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Eads Quilt Pattern and Quilt Along.

My Eads quilt pattern is one of my newbies. I showed it at Quilt Market in St Louis, and I’m excited to share it with you here now. It’s a lot of fun, but I’m also biased, because I don’t make things that aren’t fun.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I’d been wanting to do a big, graphic, paper-pieced project for a while now, and this spring presented a great opportunity. Eads is a project where lots of fabric and color can play together in new and interesting ways–my favorite type of project.

Eads quilt fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

After nailing down the design, I pulled fabric from many places–friedlander, friedlander lawn, euclid, kona cotton, essex linen… I wanted a big mix of prints, solids and textures to play with and to use to highlight the design in a variety of ways.

(By the way, Robert Kaufman put together a little kit, which you could ask your local shop about. Otherwise, all of the fabrics are also listed here.)

Eads quilt fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

The design works with fat quarters, which makes the fabric gathering pretty easy. After that, the instructions work from strips which then makes it easy to start mapping out your blocks.

Eads quilt fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

I love this way of working–first gathering a bunch of inspiring pieces, breaking them down into smaller chunks, and then having the ability to react along the way as you work through the project. I find this to be a massively engaging, creative process and big reason why projects like this are so much fun. Grab your fabric, start making some blocks, throw them up on the design wall, assess, make more blocks and continue to grow your composition.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

In the end, my project doesn’t follow a perfect color gradation–although that could be a lovely path to take! But instead, I liked finding new and different relationships between the colors and shapes as I worked. By just shuffling around some fabric, I discovered new color friendships and new ways to expose or conceal the motif itself. So much fun.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I’m often asked about overcoming creative blocks, and this project is a perfect example of how I keep myself creatively charged. My wheels were turning so much while making this guy, that I couldn’t help but think about other ways to explore the project, things to do with fabric and other things to make in general. I find that creative satisfaction in one place can overflow into many others.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I had such a good time making this project, that I couldn’t help but think about other versions to make while I was making it–always a good sign in my book. Because of that, I thought it’d be fun to do a little quilt along this summer. You interested in joining me?

Eads quilt along . Carolyn Friedlander

The plan is to keep it mostly informal, but I do have a structure in mind that I’ll at least be holding myself to. To make this size, which is a good-sized throw, there are 120 blocks, which at 12 weeks (3 months) is 10 blocks a week. I think that 10 blocks will be a perfect amount of creative cardio to schedule in each week. There are also 48 fabrics in this version, which breaks down to 4 fabrics/week if you want to set goals for that too. Personally, I’m not sure I’ll partake in that way…but it’s a helpful number to consider.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The quilt along will start next week, June 15. Expect weekly blog posts, including the first next week to kick things off. You can also follow along on my Instagram for weekly visuals, as well as in my newsletter (see “subscribe to the newsletter” at the top right corner on this site) for recaps and updates.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

And for you, please join in! I’ll be checking in on anyone else’s makings by scouring the #eadsQAL hashtag on instagram. Since there are so many ways for this project to pan out, it’ll be fun to see where your projects take you. My bet is that we’ll all start to inspire each other, and it’ll be quite merry.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Plus, I’ve got some prizes planned. To be eligible to win, you’ll need to be posting to the hashtag on IG. Sound good?

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

To start, you’ll need a copy of the pattern. Hard copies are starting to appear in shops (like Hawthorne, Fabric Bubb, Etsy Studio, Jones & Vandermeer, I Love Fabric, etc), and the PDF version is available here too. Then start thinking about fabric…fat quarters are perfect.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Oh, and make sure to keep your scraps! I’ve got plans for those, but it’s a surprise to be uncovered towards the end, so stay tuned.

Eads quilt fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Looking forward to sewing with you!

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Spring Quilt Market 2017 in St Louis.

Spring Quilt Market 2017 in St Louis was fun, fast and a total whirlwind as usual. Here are some highlights.

First, the booth–featuring my new patterns Eads and Tee, plus my new fabric Blake and many many projects. (Specific posts to come on all of those things!)

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Now the other stuff, starting with some Blake gang signs…or something like that.

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Arianna, Elise, Ariga, Ellen and I were all sporting some Blake on the first day of the show. Patterns are (from left to right), Colette Moneta, Tilly And The Buttons Zadie Dress, Colette Moneta, Grainline Penny Raglan, Seamwork Jane

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Arianna wearing a Colette Moneta and matching scrunchie (free pattern soon at Robert Kaufman) in Blake for the win.

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

I love Jemellia’s Myrtle (pattern by Colette) in Blake!

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Elisabeth, Nichole, me and Jemellia on day 1 in the booth.

Jenni Smith’s Sloth quilt (-within-a-quilt) is pretty darn special!

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

I always like a booth with a sewing feature. Big thanks to Bernina and Janome for lending some machines. Here are Megan and Ellen sewing up some knits. See, it’s fun, not scary!

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Julia’s new sewing pattern is pretty great, which is why I just had to whip up a couple of Dumpling Pincushions for the booth–in Blake (and some Friedlander too). (BTW, Julia’s Hayden top in Arroyo is pretty stunning…)

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

dumpling pincushions in Blake fabric

It was really exciting to see this quilt in May Chappell’s booth by Theresa Reid using my Friedlander fabrics. (That hand quilting!)

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . May Chappell

Last, but not least, I loved spotting this Euclid cameo in the Soak booth, along with the labels that I designed for their Pineapple Grove scent.

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Soak

Now that I’m home, I’m doing much of the obvious stuff–catching up on things and following up on stuff, but I’ve also been quilting, or rather patchworking like crazy. I love it when I’m feeling inspired to sew, and even though I’ve been promising myself some new garments (kalle kalle kalle) and a bag (I’m looking at you, Traverse), I keep finding myself glued to my sewing machine, sewing up new ideas as well as some new stuff from others. It’s been fun.

But I do need to clean my sewing room…that will happen soon!

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Baby Morris quilt in the works.

Since I’m usually having to wait to share things in the works, it feels totally indulgent to be able to share some pics of an in-the-works quilt! This is a baby Morris quilt that I’m working on for a friend.

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

I like a project like this because it’s really just a big game of playing with fabric. And lawn. Geez. So soft. I keep my lawn fabrics in one bin/area, which makes the fabric pull an easy dive into that pile. I’ve got quite the mix of things.

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

There’s plenty of my new lawns, but also a heavy amount of Jen Kingwell’s lawns. Jen’s were actually a big starting point, because I couldn’t help but buy a bundle of them at a LQS recently. They’re so pretty! (BTW I plan/dream about making a Morris lawn for myself using hers and mine and whatever else…)

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

The fabric play is endless with a project like this. With each new piece, I get new ideas for color and print pairing. I find it to be super exciting and a massive mental break.

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

Other fabrics included are some Alexia Abegg, Woodland Clearing by Liesl Gibson and some Aneela Hoey, which is not lawn, but I love the color and print, so it made it in.

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

Pattern : Morris Lawn

Fabrics : Friedlander Lawn by me, Moving on Lawns by Jen Kingwell, Mesa by Alexia Abegg, Woodland Clearing by Liesl Gibson, Vignette by Aneela Hoey

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

The top is complete. Now I need to baste and quilt…and then gift it.

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

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