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Light and Dark Thread Sets with Aurifil.

I have some new light and dark thread sets with Aurifil.

Aurifil Carolyn Friedlander Light/Dark Mix Thread Set

The idea for these sets came about when working on my latest collection. Instead is very palette-focused, and I found myself using predominantly dark threads for not just the visible stuff, but also for the piecing. That got me thinking about how handy (and beautiful) it would be to put together a couple of thread sets that speak to a color palette in a well-rounded and useful way.

Meet my new Light Mix and Dark Mix thread sets with Aurifil.

Aurifil Carolyn Friedlander Light/Dark Mix Thread Set

Both collections are loaded up with a mix of 50wt, 80wt and 12wt cotton threads from Aurifil–a useful mix for many things.

Aurifil Carolyn Friedlander Light Mix Thread Set

I thought long and hard about what would be most useful in a set like this, and I decided that having 2 light shades of 50wt, 3 shades of 80wt and 5 shades of 12wt could give you some great possibilities.

Aurifil Carolyn Friedlander Light Mix Thread Set

50wt is what I like to use for machine or hand piecing, machine quilting and hand basting. Since it’s not always seen, I selected what I think are the handiest options in light and dark ranges. The light mix has a white and my favorite light gray. The dark mix has black and my favorite dark gray.

Aurifil Carolyn Friedlander Dark Mix Thread Set

80wt is my must-have thread for hand appliqué. The fineness of it just disappears into your project. It generally features a slightly more prominent role than the 50wt, and so each set has 3 colors included. The light mix features white, light gray and a light yellow.

Aurifil Carolyn Friedlander Light Mix Thread Set

The dark mix includes black, dark gray and navy.

Aurifil Carolyn Friedlander Dark Mix Thread Set

With the 12wt thread being so great for big stitch hand quilting, there are 5 spools in each set. That gives you some creative options! Whether you’re going for a highly contrasting color or you’re wanting to match things up, the threads that you quilt with can be a wonderful detail full of texture and color.

The light set includes pale shades of melon, peach, lilac, blue and mint.

Aurifil Carolyn Friedlander Light Mix Thread Set

The dark set includes deep tones of hunter green, denim blue, navy blue, plum and spice.

Aurifil Carolyn Friedlander Dark Mix Thread Set

These threads are fun, because light threads don’t only have to be for light projects, and dark threads don’t only have to be for dark projects. Mix it up!

Both of the new sets are in the shop, and I was also able to restock some of my previous collections that are now discontinued. You can grab them while there are some left!

Aurifil Carolyn Friedlander Light Mix Thread Set

Check out Carolyn Friedlander Light Mix thread set for Aurifil.

Check out Carolyn Friedlander Dark Mix thread set for Aurifil.

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Hunt Quilt Along: A Closer Look At Fabric.

Hunt Quilt Along: A Closer Look At Fabric.

This week I want to take a closer look at fabric. I have some tips to share, and I also want to let you in on what I’m thinking about for my own project.

Obviously fabric is a big component of any quilt project. You not only have the color and print to figure out, but you also get to consider the type of fabric itself, whether it’s cotton, linen or anything else.

In general, I consider quilting cotton to be the most beginner-friendly fabric to work with. It’s very stable, and it’s not too thick and not too thin for quilting. (It’s called quilting cotton for a reason.)

gleaned coordinating solids . carolyn friedlander

Quilting cotton is also great, because it comes in many different colors, prints and solid choices. You can’t go wrong, and it’s definitely a fabric that I would highly recommend to anyone, and especially to anyone new to the game.

Instead Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

gleaned fabric collection . Carolyn Friedlander

Of course there are plenty of other types of fabrics as well. Some other popular quilting choices are made from linen and linen blends (like Robert Kaufman Essex, a stable linen/cotton blend that is a little meatier than regular quilting cotton and full of texture), and there are plenty of yarn dyed wovens (like Harriot Yarn Dyes, shot cottons, etc).

Polk Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Harriot Yarn Dye . Carolyn Friedlander

Something to consider when selecting fabrics outside of quilting cotton are the different properties of the fabric itself. You want to consider the stability of it–is it slippery or drapey, OR stiff and sturdy? Also, is it thick or thin? Does it have a tendancy to fray? Most anything can work, but depending on its qualities you might decide to make some adjustments.

Some adjustments might be to –

+ Cut your background to be larger so you can get a clean trim before sewing blocks together if your fabric tends to fray or if you know you tend to handle your blocks a bit more. I cut my background squares about an inch larger on my Hunt Harriot Quilt. It was a new fabric, and I wasn’t sure how it would behave. Giving myself extra ensured I could get a super-clean trim before sewing the blocks together. (Tip: In this case, I like marking the edges of where I’ll trim my actual block. I prefer to thread baste, but you can mark it anyway you prefer.)

Here’s a look at some thread basting in action. I’ve marked my seam allowance at the bottom. (In general, I prefer marking the seam allowance on these blocks this way. It’s totally a personal preference and not mandatory.)

hunt tester-3-carolyn friedlander-web

+ Adjust your basting stitch a smidge if your fabric is really thick or really thin. (Tip: With a thin fabric you may baste with slightly less of a seam allowance, and with thicker fabric you might baste with a smidge more of a seam allowance.)

+ Prewash your fabrics if you’re worried with them at all. It never hurts! Plus, I feel like a prewash can reduce some of the fraying.

+ Use your thicker fabrics as a background and thinner fabrics as your appliqué. A thicker fabric on the back gives you more stability. (Although I’ll admit that you can make exceptions if you’re really feeling a combination that goes against these rules. Just make sure your lighter background fabric maintains its shape as the heavier fabric is being manipulated on top. You don’t want this to distort your background.)

Now let’s talk a little bit about some design direction for your project. The beautiful thing about appliqué is how you can quickly get a sense of what your project will look like. Simply cut out the shape and lay it on your background! If you don’t like it, try something else.

Hunt Appliqué planning . carolyn friedlander

That’s exactly what I did when I was planning my Hunt Harriot Quilt. I started cutting out the shapes and laying them on the ground–although you could also start laying them on different background fabric options at this point too. This allowed me to figure out how I wanted the colors, fussy-cut scallops and other motifs to come together. Or you can work on a block-to-block basis. It was really fun to see the idea shape up!

Hunt Quilt Along Fabric Pull . Carolyn Friedlander

I am planning to make something during this quilt along. I selfishly chose this format, because I knew it would give me a great opportunity to make another version. I’d love to have a quilt for my bed, and after a lot of thinking about colors and fabrics to use, I think that I’ve decided to head in a green and white direction. There are SO many ways to take this project, and it is so easy to feel indecisive about it, but what’s helped decide things for me is thinking about 1) what type/size I want to end up with, and 2) where I want to put it. I think a green/white-ish version for my bedroom would be just the right thing.

I’ll use a mix of whites and creams for the backgrounds.

Hunt Quilt Along Fabric Pull . Carolyn Friedlander

And I’m thinking a mix of greens in some dark-ish shades like this could be nice. Although I’m not sure how scrappy/not scrappy I want each block to be. Looks like I’ll be doing some auditioning!

Hunt Quilt Along Fabric Pull . Carolyn Friedlander

That’s where I’m at, but I’d love to know where you’re at too. Feel free to comment below.


+ Here’s a link to some of my favorite Thread Tips and Tricks.

+ I’ve set up a Hunt Quilt Along Board on Pinterest for inspiration. Head over here to check it out.

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

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Architextures Sunrise.

My Architextures Sunrise quilt comes with a bit of an admission. I made it back in 2012 when Architextures first came out. It was displayed in the Architextures booth at Quilt Market that fall, but I never got around to taking pictures of it afterwards–classic. When I was planning the PDF conversion for the design, I knew I wanted to unearth this quilt and give it some time to shine.

Architextures Sunrise Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Architextures Sunrise Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I can still remember how much I enjoyed making it. It was one of the first times sewing with my own fabric, and that experience is hard to forget. Because the design works well with 2-1/2″ strips, I used strip sets from my Architextures collection as well as the coordinating solids. This made it super easy to get to the fun stuff, which is figuring out your fabric pairings and placements and sewing them together. I love a project where you can explore different color and print combinations as you go, and this project is perfect for that.

Architextures Sunrise Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The frames are Kona Cactus, one of my favorites at the time. It’s so vibrant. This was before there was Pickle, Wasabi, Acid lime or any of the other greens that I’d grow to love as well. Is it just me, or do you remember your early favorite solids? (For the record – Cactus, Coral and Tangerine were some of those for me.)

Architextures Sunrise Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

There’s not too much to get wrong about this block, which makes it pretty carefree and easy. In some of my other Sunrise projects, I worked the fabrics and colors symmetrically within the blocks. In this sample I didn’t do that, but instead took the placement in a different direction. I like this effect as well.

Architextures Sunrise Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Once you get them all framed out and sewn together with the sashing and border, it’s a cohesive (and cheerful) look.

Architextures Sunrise Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

fabrics: architextures and the coordinating Kona solids

pattern: Sunrise

Architextures Sunrise Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

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