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by Lesley Storts

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»Posey Slide Quilt«

The Posey Slide quilt is finally complete. Inspiration for this project came from a quilt my mom made many years ago. I raided my mom’s stash for the circles and then fussy cut a lot of them.

Gaining experience with needle turn appliqué was part of the goal in making this quilt. I definitely got a lot of practice and have more confidence with this skill.
I vacillated a lot about the quilting – so many options. I ended up quilting a gentle wavy line that feels a little whimsical and was easy to do with the quilting foot on my Pfaff. After years in the making, I am happy to finally finish this quilt. Best of all, I love the way it turned out!

Back is Tula Pink Free Fall fabric.

Details for making this quilt:
Squares – 7″
Circles – 5″ diameter
Finished quilt has 72 blocks.

Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎



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I’m so happy that I’m all finished with my #sewcialbeesampler quilt! I started this quilt last year with the weekly sew along written by Sharon Holland and co-hosted with Maureen Cracknell. I finished it shortly after the beginning of this year and finally had a chance to get some pictures.


I enjoyed the challenge and look of different blocks each week. Sharon’s beautiful instructions are visually pleasing and easy to follow.


I planned from the beginning to use different fabrics in every block. My only constraint was to use my Art Gallery Fabrics stash. I have built a stash since discovering this fabric line a few years ago. The back and binding are also Art Gallery Fabrics.


This is a large quilt! I decided on an all over geometric pattern for quilting. I used Aurifil thread. Quilting was so easy to do on my domestic Pfaff using my quilting foot.


I’m so pleased with my quilt and the way it turned out. I learned so much while making it, had a wonderful time perusing the other maker’s blocks on Instagram (#sewcialbeesampler), and simply being in touch with other quilters via social media. I’m especially grateful to my friend Shayne, who introduced me to Art Gallery Fabrics, and my local quilt store Sew to Speak because they carry Art Gallery Fabrics and I can see them in person.

To see progress from last year go here or here.


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!!!!!

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.


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«


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.


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.


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.


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



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«


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.


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.


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”. 


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.