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Euclid Hesperides Quilt.

Euclid Hesperides Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I love appliqué, and lately I’ve really loved appliquéing with all types of fabric–from lawns to quilting cottons to linens. In fact, those were all big reasons for my Hesperides quilt design and the quilted shams that I made first.  After making the shams, which are a satisfyingly-small–but not too small–project, I knew I wanted to take on a larger project, and so my Euclid Hesperides Quilt was born.

Euclid Hesperides Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

There are a lot of things that I find engaging about this design. There’s the playful use and opportunity with fabric, the binary play on shape (round vs pointed), the challenge of the sharp points as well as the overall composition. On a smaller scale project like the shams, the composition makes for a somewhat quick study, while going larger those shapes present more of a compositional challenge.

Euclid Hesperides Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I’m not totally sure why this is, but I will say that I struggled (in a good way) with the layout of these pieces and blocks for this quilt-sized version for a while. I cut the pieces out soon after making the shams, and then continued shuffling things around and reworking the direction for weeks and weeks while finishing other projects in the meantime. This was the very last thing that I finished before heading out the door to the last Quilt Market.

Euclid Hesperides Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I guess I tend to like things that push and challenge me to find the right balance, which is why I enjoyed making this quilt so much. It can easily get crazy, which I like, but it also needs to maintain some clarity.

Euclid Hesperides Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Plus the fabrics really were dreamy to work with. Aside from using plenty of Euclid, I also used some regular Essex linen and tons of Cambridge lawn (both from Robert Kaufman).

Euclid Hesperides Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Euclid Hesperides Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The quilting is soft and full. The binding is a lawn, super soft, and the backing is one of my widescreen prints.

Euclid Hesperides Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Pattern : Hesperides Quilt

Fabrics : Euclid, Essex, Cambridge, Widescreen

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Pickle Hawaiian.

I definitely have no problem starting new projects. The problem is always in finishing them. Anyone else with me on that? Luckily for anything work-related, there are deadlines, which means things do get finished. But for things not tied to work, they may sit in WIP limbo for…I don’t know…a long time…maybe even indefinitely in some situations. This is why finishing anything from the non-work pile can feel like a major victory. My recent Pickle Hawaiian finish is just one of those victories. Not to mention that it was finished and gifted to the recipient on time! (I know, crazy…)

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

For anyone familiar with Denyse Schmidt’s Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration, you may recognize this design from there. It’s the Hawaiian-Style Appliqué project, a quilt that I wanted to make the second I saw it.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The design is totally enticing.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

It’s very much an homage to Hawaiian-style quilts, the very genre that got me interested in appliqué, but with a fresh twist to it.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

In my version, I used Kona Pickle for the appliqué and my own grey Ledger print from Architextures in the background. I easily could have debated on this decision, but I knew this combo would be just right.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Interestingly enough, I took a picture at the start of this project, which means I know exactly how long I worked on it. (I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing…)

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

It was back in March 2015 that I started this guy, which really isn’t that long ago when I think about it. It felt like longer–not in a bad way–but mostly because this design takes awhile to get around all of the parts. I often thought about how many inches/feet/yards/miles it is around all of these edges. But for this reason, it’s also such a good project. It was the one thing that I could always take with me and not have to worry about finishing.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

This project has been the one constant in my traveling Nest Egg Tote over the last year, and since finishing it, my tote has felt a little empty without it.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Once I started getting close to the end, I realized that it would be a great gift for my new nephew. The design is super striking, which could make for some good kiddo portraits, plus the palette felt appropriate for a new little boy…but not too limiting either. Both good things in my mind.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Once I knew the recipient (and that the end was near), I decided on the backing and binding–both from Doe.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The quilting is super simple…and soft. It’s a series of big-stitch hand quilted lines in all of the yellow thread in my stash. (The different shades aren’t super noticeable.)

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

And then there’s even some Euclid in the label.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

As I finished this guy up, I started to wonder if I should keep it. I noticed a perfect spot on my wall while doing the hand quilting, but, no, he’ll like it. And there will be more quilts to make.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

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Facing East Quilt in Euclid.

Here’s a new Facing East Quilt in Euclid.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Even though my new fabric collection Euclid is printed on Essex (and I’ve been making tons of garments and accessories with it), you can still use it (very easily) in quilts…and along with quilting cottons.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

I was very eager to sew up several quilts with the collection, including this version of Facing East in Euclid. This one mixes Euclid with Carkai, as well as some Kona Highlight.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

The palette that I had in mind was black, grey and natural with just the right amount of pop from some gold and bright yellow. The vision made for a very fun and challenging (in the best way) quilt to compile.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

The pattern is from my book, Savor Each Stitch, and it uses both paper piecing and applique techniques. I’ve made this project several times now, and they’ve all been quite different. In this one, it’s scrappy, with the central circles all being the same–a surprising decision to me since I’d been thinking I’d go scrappy with them too. It wasn’t until I was auditioning various circle options that I decided uniformity was the way to go. This happens with me all of the time. I’ll get something in my head about how I’ll finish it, and then when I’m there, I reassess the options and am excited by a new path to take.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

The quilting is super simple. I did some tying with yarn and then a very big, machine-stitched grid. I really like the added texture of the ties and the softness of the minimal quilting. Plus, the wool batting emphasizes all of it.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

On the back is some Doe Wide in black and white. I like that the black connects with the top, while the bright whiteness of it provides a fresh contrast.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Aside from taking this guy to trunk shows with me, it’ll be nice to keep it at home for a bit. It’s adding a mixture of brightness and softness to wherever I decide to leave it.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Pattern : Facing East from Savor Each Stitch

Fabric : Euclid, Carkai, Kona Highlight and Doe Wide (for the back)

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