Eads Quilt Along #7: It’s time for a shuffle.

Eads Quilt Along #7: It’s time for a shuffle.

While it’s been fun looking at this guy, I’ve been feeling the urge for a shuffle. Mixing things up can be a great thing, and after 6 weeks, I figured a change of scenery could do me some good. (For anyone counting the blocks, I am missing some, which I only realized after taking the pictures. They’ll get added back in a future sewing session.)

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

But to start–and to back up a bit–I pulled some fabrics for the week. To be clear, I’m not totally consistent on how I do this. Sometimes I’ll grab fabrics as I make blocks, and other times I’ll grab fabrics and map out the pairs ahead of time for an entire stack of blocks. This week I went for the latter approach.

My starting point was a lighter piece of Homespun (to continue with the Homespun enthusiasm from last week) to which I added some Leah Duncan and some fabric from my Doe and Friedlander collections.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

It’s soft, but with some spunk.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

I like them. And the clean slate-ness of this felt kind of liberating. (Especially after an intense few weeks of deadline sewing…)

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

This batch of blocks is soft, warm, kinda wild and textured. I’m in to it.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

After making these 10, I started to play with everything else.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

It was easier to play with these guys on the floor, so I moved the foam core to another side of the room–a benefit of movable design walls.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

The great thing about this was that I started to see the blocks and their relationships in new ways.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

One happy accident was the greens and golds. I never would have thought to put these guys together, but it’s now one of my favorite things.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander


+ Take everything down from the design wall and mix it up. See what happens when you give yourself a new perspective.

+ Take a picture before you take everything down so that you can go back to where you started if you decide that you really want to. OR, the photo will serve as a good reminder of the evolution of your project. Looking back reminds you of how far you’ve come!

+ Pay attention to accidental neighbors. This is where I always find fun stuff.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

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5 Responses to Eads Quilt Along #7: It’s time for a shuffle.

  1. Kirsty @ Bonjour Quilts August 4, 2017 at 12:22 am #

    Wow, this is really starting to look amazing – so much colour playing so nicely together. You really do have such a great eye for combining colours. I’m glad to hear green and gold (Aussie colours) are appealing to you – maybe you’ll come back again? I hope so!

    • carolyn friedlander August 9, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

      Thanks so much, Kirsty! I actually had no idea about the green and gold…but maybe that is my subconscious giving the Aussie shout-out. I love it! There’s actually more gold and green coming, so stay tuned. 🙂

  2. Elizabeth August 17, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    Do you mind sharing what that turquoise and orangey coral fabric is? I just caught up with your blog and now I’m pretty sure I have to make an Eads quilt…like right now!

    • carolyn friedlander August 18, 2017 at 6:43 am #

      Hi Elizabeth! It’s a great fabric, isn’t it? I mention it in the #2 post, but it’s a piece I picked up at the Amitie shop in Australia. Unfortunately, I do not know more than that about it…sorry!


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