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cf Mini QAL #6: Fussy and/or Directional Placement.

cf Mini QAL #6: Fussy and/or Directional Placement.

Did you have fun creating a gradation?

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I created a few more blocks to add to my Davie pile from last week, and I like how a gradation adds a bit of harmony and composure to the group.

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

As for the colors, I expanded on some that I started last week and went with my gut on what to put together next. I made sure to lay out each block as I worked to see how it was shaping up.

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

On to the next challenge, are you ready?

This week, we’re going to explore getting fussy and/or directional with your placement.

Local Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

What’s fussy and what’s directional placement? I think of fussy as any way you get picky with your fabric placement. Maybe it’s putting a cute cat into a certain position on your block, or maybe it’s making sure that something lines up just the way you want it. Directionality comes into play with directional prints–think stripes, checks and any motifs that are best read in one way or have an up/down/side to them. In this case, you may decide that you want the direction of the fabric to be reflected in a specific way in the final project.

Getting a little (or a lot) fussy is all a matter of preference and skill to some degree–so don’t stress! If you’re new to it, a good trick is to know the good places to start and how to grow your skills from there. Also keep in mind that like most anything, it gets better with practice and as you start recognizing opportunities.

Fussy Cut Envelopes_detail_Carolyn Friedlander

When paper piecing, the first piece on the template is always the easiest place to get intentional, and my Envelopes project (especially the version above) is a great example to start with. The inside liner is the first piece, and you can see how I’ve added special motifs to each one. Because this is the first piece, you’re able to place your fabric however you want.

austin house for nichole

Another relatively easy place to consider fabric placement is in your border. In my Austin House (above) you can see that I cut my border fabric strips lengthwise for the vertical piece and widthwise for the horizontal piece so the dots on the fabric are running in the quilt as they do on the fabric. Matched up or not, keeping a directional fabric directional in your borders is relatively easy and always a fun place to start.

((Tip: If you’re working on Lusk version C, the side panels would be a great place to play with this idea! Simply cut them together and they’ll match up wonderfully.))

To take directionality up another notch, take a look at this other version of Austin and how I kept the gingham background fabric going up/down. This may look totally normal, but without paying attention to the directional placement of the fabric the gingham would be going a many different directions.

Austin House 3_detail_carolyn friedlander

I like this example because it shows how directional placement can unite areas seamlessly. Of course this kind of means that the hard work you put into it isn’t noticeable. But to me, it’s not only entertaining to get things like this to work out when you’re sewing, but it’s also a fun detail to have working for you in the end.

Here’s another example in the same vein.

Outhouse Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Of course you could probably take it a bit further and match up the top background a bit better, and if we’re getting super picky, my bottom stripes are a hair off, but you get the point. This single block from my Outhouse pattern gives you all kinds of opportunity to play with your fabric.

((Tip: An easy first attempt for this block could be to get something fussy in the door. That’s the first section on that part of the block, and a wonderful place to slip in a little critter or something else fun.))

You ready? I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Tips:

+ I find that using a light box is helpful when paper piecing in general and especially when getting fussy with your fabrics. I like using the Daylight Wafer 1 with a clear cutting mat on top.

+ Being fussy and/or attentive to directional fabrics can be approached in a range from hard-core to more subtle. Pick your pleasure, and don’t get too stressed about it. I always find it entertaining to see if I can get things to match up or positioned in a specific way. When it works, yay! When it doesn’t work, no biggie. You took a risk, and I’ll bet you were able to learn something that you can apply to your next attempt.

+ Further reading: The Fussy Cut Sampler by Nichole Ramirez and Elisabeth Woo (Hardy). This book doesn’t get into paper piecing and fussy cutting specifically, but it is certainly an excellent resource for fussy cutting tips in general and inspiration.

cf mini quilt along . carolyn friedlander

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New Pattern: Austin House

Up next for my new releases is my Austin House pattern. It debuted at QuiltCon this year in one of my classes. In the class, I walked students through the design process from initial idea, site visits and exploration to finished project. It was really fun. The idea was to take inspiration from some of the hip houses in Austin, and the result is a series that I hope folks who enjoy modern house forms can appreciate.

Austin House_pickle_Carolyn Friedlander

This pattern is new to my paper-piecing series. It’s great for beginners, goes together fairly quickly and is the perfect platform for mixing and matching different fabrics. Because of its size and playful use of fabric, I’ve already made a few of these and given them to friends as a gift. Most of the fabric requirements are in easy increments to make that part super easy too.

This is the version that I made for the pattern cover. It features my Doe fabrics, Kona Gold and Kona Pickle.

Austin House_pickle_detail_Carolyn Friedlander

I made this one prior to QuiltCon. It’s blue and very griddy. Fabrics are Doe, Architextures, some ginghams and Kona Astral.

austin house_carolyn friedlander_blue

austin house_carolyn friedlander_blue detail

My very red/orange version…

Austin House 3_carolyn friedlander

featuring Doe, Doe Wide, more ginghams, Botanics and Architextures.

Austin House 3_detail_carolyn friedlander

Austin House 3_binding detail_carolyn friedlander

In my most recent version, I got the bright idea to use some swiss dots (my new favorite!) for the binding. This will definitely be happening again. So nice.

Austin house_swiss dot binding_carolyn friedlander

(By the way, for those of you in the Los Angeles/Ventura area, I’ll be teaching this class again in July at SuperBuzzy.)

#austinhousequilt

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Collaboration with Patchwork Threads.

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_2

 

I’ve been really excited about my collaboration with Patchwork Threads, which was just announced at QuiltCon. I’ve always admired their work, and I really enjoy seeing everyone sporting their shirts. So, after some discussion and many sketches, we arrived at two new designs.

 

First, savor it.

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_savor_3

 

There’s a bit of a reference to my book, but more than that, it’s intended to speak to what’s become a mantra for me (and I think many others) these days. It doesn’t matter what we choose to do, what matters is that we are thoughtful and enjoy doing it. It’s a good reminder, and one that we can apply to many things.

 

For that reason, I wanted the message to be a bit bold, but there’s also a little textural pizzazz…

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_savor_5

 

I really like how the color came out. It’s a white graphic on a deep blue, organic v-neck. I’ve already imagined many outfits with this one…

 

The other shirt is a sketch taken from a new little houses design that debuted at QuiltCon. I only did a limited release of the pattern in Austin, but you can stay tuned for it to be released for real in my pattern line this spring.

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_house_2

 

This shirt features a hip little house with plenty of grids and hand-drawn realness. The graphic is a warm and wonderful flame-orange color on a natural, organic crew-neck tee.

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_house_4

 

Plus, it’s signed…making it super personal.

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_house_3

 

Thank you so much, Patchwork Threads for a fun collaboration!

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_1

 

Both shirts are already available (here and here), and I can’t wait to see how you guys wear them!

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_3

 

 

#patchworkthreads

#savoreachstitch

 

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