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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.

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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?