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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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Is It Spring Yet?

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Spring Time Reversible 60″ Quilted Table Cloth Side One – Designed and made by LaTawnia Porter

Hello everyone! Can you believe it is almost Spring? I am still trying to figure out what happened to February. I don’t know about any one else, but I am ready for Spring. We have been receiving quite a bit of snow since mid-February. Today it’s a nice sunny day with a high of 46 degrees Fahrenheit. But we are suppose to get more snow Friday. Just in time to cover up what has already started to melt. That makes for some fun road conditions here in Montana.

I feel a bit like a slacker since I haven’t written anything for a couple of weeks, but I have been a bit distracted. We have had nothing but cell phone problems. My husband’s phone had to be sent back and repaired three times before it finally worked. And while we were out of town, my cell phone decided to not work. So essentially we were away from home with not one working cell phone. Scary and stressful. Thankfully they are both working now.

My husband and I, along with Monty dog, went to Arizona to see our daughter get married. Now, listen, I lived in Arizona for 13 (thirteen) long, hot years. I couldn’t get back to my beloved Northwest soon enough. But I believe that was the coldest I have ever experienced in Arizona. The day of the wedding, which was an outdoor wedding, was a high of 50 degrees fahrenheit. I felt sorry for everyone, but especially for myself! I was looking forward to thawing out a little in some 70 degree temperatures. When we left Montana we had almost one and a half feet of snow, with more on the way. I wanted warmth and sunshine. Instead it was cloudy, chilly and not your typical February Arizona weather. Did I mention it rained?

But the bride and her attendants (her daughters) were beautiful and the groom and his fellas (their three sons) looked handsome. Our family has grown by two more grandsons, giving us a total of nine grandchildren. Our son and his girlfriend had their son a couple of months ago.

Speaking of the littlest addition, William Lee, I made him the cutest baby quilt from the leftover fleece I had from a previous project. I got the free pattern from AllPeopleQuilt.com. Since I used fleece for the top and backing, I chose not to use any batting. It is plenty warm and since little William was a preemie I didn’t want it to be heavy on his little body. It will also make a nice floor quilt for him to lay on. The backing is a fun lime green with blue and red cars and trucks.

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Baby quilt for William Lee, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter. AllPeopleQuilt.com pattern

I free motion quilted it in straight lines resembling city blocks and roads. It was a super easy quilt to make and I had a lot of fun making it.

And yes, that picture at the beginning of this blog is the side one of my reversible quilted 60 inch table cloth. I finally got side one finished. Side two will be much easier now that I know what I am doing. Cough, cough.

The Missouri Star blocks weren’t too difficult. But after I needed to do some re-designing I had to change my border blocks and all of the notes I had written.

Side two will be made with a different block pattern so I look forward to seeing how it will come together. I hope to get Side two completed by the end of this week or beginning next week, barring any complications.

Because the blocks aren’t the same pattern but the same size I think I am going to do an all-over free-motion quilt pattern. I haven’t decided on what type of pattern or motif, but I am leaning towards simple flowers or leaves. I will just have to wait and see what it says to me. It may be crazy loops!

Well, that’s all that is happening here at LodgePole Quilting for now. I am still working on my sampler quilt and Shades of Winter II. As soon as I get those completed I will post them.

Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment below and let me know what you are working on for Spring. I would love to see what you are doing!

Until next time – Got Spring Fever?