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by Lesley Storts


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»Pins and Needles Craft Swap«

A couple of months ago I saw a swap on Instagram for pincushions and it did not take me long – about 3 minutes – to make the decision to participate. My pincushion pal and daughter, Lucy @sew.lucy, decided to join too. What a great decision! We both made pincushions that were totally new to us and had a great time doing it.

Living with a person who loves fabric and quilting crafts as much as I do is a huge bonus! She gave me a lot of feedback about my pincushion and made the saltcellar pincushion that I gave to my recipient. I helped her make her pincushion and we both learned a lot along the way.

Lucy made the carry-all pincushion by Anna Graham of @noodlehead. Her instructions were clearly written, easy to follow and allowed us to successfully create a beautiful pincushion for Lucy’s partner.

I have been cleaning out and organizing all different parts of my house since the late winter. In combing through the quilting supplies, I stumbled upon a pattern by Carrie Nelson that I bought some time ago and decided to use it for my pincushion. I had so much fun that I now have a favorite new quilt block – the log cabin.

Both of our partners stated that they love a lot of color. Tula Pink fabric provided a great palette for making our creations. Lucy made a special pincushion from the blue Swim Team Winham fabric since her partner is a swimmer. Packages were mailed off today! Hopefully our partners love their gifts as much as we did creating them 🙂

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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»#SewcialBeeSampler Update«

Blocks for this quilt are progressing. Sometimes on a weekly basis, or sometimes 3 in a week if I’m behind.  IMG_4122

This project has involved some first for me. This is the first time I’ve made a sampler quilt. This is also the first time I have a “metered out” project that progresses on a weekly basis. I’m enjoying the process.

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Being involved in a large online group and seeing the progress and diversity of how quilters interpret the blocks with their fabric is interesting and enjoyable.

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I’ve also been paying a lot of attention to my sewing so that my blocks look good and will go together well. And because of that, it has flowed into my other sewing and piecing of quilts. So a big THUMBS UP! Thanks Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell for this fun sew along!

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

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»Pike Quilt«

 

P3150027.jpgNew quilt! Let’s keep this short and sweet…

Inspiration: Previous small Pike quilt. Traditional jackknife block.
New size: 55″ square
Fabric: Bountiful, by Sharon Holland made by Art Gallery Fabric
Thread: Aurifil
Pattern: FREE!!!!!   https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/pike-quilt/491526

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI picked my fabrics and realized after I started putting it all together that I was following the primary color scheme. I tend to do that. A lot. I think I like that combo. 😉

IMG_3825Quilting done on my domestic Pfaff. I realized that the pebbling I quilted in the center was very dense so I lightened up when I moved out. I free motion quilted this entire quilt and loved the process.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am so happy I can offer a pattern with this quilt. I think the pattern would work with so many different fabrics!

If you make it, use #pikequilt and tag me @lesleystorts or @stortsmarket so I can see what you create!

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»#sewcialbeesampler«

Hi Quilting Friends! I’m working on managing my time and priorities better so I have more freedom to choose when opportunities arise. The Sewcial Bee Sampler, hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell is a project I saw a post pop up on Instagram a few weeks ago and thought, “That would be fun, but I’m not sure I have time.” The first week passed, and I started seeing the blocks and I decided I would make time. I’m so glad I did. I look forward to it every week, like so many other quilters who have joined in.

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Once I decided to venture in, I had to make some fabric choices, otherwise I would be overwhelmed. I have been using Art Gallery Fabrics for a couple of years and narrowed it down to just that fabric company. Pulling all of my AGF into one place has been fun because I enjoy seeing it all together!

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Each block has a border and I happen to have many solids from my previous Prismatic Chill quilt. Making the decision for solid borders simplified choices in each block.

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I finished up block #5, July Fourth, last night. I like looking at my IG feed and the hashtag I set up for my personal quilt (#lesleyssewcialbeesampler) to make sure I’m keeping the color and fabrics balanced. The first 3 weeks I made blocks with orange. I find myself drawn to that color – A LOT! I say green is my favorite, but I think orange is the understudy, waiting in the wings to boot green out of the way. I’m sure I will have more orange because there are a lot of blocks, but for now, I’m conscientious about trying to bring a wider range of colors into play.

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If you are ready to learn and have some fun, then join this sew along HERE! Sharon has done a wonderful and BEAUTIFUL job writing up the blocks each week as well as providing tutorials on her blog. Thanks to both Sharon and Maureen for brining quilters together for this project 💕

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 

 


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RJR Fabric #WhatShadeAreYou

Game Night Quilt

Even though my quilting experience goes back many years, my use of solid colored cotton for projects was limited until a couple of years ago. I caught glimpses of people’s quilts with solids and realized that I wanted to play! Several projects have been started, some completed, and then I was asked by RJR Fabrics if I would like to participate in their What Shade Are You Blog Hop. The answer was a resounding yes! I had already sketched out a project that I wanted to make with solids and after reviewing the abundant array of colors on RJR’s color card, I knew this project would have the variety needed to pull it off.

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Cowboy  383
Chocolate  199
Marmalade  304
Custard  265
Martini Olive  343
Neon  348
Grove  407
Chalkboard  382
Silver  125
Golden Topaz  285
Chili Pepper  49
Tangerine Dream  276
Banana Cream Pie  336
Lucky Green  406
Turks & Caicos  292
Jacaranda  317
Goldenrod  92
Electric Blue  296
Scarlet Letter  325
Aloe Vera  349
Rhododendron  181
Lake  427
Orange Crush  372

In answering the question, What Shade Are You?, my answer is that I am shade competitive…but just a shade. My solid fabric quilts have ended up being stories about my life and experiences. This quilt is no different and reminds me of happy times in life. My mom taught me to play backgammon and Chinese checkers when I was a kid and my aunt and uncle taught me how to play Othello (yes, that’s Othello in the bottom right corner). We played these games often. Just a quick round or two but mostly 3 because we wanted to see who won the best 2 out of 3. Growing up, I played cards with girlfriends at camp, at sleepovers, or solitaire by myself. When I was dating my husband, I was introduced to Euchre. It’s against the rules to live in Ohio and not know how to play this game. At least that’s what I was told when we moved here and I was just compliant and learned – haha! Our family and friends play all kinds of games on a regular basis when we socialize.

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My quilt, Game Night, originated from these happy times. Backgammon was made from a foundation paper piece template that I created. Top right is the traditional block, card trick. Chinese checkers is based on the Star of Bethlehem block and I created a foundation paper piece template for the triangles. Othello is a classic checker board pattern.

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RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids are fantastic for many reasons. As mentioned before, the color choices are exceptional and just as vibrant in person as they are in the pictures. The weight of fabric and how it lays makes it so easy to quilt. There is minimal fraying or stretching. Using RJR’s solids for this project was exactly what I needed.

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Last year, a quilt friend of mine showed a “potholder” quilt at guild. I was intrigued. Potholder quilts date from the US American Civil War and were created from individual blocks that are completely finished and bound then stitched together. I had wanted to try this technique and this project was ideal.

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Constructing the quilts was fun and sometimes challenging, but the quilting was the best part! I tried hard to elicit the feel of the different games through the quilting. Both backgammon and Othello have fairly minimalist game boards so there are a lot of straight lines.

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Chinese checkers is round! I was thinking and talking about how I could make the circular game board work and my daughter suggested quilting it in. Creating an image with the thread was especially satisfying.

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When I think of traditional playing cards, I think of the swirling designs on the card backs and tried to replicate that with free motion quilting.

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The fabric is so vibrant it almost looks electric! The only rule for picking the back was that it be bright and fun. I love the way that RJR’s solid fabric showcases the quilting.

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Quilt Details:
Finished Size – 54″ square
Fabric – RJR Supreme Cotton Solids
Thread – Variety of colors by Aurifil

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 


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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.

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Quilt Back

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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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»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 ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎