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cf Mini QAL #5: Gradation.

cf Mini QAL #5: Gradation.

How was last week?

Here’s what I made.

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

This week, my focus was on Davie. With last week’s challenge being about all colors, I tried not to over think my fabric and color choices, which is easy to do when anything is an option. Instead I went with my gut as I started looking through fabric. I pulled several different things, and laid them out loosely focusing on groupings of 4 since the Davie blocks require that many fabrics for each of the block sections.

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Even though my goal was to make 4 blocks, I didn’t pick all 4 groupings at the beginning–although you totally could. Instead, I made the first block with the first 4 fabrics that I liked, which was the bright yellow house with a brown roof in the middle. My subsequent block selections grew from there based on how I was seeing each block shape up.

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Also, I’ve been wanting to play a bit with mixing up the background sections in this block, and so I inserted a little accent of something here and there in pretty much all of the blocks. I think it’s kind of fun!

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

This was a really fun week, and I’m actually looking to build from it in moving forward with the next challenge.

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Our next challenge focuses on Gradation. Gradations can be lots of fun to put together and incredibly impactful. Here are some examples to consider.

Savor Each Stitch_Aerial Grove_Carolyn Friedlander

The Aerial Grove project from my book is a good one for employing a gradation. I love projects with little bits of a lot of different things, and this one captures that idea and uses gradation to organize those colors for maximum impact. Above is the version in the book, and below is a version using only Kona solids.

Aerial Grove quilt_1_Carolyn Friedlander

I’ve made so many versions of this project mostly because I love picking out the colors and figuring out how to arrange them.

Ebb is similar in that it also is a great way to show many different colors and how they can transition in fun ways.

ebb quilt pattern . carolyn friedlander

This recent version of Sessoms also creates a gradation from all of the fabrics in Gleaned.

Sessoms Throw Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

And here’s a new one that you haven’t seen yet. How about this Lusk mini that I also made in Gleaned?

Gleaned Lusk . Carolyn Friedlander

I had a mini-charm pack of Gleaned that I decided to turn it into a mini. I paired the fabrics in the collection with Olive Essex Yarn Dyed. To make the gradation, I simply worked the blocks in order from the mini-charm pack. That’s a tip–if you have trouble arranging your fabrics, try working from a precut, because they’re usually arranged in a pleasing gradation of some sort.

Gleaned Lusk . Carolyn Friedlander

Creating a gradation doesn’t necessarily mean you have to create a rainbow from red to purple. You can also think of a gradation as a way to tell a story, from light to dark, from blue to yellow–from anything you want! Here’s one more example that I crowdsourced from @bastingbeauty. It’s just too pretty not to share. I love the creativity of not only the design but of also the fabric use and way it transitions! It also gives you a bit of a transparency effect too.

@bastingbeauty

This week, have fun figuring out a gradation–in whatever way you’d like!

Gleaned Lusk . Carolyn Friedlander

Tips:

+ Not good with creating a gradation? Buy a precut and use it in order. OR, stalk a precut that you find attractive and take notes on which colors are being used and which order they are being used in. You can do it.

+ Gradations do not have to be a full spectrum and in rainbow order. If the standard isn’t speaking to you, come up with your own color story and define your own limits.

+ On a technical note, I’m sure you’ve noticed that these little seams can be get a little bulky. This is why I usually try pressing them flat in order to even out the bulk as much as possible. While first working on Davie, I realized that using a seam roller to open out the seam first, made it much easier to iron open and achieve a good press. I’m glad to see some of you noticing this handy trick too!

Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

cf mini quilt along . carolyn friedlander

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Ebb sham in Friedlander fabrics.

While compiling my newsletter last week, I realized that I never shared this Ebb sham in Friedlander fabrics that I made awhile back.

ebb sham in friedlander fabrics . carolyn friedlander

I love making pillow shams for so many reasons. They make great gifts, they are the perfectly sized project for trying something new (i.e. new combo of fabrics, new technique, etc.) and they are a great way to spruce up some part of your house.

ebb sham in friedlander fabrics . carolyn friedlander

With this guy, I wanted to play around with some of the pieces in my friedlander collection, along with some euclid for the background.

ebb sham in friedlander fabrics . carolyn friedlander

Linen makes an excellent background because it’s sturdy.

ebb sham in friedlander fabrics . carolyn friedlander

Sometimes I quilt pillow shams, and other times I don’t. I think it can work either way. But I do like to kick things up a notch by adding piping. Here I used a piece from friedlander lawn. Lawn is really great to use as cording and trim. Its fine-ness makes it super easy to maneuver around corners and edges without adding much bulk.

ebb sham in friedlander fabrics . carolyn friedlander

The back panels were also a great place to make use of this larger print in the collection.

ebb sham in friedlander fabrics . carolyn friedlander

If you haven’t made a pillow sham before, give it a try. They are such a satisfying and fun project to make.

+ pattern: Ebb (sham size is included in the instructions)

+ fabrics: Friedlander, Friedlander Lawn and Euclid

ebb sham in friedlander fabrics . carolyn friedlander

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New Quilt Pattern: Ebb.

A colorful array of stacked crescents is where my Ebb quilt began.

Ebb quilt . Carolyn Friedlander . Carkai fabric

I’m ALWAYS a fan of projects where you can use little bits of a lot of different things. (E.g. this ongoing Arcs project, any of my Aerial Groves–here’s one, and another one, and another…) Why put a limit on the fabric when you don’t have to?

Ebb is all about that, coupled with a simple crescent shape. I kept thinking of these somewhat classic shapes sliding and layering in rows on top of each other like beads in an abacus or the way that coins slide down a coin roller.

It’s name–Ebb–seemed to fit in well with this idea while also capturing other aspects of projects (and maybe life too). There’s something about working on a project like this where it’s not only about the finished product, but also about the experience of making it. There’s the transition through the technical stages and planning, plus the visual and tactile tour of the colors and fabrics. To me this is a very entertaining way to work.

A project like this is also an important way for me to familiarize myself with a new fabric line. Getting to focus so much on each piece always makes me think of where the design originated, things I want to make with it and other pieces to pair it with. (And probably why my dream to-make list is forever growing!)

Carolyn Friedlander Ebb quilt . quilting

Color is obviously another big aspect of this project. I wanted there to be a color story, but didn’t feel the need for it to be the most predictable or obvious one. As I cut out the pieces, I laid them down, mixing and moving things around as the number of shapes grew. For me this is a fun way to work–not having a definite endpoint in mind, but leaving an openness to figuring it out as it goes. In doing this, I realized certain (and sometimes surprising) combinations that I really liked–for example the very black pieces next to the pickle-y green and wasabi sections. That’s so yummy to me.

The background was chosen after auditioning many. It’s mostly Kona Meringue with a side bit of one of the white on white prints from Carkai. All of the other pieces are from Carkai along with the new Doe and Architextures crosshatch coordinates. (Which are all included in the Carkai charm pack, and what you can work from for this project).

Here’s a snippet of one of my Quilt Market booth walls which celebrated the color range of the line. You can see Ebb holding its own in a way that’s different from Everglade (to the left) and Envelopes (below).

carolyn friedlander . ebb, envelopes and everglade quilts . carkai fabric

Ebb is also hitting shops now as well as available here.

#ebbquilt

#colorisfun

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