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I’m not slacking, honest!

Welcome visitors and friends! I am so glad you decided to stop by. We have been experiencing some turbulent Spring weather here in NW Montana. Rain, thunderstorms, flooding, sunshine and temperatures that range from low 60’s to mid 80’s. How has the weather been where you are?

I did get a little visitor a couple of weeks ago. A sparrow fell down the chimney pipe that goes to my pellet stove. I had to have my neighbor come and disconnect part of the pipe and then I covered it in bird netting. After shutting Monty dog in my bedroom, the little fella finally came out and I was able to capture it. Poor thing was covered in soot.

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Little bird caught inside my house
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Poor thing covered in soot

I promise, I haven’t been slacking, really I haven’t. I have been dealing with severe back trouble for the last few weeks. So it has put my quilting  and blogging behind. So while I have been recuperating I have been building my stock of crocheted reusable dry sweeper pads to sell on Etsy. In fact I have already sold a set! I am making them in various colors that won’t show too much dirt.

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Colorful Catchall

I did complete my very colorful catchall. Now that my sampler is done, I can make more. It was real easy. I cut strips 1 “, 1 1/2″, 2″ and 2/1/2” wide with my Accuquilt Go Cutter and strip cutting dies. After sewing them together, I cut my strips to 15″ x 15″ square. I cut (2) 15″ squares out of fusible fleece. I also cut out the same size from a fat quarter for the lining.

Well, you can see the results for yourself. I quilted waves on the outside and straight line on the inside. I will be making these in various sizes and colors to be sold on Etsy. I am also building my stock for the co-op store. WooHoo!

I did get a baby quilt I have designed started. Since I can’t sit or stand for too long at a time, this is taking longer than normal. This quilt should be just a day project but I have to baby my back until it’s better. Anyway, here are a couple of pictures. I am calling the quilt “Ship A Sailing.” The fabric used in this project is from the 3 Wishes Itty Bittys Collection purchased from Hancock Fabrics. It’s incredibly soft. It’s labeled 100 %  cotton and feels like brushed cotton or baby flannel. I just like how it feels. I think it will be wonderful quilt. I am using a cotton solid powder blue sashing between the blocks and for the border, as well as the binding. The backing will be Seawater Friends Having Fun cotton fabric.

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Seawater Friends Having Fun cotton fabric
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Ship A Sailing blocks with powder blue sashing
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Ship A Sailing block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The batting will be Quilter’s Dream, 100% cotton, thin loft. This will keep the quilt from becoming too heavy, yet provide just the right amount of warmth for the baby.

My garden is flourishing. I have picked all of the radishes for now. I did reseed some more. My tomatoes are growing, the lettuce is tasty, as well as the spinach. In fact I enjoyed a very yummy spinach quiche tonight!

I am waiting for green onions, kale, chilies and peppers to start producing. My sole surviving cucumber is starting to grow more. My bush beans are doing well and I’m waiting for tasty beets and carrots. Many thanks to my sweet husband who built this garden for me. It gives me lots of pleasure to work in it.

Well that’s all I have for now. Hopefully my back will be better soon and I will be back quilting full swing. I have signed up for a BOM and will be posting that when it gets started. Also I have several new projects to start and complete. And I will be showcasing a special project with a giveaway.

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Until next time – Who’s got your back?

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Pink Lemonade Quilt – Part 2

Greetings visitors and fellow quilters! I am so glad you could stop by today and see how things are progressing with the Pink Lemonade Quilt Pattern I received for free (to showcase on my blog) from Annie’s Catalog.

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Pink Lemonade Quilt Pattern from Annie’s Catalog

There has been some great progress made. I have to say I really like easy to make quilts and this is definitely one that falls into that category. When I first look at a quilt pattern I am not always sure just how things will work out. But this one is really straight-forward. I like to make a sample block just to see how the pieces fit together. Here is a picture of the one I made for this quilt.

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Sample block of Pink Lemonade Quilt from Annie’s Catalog

I really like how the colors work together, even that solid tan/stone color. There is enough neutral tones in the various fabrics to pull the solid color in.


Once I have made the sample block, I then like set up an assembly line, of sorts. Since this block is basically made up of three parts, I did the top section first. Then I put the two “side” sections together. Once those two were completed I joined the top with the bottom.

It only took me a few hours to make all twenty blocks. They went together real nice. Each block is 10 1/2 inches square and I did use my 10 1/2 inch square ruler to square up any block that didn’t conform. I am happy to say they all conformed!


Next step was placing the blocks, according to the pattern, on my design wall (old vinyl tablecloth with felt side out) to see how they will look.

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Pink Lemonade blocks on design wall

Can I say I LIKE it? I really do. I think the interplay of the colors and designs of the fabrics are perfect. Who knew it would look so good? Sorry it’s not a better picture. But when I get the top completed I will take a picture of it outside.

Now it is time to join the blocks, add the three different borders and then the top will be complete. Next will be the quilt sandwich, quilting and then binding. Then the Pink Lemonade will be done.

Now the fun stuff. The GIVEAWAY! Yes, it’s ready. Thanks to a wonderful lady (from Annie’s Catalog) who helps affiliates like me, the GIVEAWAY is ready! Starting midnight tonight you can enter to win a digital copy of the Pink Lemonade Quilt Pattern. All you have to do is follow the link below, fill out the questions and do what is required to enter! That’s it! Remember, there is only one winner for this giveaway, so be sure to do everything and I believe you can enter every day! So good luck and have fun!

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Until next time – Who will be the lucky winner?

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A Lazy Thursday

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Flying Trapeze II, Designed by LaTawnia Porter. Copyright protected.

Good afternoon everyone! I hope your week has been a good one thus far. We have almost made it to the weekend, just one more day.

I got to enjoy some wonderful time with my husband. Since his truck was broke down and he had to wait on repairs his home time was extended. Granted he didn’t make any money on those extra days but I got to spend more time with him. So it was worth it to me.

While he was outside working on the shop he is building I spent a little time working on my new quilt design, Flying Trapeze II.

The top is almost complete. All that is left is the outer border. It will be a three inch finished border. I am using the same solid navy blue that I used in the HST triangles. For the binding I am using the dark multi-colored batik that is paired with the navy blue.

Today I spent time looking at fabric (one of my favorite ways to spend time, especially on rainy days) on several of my fabric sites. I found the most adorable baby fabric. So now I have to sit down and design a baby quilt. Ideas are swimming in my mind…. I “sea” all types of possibilities! I just hope I don’t become adrift in my imaginations. Thankfully Monty dog is here to keep me anchored and not let me flounder or crash on the shore.

Yes, I found cute little boats and sea creatures. Way too adorable. So off to designing the perfect quilt I go.

On other news, I bought some fabric for a pattern that I received from Annie’s Catalog. I will be highlighting the quilt making process as I go along and there will be a giveaway. So be sure to sign-up for email notifications, that way you will always be notified when I have a new post.

I do hope we have seen the last of winter here in Montana and you all are now beginning to enjoy Spring.

Until next time – Anchors Away!

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Saturday Paper Piecing Design

Welcome every one to the first Saturday after Spring! I don’t know about any one else, but I woke up to snow, on the ground. This is after most of it had melted away. Oh, I still had patches of snow, but really, new snow on the ground. I was looking forward to planting my lily bulbs. I guess I will have to wait another week. How about where you are? Are you still experiencing wintry conditions?

Last week-end I spent the time working on some new quilt designs. I really enjoy letting my imagination go and just draw. Now, I am no Monet, but with a ruler I can draw a pretty straight line. I even broke out the colored pencils and markers for a couple of the designs.

Right now I am trying figure out the best way to paper piece “Dahlia”. I have drawn out the 16 center blocks individually (drawing on graph paper really helps because the little squares represent one inch and that works when making my blocks 8 inch square) making sure each block remains true the design.

Now that I have all of my individual blocks drawn and printed on foundation paper (Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper) I am trying to figure out what is the best way to piece it. Let me tell you, even after watching paper piecing for dummies on YouTube, I am still having a devil of a time. They say the hardest part is the first piece, I say the hardest part is trying to figure out what the first piece should be and then build from there.

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“Dahlia” designed by LaTawnia Porter 2018

Again, having never done paper piecing before, I had to choose a design that couldn’t be simple (at least I didn’t start with “Spot Lights”). However, I do know once I conquer it, it will be beautiful. So I am open to suggestions on starting points and advice from those of you who are familiar with creating your own paper piecing designs. In the meantime I have made several copies of block one and I have lots of scrap fabric and plenty of thread. So my hope is to get a better grip on paper piecing this weekend and have something exciting to show in a few days.

                

I am looking forward to making all of the other quilts I have designed. I like all of them equally well. The “Flying Trapeze” and “Flying Trapeze II” will be lots of fun and I will be able to use scraps in both of them as well.

I am going to be most purposeful with choosing fabric for “Mountain Lake at Night.” I know what colors I want in it, especially for the stars. That quilt will be very pretty on a bed or as a wall hanging.

I think “Spot Lights” will be lots of fun to make as well. (As soon as I conquer paper piecing.) I see fussy cuts in the center squares on point. Just not sure what the fussy cuts will be yet. I’m still rolling ideas around in my head.

Again, those of you quilters who do a lot of paper piecing designing and quilting, I would appreciate any advice you may have for my little project. And in the meantime, I will push forward and will hopefully answer and conquer my own issues with it. I love new challenges in quilting and I know I can meet and beat this challenge.

Thanks for coming by. I look forward to hearing from you. Please be sure to leave a comment!

Until next time – What is your quilting challenge?

        

All of the quilt designs in this article, “Flying Trapeze”, “Flying Trapeze II”, “Dahlia”, “Spot Lights”, and “Mountain Lake at Night” are copy right protected. They were designed by LaTawnia Porter March 18, 2018.