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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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Pink Lemonade Quilt – Part 3

Hello fellow quilters, friends and visitors! I hope you are having a great day! It’s been pretty good here at LodgePole Quilting. I have accomplished a few things and one of those things is completing the Pink Lemonade quilt top!

I have a few pictures to share with you as we go through this great pattern. In Pink Lemonade Quilt – Part 1 and Part 2 I took you through the cutting and building of the twenty (10 1/2 inch) blocks needed for this pattern. I was able to show you how much easier cutting fabric was by using my Accuquilt Go! Cutting System. I also showed you how the pieces of the blocks were joined together to make a block.

Today I will show you the final steps of putting to quilt top together.

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Pink Lemonade blocks on design wall

I joined the first row of blocks together in the pattern laid out on my design wall and according to the directions. Then I continued in that manner until all six rows were done. When I pressed the seams  I made sure they were pressed either to the left or right depending on which row of blocks I was joining together. That way they were pressed in an alternate pattern which will make joining the rows together much easier.

Next I joined the rows together, keeping the pattern design true. By pressing the block seams in an alternating pattern it made this portion of the job easier.

Now that all of the block row are together, here comes the final steps.

Row one: I used the same tan/stone fabric for the first border. I rather like how it gives the top a “sepia tone” look.

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Pink Lemonade Quilt – 1st Border

Next is border two. Here I used a rose-colored tonal print. It picks up the rose color in the other prints.

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Pink Lemonade Quilt 2nd Border

The final border is the same tonal print as the rose-colored one, only in gray.

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Pink Lemonade Quilt – 3rd and final border.

Though I think it looks nice, I kind of wish I had done the borders in a different order. Or that the tan/stone fabric had been more gray than tan. Well, I will definitely do things a bit different next time.

So now that the top is complete, all that is left is making the quilt sandwich, quilting the sandwich and then binding it. My backing fabric is all washed and dried. I still need to “fluff” the batting and get the wrinkles out of it. While I am doing that I will press the backing and get it ready to cut to size. I think with this wide width backing I won’t even have to sew pieces of backing together to make it wide enough! How nice is that?

Now to decide how to quilt it. Allover? Something special on the borders? Hmmmm. Decisions, decisions. I guess I will have to wait until I am ready to quilt it.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the digital quilt pattern of Pink Lemonade. The giveaway will end soon.

Until next time – Do you FMQ?

 

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Pink Lemonade Quilt – Part 1

Hello visitors and fellow quilters! I am glad you stopped by. I had meant to have this out yesterday but I got busy with some other things that had to be done, so here we go! Today I am going to share with you a quilt pattern I received from Annie’s Catalog. I will also show you how I used a couple of tools I have to make cutting the fabric for this pattern much easier.

The Pink Lemonade quilt pattern is available for purchase in two forms, electronic download or print-to-order. It can also be yours for free in a giveaway! Here on this website! So be sure to follow along in order to find out how to enter the giveaway.

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Pink Lemonade quilt pattern, Accuquilt Go! cutter and dies, fabric from Joann Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop

The fabric I am using for this project was purchased from Joann’s Fabric and Craft Store and the Fat Quarter Shop. The fabric from Joann’s is from their Premium Vintage collection. The backing fabric from Fat Quarter Shop is Prairie Vine 108″ Wide Gold Sunflowers. I also am using Marcus Brothers Aged Muslim Cloth in Stone, from Fat Quarter Shop. (That fabric actually is more tan than stone, which kind of threw me, but I am making it work.)

Quilters, we know how many hours are spent in just cutting fabric for our projects. It is the most time-consuming part of any project we make. My husband, Wes, bought me an Accuquilt Go! Cutter System for a late birthday present. Did I mention how wonderful of a husband he is? Well, he is wonderful. And since he knows how long it takes for me to cut fabric for a quilt and how much my wrists hurt afterwards, he got me this system. And I love it! I use it whenever I possibly can just to save me time and headaches that comes from messing up a cut. In fact I have started creating quilt designs with these dies in mind.

Anyway, back to Pink Lemonade. I used my Go!  2 1/2 strip die to cut all of my binding. Then I used my Go! Strip cutter 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″ die to cut the 1 1/2″ strips needed. (Just keep in mind if you plan on using one of these cutting systems to get a wee bit of extra fabric. It helps in the equation of things.)

After cutting all of the strips I needed I then sub-cut them into the required rectangles and strips for this pattern.

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Wearing a Fons & Porter Klutz glove and using a Fiskars rotary cutter to cut the needed rectangles and strips.

Now everything is cut, sub-cut and ready to go. It only took me a couple of hours to cut everything verses the normal four or five hours. Using my Go! Strip cutters really saved me a lot of time and not one mis-cut. That was very nice.

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Cut pieces labeled and ready to be put together for the Pink Lemonade Quilt

Well that is it for now friends. I am going to get started on putting this quilt together and then post it when it’s complete. At that time I will let you know about the giveaway. Yes, there will be a giveaway. So stay tuned for further information. (I’m a bit technically challenged, ok a lot challenged, so I am still trying to figure out how to do the giveaway, so bear with me.)

Until next time – What is your favorite cutting tool?