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by Lesley Storts


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»So… I Changed My Mind… «

Wednesdays have been dubbed Work in Progress Wednesday. I could think of slogans for every day of the week to talk about trying to catch up on my quilting -“Full Throttle Thursday” or “Finish it Friday”. I always seem to have many projects going in various stages and it has always been that way for me. When I was a kid and practiced the piano, I had 5-15 songs I was always working on. So, as an adult I guess I have not changed.

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Before I tell you about changing my mind, I have to post some pictures from my walk this morning. I love nature. So many colors. Green is my favorite and the midwest delivers plenty of green to look at this time of year. I also appreciate so many different textures and shapes. I have a trail that I like to walk on often. I am able to notice subtle changes as seasons change. A favorite trail is like a favorite song – I can enjoy it over and over.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast week I posted 3 different blocks that I practiced quilting for my Great Granny Squared quilt. I was so certain of my plan. I started quilting and finished about 4 lines and quickly realized I did not like it. So I unpicked :-) and then I looked at the quilt and the blocks and decided to slightly modify my plan. And….I LOVE IT! At least the first 4 blocks I’ve completed.

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The lines are 1/2” apart and each block is outlined.

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This is a large quilt!

My plan is to finish quilting this in the next week and get the binding on. Enjoy your week and here’s to hoping you can get through your projects! Happy Sewing! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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»Any Direction Quilt«

Welcome to my little world on the internet. I am excited to share my projects here!

Inspiration in designing and creating this quilt came from April Rhodes Wanderer fabric. Important focus for me in this quilt were highlighting the Serape fabric without it being overwhelming or getting lost. Fussy cutting and creating large flying geese squares helped accomplish this goal.

One of my favorite fabrics in this line is the Sacred Seeds fabric in tigerlily. I think it is obvious from my center square just how much I like this fabric. I envisioned a dark background, and when I found the Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in steel I knew I had a terrific combination. The steel grey is the primary color with soft undertones of gold which compliment the Wanderer line and give the quilt a feeling of warmth even with the grey.

I named this quilt Any Direction for two reasons. The first is simply because of all the arrows pointing in so many directions. The name came to have a secondary meaning when I was mocking it up with some Kona and Amy Butler fabric that I had. The design worked so well with two fabrics, especially one that is a print with some movement and I realized that I would like see the whole thing finished with these sorts of fabrics. So….I bought some Tula Pink and Kona but I haven’t had time to start it yet. Hopefully soon. Happy quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

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