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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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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?