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What a week!

Greetings new visitors and fellow quilters! I am happy you all decided to stop by and see what’s happening here at Lodgepole Quilting. This is the place where quilting and designing happens. It’s also where I share my experiences, tips I come across and share with you and what’s happening in my world here in Montana.

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Lilac bush planted and fenced

I do hope you all have had a great week and week-end. I know I have! My husband got home the Friday before Mother’s Day and he was home until yesterday. I drove him to Missoula so he could pick-up the rental car, the new company he is going to drive for, reserved for him.

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The garden is doing well.

We got a lot of work done while he was home. We put together three benches we had been storing since we moved here. They are now sitting under the pine trees. We bought a small weed trimmer that I can use without hurting myself. One thing I have learned is my arms are weenie! After using the trimmer for 45 minutes they were all shaky and weak! And sore! I think I will have Popeye muscles by the time I get done trimming down all of those weeds on the property!

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I obviously didn’t get much quilting done while he was home. But I did come up with a new project which I was able to do while relaxing and watching television with my sweetie. Only it’s not quilting, it’s crocheting. I hate spending money on things when I can make something that can be used over and over again. So I designed a crochet pattern for a reusable dry sweeping pad for my Swiffer sweeper. Now I won’t have to buy those refills again! When they get dirty I just throw them in the washer and then air dry them. In fact I am going to make sets of 3 to sell in my Etsy shop. They will be browns and black and other dark colors. As soon as I get enough sets made and put in the shop I will let you all know so you can go over there and get your own set. Here is a picture of one I made.

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Crocheted reusable dry sweep pad for Swiffer Sweeper and similar sweepers.

I have finally started making quilted catchalls. The first one is going to be quite eye-catching…. teeheehee.

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Colorful soon to be catchall

I don’t know, I’m feeling a bit Crystal Blue Persuasion- ish looking at that, how about you? I plan on making several of these to sell on Etsy, as well. There will be several sizes, different colors and probably sets, to purchase.

   

I should have this one done in a couple of days. I am still in the process of getting laundry caught up and house cleaning done. It always takes a couple of days to get the house back in order after getting hubby ready to go back on the road.

Well, that’s what’s been happening in this past week and week-end. Now that my stay-cation with my hubby is over it’s back to quilting and crocheting for me. And weed trimming, gardening and digging up rocks and picking up branches and the best part of all….. sitting on my green bench, sipping tea and reading.

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Green bench under the pine trees

I hope you are making and/or designing something fun this week. I know I will! Don’t forget to sign up to get email notifications!

Until next time – Sip some tea under a tree!

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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!

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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.comAnnie’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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Custom Made Quilts

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Shades of Winter designed, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter

Good evening everyone! I am very excited to share with you my first listing on Etsy.com! I have listed the Shades of Winter quilt to be custom-made for different sizes and prices. So if you would like to purchase a custom-made Shades of Winter quilt then hop over to Etsy.com and look for LodgePoleQuilting.

There will be free shipping for every quilt no matter the size. You can choose different colors for your primary color if you don’t want it to be black and white. There is also a contact where you can email me if you have questions. When you place your order it will be 6 to 8 weeks to ship because I will of course have to make sure I have all of the fabric needed and time to make it beautiful.

I plan on listing more custom quilts as I design them. So be sure to check and see what is new at the Etsy store and on the Designing Quilts page here. I look forward to hearing from you soon with an order!