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by Lesley Storts

»Patty Young Fabric and Pincushions«

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My latest batch of pincushions was made using Patty Young‘s fabric line, Lucy’s Garden, by Riley Blake Designs. In an Instagram post, Patty talked about her inspiration for this colorful line. I realized after reading about Patty’s inspiration, that there is a definite ‘art deco’ feel to the prints in this fabric. That element is so appealing to me and probably one reason I really like this line. In addition, I have a daughter named Lucy who was named after 2 grandmothers – so I really like that name.

When creating pincushions, there is an intense study of the fabric looking for obvious cuts that will work depending on the glass or vessel, but in addition, seeking to find less obvious designs to highlight becomes a quest. Both rainbow pincushions were made from cuts of the rooster fabrics.

Another fun cut that came from the rooster print is a red floral pincushion that was made in a small leaded crystal bowl.

For me, upcycling is such an important part of my creative process. As I search for glass at thrift and antique stores, I find a lot of satisfaction in taking an item that has so much beauty but no current use. One kind of glass I find often are ashtrays. Some of the glass is stunning and in such good condition. In fact, many pieces are in mint condition like they have never been used.

Creating a beautiful rainbow of pincushions was easy with Lucy’s Garden. The tonal blender prints would be an excellent addition to fabric stashes for quilting projects.

I created a fun video on Instagram highlighting part of the batch using Lucy’s Garden – click HERE!

Happy Crafting and Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

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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