Hearts Jetty quilt

With Jetty coming out, I knew I wanted to make a Hearts quilt. Actually, I knew I wanted to make some Hearts pillow shams, but after cutting out one block and then a second, I found myself shuffling fabrics around for a third…and then a fourth. Without being able to stop, I knew that it had to be something larger, and so this Hearts Jetty quilt was born.

My first Hearts quilt is the wall hanging size. Each heart is made using a different fabric, and the background is all from the same fabric. That’s a great approach because you get little bits of many different things. This throw-sized version uses a different strategy. There are 16 different blocks, each with its own heart and background pairing. There’s a different kind of satisfaction that you get working with each fabric a little more and being able to see more of it in the quilt. It’s still really colorful and a little more scrappy.

After the decision to go big, I realized that it was meant to be, because it works perfectly with the Fat Quarter bundle of Jetty. The quantities are just right.

jetty fabric . carolyn friedlander

One of the designs in the collection is a two-fer; half is one color and the other half is another. I love pieces like this so much, because it gives you more things to play with. In the Fat Quarter bundle, you get 1/2 yard of each of these prints, which means you get both colors to work with.

After deciding to go larger, it was a matter of pairing up the fabrics. Generally, my darker fabrics are the hearts and the lighter fabrics are the background, with some pairings that really stand out and others that are more subtle. I like how the different prints give the hearts more/less texture and define/blend the shapes against their background. There are so many ways to play, which is exactly how I like it.

Making this project again, you could totally pair the fabrics in more ways than I did for many different effects. Here’s a shot of my two Hearts quilts side by side from my Quilt Market booth in October. Pretty different, right?

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

Project/Pattern Notes:

If you’re new to appliquรฉ, this is a great place to start. There are gentle curves, an inside point and just enough repetition to get some good practice in. Plus, you can pick your size. If 16 blocks feels overwhelming, start with 1 and go from there.

pattern: Hearts quilt pattern, Throw size

fabric: Jetty (uses the fat quarter bundle)

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Sewing Lotts

Lately I have been sewing Lotts lots. (I totally named the pattern so I could do that–ha!)

This has mostly been because I am teaching a Lott workshop at QuiltCon in a couple of weeks. I’m definitely using the workshop as an excuse to sample up a new layout that I’ve always wanted to do.

Plus, I love the excuse workshops give to try out new fabric and color combinations. Often, I am eager to mix my newest fabrics with my other collections.

I mostly worked on these last weekend and here and there some this week. Each batch has given me new ideas for the next.

When to stop? I’m not sure. I keep thinking about turning this into something larger…

Pattern: These are all made from my Lott quilt patterns.

Fabric(s): Jetty, Collection CF, Instead, Harriot

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Hunt QAL #8 Check In.

Hunt QAL #8 Check In.

With a bonus week since the last check in, the holiday downtime and a motivated eye on the finish line, it’s been a productive few weeks.

I have every block in play–yay! Seeing the end gave me a boost of motivation, and so I pushed a little harder this weekend to wrap up on a couple of extra blocks. I now have 15 blocks fully finished and 1 block remaining to be basted and appliquรฉd.

I’ve saved this blue block in the corner for last. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to go so boldly blue with my original plan being more about green.

My layout is mostly grouped by color. With there being darker greens, lighter greens and shades from navy to hunter green to sage, I like how this approach can organize everything and tell a story. I’ve laid out the blocks a few times now, and each time I feel like I’ve done it a little bit differently. There are so many good options, but I’m calling this good and will sew it together without second guessing anything.

As for the blue, I love it. It gives a pop, and that print is one of my favorites from Collection CF. The color came out so vibrant, which makes me happy. This one is staying.

Another new and exciting combo that I discovered this month is this one.

hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

How has your month been? Have you been finding yourself adapting the vision as you move along too?

(Here’s where you can find a copy of the Hunt pattern or templates, and you can catch up on the full QAL here.)

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