Hesperides Quilt Pattern

Also new this spring is my Hesperides Quilt Pattern–a design that I’ve had a lot of fun with.

Hesperides Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

While playing with my new collection Euclid, I kept thinking about opposites–both in terms of shape and weight, transparency and opacity.

Hesperides Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

The meatiness of Euclid pairs so well with lighter fabrics like lawn and quilting cotton. It’s a visual and tactile feast for the senses!

Hesperides Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

The opposing shapes of the design–well rounded and also to the point–are both comforting and challenging (in a good way).

Hesperides Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

While this is a design I’ve been eager to pattern, it’s also a pattern that I’m eager to start teaching (and will be at QuiltCon 2017!). The curved shapes are a perfect intro to anyone new to applique, and the pointed shapes make for an excellent challenge to anyone already familiar with applique. As a seasoned appliquer myself, I love testing my skills with shapes like these. And what’s more, trying them with different types of fabric is even better and more exciting. (Yes, I’m a huge dork and find this stuff exciting. Don’t be surprised.)

Hesperides Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

The projects on the cover are for some shams–a perfectly-sized project to bite off relatively easily, but there are quilt sizes included as well. In fact, a wall-hanging-sized version was the last sample that I finished for my booth at Spring Quilt Market.

Hesperides Quilts . Carolyn Friedlander

Composing this piece was another good kind of challenge (also a teaching point I plan to cover in my future Hesperides classes). It pushed me to think about the fabrics and shapes in new ways individually and as a whole.

pattern : Hesperides Quilt Pattern (new to my pattern collection!)

fabric(s) : Euclid, Essex, Cambridge Lawn (all by Robert Kaufman)

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9 Responses to Hesperides Quilt Pattern

  1. katie June 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    Your colors and style always amaze me;)

    • carolyn friedlander June 8, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

      Thanks so much, Katie!


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