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Hello December!

Welcome everyone! I have to apologize for having not posted anything since the end of October. A lot of things happened since then, including crashing hard drives, husband changing jobs and a medical scare that turned out to be benign. On top of that we took an impromptu trip to Indiana for me to finally meet my husband’s two oldest kids (it’s only been three years in the waiting) and the grand-boys, four of them, ranging in age from 10 months to 5 years old.

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Left to Right: Wesley, Wes (hubby), me, Sarah

I’ll try to get a picture of all of the boys together. It was great to finally meet everyone. The weather was perfect in spite of the bit of snow and rain mix we ran into in Indiana. When we left the weather held until we got to Bozeman, Montana. It was full on snow all the way through Missoula. I was glad to finally get home.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day and wonderful¬† Black Friday shopping. Hubby and I were on the road heading home during that time, so I didn’t even get to post great fabric sales. I sure hope you quilters got some great deals!

I haven’t got a lot done with quilting during November. It was just a crazy month. But I did get a little done. Here are some pictures:

While I was in Indiana, Sarah gave me a wonderful surprise. She was given a box with a partially completed quilt top. She doesn’t quilt, yet, so she thought I could do something with it. Check this out:

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Hexie quilt top incomplete

There are several pieces unattached as well as pre-cut pieces. I looked up the pattern and I believe it’s called Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I can’t wait to get this completed but it will be some time. Right now I am working on Christmas ornaments, baby bibs for my teething, drooling grandson, a lap quilt and a table topper. Not to mention a couple of gifts. Sheesh. Sooooo many projects, sooooo little time.

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The first of several pp ornaments (Frosted Flakes – American Patchwork Quilting)

I did get the Christmas tree up and decorated and decorations scattered throughout the house. I think this is the last year for my little Christmas tree. It’s looking a bit sad. What can I say, I bought it at a thrift store for $5.00, several years ago. It might be a bit difficult to find another one at that price. Here are just a few pictures.

Some of the ornaments I am making will actually go on the tree. The rest is going to various family members. I am making paper piecing (pp) ornaments, 3D ornaments and maybe stuffed ornaments as well as applique ornaments. That’s a lot of different kinds of ornaments. You should see my pretty bead stash to add as accent.

Well, I better get back to quilting, paper piecing, and gift making. I am so glad you decided to stop by. Don’t forget to sign up for email notification. I promise not to load your email box with lots of junk.

Until next time – Let’s stay in touch, leave a comment!

 

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Monday, already!

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Now, did you know it was Monday already? I am trying to figure out what happened to the week-end! Of course I have been busy cleaning the house and doing more organizing in the sewing room. My husband is on his way home after having been on the road for over four weeks. I can hardly wait. Won’t he be surprised to see I even re-organized both deep freezers. Brrrr.

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Sharing some Monday humor. I saw this on FaceBook so I “stole” it. It was too funny to pass up.

I had my fabric scraps and remnants just thrown in a couple of totes and a couple of 5 gallon pails. YIKES! It was a nightmare whenever I started another project, trying find coordinating fabric. Now it’s so much nicer. I put my large pieces of fabric (1 yard or more) neatly folded into the large totes and my scraps are sorted now by color groups.

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Fabric scraps separated by color groups on the right and neatly labeled. Jelly rolls, patterns and kits on the left, also labeled.

I have been working on my hand applique/embroidery aspect of the Little Bit of Baltimore (Jacquelynne Steves). It’s coming along quite nicely. I like the texture of the embroidery on the applique. Here are a couple of pictures…

I also received my monthly Sew Sampler last week. I cannot wait to dive into it. I took a couple of pictures so you can see what comes in the kit. It’s always something different. This time I got a jelly roll, a cool ruler (BasicX), labels, pre-made quilt hanger pocket (3 yds) and more. Take a look! Each box is themed and the fabric is always great whether it’s fat quarters, charms, mini’s, or jelly rolls. You can sign up for your monthly box at Fatquarter Shop.

That’s about all I have for now. I did “transfer” one of my quilt designs that was on paper to my EQ8 (Electric Quilt 8) program. Can I say I love my EQ8? I really do. It’s always a learning experience every time I design in it. By the time I got the quilt pattern (Peaceful) into the program I wasn’t feeling very peaceful. But I have to say the end product came out perfect. Once I get this quilt made I will add the pattern to the store so you will be able to make your own “Peaceful” quilt.

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EverSewn Sewing Starter Kit at Connecting Threads

This week is full of all kinds of appointments so I won’t be posting another blog until next week. So in the meantime continue to stay positive, join a monthly subscription and stay quilting!

Until next time – What are you working on?

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Mid-Week Catch-Up

Greetings to all of you wonderful visitors, friends and family! This is my mid-week catch-up. So stick around and let’s visit over a cuppa and get caught up.

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Have you signed up for Jacquelynne Steves’ Save the Bees BOM yet? There is still time! This is a FREE BOM, and who doesn’t love FREE! You can make these super cute blocks from your scraps or go out and buy more fabric! Quilters always need fabric (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge!)

I have just completed Block 3. It was a real easy block to make. I used Soft Fuse interfacing webbing for my hexies and then used a simple zigzag stitch to applique them to my background.

Here is a picture of the three blocks I have completed so far

This is the first BOM I have ever done so it has been a lot of fun. Everyone posts their completed blocks on Facebook so we all get to see the different variations. So sign up for the BOM today, if you haven’t done so already!

In between waiting for the next block to download I have been working on about three or so projects. Ok, I have about 6 projects lined up, three I am currently working on simultaneously and half a dozen UFOs.

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One of the quilts I am working on is a lap quilt (for myself). But, if it turns out as lovely as I hope it will it may end up being a wall hanging. It will have five blocks of embroidery with four Nine Patch blocks. A total of nine 15 inch blocks. I am using Emma’s Garden by Maywood Studios. I purchased this gorgeous fabric from FatQuarterShop.¬† I love pansies and the color purple and this fabric is perfect with my embroidery blocks which are made of pansies and butterflies.

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Embroidered block for new quilt project

Once I have my embroidery blocks and nine patch blocks compete and the quilt top together I will finish the embroidery trim by hand as part of the quilting process. I am still deciding on what I will do for the rest of the quilting. But it will definitely¬† pretty when it’s finished. I will post a photo of the completed quilt. (I purchased the embroidery block kit from JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts.)

The other project I am also currently working on is called Little Bit of Baltimore Collection 21. It is a small quilt with four blocks of applique. I got the pattern from Jacquelynne Steves website.

I really like these colors I’ve chosen for this project. They are kind of muted so the 33 inch quilt can be for many purposes. I have some left over thin loft batting that I think I am going to use. That should allow the quilt to hang nicely over a small table. There is also a candle mat and a small wall hanging that is a part of this collection.

And I am STILL working on my summer quilt which will now have to be for next summer. I know, I know, I need to focus on one project at a time and complete it before starting on another. But there are so many awesome projects out there that need to be made not to mention all of the block and quilt designs running through my mind. Also, Christmas is just around the corner and I still have to finish those projects… At least I am never bored.

I think we are all caught up now. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with me. I hope the rest of your week goes well.

Until next time – What are you working on today?

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Greetings September!

Hello to all of you visitors! Welcome to LodgePole Quilting! Here at Lodgepole Quilting we are inspired to bring warmth and beauty to your home through originally designed quilted and crocheted items. So please take the time to browse the various blog articles. Also, look for new quilt blocks and designs on the Designing Quilts page. There is also some great Quilting Tips, so be sure to check them out. We try to add new tips and techniques often. While you are visiting, please leave a comment and let us know what you would like to see an article about, relating to quilting, embroidery and crocheting. Thank you!

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I do hope your summer has been great! I know here in the Northwest we have been dealing with a lot of smoke from fires, but at least here in Montana it hasn’t been nearly as bad as it was last year, yet. I was concerned my tomatoes, peppers and chilies might not ripen and grow but I have been picking a lot of small tomatoes and freezing them. The chilies are almost ready to be picked and canned. I am just waiting for the peppers to get bigger. My second planting of carrots seem to doing ok. I’m just waiting for them to get bigger to pull.

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Cactus wall hanging (Connecting Threads kit) made and hand-quilted by LaTawnia Porter Aug 2018

My daughter and her boyfriend, Crystiana and Cody, stopped by here for a couple of days, to visit. They were on their way home after going to the Grand Teutons and Yellowstone Park. It was a wonderful but short visit. I look forward to them coming back soon!

Now on to some quilting fun!

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I told you in my last blog that I had joined the Save The Bees BOM with Jacquelynne Steves. I have taken some pictures of my progress from cutting fabric to my completed Block 1. I used my Accuquilt GO! Cutter where it was possible to alleviate the wear on my wrists. For the appliqued pieces I used Shades Soft Fuse Premium Paperbacked Fusible Web for Machine or Hand Applique. That is some great stuff. It works so good, that I am actually excited to make more quilted items that have applique pieces. I have all ready used it in machine and hand applique projects. I used Aurifil Thread for the hand applique and DMC embroidery floss for all of the embroidery.

 

I did “color” outside of the lines a bit. So on block 2 (which I just received today in my email) I lightly drew a border on the white piece so my applique pieces will be within the block where they belong. On the whole though, it was a lot of fun to do. I have already cut out my applique pieces and started pressing them onto the background piece for Block 2. I am ready to begin the hand applique and embroidery again!

In between the time of completing Block 1 and waiting for Block 2, I completed a WIP that was only 2 years in the making. It was a wall quilt kit I had purchased from Connecting Threads. It was made using the Sedona Sunrise collection by Winthur Sempliner for Connecting Threads. It took me a while to hand-quilt it. I would start and then put it aside and work on other things. Pull it out again and start something else new. But it is now hanging on a wall in my bedroom. I bought some curtain clip rings from Amazon and used a curtain rod to hang the wall quilt. If you don’t want to add hanger pockets, this is a great way to hang a wall quilt.

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I have also started sewing blocks together for my “summer” quilt. I have decided to use a thin loft batting so the quilt can be used year round, if I want to.

And I designed a new Autumn themed place mat and started designing a table cover to accompany the place mats, as well I started embroidering quilt blocks to use in a new quilt project. Don’t look too close to the “art” work on the place mat. An artist I am not. I do much better with stick people. There are a few artists in the family but that isn’t a gene I inherited. Though I do suppose quilting, designing quilted items, embroidery and other needlework projects should and are considered artistic. So I guess that makes me an artist!

I do hope the braided piece in the place mats won’t be too difficult. I haven’t tackled that design yet so I am looking forward to a new challenge. I think it might end up being paper pieced, but we shall see. I will keep you posted.

I got my monthly kit from Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club and it is super cute. I haven’t started it yet, I don’t know why, maybe because I have so many projects going right now. But I think it will work great with my Autumn themed place mats and table cover. When I get that kit made I will post pictures.

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Photo taken by Sharon Follis (copyright protected)

I do hope you all have a wonder week and this month will be a great one for all. I love the onset of Autumn, the cooler nights, preparing to finish harvesting from the garden and the end of the crazy yellow jackets, wasps and hornets. Those flying, biting, stinging things have been out of control this year. I can’t wait for them to go away.

I love pulling out all of my fall toned fabrics and designing quilted items to bring warmth to my home also, finishing up WIPs that will be Christmas gifts for family and friends. What are some things you like about Autumn? Leave a comment sharing what you do at this time of year.

Until next time – Got your favorite lap quilt handy?

 

 

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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.


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Until next time – Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer!