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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.

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

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.

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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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Friday the 13th

Ok, everyone knows you just can’t do anything productive on Friday the 13th, right? I mean, black bears (ahem.. cats), large ghostly apparitions (oh wait, those are elk) and… WHAT WAS THAT NOISE?… Oh… a tom turkey yelling at his harem…

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Rainbow on the ridge. Picture taken from my front porch Apr 8, 2018.

Today was to be the day I finished at least one of my many projects cooking on the back burners. Instead it was spent making phone calls to find out how much rock and dirt and HOW MUCH IS THAT BILL? (paying bills) day. Sorry, yes I know I have rocks and dirt here, just not top soil for a garden. And if you like boulders then I have plenty of those. I need crushed rock for the shop hubby is building in his non-existent spare time. I need wire or some type of fencing to keep the wild life out of my soon to be garden. And I need to find time to finish at least one project.

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Well I did actually finish one project this week. I tend to save my Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club shipments to complete when I am in-between projects or just need to think about something else instead of why my project looks so great on paper but is totally off the beam when sewn together, kind of days.

So I made this wonderfully fun tote and now it’s waiting to be put in use. I love Hydrangeas. We had two huge bushes in front of the house when I was a kid. They were my mom’s pride and joy, besides her roses and azaleas. I would try to grow them here but I am afraid the deer and elk would think they were being served salad. So instead I will enjoy my tote made with hydrangea printed fabric and be happy.

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Spring Tote From Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club, Heavenly Hydrangeas Collection by Clothworks

I did get to play a little with a couple of free motion quilting rulers I have. Before you sew the outer shell of the tote together you have an opportunity to quilt it any way you like. So I did some stitch in the ditch using my Slim ruler and then I made arches with my little Archie ruler. Both of those were designed by Angela Walters and made by Creative Grids.

I did design a place mat set which will include coordinating napkins and coasters. I completed to placemat tops and have started on the napkins. The coasters will be paper pieced because the pieces of fabric will be little and I think it will be easier to paper piece it instead of trying to cut it.

I am using fat quarters and jelly rolls from my stash to make these. The fabric is a combination from Moda (purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop) and Connecting Threads (Hudson Valley by Country Essentials). Unfortunately I misplaced the tag that identified the Moda design. It happens when all the fat quarters are separated by color and put into a large storage tote.

Barring any other interruptions I should have the set completed, backing and batting as well as quilted, by Sunday. I hope. Then I plan to start on another project.

So in the meantime, you all have a safe Friday the 13th and a wonderful week-end.

Until next time – I’m not superstitious, I’m a quilter!

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Be My Valentine

Vintage Valentine Table Runner
Vintage Valentine Collection, Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club

Good afternoon! I am glad you took the time out of your busy lives to visit with me. After Monday Madness I have been playing catch up with my WIPs. I did post an article on Quilting Tips and Tools about glossary terms for fabric cuts. That was fun and I hope you will find it helpful.

As you can see from the picture above, I did finally complete my Vintage Valentine Table Runner from the Vintage Valentine Collection by Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club. It was fun making it and I got to play with free motion quilting. I am still learning about free motion quilting so even though some of that quilting isn’t great…. at least I got it done.

I do want to apologize as this article is going to be picture heavy. I will try to keep them small but I want to share my experience of making this runner with you. So here we go!

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All of the pieces for the Vintage Valentine Table Runner cut and labeled.

As you can see, I cut and labeled all of my pieces. Laying them out on the ironing board helped me as I started to build my blocks. I do have to say, pay attention to the directions! I had joined the wrong piece to another piece and couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong. Sigh, I had to take it apart and do it the correct way. So take your time and follow all of the directions.

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Top of table runner complete

For the backing, I took the left over fabric and pieced them together to make a back for my table runner. Then for the batting I pieced together some left over batting. I used a fusible tape called Heat Press Batting Together Tape, after I cleaned up the edges, and fused together the pieces of batting. That was pretty cool. That tape works perfect, especially for a small project like that.

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Quilt sandwich, Batting, Backing and runner top ready to be pinned, trimmed and sewn

This runner is going to be turned inside out eventually so the quilt sandwich is a bit different. Instead of backing, batting then top; it’s batting, backing right side up, then top right side down. After that I pinned it and then trimmed it. After it got trimmed, it was stitched leaving a four inch opening for turning. I then trimmed the batting as close to the stitching I could so when I turned and pressed the runner I wouldn’t have a lot of bulkiness in the seams.

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Sandwich pinned and trimmed

After I got it turned inside out and pressed, I hand sewed the gap shut with a slip stitch and then the fun began.

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I am still learning how to free motion quilt. For those of you who don’t know, free motion quilting is a technique where quilting stitches are added by sewing in any direction on the top of the quilt . To make it work you have to have a quilting foot and your feed dog has to be disengaged. Here is a great link on Craftsy.com that explains it really well.

Well the end result is as you see…

Vintage Valentine Table Runner
Vintage Valentine Collection, Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club

I do hope you can see some of the detail of the free motion quilting I did. Some of it, meh, but there is some I really liked how it came out. As with anything else, it just takes practice, practice, practice.

Check out this free Valentine’s quilt pattern and tutorial on the Fabric.com blog!

My Valentine table runner is finished and now I’m on to my next project. I am still working on my reversible table cloth. But I just joined a quilting group led by Angela Walters of Quilting Is My Therapy. She is going to teach a free motion pattern every month. How exciting is that? So I am going to have to get busy and get a quilt top together to start this class! This is the link, in case you are interested!

Thank you again for coming by! Please, leave a comment and let me know what you are working on for Valentine’s Day.

Until next time – Free Motion Away!