alturas quilt_carolyn friedlander


Meet alturas.

Named after a nearby town where my great-aunt (a.k.a. Granny) lived, this project is another newbie to the slow sewing studio. I thought of Granny often while making this project not only because she was a talented maker, but also because the blocks reminded me of retro tiles from her era as well as crocheted “granny” squares.


It’s a fun and small block that is pretty additive as you can tell by the ample supply of them all over my booth at Quilt Market. I also have stacks and stacks of them basted and ready-to-go in socials all over the house. They are so fun and easy to pick up and work on.


alturas quilt tiles and shirts quilt_carolyn friedlander


alturas quilt tiles_carolyn friedlander

On the cover quilt, I wanted to play around with the idea of creating a continuous design by using only one piece of fabric with a large-scale motif. I wanted to see if the print could still be read after being cut up and appliquéd across the quilt. So in this sample, I used one piece of fabric and made sure that the blocks were laid out exactly as I cut them. (In the instructions, I fill you in on my marking system.) But that’s where the curve at the bottom of the quilt comes from, and you can see it in many other ways if you look closely.

alturas quilt_curved path_carolyn friedlander

And in the text.

alturas quilt_text_carolyn friedlander

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This then gave me the courage and curiosity to cut up some Alexander Henry fabric that I’d been holding on to and see if it worked in this scenario as well.


alturas girls quilt_carolyn friedlander

Can you see the girls?





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6 Responses to alturas.

  1. anna June 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    I absolutely love this one! I had no idea about how cool it looks with the continuous fabric until you posted about the girls fabric. I need to make this!!

  2. Brigit Dermott June 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    This quilt is fantastic. I love that it brings together whole cloth quilting and blocks. You are such an innovator–I love it! I’m curious if you used needle-turn applique?

  3. JaNeanne Miles June 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    I really like your alturas quilt, because I live in Alturas and this quilt, to me, represents our easy, rural, and agricultural surroundings. Hope it stays this way for many years to come.

    • carolynfriedlander June 29, 2013 at 8:31 am #

      How wonderful, JeNeanne! I just love the area and am so pleased a local approves. And I agree – I hope it never changes either! 🙂

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