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Doe Fabric Makes A Couch: Part Two.

 

After planning, piecing, and quilting the panels for the couch …

 

Cutting up the Doe couch quilt_Carolyn Friedlander

 

it was time to hack them up.

 

Cutting Doe couch quilt_Aerial Focal Totem_Carolyn Friedlander

 

To be honest, I was nervous about this step. But I measured and marked everything all out before making the first cut. At this point, my mom and I were both working on this, so I had her come by and double check that all of my measurements and markings were correct and in the right place.

 

When I actually cut it, it was more liberating than I expected and quite fun. I might need to hack up quilts more often.

 

Doe Circle Lattice cut up_Carolyn Friedlander

 

While I was doing that, my mom was busy making the cording…

 

Doe Couch cording_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Then we joined efforts to add the cording to the side and front panels.

It was fun to start finally seeing them come to life.

 

Making Doe Circle Lattice cushions_Carolyn Friedlander

 

And voila.

 

Doe couch_Circle Lattice side_Carolyn Friedlander

 

This is the more serious side…

 

Doe couch_Circle Lattice cushions_Carolyn Friedlander

 

And then here’s the party side. (I can’t stop thinking of this couch as being kind of like a mullet…)

 

Doe couch_Aerial Focal Totem side_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Doe Couch pieced side_Carolyn Friedlander

 

 

While making this project, I kept thinking about how the couch was kind of similar to a toy that I used to play with as a kid.

 

childhood picture blocks_carolyn friedlander

 

I wondered how well you’d be able to understand the design of each side of the cushions when they came together despite being cut and sewn up into separate cushions. The cushions can come together to create one picture, or they can be switched and flipped around into segmented pieces of the same puzzle. I like the three dimensionality of that.

 

Doe couch baby_Carolyn Friedlander

Photo by Elisabeth Woo

 

(Big thank you to Nathalie for the Doe baby model and to Elisabeth Woo for taking this photo!)

 

The whole continuity thing is something that I’ve been drawn to before–not in the three-dimensional way–but certainly when it comes to the fabric.

Alturas from my pattern line…

 

Alturas quilt continuity_Carolyn Friedlander

 

 

and Cowboy Circle Lattice from Savor Each Stitch.

 

Cowboy Circle Lattice_Carolyn Friedlander

Photography © Alexis Wharem, Greenprint Photography reprinted by permission by Lucky Spool Media, LLC.

 

In moving forward, I still have the two matching chairs to complete the set. With them, I’m thinking of somehow incorporating Post and going in a flame direction.

We’ll see…

 

#doecouch

#surpriseendingforthisone

#doefabric

#doevember

 

 

 

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Doe Fabric Makes A Couch: Part One.

 

doe couch and fabric swatches_carolyn friedlander

 

Time to talk about my new couch.

This was a fun project to think about–and I thought a lot about it!

For months.

 

+ Base goods acquisition:

Finding the right couch to recover was certainly not an easy part of the equation. I’m always a fan of finding something old to fix up, but my local market for good finds can be a bit tricky. Luckily, one of my local quilting buddies tipped me off to a couch and two chairs that she drove by at a yard sale, and sure enough, they were exactly what I was looking for. Score!

Sadly, this is my only before picture. Oops!

 

doe couch before_carolyn friedlander

 

As you can see, it’s a couch and two chairs with removable, two-sided cushions. The wood part wasn’t in the best of shape, so my mom and I stripped and refinished it before moving on to redoing the cushions.

 

+ Technical strategy:

I wanted to cover it in my new fabric, but what I was mostly challenged by was thinking about a way to stabilize and add body to quilting cotton so that it would look a little more polished. You certainly can use quilting cotton to do it–my mom and I have recovered many things with just quilting cotton before and it’s worked out great–but I knew that I wanted something a little more sturdy. So I decided to make it like a quilt to add structure and thickness.

 

My biggest concern with doing this was that I worried whether the many layers involved in quilting would make it too bulky to sew up easily. I really had no way of knowing, and so I’d just have to see by doing it.

 

+ Design strategy:

I liked the idea of incorporating patterns from my pattern line, and the plan was to use fabric from Doe and all of the coordinates. Many of my patterns work from strips or scraps, so I went ahead and cut strips from all of the fabrics that I had to work from, and I laid them out. I’m one of those people who needs to see everything in order to work with it, and so this is how I did it. My cutting table was very full!

 

doe fabric and kona cotton solids_carolyn friedlander

 

After a thorough survey of my pattern line, I chose to work with Aerial, Totem, and Focal. To me they worked well together, and they’d each give me the right opportunity to explore using all the different fabrics that I had to work with in the way that I wanted to.

 

carolyn friedlander blocks in doe fabric

 

Since all of the cushions are two-sided, I also had to decide on a design strategy for the second side. For that, I decided to go with a project from my book, called Circle Lattice. Choosing this particular project for the second side was a breakthrough for me, because it made me realize that instead of treating each individual cushion as its own canvas, I could treat one entire side of the cushions as a giant canvas to cut up into smaller sections. Because the Circle Lattice block is so large, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of wasting any of it. Building each side as a unit would make better use of the block, and it would also make it much easier and efficient to make.

 

Here’s the start to the Circle Lattice side. (The near matchup of the two Doe prints was completely accidental, but much appreciated!)

 

doe fabric_circle lattice quilt_carolyn friedlander

 

+ Piecing:

To figure out how big each side needed to be, I simply added up the cushion dimensions laying side by side with the back cushions above the seat cushions. That resulting shape was a rectangle that I then mapped out onto my floor with painter’s tape. I did the painter’s-tape-on-the-floor approach, because I wanted to physically audition the layout of each side. I needed to see it.

 

I struggled quite a bit to figure out the layout for the AFT (Aerial-Focal-Totem) side…

 

doe couch quilt making_carolyn friedlander

 

The CL (Circle Lattice) side wasn’t as tricky to lay out since it was mostly a matter of how to float the one large block…

 

 

doe couch_circle lattice quilt top_carolyn friedlander

 

+ Quilting:

Then I layered and quilted each side separately with straight(ish) lines. With all that was going on with the piecing, I wanted the quilting to be simple and a unifying factor.

 

doe couch quilting_carolyn friedlander

 

Here is the AFT side after quilting.

 

doe couch quilt_aerial totem focal_carolyn friedlander

 

doe couch quilt_aerial totem focal detail 1_carolyn friedlander

 

doe couch quilt_aerial totem focal detail 2_carolyn friedlander

 

doe couch quilt_aerial totem focal detail 3_carolyn friedlander

 

doe couch quilt_aerial totem focal detail 4_carolyn friedlander

 

And here is the CL side after quilting.

 

doe couch quilt_circle lattice quilted_carolyn friedlander

 

doe couch quilt_circle lattice detail 1_carolyn friedlander

 

doe couch quilt_circle lattice detail 2_carolyn friedlander

 

Next, in part two, we’re hacking it all up…

 

 

#doecouch

#surpriseendingforthisone

#doefabric

#doevember

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coordinating Konas, New Architextures Crosshatch Colors, and Swatch Mixing.

 

warm doe swatches and konas_carolyn friedlander

Photo by Modern Handcraft

 

warm doe swatches_carolyn friedlander

Photo by Modern Handcraft

 

Getting the chance to put together a coordinating set of Kona cotton solids to go with my collections is always a treat. I like to use it as an opportunity to build out the color range of the line further rather than try to match everything perfectly.

 

Here’s a flashback to that process. First, I like to order the collection in some way by color. Then I’ll start to think about how to fill in and expand on any gaps with the solids.

 

picking out the coordinating Kona solids for Doe_carolyn friedlander

 

Here are the colors that made the final cut. (See here for the names.)

 

Doe Coordinating Kona Solids_strips_Carolyn Friedlander

 

In other news, this also happened.

 

crosshatch colors_carolyn friedlander

 

I was able to add some new colors to the Architextures crosshatch print. New to the group are shades of Chestnut, Poppy, Pickle, Limestone, Cadet, Niagra, Fog, Shadow, and Shale. The pic above shows one of the new FQ bundles that has all of the current and available colors in it.

 

Related to swatches and solids, I thought I’d also highlight another section of my booth, which was my smaller swatch wall. One of the first things that I did with Doe was to play around with how the different prints, coordinating solids, and extra crosshatch colors would play together. Anytime that I had a swatch set that I liked, I’d pin it up on my studio wall as a reminder for later. I wanted to bring this element into the booth, and so I had some extra swatches at play on my small side wall. (Big thanks to Nicole at Modern Handcraft for letting me use some of the great pics that she took in my booth! To check out her Market recap of my booth or to see any of her other beautiful posts, visit here.)

 

doe swatches_carolyn friedlander

Photo by Modern Handcraft

 

 

#alltheprettykonas

#doefabric

#doevember

 

 

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