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by Lesley Storts


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»I Wonder Quilt«

 

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What do you think about the above picture? This quilt is difficult to take pictures of because it is long. I used this fun app on my phone called Fisheye. My other pics taken outside were better since I could move far away and not take pictures of random things like dirty dishes or a kid passing through.

I am happy to be finished with this quilt because it is always good to have a completed project and I entered it into the Ohio State Fair and they only take completed projects 😉

The idea for this project percolated for some time in my mind. I thought it would be fun to just randomly place squares to see what I came up with. Then this project took on a different purpose when I had an experience last year. I was the nurse assigned to care for a patient for the day and he was not doing well. His health had deteriorated significantly over the previous year, and he was readmitted again. In talking to him, it was apparent he had a lot of apprehension about the quality of his life and health. After caring for him all day, I left and had a lot on my mind. That happens a lot to me as a nurse and I need time to decompress. In doing that, I ended penning a poem. As time went on, I decided that I wanted that poem to have a visual. The quilt is that visual representation. The quilt starts and ends with white which is light. It also has a variety of colors which represent life and many different times and experiences that people have. The quilting is done in a pointed figure 8 which represents the infinite aspect of life. I hand stitched the poem onto the back of the quilt because the poem is the quilt.

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I used Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman and Aurifil 50WT thread 2600 which is a silvery color. The hand stitching is with the Aurifil, but I doubled the thread to create enough thickness. It did very well in hand stitching. I really enjoyed this project and happy that I tried something I had never done.

I Wonder

I wonder if
I would recognize
Through the pain
Through the change
Could I see
And understand
A limit
An expiration
Part of nature
Therefore natural
A progression
Would I be sad
Remorseful
Relieved…

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Go create something fun and try something new!

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 

 


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»Starting My Modern Lucy Boston Quilt«

Last month I started a new project with my friend Kate Basti (IG @katebasti). She had already started and it looked like so much fun that I thought I might finally try English Paper Piecing (EPP). What can I say? I LOVE IT! I have always liked having a small sewing project to take on the go and for a long time cross stitch filled that need. But I have a new passion now and there’s no turning back. I got my starter kit from Alewives Fabric which included the Lucy Boston quilt book, acrylic honeycomb template, honeycomb pieces for basting, needles and glue. I prefer to baste mine with thread but I know I will use the glue for other projects.

Kate helped me so much by giving me a hands on tutorial. My mom had tried a few years ago, but I must have not been ready because I felt like I had 10 thumbs trying to baste the pieces. Plus I was trying to baste mini dresden plates. Not only were they small, but they had a curve. Not what I would suggest for a first time EPP project.

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Matching up the fabric for blocks

There are several parts of this project which help me enjoy it so much. First, there’s the picking fabrics. Kate is really good at this and also had to give me a little tutorial in fabric pairing. Even though I’ve matched fabrics for years for quilts, this was different for me. I now get really excited when I see a fabric I want to use and I go hunting for other fabrics that will work well.

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Big box with many prepped pieces

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Little box with one or two current blocks

Next, I like it because it is a project I can take on the go. And I’m always on the go. Work, and numerous activities for my kids like soccer, band, choir, church, etc. Even when I’m visiting with friends, I like to work on my EPP. So with all of the running around, it’s like I’m sneaking in a free quilt. I have large box that can hold many blocks worth of pieces cut up and ready to baste. The small box, which Kate gave me, can fit in my large purse or small backpack.  It is ideal for toting all around with me.

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Acrylic tool for auditioning fabric

Another reason I’m such a fan of this process is that I can fussy cut my pieces. I search for pieces to fussy cut. It is so much fun to play with the fabric and come up with “new” designs by realigning the fabric.

Here are fabrics in the pairing up process. I ended up choosing the set on the right, but after posting these pictures, I’m going to have to go back and revisit the others . I have many many blocks to make so it won’t be a problem 😉

I’m also naming the blocks as I go, which is fun. I have a lot of time to think since each block takes a few hours. I just returned from vacation on the North Carolina coast and I spent some time on Shackleford Banks, an island along the Cape Lookout National Seashore. The block I happened to be working on had horses designed by Sarah Watts and made by Cotton + Steel. The day we were there, we saw an 8 day old foal with it’s mother feeding along the shore in the marsh area. I will always remember this block in association with my trip this summer. So naming the blocks can be fun plus a bit of a timeline of sorts.

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The pink/magenta flowers are from Jennifer Paganelli’s Color Brigade, Free Spirit Fabrics. The gray is Zen Chic Modern Background Paper Silver by Brigitte Heitland, Moda Fabrics. Honeymoon by Sarah Watts of Cotton + Steel. Plaited in Flax by Anna Maria Horner of Free Spirit Fabrics

If you follow me on Instagram, you can see blocks as I complete them. I’m also naming the fabrics and fabric makers just in case anyone wants to know.

If you haven’t tried EPP, you should!

Happy Quilting and English Paper Piecing ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎