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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!

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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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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»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 ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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»Prismatic Chill Quilt«

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As I sit here writing this post, the snow is coming down outside. That is to be expected since it is January, but 2 days ago we had 55 degree weather. The weather here is nuts! And that is where the inspiration for this quilt ended up…with the weather. Here in central Ohio, we are considered one of the cloudiest cities in the country averaging 283 cloudy days per year. Those clouds make for great filtered light and picture taking, but also a longing for sunny skies and color!

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When I first sketched this quilt, I was unsure about the palette. After coloring the sketch and playing around with it, I decided to use rainbow colors and try solids from Art Gallery Fabrics. I ordered a color card to help me choose fabrics.

Intense, saturated colors were what I first pulled, but I wanted those balanced out with some softer shades too. As I began making the quilt, I really loved the colors I chose, but realized that I needed one more dark in the green/blue family so I ordered a teal to add to the mix.

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The background is Essex linen by Robert Kaufman. I used Essex linen in my Great Granny Squared quilt and loved the look. I ordered a metallic but changed my mind and ended up at my local quilt store, Sew to Speak, to pick out fabric with all of my AGF solids on hand to make sure I liked how they looked together. I really wanted the background to be a soft, grayish blue that represented those cloudy skies in Ohio. The Essex linen in chambray is subtle and compliments the rainbow palette. I enjoy the mix of two different textures of fabric in this quilt.

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By using Quilters Dream Wool Batting, the greater loft provides more depth in the center and around the perimeter where the quilting is not as close. Prismatic Chill was backed with Carolyn Friedlander’s Crosshatch in Pacific. Quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil 2600.

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As a side note, while I was making this quilt, I affectionately called it the rainbow quilt or winter rainbow quilt. It’s the quilt’s pet name. Is there such a thing? I like to think of Prismatic Chill as the formal name, the one you would see on the birth certificate that no one really says. Haha!

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You can find this quilt and the pattern in the Winter 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork.

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»Lucy Boston in Progress«

My play with fabrics, color and various prints continues as I move forward making my Lucy Boston blocks. I take my work with me almost everywhere I go and it feels like I make progress in my spare moments.

I like looking at all of the blocks together because it gives me a sense of what the quilt will look like once it is put together. I’ve completed 23 blocks and plan on making 42 for a quilt that is 6 across, 7 down.

Sometimes fabrics do not come together in reality like they do in my mind…

No and no. I really wanted to fussy cut the butterflies but unfortunately it felt like I had dissected and mutilated them instead.

On this block, if you look at the placement of the grid fabric on the left, it is next to the chartreuse green. After I got them all put together, I realized they did not look good because there was not enough contrast. So I unpicked them and put the purple in their place. Also something to note is how much lighting affects color – the grid fabric on the right appears more cement gray color which is more accurate. The one on the left appears blue.

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I went to my LQS earlier this week because I needed thread to quilt. It is hard for me to resist looking around. I gave in and found this fun U.S. states fabric. I plan on fussy cutting all of the states I’ve lived in for one of my blocks.

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I even enjoy looking at these little pieces all stacked up and ready to sew.

Happy Quilting and English Paper Piecing ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎