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Hunt QAL #6 Check In.

Hunt QAL #6 Check In.

We’re halfway there! I cannot believe it, and I’m happy (and surprised) with my progress and hope that you are making good progress too.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

My goals this month were fairly loose. I only finished appliquéing 1 block over the last month, and I have the appliqué on another one underway.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

To tally things up at this 6-month point, I have 9 blocks fully completed, 1 block being appliquéd, 3 fully basted blocks and several background panels cut out and ready to get set up. I need to figure out the appliqué fabrics for the final blocks, which I’m sure I’ll map out all together. It’s easier for me to work in that way, and I hope to do that before the next check in.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

I did have one strategic revelation this month. If you’ve taken a class from me, you know that I love thinking about strategic sewing. I tend to plan out how I baste and appliqué each block so that it’s an efficient use of thread, steps and time. If it makes sense, I start/stop in certain areas, I may leave basting thread to be continuous between nearby sections or I may make use of other tactics. They are small things that over the course of a project can make a difference. Of course whatever works if it gets you to the finish line, but this stuff is fun for me to think about while I’m working through a project.

With every Hunt I’ve made, I’ve appliquéd each piece separately. This is such an obvious approach, that it’s taken me this long to realize that there is an alternative. Working individually isn’t only logical, but it is definitely the way to go if there are a bunch of different colors and you need to change thread for each of them. I can’t think of another way to do it in that case. However, when all of the pieces are the same color, like I have here, it’s different. I realized that I could work multiple shapes continuously instead of stopping to cut and reset a new length of thread at each shape.

If you take a look at the block below, the shapes on the left are only appliquéd at the top. This is because I am working continuously along the tops, easily flowing from shape to shape. I am making my thread jumps from the back, which are not seen from the front. (Note: to do this knot at the back of each shape without cutting the thread, jump to the next shape, knot on the back to secure and pull the thread to the front. Don’t cut the thread, don’t reset.)

This makes for a more continuous flow and importantly, you can now use a full length of thread before stopping, recutting and resetting up. I discovered this on this block, because I needed to use a gray thread on the gray tops and the green thread at the bottom. It seemed silly to stop and start at each little top, and so I worked them continuously in this way. It seemed to go faster because I could use each strand of thread longer, and so I knew I wanted to try it for the other pieces. I think it helps, and I’m continuing to try it out. Let me know what you think, if you’re into the nerdy details!

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

Aside from that revelation, it was fun to finish this block and to see the way the print works in this context.

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

I’ve been storing my blocks in a flat stack on a dresser, but I do pull them out monthly to take a pic. It’s nice to see the finished stack getting larger.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

I’ve decided that over the next 3 months, I’d like to try to get all of my blocks finished, and I’ve updated my calendar to reflect that. This way I can spend the final 3 months assembling my quilt top, quilting and binding this project. That’s the plan anyway! It helps to verbalize it, right?

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

pattern: Hunt quilt

fabrics: (so many!) jetty, collection CF, instead, harriot, gleaned, euclid, friedlander lawn

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Hunt QAL #5 Check In.

We’re 5 months in! Crazy.

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

It’s been a good month, and I’ve been eager to lay everything out. Several of these blocks have been in hiding, because they use my new fabrics. Yay! 

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

I originally started out with a narrower selection of greens, but now I’m including much more of a range, and I’m really liking it. Some are darker, some are lighter, some are more green or more olive–it’s such a mix!

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

The mix of neutral backgrounds is also making me happy.

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

Highlights this month have been embracing such a mix and getting it all laid out for the first time. I’d been working with everything in a stack, and so spreading it out to take these photos has been quite satisfying. I’m also really glad that I worked a little ahead for the month. Today is the first day of set up at Quilt Market, and I’ve been heavily prepping for the show!

In terms of entertaining things, I really got into the podcast Last Seen about the art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It’s really captivating and very detailed, and it’s kind of making me want to read more about this heist and others in general. 

Goals for next month? I’m happy to have quite a bit prepped, so I can probably mindlessly plug away or if I get inspired I may decide to prep the final blocks. We will see.

How’s your month been? 

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Hunt QAL Month #2 Check In.

Hunt QAL Month #2 Check In.

I really won’t say this every month, but seriously, it’s already been a month?!

This month has been a fun and a productive month for my QAL project. Not only do I love July. I love that it is right in the middle of the summer, that it marks the end of the first half of the year, and that it can sometimes mean a bit of summer travel. This July has been all of those things, including a fun, travel adventure, I spent an entire week across the country in Sisters, Oregon for the Quilter’s Affair. It was wonderful, and I was able to get quite a bit of my Hunt project underway on those long flights.

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

At this point, I have 1 block totally finished, 1 block halfway finished, and 3 blocks fully basted. My goal for the next month is to prep and baste 2 more blocks and to fully finish 2 1/2 more blocks so that I have 4 blocks fully finished. Yeah!

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

I’m not totally sure about including the Harriot striped fabric–I’m still not sure on the color being exactly what I’m going for, but I’ll keep going with it. I’ve pretty much decided that I really like the blue Friedlander Lawn that’s in there. It’s been enjoyable seeing how that fabric appliqués up with these shapes. I’m also really really happy to be using the green and some other prints from my upcoming new Collection CF fabrics. (Blog post to come soon!) There’s one green in the collection that is perfect for what I’m going for, and there are also several good background options that I’m happy to be working in there.

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

In other Hunt news, my trip out to Sisters was very relevant. Not only did I teach a class using my Hunt pattern, but I also had a couple of my Hunt quilts hanging in the shows. Here are some pics from class and then from the show.

Hunt Quilt class . carolyn friedlander

These are different student blocks from our show and tell at the end of class. I always love how great the blocks from different people look together. I feel like it can give you ideas for things you wouldn’t otherwise think of. (Other blocks are from my Alturas and Park patterns.)

In the big quilt show on Saturday, my Hunt Harriot Quilt was hanging as part of the quilts from QuiltCon exhibit.

Hunt Harriot . carolyn friedlander

Hunt Tangerine hung in a special show with my quilts on Sunday.

Hunt Tangerine . carolyn friedlander

So many Hunt happenings this month!

If you’re following along for watching/listening recommendations, here you go. Some recent watchable recs are Minding The Gap, Instant Hotel (on Netflix) and the Weekly (from the NY Times). As for listening, I might have binge-listened the entire Man in the Window podcast while working on my Hunt on airplanes, etc this month. It sucked me right in!

I hope this month has treated you well! If you have some good recs or monthly highlights, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or to reach out.

Happy Hunting.

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