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Sunny Tuesday

Hello, hello! I’m so happy to see you here today! I hope your week is going great so far. We actually have some beautiful sunshine today after cloudy days. It is getting frosty in the mornings but as long as it’s sunny I can handle it. How is it in your area?

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!

We have two winners of the Autumn Give Away! Let’s give them a big hand!

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Colleen P. and Mindy T. are now the proud recipients of Annie’s Favorite Quilts From Precuts.  They now have 28 new time-saving quilt projects to add to their collection. One fun fact about these two ladies – they are mother and daughter! The daughter has been quilting and sewing for many years and mom has just started her quilting journey. How exciting is that.

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Many thanks to Annie’s Catalog for making this give away possible. Thank you every one for participating in the give away. Sign up for our email to stay in the know for the next give away!

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The new LodgePole Quilting Shop is up and running. You can purchase the Shades of Winter Quilt in four different sizes: lap, twin, queen and king. The quilt is custom-made so it does take about 4-6 weeks from start to finish (including shipping time). If you want to order this quilt as a gift for Christmas you will want to order it by the end of October to ensure it arrives before Christmas.

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You can also now purchase the Stars Americana Quilt pattern in either digital or paper. This is a great quilt, only 40″ x 40″, which makes it perfect for a table topper or a wall hanging.

This quilt pattern is rich in detailed instructions and colored images to guide any quilter, whether they are a novice quilter or an advanced quilter.

Check out the store often and look for more new items to appear.

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Don’t forget, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Love yourself and your family, get your mammogram done today.

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That’s it for now. Thank you for stopping by! Congratulations again to Colleen P and Mindy T! Look for the next give away to make its appearance soon!

Until next time – What are you quilting today?

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AUTUMN GIVEAWAY!

Hello! Hello! Hello! I am so happy you could stop by and visit! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted. There has been a lot happening in my little world here in Montana, but that is for another blog.

Starting tomorrow there is a great giveaway happening here! I will be giving away two (2) digital books (each retails at $9.99) and the Pink Lemonade Digital Pattern (electronic download retails at $7.99).

There is a lot of great patterns in both of these books and the Pink Lemonade quilt is totally great!

A little about the two books:

Quilter’s World: Quilts You Can Make in a Day

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Create stunning quilts in no time at all with this special issue of Quilter’s World packed with 26 beautiful quick-and-easy projects, most of which can be made in a day!

  • Enjoy patterns for every skill level and taste, from coasters to bed quilts!

  • Craft charming chains and make a dazzling quilt using precuts.

  • Ideal for stash-busting, this issue is chock-full of projects to help clean out your scraps.

I made these cute hot pads from this book, using fabric from my stash. They were very easy to make.

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Butterfly Trio Hot Pads- Quilter’s World: Quilts You Can Make in a Day

There are some real great patterns and they are all pretty easy.  I have several ear-marked for Christmas and birthday gifts, not to mention just for my own use.

The next book in the giveaway is Annie’s Favorite Quilts From Precuts.

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Enjoy making the most of your precut stash! With the 28 projects inside this special issue, you’ll delight in the convenience of using precut fabric to create beautifully quilted projects in no time at all.

  • Relax while you stitch up creative treasures with your stashed precut packages, such as Train Tracks (using fat quarters) and Charming Stars (featuring charm packs).

  • Unique time-friendly patterns are organized into three chapters arranged according to the precuts used to make them (5″ squares known as charm packs, 2 1/2″ strips known as Jelly Rolls and, of course, fat quarters).

  • You’ll find designs for all areas of your home, from bed quilts to lap quilts, table runners to mug rugs, plus baby quilts and more!

From this book I made some very cute place mats and a hot pad for Summer. They were called Summer Sea Mats.

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Summer Seas Mats from Quilts You Can Make In A Day

Just by changing the fabric used for these place mats you can make place mats for any season or occasion. How fun is that?

Now for that last item in the give away…..

The Pink Lemonade Quilt –

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Pink Lemonade Quilt Pattern from Annie’s Catalog

Fast and easy piecing makes this quilt pattern one of the quickest quilts for you to make! You can use the same fabrics throughout for a planned “look” or dig into your scraps for your own fun style! Easily adaptable for any age or room decor. Finished size is 52″ x 62″.

I made this quilt in vintage colors. I really like how it looks and it didn’t take me long at all to make.

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Pink Lemonade Quilt – in vintage fabric colors

Now since there are three items in this give away, there are some rules to follow to be a winner.

  1. Decide which prize you would like to win.
  2. Enter for that prize here:     a Rafflecopter giveaway
  3. Have Fun!

It’s as simple as that! Please remember, one winner per household. If you enter for more than one prize, you will be disqualified, so please don’t.

Annie’s Catalog has made this giveaway possible by providing these products to me for free. So give them a big thank you! All of the highlighted information regarding the three prizes come from Annie’s Catalog website.

Until next time – How to choose? They are all so GREAT!

 

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Summer Time Fun!

Hey there everyone! Welcome to all of you new visitors! I am glad you are here today. There are some fun things I want to share with you. So read on and see what’s happening!

I got all of my orders for the reusable dry sweeper pads completed and sent away. After crocheting steadily for over a week my hands were quite numb and painful due to carpal tunnel syndrome. So I had to let them rest and do exercises. That meant no sewing, fabric cutting, blogging, crocheting or any other thing that would bring about more aggravation. Bummer. But they are feeling better now and I did get to do a little quilting these past couple of days.

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Crocheted reusable dry sweeper pads designed and made by LaTawnia Porter

My garden is abundant in lettuce, carrots, radishes, beets, spinach and more. I have eaten salads every day. I blanched spinach to freeze. I cut beet greens and cooked them with smoked turkey bacon and other yummy things. The beets aren’t ready to pick yet but I am ready to can them. I have my pressure cooker/canner and spices for pickling! My tomatoes and green beans are ready to bloom. Now if the weather will cooperate and give us some needed sun instead of clouds and rain, that would be helpful.

My dear husband is on his way home. He will be here early tomorrow morning, just in time to take me to the dentist to have oral surgery. At least this time I won’t be alone while dealing with the pain. He will be able to take care of Monty dog while I recover.

Speaking of my husband, he is so wonderful. He ordered me a new sewing table that will help with my back trouble. The table is adjustable so it should help me to be able to sew with minimal pain. He will also raise my cutting table while he is home. He is the best!

Now, I want to share with you a special project. This project will also include a GIVEAWAY!

Annie’s Catalog has given me a free copy of “Quilts You Can Make In A Day” to sample and share a project. So I chose Summer Seas Mats. This project is two place mats and hot mat made with fat quarters.

This is an ideal project to use some of your favorite fat quarters and have a set of really nice place mats with coordinating hot mat.

The designer used batiks for her fabric. I chose a couple of novelty fabrics with coordinating cotton solids.

Here are a couple of pictures:

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Summer Sea Mats from Quilts You Can Make In A Day
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Summer Seas Mats from Quilts You Can Make In A Day

I really like the sea shell novelty fabric I picked out for this project. I used a dark orange mottled fabric as well as three different blue/gray fabrics. Many thanks to my friend and neighbor Joyce. She helped me to coordinate those pesky blue/gray colors.

This was a super easy project. But all of the projects in this book are pretty easy. There may be a few intermediate ones, but since you are suppose be able to make any thing in this book in a day, they aren’t that complicated at all. I have a few more projects I have printed out to make from this book. When I get them made I will post pictures of them so you can see what I made.

One of the tools I used in the project is my binding tool I bought. It’s made by Fons and Porter. Let me tell you, my binding comes out right every time I use it! (This tool can be purchased at most fabric and craft stores.)

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Now here is the fun part…..

I am GIVING AWAY a free electronic copy of Quilts You Can Make In A Day! (Valued at $9.99) All you have to do is enter the GIVEAWAY! It starts tomorrow, June 26, 2018 and ends on July 14, 2018. (That is my oldest granddaughters’ birthday! What a great day!)

Here is the link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to do all of the things you are required to! And don’t forget… you can enter the giveaway every day it is running! The more times you enter increases your opportunity to win this great book! Just think of all the great things you can make from Quilts You Can Make In A Day! Many thanks to Annie’s for the free book to review. I am going to make lots of fun things from it.


That’s all I have for now. But stay tuned for more summer fun! Sign up for email notification! I promise not send you a lot of notices.

Remember, this website is affiliated with many merchants, so when you click on one of the various links and then make a purchase I will receive a small payment. So be kind and click! You help support this website every time you do.

Until next time – Fun times in summer time!

 

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SEW IT’S TUESDAY

Greetings fellow quilters and friends! I am so happy you have taken a bit of time out of your hectic schedules to come visit me. I hope every one has had a great week-end and Monday.

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Mill Wheel, Broken Dishes, and Boat Blocks

It’s been a bit hectic here. Saturday I didn’t have any internet. None, zip, zilch. That was a whole day of crazy. I called the emergency phone number, and was on hold for a total of 86, eighty-six, minutes. My ears were bleeding from the horrid hold music. I hung up the phone. I called back and got a voice mail and was able to leave a very terse message. Through my cell phone, on my data, I left them a message on their website. My internet finally came back on around 5pm that evening. Thanks to an upgrade they performed the Friday night many people were without internet.

So I spent the day Sunday playing catch up on the things I didn’t get accomplished Saturday. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a lot done.


Yesterday I went to the dentist, and since it involved needles for that trip, I had to take medication prior to the visit so I wouldn’t freak over the needles. Yes, I am a huge baby when it comes to needles. I hate to have my blood drawn or get shots. It actually makes me sick to my stomach and very dizzy. So needless to say, I was loopy. No I didn’t drive. I have some wonderful neighbors who took me to the dentist and back home. So that meant I got nothing accomplished yesterday.

Today, however, is another story. I took down some ugly curtains and hanging assembly that was over our sliding door. These were the type of curtains that uses those very sharp, pointy hooks that never stay in their little holes on the rod. After having stepped on them and having had them fall on my head, they just had to go. I replaced them with some drapes that I have had for some time, but just weren’t in use. They actually look nice hanging there.

Onward now to quilting projects! I have started making my sampler block quilt. It will have 72 different blocks in it. I’m rather happy with what I have done so far.

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Mill Wheel, Broken Dishes,  Boat Blocks
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Blockade, Broken Sash and Airplane Blocks

This is project is a good one to work on when I need a break from something else. Yes, I admit it, sometimes I get bored and need a change. I am working on a block that is a bit challenging. I have never done Y seams before so this is a good way to learn how to do it. The blocks are going to be 8 inch finished. So by the time this project is complete I will have a quilt top that is 64″ x 72″, not counting binding or if I decide to do sashing, that’s a nice size for a twin bed or just for a fun wall hanging.

It’s also a great way to go through all of my various scraps and left over pieces of fabric from previous projects. I haven’t had to break into my virgin fabric yet. My husband, Wes, is concerned it might look too colorful. I think it’s going to look marvelous. I will post more pictures as I get more blocks completed.

That’s it for now! I hope you all have a great rest of your week. I plan on working on my sampler quilt and hopefully no more troubles. For this week, at least.

Until next time – What are you making?

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Setting Up My Space: Part 2

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Sewing table in front of the window

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you set yourself a goal and at the end of the week you realize you didn’t quite make that goal? That is where I am right now. Granted I technically have one more day to this week, and with that in mind, I may reach my goal after all. But I don’t feel too bad. In thinking about Part 2 of Setting Up My Space, I spent two days reorganizing and cleaning my sewing/quilting/office room. I even tackled my little closet space and made room for some things that were cluttering up my room. Don’t worry, everything isn’t going to fall out if you open the door. It doesn’t even have a door! I did find an unused curtain and managed to hang it up in lieu of a door! Now instead of a gaping hole I have a pretty curtain to look at when I am pressing blocks.

I like to be organized as much as possible. Some times when you have limited means, like most people, you have to improvise. Think outside of the box. Go with something different yet functional in a way that will work for you. Hmmm, I think you get my meaning.

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My Design/WIP board

My “design” board which is really my WIP board is made from cork boards. I bought them at Walmart. I use it primarily to hang up my little pieces to 1) keep them organized 2) keep them out of the way and 3) makes it easier to find them as I follow a pattern. I also tag each stack with a little post-it. Each stack of pieces has the corresponding letter or number assigned to it from the pattern. Eventually I will put up a different design board but for now it works for me. Oh, I bought the white clamps from Walmart as well.

Space being limited on the floor and walls I had to think of where I would put my thread, rulers and cutting mats. On the wall behind the door my husband, Wes took two white shelf units and put them together to make a place for me to store my thread. On the top of the shelf I put some of my favorite birthday cards from my best friend, Mary. There is also a very old oil can. On the bottom of the shelves there are knobs where I can hang things, like a Mother’s day gift I received from my grandchildren.

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Re-purposed White Shelves with baskets

I took small white baskets and put them in the cubbyholes. Under each basket is a label denoting what thread colors are in each basket. Now I can find what I am looking for and see what colors I need.

These shelves were going to be thrown away. I feel pretty good that we were able to re-purpose them and find a home for my thread.

If you have ever cut 12 inch squares you know how difficult it is to keep them square just using your 6.5×24.5 inch ruler. That’s why companies like Omnigrid and Creative Grids make the big boys. I have a few of those big boys. They are hanging on my walls. I also have my smaller rulers hanging on my file cabinet. My 6.5×24.5 inch ruler stays on the cutting table. I have a handle attached to it so it makes it a bit awkward to hang. The big rulers are heavy so I used a screw instead of a nail. It made things a bit more secure.

Well that just about covers how I set up my space. The only thing left is my sewing table. My original sewing table was accidentally destroyed when it was being moved. Not any one’s fault, really. It was something I had put together from a kit. My husband felt bad though and bought me another sewing table. Nothing expensive. It came from a second-hand place. It has one large drawer and that’s fine. I keep my book about my sewing machine in the drawer with a few other items. I did however need the well to be modified in order for my sewing machine to fit. So Wes did a wonderful job of doing that. It involved saws and other sharp objects. I’m not very good with those things. The large extension does need to be propped up because the hinges are giving a bit and when I have a lap quilt on it, it will sag under the weight. But other than that it does what I need it to, hold my machine.

Now you know how I did it. Now it’s your turn! Go set up your quilting area, get organized and get quilting! I would love to hear how your space is set up! So send me an email and pictures if you have them to lodgepolequilting@gmail.com, I’ll be sure to post them in a blog. How fun it will be to see what other people have done with their space!

Until next time – Are you organized?