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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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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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I’m not slacking, honest!

Welcome visitors and friends! I am so glad you decided to stop by. We have been experiencing some turbulent Spring weather here in NW Montana. Rain, thunderstorms, flooding, sunshine and temperatures that range from low 60’s to mid 80’s. How has the weather been where you are?

I did get a little visitor a couple of weeks ago. A sparrow fell down the chimney pipe that goes to my pellet stove. I had to have my neighbor come and disconnect part of the pipe and then I covered it in bird netting. After shutting Monty dog in my bedroom, the little fella finally came out and I was able to capture it. Poor thing was covered in soot.

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Little bird caught inside my house
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Poor thing covered in soot

I promise, I haven’t been slacking, really I haven’t. I have been dealing with severe back trouble for the last few weeks. So it has put my quilting  and blogging behind. So while I have been recuperating I have been building my stock of crocheted reusable dry sweeper pads to sell on Etsy. In fact I have already sold a set! I am making them in various colors that won’t show too much dirt.

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Colorful Catchall

I did complete my very colorful catchall. Now that my sampler is done, I can make more. It was real easy. I cut strips 1 “, 1 1/2″, 2″ and 2/1/2” wide with my Accuquilt Go Cutter and strip cutting dies. After sewing them together, I cut my strips to 15″ x 15″ square. I cut (2) 15″ squares out of fusible fleece. I also cut out the same size from a fat quarter for the lining.

Well, you can see the results for yourself. I quilted waves on the outside and straight line on the inside. I will be making these in various sizes and colors to be sold on Etsy. I am also building my stock for the co-op store. WooHoo!

I did get a baby quilt I have designed started. Since I can’t sit or stand for too long at a time, this is taking longer than normal. This quilt should be just a day project but I have to baby my back until it’s better. Anyway, here are a couple of pictures. I am calling the quilt “Ship A Sailing.” The fabric used in this project is from the 3 Wishes Itty Bittys Collection purchased from Hancock Fabrics. It’s incredibly soft. It’s labeled 100 %  cotton and feels like brushed cotton or baby flannel. I just like how it feels. I think it will be wonderful quilt. I am using a cotton solid powder blue sashing between the blocks and for the border, as well as the binding. The backing will be Seawater Friends Having Fun cotton fabric.

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Seawater Friends Having Fun cotton fabric
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Ship A Sailing blocks with powder blue sashing
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Ship A Sailing block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The batting will be Quilter’s Dream, 100% cotton, thin loft. This will keep the quilt from becoming too heavy, yet provide just the right amount of warmth for the baby.

My garden is flourishing. I have picked all of the radishes for now. I did reseed some more. My tomatoes are growing, the lettuce is tasty, as well as the spinach. In fact I enjoyed a very yummy spinach quiche tonight!

I am waiting for green onions, kale, chilies and peppers to start producing. My sole surviving cucumber is starting to grow more. My bush beans are doing well and I’m waiting for tasty beets and carrots. Many thanks to my sweet husband who built this garden for me. It gives me lots of pleasure to work in it.

Well that’s all I have for now. Hopefully my back will be better soon and I will be back quilting full swing. I have signed up for a BOM and will be posting that when it gets started. Also I have several new projects to start and complete. And I will be showcasing a special project with a giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is happening at LodgePole Quilting. Be sure to sign up for the email. That way you will be notified when I post and you can keep up with all that’s happening.

Until next time – Who’s got your back?

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What a week!

Greetings new visitors and fellow quilters! I am happy you all decided to stop by and see what’s happening here at Lodgepole Quilting. This is the place where quilting and designing happens. It’s also where I share my experiences, tips I come across and share with you and what’s happening in my world here in Montana.

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Lilac bush planted and fenced

I do hope you all have had a great week and week-end. I know I have! My husband got home the Friday before Mother’s Day and he was home until yesterday. I drove him to Missoula so he could pick-up the rental car, the new company he is going to drive for, reserved for him.

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The garden is doing well.

We got a lot of work done while he was home. We put together three benches we had been storing since we moved here. They are now sitting under the pine trees. We bought a small weed trimmer that I can use without hurting myself. One thing I have learned is my arms are weenie! After using the trimmer for 45 minutes they were all shaky and weak! And sore! I think I will have Popeye muscles by the time I get done trimming down all of those weeds on the property!

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I obviously didn’t get much quilting done while he was home. But I did come up with a new project which I was able to do while relaxing and watching television with my sweetie. Only it’s not quilting, it’s crocheting. I hate spending money on things when I can make something that can be used over and over again. So I designed a crochet pattern for a reusable dry sweeping pad for my Swiffer sweeper. Now I won’t have to buy those refills again! When they get dirty I just throw them in the washer and then air dry them. In fact I am going to make sets of 3 to sell in my Etsy shop. They will be browns and black and other dark colors. As soon as I get enough sets made and put in the shop I will let you all know so you can go over there and get your own set. Here is a picture of one I made.

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Crocheted reusable dry sweep pad for Swiffer Sweeper and similar sweepers.

I have finally started making quilted catchalls. The first one is going to be quite eye-catching…. teeheehee.

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Colorful soon to be catchall

I don’t know, I’m feeling a bit Crystal Blue Persuasion- ish looking at that, how about you? I plan on making several of these to sell on Etsy, as well. There will be several sizes, different colors and probably sets, to purchase.

   

I should have this one done in a couple of days. I am still in the process of getting laundry caught up and house cleaning done. It always takes a couple of days to get the house back in order after getting hubby ready to go back on the road.

Well, that’s what’s been happening in this past week and week-end. Now that my stay-cation with my hubby is over it’s back to quilting and crocheting for me. And weed trimming, gardening and digging up rocks and picking up branches and the best part of all….. sitting on my green bench, sipping tea and reading.

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Green bench under the pine trees

I hope you are making and/or designing something fun this week. I know I will! Don’t forget to sign up to get email notifications!

Until next time – Sip some tea under a tree!

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Pink Lemonade Quilt – Part 3

Hello fellow quilters, friends and visitors! I hope you are having a great day! It’s been pretty good here at LodgePole Quilting. I have accomplished a few things and one of those things is completing the Pink Lemonade quilt top!

I have a few pictures to share with you as we go through this great pattern. In Pink Lemonade Quilt – Part 1 and Part 2 I took you through the cutting and building of the twenty (10 1/2 inch) blocks needed for this pattern. I was able to show you how much easier cutting fabric was by using my Accuquilt Go! Cutting System. I also showed you how the pieces of the blocks were joined together to make a block.

Today I will show you the final steps of putting to quilt top together.

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Pink Lemonade blocks on design wall

I joined the first row of blocks together in the pattern laid out on my design wall and according to the directions. Then I continued in that manner until all six rows were done. When I pressed the seams  I made sure they were pressed either to the left or right depending on which row of blocks I was joining together. That way they were pressed in an alternate pattern which will make joining the rows together much easier.

Next I joined the rows together, keeping the pattern design true. By pressing the block seams in an alternating pattern it made this portion of the job easier.

Now that all of the block row are together, here comes the final steps.

Row one: I used the same tan/stone fabric for the first border. I rather like how it gives the top a “sepia tone” look.

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Pink Lemonade Quilt – 1st Border

Next is border two. Here I used a rose-colored tonal print. It picks up the rose color in the other prints.

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Pink Lemonade Quilt 2nd Border

The final border is the same tonal print as the rose-colored one, only in gray.

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Pink Lemonade Quilt – 3rd and final border.

Though I think it looks nice, I kind of wish I had done the borders in a different order. Or that the tan/stone fabric had been more gray than tan. Well, I will definitely do things a bit different next time.

So now that the top is complete, all that is left is making the quilt sandwich, quilting the sandwich and then binding it. My backing fabric is all washed and dried. I still need to “fluff” the batting and get the wrinkles out of it. While I am doing that I will press the backing and get it ready to cut to size. I think with this wide width backing I won’t even have to sew pieces of backing together to make it wide enough! How nice is that?

Now to decide how to quilt it. Allover? Something special on the borders? Hmmmm. Decisions, decisions. I guess I will have to wait until I am ready to quilt it.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the digital quilt pattern of Pink Lemonade. The giveaway will end soon.

Until next time – Do you FMQ?

 

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Is It Spring Yet?

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Spring Time Reversible 60″ Quilted Table Cloth Side One – Designed and made by LaTawnia Porter

Hello everyone! Can you believe it is almost Spring? I am still trying to figure out what happened to February. I don’t know about any one else, but I am ready for Spring. We have been receiving quite a bit of snow since mid-February. Today it’s a nice sunny day with a high of 46 degrees Fahrenheit. But we are suppose to get more snow Friday. Just in time to cover up what has already started to melt. That makes for some fun road conditions here in Montana.

I feel a bit like a slacker since I haven’t written anything for a couple of weeks, but I have been a bit distracted. We have had nothing but cell phone problems. My husband’s phone had to be sent back and repaired three times before it finally worked. And while we were out of town, my cell phone decided to not work. So essentially we were away from home with not one working cell phone. Scary and stressful. Thankfully they are both working now.

My husband and I, along with Monty dog, went to Arizona to see our daughter get married. Now, listen, I lived in Arizona for 13 (thirteen) long, hot years. I couldn’t get back to my beloved Northwest soon enough. But I believe that was the coldest I have ever experienced in Arizona. The day of the wedding, which was an outdoor wedding, was a high of 50 degrees fahrenheit. I felt sorry for everyone, but especially for myself! I was looking forward to thawing out a little in some 70 degree temperatures. When we left Montana we had almost one and a half feet of snow, with more on the way. I wanted warmth and sunshine. Instead it was cloudy, chilly and not your typical February Arizona weather. Did I mention it rained?

But the bride and her attendants (her daughters) were beautiful and the groom and his fellas (their three sons) looked handsome. Our family has grown by two more grandsons, giving us a total of nine grandchildren. Our son and his girlfriend had their son a couple of months ago.

Speaking of the littlest addition, William Lee, I made him the cutest baby quilt from the leftover fleece I had from a previous project. I got the free pattern from AllPeopleQuilt.com. Since I used fleece for the top and backing, I chose not to use any batting. It is plenty warm and since little William was a preemie I didn’t want it to be heavy on his little body. It will also make a nice floor quilt for him to lay on. The backing is a fun lime green with blue and red cars and trucks.

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Baby quilt for William Lee, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter. AllPeopleQuilt.com pattern

I free motion quilted it in straight lines resembling city blocks and roads. It was a super easy quilt to make and I had a lot of fun making it.

And yes, that picture at the beginning of this blog is the side one of my reversible quilted 60 inch table cloth. I finally got side one finished. Side two will be much easier now that I know what I am doing. Cough, cough.

The Missouri Star blocks weren’t too difficult. But after I needed to do some re-designing I had to change my border blocks and all of the notes I had written.

Side two will be made with a different block pattern so I look forward to seeing how it will come together. I hope to get Side two completed by the end of this week or beginning next week, barring any complications.

Because the blocks aren’t the same pattern but the same size I think I am going to do an all-over free-motion quilt pattern. I haven’t decided on what type of pattern or motif, but I am leaning towards simple flowers or leaves. I will just have to wait and see what it says to me. It may be crazy loops!

Well, that’s all that is happening here at LodgePole Quilting for now. I am still working on my sampler quilt and Shades of Winter II. As soon as I get those completed I will post them.

Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment below and let me know what you are working on for Spring. I would love to see what you are doing!

Until next time – Got Spring Fever?