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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.com.¬†Annie’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?

 

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Setting Up My Space: Part 2

Sewing table
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.

WIP/Design board
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.

White shelves
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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Monday, Monday

Missouri Star
Missouri Star for tablecloth project

My goal today was to make some headway on my WIP. Do five blocks count? I had great intentions, honestly I did. It just wasn’t happening. The dog wanted to play, so of course I had to play with him. Email kept popping up on my phone that had to be answered. The most important thing was talking with my husband while he was driving through some bad weather. I always have to know he is safe, especially when he has stopped for the night.

I had to look at some other quilters websites to see what was going on. Check out the sales at JoAnn.com. Look for cool rulers I could quilt with on Amazon.com. And lets not forget Craftsy.com.

Okay, so it wasn’t a great sewing day, but I did get some good ideas on fabric for another project I have rolling around in my mind. I saw some very cool rulers I would like to add to my collection. Angela Walters from Quilting Is My Therapy has designed some real neat rulers and she demonstrates them on her YouTube channel.

Hmmm, after reading what I have been doing today I guess it wasn’t as unproductive as I thought. Tomorrow is another day. I will put more time into my tablecloth. I would like to have it finished before my husband gets home. It’s going to be nice and Spring like. I love the lime green and blues together like that. Did I mention it is going to be reversible?

Here is a peek at the other side

Five Patch Block
Five Patch Block for tablecloth

This side is more of the teal with some of the lime green colors (This photo doesn’t do the blocks any justice.). When it’s all said and done it will be a bright and cheerful tablecloth to chase away any winter blues. (Where are my sunglasses?)

That’s it for now. You all have a wonderful week. And if any of you are dealing with bad weather, stay safe, stay warm and stay inside.

Thanks for coming by!