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Mother’s Day Week-end!

Hey every body! I am so glad you all could stop by today for a visit! This will be a fairly short article with mainly reminders and sales and fun things like that. Who doesn’t love a sale?

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

I’m excited because my husband will be home for a few days. He gets here early tomorrow morning. YAY! Maybe we’ll go somewhere to see a movie! We just have to find an area that isn’t flooding.

Okay, on to the good stuff…

TODAY is the LAST day to enter the PINK LEMONADE DIGITAL QUILT PATTERN GIVEAWAY! So be sure to enter for your chance to win!

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Fabric.com is hosting a $500 Customer Appreciation Giveaway!

At Annie’s Catalog Creative Studios you can access over 500 craft videos! Just click here!

Craftsy.com is holding some great sales this weekend! So here they are!

Accuquilt is having a sale on their Go! Qube mix and match sets! This one ends Monday.

FatQuarter Shop is featuring Riley Blake fabric for the Basic of the Month Special

They also have some great notions of the month sales!

That’s it for now. I will be announcing the winner of the Pink Lemonade Digital Quilt Pattern Giveaway! on Sunday, Mother’s Day. So enter it today!

Have a great week-end and Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!

 

Until next time – Love those Giveaways!

 

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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday to all you new visitors, friends and fellow quilters! I am glad you have taken the time to visit me here at LodgePole Quilting: where quilting and designing happens, bringing warmth and beauty to your home.

Last week-end, my husband, Wes, was home and he put together a garden for me, including fencing. He also made a sifter to sift our pile of topsoil from the boulders, I mean rocks. I played in the sifted dirt. Actually, I mixed the topsoil with the compost mixture he brought home. I now have five raised garden beds encased with fencing to keep the deer out. I can’t wait to see my little seeds grow into yummy food stuff.

I completed the Pink Lemonade quilt top! I will post pictures on Pink Lemonade Quilt – Part 3. So be sure to check it out when it posts.

I have been designing some new blocks and I have been playing around with a new design site. It’s called PatternJam. It’s a free online quilt pattern design software. It’s pretty fun and they have a lot of fabric to use in the quilt designs. You can also scan in your own fabric. The different blocks are your basic block patterns, but, it gives you a way to design some pretty nice quilts for free. I am still looking at a design program to purchase because I have my own ideas, of course.

Here are some sales and reminders for the week-end:

THE PINK LEMONADE DIGITAL QUILT PATTERN GIVEAWAY! ENTER TO WIN!

This one ends Sunday, so check it out!

Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting SystemSave $50.00 after mail-in rebate


Today is the final day to get 50% off classes at Annie’s. They are also having a final clearance sale on many items! Check it out and get some great stuff!


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That’s all for now. Be sure to enter the giveaway! I would love to be able to give the Pink Lemonade Quilt digital pattern to someone. And don’t forget to sign up to receive an email to stay up to date!

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Have a wonderful week-end!

Until next time – How does your garden grow?

 

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Saturday Paper Piecing Design

Welcome every one to the first Saturday after Spring! I don’t know about any one else, but I woke up to snow, on the ground. This is after most of it had melted away. Oh, I still had patches of snow, but really, new snow on the ground. I was looking forward to planting my lily bulbs. I guess I will have to wait another week. How about where you are? Are you still experiencing wintry conditions?

Last week-end I spent the time working on some new quilt designs. I really enjoy letting my imagination go and just draw. Now, I am no Monet, but with a ruler I can draw a pretty straight line. I even broke out the colored pencils and markers for a couple of the designs.

Right now I am trying figure out the best way to paper piece “Dahlia”. I have drawn out the 16 center blocks individually (drawing on graph paper really helps because the little squares represent one inch and that works when making my blocks 8 inch square) making sure each block remains true the design.

Now that I have all of my individual blocks drawn and printed on foundation paper (Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper) I am trying to figure out what is the best way to piece it. Let me tell you, even after watching paper piecing for dummies on YouTube, I am still having a devil of a time. They say the hardest part is the first piece, I say the hardest part is trying to figure out what the first piece should be and then build from there.

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“Dahlia” designed by LaTawnia Porter 2018

Again, having never done paper piecing before, I had to choose a design that couldn’t be simple (at least I didn’t start with “Spot Lights”). However, I do know once I conquer it, it will be beautiful. So I am open to suggestions on starting points and advice from those of you who are familiar with creating your own paper piecing designs. In the meantime I have made several copies of block one and I have lots of scrap fabric and plenty of thread. So my hope is to get a better grip on paper piecing this weekend and have something exciting to show in a few days.

                

I am looking forward to making all of the other quilts I have designed. I like all of them equally well. The “Flying Trapeze” and “Flying Trapeze II” will be lots of fun and I will be able to use scraps in both of them as well.

I am going to be most purposeful with choosing fabric for “Mountain Lake at Night.” I know what colors I want in it, especially for the stars. That quilt will be very pretty on a bed or as a wall hanging.

I think “Spot Lights” will be lots of fun to make as well. (As soon as I conquer paper piecing.) I see fussy cuts in the center squares on point. Just not sure what the fussy cuts will be yet. I’m still rolling ideas around in my head.

Again, those of you quilters who do a lot of paper piecing designing and quilting, I would appreciate any advice you may have for my little project. And in the meantime, I will push forward and will hopefully answer and conquer my own issues with it. I love new challenges in quilting and I know I can meet and beat this challenge.

Thanks for coming by. I look forward to hearing from you. Please be sure to leave a comment!

Until next time – What is your quilting challenge?

        

All of the quilt designs in this article, “Flying Trapeze”, “Flying Trapeze II”, “Dahlia”, “Spot Lights”, and “Mountain Lake at Night” are copy right protected. They were designed by LaTawnia Porter March 18, 2018.

 

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Super Cool Giveaway!

I wanted to share with you a super cool giveaway I came across. I hope you enter for a chance to win it! I mean, who couldn’t use a pile of free fabric? I know I can!

And don’t forget the great sales that are happening! Be sure to check out those links as well!

Fabric.com is giving away grab bags full of 10 one-yards cuts of fabric to 100 lucky winners!


Bundle your savings when you buy in bulk. Save 40% off featuring many home decor and apparel fabrics, as well as spring seasonal favorites! Browse Now

Be sure to check out some of my other favorite places for sales and freebies:

JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts has a great DoorBuster Sale happening this week-end. We are talking saving up to 70% on various items!

Craftsy has new classes on sale for $19.99 and be sure to check out their patterns and fabric.

Don’t forget to check with your favorite fabric and craft stores in your area. I am sure they are offering some great sales during this President’s Day Holiday!

Until next time – What’s in your stash?

 

 

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Be My Valentine

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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…

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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!