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by Lesley Storts

»I Get By With A Little Help…«

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In reflecting on a new year and what it can bring, I sometimes like to look back. A couple of things happened over the past couple of years that have made me realize that quilting is more fun with a friend.

My daughters have become more involved in quilting and sewing. They both made quilts for a local show that were displayed. Lucy recently made a set of bags from a kit my mom gave us. Then she altered the sizes and made a set for her friend’s upcoming birthday. My other daughter also has made several small sewing projects through the year such as doll clothes and mug rugs. She made me a mug rug that I use for my phone so it does not vibrate the whole nightstand when the alarm goes off. I enjoy looking at it everyday.

I’m spoiled because I have 2 (almost instant) opinions on projects anytime I want or need it. I’m going to enjoy this because I know it will not always be like this. Also, they make me laugh! And what is better than that?


This is what happens when the kids get a hold of your cell phone.

The second thing that happened is that I have finally made “quilty” friends. Shayne (IG @shayne.d.quilts) and I connected through our church. Having a friend to call and show projects to and bounce ideas off of is so beneficial. And fun!

IMG_7849Finding a local quilting community is important. If you do not have that, I encourage you to seek out people like you. You do not have to birth children to get quilting companions! Try a guild or take a class at your LQS or through your community center.

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

PS – Find me on IG @lesleystorts – this is a fun way to connect with quilters and other artists!


Author: Lesley Storts

I’ve always been a doodler and loved art from an early age. I picked up my first fabric, a pink and white checked gingham, at 9 years old and cross-stitched my name. In 1996, my mom started quilting and her inspiration motivated me to make my first quilt in 1998. I found a pattern in a book from the library, changed the colors to make a Christmas quilt and pieced it together. I even quilted and bound it! I enjoy working with all kinds of fabric mediums and threads. I enjoy sewing with my machine and doing handwork. I get inspiration from my life including people, scenery, patterns and objects around me. Follow me here and on Instagram @lesleystorts.

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