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by Lesley Storts


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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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»Playing with Wool«

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Many years ago (so many I can’t really remember when, which brings up unfinished projects, which may be a whole blog in and of itself 😉), I found the pattern Fit to Frame by Lori Smith at one of my local quilt shops. I like handwork because I can take it with me to kid events or other appointments where I find myself sitting and waiting. The blocks did not take me too long to blanket stitch, maybe 4-6 month and only when I was out and about, but quilting it took FOREVER because I could not make up my mind what I wanted to do.

I first thought I wanted to hand quilt it. I even started hand quilting it, but did not like it because the stitches were so light and small and got lost in the background fabric which is flannel. My mom told me to use darker thread. So I bought the thread, unpicked all my quilting,  and then decided I should just machine quilt it. And I’m so glad I did. I’m happy to have it finished after all of the work I put in. Now I can enjoy it. My quilting was a simple free motion echo around the “shape” in each block, and stitching in the ditch around each block. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I enjoy working with wool and intend to start another quilt, but I have not yet decided what it will be. That has not stopped me from collecting wool. I have some from several years ago, but was inspired through and IG conversations I had with @nichole_meister about thrift store shopping for wool. I live close to a great thrift store that gives a 50% discount on prices twice a month so I marked my calendar and went shopping.

I purchased mostly skirts and a couple of dress jackets. After cutting everything apart I will probably never buy another jacket. Too many odd pieces and kind of labor intensive to cut up. I paid $1.50-$3.50 for the skirts. In the right picture at the top you can see I even found some leather. No plans for it either, but thought it would be good to add to my stash.

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I felted all of the pieces right when I brought them home and cut them apart after that. I definitely want to add some brighter, lighter pieces that have a little “electricity” to them.

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The only thing I’ve made with my “new” wool is a pincushion. I like the way it turned out. The texture is different than cotton and gives it an overall softer look.

Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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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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»Great Granny Squared Work in Progress«

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My work in progress today is the Great Granny Squared quilt. Last Christmas, I picked up this pattern by Lori Holt. I liked the fun scrappy look that she put together with this quilt. I started gathering my fabrics in January. I decided to use Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen for the background and a mix of modern fabrics with a few oldies thrown in from my stash.

It has taken me some time to get this quilt to the quilting stage, but I’m almost there. I ended up with 3 extra blocks from this quilt and I’m glad because it has given me a chance to “test” how I want to quilt this beast.

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I really thought that I wanted wavy lines on this quilt. When I drew it out on paper I thought that would look great. Then I quilted it. It was not what I wanted. I also realized that I need more practice on my free motion quilting before I would try to do a quilt this large.

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On to the next plan. I thought straight horizontal and vertical quilting would look good against the diagonals of the block. After quilting it, I didn’t like it because I felt like the quilting got lost and didn’t really compliment the quilt. Basically, it was just “ok”. 

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On my last block, I went with a crosshatch and I think that looks best. I will get some straight lines coming in through the sashing, like I did on the second block, and I think the crosshatch and straight lines will compliment each other. Plus, this quilting looked the best on the back.

I don’t normally have whole blocks to practice on like this but I’m happy that I did with this since it is so large. Next up, putting the back together. Then basting – which is probably not my favorite activity – 😬 – but necessary.