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Quilt Show Preparation

Hello all of you wonderful visitors! I am so glad you chose to stop by and visit us here at LodgePole Quilting. This is the place where quilting, designing quilts and just living in Montana happens.

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There is a bit happening here in our neck of the woods. I have decided to enter our local quilt show. It’s being held at the high school in town. It will be a first time for me. Okay, I have to admit just the thought of it makes me a bit nauseous. I recognize my limited skills, though they are improving. But knowing people I don’t know are going to be judging my quilts, with all of their warts (my quilts not the people), makes me a bit anxious. At least I won’t have to stand next to them. I can attend the show and no one will know I made those quilts. That way when they talk about the uneven stitching, mismatched seams, and general amateurish quilting I can pretend they aren’t my quilts. They belong to some other poor, deluded quilter. Oh wait! I just remembered my name will be on them. Maybe I’ll go in disguise.

I will hopefully have six quilts to enter. Four are completed. I just finished two of them yesterday. Okay I will admit one of them I totally love. The fabric, design and yes, even the quilting is great. Looking at the quilt makes me sooo happy and well, I have to confess, proud. And, it is the one I made for the FatQuarter Shop quilt-along!

The other quilt is one I had designed and put together about a year ago. It’s called Flying Trapeze II. After I commenced quilting it I sort of regretted the design I chose. I think a different design would have been better. But what was I to do? Rip it out? That wasn’t going to happen. Because I have carpel tunnel in both wrists, quilting is difficult for me due to extreme numbness in my fingers, arms and hands. So with that limitation, my lines are all squiggly. It does kind of work because of the pattern in one of the fabrics. We’ll see what the judges think.

The third completed quilt is the one on our bed. It’s our wedding quilt I made three years ago. The colors are light and dark creams with splashes of deep red squares through out. My husband helped me pick out the fabric and he chose the backing, a beautiful cream and deep red plaid. Because this is a queen size quilt I ended up hand-tying it. There wasn’t any way I would be able to machine quilt it. I was also on pain medicine because I had managed to break my left ankle during that time.

And the fourth is one I designed this past summer, Stars Americana. That was a lot of fun to make. The quilting is mainly stitch in the ditch, so it was pretty simple.

So that leaves two more quilts. One of them I am currently hand quilting and the other one I have yet to put together.

Oh! you want pictures? Well, I have a couple. The quilt for the quilt-along I can only show the back right now. The unveiling for the front is still a week away. Here you go!

Flying Trapeze II (c) protected 2018 LodgePole Quilting, designed, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter

 

From Best of Fons & Porter Easy Quilts: Blocks in a Box designed by July Hopkins, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter.
Backing of FatQuarter Shop Quilt-along.
Stars Americana (c) protected 2018 LodgePole Quilting designed, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, that is a lot of snow in those two pictures. We have received over two feet of the stuff. What you are seeing behind the quilts is the piles my neighbor has made with his plow, clearing my driveway and making a path for me. That’s just one of the great things about living here. Neighbors looking out for neighbors.

Speaking of which, I need to go check on my neighbor’s kitty. I’ve been kitty sitting while they have been away playing in the sun and enjoying the warm climes of Florida. So I’m going to go for now.

I’ll be posting again in a couple of days. I have some update photos of the quilt I’ve been making for the quilt along. And who knows, I might have another finished quilt to show you!

Until next time – What quilt shows are you going to?

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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.

Fat Quarter Shop Basic of the Month Sale

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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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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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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Saturday Night Fever

Greeting everyone! A BIG HELLO! to all you visitors! I’m happy that you all have taken the time to stop by tonight! I’m calling this night Saturday Night Fever! because it’s hot, hot, hot! It’s so hot I feel like I have a fever…. I think this calls for ice cream!

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I haven’t written for a couple of weeks due to being busy, busy, busy. My husband, Wes, was home for about a week, that was so wonderful, even if my back was acting up and he hurt his hand doing, I don’t know what he was doing, something. He left just a couple of days before Independence Day.

I designed and made a Stars Americana quilt after he left. So that took a little time. Here are a couple of pictures…

I used fat quarters I purchased from Connecting Threads, Patriotic Picnic and Glory Days collections.

Patriotic Picnic Collection

Glory Days Collection

I really like the combination of the two collections. It gave the quilt a vintage look. All of the various prints worked well together. The blocks used are Sawtooth Star and Hourglass Star #2. These blocks were cut using my Accuquilt Go Cutter and dies. I used some left-over solid dark navy fabric for the backing and I had some blue-grey solid fabric from the place mats I made. It’s only 40 inches x 40 inches square, so it makes a great wall hanging or as you can see, a table topper.

Even though Independence Day has passed, the quilt looks great on my old sewing machine table. It’s a nice way to display it.

My garden is doing great. We finally got the sunshine we needed, however, someone could turn down the heat a bit. This over 90 degrees a day stuff is just a bit much. I got some great pictures. My tomatoes are loaded with blossoms and my bush beans have little baby green beans!

I did a trial run with the new pressure cooker/canner today. I thought I had pulled enough carrots to fill two pint jars but I could only fill one jar. So….. I went through the process and pressure cooked one pint of carrots. Everything worked great!

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Fresh carrots canned 14 Jul 2018

How cute is that?! It’s now sitting in the pantry behind closed doors. I have more carrots to pull and can, as well as beets. I look forward to getting the green beans canned as well as the peppers  and chilies (when they are ready) and the tomatoes.

So while I am waiting for my veggies to get ready to be picked, pulled and plucked, I am working on a few WIPS. I am also waiting to start my  Save-the-Bees BOM from Jacquelynne Steves. I have my fabric and thread. I am just waiting for the first block pattern to come out. It’s super cute and I believe you can still sign up for the BOM. Just click on the link and join the fun!
It’s ice cream time now, or perhaps it’s time for me to stick my head in the freezer… boy it’s hot! So I hope everyone has a great week-end, wherever you are! Stay cool!

Until next time – Summer Projects Away!

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Taxing Tuesday

Greetings everyone! Today is the dreaded Tax day. I hope everyone has filed their taxes by now. But I am sure there are a few out there who have waited for the deadline to get them done. Kind of like those folks who wait until the last minute to shop for Christmas. Procrastinators unite!

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It’s so much easier to get taxes filed now than before. The ease of preparing and filing them on line has made life a little easier. However, the tax codes just get more complicated each year. This year we took our taxes to a CPA and had them do it. I was more than happy to pay for someone else to tackle that mess. Last year still gives me nightmares. But enough on that subject. I have better things to talk about today.

I am almost done with my Around the Square Set. I have quilted the coasters, napkins and one of the place mats. I used a stencil that I have had for a few years for the place mat and then I used Westalee’s Templates for the napkins and coasters. Those were a lot of fun to use. I purchased my set, for domestic machines, which included the ruler foot, from Nancy’s Notions. You can also purchase them from Connecting Threads. Click on the picture below to get your own set!

Westalee Sampler Templates - Set of 6 from ConnectingThreads.com

Here are some pictures of the Around the Square Set made in wine, creams and green fabric I had in my fat quarter and jelly roll stash. The batting is left overs from previous projects. I always save those because you never know where they can be used.

It was pretty easy using the Westalee templates. I really like how the spirals came out on the napkins and the flowers on the coasters. For the stencil on the place mats I actually drew the stencil on paper and then made copies of it on my Carol Doaks Foundation Paper. I have a hard time with trying to see colored pencils, chalk and other types of transferring medium on fabric. It all seems to blend away. So even though I have to remove the foundation paper after sewing my pattern, at least I can see what I am sewing. Just one of the challenges of being color blind.

I used a neutral thread color by Coats and Clark. It was just an all-purpose thread. I’m saving the good stuff for the items I’m going to sell in my Etsy store and hopefully in the co-op in town.

The binding is going to be 1 1/2 inch wide instead of the typical 2 1/4 or 2 1/2 inch wide. I am going to make it out of the left over fabric I used to make the set. It should come out pretty nice. I think this sample set will look nice in my dining area. My husband isn’t so sure about the napkins, though. He has a hard enough of a time just using the ones I made that aren’t quilted. I keep telling him they are washable. Silly man.

I will be making the Around the Square Set in various colors so I am sure they will appeal to everyone. I have also been thinking about adding a table runner with the set. Won’t that be lovely? I am going to have to purchase more fabric. Wait, what am I saying? I GET to purchase more fabric! There, that’s better.

That’s about all for now. I got the taxes done. The Around the Square Set is almost completed. New project is ready to go. All right!

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Until next time – Where is my refund? I need to buy more fabric!