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Hunt Quilt Along: Let’s Get Started.

Hunt Quilt Along: Let’s Get Started.

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

Are you ready for another Quilt Along? I am.

The format of this Quilt Along will be a little different from some of the Quilt Alongs I’ve hosted before. I’m always a fan of finding the right solution for the task at hand, and with Hunt, I thought I’d shape things a little bit differently. Instead of a weekly adventure for a set number of weeks, I’m breaking this Quilt Along down in to 2 parts. First will be a 4-week series that’ll highlight the project in a few different ways. After that, we’ll adventure on to the second part which will be a series of monthly check-ins over the next year.

I know, speaking of the next year sounds a little crazy, but I’m thinking this timeframe can be really good. I’m sure you have many other things on your plate, and rather than feel like we’re adding one big thing to it, I want this to feel like something fun and low-pressure that will carry you through and make you feel good. Taking things one month at a time feels like a good pace to me, whether you’re striving for a big project at the end or something much smaller. This schedule will help support that adjustability, while also giving us something to stay inspired with and excited about. In this first 4 weeks I’ll talk about different ways to break up your project and how to set monthly goals. I even have a special planner to help you get there…because I’m a nerd and like that kind of stuff.

Sound good?

Let me know what you think!

Next week, we’ll dive a bit deeper into the project. In the meantime you can read up about some of my Hunt projects here, here and here, as well as grab a copy of the pattern (here or at your favorite quilt shop) and the templates (if you’d like).

Thanks for reading along, and I’m excited to have you join in!

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

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Start With A Finish: a Finish!

Start With A Finish: a Finish!

2018 quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I have been completely delighted to see people joining in on my Start With A Finish (informal) Quilt Along. I was wanting to do this QAL for a while, but questioned myself many times. It was very easy for me to make excuses not to do it. The end of the year is a time that passes in a blink and is never lacking in stuff to do and to be done. This year was no different, but through seeing your enthusiasm and support, I am excited to have buttoned up a project that wouldn’t have been tackled otherwise–my Start With A Finish: a finish!

2018 quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

It may not be a project for everyone, but it’s exactly the quilt I most wanted to make. My goal was to bring together projects, leftover blocks, and whatever else from the year into one quilt top. It would have been fun to make separate minis with the pieces from the cf mini QAL, but my dream was to put them all together into something that I could curl up with on the couch. I love projects like this that give you something new to look at depending on how they’re resting on your lap. Plus, it just seemed like a lovely way to commemorate the year (and to clean out the WIP pile)!

2018 quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Projects like this can also be a great creative exercise, which I love to partake in at the end of the year. With there being so many different things, you have to figure out a way to bring them together. And I love the feeling of putting something to use and getting it done.

2018 quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

One little surprise that I’d planned all along was including the text “twenty eighteen” into the quilt. This text is part of a new Alphabet pattern that I’ve been working on and will be releasing this month. Since this quilt represents many things I made in 2018, I thought it would be a nice little detail to work into the project.

twenty eighteen . carolyn friedlander

I used fabric from Harriot for the background and then some bright yellows from Carkai and Gleaned. There’s a subtlety and spunk to it that I really like.

twenty eighteen . carolyn friedlander

I liked figuring out how the different parts of this project could work together. It was definitely not a thing that I planned from the beginning, and in fact, I made big changes as I went. I’d lay things out, sew some together and maybe spin them around as I explored looking at it in different ways.

2018 quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I originally thought I’d arrange my little Davie houses by color, but in the end I preferred them this way and with a little border around them giving them some space.

2018 quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

One of my favorite discoveries was how some leftover Lott blocks from early testing could create a very interesting border. Now I really want to make a whole quilt like this!

2018 quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

There was another final flip that’s worth noting. The final seam (before adding the top and bottom border) is the vertical one in the center. All along I had the right portion flipped 180 degrees. When it was time to sew the large sections together, I flipped it around to see how it would look and loved the way it brought those warm oranges to the bottom. There was also a good matchup of Polk in the center that really worked. The other way looked nice too, but taking advantage of this pleasant surprise was hard to pass up.

2018 quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The finished top will be a cozy throw for me. It is 57″x74″ and features many of my fabrics, plus several others, and my patterns of Lusk, Davie, Lott, Babson and Wainwright. Many sections were made during the cf mini QAL and even the WainwrightAL, so you can check back to those for closer shots and ideas.

If you had a finish or if you just followed along for fun–thank you!

Happy New Year. I can’t wait to see what we finish in 2019.

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Start With A Finish (informal) QAL

We’re almost a week out from the New Year, and so I’m thinking it might be a good time for a Start With A Finish (informal) QAL.

start with a finish . carolyn friedlander

Is there a project you want to finish before 2019 gets here? I’ve had this one project that I’d really like to wrap up before the end of the year, and I thought it’d be fun to plan a little something special (or give myself a deadline) to do just that. And what a better way to hold myself accountable than to a) tell you about it, and b) invite you to do the same! Let’s do this. And if nothing else, it’s an excuse to sew.

Here are the details. Feel free to do the same or adjust to your situation. I know that this last week of the year can be a full one, as well as a time when you just want to relax, hang out with friends and family and not do anything. I’m in that boat too! But I also want to sew, because that is a good way for me to relax. This is why I’d like to keep this QAL super informal, but really fun and supportive. I’d love to have you join in whether you’re sewing along or watching and cheering along in spirit.

Time frame: December 26-31, 2018.
Project : That’s up to you! I have one project in mind, see below. It’s a project that is in bits and pieces, and my goal is to get a top sewn together. Anything past that would be a bonus.
How To Participate : I’ll post daily updates on Instagram using #startwithafinishQAL . Feel free to use the same hashtag so we can find and cheer each other along.

As for my project, I have my minis from the Mini QAL earlier this year, and I’d really like to sew them together into a quilt top. That’s going to be my focus, and I can’t wait to see something shape up!

If you’re celebrating Christmas tomorrow, I hope it’s Merry!

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