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by Lesley Storts

Giucy Giuce Nonna and Pietra Pincushions

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This batch of pincushions started with Nonna and Pietra fabrics sent to me by artist and fabric designer Giucy Giuce (AKA Giuseppe Ribaudo). The fabrics were manufactured by Andover Fabrics.


This was an exciting collaboration for me for many reasons!

  • Large spectrum of colors
  • Multiple prints with a variety of options for fussy cutting
  • Interesting visual textures to pair with glass, ceramic and metal vessels

This pincushion batch took me several months to make. In addition to caring for my family, working as a nurse and completing online classes for my BSN, my husband and I were attending all of the senior year activities for our youngest child AND preparing for a move the following summer. It has been a hectic year. This batch of pincushions is a reminder to me of the importance of carving out space to care for yourself. Making these pincushions gave me an opportunity to sit down, focus, and momentarily escape. For me, creating with my hands brings me a lot of satisfaction and joy.


The story behind this fabric is so personal to Giuseppe. The Nonna fabric line is named and inspired by Giuseppe’s grandmother Francesca along with Onofrio, his Nonno (grandfather). Each print represents a living memory for Giuseppe and a reminder of his family. Reading the details and looking at the pictures momentarily brings me right into Giuseppe’s world. It is magical how art can be a catalyst for storytelling and creating. I will never know Francesca or Onofrio, but they have touched my life through Giuseppe!

This pincushion batch was so large that the coordinating crystal and glass beaded pins became a little side project. From the beginning when Lucy and I first started making pincushions, we decided that we always like to add a matching pin. The pin is the “sprinkle” on top.

Happy quilting and sewing! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

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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