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Snowy Sunday

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It’s snowing like mad here in Montana. We had a good snow storm last week that left us with about 7 inches of snow. After it started melting we now are looking at another possible 6 to 8 inches. I love it! Of course I stay indoors and drink lots of hot tea and quilt. What do you do when the weather is bad?

Speaking of quilting, Moda had a fun little quilt project last week. It was called Moda Love In Quilt Sew-a-long. I made three quilts, one from Moda Garden Variety charms and two from Moda Quill mini charms. Here are my pictures. The mini charm quilts are completed and the charm quilt is still being hand quilted.

Moda Love Mini Charm Quilt – Moda Quill Mini Charms – made and hand quilted by LaTawnia Porter
Moda Love Mini Charm Quilt – Moda Quill mini charms – made and machine quilted (scribbles) by LaTawnia Porter
Moda Love Charm Quilt – Moda Garden Variety Charms – made and being hand quilted by LaTawnia Porter

These were a lot of fun and super easy to make. And a great way to use some of my stash so I can make room for new charms and mini charms.

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I am super excited to start National Quilters Circle Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt. This is a free quilt project open to any one. If you have never done paper piecing quilting now is your chance to try. So click on the link and join it today. This should be lots of fun!

I am clearing up some of my UFOs. It’s a good feeling. It also makes room for more UFOs. What can I say, I get several projects going at once. I try to just do one at a time but ….. I find a new quilt pattern I have to try or design one and then one thing leads to another. I find myself with several projects going at once. Are you a one project at a time person or are you like me, several projects at a time person?

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I know Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Unfortunately I haven’t made anything for Valentines. But Jacquelynne Steves has a list of free Valentines projects you can check out. Just click on her linked name to see the projects!

Well, it’s time for more tea and back to finishing my Moda Love Quilt so I can finish a couple more quilts before I start the National Quilters Circle Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt. By the way, if you are doing any hand quilting, let me recommend Aurifil 50 wt thread. It’s smooth and silky as well as strong. And it comes in some amazing colors. I absolutely love it. You can purchase it from one of my favorite places, Fat Quarter Shop. Click on the link and check it out!

Have a great week! I hope everyone stays safe and warm and dry. Winter isn’t over and grab some tea, sit back and quilt!

Until next time – Mmmmmm nothing like a cup of hot Chai tea

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January Joys

Snowy, January greetings to all of you wonderful visitors, family and friends!

I lost the month of December and discovered that half of January has passed. Don’t ask what happened because I have no idea! I have enjoyed many cups of hot chai and hours of embroidery. EMBROIDERY? I know, but it’s been for a good reason. Sometimes I have to take a break from quilting to recharge my quilting batteries. However, one of my embroidery projects does belong to a quilt project, so technically it’s quilting. Right?

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I do hope everyone’s holiday season was wonderful. I embroidered tea towels and made potato bags for various friends and family. I ran out of time so I have a couple more to make as birthday gifts.


Indigo Girls (AllPeopleQuilt.com) embroidered with Presencia Perle cotton no. 8 tint 246 royal blue.
Meeses in the trees designed and quilted by LaTawnia Porter
Potato bags are perfect for steaming potatoes in the microwave.

These are just a few of the things I made over the holiday season. I embroidered several tea towels, the set shown is just one I had made. The place mats were a gift for my youngest daughter. I call them Meeses in the Trees. The quilting was a simple design of pebbles in the main portion and waves on the border. I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system and the NorthWoods Medley die to cut the pieces I needed.

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The potato bags were super simple. I used fat quarters from the Emma and Myrtle collection from Connecting Threads. All the batting was from scraps I had saved from previous quilts. The website I got the pattern from is American Quilter’s Society.

My husband did add more shelves in my sewing room. One shelf is being dedicated to fat quarters, jelly rolls, layer cakes and other pieces of fabric. The rest of the shelves are full of binders filled with various quilt patterns and BOMs and quilts I have designed. Ahhhh, I love it when things are organized.

What are some of the things you are looking forward to working on? I have been collecting free blocks from a few websites that I plan to make. Also, I am looking forward to a new BOM from National Quilters Circle, it’s going to involve English Paper Piecing (EPP). I can hardly wait.

Another great BOM I am looking forward to is with Jacquelynne Steves. And please let’s not forget the Fat Quarter Shop. They have some totally awesome BOMs.

Oh, I forgot to mention exciting news for my sister, Colleen. She just received her Accuquilt Go! Cutting System!

My sister Colleen. Just look at the excitement on her face!

Oh the choices that face me for this new year. Including some new dies from Accuquilt! Oh the fun I have to look forward to enjoy. Will there be enough time to do it all? I don’t know about you but I am game to try!

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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.

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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?