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by Lesley Storts


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Lorraine Turner’s Calico Horses Fabric and Pincushions

Last fall, I drove out west with my daughter Lucy for her return back to college. While visiting in Utah, I made a trip to the The Quilter’s Lodge. Have you been there? It is a beautiful store as well as a venue to provide retreats for quilters. While browsing through all of the fabric, I found an interesting and colorful line. The fabric artist, Lorraine Turner, was new to me, and for good reason – she’s a new artist for Free Spirit Fabrics. Her first line, Calico Horses, had several prints that I felt would work well as pincushions.

The art throughout the fabric required planning for various cuts and matching up with different sizes of glass. I was originally going to use the large white milk glass hobnail ashtray, but the glass is so shallow that I didn’t really like the way the pincushion looked in that glass. So I found another large ashtray. I really like the finished product and feel like the glass complements the print.

Being able to capture the beautiful faces of three horses was a bonus!

Succulent Surprise was one of my favorite prints in this line. The saturated colors spanning the rainbow worked well with larger cuts, such as the one above in Ittala glass. The fabric is beautiful coming through the bottom of this interesting glass.

Hunting for small cuts of the succulent fabric was enjoyable for the salt cellar glass.

I was drawn to the Birdseye Mustang print because of its whimsy and variety of colors. Using a colored piece of glass works well to highlight the blue within the print as well as showcase the glass.

Pincushion Pals made with Lorraine’s fabric.

The glass color of the salt cellar below is a deep red, possibly “brick red”. Finding a snippet of fabric that shows off the glass and fabric at the same time requires patience in waiting for the right piece of fabric. I leave pieces of glass sitting out in my workspace waiting for inspiration. It’s surprising how many times I have a piece of glass there and happen to lay down a piece of fabric and the two seem like perfect companions.

The cut of fabric came from a cactus that was in the Calico Horses print. The picture below is the cactus but glued onto the bottom of the pincushion of the large ashtray. It’s easy to see the beautiful strokes of color used in the red glass salt cellar from this cut of fabric.

The Lupine Valley print has saturated colors of violet and periwinkle with touches of green and pale pink. This print is beautiful! The gentle scalloped edge of the clear pedestal glass seemed like a perfect match with this fabric.

This print also works well for smaller fussy cuts.

This batch of pincushions have all been sent to new homes. Little pieces of art from Lorraine and I have been sent all over the world! I had orders from Australia, Finland (a first for me), and from all across the U.S. Making the pincushions and matching pins is such a pleasure. I am grateful and happy that I’m not the only one who enjoys them!

Happy quilting and sewing! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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Pincushion Pal

While on the constant hunt for glass through thrifting and antiquing, I find all kinds of interesting and unique pieces. At times, I do not even know the intended purpose of a piece. I buy unusual pieces with the thought that I may use it eventually. The ceramic glass that inspired the pincushion pal was purchased within the last couple of years and I had it for many months before deciding what to do with it.

Lucy and I thought it might be fun to create a little caddy that could be used for handwork. I mocked one up with the original glass.

After creating the pincushion and many discussions, Lucy and I thought this was a great addition to the pincushions we make so I started hunting for more glass pieces like this. While searching, I finally discovered the origin of the piece. The three holed ceramic dish is the base of a condiment set for a jelly jar and salt & pepper. I searched and found some whole sets on Ebay. I bought one but the base broke during shipping so I only have the jelly jar and salt & pepper.

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»Collecting Buttons«

Buttons. A necessary sewing and clothing accessory but probably not something most people think about. As a quilter, I rarely made anything with buttons prior to making pincushions. Once Lucy and I started making pincushions, we became very interested in buttons. We have built our button stash buying at big box craft and sewing stores, antiquing, thrifting, garage sales, and eBay.

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»Patty Young Fabric and Pincushions«

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.

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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.

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