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by Lesley Storts


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»Pincushions with Fabric by Patty Young«

My latest batch of pincushions was made using Patty Young‘s fabric line, Lucy’s Garden, by Riley Blake Designs. In an Instagram post, Patty talked about her inspiration for this colorful line. I realized after reading about Patty’s inspiration, that there is a definite ‘art deco’ feel to the prints in this fabric. That element is so appealing to me and probably one reason I really like this line. In addition, I have a daughter named Lucy who was named after 2 grandmothers – so I really like that name.

When creating pincushions, there is an intense study of the fabric looking for obvious cuts that will work depending on the glass or vessel, but in addition, seeking to find less obvious designs to highlight becomes a quest. Both rainbow pincushions were made from cuts of the rooster fabrics.

Another fun cut that came from the rooster print is a red floral pincushion that was made in a small leaded crystal bowl.

For me, upcycling is such an important part of my creative process. As I search for glass at thrift and antique stores, I find a lot of satisfaction in taking an item that has so much beauty but no current use. One kind of glass I find often are ashtrays. Some of the glass is stunning and in such good condition. In fact, many pieces are in mint condition like they have never been used.

Creating a beautiful rainbow of pincushions was easy with Lucy’s Garden. The tonal blender prints would be an excellent addition to fabric stashes for quilting projects.

I created a fun video on Instagram highlighting part of the batch using Lucy’s Garden – click HERE!

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»Jet Trails Quilt«

Do you remember ever having a misperception about something? An experience or a phrase? My uncle thought “chest of drawers” was “chester drawers”. Or misheard lyrics – some of those are really funny! I enjoy having conversations with family and friends and discussing things we have all misunderstood at times. The Jet Trails quilt is about childhood and a misperception.

I was riding in the car with one of my daughters and looked up and saw multiple jet trails in the sky. She was younger at the time, probably 11 or 12, and told me when she was a kid, probably around 8 years old, she thought thought people were flying around with jet packs up in the sky. I laughed! I liked having a peek into her young childhood mind as well as a reminder of the magical thinking of childhood.

As Sadie and I talked, the idea of making a quilt formed. The simplicity of the double jet trails against the brilliant blue sky provided just what I needed for inspiration. I also wanted to incorporate the jet pack because that is the humorous and magical part of the memory for me.

Motherhood has been full of all kinds of experiences including a lot of service and care taking, especially when my kids were younger. During all of those years, my kids have done and said a lot of funny things and I wish had been better at journaling their “kidisms”. There have been times when I listened, heard and remembered what they said. Making this quilt helped me capture a moment knowing that there are so many others even if I cannot remember them all. This quilt is one small reminder of their childhood and my motherhood all stitched up together.

I made this quilt many years ago but never liked the openness of the fuel tanks on the jet pack. Sadie saw the quilt a few days ago and asked if she could have it. She told me she’s been waiting a long time. It only took a few hours to add some stitching to the jet pack and I like the texture it added and made it feel more complete.

Quilt Details:
Size: Approximately 70 inches long x 40 inches wide.
Jet trails: Made in almost in an improv fashion, drawn out and pieced together as I was making the top.
Jet pack: I drew up a foundation paper pieced pattern for the fuel canisters, created bias tape for the straps and appliqué them on, and used 3 colors of perle cotton for stitching the flames.
Fabric and Thread: Robert Kaufman solids and Aurifil thread for quilting.

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»Pincushions with Fabric by Anna Maria Horner«

This batch of pincushions was created using beautiful fabric designed by Anna Maria Horner.

Anna recently moved her brick and mortar store, Craft South, to a new location. One of her staff members contacted me about providing a batch of pincushions showcasing Anna’s fabrics. I was so honored to be asked and excited! I was given the freedom to use any of my AMH fabric. I do not have all of Anna’s fabric, but I have lot.

Pulling glass and fabric to put together is one of my favorite parts of the process in creating pincushions. I had a hard time editing myself to the batch I made.

Uranium glass, also known as vaseline glass, is a favorite! I’m always on the hunt for that glass. Paying attention to details such as the green in the flower and the matching green in the glass is something I watch for often.

Blue glass + fabric + button + thread = a happy maker – me! To see a little video of the pincushions, head over to my Instagram @lesleystorts.

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»Pincushion Creations and Play«

My adventure into making pincushions was not planned. I entered a quilt in the National Quilting Association’s (NQA) quilt show several years ago. While there, I was browsing through the vendors and came upon salt cellar pincushions. I was smitten. I bought 3, one for me and each of my daughters. The little salt cellar dishes are unique and charming. I wanted to make them and told my daughter, Lucy, that we should try to make them together. We live in the midwest and there is an abundance of antique stores here giving us ample opportunity to look for old glass. The following summer, after collecting some glass salt cellars, Lucy set out to make the pincushions. She had recently had ankle surgery and was non-weight bearing and looking for something to do because she was bored. She did an amazing job troubleshooting the pincushions. I had a basic idea of how to make them, but she perfected it! Several years and a thousand+ pincushions later, we still love making them – it’s so much fun! I’m a quilter, but now I feel like I’m a pincushion artist too. We have expanded the pincushion containers beyond the salt cellars, but salt cellars are how we started and still my favorite base to use in making the pincushions.

The books pictured above, The Open Salt Compendium and 5,000 Open Salts, A Collector’s Guide, catalog a large variety of salts and include the manufacturer and date of production. Another reference is Salty Comments which was written from 1984-2005 by Ed and Kay Berg. Their early newsletters were written on a typewriter and pictures of salt cellars were hand drawn.

Our process of sewing on a button with matching thread and creating a custom crystal and glass beaded pin gives each pincushion their own personality and appeal. My pincushion journey includes hunting for glass and looking for just the right fabric, or cut of fabric, to make the pincushions. I have met a lot of interesting people and learned so much along the way. I am sure I will continue enjoying the whole process.

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»Adored Quilt«

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Quilt Quiz:

Q: Favorite Color?
A: Green (but orange is my secret favorite – I’ve just loved green so long that it’s hard to know if it’s replaceable)

Q: Name you favorite quilt?
A: Hmmmm…depends on the project or season

Q: Name the quilt that gives you the most utility?
A: Easy…a yellow and white quilt my mom gave me 15-20 years ago. It’s lives on my bed or the chair in my room. It was perfect for covering kids when they “stopped by” for the night or to take in the car. This yellow and white quilt has been washed repeatedly and is snuggly and soft. It was never intended to be my favorite, but it just might be because of all the use I have gotten out of it. This quilt was pieced from leftovers and given to me by my mom because she did not need another quilt hanging around. I adore this quilt! I love the connection it gives me to my mom and the utility it provides.

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Yellow and White Quilt with a camera shy Benson

After many years of using the yellow and white quilt, I decided to make a pattern so that I could make this quilt for friends and family. One aspect of the quilt that I really like is the size and how it is accommodating for so many different uses. It measures approximately 47″ x 56″.

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Adored quilt with Kona Tiger Lily, Carolyn Friedlander Snake in Ash and a variety of Denyse Schmidt prints.

The pattern is available in the November/December 2018 edition of Modern Patchwork.

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Camping with the yellow and white quilt

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Work in Progress

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Denyse Schmidt Prints

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»Millefiori Study«

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Mille definition — “thousand”
Fiori definition — “flowered”

When I was first exposed to the Millefiori Quilt pattern by Willyne Hammerstein, I was amazed by the process and outcome. I had never heard the word millefiori and did not take time to stop and think about it’s meaning. I was too captivated by the quilts and all of the possibilities.

Millifiori Quilt Blocks

Blocks made by Lesley Storts

This past spring I visited the Chicago Art Institute and walked into the glass paperweight exhibit. I was amazed and awestruck. And then I saw that word again – Millefiore…that was the beginning of my quest to understand what it meant.

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Glass paperweight from exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The word millefiore, which translates to thousand flowered, originates with glass making in Italy from the 18th century. On their website, millefioribeads.org, the authors state that mosaic beads date back much further than that to the 7th or 8th century. A quick Pinterest search of the word millefiori will show quilts, jewelry and paperweights. So many mediums with which to experience this beautiful art – glass, clay, and fabric! As I was touring the paperweight exhibit, it dawned on me that Kaffe Fassett’s fabric, Paperweight, is inspired by this beautiful art.

Paperweight Fabric

Paperweight Fabric by Kaffe Fassett

As a bonus to learning all of this information, I recently found out that a friend of mine is associated with a local glass studio, Glass Axis. He invited me on a tour of the studio to see various methods of creating with glass. The day we went, there happened to be an artist working on blowing glass. It was an intriguing process to watch. The entire studio was full of inspiration! I went home to research the process a little more. The following 5 minute YouTube video of glass making shows this intricate and mesmerizing process.

I now have a better understanding of the inspiration behind the the millefiori quilts. As a quilter, I believe that inspiration can be found everywhere and learning about the millefiori glass paperweights once again confirms this belief. The plan for my millefiori quilt is to make each rosette focused on one color so that when they are all joined together, they feel distinct. I see paperweights with multi colors but I also see them restrained to smaller color palettes. The variance of options creates endless ideas for quilts.

I enjoy looking for paperweights when I antique. I found this beauty for $3 which is a bargain!

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Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 

 


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»Suzy Ultman Salt Cellar Pincushions«

The hunt for fabric to make salt cellar pincushions is always fun! When I spotted Suzy’s fabric at my LQS, Sew to Speak, I knew it would probably be a favorite.
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Suzy Ultman’s has such a fun style with her art and creations! The prints from Suzy’s Minis 2 are perfect for salt cellar pincushions because of their petite scale.

Another enjoyable part of the process was picking out accessories including buttons and creating the custom crystal bead pins. These little popsicles needed a very small button! I call it a micro button. I’ve had these in my stash for a long time and never really thought I’d use them.
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The term “cuteness overload”  is not an exaggeration with these prints!

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If you are interested in a pincushion, visit my Etsy shop! And keep up to date with pincushion progress on my IG @lesleystorts.

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»Ice Cream Soda Quilt Progress«

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Progress continues on the Ice Cream Soda paper pieced quilt. I’ve been working on this for about a year and half. That’s a long time! I love making the blocks and matching them with pincushions that I have on hand.

Piecing the blocks together is a lot slower than I thought it would be. But I’m happy to be at the stage to be able to connect blocks.
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This project was started by Jodi from Tales of Cloth. Her website is full of wonderful inspiration and English paper piecing projects.

In other happenings, Ohio is up to it’s shenanigans again with the weather. The sun was out and shining and it was raining at the same time. Raindrop shadows?!
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»Pike Quilt – Flower Child Fabric«

Maureen Cracknell, a fabric designer for Art Gallery Fabrics, has a new fabric line available. You can view the Lookbook for pretty pictures and inspiration including this version of the Pike quilt. I fell in love with this fabric!

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Maureen’s fabric was perfect for pincushions too.
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Quilting this was fun! I enjoyed changing the quilting motif in the different fabrics. I knew I wanted to have a wavy crosshatch in each of the block centers plus a lot of soft swirling lines in this quilt.  The design evolved as I quilted.

If you are interested in making the Pike Quilt, the pattern is FREE! You can find it on Craftsy by clicking HERE. There are a couple of colorways for this quilt and you can choose which you download. Additionally, I’ve created a coloring page for this quilt so you can play.

Pike Quilt Coloring Page
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»Posey Slide Quilt«

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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.
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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!
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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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