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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!

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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»Pat Bravo Mini Quilt Blog Tour«

Welcome to the Minis Blog Tour hosted by Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics 

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I am happy to be a part of this mini quilt blog tour hosted by Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics. Being given beautiful fabric and asked to create a quilt is one of my favorite activities. My take aways from this project are:

»»»A reminder of why I enjoy Art Gallery Fabrics
»»»Challenging myself with a new quilt block

If you have not had the opportunity to sew with Art Gallery Fabrics, I would encourage you to get some and treat yourself. Art Gallery Fabrics have a distinct feel to them, very soft with a gentle drape. As a member of the tour, I received a bundle of fabrics from Pat Bravo’s new lines Essential II and Dare. I chose to use five of the fabrics to make my mini quilt:

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My Bundle of Fabrics

If I had to use one word to describe my 5 fabrics together it would be eclectic. At first glance, I was not sure they would work, but I like the end result. I named my quilt Daring Edge because of the Dare fabrics and all blade edges from the different pinwheels. A favorite aesthetic details about the quilt is the Hula Hoops in Azure background around the perimeter and how it reminds me of water.

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For inspiration in creating the quilt block, I used the book 1000 Great Quilt Blocks by Maggi McCormick Gordon. Using the Double Pinwheel III block as a starting point, I resized it from her original and modified the block to tailor it to my fabrics. I like a challenge and enjoy learning with every quilt I make. My big lesson with this quilt was in creating half-square rectangles. Online tutorials helped, but I had a lot of testing with scrap fabrics to get the size just right. And learning how to mark and line them up was a bit of a lesson in math, but now that I understand it, I’m looking forward to future quilts with this versatile and interesting technique.

Being a part of this tour has been enjoyable. The other quilters involved are so talented and creative and I enjoy seeing all of their beautiful creations using the Dare and Essentials II fabrics.  If you would like to see their work and get some inspiration for yourself, check out Pat Bravo’s Blog and the following links:

 

Laura Piland
Instagram: @sliceofpilife
http://sliceofpiquilts.blogspot.com

Courtney Zadik
Instagram: @wholesomemama
www.thewholesomemama.com

Katie Skoog
Instagram: @slpco
www.TheSimpleLifeCompany.com/BLOG

Stacey Gibson
Instagram:  @edens_accessories  

Amanda Woodruff
Instagram: @acraftyfox_amanda  
acraftyfox.net

Jessica Stewart
Instagram: @izzynivydesigns
http://snickerdoodlestew.com/

Erin Cox
Instagram: @whynotsewquilts
www.whynotsew.blogspot.com 

Anjeanette Klinder
Instagram: @anjeanetteklinder
http://anjeanettek.com/  

Aimee Leptick
Instagram: @lilbirddesign
www.thelittlebirddesigns.com

Sharla Krenzel
Instagram: @thistlethicketstudio
www.thistlethicketstudio.com  

Christine Blessing
Instagram: cblessing0

Cat Noonan
Instagram:@tincat13

Sarah Overton
Instagram: @mycrowdednest
Mycrowdednest.wordpress.com

Jyoti Haeusle
Instagram: @jyotihaeusler
www.sewnmoderncrafts.com

Faith Essenburg
Instagram: @faithessenburg
www.saranaave.wordpress.com

Lesley Storts (That’s ME!)
Instagram: @lesleystorts
StortsMarket.com

Ellen Ault – May 5
Instagram: @handmade3d
www.Handmade3D.me

Michelle Bartholomew – May 5
Instagram: @michellebartholomew  
michellebartholomew.com

Kate Basti – May 6
Instagram:  @katebasti    

Kate Lyons – May 6
Instagram:  @modernmakerie

Cindy Guch – May 9
Instagram: @cindyraspberrysunshine
http://raspberrysunshine.com

Lucy – May 9
Instagram: @skinnymalinkyquilts    
www.skinnymalinkyquilts.com

Marija Vujcic – May 10
Instagram: @mvquilts    
http://marijasfabricreations.blogspot.com/

Isabel Kelly – May 10
Instagram: @lambandwolfie  
www.lambandwolfie.com

Samantha Green – May 11
Instagram: @fortheloveoffabric

Tara Curtis – May 11
Instagram: @t_jaye      
https://www.tjaye.com/blog/

Samantha Dorn – May 12
Instagram: @aqua_paisley  
aquapaisleystudio.com

Maja Wlusek – May 12
Instagram: @betyipiernaty
https://betyipiernaty.wordpress.com

Jemima Flendt – May 13
Instagram: @tiedwitharibbon   
www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com

Kerry Smith – May 13
Instagram:
 @thatssewkerry    
www.thatssewkerry.blogspot.co.uk

Creative inspiration can be found at the Essentials II Lookbook and the Dare LookBook.  If you happen to be in Columbus, Ohio, you can stop by one of my favorite local quilting stores, Sew To Speak, and check out their beautiful selection from various Art Gallery Fabric designers.

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Daring Edge Quilt Back

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Daring Edge Quilt Specs:
20″ x 20″
4 blocks total
56 pieces in each block
224 total pieces
5 fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, Essentials II and Dare collection
Quilt Back in Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Icy Mint
Aurifil Thread 2600 (a light silvery grey) used for piecing and quilting

Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

Daring Edge Quilt on Bridge

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»A Study In Focus«

IMG_8835Saltcellar Pincushion made with Carolyn Friedlander’s Dentals in Green.

It has been almost a year since I began hunting for saltcellars and making pincushions. Lucy, one of my daughters, has been instrumental in helping perfect this little pieces of art. And as we have learned and grown in making these, an interesting thing has happened- I have come to appreciate fabric and the patterns in a different way. There is a  need to focus on small areas and what they have to offer in a saltcellar. The diameter of most saltcellars we use is about 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 inches. Some of the dishes are a little bigger, but generally they are small. This means that we have to maximize where we cut.

I love the color green and adore this fabric by Anna Maria Horner called Minutes in Glen. I was excited to use it in a pincushion and took special care to cut it so that I was able show an interesting part of the fabric.

Another beautiful and interesting fabric we’ve used is Tula Pink’s Bats in the Belfry in Plum. Depending on what you wanted to highlight with this fabric would depend on where you cut for the pincushion. This fabric offers many choices that would work well. Lucy made this pincushion and wanted to make sure to include blue so that it stood out.

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I love quilt making and will continue making quilts. I do appreciate though, the opportunity to look at fabric in a different way and that has come through making pincushions.

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Happy Crafting and Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

Enjoy posts on IG at my sites @lesleystorts and @stortsmarket


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»I Get By With A Little Help…«

In reflecting on a new year and what it can bring, I sometimes like to look back. A couple of things happened over the past couple of years that have made me realize that quilting is more fun with a friend.

My daughters have become more involved in quilting and sewing. They both made quilts for a local show that were displayed. Lucy recently made a set of bags from a kit my mom gave us. Then she altered the sizes and made a set for her friend’s upcoming birthday. My other daughter also has made several small sewing projects through the year such as doll clothes and mug rugs. She made me a mug rug that I use for my phone so it does not vibrate the whole nightstand when the alarm goes off. I enjoy looking at it everyday.

I’m spoiled because I have 2 (almost instant) opinions on projects anytime I want or need it. I’m going to enjoy this because I know it will not always be like this. Also, they make me laugh! And what is better than that?

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This is what happens when the kids get a hold of your cell phone.

The second thing that happened is that I have finally made “quilty” friends. Shayne (IG @shayne.d.quilts) and I connected through our church. Having a friend to call and show projects to and bounce ideas off of is so beneficial. And fun!

IMG_7849Finding a local quilting community is important. If you do not have that, I encourage you to seek out people like you. You do not have to birth children to get quilting companions! Try a guild or take a class at your LQS or through your community center.

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

PS – Find me on IG @lesleystorts – this is a fun way to connect with quilters and other artists!

 


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»Ohio State Fair 2015«

The Ohio State Fair is running through the end of this week – August 9. I entered 3 quilts in the fair this year. I like entering quilt shows because it gives me a deadline to complete a quilt from beginning to end. It is also helpful to get feedback from the judge(s) on ways to improve my quilts.

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I entered my Hexi, Any Direction, and Great Granny Squared quilts. Guidelines for this show state that the quilts cannot be more than 2 years old. Both the Great Granny Squared and Any Direction were made this year. The Hexi quilt was made and completed 1 year ago.

My Great Granny Squared won a Blue Ribbon in the Full Size Category!
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My Hexi quilt won 2nd place the wall hanging category.

Bright Hexi's

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My Any Direction quilt was also part of the wall hanging category.

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There were so many beautiful handmade items entered and displayed by other artists at the fair this year.

best of show large quilt

Best of Show Full Size Quilt

crochet 1 winner

Best of Show and First Place Crochet

optical illusion quilt

A really cool optical illusion quilt.

rug hooking 2 peacock winner

Best of Show and First Place rug hooking.

small quilt winner

First Place Wall Hanging quilt.

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Entangles

If you are close to Columbus, OH and can make it to the fair, you will be in for a visual treat – and maybe a yummy treat like funnel cake 😋.

Follow me on Instagram @lesleystorts. Happy quilting and eating! ▶︎▶︎▶︎


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»Pincushion Factory«

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A fun, little expensive hobby has started at my house over the past couple of months. Last year at the National Quilt Association’s show, I bought a pincushion made by up-cycling an old salt cellar. I loved it! I do not know the name of the woman I bought it from, but it has spurred much enthusiasm to make these – as you can tell from my stockpile of salt cellars (most of which I acquired in one day – ahem).  Living in the midwest, there are plenty of places to hunt for salt cellars. The whole process has become a family affair and we have had a great time.

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We, meaning my kids and mother-in-law, have spent time looking at antique stores, at stores where vendors rent a booth space, and yard sales for the salt cellars or other appropriate glass bases. Some of the bases are glass candle holders or old ash trays. No, I don’t smoke. Yes, I like the glass.  Back in June, we spent the day over in Springfield, OH, at several different antique stores and it was a salt cellar B.O.N.A.N.Z.A!

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The “jewelry” for the pincushion is a matching pin. We have made the pins starting with various tops – pearl balls, glass beads, and shapes such as a butterfly. The beads are almost all glass minus a few exceptions for some flower bases or skulls. The other exception is when my other daughter makes custom pin tops out of clay and bakes it onto the pin. We purchased the majority of our beads at a local store – 1 Stop Bead Shop. The owner was so helpful and it was so great to be able to touch and see the beads we were selecting. The store has an incredible collection.

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The whole process is so fun because each pincushion is unique and because it is a short-term project. I’ve noticed when I’m making a quilt that takes a long time and I like to insert shorter projects just so that I can feel like I’m finishing something. Because they are so easy to make, we’ve made a lot.  My husband must be worried because he said that maybe we should try selling a few before making any more. I told him, “Umm…..ok?” Then noticed over the next few days that the pincushions seemed to multiplying on their own – so much for slowing down the process.

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single gray multi pincushion on metal tray collage pincushions x6

I can even come home after a long day at work and sit down and have the energy to complete one of the pincushions. It’s a very relaxing process. I do have to confess that my daughter has made the majority of the pincushions. (I’ve only made three… hahaha.) She has improved the technique that I first taught her and tweaked the process along the way. The pincushions we are making today are better because of her! I hope to have them for sale on Etsy soon!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @lesleystorts. Happy Crafting! ▶︎▶︎▶︎


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»Any Direction«

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWelcome 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI 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! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

Follow me for more inspiration here and on Instagram @lesleystorts.