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Let’s Have A Giveaway Before June is Gone!

Wow! Where has the month gone? I cannot believe I missed most of May and the beginning of June! Between the birds and the rains my garden isn’t doing as well as I would like. So I am having to replant some seeds and actual plants. The weeds however, are doing fantastic!

I did get a part time job at the local no-kill shelter. The place is called TRACS (Thompson River Animal Care Shelter. They take in dogs and cats and find good forever homes for them. It’s where I got my Monty dog. People come from all over to adopt a new fur family member. And these animals come from all over the country and even out of country like Korea. It’s a good job and I enjoy working with the dogs and cats.

Monty dog watching the garden grow.

Now onto the fun stuff, a GIVEAWAY!

I am giving away this darling Sweet Dreams Baby Quilt electronic pattern thanks to Annie’s Catalog, who has made this giveaway possible.

How adorable is this quilt? One of the great things about this quilt is the blocks can be made from your scraps. You don’t have to go out and buy new fabric! Wait! What did I say? Of course you want to buy new baby soft fabric in shades of aqua, mint, orange and yellow. Using neutral gender prints combined with pastel color fabrics you can create a snuggly, comfy baby quilt for your own little one or as a gift for the upcoming new born your friend or family member is having.

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Now the bears are machine appliqued, but don’t let that scare you if you have never done applique before. I use Soft Fuse Premium Paperbacked Fusible Web for all of my applique. There are other fusibles out there, but I found this one to be the easiest to use. Just follow the directions and have fun. I do recommend practicing before making the bears and applying them to the background. And don’t sweat the machine sewing. Just take it slow. Watch a few YouTube videos and practice.

One hint that will save your iron and ironing board, take a piece of wax paper, lay it down on your ironing board waxy, shiny side down. When you are ready to fuse your piece, take another piece of wax paper, waxy, shiny side down and lay it on top of your piece and then fuse according to instructions. These two pieces of wax paper can be used over and over again and you won’t get glue on your iron or ironing board.

Here is my quilt top. There are a couple of more things on the bear faces I have to do once I get my quilt sandwich together. But it sure was fun to make. I used scraps for my blocks and fat quarters for the border. My Accuquilt Go! Cutter sure came in handy when it came to cutting all of those blocks. I had some white tonal in my stash as well as the taupe for the bear heads. You can just make out the penciled drawing of closed eyes and the lines from their noses. I used Aurifil thread for my piecing and for the machine applique. I will be hand quilting this little project with Aurifil 12wt thread. When I’m finished I will post a picture.

The giveaway begins Monday June 10, 2019 and will end on midnight Monday June 24, 2019. This giveaway is open to all residents of the United States. You must be a minimum of 18 years old to enter. The winner will be announced within 48 hours. You know how giveaways work, the more questions you respond to the more points you earn. SO, answer those questions. The drawing will be random. Click on the link below to enter!


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Until next time – What are you making this summer?

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Growing Things and Spring

Hello, hello hello! I am so glad you stopped by today to see what’s happening at LodgePole Quilting. We have a few things going on around here so let’s get busy!

First I want to let you know I do use affiliate links so if you do make a purchase from one of my links, thank you. That small commission I make helps to keep this website going. Secondly, I want to encourage you to sign up for the email. That way you can stay informed as to when I make another post. And then third, be sure to follow me on Instagram. You can find the link at the end of this blog or click here.

My dear husband, Wes, has been very busy outside working on a couple of projects and one of them is for me. He is expanding my garden to give me more room to move around in and add a couple of more raised beds. I am very excited because the babies I have started from seeds are getting ready to be in their new home. I have lots of new baby plants and lots of more seeds to sow.

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He also bought me some new lily bulbs since the ones I had from a couple of years ago didn’t do so well last year. As soon as the weather straightens out I will get them planted as well.

Did I mention we bought a little peach tree. It already has buds that are opening. But again, we are waiting for the weather to stop being so erratic. Yesterday we had rain, snow, hail, more rain and a sprinkling of sunshine. Crazy. So my garden is indoors until spring gets itself under control.

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I want to announce the SEW HOT IRON REST Giveaway winner…. Drum roll please………………

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Congratulations! Woohoo! I did mail her the prize, the Sew Hot Iron Rest, so she should be receiving it in a few days.

I love giveaways, entering them myself or holding them. It’s always so much fun. I don’t always win but when I do I just get all giddy inside. How about you? And just the thought that someone has won a giveaway I hold, it just pleases me to no end.

So…… we are going to have another Giveaway! YAY! I told you I LOVE giveaways!

Annie’s Weekend Sewing GIVEAWAY!

This one is Annie’s Weekend Sewing: 30+ Quick and Easy Projects in electronic download (PDF format). I have already made two projects from this great book.


Both projects didn’t take hardly any time. I had some left over batik jelly roll and yardage to make the bag. The potholders were made with Moda Play All Day fat quarters. The quilting was simple line stitching with Aurifil MK-50 2026 (my all purpose piecing and quilting thread.)

Here is a description of this book:

Unleash your sewing imagination! Annie’s Weekend Sewing features 30+ inspiring, quick and easy projects perfect for any room and every occasion.

  • Craving a clutter buster? Our fun Sew Cozies make organizing your sewing room a breeze. Upcycled canning jars are great for storing small sewing supplies, and these cute cozies are the perfect way to decorate them.
  • Ready to bring the sunshine in? Brighten up your kitchen with our stash-busting Summer Fun Mug Rugs. Use your favorite fabric scraps to make this smiling duo in an afternoon.
  • Dinner too hot to handle? Protect your hands and keep your meal hot with our Microwave Cozies. These handy cozies are perfect for heating up a mug of coffee, a bowl of soup or even a serving dish of food, and removing it from the microwave safely and comfortably.

To enter the giveaway just click on the Rafflecopter link and answer all of the questions! By the way, if you have already won this month please allow others an opportunity to win by sitting this one out. Thank you. Oh! I almost forgot to tell you, the giveaway starts tomorrow, April, 17, 2019 and ends April 30, 2019. It ends just in time to make something for Mother’s Day!

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This giveaway is being made possible by Annie’s Catalog. They are providing me with the prize to give to a lucky winner. So thank you Annie’s Catalog!

Until next time – What’s growing in your garden?


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No April Fool’s Here!

Can you believe it? March is almost over, finally. I don’t know about you, but it certainly roared in like a lion, but I’m hoping it will go out like a meek, little lamb. Did I say the snow is almost gone? That makes me happy. I’m planning my garden and starting my seeds for this year’s garden. Hubby is going to build me more boxes and we are expanding the garden so I have more room to move around in. Did I mention we are installing a new watering system for the garden? I can hardly wait.

Oh, I have an update on the Fat Quarter Square Union Square Quilt Along. It has been delayed. The new start date is April 12, 2019. Apparently the fabric for the quilt along has been delayed. I know I have been waiting for a while to share what I have made, but, it is what it is. I will keep you posted and let you know when you can join the quilt along. I am showing you a little tease with the following picture.

Union Square with gingham blocks

I did it! I finished the last two quilts I have chosen for the quilt show. The Moda Love Charm Quilt, which I hand quilted and the quilt I designed, Peaceful, are completed.

Moda Love Charm Quilt Wall Hanging

I used coordinating Aurifil 50 wt thread for hand quilting the Moda Love Charm quilt. It took me a bit of time to complete it. I also hand quilted some heart vines on the border. Those I drew on with a washable marker. I almost had a panic attack when I realized I forgot to test the marker on a piece of scrap fabric. Thankfully it did wash out. A little Dawn dish soap, gentle cycle and then air dry. It came out looking pretty good!

Now on to my Peaceful. I had designed this wall hanging last spring on graph paper with colored pencils. It was fun looking for the fabric on line to try to match my colored pencils. That included the border, which was drawn as a multi-stripe. On Fabric.com I found Kona Cotton Solids, Michael Miller Mer Mates Current stripe Tropical and the best is the backing, Kaffe Fassett Collective Brassica Pastels. Oh what fun it was when I received the fabric and got to see how close I got to my drawing.

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I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and the Go! Qube Mix and Match 8 inch Block to cut most of the pieces for the quilt center. The border is a mitered border. I like how it came out. I had never made a mitered border before because I thought it would be difficult, but it really wasn’t.

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Aurifil was my thread of choice throughout the making of this quilt, for all of the piecing and the quilting. It makes for fine seams, not bulky like some other threads can be. The clear monofilament thread is a fine thread. I have tried a few other brands, but I am going to stick to Aurifil clear monofilament thread. It sews real nice and if you want to do detailed quilting but don’t want to take away from the fabric or pattern then I would use this thread.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

I wanted to do detailed quilting on this wall hanging but I didn’t want to distract from the fabric or the design. Here are a few pictures up close. I haven’t done a lot of free motion quilting, so excuse the mistakes.

I am fairly pleased with the overall look of the quilt and the detailed quilting. I did practice the various patterns over and over again with paper and pencil. Then I kept the drawings close by to refer to them as I was quilting. Having some muscle memory and a visual is helpful, especially quilting a new design. I have to thank Angela Walters for her great books on free motion quilting and her You Tube videos. I got all of my ideas from her.

One final thing I want to share with you. Starting Sunday, March 31, 2019, I am going to have a giveaway. No April Fool’s here! Now, all I am going to say about it is it’s an awesome item. And I know you are going to love it and want it for your own. So be sure you are on the email list to receive an update every time there’s a new post. That way you will know about the giveaway and everything else that’s happening here at LodgePole Quilting! I will post the link to the giveaway Sunday, March 31st, so stay tuned!

I plan on having another giveaway shortly after the one that starts March 31st, so be sure to sign up. I love giveaways. I always enter every one I find. I might not win anything, but it’s sure fun to try! I also love having giveaways. I love being able to send something to the winner. AND this spring there are going to be a few giveaways held here. That’s it for now. Check back Sunday for more news!

Until next time – How does your garden grow?

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Sunny Tuesday

Hello, hello! I’m so happy to see you here today! I hope your week is going great so far. We actually have some beautiful sunshine today after cloudy days. It is getting frosty in the mornings but as long as it’s sunny I can handle it. How is it in your area?

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!

We have two winners of the Autumn Give Away! Let’s give them a big hand!

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Colleen P. and Mindy T. are now the proud recipients of Annie’s Favorite Quilts From Precuts.  They now have 28 new time-saving quilt projects to add to their collection. One fun fact about these two ladies – they are mother and daughter! The daughter has been quilting and sewing for many years and mom has just started her quilting journey. How exciting is that.

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Many thanks to Annie’s Catalog for making this give away possible. Thank you every one for participating in the give away. Sign up for our email to stay in the know for the next give away!

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The new LodgePole Quilting Shop is up and running. You can purchase the Shades of Winter Quilt in four different sizes: lap, twin, queen and king. The quilt is custom-made so it does take about 4-6 weeks from start to finish (including shipping time). If you want to order this quilt as a gift for Christmas you will want to order it by the end of October to ensure it arrives before Christmas.

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You can also now purchase the Stars Americana Quilt pattern in either digital or paper. This is a great quilt, only 40″ x 40″, which makes it perfect for a table topper or a wall hanging.

This quilt pattern is rich in detailed instructions and colored images to guide any quilter, whether they are a novice quilter or an advanced quilter.

Check out the store often and look for more new items to appear.

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Don’t forget, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Love yourself and your family, get your mammogram done today.

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That’s it for now. Thank you for stopping by! Congratulations again to Colleen P and Mindy T! Look for the next give away to make its appearance soon!

Until next time – What are you quilting today?

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Mid-Week Fun!

Happy Wednesday to all of you wonderful people! I hope your week is going well so far. It has been a whirl-wind around here. My husband got home last Wednesday and from that moment on it was go, go, go!

We got everything ready to travel and left Friday night at 2am. We went to my sister and brother-in-laws’ house in Kalama, Washington. We arrived around 2pm and after about a half an hour of visiting, Colleen and I went shopping, for fabric of course! You can never have too much fabric. She has just started her first quilt. She finally got all of the fabric cut. I took my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and a few dies to show her how much easier it is to cut fabric. She is now budgeting for one for herself! (I should be a spokesperson for them! I love my Go! Cutter!)

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Premium fabric purchased at JoAnn Fabrics and Craft store.

We went to JoAnn Fabric and Craft store and enjoyed their 75th Anniversary sale. I picked up some gorgeous purple and teal fabric. I will be making myself a lap quilt. I gave my baby sister, Laura, the one I had made last December. I have several quilt designs waiting to be made. I just have to make a decision on which one to make!

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Made and quilted December 2017

Her favorite colors are purples and green. Mine are purples. I like some greens but tend to lean to the teals. I thought this would be a nice gift since she sits and is in a wheel chair all of the time due to M.S.. When I am sitting on the couch in the fall and winter, I enjoy a lap quilt.

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Baby sister, Laura

She really liked it! I am glad I gave it to her. She was very excited to see all of the purple and greens The backing is dark green with green leaves. It is a real nice lap quilt and I know she will get a lot of use out of it this fall and winter.

It was a crazy four days on the road visiting family and friends. We did take Monty with us. He got to play with a couple of dogs and see lots of people, but I am sure he is happy to be home and just being a lazy dog. We were going to take another day in visiting but Wes had to go back to work a day earlier. So we visited with my best friend, Mary, for a bit of time and then hit the road. We finally got home Tuesday around 2:30am. I am just glad we got home safely.

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Jacquelynne Steves Save the Bees BOM

I am super excited because I finally got my email containing the instructions for my first BOM from Jacquelynne Steves Save the Bees. I actually got it last week, but tomorrow I get to work on it and I will post photos as I go along so you can see what I am doing. If you haven’t signed up for the BOM, I think you can still do so. Just go to her website, www.jacquelynnesteve.com.

Now that my sweet husband is back on the road (sigh, sniff, sniff) it’s time to clean house and get dirty clothes in the washer. It always takes me a couple of days to get the house back in order after he leaves. This time it’s compounded with our time away. So before I can play in the quilt room I have to do my chores. I can’t wait to start my BOM and my new lap quilt so I gotta do the chores first.


I will be having another giveaway. So stay updated by signing up for email notifications. The giveaway will be starting soon. It’s going to be great! I hope you all will enter the giveaway!

Until next time – Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer!