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Eads Quilt Along #7: It’s time for a shuffle.

Eads Quilt Along #7: It’s time for a shuffle.

While it’s been fun looking at this guy, I’ve been feeling the urge for a shuffle. Mixing things up can be a great thing, and after 6 weeks, I figured a change of scenery could do me some good. (For anyone counting the blocks, I am missing some, which I only realized after taking the pictures. They’ll get added back in a future sewing session.)

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

But to start–and to back up a bit–I pulled some fabrics for the week. To be clear, I’m not totally consistent on how I do this. Sometimes I’ll grab fabrics as I make blocks, and other times I’ll grab fabrics and map out the pairs ahead of time for an entire stack of blocks. This week I went for the latter approach.

My starting point was a lighter piece of Homespun (to continue with the Homespun enthusiasm from last week) to which I added some Leah Duncan and some fabric from my Doe and Friedlander collections.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

It’s soft, but with some spunk.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

I like them. And the clean slate-ness of this felt kind of liberating. (Especially after an intense few weeks of deadline sewing…)

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

This batch of blocks is soft, warm, kinda wild and textured. I’m in to it.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

After making these 10, I started to play with everything else.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

It was easier to play with these guys on the floor, so I moved the foam core to another side of the room–a benefit of movable design walls.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

The great thing about this was that I started to see the blocks and their relationships in new ways.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

One happy accident was the greens and golds. I never would have thought to put these guys together, but it’s now one of my favorite things.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

Tips:

+ Take everything down from the design wall and mix it up. See what happens when you give yourself a new perspective.

+ Take a picture before you take everything down so that you can go back to where you started if you decide that you really want to. OR, the photo will serve as a good reminder of the evolution of your project. Looking back reminds you of how far you’ve come!

+ Pay attention to accidental neighbors. This is where I always find fun stuff.

Eads QAL 7 . Carolyn Friedlander

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