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by Lesley Storts


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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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI really enjoyed playing with these fabrics and having free reign to just create! Thank you Katarina and Art Gallery Fabrics for such beautiful fabric!

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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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»La Passacaglia«

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlong with a new year, comes new resolutions and commitments. I had thought about starting this project and then my friend Kate told me she was buying the bundle for the La Passacaglia quilt and starting on January 1. I decided to join her because it is fun and motivational to work on a project with a friend. Mass Drop was offering the whole kit and you could add the book if you needed it.

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After receiving the kit, I browsed the book and all of the patterns. Amazing! As time got closer to start the La Passacaglia, I studied the pattern so I would be ready to go. Being a visual learner, I appreciated all of the pictures and diagrams provided. I plan on making at least 2 of the large rosettes first because I want them in specific colors and decided it would be easier to to make those then decide on fabrics for the smaller rosettes that are in-between.

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I pulled for both rosettes all at once and set the fabric aside. My daughter, Lucy, helped with the fabric pulls and I loved having another opinion. Having my daughter’s around to ask questions when I’m working on projects is so fun! I am grateful for their input and remind myself to enjoy this time in life with them so close by me. As I progress through, I may change my mind, but pulling all the fabric made it easier for me because my fabric is stored in bins in a couple of different places.

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I’m not sure how long this project will take. I’m still working on the Lucy Boston EPP so both projects will be worked on in tandem. I’m happy to start this and excited to learn as I go.

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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»Prismatic Chill Quilt«

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As I sit here writing this post, the snow is coming down outside. That is to be expected since it is January, but 2 days ago we had 55 degree weather. The weather here is nuts! And that is where the inspiration for this quilt ended up…with the weather. Here in central Ohio, we are considered one of the cloudiest cities in the country averaging 283 cloudy days per year. Those clouds make for great filtered light and picture taking, but also a longing for sunny skies and color!

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When I first sketched this quilt, I was unsure about the palette. After coloring the sketch and playing around with it, I decided to use rainbow colors and try solids from Art Gallery Fabrics. I ordered a color card to help me choose fabrics.

Intense, saturated colors were what I first pulled, but I wanted those balanced out with some softer shades too. As I began making the quilt, I really loved the colors I chose, but realized that I needed one more dark in the green/blue family so I ordered a teal to add to the mix.

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The background is Essex linen by Robert Kaufman. I used Essex linen in my Great Granny Squared quilt and loved the look. I ordered a metallic but changed my mind and ended up at my local quilt store, Sew to Speak, to pick out fabric with all of my AGF solids on hand to make sure I liked how they looked together. I really wanted the background to be a soft, grayish blue that represented those cloudy skies in Ohio. The Essex linen in chambray is subtle and compliments the rainbow palette. I enjoy the mix of two different textures of fabric in this quilt.

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By using Quilters Dream Wool Batting, the greater loft provides more depth in the center and around the perimeter where the quilting is not as close. Prismatic Chill was backed with Carolyn Friedlander’s Crosshatch in Pacific. Quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil 2600.

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As a side note, while I was making this quilt, I affectionately called it the rainbow quilt or winter rainbow quilt. It’s the quilt’s pet name. Is there such a thing? I like to think of Prismatic Chill as the formal name, the one you would see on the birth certificate that no one really says. Haha!

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You can find this quilt and the pattern in the Winter 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork.

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Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎