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No April Fool’s Here!

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.

Union Square with gingham blocks

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.

Moda Love Charm Quilt Wall Hanging

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.

PEACEFUL copyright protected (c) LodgePole Quilting 2018

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.

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

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.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

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!

Until next time – How does your garden grow?

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Snowy Sunday

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It’s snowing like mad here in Montana. We had a good snow storm last week that left us with about 7 inches of snow. After it started melting we now are looking at another possible 6 to 8 inches. I love it! Of course I stay indoors and drink lots of hot tea and quilt. What do you do when the weather is bad?

Speaking of quilting, Moda had a fun little quilt project last week. It was called Moda Love In Quilt Sew-a-long. I made three quilts, one from Moda Garden Variety charms and two from Moda Quill mini charms. Here are my pictures. The mini charm quilts are completed and the charm quilt is still being hand quilted.

Moda Love Mini Charm Quilt – Moda Quill Mini Charms – made and hand quilted by LaTawnia Porter
Moda Love Mini Charm Quilt – Moda Quill mini charms – made and machine quilted (scribbles) by LaTawnia Porter
Moda Love Charm Quilt – Moda Garden Variety Charms – made and being hand quilted by LaTawnia Porter

These were a lot of fun and super easy to make. And a great way to use some of my stash so I can make room for new charms and mini charms.

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

I am super excited to start National Quilters Circle Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt. This is a free quilt project open to any one. If you have never done paper piecing quilting now is your chance to try. So click on the link and join it today. This should be lots of fun!

I am clearing up some of my UFOs. It’s a good feeling. It also makes room for more UFOs. What can I say, I get several projects going at once. I try to just do one at a time but ….. I find a new quilt pattern I have to try or design one and then one thing leads to another. I find myself with several projects going at once. Are you a one project at a time person or are you like me, several projects at a time person?

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I know Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Unfortunately I haven’t made anything for Valentines. But Jacquelynne Steves has a list of free Valentines projects you can check out. Just click on her linked name to see the projects!

Well, it’s time for more tea and back to finishing my Moda Love Quilt so I can finish a couple more quilts before I start the National Quilters Circle Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt. By the way, if you are doing any hand quilting, let me recommend Aurifil 50 wt thread. It’s smooth and silky as well as strong. And it comes in some amazing colors. I absolutely love it. You can purchase it from one of my favorite places, Fat Quarter Shop. Click on the link and check it out!

Have a great week! I hope everyone stays safe and warm and dry. Winter isn’t over and grab some tea, sit back and quilt!

Until next time – Mmmmmm nothing like a cup of hot Chai tea