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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.

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Until next time – Spring is in the air!

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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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To join go to: https://jacquelynnesteves.com/category/block-of-the-month/

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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Yay! It’s Friday!

Hi there, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am glad it’s Friday! Not only that, but I finally completed my reversible 60 inch quilted table cloth! Yay!

Pictured above is side one and side two of the table cloth. I hadn’t put them together yet, obviously.

But here is a couple pictures of the two sides put together. I can’t wait to put it on my table.

I really like both sides. Side one is so Spring-y and side two makes me think of cool lakes in the early Spring, still being embraced by Winter’s last snow. And, well, as you can see, we still have a bit of snow here in Montana. I’m not sad to see it go as I am looking forward to planting my lily bulbs and getting my garden started.

I didn’t use quilting batting in this tablecloth. I used a white cotton sheet instead. And instead of normal binding, I used Wrights Bias Tape Maxi Piping, in lime green (I bought it from Amazon.com). The quilting part was free motion machine quilting. Actually all I did was some channeling inside the blue squares and diamonds  on side one and then stitch in the ditch around the outside of the main body. Just enough to keep the tablecloth from bunching and getting squirrel-ly.

This first one was certainly a challenge and I learned a lot making it. I think I will make some changes on the next one,but that won’t be for a while. I have another quilt in mind that I am currently designing.

Just a reminder to all of you, I still have the Shades of Winter quilt available on Etsy.com by LodgePoleQuilting. It comes in four sizes and should you want it in different colors you can send me an email with your choice of colors. I will also be adding the reversible 60 inch quilted table cloth to the listing.

Also, be sure to check with your favorite fabrics stores and sites. A lot of them are having some great sales celebrating Spring and their new fabric collections. I am drooling over the fabric at FabricDepot.comAnnie’s Craft Store has some awesome sales happening as well. Don’t forget the Fat Quarter Shop, either.

Thank you for coming by and have a great weekend.

Until next time – Who has tulips?