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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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Classes at QuiltCon 2017.

QuiltCon 2017

Mark your calendars, because registration for QuiltCon 2017 classes is just about a week away (registration opens at 10am EST on June 25). This QuiltCon will be in Savannah, Georgia February 23-26. (yay, East coast!) Savannah is such a picturesque and quintessential southern city that I’m sure it’ll put an interesting spin and flavor on the QuiltCon experience.

I’m looking forward to attending and especially excited to be teaching. And since I’ve had to cut back more and more on my teaching schedule, events like this one are great because they attract a wide and large audience, meaning I can work with more and more folks in one go. Because of that, I thought I’d share a little bit more about each of my classes so that anyone interested can get registered. I’d love to see you in class!

First thing, here’s the catalog and below is the list of my classes with their titles and numbers (and even a pic of me from last year–ha! Oh, the candids…).

Carolyn Friedlander Classes At QuiltCon 2017

I have 3 classes, each covering a different technique and overall design concept/strategy/idea. All of my classes are intermediate-ish skill level, meaning they’ll be great for folks with familiarity with the techniques but craving to take on new challenges.

striped outhouse . carolyn friedlander

First up, on Friday, Feb. 24 is my Paper Piecing with Precision class (#630), a full-day workshop devoted to getting super specific with your paper piecing. I often get asked in class how to make stripes go a certain way, how to position a special motif in the right place or how to work with the smallest scrap possible. In this class, we’ll be working on those exact things, all of which are reasons why I love to paper piece. It can be really entertaining and a great challenge if you’re up for it. We’ll be working from one/some of my patterns, and I’m encouraging students to bring a mix of directional and fussy-cuttable fabrics to play with and to learn from. Any student can take on whatever challenge they feel comfortable with, so if you’re relatively new to paper piecing, you can challenge yourself with the general ideas of being more deliberate, or if you’re fairly confident with paper piecing, you can push yourself even more–either way, I’ll be there with instruction and guidance.

Green Botanics Quilting . Carolyn Friedlander

Next, on Saturday, Feb. 25 is my Design Strategy And Implementation For Home Machine Quilting class (#829), another full-day workshop, but this one is devoted to machine quilting strategy and implementation–what design to use on your top and how to actually quilt it? In this class, I’m encouraging each student to bring one quilt top (just one) to class. We’ll spend time as a group looking at each student’s top and discussing different options for quilting it. Then, we’ll dive in to the technical side and explore the mechanics of how to actually make those things a reality. (Take note that while we will be looking at quilt tops from each student, students will actually quilt on practice quilt sandwiches.) I’m really looking forward to this class, because I know that we’ll all get a super varied look at different strategies for quilting tops–something that I find to be an incredible creative challenge and skill builder.

Hesperides Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Finally, on Sunday, Feb 26 is my Fabric And Shape Diversity in Applique With Hesperides class (#132), my last full-day workshop. Like I mentioned in my recent post announcing the pattern, this is a project that I can’t wait to start teaching. It’s one that challenges and entertains me both in its composition, its opportunities to explore applique with different types of fabrics and the technical challenges involved with making the shapes and working with the fabrics. It’s really so much fun! In this class, we’ll be getting fussy with making sharp points in applique–a good challenge whether you’re familiar with the technique or not. And then, we can kick up the challenge (and fun) by using different types of fabrics in the process. Students are encouraged to bring bits and pieces of many types of fabric–lawns to linens. (Yay for variety!) And then to tie everything together, we’ll discuss and play with our composition. I’m excited.

In all of my classes, there is plenty of opportunity to take on additional challenges depending on your level of experience and curiosity. I always anticipate a wide range of experience and interest from my students, which is why it’s always important for my classes to be structured to accommodate that range of needs so that everyone leaves with something. Plus, classes should be fun. That’s the goal.

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Everglade Quilt Shams

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

I seem to have a thing with pillow shams, which was certainly noticeable after finishing up these 3 Everglade Quilt shams that I eagerly made and used in my booth at Spring Quilt Market. (For anyone counting, I had 5 pillow shams in the booth including my 2 hesperides shams. Clearly, I’m in to making shams.)

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

There’s something about making pillow shams that I find to be especially satisfying. They’re a great way to make use of just 1 or a few quilt blocks (quilted or not quilted), they’re fairly fast/low commitment and they make excellent gifts. Plus, they just perk up a couch or chair.

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

This group started when I was prepping for some workshops in March. It’s always fun to pick out fabrics, and my selection process for class samples and demos is no different. Since Euclid had already been announced, I excitedly picked from my new stuff and decided that I’d be able to double up on function by using these as class demos and then booth props (and now my own home goods…).

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

While photographing these guys, I realized how much I liked pairing them with my couch. The lines of my Everglade quilt pattern design work in an interesting way with my Circle Lattice design (from Savor Each Stitch).

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Pattern : Everglade

Fabrics : Euclid, Carkai, Robert Kaufman Railroad Denim, Kona Highlight and Carolina Gingham in Fog

Everglade Quilt Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

And for anyone who subscribes to my blog feed–my apologies for the recent problems! I just realized some issues with the plugin and have now made changes to improve the feed and delivery. I hope your experience is a lot cleaner! As always, keep me posted if something isn’t working properly. Many times the extra eyes help me find bugs so that the necessary improvements can be made.

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