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Circles Quilt In Harriot Fabric.

One of the first things I made for the release was this Circles Quilt in Harriot fabric.

Circles Quilt In Harriot . Carolyn Friedlander

I couldn’t wait to cut up those scallops! They turn into such interesting shapes as both the appliqué and the background. (The green ones above kind of start to look like hair and little faces.)

Circles Quilt In Harriot . Carolyn Friedlander

Circles was the very first appliqué pattern in the Slow Sewing Studio. I liked this one being the first because of it being a great starting point for someone new to the technique. The efficiency of shape and process (each cut set of shapes becomes both the circle and the background) make it really approachable. Plus, the versatility of the block makes it fun to explore in all types of colors and fabrics. If you’re looking to try appliqué, it’s a perfect starting point, and if you’re familiar with the technique, it’s still fun too. Plus, the blocks are pretty big. When you have one finished–it’s definitely something to work with!

Circles Quilt In Harriot . Carolyn Friedlander

This quilt is all big-stitch hand quilted with colorful threads. I love bringing that extra texture and color into the project. Plus, the vertical lines on some of the prints are helpful quilting guides.

Circles Quilt In Harriot . Carolyn Friedlander

I hadn’t made a Circles quilt in awhile, and I’m so glad that I found an excuse to make this one.

Circles Quilt In Harriot . Carolyn Friedlander

pattern: Circles

fabric(s): Harriot, Essex, Essex Yarn Dyed, Kona Cotton

Circles Quilt In Harriot . Carolyn Friedlander

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Thread Tips and Tricks.

Collaboration with Sew Fine Thread Gloss . Carolyn Friedlander

With the launch of my recent collaboration with Sew Fine Thread Gloss, I thought it might be handy to throw some thread tips into a blog post. There are some super easy things that can make a huge difference.

  1. Work the thread in the proper direction, which is the direction that it is spun. Doing so will result in fewer knots. This might sound tricky and overly technical, BUT it’s super easy in practice and can just be a matter of creating a new habit. Here’s what you need to do; if you’re right-handed, knot the end of thread that you cut, and if you’re left-handed, knot the first end off the spool (or NOT the end that you cut). Keep in mind that this trick works with factory-wound spools and not any bobbins that you have wound yourself (because they’ve been re-wound in the opposite direction).
  2. How’s that thread length? If you’re having problems with knots, and you’ve already adjusted your knotting routine (see #1), then you might consider cutting a shorter length of thread. A shorter length might also be needed if your threads are starting to shred or thin out in the middle while you work. There’s always a balance between getting the maximum length of thread so that you’re not stopping and starting unnecessarily, BUT not too long that it’s wearing out the thread or getting knotty from all of the wear and excess length. Handwork is easily adaptable thanks to our ability to adjust the many variables in the process. Length is an easy adjustment to tinker with until you find what works best for you, the project and the materials. In general, I shoot for a thread length of 18″-24″.
  3. Work that thread conditioner! Yep, it makes a difference. I used to go back and forth on the subject–mostly because it was easy to get lazy over an extra step, but after so much handwork, I’m firmly on the side of using thread conditioner. While it is an extra step, doing it pays off in ease of use which in the end makes me feel like I’ve saved time and loads of frustration. My thread conditioner preference is the beeswax-based Sew Fine Thread Gloss, and I have some special collaborative scents available in the shop that you can find here.
  4. Tools and materials matter, especially when it comes to handwork. Always use the best tools and materials that you can. The reason I decided to stock some of my favorite scissors, thread and thread conditioner is because I believe in them, and I know how much they’ve helped me.

aurifil 80wt appliqué thread set . carolyn friedlander

Oh, and I just created a couple of quick thread knotting videos if you’re interested. First up is a Garment Knot, which I like using after conditioning my thread and before starting my appliqué.

And if you’re up for another good knot, here’s how you make a Quilter’s Knot.

Do you have any favorite thread tips? Feel free to share!

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Hunt Tangerine Quilt

While I was very ready to make my Hunt Harriot Quilt, my Hunt Tangerine quilt was the first Hunt finish and almost as exciting but for very different reasons.

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

This quilt started out as a bit of a challenge. I wanted to make an entire quilt top with just one fabric from my Harriot collection–background, appliqué and borders.

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The scallop design is a 3-for-1 in my mind, and I liked the idea of proving that point with this project. The fabric features one color stripe on one side, another color stripe on the other side and a scallop motif in between. If I could use one side for the background and another side for the appliqué, then just maybe I could use the scallop for a border. The bonus that I discovered is that you can also cut the binding from the same fabric.

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Maybe this seems confusing, but it’s pretty straightforward. To make it easy, in the pattern I have a special cutting layout showing exactly what to cut and from where to cut it. If you’re cutting from this same fabric, it’ll be super easy, but I’m hopeful that being able to see the full cutting layout in this way can make it easily adaptable for other special fabrics as well. If you’re feeling excited by something…

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

What’s nice about this direction is how striking it is. I could hardly put the blocks down when working on it, because I couldn’t wait to see the shapes come together. There’s something very special about a two-color quilt. Of course, you could totally pick two different fabrics on your own to get similarly graphic results.

There are other colorways of the scallop that I think would be really cool in this project. But, I’m trying not to think about it…so tempting!

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

pattern: Hunt Quilt Pattern (wall size, special fabric option)

fabric: Harriot

templates: 1/8″ seam allowance, No seam allowance and sets available to use with this project.

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Also of note, I’ve been in an experimental phase with batting. On this quilt I used Quilters Dream Poly, and there’s something really special about its drape and feel. It’s not super lofty, but it’s light and so soft. I only hand quilted it, which makes it even softer, but I’m wondering how it would feel with machine quilting. Either way, I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

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