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Sunny Tuesday

Hello, hello! I’m so happy to see you here today! I hope your week is going great so far. We actually have some beautiful sunshine today after cloudy days. It is getting frosty in the mornings but as long as it’s sunny I can handle it. How is it in your area?

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!

We have two winners of the Autumn Give Away! Let’s give them a big hand!

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Colleen P. and Mindy T. are now the proud recipients of Annie’s Favorite Quilts From Precuts.  They now have 28 new time-saving quilt projects to add to their collection. One fun fact about these two ladies – they are mother and daughter! The daughter has been quilting and sewing for many years and mom has just started her quilting journey. How exciting is that.

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Many thanks to Annie’s Catalog for making this give away possible. Thank you every one for participating in the give away. Sign up for our email to stay in the know for the next give away!

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The new LodgePole Quilting Shop is up and running. You can purchase the Shades of Winter Quilt in four different sizes: lap, twin, queen and king. The quilt is custom-made so it does take about 4-6 weeks from start to finish (including shipping time). If you want to order this quilt as a gift for Christmas you will want to order it by the end of October to ensure it arrives before Christmas.

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You can also now purchase the Stars Americana Quilt pattern in either digital or paper. This is a great quilt, only 40″ x 40″, which makes it perfect for a table topper or a wall hanging.

This quilt pattern is rich in detailed instructions and colored images to guide any quilter, whether they are a novice quilter or an advanced quilter.

Check out the store often and look for more new items to appear.

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Don’t forget, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Love yourself and your family, get your mammogram done today.

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That’s it for now. Thank you for stopping by! Congratulations again to Colleen P and Mindy T! Look for the next give away to make its appearance soon!

Until next time – What are you quilting today?

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Yay! It’s Friday!

Hi there, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am glad it’s Friday! Not only that, but I finally completed my reversible 60 inch quilted table cloth! Yay!

Pictured above is side one and side two of the table cloth. I hadn’t put them together yet, obviously.

But here is a couple pictures of the two sides put together. I can’t wait to put it on my table.

I really like both sides. Side one is so Spring-y and side two makes me think of cool lakes in the early Spring, still being embraced by Winter’s last snow. And, well, as you can see, we still have a bit of snow here in Montana. I’m not sad to see it go as I am looking forward to planting my lily bulbs and getting my garden started.

I didn’t use quilting batting in this tablecloth. I used a white cotton sheet instead. And instead of normal binding, I used Wrights Bias Tape Maxi Piping, in lime green (I bought it from Amazon.com). The quilting part was free motion machine quilting. Actually all I did was some channeling inside the blue squares and diamonds  on side one and then stitch in the ditch around the outside of the main body. Just enough to keep the tablecloth from bunching and getting squirrel-ly.

This first one was certainly a challenge and I learned a lot making it. I think I will make some changes on the next one,but that won’t be for a while. I have another quilt in mind that I am currently designing.

Just a reminder to all of you, I still have the Shades of Winter quilt available on Etsy.com by LodgePoleQuilting. It comes in four sizes and should you want it in different colors you can send me an email with your choice of colors. I will also be adding the reversible 60 inch quilted table cloth to the listing.

Also, be sure to check with your favorite fabrics stores and sites. A lot of them are having some great sales celebrating Spring and their new fabric collections. I am drooling over the fabric at FabricDepot.comAnnie’s Craft Store has some awesome sales happening as well. Don’t forget the Fat Quarter Shop, either.

Thank you for coming by and have a great weekend.

Until next time – Who has tulips?

 

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Custom Made Quilts

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Shades of Winter designed, made and quilted by LaTawnia Porter

Good evening everyone! I am very excited to share with you my first listing on Etsy.com! I have listed the Shades of Winter quilt to be custom-made for different sizes and prices. So if you would like to purchase a custom-made Shades of Winter quilt then hop over to Etsy.com and look for LodgePoleQuilting.

There will be free shipping for every quilt no matter the size. You can choose different colors for your primary color if you don’t want it to be black and white. There is also a contact where you can email me if you have questions. When you place your order it will be 6 to 8 weeks to ship because I will of course have to make sure I have all of the fabric needed and time to make it beautiful.

I plan on listing more custom quilts as I design them. So be sure to check and see what is new at the Etsy store and on the Designing Quilts page here. I look forward to hearing from you soon with an order!

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Monday Madness

Well, it’s almost the end of the evening after a long day of madness. My husband left early this morning, I got up later this morning, fed Monty dog, took a bath. THEN the fun began.

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Monty dog started puking. At first it was just once. So I figured ok, he’s over whatever it was. We went to the post office. I come out of the post office, get into the Jeep and was hit by an overwhelming smell. I look in the back and Monty had puked all over the back of the Jeep. Poor puppy.

I get him home as quickly as possible, get him settled and start cleaning the Jeep. Gross! Then we go inside the house and he starts puking again. I get the house cleaned up and called the vet.

After the vet gave Monty a water pack under the skin, medicine for vomiting and an antibiotic, we went home. And I cleaned again. Monty laid down after eating a few little bites of his dinner.

So all of that means I did no quilting. Zip,zilch, zero. But the good news is Monty seems to be feeling better. I am so glad. About 8pm tonight he decided to eat his dinner. It took him a half hour eat it, but he finished it. I hate to see my little buddy sick.

Here is a prelude to the next blog. I got a neat little kit from Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club. It’s a Valentine’s table runner.

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Vintage Valentine Collection

I’ll have more on that tomorrow, providing Monty Dog is doing a lot better. But, doesn’t that runner look fun? I can’t wait to get started!

Speaking of table runners, I have redesigned my reversible tablecloth. It’s no longer round but an octagon. I am excited to get back to work on it.

I am also doing another Shades of Winter with a revamp. It’s called Shades of Winter II. This quilt will actually be for sale! Stay tuned for more information on Shades of Winter II and how you will be able to purchased this beautiful quilt for yourself or as a gift for some one.

It’s time for me to go to bed. After all of the madness of the day, I am ready to call it a day.

Thanks for sharing your time with me. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day.

Until next time – Is it Friday yet?

 

 

 

 

 

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Shades of Winter

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I have never lived in snow country, until I moved to Montana just over a year ago. Who knew it could be so pretty? I mean, I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but snow was something that I experienced only once in a while, whereas ice was another matter.

After a good snow everything here is black and white with hints of green and lots of grey. Being color blind, to me it’s perfect. Of course driving in all of that snow is another story. Let me just say, I don’t. I like my neighbors too much to run them off of the mountainside by my inept snow-driving abilities.

What has all of that to do with quilting? Quilts can be inspired by what you see in nature, in your home, your family or patterns of flooring in special places, just to name a few ideas.

My husband wanted me to think about making a quilt in black and white. I thought, that was kind of boring. That is until I started looking back at the pictures I took of my first winter here. 20161216_222847.jpg(This picture was taken from our porch. We had just moved into our home, Dec. 2017.)

If Ansel Adams could make a living taking black and white photos, surely I could come up with a quilt design incorporating what I perceived as shades of winter.

I had bought some fabric online, always a tricky thing since you really aren’t sure if what you are seeing is true color, especially for me. I had been saving it for some months, rolling the idea of a black and white quilt around in my mind.

Finally an idea for a design formed and I began drawing. Yes, by hand using graph paper and a ruler. I don’t have one of those cool programs to design with, yet. Maybe next Christmas. Once my pattern was finished I brought out that black, white and gray fabric to see how I would use it in my design. Also, I had to make sure I had enough of each color and wouldn’t need to order more.
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Whew, I had enough, barely. If you are going to stockpile some fabric, try to make sure you have at least a couple yards of each color you think you will use for blocks and a minimum of five yards for backing for a small quilt. A quilt that is 60″x60″ takes 4 yards of backing that includes a 6 inch overage. By the way, here is a link to a great calculating tool. I use it all of the time to determine how much fabric I will need for pieces, binding, backing and batting. One more great place to use is Quilter’s Pantry. If I am working with a specific size of fabric, such as a fat quarter, this site tells me exactly how many pieces I can get from that piece of fabric and other great tips. How awesome is that?

Now it’s getting closer to Christmas, I had just completed a quilt I had designed for my six year old grandson (I will show the quilt and pattern design another time), and made a quilt for my daughter and her fiancé. I got both of those in the mail just at the cutoff time, barely. My husband was due home right at Christmas, so I had one week to cut, sew, quilt and wrap this quilt. He was due Christmas Eve, he got home on the 23rd. Yikes! One day early! Don’t you know I had that quilt in the dryer when he walked in the door! Good thing I had a box ready to put it in, I just had to sneak it out of the dryer and into the sewing room before he saw it.

Christmas morning arrived. I could hardly wait for him to open his present. Let me just say he loved it. It now is in the truck with him as he travels the highways and byways delivering cargo to various places around the country.

That about wraps up this story. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day and sharing it with me. I am now headed back to my sewing table as I am putting together another quilt I have designed.

Please check out my Designing Quilts page for more details on designing the “Shades of Winter” quilt and other quilts I am designing.

Until we meet again have a wonderful day,

LaTawnia