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by Lesley Storts


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»#SewcialBeeSampler Update«

Blocks for this quilt are progressing. Sometimes on a weekly basis, or sometimes 3 in a week if I’m behind.  IMG_4122

This project has involved some first for me. This is the first time I’ve made a sampler quilt. This is also the first time I have a “metered out” project that progresses on a weekly basis. I’m enjoying the process.

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Being involved in a large online group and seeing the progress and diversity of how quilters interpret the blocks with their fabric is interesting and enjoyable.

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I’ve also been paying a lot of attention to my sewing so that my blocks look good and will go together well. And because of that, it has flowed into my other sewing and piecing of quilts. So a big THUMBS UP! Thanks Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell for this fun sew along!

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

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»Pike Quilt«

 

P3150027.jpgNew quilt! Let’s keep this short and sweet…

Inspiration: Previous small Pike quilt. Traditional jackknife block.
New size: 55″ square
Fabric: Bountiful, by Sharon Holland made by Art Gallery Fabric
Thread: Aurifil
Pattern: FREE!!!!!   https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/pike-quilt/491526

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI picked my fabrics and realized after I started putting it all together that I was following the primary color scheme. I tend to do that. A lot. I think I like that combo. 😉

IMG_3825Quilting done on my domestic Pfaff. I realized that the pebbling I quilted in the center was very dense so I lightened up when I moved out. I free motion quilted this entire quilt and loved the process.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am so happy I can offer a pattern with this quilt. I think the pattern would work with so many different fabrics!

If you make it, use #pikequilt and tag me @lesleystorts or @stortsmarket so I can see what you create!

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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»Blooming Spring«

If you asked me what my favorite season is, I would tell you fall. But when spring rolls around, I’m so happy to feel the change of season and see the burst of color that spring might be secretly tied with fall for the favorite.

IMG_4009I have a redbud tree in my backyard. I do not know a lot about plants and trees, but I’m learning. When we needed a tree, I wanted “that tree that looks like blooms grow right on the stems”. I think these trees are so beautiful and they have been amazing here in central Ohio this spring.

My verbena is in full bloom. Taking the dog out is basically an excuse to walk over and smell it. I snapped a picture on my phone in the early morning light and love the softness of how it turned out. I wish I could capture the scent and keep it with the picture.

IMG_3999Finally, I learned something new today! My hubs and I were at church and had to put away pamphlets that were sent to him from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a scout training that he conducted. Before he put the boxes away he pulled out some of the pamphlets for me on trees, birds, and lichen. Lichen? Hmmm. I saw the picture on the front of the pamphlet and was so happy to read about this stuff. I see it everywhere here in Ohio. Beautiful and fascinating! I love this world we live in.

The different lichen are from trees in my own backyard. I know one of those is yellow lichen and pretty sure the top left is bearded lichen.

I’m still quilting — like a crazy person but enjoying the spring during my walks.

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 


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»#sewcialbeesampler«

Hi Quilting Friends! I’m working on managing my time and priorities better so I have more freedom to choose when opportunities arise. The Sewcial Bee Sampler, hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell is a project I saw a post pop up on Instagram a few weeks ago and thought, “That would be fun, but I’m not sure I have time.” The first week passed, and I started seeing the blocks and I decided I would make time. I’m so glad I did. I look forward to it every week, like so many other quilters who have joined in.

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Once I decided to venture in, I had to make some fabric choices, otherwise I would be overwhelmed. I have been using Art Gallery Fabrics for a couple of years and narrowed it down to just that fabric company. Pulling all of my AGF into one place has been fun because I enjoy seeing it all together!

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Each block has a border and I happen to have many solids from my previous Prismatic Chill quilt. Making the decision for solid borders simplified choices in each block.

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I finished up block #5, July Fourth, last night. I like looking at my IG feed and the hashtag I set up for my personal quilt (#lesleyssewcialbeesampler) to make sure I’m keeping the color and fabrics balanced. The first 3 weeks I made blocks with orange. I find myself drawn to that color – A LOT! I say green is my favorite, but I think orange is the understudy, waiting in the wings to boot green out of the way. I’m sure I will have more orange because there are a lot of blocks, but for now, I’m conscientious about trying to bring a wider range of colors into play.

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If you are ready to learn and have some fun, then join this sew along HERE! Sharon has done a wonderful and BEAUTIFUL job writing up the blocks each week as well as providing tutorials on her blog. Thanks to both Sharon and Maureen for brining quilters together for this project 💕

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 

 


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RJR Fabric #WhatShadeAreYou

Game Night Quilt

Even though my quilting experience goes back many years, my use of solid colored cotton for projects was limited until a couple of years ago. I caught glimpses of people’s quilts with solids and realized that I wanted to play! Several projects have been started, some completed, and then I was asked by RJR Fabrics if I would like to participate in their What Shade Are You Blog Hop. The answer was a resounding yes! I had already sketched out a project that I wanted to make with solids and after reviewing the abundant array of colors on RJR’s color card, I knew this project would have the variety needed to pull it off.

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Cowboy  383
Chocolate  199
Marmalade  304
Custard  265
Martini Olive  343
Neon  348
Grove  407
Chalkboard  382
Silver  125
Golden Topaz  285
Chili Pepper  49
Tangerine Dream  276
Banana Cream Pie  336
Lucky Green  406
Turks & Caicos  292
Jacaranda  317
Goldenrod  92
Electric Blue  296
Scarlet Letter  325
Aloe Vera  349
Rhododendron  181
Lake  427
Orange Crush  372

In answering the question, What Shade Are You?, my answer is that I am shade competitive…but just a shade. My solid fabric quilts have ended up being stories about my life and experiences. This quilt is no different and reminds me of happy times in life. My mom taught me to play backgammon and Chinese checkers when I was a kid and my aunt and uncle taught me how to play Othello (yes, that’s Othello in the bottom right corner). We played these games often. Just a quick round or two but mostly 3 because we wanted to see who won the best 2 out of 3. Growing up, I played cards with girlfriends at camp, at sleepovers, or solitaire by myself. When I was dating my husband, I was introduced to Euchre. It’s against the rules to live in Ohio and not know how to play this game. At least that’s what I was told when we moved here and I was just compliant and learned – haha! Our family and friends play all kinds of games on a regular basis when we socialize.

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My quilt, Game Night, originated from these happy times. Backgammon was made from a foundation paper piece template that I created. Top right is the traditional block, card trick. Chinese checkers is based on the Star of Bethlehem block and I created a foundation paper piece template for the triangles. Othello is a classic checker board pattern.

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RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids are fantastic for many reasons. As mentioned before, the color choices are exceptional and just as vibrant in person as they are in the pictures. The weight of fabric and how it lays makes it so easy to quilt. There is minimal fraying or stretching. Using RJR’s solids for this project was exactly what I needed.

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Last year, a quilt friend of mine showed a “potholder” quilt at guild. I was intrigued. Potholder quilts date from the US American Civil War and were created from individual blocks that are completely finished and bound then stitched together. I had wanted to try this technique and this project was ideal.

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Constructing the quilts was fun and sometimes challenging, but the quilting was the best part! I tried hard to elicit the feel of the different games through the quilting. Both backgammon and Othello have fairly minimalist game boards so there are a lot of straight lines.

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Chinese checkers is round! I was thinking and talking about how I could make the circular game board work and my daughter suggested quilting it in. Creating an image with the thread was especially satisfying.

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When I think of traditional playing cards, I think of the swirling designs on the card backs and tried to replicate that with free motion quilting.

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The fabric is so vibrant it almost looks electric! The only rule for picking the back was that it be bright and fun. I love the way that RJR’s solid fabric showcases the quilting.

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Quilt Details:
Finished Size – 54″ square
Fabric – RJR Supreme Cotton Solids
Thread – Variety of colors by Aurifil

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 


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»Blithe Blog Tour and Pike Quilt«

Welcome to the Blithe Blog Tour!

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Today the blog stops in Central Ohio where I’m sharing my quilt, Pike, that I designed using Katarina Rocella’s Blithe fabric.

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Have you ever sewn with Art Gallery Fabrics? They are so soft. The Blithe line has delicate and somewhat muted colors which remind me of winter, especially now that we are fully immersed in the season.

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There are many details about this fabric that I love. In several of the prints, metallic copper can be found. There are bold, modern graphic and text prints and soft feminine prints. So much diversity with a unique color palette makes this line interesting and versatile. Two favorite prints are Arcadia Bliss which I used as my quilt back and Glacier Silver Path which reminds me of aspen trees. I spent my school years growing up along the Wasatch Front in Utah and saw those trees often. I like aspens because of their leaves and the unique sound they make when rustling in the wind as well as the soft white bark that graces each tree. As the center piece for each block, this fabric lends a subtle and soft linear element to this traditional jackknife block.

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Quilt Back

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Saltcellar Pincushions made with Blithe Fabric

Quilt Details:
Measures: 26 1/2″square
Blithe Fabrics by Katarina Rocella, Art Gallery Fabrics
Piecing and quilting completed with Aurifil 2000

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Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

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