Rye Quilt Pattern

I LOVE a 2-color quilt, and my new Rye Quilt Pattern is all about that.

Rye Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

Originally inspired by a traditional friendship block that I discovered going through a friend’s old quilting stuff, I was drawn towards a set of geometric shapes that plays with your eye a bit. The design can read many different ways depending on the fabric choose and how you place it. I used prints from Jetty and Collection CF, but you can imagine how different this could play out with bold prints, solids and other choices.

It’s a simple idea, but there’s so much you can do with it.

Rye Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

To play off the super graphic nature of these shapes, the pattern focuses on being a 2-color project. Of course you can totally use more colors, or you can even scrap it up within the colors. That would be neat! I wanted my first versions and the process described in the pattern to focus on just 2 tones.

In addition to the idea of 2 colors, the pattern also includes 2 different block sizes that can be used separately or together. Above is the larger block making a larger project–it’s easily a throw. The version below uses the smaller block in a smaller project. I also flipped the positions of the light and dark fabric which brings the design to life in a new way. (The pattern has some illustrations showing the differences so you can better visualize your options.)

Rye Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

There’s something sophisticated and satisfying about a project like this. After making these two versions, I’ve already made a 3rd (you’ll see it soon or see some peeks here), and I’ve started a 4th. It’s the kind of project that I keep thinking about in my head as I think of new color and fabric combinations to try. I also really want to have a version on my bed. I think it would just look so nice.

Rye Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

There we have it, my new pattern Rye! What do you think about a 2-color quilt?

Pattern: Rye Quilt Pattern (The PDF version is available now, and you can ask about purchasing the print version at your local shop.)

Fabric: Large version uses a print from my Collection CF and Jetty collections (AFR-19933-399, AFR 19067-383). Small version uses 2 prints from Collection CF (AFR-19929-177, AFR-19931-16).

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19 Responses to Rye Quilt Pattern

  1. Carissa Englert November 1, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

    I LOVE Rye! Congrats on the new release! It might be hard for me to stick to two colors only! 😉 But, obviously, I’m in love with the purple version in the sneak peek! 🙂 Happy Weekend! xoC

    • carolyn friedlander November 2, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

      I’m so glad you like it! 🙂

  2. Tara November 2, 2019 at 8:36 am #

    I love Rye! So cool and graphic. I think it would be hard for me to make a two colour version as I don’t buy such large quantities of one fabric, but rather use FQs and scraps mostly, but I love love yours though. Is it paper pieced?

    • carolyn friedlander November 2, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

      Yes, Tara, it is paper pieced and could totally be made with FQs and scraps! I think that would be lovely!

  3. Cindy November 3, 2019 at 9:45 pm #

    The Rye pattern is great! Love your work. I finished an EADS quilt not long ago and I loved working on it. It is my favourite quilt I have ever made. I think I should try the Rye pattern. I think I might enjoy working on it as much as the EADS pattern. Really like the 2 colour version, very graphic.

    • carolyn friedlander November 4, 2019 at 9:45 am #

      Thanks so much, Cindy! That’s fantastic to hear that you liked Eads so much. I’m biased, but I think it’s a super fun project too. Have fun with Rye!

  4. Lee A Hoover November 7, 2019 at 10:45 am #

    I really like your new pattern, Rye. Will the pdf version have full size paper piecing pages or do they have to be enlarged?

    • carolyn friedlander November 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

      Thanks, Lee! Both the printed version and PDF version include templates that are the correct size. No need to enlarge either!

  5. Susan Lukachko November 12, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

    Always a delight to see your new work! Consistently sensitive. Consistently good!

    • carolyn friedlander November 15, 2019 at 11:20 am #

      Thank you, Susan!

  6. Linda Hamlin November 12, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

    I’ve got my eye on Rye! Love the version with the dark background. I’m going to start my own over the Thanksgiving holiday.

    • carolyn friedlander November 15, 2019 at 11:20 am #

      yay! I’m so glad you like it, Linda! Happy sewing 🙂

  7. Carmen Christian November 13, 2019 at 1:31 am #

    I am definitely buying and making Rye❣️I have preordered A LOT of Collection CF that hopefully I will my hands on it in a few weeks. Goes without saying I will also be getting Jetty. My name is Carmen and I’m a Carolyn Friedlander fabriholic (haha, but really;)

    • carolyn friedlander November 15, 2019 at 11:19 am #

      aww, thank you so much Carmen! I’m soo glad you like it and cannot wait to see what all you make. 🙂

  8. Claudia Lotz December 19, 2019 at 1:54 am #

    I just bought your Rye pattern because I spontaneously fell in love with it when I first saw it. I love the one with the dark background fabric and want to make exactly that. Could you please give me the exact names of the two fabrics you used there because I have to buy them over here in Germany online and I can’t quite tell by the photos which fabrics I need. I do so want to have the right ones. It’s about the smaller version with the white fabric swimming on the brown fabric. Thank you so much for this gorgeous pattern!

    • carolyn friedlander December 19, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

      I’m so glad you like it Claudia! Both fabrics are from my Collection CF group. The lighter one is AFR-19929-177 and the darker fabric is AFR-19931-16. Kaufman doesn’t use names for the pieces, and so those numbers will give you the correct listing.

      • Claudia Lotz December 21, 2019 at 2:04 am #

        Thank you so much for the information Carolyn! That makes it much easier for me to find the correct fabrics! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas time!


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