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Bzzy Saturday

Hello friends and visitors! I am so glad you stopped by today. I do hope you are having a great week-end and that it’s not too hot for you. It’s definitely a warm July. We have been experiencing temperatures in the 90’s. I don’t mind the low 80’s but when it starts getting into the 90’s, that’s too warm for me.

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hand quilting a wall hanging WIP

I have been working on my hand quilting WIP while waiting for the SAVE THE BEES BOM to begin. If you haven’t signed up for the BOM, there is still time! (Click on the link!) I am so excited for it to begin! The first block will be sent out August 6th, I think. I’m just waiting, waiting, waiting.

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Jacquelynnesteves.com Save the Bees BOM
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(L) Timeless Treasures Fabric of Soho, LLC, Beeline (from Fabric.com) (R) Save the Bees fabric kit from Jacquelynne Steves.

I bought some backing fabric for my BOM. It’s called Beelines from the Timeless Treasures Fabric of SoHo, LLC. I got it from Fabric.com. I thought it was super cute and perfect for this project.

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Applique moose and bear place mats (practice)

Since this BOM includes applique, I have been practicing machine applique. Okay, I have to admit, I am a traditional piece block person. Applique really isn’t my thing. But I know a lot of people like it and I found some super cute dies from Accuquilt. Elephants, fall medleys, moose and bear, flowers and more.

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Accuquilt Go! Northwoods Medley

I am already planning a baby quilt with applique elephants, a fall quilt with fall leaves and dare I say, Christmas quilted items with super cute applique dies. I will get this applique technique down. In the meantime I am making place mats for a neighbor and friend, whose theme in her house is moose and bears (very Montana). It’s a way a saying thank you for all she has done.

For those of you who love to design quilts and blocks, Accuquilt is having an Accuquilt Quilt Block Design 2018 Contest! Enter your quilt block design(s) then see if you designed a winner! Here is the link: https://www.accuquilt.com/block-contest/contest-home. The contest ends July 31, 2018. I have entered several quilt block designs already, hoping one of them will be a winner.

I have been canning green beans, carrots and beets. I have planted more carrot seeds, I am just hoping they grow so I will have more carrots to can. My neighbor gave me a large box filled with pie cherries from her trees. So I have those to pit and freeze today. I am waiting for the chilies and peppers to start producing and the squash seeds I planted are growing! The cucumber is doing great! I can’t wait to pick those and believe it or not, my green onions are still growing. They are almost ready to be pulled. I had to put my outdoor table and chairs against the fencing to keep the deer from eating my tomato plants. I don’t want them to eat the plants before I harvest tomatoes. Fun times in the summer time!


The yellow jackets are out of control out here. I have five traps and they are full. I can’t go out on my front porch because there is a nest of them under it. My poor Monty dog has been stung several times now. I can’t wait for my husband to get home and deal with them. They are vicious. My neighbor said they would try to help me get rid of the nest. I just don’t want them to get stung. I don’t want my husband getting stung either.

I am getting ready for another giveaway! So be sure to keep in the know by signing up for email notification. I promise not to overwhelm your email box.

Please send me pictures and a brief description of what you are working on this summer. I would love to share them with everyone. Are you already thinking about Autumn and cooler temperatures? Planning for winter and the upcoming holidays? How about some great BOMs. There are lots of them going on right now. Lets share and compare!

I saw it on Fat Quarter Shop

Lori Holt Happy Farm Girl AuriFloss Thread Pack Aurifil #LH-FarmGirl-AuriFloss – Aurifil Thread

 

Until next time – What’s your favorite thread?

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A Lazy Thursday

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Flying Trapeze II, Designed by LaTawnia Porter. Copyright protected.

Good afternoon everyone! I hope your week has been a good one thus far. We have almost made it to the weekend, just one more day.

I got to enjoy some wonderful time with my husband. Since his truck was broke down and he had to wait on repairs his home time was extended. Granted he didn’t make any money on those extra days but I got to spend more time with him. So it was worth it to me.

While he was outside working on the shop he is building I spent a little time working on my new quilt design, Flying Trapeze II.

The top is almost complete. All that is left is the outer border. It will be a three inch finished border. I am using the same solid navy blue that I used in the HST triangles. For the binding I am using the dark multi-colored batik that is paired with the navy blue.

Today I spent time looking at fabric (one of my favorite ways to spend time, especially on rainy days) on several of my fabric sites. I found the most adorable baby fabric. So now I have to sit down and design a baby quilt. Ideas are swimming in my mind…. I “sea” all types of possibilities! I just hope I don’t become adrift in my imaginations. Thankfully Monty dog is here to keep me anchored and not let me flounder or crash on the shore.

Yes, I found cute little boats and sea creatures. Way too adorable. So off to designing the perfect quilt I go.

On other news, I bought some fabric for a pattern that I received from Annie’s Catalog. I will be highlighting the quilt making process as I go along and there will be a giveaway. So be sure to sign-up for email notifications, that way you will always be notified when I have a new post.

I do hope we have seen the last of winter here in Montana and you all are now beginning to enjoy Spring.

Until next time – Anchors Away!

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What Do I Need?

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WIP board with rulers hanging next to it

I was talking with my sister today, who wants to start quilting, and her question to me was, “What do I need to get started?”

I was asked this same question from someone else who is eager to start quilting. In fact, it was the very question I asked the very helpful employees and customers at my local fabric store. (Use to be local store. I now live where it is very rural. In fact, mountainous. Closest fabric store is about 100 miles away or I shop via the internet, a lot.)

So I told my sister I would make a list and post it for her and for anyone else who would like to know what they need to begin quilting.

Now keep in mind, this is just to get you started. I have been quilting for about three years now and I am always adding to my tools to make my quilting projects easier. So if you see something online or in your local fabric store that looks like it might help you, go for it.

Another thing to keep in mind, are you going to machine quilt your projects or hand quilt? Some of the things needed for hand quilting may be a bit different. I like to be able to do both. Depending on the size of the quilt and who it is for (an adult vs a child) will determine on whether it is machine or hand quilted. I will say that with the nifty quilting rulers that are available now, I am going to do more machine quilting.

So let’s get started getting some supplies together:

  • Cutting mat, preferably one that is 36″x24″ (sometimes you can get one as a kit, that comes with a rotary cutter)
  • Rotary cutter and extra blades (Olfa and Fiskers make nice ones)
  • 6.5″x24″ acrylic ruler
  • 6″ square acrylic ruler
  • maybe a smaller ruler size of your choice
  • fabric chalk pencils (3 or 4 different colors)
  • Straight pins approximately 1.5″ long
  • Basting pins medium and large (they look like bent safety pins)
  • a handle to put on your large ruler (helps with control when you are cutting – they have suction cups to hold it to your ruler)
  • tape measurer – never hurts
  • shears (large scissors)
  • snipping scissors (little scissors to trim threads)
  • Hand quilting? You will need Between needles (size 10-12) and a large quilting hoop
  • quilting gloves (you can buy expensive ones or get a pack of cotton gardening gloves with the silicon dots on the fingertips and palms, they work just as well.)
  • quilters thread (I use a neutral color, a lot. I also use coordinating colors, depending on the project. But neutral works great, especially for stitching in the ditch.)
  • Walking foot (you can find one for most sewing machines)
  • Spray Quilting Basting (it helps keep your quilt sandwich together)
  • Books – find a couple of beginner quilting books. Or go online to any of the links I have listed under my Favorite Places or even click on the merchants I have on my pages. You can find real nice quilt patterns for free or for a small price.
  • Once you have picked out your pattern, you will need fabric, batting and backing.

Oh and one more thing, YouTube! There are some great videos on there that will help to get you started on your journey to quilting.

Did I mention a large table? In my sewing room I have one of those white folding tables you can get at your warehouse stores. It’s about 2’x6′, and I really need another one. But when I am quilting a large quilt I move my sewing machine to that table to give my quilt more support. The bigger quilts get pretty heavy. So if you have a large dining room table that would be ideal. If not pick up one of the folding tables.

Wow! That is quite the list. I hope I didn’t forget anything. So, you probably won’t get everything on your first shopping trip. Again, check out my favorite places and the merchants on my site. There is always a sale going on some where. And don’t forget your friendly Amazon.com and even Walmart.com. I am all for a bargin! Some of that stuff can get spendy.

If you have any questions, please send me an email at lodgepolequilting@gmail.com. I will do my best to answer your question and get back to you in a timely manner.

Until then, happy quilting everyone!