I LOVE giveaways! I may have mentioned that in my last blog. BUT, it’s true. I enter every giveaway I find if it’s related in any way, shape or form to fabric, notions or just quilting in general.
In fact, I just won a giveaway! I totally forgot all about that I had entered it and yesterday I received an email stating I won a Braid template. Wow! I love the look of braid quilts. I can draw a braid quilt but actually trying to cut fabric for a braid quilt…. not so much. Now I CAN with the nifty, cool braid template. I am in a dither waiting for it to get here.
So here is your chance to win a cool notion. It’s something every sewist can use. It’s the perfect size and the color is reminds me of the inside of an Andes candy…. yes! it’s mint! The Sew Hot Iron Rest is a must for anyone who sews and really, just uses an iron for pressing clothes or whatever. I am always concerned of knocking my iron over or Monty dog knocking it over while playing. So this is a handy answer.
I use mine all of the time. In fact, I own a cheapo iron and I can keep it laying down on the mat without any damage to my ironing table or iron. Knowing that my iron is laying down and not in a position where it can tip over or fall off of the iron table gives me a little bit of peace. I don’t worry about Monty dog knocking it over when he’s playing.
Now, it just so happens I have an extra one, all packaged up and needing a home to go to. Will YOUR home be the lucky home?
All you have to do to enter is click on the RaffleCopter link below, answer the questions, you don’t have to answer all of them, but as we all know, the more you answer the better chance of being a winner. I will also have a link on my LodgePole Quilting FaceBook page and on my LodgePole Quilting Instagam page. You will only be able to enter once, but you can enter it from one of three places.
The giveaway begins Sunday, March 31, 2019 (today) and ends Sunday, April 14, 2019 at midnight. The winner will be announced Wednesday April 10, 2019. This is giveaway is eligible for residents of the United States, only. You must be at least 18 years old to participate.
So, good luck! I want to send this handy notion to some one, it may as well be YOU!
Can you believe it? March is almost over, finally. I don’t know about you, but it certainly roared in like a lion, but I’m hoping it will go out like a meek, little lamb. Did I say the snow is almost gone? That makes me happy. I’m planning my garden and starting my seeds for this year’s garden. Hubby is going to build me more boxes and we are expanding the garden so I have more room to move around in. Did I mention we are installing a new watering system for the garden? I can hardly wait.
Oh, I have an update on the Fat Quarter Square Union Square Quilt Along. It has been delayed. The new start date is April 12, 2019. Apparently the fabric for the quilt along has been delayed. I know I have been waiting for a while to share what I have made, but, it is what it is. I will keep you posted and let you know when you can join the quilt along. I am showing you a little tease with the following picture.
I did it! I finished the last two quilts I have chosen for the quilt show. The Moda Love Charm Quilt, which I hand quilted and the quilt I designed, Peaceful, are completed.
I used coordinating Aurifil 50 wt thread for hand quilting the Moda Love Charm quilt. It took me a bit of time to complete it. I also hand quilted some heart vines on the border. Those I drew on with a washable marker. I almost had a panic attack when I realized I forgot to test the marker on a piece of scrap fabric. Thankfully it did wash out. A little Dawn dish soap, gentle cycle and then air dry. It came out looking pretty good!
Now on to my Peaceful. I had designed this wall hanging last spring on graph paper with colored pencils. It was fun looking for the fabric on line to try to match my colored pencils. That included the border, which was drawn as a multi-stripe. On Fabric.com I found Kona Cotton Solids, Michael Miller Mer Mates Current stripe Tropical and the best is the backing, Kaffe Fassett Collective Brassica Pastels. Oh what fun it was when I received the fabric and got to see how close I got to my drawing.
I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and the Go! Qube Mix and Match 8 inch Block to cut most of the pieces for the quilt center. The border is a mitered border. I like how it came out. I had never made a mitered border before because I thought it would be difficult, but it really wasn’t.
Aurifil was my thread of choice throughout the making of this quilt, for all of the piecing and the quilting. It makes for fine seams, not bulky like some other threads can be. The clear monofilament thread is a fine thread. I have tried a few other brands, but I am going to stick to Aurifil clear monofilament thread. It sews real nice and if you want to do detailed quilting but don’t want to take away from the fabric or pattern then I would use this thread.
I wanted to do detailed quilting on this wall hanging but I didn’t want to distract from the fabric or the design. Here are a few pictures up close. I haven’t done a lot of free motion quilting, so excuse the mistakes.
I am fairly pleased with the overall look of the quilt and the detailed quilting. I did practice the various patterns over and over again with paper and pencil. Then I kept the drawings close by to refer to them as I was quilting. Having some muscle memory and a visual is helpful, especially quilting a new design. I have to thank Angela Walters for her great books on free motion quilting and her You Tube videos. I got all of my ideas from her.
One final thing I want to share with you. Starting Sunday, March 31, 2019, I am going to have a giveaway. No April Fool’s here! Now, all I am going to say about it is it’s an awesome item. And I know you are going to love it and want it for your own. So be sure you are on the email list to receive an update every time there’s a new post. That way you will know about the giveaway and everything else that’s happening here at LodgePole Quilting! I will post the link to the giveaway Sunday, March 31st, so stay tuned!
I plan on having another giveaway shortly after the one that starts March 31st, so be sure to sign up. I love giveaways. I always enter every one I find. I might not win anything, but it’s sure fun to try! I also love having giveaways. I love being able to send something to the winner. AND this spring there are going to be a few giveaways held here. That’s it for now. Check back Sunday for more news!
Or Happy National Quilting Day! What ever day you want to call it, celebrate quilting with the rest of your quilting friends around the world.
So what are you doing to celebrate this day? There are several great sales going on to celebrate today. Also, if you are signed up on Instagram and or get email from the Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber then you know they have a very sweet pattern for free. You can make it in a wall hanging size or a lap quilt size. The quilt is called Piece, Love & Quilting.
I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system and was able to cut 98% of the pattern in just a matter of a couple of hours. Of course that included fresh cups of hot tea. Here is a photo of my version of Piece, Love & Quilting.
As you can see, it’s all ready to be quilted. I made the wall hanging to hang up in my sewing room. This is a super fast and fun little pattern. Let’s hope it’s a winner. By the way, the challenge runs from today (March 16, 2019) through Sunday, March 31, 2019. So you have time to get your free pattern, make your quilt and submit it. Have fun making it! I know I did.
I told you I decided to enter some quilts in the local quilt show that will take place next month. I finally made my final decisions and there will be eight quilt products I am showing. I finished piecing together my own designed quilt, Peaceful, and it is now spray basted and ready to be quilted. I am just waiting for some clear thread to arrive. I want to do some detailed quilting on it but not take away from the pattern or colors. My husband says it has an optical illusion about it. I am just very pleased with how the colors came together. I used Kona Cotton solids for the blocks, Michael Miller’s Mer-Mates Current stripe Tropical and for the backing I am using Kaffe Fassett Collective Brassica Pastels.
I think the backing is going to be just as pretty as the front! This wall hanging will be displayed in the living room. I purchased all of the fabric from Fabric.com. They have great fabric and real good prices and fabric is always on sale. I used Aurifil MK50 2026 for piecing. I’m going to be using a clear, mono-filament thread, but I don’t remember what brand I ordered. I think it was Aurifil. It will be the first time I have ever used this type of thread so I have some practice sandwich pieces to practice on. I want to tension to be right. I understand it can be a bit stretchy. Since I tend to sew like I’m driving a race car, I’ll have to watch my speed and keep it nice and slow.
Remember the quilt-along I told you about last week? It’s almost here! It starts March 22, 2019! So stay tuned to Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber Blog so you can be a part of it! It’s the Union Square Block Quilt. Here are a couple more blocks I made for it.
I made these with Riley Blake’s Simply Happy fat quarters. And I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system to cut the pieces. I have to say, that thing has saved me a lot of time and makes it possible to get to sewing my pieces together so much faster. What can I say, I love my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system!
That’s it for now. Spring is finally appearing here in NW Montana. They (the weather people) are talking about temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. Yay! That means all of this snow will melt and I can start planning my garden! And all of this snow will melt. Did I say that already? We have a ton of snow here.
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Until next time – HAPPY WORLDWIDE/NATIONAL QUILTING DAY!
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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.
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.
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…
Little Bit of Baltimore quilt border
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.
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!
I have been making some changes here and I hope you take the time to check them out, especially the new store.
There is only one item listed in the store, but I hope to have more things listed in it by the end of the week. I am going to have some of my favorite quilt patterns for sell. So, stop by and see if there is anything you want to purchase.
Speaking of quilt patterns for sell, I have designed a place mat, Taste of Montana, using appliqued pieces. I am having so much fun with applique that I’m afraid everything I’ve been currently making has applique.
I used my Electric Quilt 8 program to design the place mat and Accuquilt Go! Northwoods Medley die to cut out the moose and bear pieces.
This is just a picture of one of the place mats, I haven’t put the binding on it yet, but it is quilted.
I have been playing around with different fmq (free motion quilting) patterns on this one. It’s been fun and as always a learning experience.
I have also designed a couple more place mats, Shades of Autumn and Christmas Times. Look for these place mat patterns to make their appearance in the LodgePole Quilting Store, soon.
If at any time you click on a link and it doesn’t work, please let me know. What with all of the changes I’ve been making I’m sure there might be one or two links that might have dropped.
Be sure to check back soon and see what’s new here at LodgePole Quilting!