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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday to all you new visitors, friends and fellow quilters! I am glad you have taken the time to visit me here at LodgePole Quilting: where quilting and designing happens, bringing warmth and beauty to your home.

Last week-end, my husband, Wes, was home and he put together a garden for me, including fencing. He also made a sifter to sift our pile of topsoil from the boulders, I mean rocks. I played in the sifted dirt. Actually, I mixed the topsoil with the compost mixture he brought home. I now have five raised garden beds encased with fencing to keep the deer out. I can’t wait to see my little seeds grow into yummy food stuff.

I completed the Pink Lemonade quilt top! I will post pictures on Pink Lemonade Quilt – Part 3. So be sure to check it out when it posts.

I have been designing some new blocks and I have been playing around with a new design site. It’s called PatternJam. It’s a free online quilt pattern design software. It’s pretty fun and they have a lot of fabric to use in the quilt designs. You can also scan in your own fabric. The different blocks are your basic block patterns, but, it gives you a way to design some pretty nice quilts for free. I am still looking at a design program to purchase because I have my own ideas, of course.

Here are some sales and reminders for the week-end:

THE PINK LEMONADE DIGITAL QUILT PATTERN GIVEAWAY! ENTER TO WIN!

This one ends Sunday, so check it out!

Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting SystemSave $50.00 after mail-in rebate


Today is the final day to get 50% off classes at Annie’s. They are also having a final clearance sale on many items! Check it out and get some great stuff!


Got a business? Check out Fabric.com

 

 

 

That’s all for now. Be sure to enter the giveaway! I would love to be able to give the Pink Lemonade Quilt digital pattern to someone. And don’t forget to sign up to receive an email to stay up to date!

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Have a wonderful week-end!

Until next time – How does your garden grow?

 

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Pink Lemonade Quilt – Part 1

Hello visitors and fellow quilters! I am glad you stopped by. I had meant to have this out yesterday but I got busy with some other things that had to be done, so here we go! Today I am going to share with you a quilt pattern I received from Annie’s Catalog. I will also show you how I used a couple of tools I have to make cutting the fabric for this pattern much easier.

The Pink Lemonade quilt pattern is available for purchase in two forms, electronic download or print-to-order. It can also be yours for free in a giveaway! Here on this website! So be sure to follow along in order to find out how to enter the giveaway.

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Pink Lemonade quilt pattern, Accuquilt Go! cutter and dies, fabric from Joann Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop

The fabric I am using for this project was purchased from Joann’s Fabric and Craft Store and the Fat Quarter Shop. The fabric from Joann’s is from their Premium Vintage collection. The backing fabric from Fat Quarter Shop is Prairie Vine 108″ Wide Gold Sunflowers. I also am using Marcus Brothers Aged Muslim Cloth in Stone, from Fat Quarter Shop. (That fabric actually is more tan than stone, which kind of threw me, but I am making it work.)

Quilters, we know how many hours are spent in just cutting fabric for our projects. It is the most time-consuming part of any project we make. My husband, Wes, bought me an Accuquilt Go! Cutter System for a late birthday present. Did I mention how wonderful of a husband he is? Well, he is wonderful. And since he knows how long it takes for me to cut fabric for a quilt and how much my wrists hurt afterwards, he got me this system. And I love it! I use it whenever I possibly can just to save me time and headaches that comes from messing up a cut. In fact I have started creating quilt designs with these dies in mind.

Anyway, back to Pink Lemonade. I used my Go!  2 1/2 strip die to cut all of my binding. Then I used my Go! Strip cutter 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″ die to cut the 1 1/2″ strips needed. (Just keep in mind if you plan on using one of these cutting systems to get a wee bit of extra fabric. It helps in the equation of things.)

After cutting all of the strips I needed I then sub-cut them into the required rectangles and strips for this pattern.

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Wearing a Fons & Porter Klutz glove and using a Fiskars rotary cutter to cut the needed rectangles and strips.

Now everything is cut, sub-cut and ready to go. It only took me a couple of hours to cut everything verses the normal four or five hours. Using my Go! Strip cutters really saved me a lot of time and not one mis-cut. That was very nice.

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Cut pieces labeled and ready to be put together for the Pink Lemonade Quilt

Well that is it for now friends. I am going to get started on putting this quilt together and then post it when it’s complete. At that time I will let you know about the giveaway. Yes, there will be a giveaway. So stay tuned for further information. (I’m a bit technically challenged, ok a lot challenged, so I am still trying to figure out how to do the giveaway, so bear with me.)

Until next time – What is your favorite cutting tool?

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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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New Beginnings

Greetings every one! Hope you are all warm, safe and having a great time with your quilting projects.

It’s been pretty cold, snowy and blustery here in Montana. We got one foot of snow dropped on us Saturday night. That was on top of the four plus inches we already had. Winds were gusting 45 mph and we lost electricity twice. I’m just glad the electric came back on. Temps were around 10 degrees and less. Brrrr.

But I love living in Montana. The snow turns everything into winter wonderland and it’s just beautiful. It can be deadly, so you have to respect your surroundings and the elements. But it’s beautiful. The snow makes everything look clean, fresh and new.

Speaking of new, my sister has joined the ranks of quilters! I’m so excited for her. This past week-end she picked up her very first home sewing machine. And I must say she got a banging good deal. It came with a 1/4 inch foot, walking foot and quilting foot, as well as the other regular feet. It also came with a table extension. She did an excellent job of research and got a great machine with extra goodies.

I suggested to her to practice, practice, practice until she feels comfortable, before starting her first project.

Which brings me to say to all you new quilters, before starting your first project, practice on old cotton fabric such as old cut up sheets, pillowcases, shirts. You get the idea. Get to know what your machine can do before quilting that new project.

Also, as your mind comes up with ideas for projects you want to make, write them down in a notebook. Maybe you want to design. If you don’t have a design program for quilting, get some graft paper and draw.

This is an exciting time for those of you new to quilting. And it’s always exciting for those quilters who have been quilting for some time.

We all get to challenge ourselves with new blocks, new quilting techniques and honing our craft into not just usable but beautiful quilts and other items that bring a newness and freshness to ours and other people’s homes.

So congratulations to those who have began this new beginning, this new journey! You are only limited by your imagination and stash!

Until next time – What’s new for you?

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SEW IT’S TUESDAY

Greetings fellow quilters and friends! I am so happy you have taken a bit of time out of your hectic schedules to come visit me. I hope every one has had a great week-end and Monday.

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Mill Wheel, Broken Dishes, and Boat Blocks

It’s been a bit hectic here. Saturday I didn’t have any internet. None, zip, zilch. That was a whole day of crazy. I called the emergency phone number, and was on hold for a total of 86, eighty-six, minutes. My ears were bleeding from the horrid hold music. I hung up the phone. I called back and got a voice mail and was able to leave a very terse message. Through my cell phone, on my data, I left them a message on their website. My internet finally came back on around 5pm that evening. Thanks to an upgrade they performed the Friday night many people were without internet.

So I spent the day Sunday playing catch up on the things I didn’t get accomplished Saturday. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a lot done.


Yesterday I went to the dentist, and since it involved needles for that trip, I had to take medication prior to the visit so I wouldn’t freak over the needles. Yes, I am a huge baby when it comes to needles. I hate to have my blood drawn or get shots. It actually makes me sick to my stomach and very dizzy. So needless to say, I was loopy. No I didn’t drive. I have some wonderful neighbors who took me to the dentist and back home. So that meant I got nothing accomplished yesterday.

Today, however, is another story. I took down some ugly curtains and hanging assembly that was over our sliding door. These were the type of curtains that uses those very sharp, pointy hooks that never stay in their little holes on the rod. After having stepped on them and having had them fall on my head, they just had to go. I replaced them with some drapes that I have had for some time, but just weren’t in use. They actually look nice hanging there.

Onward now to quilting projects! I have started making my sampler block quilt. It will have 72 different blocks in it. I’m rather happy with what I have done so far.

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Mill Wheel, Broken Dishes,  Boat Blocks
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Blockade, Broken Sash and Airplane Blocks

This is project is a good one to work on when I need a break from something else. Yes, I admit it, sometimes I get bored and need a change. I am working on a block that is a bit challenging. I have never done Y seams before so this is a good way to learn how to do it. The blocks are going to be 8 inch finished. So by the time this project is complete I will have a quilt top that is 64″ x 72″, not counting binding or if I decide to do sashing, that’s a nice size for a twin bed or just for a fun wall hanging.

It’s also a great way to go through all of my various scraps and left over pieces of fabric from previous projects. I haven’t had to break into my virgin fabric yet. My husband, Wes, is concerned it might look too colorful. I think it’s going to look marvelous. I will post more pictures as I get more blocks completed.

That’s it for now! I hope you all have a great rest of your week. I plan on working on my sampler quilt and hopefully no more troubles. For this week, at least.

Until next time – What are you making?