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Saturday Night Fever

Greeting everyone! A BIG HELLO! to all you visitors! I’m happy that you all have taken the time to stop by tonight! I’m calling this night Saturday Night Fever! because it’s hot, hot, hot! It’s so hot I feel like I have a fever…. I think this calls for ice cream!

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I haven’t written for a couple of weeks due to being busy, busy, busy. My husband, Wes, was home for about a week, that was so wonderful, even if my back was acting up and he hurt his hand doing, I don’t know what he was doing, something. He left just a couple of days before Independence Day.

I designed and made a Stars Americana quilt after he left. So that took a little time. Here are a couple of pictures…

I used fat quarters I purchased from Connecting Threads, Patriotic Picnic and Glory Days collections.

Patriotic Picnic Collection

Glory Days Collection

I really like the combination of the two collections. It gave the quilt a vintage look. All of the various prints worked well together. The blocks used are Sawtooth Star and Hourglass Star #2. These blocks were cut using my Accuquilt Go Cutter and dies. I used some left-over solid dark navy fabric for the backing and I had some blue-grey solid fabric from the place mats I made. It’s only 40 inches x 40 inches square, so it makes a great wall hanging or as you can see, a table topper.

Even though Independence Day has passed, the quilt looks great on my old sewing machine table. It’s a nice way to display it.

My garden is doing great. We finally got the sunshine we needed, however, someone could turn down the heat a bit. This over 90 degrees a day stuff is just a bit much. I got some great pictures. My tomatoes are loaded with blossoms and my bush beans have little baby green beans!

I did a trial run with the new pressure cooker/canner today. I thought I had pulled enough carrots to fill two pint jars but I could only fill one jar. So….. I went through the process and pressure cooked one pint of carrots. Everything worked great!

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Fresh carrots canned 14 Jul 2018

How cute is that?! It’s now sitting in the pantry behind closed doors. I have more carrots to pull and can, as well as beets. I look forward to getting the green beans canned as well as the peppers  and chilies (when they are ready) and the tomatoes.

So while I am waiting for my veggies to get ready to be picked, pulled and plucked, I am working on a few WIPS. I am also waiting to start my  Save-the-Bees BOM from Jacquelynne Steves. I have my fabric and thread. I am just waiting for the first block pattern to come out. It’s super cute and I believe you can still sign up for the BOM. Just click on the link and join the fun!
It’s ice cream time now, or perhaps it’s time for me to stick my head in the freezer… boy it’s hot! So I hope everyone has a great week-end, wherever you are! Stay cool!

Until next time – Summer Projects Away!

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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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Saturday Paper Piecing Design

Welcome every one to the first Saturday after Spring! I don’t know about any one else, but I woke up to snow, on the ground. This is after most of it had melted away. Oh, I still had patches of snow, but really, new snow on the ground. I was looking forward to planting my lily bulbs. I guess I will have to wait another week. How about where you are? Are you still experiencing wintry conditions?

Last week-end I spent the time working on some new quilt designs. I really enjoy letting my imagination go and just draw. Now, I am no Monet, but with a ruler I can draw a pretty straight line. I even broke out the colored pencils and markers for a couple of the designs.

Right now I am trying figure out the best way to paper piece “Dahlia”. I have drawn out the 16 center blocks individually (drawing on graph paper really helps because the little squares represent one inch and that works when making my blocks 8 inch square) making sure each block remains true the design.

Now that I have all of my individual blocks drawn and printed on foundation paper (Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper) I am trying to figure out what is the best way to piece it. Let me tell you, even after watching paper piecing for dummies on YouTube, I am still having a devil of a time. They say the hardest part is the first piece, I say the hardest part is trying to figure out what the first piece should be and then build from there.

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“Dahlia” designed by LaTawnia Porter 2018

Again, having never done paper piecing before, I had to choose a design that couldn’t be simple (at least I didn’t start with “Spot Lights”). However, I do know once I conquer it, it will be beautiful. So I am open to suggestions on starting points and advice from those of you who are familiar with creating your own paper piecing designs. In the meantime I have made several copies of block one and I have lots of scrap fabric and plenty of thread. So my hope is to get a better grip on paper piecing this weekend and have something exciting to show in a few days.

                

I am looking forward to making all of the other quilts I have designed. I like all of them equally well. The “Flying Trapeze” and “Flying Trapeze II” will be lots of fun and I will be able to use scraps in both of them as well.

I am going to be most purposeful with choosing fabric for “Mountain Lake at Night.” I know what colors I want in it, especially for the stars. That quilt will be very pretty on a bed or as a wall hanging.

I think “Spot Lights” will be lots of fun to make as well. (As soon as I conquer paper piecing.) I see fussy cuts in the center squares on point. Just not sure what the fussy cuts will be yet. I’m still rolling ideas around in my head.

Again, those of you quilters who do a lot of paper piecing designing and quilting, I would appreciate any advice you may have for my little project. And in the meantime, I will push forward and will hopefully answer and conquer my own issues with it. I love new challenges in quilting and I know I can meet and beat this challenge.

Thanks for coming by. I look forward to hearing from you. Please be sure to leave a comment!

Until next time – What is your quilting challenge?

        

All of the quilt designs in this article, “Flying Trapeze”, “Flying Trapeze II”, “Dahlia”, “Spot Lights”, and “Mountain Lake at Night” are copy right protected. They were designed by LaTawnia Porter March 18, 2018.