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cf Mini Quilt Along.

cf mini quilt along . carolyn friedlander

Are you ready for another quilt along? I’m very excited to announce our next (online) sewing adventure–the cf Mini Quilt Along–which will be an 8-week endeavor starting July 19. I’ve been really excited about this, because I think it’ll be a great opportunity to explore creativity in many bits of mini’s, and I’d love for you to join in.

Polk Lust Quilts . Carolyn FriedlanderEach week, I’ll have a creative challenge planned. Feel free to use these thoughts to inspire your mini composition for that week. I think it’ll be fun.

In terms of patterns, I’ll be working from all three of my newest patterns (Lusk, Davie and Babson). Each of them have mini options built into the format–making it easy, but the themes each week can be explored through any or all of them if you choose.

I love making minis, because they often jumpstart my creative juices. By giving goals and thoughts each week, I’m hoping to inspire some sewing excitement for all of us.

You in?

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Meet Babson.

Last up of the newbies is Babson, a very graphic and fun-to-sew project.

Babson Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

This quilt is kind of like Eads in that it’s super mix and matchable, works with a bunch of different fabrics, can be made without a ton of planning and has a huge amount of possible outcomes. It’s about fabrics, shapes and colors playing together in all kinds of ways.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Unlike Eads (which works with fat quarters), Babson starts with 5″ squares. I find that when you have an easy increment to start with, it’s much easier to grab a pile of stuff you’re interested in (or just a few things) and get to sewing. What’s better than that?

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

On the pattern-design side, there’s also a big part of me that loves the challenge of figuring out possibilities for 5″-square packs. They can be so enticing, and I have many stacked around in the studio. This project can work well with them.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

In this first version, maybe you’ll notice how my blocks are broken down into quadrants, each having its own coloring. One quadrant uses one 5″-square pack, plus 4 fat quarters. (Or you can also just use fat quarters for the whole thing.) I liked this formula because it makes it a much easier undertaking. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by a heap of blocks and fabric, you can work on it in sections, as well as flavor each section a little bit differently.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I used the same 5″-square pack of Polk for each quadrant, but in each group I added 4 different coordinates, so they each look a little bit different. Here’s what I added.

Babson Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

Bottom left – Kona Roasted Pecan, Essex Yarn (Dyed Berry), Architextures (Sorbet, Orangeade)

Babson Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

Top left – Architextures (Desert Green), Kona Parchment, Essex Classic Wovens (Natural), Essex Yarn Dyed (Chambray)

Babson Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

Top right – Kona Paris Blue, Architextures (Acid Lime), Essex Yarn Dyed (Pickle), Essex Classic Wovens (Chambray)

Babson Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

Bottom right – Kona Sea Glass, Essex Classic Wovens (Natural), Architextures (White), Essex Homespun (Chambray)

Babson Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

In the end, I like the cohesion of the whole thing, and then I also like noticing the differences of the sections once you start looking closer. It was entertaining to sew, because each section presented new colors and possibilities.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The next version started with this Melon Kona charm pack. I’m not normally a pink person, but the mix of oranges and peaches pack a nice punch, and I was totally enamored.

Melon Babson swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

Instead of making the larger throw size as before, I wanted to make a wall hanging, which is basically just a 1/4 of what’s required for the throw. After much debate, my additions to the Melon charm pack for this version were 2 pieces from Polk (AFR-17841-380, AFR-17841-14), plus Kona Orangeade and Kona Lingerie.

Melon Babson swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

These additions add brightness, texture and little bit of print.

Melon Babson swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

The blocks in this design are super versatile, and I tried to push them in a different direction than in the first version. Here I gathered all of the same-direction shapes at the top, and the other-direction shapes at the bottom. As much as possible, I used the orangey-brights to create the L’s, but then shifted it a bit as you get to the bottom.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Now that I’ve made two, I still have ideas for a few more. Plus, I have some other charm packs lying around that I think will be fun.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

That’s Babson! I can’t wait to see what you make. You can ask about it at your local quilt store, or you can also find the digital version available here.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

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Meet Davie.

Meet Davie, my newest house pattern.

Davie Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

See the resemblance?

I don’t know why I love this house so much, but I do. It’s just so cute. Plus, when we’re talking about house quilts, they are such a favorite, and this one makes a good one. With Davie, I love this size block in particular. It’s big enough to have fun with fabric, but small enough to where you get to make several of them.

Polk Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

The design works with fat quarter cuts (18″ x 22″), and so fabric selection couldn’t be easier. I started with each of the (8) pieces from my Polk collection, and then added these 4 guys into the mix.

Davie Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

I liked how the crispness of the white, the warmth of the peach, and the brightness of the blues rounded out the colors with the other pieces.

Davie Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

I worked the colors in a specific order so that you get this neat stacking of shapes. The house in one block becomes the background in the block below it, making the whole thing really fun to look at. Of course, you totally don’t have to do that. You can mix up the fabrics however you please (just see the next version below)!

Polk Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

But then I wanted to make another sample. These houses are a little addictive…

Davie Fabric Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

For the next one, I was drawn toward pinks and peaches–in prints, checks and solids.

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

For this one, I worked with the other size included in the pattern which uses 6 fat quarters, and will give you a smaller wall hanging–or 2 mini quilts. The nerd in me loves the idea of 2 minis, because you can keep one for yourself and give the other one away. Or, better yet, you and a friend can each make a pair and then trade 1 of each. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

With this set, I totally mixed up all of my pairings. While the first version had a specific rhythm to how the fabrics rotated their positions, in this one, I tried to mix it up as much as possible. (First is far left, pair is far right.)

Mini Quilts . Carolyn Friedlander

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

After Quilt Market, I taught Davie at Superbuzzy in Ventura, CA. Here’s a look at some of the class blocks. Great, right? Gives you some ideas on where else to take it…

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Davie has been shipping to stores now, so make sure to ask for it, or you can also find the digital version available in my shop here.

First version fabric(s): Polk, plus Architextures (AFR-13503-239), Gleaned (AFR-17292-1), Kona Waterfall, Kona Paris Blue

Pink/peach version fabric(s): Polk (AFR-17841-380, AFR-17842-391), Carolina Gingham (P-16368-107), Kona Orangeade, Kona Cantaloupe, Essex Classic Wovens (SRK-17585-63)

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

 

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