions and have fun. I do recommend practicing before making the bears and applying them to the background. And don’t sweat the machine sewing. Just take it slow. Watch a few YouTube videos and practice.

One hint that will save your iron and ironing board, take a piece of wax paper, lay it down on your ironing board waxy, shiny side down. When you are ready to fuse your piece, take another piece of wax paper, waxy, shiny side down and lay it on top of your piece and then fuse according to instructions. These two pieces of wax paper can be used over and over again and you won’t get glue on your iron or ironing board.

Here is my quilt top. There are a couple of more things on the bear faces I have to do once I get my quilt sandwich together. But it sure was fun to make. I used scraps for my blocks and fat quarters for the border. My Accuquilt Go! Cutter sure came in handy when it came to cutting all of those blocks. I had some white tonal in my stash as well as the taupe for the bear heads. You can just make out the penciled drawing of closed eyes and the lines from their noses. I used Aurifil thread for my piecing and for the machine applique. I will be hand quilting this little project with Aurifil 12wt thread. When I’m finished I will post a picture.

The giveaway begins Monday June 10, 2019 and will end on midnight Monday June 24, 2019. This giveaway is open to all residents of the United States. You must be a minimum of 18 years old to enter. The winner will be announced within 48 hours. You know how giveaways work, the more questions you respond to the more points you earn. SO, answer those questions. The drawing will be random. Click on the link below to enter!


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Until next time – What are you making this summer?

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I’m So Excited!

It’s time for the great unveiling! The Union Square Quilt has been officially released today! Yay! I am so excited!

Union Square Quilt in Riley Blake Simply Happy and Gingham Small Cotton.
Back of Union Square Quilt made with Riley Blake Simply Happy and Gingham Small Cotton

I had a lot of fun making this quilt. I was able to use my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and my Go! Qube Mix and Match 8 inch Block to cut most of the pieces needed for this quilt block. I saved a lot of time using the cutting system and have accurate cuts.

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The fabric I chose for this quilt along is Riley Blake Designs Simply Happy by Dodi Lee Poulsen and Small Cotton Gingham Yellow. The yellow gingham made me very happy while putting the blocks together. I was surrounded by a lot of snow when I was making this quilt. All of the colors and happy prints brought spring into my wintry home.

50wt Chalk 100% Cotton Mako Thread Aurifil #MK50-2026


50wt Chalk 100% Cotton Mako Thread Aurifil #MK50-2026

from: Fat Quarter Shop

The quilting is a very simple line done in a horizontal and vertical 2 inch pattern. It actually compliments the pattern of the quilt. I used Auriful thread MK-50 #2026 (white) for all of the piecing and quilting. I am just going to admit it, Aurifil thread is my favorite thread to use. It’s the first one I reach for when I am piecing and/or quilting.

The wool pressing mat and the Tailor’s Clapper made a huge difference in the pressing of my pieces. Crisp seams and pointing points make a beautiful block.

Quilter’s Best Pressing Mat

Fat Quarter Shop now has the Susanna’s Scraps Collection fabric available for you to make this wonderful classic and vintage quilt.

Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna's Scraps by Betsy Chutchian


Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna’s Scraps by Betsy Chutchian

from: Fat Quarter Shop

These are the links for the Union Square Quilt so you can make one yourself:

Pattern: https://static.fatquartershop.com/media/wysiwyg/pdf/UnionSquare-BlockPatternFINAL.pdf

Quilt Kit: https://www.fatquartershop.com/union-square-quilt-kit

Backing Set: https://www.fatquartershop.com/backing-set-for-union-square-quilt-kit

Susanna’s Scrap Collection: https://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-fabrics/susannas-scraps-betsy-chutchian-moda-fabric

Blog Post on Jolly Jabber: https://blog.fatquartershop.com/classic-vintage-union-square-free-pattern-video-tutorial/

YouTube video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXLBH4HoMpA

I hope you have as much fun as I did in making this quilt. I would love to see your final quilt. You can email me your photo at lodgepolequilting@gmail.com. I would be happy to share it on my blog so everyone can see your creation.

Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna's Scraps by Betsy Chutchian


Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna’s Scraps by Betsy Chutchian

from: Fat Quarter Shop

Until next time – Quilt along with us! Union Square Quilt!

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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.

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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.

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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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.

Fat Quarter Shop Basic of the Month Sale

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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