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Catch-up News Tuesday

Greetings fellow quilters and visitors! I hope you all had a great week-end and are having a great week thus far. It is a gorgeous day today here in Montana. Blue skies, temperatures in the 60’s, pollen count rising, yep it’s great! Aaacchhhoooo! I’m not complaining, really. I love this weather, just not the pollen. But that’s what allergy medicine, eye drops and nasal spray come are for, so I can go outside and play with Monty dog.

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Monty dog napping under the cutting table while I sew.

I did get some seeds pre-started for my soon to be a garden. I purchased one of those little kits that comes with peat discs and a plastic dome. Those are pretty cool. I have cucumbers and lettuce showing their little leaves now. I’m waiting for the tomatoes and spinach to start appearing. When my husband gets home we will get the garden going. I’m excited! I still have to get a couple more seed packets. I want bush beans and he wants peppers. I also have carrots and radishes still to plant, but I’ll wait until we get the garden done.

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NK Lawn & Garden 36 Pellet Greenhouse


I have been slowly working on my personal project, Around the Square Set. I am hand stitching the binding on each piece, just taking my time. At night when I am watching a little TV is when I am doing that. It keeps my hands busy.

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Around the Square Set Placemat and coasters completed

I did get all of my fabric cut for the quilt pattern I received from Annie’s. I will start that article along with pictures tomorrow.

Here are a few things I wanted to share with you today:

AccuQuilt is having their 10th Anniversary and they are celebrating it with some super cute limited edition dies. Click here to get yours today!

On Jacquelynne Steves blog you will find 26 free Spring quilt patternsĀ  to download for yourself. I just took a quick peak at them, but what I saw was super cute. If you are still suffering late winter blues, these will definitely cheer you up!

Today is the last day to purchase fabric for 25% off at Fabric Depot. These folks are online and located in Portland, Oregon, my old stomping grounds. They have some real nice fabric, so check them out.

Well it sounds like the county is grating our road. Yay! No more potholes! We live on what use to be a logging road so every Spring they come through and grate it to get rid of the worst potholes. It helps save on the suspension and just makes it nicer to walk on.

That’s all I have for now, my friends. Hope the rest of your week is wonderful and Spring-like. We are supposed to see temperatures up to the lower 80’s by Friday and then taper back down to normal.

Until next time – What’s in Your garden?

 

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Taxing Tuesday

Greetings everyone! Today is the dreaded Tax day. I hope everyone has filed their taxes by now. But I am sure there are a few out there who have waited for the deadline to get them done. Kind of like those folks who wait until the last minute to shop for Christmas. Procrastinators unite!

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It’s so much easier to get taxes filed now than before. The ease of preparing and filing them on line has made life a little easier. However, the tax codes just get more complicated each year. This year we took our taxes to a CPA and had them do it. I was more than happy to pay for someone else to tackle that mess. Last year still gives me nightmares. But enough on that subject. I have better things to talk about today.

I am almost done with my Around the Square Set. I have quilted the coasters, napkins and one of the place mats. I used a stencil that I have had for a few years for the place mat and then I used Westalee’s Templates for the napkins and coasters. Those were a lot of fun to use. I purchased my set, for domestic machines, which included the ruler foot, from Nancy’s Notions. You can also purchase them from Connecting Threads. Click on the picture below to get your own set!

Westalee Sampler Templates - Set of 6 from ConnectingThreads.com

Here are some pictures of the Around the Square Set made in wine, creams and green fabric I had in my fat quarter and jelly roll stash. The batting is left overs from previous projects. I always save those because you never know where they can be used.

It was pretty easy using the Westalee templates. I really like how the spirals came out on the napkins and the flowers on the coasters. For the stencil on the place mats I actually drew the stencil on paper and then made copies of it on my Carol Doaks Foundation Paper. I have a hard time with trying to see colored pencils, chalk and other types of transferring medium on fabric. It all seems to blend away. So even though I have to remove the foundation paper after sewing my pattern, at least I can see what I am sewing. Just one of the challenges of being color blind.

I used a neutral thread color by Coats and Clark. It was just an all-purpose thread. I’m saving the good stuff for the items I’m going to sell in my Etsy store and hopefully in the co-op in town.

The binding is going to be 1 1/2 inch wide instead of the typical 2 1/4 or 2 1/2 inch wide. I am going to make it out of the left over fabric I used to make the set. It should come out pretty nice. I think this sample set will look nice in my dining area. My husband isn’t so sure about the napkins, though. He has a hard enough of a time just using the ones I made that aren’t quilted. I keep telling him they are washable. Silly man.

I will be making the Around the Square Set in various colors so I am sure they will appeal to everyone. I have also been thinking about adding a table runner with the set. Won’t that be lovely? I am going to have to purchase more fabric. Wait, what am I saying? I GET to purchase more fabric! There, that’s better.

That’s about all for now. I got the taxes done. The Around the Square Set is almost completed. New project is ready to go. All right!

Just a couple of reminders, if you click on any of the merchandisers displayed on this website and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. So I want to thank all of those who do so, because you help keep my website going. Also, please remember all of my personal designs, such as Around the Square Set, are copyright protected. Please respect that.

Be sure to sign up to receive an email every time I post a new blog. I promise I won’t load up your email with tons of posts. And please, leave me a comment, even if it’s just to say hello!

Until next time – Where is my refund? I need to buy more fabric!

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Friday the 13th

Ok, everyone knows you just can’t do anything productive on Friday the 13th, right? I mean, black bears (ahem.. cats), large ghostly apparitions (oh wait, those are elk) and… WHAT WAS THAT NOISE?… Oh… a tom turkey yelling at his harem…

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Rainbow on the ridge. Picture taken from my front porch Apr 8, 2018.

Today was to be the day I finished at least one of my many projects cooking on the back burners. Instead it was spent making phone calls to find out how much rock and dirt and HOW MUCH IS THAT BILL? (paying bills) day. Sorry, yes I know I have rocks and dirt here, just not top soil for a garden. And if you like boulders then I have plenty of those. I need crushed rock for the shop hubby is building in his non-existent spare time. I need wire or some type of fencing to keep the wild life out of my soon to be garden. And I need to find time to finish at least one project.

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Well I did actually finish one project this week. I tend to save my Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club shipments to complete when I am in-between projects or just need to think about something else instead of why my project looks so great on paper but is totally off the beam when sewn together, kind of days.

So I made this wonderfully fun tote and now it’s waiting to be put in use. I love Hydrangeas. We had two huge bushes in front of the house when I was a kid. They were my mom’s pride and joy, besides her roses and azaleas. I would try to grow them here but I am afraid the deer and elk would think they were being served salad. So instead I will enjoy my tote made with hydrangea printed fabric and be happy.

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Spring Tote From Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club, Heavenly Hydrangeas Collection by Clothworks

I did get to play a little with a couple of free motion quilting rulers I have. Before you sew the outer shell of the tote together you have an opportunity to quilt it any way you like. So I did some stitch in the ditch using my Slim ruler and then I made arches with my little Archie ruler. Both of those were designed by Angela Walters and made by Creative Grids.

I did design a place mat set which will include coordinating napkins and coasters. I completed to placemat tops and have started on the napkins. The coasters will be paper pieced because the pieces of fabric will be little and I think it will be easier to paper piece it instead of trying to cut it.

I am using fat quarters and jelly rolls from my stash to make these. The fabric is a combination from Moda (purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop) and Connecting Threads (Hudson Valley by Country Essentials). Unfortunately I misplaced the tag that identified the Moda design. It happens when all the fat quarters are separated by color and put into a large storage tote.

Barring any other interruptions I should have the set completed, backing and batting as well as quilted, by Sunday. I hope. Then I plan to start on another project.

So in the meantime, you all have a safe Friday the 13th and a wonderful week-end.

Until next time – I’m not superstitious, I’m a quilter!

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Mid-Week Update

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Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday! Why am I excited about Wednesday? Because it’s two days closer to when my husband gets home! Yay! Also, the snow is finally, well mostly, gone! I hope. Still can’t plant the bulbs yet or get my garden planted, but we are getting closer to when it will happen. I can hardly wait.

I did want to remind every one that Fabric.com is still having their FABRIC MADNESS going on, so if you haven’t entered into the drawing now is the time to do so. Just click on the link below and good luck!


I know Easter is just a few days away and I have to confess I have made nothing for the occasion. There are tons of cute, free patterns out there and in fact one of my favorite sites has about 25 of them listed. Hop on over to Jacquelynne Steves blog and find a cute project to make to celebrate the holiday.

Be sure to check your favorite fabric and craft stores this coming week-end. There will be lots of sales going on both on line and especially in the stores. I am hoping I will get to go to Joann’s Fabric and Craft store this coming week-end, myself.

I have started cutting fabric for one of my newly designed quilts. I had some lovely batik that I had purchased from Connecting Threads set aside for a different project (two years ago) and decided to use it to make this new quilt. Connecting Threads has some very nice fabric collections and their fabric is real good quality.

Being color blind makes it a challenge sometimes when I am trying to decide on what fabric to use for my quilts but Connecting Threads alleviates the guess work. I just pick a collection I like and then choose the fabric I want to use out of that collection. I know it will all coordinate. I get excited when I go to other fabric websites and find fabric collections there as well. No guess work on whether it will coordinate. It makes quilting and buying fabric a lot more fun. And of course if my husband is around I always ask for his advise.

One more thing before I go, for those of you quilters that have one of the Accuquilt Go Cutter systems, they are having a couple of sales going on right now. And today is the last day for free shipping. So head over there and get your order in for some new stuff!

Accuquilt deals and current offers!

Well, that’s it for now. I am headed back to the cutting table and am just about ready to get my Flying Trapeze II sewn together. My goal is to get this top done before hubby gets home. We’ll see if I succeed. I did get the dog bathed and the house cleaned today so I can concentrate on sewing the rest of today and tomorrow.

Until next time – Have a blessed Easter!

 

 

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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?