New Pattern: Collection Quilt Block of the Month

Meet the Collection quilt.

collection quilt pattern_carolyn friedlander

Collection is my new block-of-the-month pattern and part of my Slow Sewing Studio.

collection quilt snippet_carolyn friedlander

I’ve been teaching hand appliqué more and more over the last couple of years, and I’ve found that people are really receptive to the technique, as well as to the overall experience. (Handwork is fun!)

I often think back to when I was first learning the technique, and how blindly I chose projects. It’s impossible to know what’s doable for a beginner without any experience. This was my very first attempt at needle-turn. (No judgment–it’s clearly still not quilted or even sewn into a top–ha!)

taro block_carolyn friedlander

It’s a Taro block from a Hawaiian quilt book that I’d picked up on a trip to Hawaii. It marked the beginning of an Hawaiian quilt obsession, as well as a complete needle-turn appliqué addiction. Looking at this block now, I see how far my own skills have come with practice, and I also see that I took on some real challenges with my first project–not necessarily a bad thing.

As a designer, I’m always thinking about the best ways to educate when it comes to how I develop my patterns as well as my classes. I loved the idea of creating a Block-of-the-Month pattern for hand appliqué, because I knew that the format would allow more of an opportunity to educate the process.

collection quilt development_carolyn friedlander

Collection is a 9-part series focused on exploring shape and color. Each “Collection” (or part of the project) is broken down by skill. For example, in Collection #1 you’ll be able to get the hang of the basic process before I start throwing any crazy shapes at you. Each following Collection will focus on another appliqué variation through illustrations, photographs and diagrams.

The Collection Quilt pattern blocks_carolyn friedlander

This is the quilt I would have wanted to make when I was first learning to do hand appliqué. It needed to be something fun (#1), but also something where you can really explore and learn how to tackle shape with your needle.

collection quilting_carolyn friedlander

And if you already know and love appliqué? Not to worry. I have you in mind, too. Because, hey, I know and love appliqué, and I wouldn’t develop a pattern that I wasn’t interested in making myself (after all, I make my own patterns a lot!).

collection quilt_1_carolyn friedlander

There’s also a color component to the project. I’m often asked how I choose fabrics and work with color, and so I wanted to incorporate some of that info into the project as well. Many block-of-the-months are built to coordinate specifically with a fabric collection, and with this one, I decided to go in a slightly more versatile route. Of course, all of the fabrics that I used are spelled out specifically in the fabric requirements on the back of the cover, BUT what I also did was to list the fabrics by color so that you could easily make substitutions or adjustments as desired.

To help with those decisions, there’s a black and white line drawing of the project in the first part of the instructions. Alongside it, I talk about overall composition and color for this project and encourage you to take some tracing paper and colored pencils to it to explore your own possibilities. Then, at the beginning of each Collection, I talk more about the fabric choices and colors for that block specifically.

So, it’s a lot in one project, and here’s where I feel like an infomercial…

But wait, there’s more!

(anyone else addicted to Ronco as a kid or was it just me?…)

I also have 6 alternate projects included that are made from blocks in the project. It was hard to hold back when I had the opportunity to include them, and I liked having ideas for using the blocks to make other projects like wall hangings, baby quilts, etc.

collection quilt_sketches_carolyn friedlander

So this is Collection. It’s just starting to ship to stores and distributors this week. I’ve received a lot of inquiries from folks who are interested (yay and thank you!), and so I’m working on compiling a list of participating shops and will keep you posted you can find a list of participating shops here.

As for it appearing in my own online shop, that will happen, but I’m planning to give shops a chance to get their programs up and running first since I won’t be able to offer it in the same way that they will. They will be able to kit the project, host monthly events and demos for it, sell the hard copy and more, whereas I can only plan to offer the full download in one installment. Which is also good. You can take your pick.

 

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26 Responses to New Pattern: Collection Quilt Block of the Month

  1. Julie June 1, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    I was just setting up the pre-order on my website and writing a blog post this morning. Funny that you decided to do this the same morning I did 🙂

  2. slcquilter June 1, 2015 at 11:50 am #

    This looks great and I am very excited to see it in stores!

  3. cynthia June 1, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    I’ve been waiting for this!!! Patiently–good things come to those who wait!

  4. Anna Graham June 1, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    it’s awesome!!! I hope my local shop picks it up and does a series! I’d be all in!

  5. Jeanie June 1, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    I’m really excited to begin this beautiful quilt. It’s fun to have a more “modern” pattern to applique.

  6. Megan Fisher June 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    This is such an amazing project and I am excited to join a BOM and participate. Hopefully Fancy Tiger and/or Cotton Candy will be in the listed shops so us Colorado girls can get in on the fun!

  7. Karen June 1, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    Your quilt is beautiful and you have inspired me to do my first block of the month. I also love slow sewing and the relaxation it brings.

  8. Melissa Arnold June 1, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    I am very excited for this BOM. It can’t bet to the stores fast enough!

  9. Jacqueline Skarritt June 2, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    I just signed up via The Intrepid Thread for the “Collection” quilt BOM…. SO excited!!

  10. Marsha Loewenberg June 2, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    I’ve always liked doing applique — thank you for making it modern. Time to get out my appliqué supplies! I’m with Megan — Hope Fancy Tiger of Cotton Candy offer this.

  11. Leah Corbin June 3, 2015 at 10:59 pm #

    I am so excited for this BOM!! Is there anyway you can post fabric requirements so we can start thinking about what we want to use? 🙂

  12. kitty June 5, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    I’ve already signed up for the Collection BOM with Pink Door Fabric. Really excited to make this beautiful quilt!!

  13. Jeanne Treleaven June 5, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    I live in Australia. would I be able to buy the Collection on line soon?
    Jeanne Treleaven-Adelaide, South Australia
    jmtreleaven@gmail.com

    • carolyn friedlander June 8, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      Absolutely, Jeanne. Here is a partial list of participating shops…and I’ll eventually have it available on my site as well. I’m really pleased that you liked the pattern!

  14. Shirley Woods November 8, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    This pattern looks wonderful. I’ve tried to search some of the shops but cannot find the pattern and, alas, there are NO quilt shops within an hours drive from me. When will this be available in your shop or another site where I can order it???

  15. Sabrina H September 5, 2017 at 11:18 am #

    I just came across this post and I am sad that the pattern does not seem to be available. Will you release this on your site in the future?

  16. IreneKF December 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

    Hi Carolyn – I love the Collection quilt but none of the listed stores are in my area. When will the pattern be available online?

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