Archive | my patterns

patterns by carolyn friedlander

Hunt QAL Month #1 Check In.

Hunt QAL Month #1 Check In.

I have two questions for you. (1) How has it already been 1 month, and (2) how are things going with you and your project?

For me, this month developed in ways I didn’t totally anticipate. I’d made a plan, but when putting it into action, I realized I wanted to make a few adjustments, which is fine. Instead of working in strict groups of 4 blocks, I decided that I wanted to get a better idea for the fabrics for all of the blocks at the onset, so I’ve spent most of my time refining my color and fabric plan.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

My dream all along has been to make a green and white project, and it wasn’t until I was driving around town that I noticed what I was going for was right in front of me. This isn’t a great picture, in fact it’s a grab from google…but this building was my aha moment.

Florida's Natural . Lake Wales, Florida

And then I really started to notice things.

green and white inspiration

After seeing the color schemes in real life, I decided it would be fun and helpful to create a moodboard on Pinterest for this project. I don’t always do this, actually I never do this, but it seemed like a helpful way to go and a fun thing to indulge myself in. You can see my full moodboard here.

Hunt QAL mood board . carolyn friedlander

I’m really excited to keep going with this. I feel like getting the color and mood right can be tricky, but once you get it, it’s smooth and exciting sailing. I’ve pulled and cut fabrics for many of my blocks, but I’ll show these for now.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

I know, there’s blue up there. I promise, I really am heading in the green direction, but once I looked at that fabric (from friedlander lawn), I just had to have it in there. I can’t wait to turn those pieces under and see how the fabric plays out.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

Are you enjoying using the planner? Normally I’m terrible at remembering things, but since I’ve been noting stuff in my planner, my list of shareables is at the ready.

In watching/listening news, the Price Is Right documentary on Netflix was great, and Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us (also on Netflix) was a tough, but really compelling and well done. In terms of Podcasts, I’ve been listening to This Land, and the trailer to Man In The Window was a good enough tease that I’m ready for the new episodes when they start coming out.

Have you found anything good?

Happy Hunting friends.

Comments: 0 | Leave a comment


Hunt Quilt Along: Onward.

Hunt Quilt Along: Onward.

Are you ready to dive in?

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

As promised, I have a little something special to help you in your planning–if you’re in to that type of thing. I love making a plan and setting it in motion. Hopefully this will be helpful to you.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL carolyn friedlander

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

First, click on the link above to access the calendar. Print it out on regular paper or something fancy (I used something like this), trim the edges at the cut lines, and you’re ready to go.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

You’ll find pages for each of the months, as well as monthly reminders for when I’ll be checking in and some extra sections at the bottom to help with the planning and overall experience.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

The Goals section on the left is where you can set goals for the month ahead. The Good Stuff section (top, right) can be used to track things you’ve learned, podcasts/movies/shows you might check out and/or good experiences you’ve had during the month with your project. It’s funny, but so many of my handwork projects instantly summon memories of what I was doing or watching and who I was hanging out with. I love that, and I thought this calendar could be a great way to encapsulate some of the memories with your project.

The Next Month section (bottom, right) is good for putting thoughts down that look ahead. When I’m sewing, I always get ideas for future stuff, like fabric combinations, ways I might want to quilt it or even ideas for other projects. This section is for that. Jot anything down that you might want to remember later.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

To get back to the Goals for a minute, I thought it’d be helpful to give you some examples of how to break it down. Let’s say I want to make the same size that is on the cover of the pattern. It is made up of 16 appliquéd blocks. This means that over the course of the year, I’ll want to complete 4 blocks every quarter (or every 3 months). I can break that down to needing to finish a little over a block a month, OR I could decide to prep (cut and baste) all 4 blocks in the first month, and then finish 2 blocks each following month–or finish 1 block every 2 weeks. That seems manageable to me, but you can work the numbers in whatever way that suits you.

Of course if you are wanting to make a different amount, you’d adjust accordingly. To make 4 blocks over the course of the year, you’ll need to finish a block a quarter (or every 3 months), OR you could decide to cut and baste your blocks in the first quarter, appliqué them in the second and third quarters and then assemble your quilt top and quilt it in the fourth. I liked this year-long format, because it is super adjustable and can work well with the ratio of blocks in the project. I’m hoping it will make the project feel fun and manageable.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

These examples are just a couple of ways to think about mapping out your project. Feel free to do whatever feels best to you, and there’s definitely no harm in adjusting as you go along! Sometimes I like to have all of my blocks prepped and ready to go before I start appliquéing them (like in my Hunt Harriot), and other times (like in the case of my ongoing Liberty Everglade project) I like to set them up and appliqué as I go. The order doesn’t matter, do whichever feels best to you! If you’re burned out on basting, start appliquéing. Or if you feel like you’ll want some creative freedom down the line, leave some blocks undecided for a later step.

Hunt Harriot Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

You can also think about your project more generally. With my Hunt Harriot, I had a set number of fabrics that I was working with, and so it made sense for me to figure out my overall layout beforehand. With my Liberty Everglade project, it’s scrappy and on-going, which makes it fairly logical to take it one block at a time.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

Also on the calendar are some scheduled check-ins each month. I’ll pop in to see where you’re at, and I’ll also be sharing with you where I’m at. Send me questions or comments as we go, and I’ll see about getting them addressed in the check-ins.

As for where I’m at this week, I have more playing with fabric to do. I’m not sure how scrappy I want it to be, so I’m cutting things out and giving them a good audition before fully committing.

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

And now, a giveaway! I am LOVING how your projects are shaping up. Continue posting your progress (using the hashtag #huntQAL on instagram), and I’ll select a random winner on Thursday, June 6.

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

I’ve gathered some of my favorite goodies–a pair of Kai 7150 scissors, a mini tin of Sew Fine Thread Gloss in Citrus Sage (this is the cutest mini tin ever!), 4 spools of Aurifil (two 80wt, two 50wt) and finally a dreamy combo of goodies from Soak–their Handmaid lotion and some Soakwash in my Pineapple Grove scent.

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

Comments: 1 | Leave a comment


Hunt Quilt Along: Technical and Travel Tips.

Hunt Quilt Along: Technical and Travel Tips.

To start, let’s talk about positioning your fabrics after you’ve cut them out. Because there are so many pieces, it’s easy to feel like there may not be enough room for all of them, but there is! What I like to do after getting all of my seam allowances marked and the placement guide in position in the corner, is to lay my appliqué pieces down one at a time alternating between opposite sides and working toward the center. I find this helps even things out a bit. You might need to do a little scooching once they’re all on there, but they will fit. You want them to start off nice and tight so you get those beautiful gaps between the shapes after you appliqué them. This tight, neighborly fit gets you there. Here is a look at mine all ready to go. (If you’re curious about the extra fabric around the block, see the tips in last week’s post.)

hunt quilt . carolyn friedlander

In terms of skill level and ease there are definitely some good things about this pattern. Hunt is all about straight lines and outside curves, so you won’t be needing to clip into your seam allowance in order to turn your edges under. The tightness of the curves can give you a bit of a challenge, but here are some tips for that –

+ My main tip for tackling the tightness of the outside curves is to play around with how you baste it (if you’re using the appliqué technique as described in the instructions). When I’m facing a tight, outside curve, I tend to narrow my basting stitch just a smidge so that it’s more of a scant 1/4″. Feel free to play around with this and get a feel for what works best for you and whatever fabric that you’re using. I find the slightly smaller amount makes it easier to evenly turn the edges under at this tighter spot.

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

+ My other tip is to be patient as you turn the corners. Nothing needs to be done in any one step. Turn each bit under one little bit at a time, and you’ll get there. It’ll be great.

+ If you’d like to practice with a larger curve, my Trudy block on Creative Bug is a perfect first step for getting basic outside (and inside) curves down. Plus, it might be helpful to see and replay the steps.

Otherwise, the great thing about Hunt is that it is the same shape over and over, so you’ll be able to practice it again and again. Don’t worry if they’re not all perfect, I guarantee that no one will notice! The shapes and colors will be enticing no matter what the outcome.

Since I was traveling last week, I thought it’d be fun to share a couple of my favorite project bags for carrying Hunt. Here’s my current situation.

Clutched by May Chappell

The Clutched pouch by May Chappell is pretty handy (and pretty! Lee made this one up for me in some of that Harriot scallop). What I really like about this bag is that it opens out nicely and stays that way when you’re working, giving you good access to your goodies. Plus, it holds quite a bit! I’ve been surprised by what all I can fit in this one.

Clutched by May Chappell

Since I had a few other things with me on my trip last week, I also carried the Sew It All Pouch by Aneela Hoey. It’s in her book Stitched Sewing Organizers, (and I have a post about this pouch here). I love this bag for many reasons, but especially for how nicely it slides into my backpack when I’m on the go.

This was not planned, but it wasn’t until traveling with both of them that I realized how nicely they match. It makes me really happy.

Harriot Scallop Pouches

There we have it for the week. Next week I’ll be kicking off a giveaway, so stay tuned!

Resources:

+ Here’s a fun thread knot to try.

+ Just because I was looking at my YouTube channel, I thought it’d be a fun flashback to show you the time I layed out my Eads QAL quilt. Ha! If you’re getting hung up on fabric choices and how you’ll lay it out, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to sort it out! Move forward in the direction that most excites you.

+ It’s time to get some playlists going to power you through some handwork, whether it’s Podcasts, TV shows or whatever summer activities you have lined up. I’ll be sharing some of my favorites next week, but I’d love to hear some of yours too! Here’s one thing I’m eyeing on Netflix about a Price is Right superfan. I LOVED watching the Price is Right as a kid, and something tells me this will be an enjoyable watch when I get to my handstitching.

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

Comments: 5 | Leave a comment


Site by Spunmonkey.