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I’m So Excited!

It’s time for the great unveiling! The Union Square Quilt has been officially released today! Yay! I am so excited!

Union Square Quilt in Riley Blake Simply Happy and Gingham Small Cotton.
Back of Union Square Quilt made with Riley Blake Simply Happy and Gingham Small Cotton

I had a lot of fun making this quilt. I was able to use my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and my Go! Qube Mix and Match 8 inch Block to cut most of the pieces needed for this quilt block. I saved a lot of time using the cutting system and have accurate cuts.

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

The fabric I chose for this quilt along is Riley Blake Designs Simply Happy by Dodi Lee Poulsen and Small Cotton Gingham Yellow. The yellow gingham made me very happy while putting the blocks together. I was surrounded by a lot of snow when I was making this quilt. All of the colors and happy prints brought spring into my wintry home.

50wt Chalk 100% Cotton Mako Thread Aurifil #MK50-2026


50wt Chalk 100% Cotton Mako Thread Aurifil #MK50-2026

from: Fat Quarter Shop

The quilting is a very simple line done in a horizontal and vertical 2 inch pattern. It actually compliments the pattern of the quilt. I used Auriful thread MK-50 #2026 (white) for all of the piecing and quilting. I am just going to admit it, Aurifil thread is my favorite thread to use. It’s the first one I reach for when I am piecing and/or quilting.

The wool pressing mat and the Tailor’s Clapper made a huge difference in the pressing of my pieces. Crisp seams and pointing points make a beautiful block.

Quilter’s Best Pressing Mat

Fat Quarter Shop now has the Susanna’s Scraps Collection fabric available for you to make this wonderful classic and vintage quilt.

Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna's Scraps by Betsy Chutchian


Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna’s Scraps by Betsy Chutchian

from: Fat Quarter Shop

These are the links for the Union Square Quilt so you can make one yourself:

Pattern: https://static.fatquartershop.com/media/wysiwyg/pdf/UnionSquare-BlockPatternFINAL.pdf

Quilt Kit: https://www.fatquartershop.com/union-square-quilt-kit

Backing Set: https://www.fatquartershop.com/backing-set-for-union-square-quilt-kit

Susanna’s Scrap Collection: https://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-fabrics/susannas-scraps-betsy-chutchian-moda-fabric

Blog Post on Jolly Jabber: https://blog.fatquartershop.com/classic-vintage-union-square-free-pattern-video-tutorial/

YouTube video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXLBH4HoMpA

I hope you have as much fun as I did in making this quilt. I would love to see your final quilt. You can email me your photo at lodgepolequilting@gmail.com. I would be happy to share it on my blog so everyone can see your creation.

Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna's Scraps by Betsy Chutchian


Union Square Quilt Kit Featuring Susanna’s Scraps by Betsy Chutchian

from: Fat Quarter Shop

Until next time – Quilt along with us! Union Square Quilt!

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No April Fool’s Here!

Can you believe it? March is almost over, finally. I don’t know about you, but it certainly roared in like a lion, but I’m hoping it will go out like a meek, little lamb. Did I say the snow is almost gone? That makes me happy. I’m planning my garden and starting my seeds for this year’s garden. Hubby is going to build me more boxes and we are expanding the garden so I have more room to move around in. Did I mention we are installing a new watering system for the garden? I can hardly wait.

Oh, I have an update on the Fat Quarter Square Union Square Quilt Along. It has been delayed. The new start date is April 12, 2019. Apparently the fabric for the quilt along has been delayed. I know I have been waiting for a while to share what I have made, but, it is what it is. I will keep you posted and let you know when you can join the quilt along. I am showing you a little tease with the following picture.

Union Square with gingham blocks

I did it! I finished the last two quilts I have chosen for the quilt show. The Moda Love Charm Quilt, which I hand quilted and the quilt I designed, Peaceful, are completed.

Moda Love Charm Quilt Wall Hanging

I used coordinating Aurifil 50 wt thread for hand quilting the Moda Love Charm quilt. It took me a bit of time to complete it. I also hand quilted some heart vines on the border. Those I drew on with a washable marker. I almost had a panic attack when I realized I forgot to test the marker on a piece of scrap fabric. Thankfully it did wash out. A little Dawn dish soap, gentle cycle and then air dry. It came out looking pretty good!

Now on to my Peaceful. I had designed this wall hanging last spring on graph paper with colored pencils. It was fun looking for the fabric on line to try to match my colored pencils. That included the border, which was drawn as a multi-stripe. On Fabric.com I found Kona Cotton Solids, Michael Miller Mer Mates Current stripe Tropical and the best is the backing, Kaffe Fassett Collective Brassica Pastels. Oh what fun it was when I received the fabric and got to see how close I got to my drawing.

PEACEFUL copyright protected (c) LodgePole Quilting 2018

I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutter and the Go! Qube Mix and Match 8 inch Block to cut most of the pieces for the quilt center. The border is a mitered border. I like how it came out. I had never made a mitered border before because I thought it would be difficult, but it really wasn’t.

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

Aurifil was my thread of choice throughout the making of this quilt, for all of the piecing and the quilting. It makes for fine seams, not bulky like some other threads can be. The clear monofilament thread is a fine thread. I have tried a few other brands, but I am going to stick to Aurifil clear monofilament thread. It sews real nice and if you want to do detailed quilting but don’t want to take away from the fabric or pattern then I would use this thread.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

I wanted to do detailed quilting on this wall hanging but I didn’t want to distract from the fabric or the design. Here are a few pictures up close. I haven’t done a lot of free motion quilting, so excuse the mistakes.

I am fairly pleased with the overall look of the quilt and the detailed quilting. I did practice the various patterns over and over again with paper and pencil. Then I kept the drawings close by to refer to them as I was quilting. Having some muscle memory and a visual is helpful, especially quilting a new design. I have to thank Angela Walters for her great books on free motion quilting and her You Tube videos. I got all of my ideas from her.

One final thing I want to share with you. Starting Sunday, March 31, 2019, I am going to have a giveaway. No April Fool’s here! Now, all I am going to say about it is it’s an awesome item. And I know you are going to love it and want it for your own. So be sure you are on the email list to receive an update every time there’s a new post. That way you will know about the giveaway and everything else that’s happening here at LodgePole Quilting! I will post the link to the giveaway Sunday, March 31st, so stay tuned!

I plan on having another giveaway shortly after the one that starts March 31st, so be sure to sign up. I love giveaways. I always enter every one I find. I might not win anything, but it’s sure fun to try! I also love having giveaways. I love being able to send something to the winner. AND this spring there are going to be a few giveaways held here. That’s it for now. Check back Sunday for more news!

Until next time – How does your garden grow?

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What Do I Need?

WIP board with rulers
WIP board with rulers hanging next to it

I was talking with my sister today, who wants to start quilting, and her question to me was, “What do I need to get started?”

I was asked this same question from someone else who is eager to start quilting. In fact, it was the very question I asked the very helpful employees and customers at my local fabric store. (Use to be local store. I now live where it is very rural. In fact, mountainous. Closest fabric store is about 100 miles away or I shop via the internet, a lot.)

So I told my sister I would make a list and post it for her and for anyone else who would like to know what they need to begin quilting.

Now keep in mind, this is just to get you started. I have been quilting for about three years now and I am always adding to my tools to make my quilting projects easier. So if you see something online or in your local fabric store that looks like it might help you, go for it.

Another thing to keep in mind, are you going to machine quilt your projects or hand quilt? Some of the things needed for hand quilting may be a bit different. I like to be able to do both. Depending on the size of the quilt and who it is for (an adult vs a child) will determine on whether it is machine or hand quilted. I will say that with the nifty quilting rulers that are available now, I am going to do more machine quilting.

So let’s get started getting some supplies together:

  • Cutting mat, preferably one that is 36″x24″ (sometimes you can get one as a kit, that comes with a rotary cutter)
  • Rotary cutter and extra blades (Olfa and Fiskers make nice ones)
  • 6.5″x24″ acrylic ruler
  • 6″ square acrylic ruler
  • maybe a smaller ruler size of your choice
  • fabric chalk pencils (3 or 4 different colors)
  • Straight pins approximately 1.5″ long
  • Basting pins medium and large (they look like bent safety pins)
  • a handle to put on your large ruler (helps with control when you are cutting – they have suction cups to hold it to your ruler)
  • tape measurer – never hurts
  • shears (large scissors)
  • snipping scissors (little scissors to trim threads)
  • Hand quilting? You will need Between needles (size 10-12) and a large quilting hoop
  • quilting gloves (you can buy expensive ones or get a pack of cotton gardening gloves with the silicon dots on the fingertips and palms, they work just as well.)
  • quilters thread (I use a neutral color, a lot. I also use coordinating colors, depending on the project. But neutral works great, especially for stitching in the ditch.)
  • Walking foot (you can find one for most sewing machines)
  • Spray Quilting Basting (it helps keep your quilt sandwich together)
  • Books – find a couple of beginner quilting books. Or go online to any of the links I have listed under my Favorite Places or even click on the merchants I have on my pages. You can find real nice quilt patterns for free or for a small price.
  • Once you have picked out your pattern, you will need fabric, batting and backing.

Oh and one more thing, YouTube! There are some great videos on there that will help to get you started on your journey to quilting.

Did I mention a large table? In my sewing room I have one of those white folding tables you can get at your warehouse stores. It’s about 2’x6′, and I really need another one. But when I am quilting a large quilt I move my sewing machine to that table to give my quilt more support. The bigger quilts get pretty heavy. So if you have a large dining room table that would be ideal. If not pick up one of the folding tables.

Wow! That is quite the list. I hope I didn’t forget anything. So, you probably won’t get everything on your first shopping trip. Again, check out my favorite places and the merchants on my site. There is always a sale going on some where. And don’t forget your friendly Amazon.com and even Walmart.com. I am all for a bargin! Some of that stuff can get spendy.

If you have any questions, please send me an email at lodgepolequilting@gmail.com. I will do my best to answer your question and get back to you in a timely manner.

Until then, happy quilting everyone!

 

 

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Monday, Monday

Missouri Star
Missouri Star for tablecloth project

My goal today was to make some headway on my WIP. Do five blocks count? I had great intentions, honestly I did. It just wasn’t happening. The dog wanted to play, so of course I had to play with him. Email kept popping up on my phone that had to be answered. The most important thing was talking with my husband while he was driving through some bad weather. I always have to know he is safe, especially when he has stopped for the night.

I had to look at some other quilters websites to see what was going on. Check out the sales at JoAnn.com. Look for cool rulers I could quilt with on Amazon.com. And lets not forget Craftsy.com.

Okay, so it wasn’t a great sewing day, but I did get some good ideas on fabric for another project I have rolling around in my mind. I saw some very cool rulers I would like to add to my collection. Angela Walters from Quilting Is My Therapy has designed some real neat rulers and she demonstrates them on her YouTube channel.

Hmmm, after reading what I have been doing today I guess it wasn’t as unproductive as I thought. Tomorrow is another day. I will put more time into my tablecloth. I would like to have it finished before my husband gets home. It’s going to be nice and Spring like. I love the lime green and blues together like that. Did I mention it is going to be reversible?

Here is a peek at the other side

Five Patch Block
Five Patch Block for tablecloth

This side is more of the teal with some of the lime green colors (This photo doesn’t do the blocks any justice.). When it’s all said and done it will be a bright and cheerful tablecloth to chase away any winter blues. (Where are my sunglasses?)

That’s it for now. You all have a wonderful week. And if any of you are dealing with bad weather, stay safe, stay warm and stay inside.

Thanks for coming by!