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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.

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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?

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Moonlit Lily Pond

I don’t know what comes into your mind when you try to picture Moonlit Lily Pond. Maybe something Monet-ish? I am a fan of Monet and I have to admit when I was looking for fabric for this particular project, he did come across my mind, a lot.

The actual name for the pattern is “Solitude.” It was designed by Tricia Lynn Maloney. I found this pattern in a book called Jiffy Quick Quilts: Quilts for Those Short on TimeI was searching for the perfect quilt for my best friend, Mary Dostal. We have been friends since our daughters were little. It was going to be her birthday gift.

Moonlit Lily Pond
(Solitude designed by Tricia Lynn Maloney)

Because I wanted very particular colors I had to look at a lot of different places for fabric. I finally found what I wanted on Connecting Threads. They had a lovely collection of batiks that would work perfectly.

The colors are various shades of purple, periwinkle, greens, pale yellows (moonlight) and a gorgeous blue with turtles. (She loves turtles.) The backing is a printed flower blossoms in periwinkle. I machine quilted it with large petals.

This project didn’t take long to make. It is 58″x58″, the blocks are nice and big 10″ squares and it takes 25 blocks. It uses basic Four Patch and Five Patch squares and it has a lovely wide border. I was really happy with how it came together and even though it wasn’t perfect, it was still beautiful.

I also wanted to say, I really like this particular book. Even though it may be geared for the beginner quilter, there are some really nice patterns in it. I have made a couple of different quilts from it and there are still many more to be made.

That’s all for now, my friends. Thank you for joining me today. May the rest of your week flow smoothly.

Until next time – be inspired by art!

 

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Setting Up My Space: Part 1

When my husband, Wes, and I first moved into our home in Montana, we had decided which of the three bedrooms would be my quilting/sewing/office. The other spare bedroom would be his hobby room. That actually works out nicely, because I’m an organized person, most of the time, and well… he’s not. He is one of those people who thrives in chaos. Whereas for me, chaos makes me crazy.

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Sewing table in front of the window

My selected room had carpet, green carpet. In fact the previous occupiers had a dog, which they apparently kept in that room. Can we say lingering dog urine odor? So the first thing we did (I say we but I really mean my husband) is pull up that nasty, stinking carpet and padding. Phew, that was some bad stuff.

Then we, I mean my husband, put down some nice flooring. It wasn’t anything expensive. After all it was for my quilting/sewing/office. The only traffic in here would be me and my puppy, Monty.

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My new wood flooring

As you can see, the room isn’t that big. In fact, my desk is hidden in a little cubby hole. I’m not really sure what its intended purpose was for but my little desk fit right in it.

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My Cubbyhole Office

The four drawer file cabinet went against the wall the door is on and my sewing table is in front of the window. My cutting table (that my husband bought for me from Costco) went along the long wall adjacent to the file cabinet.

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My cutting table with a WIP

 

Now mind you, everything was still in boxes and totes.( In fact a year later I still have unpacked boxes in the little closet space. I’m looking forward of moving those out.) My fabric was hidden, buried and just plain unattainable until I could come up with some kind of a solution.

One day, strolling through Costco I saw a commercial metal rack. The shelves were adjustable, it was chrome, all pretty and shiny and it was sturdy enough to handle totes of fabric and whatever I needed. We bought it and I put it up the same day. Yay! Taming chaos into organization!

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My chrome commercial rack

I bought some little “S” hooks to hang different items to help me organize. I have various projects in the small colorful totes on the top shelf. The fabric in the tote on the second shelf has been organized by size, brand, collection and where purchased and rolled into recycled toilet paper and paper towel rolls. (Don’t throw those empty rolls away! Reuse them!)

The tote beneath that is WIPs. And the one beneath that is my fleece tote. I put my all my fleece together because it’s rather bulky.

In Part 2 of Setting Up My Space, I will show you how I set up my WIP board, rulers and a few other little things to make quilting easier, even modified my sewing table. So be sure to come back and see what I have done!

Until next time, organization pays!