Summer Makes: Aerial Grove in a multitude of Kona cottons.

Continuing with what I’ve been making this summer, next up is another version of Aerial Grove–a project that’s in my new book and one that I keep coming back to.


Aerial Grove quilt in Kona Cotton_Carolyn Friedlander


I tend to enjoy projects that embrace a “more is more” type of attitude, and this one is no exception to that. I designed it to be an outlet for a variety of little bits–each appliqué starts with just a 2 1/2″ square–so it’s quite perfect for including many of your favorite fabrics. When I heard about the new Kona cotton colors being released this summer, I was eager to celebrate that by making this project again with a magnificent multitude of Konas. I believe there are about 86 different Konas in here…


Aerial Grove quilt_1_Carolyn Friedlander


Aerial Grove quilt_2_Carolyn Friedlander


Aerial Grove quilt_3_Carolyn Friedlander


Aerial Grove quilt_4_Carolyn Friedlander


Aerial Grove quilt_5_Carolyn Friedlander


Aerial Grove quilt_6_Carolyn Friedlander


While I do (happily) quilt my own quilts, one of these days I would like to pass off a top for someone else to quilt. Being a fan of creative collaboration, I am constantly interested in seeing how my work can play off of someone else’s. Originally, I thought that this would be a great opportunity for that–since I’ve already made and quilted a few versions myself–but instead, I couldn’t stop thinking about how to quilt it as I cut and pieced the top.


Aerial Grove quilt_quilting_Carolyn Friedlander


I’ve been really into mixing big hand stitching with machine free motion quilting, and so I knew I wanted to mix the two to add some detail to the project. The handwork would add a new layer of texture and color, while the machine strategy was a curiosity in my head about mixing grid work and scale to unify certain areas while distinguishing others.


Aerial Grove quilt_big stitch quilting_Carolyn Friedlander


Today, this quilt and many others are heading off to Portland, Oregon. They’ll be on display at the lovely Modern Domestic from Sept 5 until about Oct 4. If you are in the area, you can stop by and check them out as well as all of the other wonderful goodies that Modern Domestic has to offer.


Aerial Grove quilt_7_Carolyn Friedlander


Also, I am plotting away on yet another version of Aerial Grove, but this time in Liberty. Full disclaimer: One of my amazing students at Purl had the idea to create a version in Liberty, and I loved it so much that I decided I needed to get on top of a similar version myself. (Oh the excuses to accumulate and hoard more fabric…hehe.)


aerial grove quilt_liberty swatches_carolyn friedlander




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11 Responses to Summer Makes: Aerial Grove in a multitude of Kona cottons.

  1. sew surprising August 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Love the solid colours, heck love the entire quilt 🙂

  2. Rachel August 30, 2014 at 4:37 am #

    Love your Aerial Grove quilts! It looks wonderful in solids, can’t wait to see the Liberty version.

  3. Jenni August 30, 2014 at 5:53 am #

    Simply gorgeous! I can’t wait to see how the Liberty one turns out as well.

  4. Mandy August 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    So wonderful Carolyn, thank you for sharing! Love all those Konas. Yes, the Liberty will be fabulous too.

  5. erin September 1, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    I love how this quilt feels like it has so many layers – the background, the applique, the two types of quilting. Just stunning! And you know I am a huge Liberty fan. That is going to be one gorgeous quilt!

  6. Anne Hayward September 11, 2014 at 2:20 am #

    What a lovely quilt love the colour spots look so cool with the addition of the hand quilting superb. Quilty hugs

  7. Miep July 3, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    Gorgeous Quilt.


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