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Oh Me, Oh My, How Time Flies!

It’s always amazing to me when I see we are approaching the middle of what was a new month. I haven’t decided if it’s because the older I get time seems shorter, or if time really is flying by.

I do know the SEW HOT IRON REST GIVEAWAY is almost over. If you haven’t entered now is the time to do so. The Giveaway ends April 14, 2019 at 12am. I will be announcing the winner on Tuesday April 16, 2019. Click here to enter the giveaway!

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I entered a designer fabric challenge through Modern Quilt Guild. They sent me five fat eighths. I was looking at them and thinking, “What am I going to do with these?” The upside of this challenge is I can use additional fabric from the same designer in my challenge. I decided to design a quilt. I’m calling it Star Blossoms.

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I have completed the nine star blocks. Five of them are 20.5 inches square including their borders and four of them are 14.5 inches square with their borders.

The designer is Riley Blake. I really like all of their collections and since I had some fat quarters and scraps I was able to use them with the five fat eighths I received. It was definitely a challenge in choosing fabric and which star block to make. I had one block I was going to use this great fabric for and I totally mis-calculated what I needed to cut and wasted two perfect fat quarters. It just about made me sick. However I was able to use some of it in another star block. Whew.

Here are some pictures of the star blocks I made.


I used Riley Blake Designs Simply Happy, Shortcake, Wild Bouquet, Vintage Crayola, Granny Chic Solids, Gingham Small Cotton Yellow and of course, the five fat eighths. I think they came out pretty good. I like star blocks and let me tell you I have tons of quilt designs crowding my mind with all of the various blocks I have found. I need more paper and pencils!

I used the five fat eighths in the Ohio star block, Sawtooth star block, Fractured star block and in Star Struck star block.

Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

The background is going to be white, Riley Blake Designs white, of course and the border is a red print and the backing is a blue plaid, again, Riley Blake Designs fabrics. I’m using Aurifil MK-50 2026 (white) thread for all of the piecing. I haven’t decided on the quilting part yet. It just depends on how it comes out once it’s all put together.

I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting System and various dies to cut these stars. Let me tell you, that is such a time saver. Not to mention how much easier it was to cut half rectangle triangles. No calculating on my part. So thank you Accuquilt! You made cutting block pieces so much easier.

Thankfully I have until the 31st of May to get this all finished. I did get the hard part completed. I will have more pictures later.

Until then, don’t forget to enter the Giveaway. I am going to be having another one in about a week. So be sure to sign up for the emails. You will want to enter this one as well. Oh, I do love giveaways!

One last thing, I am entering several quilts I have made in a quilt show that is being held Saturday, April 13, 2019. My stomach is doing flip-flops. It’s the first time I have ever done anything like this. It’s one thing to give my work to family and friends, but to have my quilts on display for strangers to look at…. well… flip-flops. Thankfully there isn’t any judging on these. Okay, that’s it for now.

Until next time – Spring is here – what’s blooming in your quilting?

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Happy Worldwide Quilting Day!

Or Happy National Quilting Day! What ever day you want to call it, celebrate quilting with the rest of your quilting friends around the world.

So what are you doing to celebrate this day? There are several great sales going on to celebrate today. Also, if you are signed up on Instagram and or get email from the Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber then you know they have a very sweet pattern for free. You can make it in a wall hanging size or a lap quilt size. The quilt is called Piece, Love & Quilting.

If you want, you can also enter your quilt to try and be one of three winners. Sounds like fun, right? Here is the link https://blog.fatquartershop.com/free-pattern-worldwide-quilting-day-contest/

I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system and was able to cut 98% of the pattern in just a matter of a couple of hours. Of course that included fresh cups of hot tea. Here is a photo of my version of Piece, Love & Quilting.

Piece, Love and Quilting Fat Quarter Shop Free Quilt Pattern

As you can see, it’s all ready to be quilted. I made the wall hanging to hang up in my sewing room. This is a super fast and fun little pattern. Let’s hope it’s a winner. By the way, the challenge runs from today (March 16, 2019) through Sunday, March 31, 2019. So you have time to get your free pattern, make your quilt and submit it. Have fun making it! I know I did.

I told you I decided to enter some quilts in the local quilt show that will take place next month. I finally made my final decisions and there will be eight quilt products I am showing. I finished piecing together my own designed quilt, Peaceful, and it is now spray basted and ready to be quilted. I am just waiting for some clear thread to arrive. I want to do some detailed quilting on it but not take away from the pattern or colors. My husband says it has an optical illusion about it. I am just very pleased with how the colors came together. I used Kona Cotton solids for the blocks, Michael Miller’s Mer-Mates Current stripe Tropical and for the backing I am using Kaffe Fassett Collective Brassica Pastels.

“Peaceful” designed by LaTawnia Porter copy right protected (c) LodgePole Quilting 2018
Kaffe Fassett Collective Brassica Pastels

I think the backing is going to be just as pretty as the front! This wall hanging will be displayed in the living room. I purchased all of the fabric from Fabric.com. They have great fabric and real good prices and fabric is always on sale. I used Aurifil MK50 2026 for piecing. I’m going to be using a clear, mono-filament thread, but I don’t remember what brand I ordered. I think it was Aurifil. It will be the first time I have ever used this type of thread so I have some practice sandwich pieces to practice on. I want to tension to be right. I understand it can be a bit stretchy. Since I tend to sew like I’m driving a race car, I’ll have to watch my speed and keep it nice and slow.

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Remember the quilt-along I told you about last week? It’s almost here! It starts March 22, 2019! So stay tuned to Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber Blog so you can be a part of it! It’s the Union Square Block Quilt. Here are a couple more blocks I made for it.

I made these with Riley Blake’s Simply Happy fat quarters. And I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system to cut the pieces. I have to say, that thing has saved me a lot of time and makes it possible to get to sewing my pieces together so much faster. What can I say, I love my Accuquilt Go! Cutting system!

That’s it for now. Spring is finally appearing here in NW Montana. They (the weather people) are talking about temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. Yay! That means all of this snow will melt and I can start planning my garden! And all of this snow will melt. Did I say that already? We have a ton of snow here.

Don’t forget, you can now find me on Instagram @lodgepolequilting. So be sure to follow me there! Also, I do use affiliate links but I don’t store your information. Check out my policy page to see how they are used.

Until next time – HAPPY WORLDWIDE/NATIONAL QUILTING DAY!

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Quilt Show Preparation

Hello all of you wonderful visitors! I am so glad you chose to stop by and visit us here at LodgePole Quilting. This is the place where quilting, designing quilts and just living in Montana happens.

Just to let you know I do use affiliate links. So if you purchase something I will get a small commission. It helps keep this website going. So thank you for any purchases you make. Also, you can now follow me on Instagram! My profile is @lodgepolequilting. See you there!

There is a bit happening here in our neck of the woods. I have decided to enter our local quilt show. It’s being held at the high school in town. It will be a first time for me. Okay, I have to admit just the thought of it makes me a bit nauseous. I recognize my limited skills, though they are improving. But knowing people I don’t know are going to be judging my quilts, with all of their warts (my quilts not the people), makes me a bit anxious. At least I won’t have to stand next to them. I can attend the show and no one will know I made those quilts. That way when they talk about the uneven stitching, mismatched seams, and general amateurish quilting I can pretend they aren’t my quilts. They belong to some other poor, deluded quilter. Oh wait! I just remembered my name will be on them. Maybe I’ll go in disguise.

I will hopefully have six quilts to enter. Four are completed. I just finished two of them yesterday. Okay I will admit one of them I totally love. The fabric, design and yes, even the quilting is great. Looking at the quilt makes me sooo happy and well, I have to confess, proud. And, it is the one I made for the FatQuarter Shop quilt-along!

The other quilt is one I had designed and put together about a year ago. It’s called Flying Trapeze II. After I commenced quilting it I sort of regretted the design I chose. I think a different design would have been better. But what was I to do? Rip it out? That wasn’t going to happen. Because I have carpel tunnel in both wrists, quilting is difficult for me due to extreme numbness in my fingers, arms and hands. So with that limitation, my lines are all squiggly. It does kind of work because of the pattern in one of the fabrics. We’ll see what the judges think.

The third completed quilt is the one on our bed. It’s our wedding quilt I made three years ago. The colors are light and dark creams with splashes of deep red squares through out. My husband helped me pick out the fabric and he chose the backing, a beautiful cream and deep red plaid. Because this is a queen size quilt I ended up hand-tying it. There wasn’t any way I would be able to machine quilt it. I was also on pain medicine because I had managed to break my left ankle during that time.

And the fourth is one I designed this past summer, Stars Americana. That was a lot of fun to make. The quilting is mainly stitch in the ditch, so it was pretty simple.

So that leaves two more quilts. One of them I am currently hand quilting and the other one I have yet to put together.

Oh! you want pictures? Well, I have a couple. The quilt for the quilt-along I can only show the back right now. The unveiling for the front is still a week away. Here you go!

Flying Trapeze II (c) protected 2018 LodgePole Quilting, designed, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter

 

From Best of Fons & Porter Easy Quilts: Blocks in a Box designed by July Hopkins, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter.
Backing of FatQuarter Shop Quilt-along.
Stars Americana (c) protected 2018 LodgePole Quilting designed, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, that is a lot of snow in those two pictures. We have received over two feet of the stuff. What you are seeing behind the quilts is the piles my neighbor has made with his plow, clearing my driveway and making a path for me. That’s just one of the great things about living here. Neighbors looking out for neighbors.

Speaking of which, I need to go check on my neighbor’s kitty. I’ve been kitty sitting while they have been away playing in the sun and enjoying the warm climes of Florida. So I’m going to go for now.

I’ll be posting again in a couple of days. I have some update photos of the quilt I’ve been making for the quilt along. And who knows, I might have another finished quilt to show you!

Until next time – What quilt shows are you going to?

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Oh What Fun!

Good morning new visitors and friends and family! I am so glad you decided to stop by today and see what’s happening at LodgePole Quilting.

January 2019 First snow fall

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Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

I don’t know about any where else, but here in Montana we have received a lot of snow. Compared to last year, we have probably gotten twice as much. I am going to guess almost two feet. And there is still more on the way. I know, I know, I said I wanted lots of snow, but… I think I’m ready for it to stop snowing and get on to the melting part. At this rate it will be June before it’s melted and gone. Sheesh. I can see all of my garden plans being buried under the mounds of snow.

I have been keeping busy indoors. I am still clearing out my UFOs. I’m working on the Bellisimo quilt Connecting Threads quilt kit for our bed. It’s coming along nicely. I have three more rows to put together and then sew all of the rows together. I am going to hand tie the quilt. I found some nice crafting thread that will work lovely with the quilt. I am also still hand quilting the Moda Love Charm Quilt. This is being done in the evenings while watching television. I did get a quilt I designed cut out. It’s just waiting to be put together. And two more quilts are now ready for quilting. I will show you those when they are complete.

I do have some exciting news. I am going to be just one of several bloggers who are going to participate in a quilt-along. Woohoo! The quilt-along won’t be for a few more weeks but I thought I would give you a sneak preview.

I am using Riley Blake’s Simply Happy Fat quarters. These are so bright and colorful, they remind me that Spring really isn’t that far away. With all of the snow around me I need that reminder. I will also be using Riley Blake’s Small Gingham in yellow and for the backing Riley Blake’s Bee Backing 108″ wide in Red Bandana. Also Aurifil thread for the piecing and quilting. I have to say it’s one of my favorite brands of thread. I’ve given you the links but here are a few pictures of the fabric.

Using my trusty Accuquilt Go! Cutting System and four of the cutting dies out of my Mix and Match 8 inch Qube I was able to cut most of the pieces needed for my quilt block. Oh the more I quilt and design quilts the more I realize I need more dies from Accuquilt!

In my next blog I will show you some pictures of the pieces I have cut and how nicely they go together. It really makes putting a block together much faster. And no dog ears to deal with.

It’s time for more tea and back to quilting I go. I do hope you have a great week! May it be fill with the joys of quilting, great tea and signs of Spring.

Until next time – Who has Spring flowers?