Clay Mini quilt.

Despite this Clay mini quilt being my most recent Clay finish, it was actually the quilt where it all began.

Clay mini quilt . carolyn friedlander

It all started with a mini charm pack from a Quilt Market years ago. The pack included 2 1/2″ squares from my Doe collection as well as some Kona solids, Essex linen and other good stuff. It was at that time that I came up with these shapes and scattered them on to a gingham background. I loved how the gentle shapes could suggest different motifs while being perfect for layering. Plus the pops of color and overall variety sucked me right in.

I left the background large in order to give me options later. I didn’t know if I’d want to add more pieces or what size it ultimately should be. All of it sat pinned in place for years until recently. There have been so many times that I wanted to get back to it, and I’m glad that I now had the chance.

Clay mini quilt . carolyn friedlander

After appliquéing the pieces down, I had to decide what size to make the project. I seriously considered leaving the background piece large, because I like how appliqué doesn’t necessarily have to be used all over. In the end, I made it a mini, which I’m just as excited about.

Clay mini quilt . carolyn friedlander

The quilting was super fun. I used a gold/yellow Sashiko thread in a hand-quilted, diagonal grid. I wanted something bright and cheerful to complement the colorful pieces already there.

Clay mini quilt . carolyn friedlander

All of these years later, I still love these colors and shapes.

Pattern: Clay quilt pattern, mini size.

Fabric: Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham, Doe Favorites mini charm pack (from the archives)

Hand Quilting: Upcycled Sashiko thread (#26) with Olympus needles

Clay mini quilt . carolyn friedlander

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6 Responses to Clay Mini quilt.

  1. Frédérique July 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

    Beautiful! The hand stitches are lovely.

    • carolyn friedlander July 7, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

      Thank you!

  2. Karen July 7, 2020 at 6:02 am #

    Oh my gosh, this little quilt is SEW SWEET, Carolyn! I love how creative you are with your fabrics and yet it has such a simpleness to it as well. Your hand stitching is beautiful…love that color!

    • carolyn friedlander July 7, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

      Thanks so much, Karen! It’s always fun to play with an exuberant color palette.

  3. Melanie July 9, 2020 at 4:46 pm #

    This is fantastic!

    • carolyn friedlander July 11, 2020 at 8:55 am #

      thank you!

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