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Eads Quilt Along #6: Crowdsourced.

Eads Quilt Along #6: Crowdsourced.

You guys are making some awesome stuff, which is why I think it’s a fitting time to take a look at some of it now that we’re at the halfway mark.

@erushman has a super fun mix of colors and prints happening. It’s a great progression of color and value.

@erushman . eads quilt


@stephanie.hill75’s colors are working in a fun way. The 2-block units give it an engaging order that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

@stephanie.hill75 . eads quilt


@curlycquilter’s consistent use of a light-colored fabric in each block emphasizes the shapes within the block and the beautiful color palette that she is working with.

@curlycquilter . eads quilt


It’s been such a treat seeing each new addition for @bellylaugher, because of the color-themed styling in each photograph. Just lovely!

@bellylaugher . eads quilt


@annuin is making beautiful progress on hers and also taking some lovely shots with different backgrounds. It’s always interesting seeing blocks in a different context. Plus, it looks like this project might be using the kit. I’m eager to see it come together! I think that this project especially can take on different looks even using the same fabrics.

@annuin . eads quilt


@treadletothemetal has been rocking some beautiful fabric pairings. It’s been fun seeing her snippets and super satisfying to see how they all come together!

@treadletothemetal . eads quilt


This all-solids version by @thenextstitch is such a good one to take a look at. Using all solids can achieve a wonderful definition of shape, as well as a respectful attention and emphasis on color. This palette is especially intriguing to me, because of how the colors are mixed and matched in different ways making some of the same shades look very different depending on who they are paired with. Such a fun color study!

@thenextstitch . eads quilt


@houseonhillroad mentioned this being a Laura Ashley theme, which it totally is! It can be a tricky thing to be so evocative with your palette, but this one accomplishes that, and I can’t wait to see more.

@houseonhillroad . eads quilt


@procrasticraft’s blocks also have a cohesive look to them as she’s using liberty + something light, which is just right.

@procrasticraft . eads quilt

As for me, it’s been a crazy week. I’ve gotten into this bad/good habit of Eads sewing early Thursday mornings. The truth is that I’ve been in the midst of massive secret sewing, which has made it too easy to put off working on my Eads. I knew this would happen when I originally started thinking about this Quilt Along, but that’s also kind of why I decided to do it. For a long time I’ve wanted to get into a rhythm of fabric play once a week, and I knew sewing along with you guys would be the perfect excuse to do it. It’s easy to get swept up in tasks, and so a dedicated break to play is important–especially in times of pressure and deadlines.

Eads QAL 6 . Carolyn Friedlander

Thanks to you guys inspiring me to stay on track, my time Eads-sewing this week resulted in loosening me up a little bit. I finally got my hands on some Homesprun (newish Essex linen/cotton product from Robert Kaufman), and no surprise–it’s a fast favorite. It turns out that it goes with everything and adds a ton of tasty texture. My favorite combo of the day is some homespun with some carkai.

Eads QAL 6 . Carolyn Friedlander

Sewing is fun.

Eads QAL 6 . Carolyn Friedlander


+ See what your friends are up to. Sometimes a look at other projects will help you think of yours in new ways–and they don’t need to be working on the same project! Any change of scenery can be a great thing.

+ Change your rotary cutter blade. If you’re like me, it’s a safe bet that it’s time.

Eads QAL 6 . Carolyn Friedlander

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Eads Quilt Along #5: Using A Design Wall.

Eads Quilt Along #5: Using A Design Wall.

After being away last week at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, I was pleasantly reminded of a big benefit of using a design wall–it can be pretty! Coming back and being confronted by my blocks was a lovely, visual welcome. In fact, seeing them waiting for me made me eager to sew.

Many of you may have been traveling last week with the holiday–was anyone else eager to see their project when they got back? Maybe you noticed a freshness to it after spending time away?

Eads Quilt Design Wall . Carolyn Friedladnder

Design walls are great, and I believe that they should be used in whatever way works best for you and in a way that complements the way that you work. I realize that saying that sounds pretty obvious, but I’ll bet that it will also feel liberating to hear me tell you to use a design wall however you want. Do it.

As an example, I’ll show you how I used mine for the Eads quilt on the cover.

Based on the beauties you are all posting on Instagram, I’m noticing that some of you work linearly, some of you jump around and some of you work in other ways. It’s all good! Do what feels most natural. For me, you’ll notice that I started in one area, and then built around it in ways that made sense as it grew. I was open to some changes along the way, and I didn’t get trapped in any of the positions being totally set.

On the technical side, there are some things to consider when using a design wall. First, is the design wall itself–check out the first QAL post for specs on mine. Second, is what to do when you outgrow your design wall, because unless your design wall is infinite in size, you are likely to outgrow it at some point.

Eads Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

In my video, you’ll see that I outgrew mine and had to start improvising. Of course you could totally work in sections, but I wanted to see how everything was working together. Because my design wall was set up against a wall of fabric, I was able to pin blocks around the design wall. Then, it still got bigger, and so I moved it to the floor.

Eads QAL 5 . Carolyn Friedlander

While on the floor, I was able to move everything around as I wanted. I waited to move it here until I was ready to actually sew the blocks together.

Eads QAL 5 . Carolyn Friedlander

There’s that. What do you think?

As for my ongoing project, this week I’m outgrowing my design wall again and using tape to hold things in place. Whatever works! (Also, my sewing space is getting CRAZY. There is a lot happening in and outside of this photo…)

Eads QAL 5 . Carolyn Friedlander

In terms of colors and fabric, it was fun pulling in more greens–especially some from the new UPPERCASE collection that have been inspiring from the beginning.

Eads QAL 5 . Carolyn Friedlander

I’m still mixing lots of my stuff with other stuff. At this point it’s feeling a little wild and crazy, but that’s kind of the fun of it too.

Eads QAL 5 . Carolyn Friedlander

From the angle, you can see the pins that I’m using to hold blocks to the foam core. They’re the thin, cheap kind that seem to come in an endless supply.

Eads QAL 5 . Carolyn Friedlander


+ Leave the paper on your blocks. This keeps them flat and clean.

+ Use thin (cheap) pins to hold the blocks to the wall. Thin pins are effective at holding while not being visually distracting. Where pinning isn’t doable (i.e. for blocks outside of foam core, use painter’s tape to stick to the wall).

+ While a design wall can be visually inspiring or welcoming, don’t hesitate to put it away if your project is ever causing stress! Sometimes a few days of not looking at it can bring on new and exciting ideas.

Eads QAL 5 . Carolyn Friedlander

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Eads Quilt Along #4: Color Moods.

Eads Quilt Along #4: Color Moods.

Do you get in color moods? I feel like I do all the time, and this week was a reminder of that for me. While sewing away, I thought about how different any project would shape up depending on the color mood that you’re in depending on the time you sit down to sew.

Eads QAL 4 . Carolyn Friedlander

Before sewing up these 10 blocks, I was really set on sewing with the greens that originally drew me in. That’s what I started with, and as I sewed, I became enticed also by teals, blues and some other goodies.

Eads QAL 4 . Carolyn Friedlander

This week was really fun, as I caved to some momentary color cravings.

Eads QAL 4 . Carolyn Friedlander

+ Notice how your surroundings, general mood and/or momentary experiences can affect your palette. Paying attention can pay off.
+ If there’s a color or fabric that you’re really excited about—use it! Seeing and sewing with something you’re excited to use will not only make the project fun, but I’ll bet it’ll give you ideas and excitement for moving forward.

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