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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

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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

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Hunt Quilt Along: A Closer Look At Fabric.

Hunt Quilt Along: A Closer Look At Fabric.

This week I want to take a closer look at fabric. I have some tips to share, and I also want to let you in on what I’m thinking about for my own project.

Obviously fabric is a big component of any quilt project. You not only have the color and print to figure out, but you also get to consider the type of fabric itself, whether it’s cotton, linen or anything else.

In general, I consider quilting cotton to be the most beginner-friendly fabric to work with. It’s very stable, and it’s not too thick and not too thin for quilting. (It’s called quilting cotton for a reason.)

gleaned coordinating solids . carolyn friedlander

Quilting cotton is also great, because it comes in many different colors, prints and solid choices. You can’t go wrong, and it’s definitely a fabric that I would highly recommend to anyone, and especially to anyone new to the game.

Instead Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

gleaned fabric collection . Carolyn Friedlander

Of course there are plenty of other types of fabrics as well. Some other popular quilting choices are made from linen and linen blends (like Robert Kaufman Essex, a stable linen/cotton blend that is a little meatier than regular quilting cotton and full of texture), and there are plenty of yarn dyed wovens (like Harriot Yarn Dyes, shot cottons, etc).

Polk Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Harriot Yarn Dye . Carolyn Friedlander

Something to consider when selecting fabrics outside of quilting cotton are the different properties of the fabric itself. You want to consider the stability of it–is it slippery or drapey, OR stiff and sturdy? Also, is it thick or thin? Does it have a tendancy to fray? Most anything can work, but depending on its qualities you might decide to make some adjustments.

Some adjustments might be to –

+ Cut your background to be larger so you can get a clean trim before sewing blocks together if your fabric tends to fray or if you know you tend to handle your blocks a bit more. I cut my background squares about an inch larger on my Hunt Harriot Quilt. It was a new fabric, and I wasn’t sure how it would behave. Giving myself extra ensured I could get a super-clean trim before sewing the blocks together. (Tip: In this case, I like marking the edges of where I’ll trim my actual block. I prefer to thread baste, but you can mark it anyway you prefer.)

Here’s a look at some thread basting in action. I’ve marked my seam allowance at the bottom. (In general, I prefer marking the seam allowance on these blocks this way. It’s totally a personal preference and not mandatory.)

hunt tester-3-carolyn friedlander-web

+ Adjust your basting stitch a smidge if your fabric is really thick or really thin. (Tip: With a thin fabric you may baste with slightly less of a seam allowance, and with thicker fabric you might baste with a smidge more of a seam allowance.)

+ Prewash your fabrics if you’re worried with them at all. It never hurts! Plus, I feel like a prewash can reduce some of the fraying.

+ Use your thicker fabrics as a background and thinner fabrics as your appliqué. A thicker fabric on the back gives you more stability. (Although I’ll admit that you can make exceptions if you’re really feeling a combination that goes against these rules. Just make sure your lighter background fabric maintains its shape as the heavier fabric is being manipulated on top. You don’t want this to distort your background.)

Now let’s talk a little bit about some design direction for your project. The beautiful thing about appliqué is how you can quickly get a sense of what your project will look like. Simply cut out the shape and lay it on your background! If you don’t like it, try something else.

Hunt Appliqué planning . carolyn friedlander

That’s exactly what I did when I was planning my Hunt Harriot Quilt. I started cutting out the shapes and laying them on the ground–although you could also start laying them on different background fabric options at this point too. This allowed me to figure out how I wanted the colors, fussy-cut scallops and other motifs to come together. Or you can work on a block-to-block basis. It was really fun to see the idea shape up!

Hunt Quilt Along Fabric Pull . Carolyn Friedlander

I am planning to make something during this quilt along. I selfishly chose this format, because I knew it would give me a great opportunity to make another version. I’d love to have a quilt for my bed, and after a lot of thinking about colors and fabrics to use, I think that I’ve decided to head in a green and white direction. There are SO many ways to take this project, and it is so easy to feel indecisive about it, but what’s helped decide things for me is thinking about 1) what type/size I want to end up with, and 2) where I want to put it. I think a green/white-ish version for my bedroom would be just the right thing.

I’ll use a mix of whites and creams for the backgrounds.

Hunt Quilt Along Fabric Pull . Carolyn Friedlander

And I’m thinking a mix of greens in some dark-ish shades like this could be nice. Although I’m not sure how scrappy/not scrappy I want each block to be. Looks like I’ll be doing some auditioning!

Hunt Quilt Along Fabric Pull . Carolyn Friedlander

That’s where I’m at, but I’d love to know where you’re at too. Feel free to comment below.

Resources:

+ Here’s a link to some of my favorite Thread Tips and Tricks.

+ I’ve set up a Hunt Quilt Along Board on Pinterest for inspiration. Head over here to check it out.

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

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