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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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»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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»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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