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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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New Beginnings

Greetings every one! Hope you are all warm, safe and having a great time with your quilting projects.

It’s been pretty cold, snowy and blustery here in Montana. We got one foot of snow dropped on us Saturday night. That was on top of the four plus inches we already had. Winds were gusting 45 mph and we lost electricity twice. I’m just glad the electric came back on. Temps were around 10 degrees and less. Brrrr.

But I love living in Montana. The snow turns everything into winter wonderland and it’s just beautiful. It can be deadly, so you have to respect your surroundings and the elements. But it’s beautiful. The snow makes everything look clean, fresh and new.

Speaking of new, my sister has joined the ranks of quilters! I’m so excited for her. This past week-end she picked up her very first home sewing machine. And I must say she got a banging good deal. It came with a 1/4 inch foot, walking foot and quilting foot, as well as the other regular feet. It also came with a table extension. She did an excellent job of research and got a great machine with extra goodies.

I suggested to her to practice, practice, practice until she feels comfortable, before starting her first project.

Which brings me to say to all you new quilters, before starting your first project, practice on old cotton fabric such as old cut up sheets, pillowcases, shirts. You get the idea. Get to know what your machine can do before quilting that new project.

Also, as your mind comes up with ideas for projects you want to make, write them down in a notebook. Maybe you want to design. If you don’t have a design program for quilting, get some graft paper and draw.

This is an exciting time for those of you new to quilting. And it’s always exciting for those quilters who have been quilting for some time.

We all get to challenge ourselves with new blocks, new quilting techniques and honing our craft into not just usable but beautiful quilts and other items that bring a newness and freshness to ours and other people’s homes.

So congratulations to those who have began this new beginning, this new journey! You are only limited by your imagination and stash!

Until next time – What’s new for you?

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Moonlit Lily Pond

I don’t know what comes into your mind when you try to picture Moonlit Lily Pond. Maybe something Monet-ish? I am a fan of Monet and I have to admit when I was looking for fabric for this particular project, he did come across my mind, a lot.

The actual name for the pattern is “Solitude.” It was designed by Tricia Lynn Maloney. I found this pattern in a book called Jiffy Quick Quilts: Quilts for Those Short on TimeI was searching for the perfect quilt for my best friend, Mary Dostal. We have been friends since our daughters were little. It was going to be her birthday gift.

Moonlit Lily Pond
(Solitude designed by Tricia Lynn Maloney)

Because I wanted very particular colors I had to look at a lot of different places for fabric. I finally found what I wanted on Connecting Threads. They had a lovely collection of batiks that would work perfectly.

The colors are various shades of purple, periwinkle, greens, pale yellows (moonlight) and a gorgeous blue with turtles. (She loves turtles.) The backing is a printed flower blossoms in periwinkle. I machine quilted it with large petals.

This project didn’t take long to make. It is 58″x58″, the blocks are nice and big 10″ squares and it takes 25 blocks. It uses basic Four Patch and Five Patch squares and it has a lovely wide border. I was really happy with how it came together and even though it wasn’t perfect, it was still beautiful.

I also wanted to say, I really like this particular book. Even though it may be geared for the beginner quilter, there are some really nice patterns in it. I have made a couple of different quilts from it and there are still many more to be made.

That’s all for now, my friends. Thank you for joining me today. May the rest of your week flow smoothly.

Until next time – be inspired by art!

 

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What Do I Need?

WIP board with rulers
WIP board with rulers hanging next to it

I was talking with my sister today, who wants to start quilting, and her question to me was, “What do I need to get started?”

I was asked this same question from someone else who is eager to start quilting. In fact, it was the very question I asked the very helpful employees and customers at my local fabric store. (Use to be local store. I now live where it is very rural. In fact, mountainous. Closest fabric store is about 100 miles away or I shop via the internet, a lot.)

So I told my sister I would make a list and post it for her and for anyone else who would like to know what they need to begin quilting.

Now keep in mind, this is just to get you started. I have been quilting for about three years now and I am always adding to my tools to make my quilting projects easier. So if you see something online or in your local fabric store that looks like it might help you, go for it.

Another thing to keep in mind, are you going to machine quilt your projects or hand quilt? Some of the things needed for hand quilting may be a bit different. I like to be able to do both. Depending on the size of the quilt and who it is for (an adult vs a child) will determine on whether it is machine or hand quilted. I will say that with the nifty quilting rulers that are available now, I am going to do more machine quilting.

So let’s get started getting some supplies together:

  • Cutting mat, preferably one that is 36″x24″ (sometimes you can get one as a kit, that comes with a rotary cutter)
  • Rotary cutter and extra blades (Olfa and Fiskers make nice ones)
  • 6.5″x24″ acrylic ruler
  • 6″ square acrylic ruler
  • maybe a smaller ruler size of your choice
  • fabric chalk pencils (3 or 4 different colors)
  • Straight pins approximately 1.5″ long
  • Basting pins medium and large (they look like bent safety pins)
  • a handle to put on your large ruler (helps with control when you are cutting – they have suction cups to hold it to your ruler)
  • tape measurer – never hurts
  • shears (large scissors)
  • snipping scissors (little scissors to trim threads)
  • Hand quilting? You will need Between needles (size 10-12) and a large quilting hoop
  • quilting gloves (you can buy expensive ones or get a pack of cotton gardening gloves with the silicon dots on the fingertips and palms, they work just as well.)
  • quilters thread (I use a neutral color, a lot. I also use coordinating colors, depending on the project. But neutral works great, especially for stitching in the ditch.)
  • Walking foot (you can find one for most sewing machines)
  • Spray Quilting Basting (it helps keep your quilt sandwich together)
  • Books – find a couple of beginner quilting books. Or go online to any of the links I have listed under my Favorite Places or even click on the merchants I have on my pages. You can find real nice quilt patterns for free or for a small price.
  • Once you have picked out your pattern, you will need fabric, batting and backing.

Oh and one more thing, YouTube! There are some great videos on there that will help to get you started on your journey to quilting.

Did I mention a large table? In my sewing room I have one of those white folding tables you can get at your warehouse stores. It’s about 2’x6′, and I really need another one. But when I am quilting a large quilt I move my sewing machine to that table to give my quilt more support. The bigger quilts get pretty heavy. So if you have a large dining room table that would be ideal. If not pick up one of the folding tables.

Wow! That is quite the list. I hope I didn’t forget anything. So, you probably won’t get everything on your first shopping trip. Again, check out my favorite places and the merchants on my site. There is always a sale going on some where. And don’t forget your friendly Amazon.com and even Walmart.com. I am all for a bargin! Some of that stuff can get spendy.

If you have any questions, please send me an email at lodgepolequilting@gmail.com. I will do my best to answer your question and get back to you in a timely manner.

Until then, happy quilting everyone!