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Meet, Kept–my newest fabric collection.

Meet kept–my newest fabric collection for Robert Kaufman.

kept fabric . carolyn friedlander

I have a new fabric collection, and it is called Kept. This is a small, 12-piece group that has a mellow feel and the ability to go with the flow.

kept fabric . carolyn friedlander

The designs themselves are inspired by collections of things that I have kept. These are things like shapes found in studio stuff, patterns I come across in my daily life and design ideas that roll around in my head. The mix of textures and shape goes from hand drawn and linear to bold and geometric.

kept fabric and kept coordinates . carolyn friedlander

As is usual with a new collection comes a brand-new group of coordinates to go along with it. I love bringing in coordinates that can broaden the character and expand on the possibilities of any collection. These can go alongside Kept or inspire a starting point all their own.

kept fabric and coordinates . carolyn friedlander

I’ve made a variety of projects using my Kept collection and the coordinates to celebrate just some of the creative possibilities. I don’t know about you, but while spending so much time at home during a challenging year I’ve found great comfort in sewing and all of the levels of creativity that it offers. From embracing color, to working with different fabrics, to indulging in projects big and small, practical and comforting–sewing is a very good thing for us to embrace right now.

kept fabric projects . carolyn friedlander

I’ll be sharing more about each of the projects in the coming weeks. If you’d like to see an overview of all of them now, check out this new video that I put together. And let me know what you think!

I made most of the projects above with the big exception of the AMAZING quilted coat and tote. They were made by Brittney Frey (using the Sapporo Coat pattern and Sylvie Tote pattern), and they are just dreamy.

kept fabric projects . carolyn friedlander

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Bartow Quilt in Collection CF fabrics.

I love a project that shows little bits of many different things, and that’s what my Bartow Quilt in Collection CF fabrics is all about.

collection CF Bartow quilt . carolyn friedlander

This design goes back to 2014 and the 30th anniversary of Kona Cotton. I was asked to design a free project, and Bartow is what I came up with. (You can read about it in my previous blog post here.)

Bartow Kona Quilt_Carolyn Friedlander

There’s even another version that I started at the same time as the first one, but I didn’t complete until last year. Ha!

Bartow Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

(You can read all about that version here.)

Back to my new Collection CF version.

collection CF Bartow quilt . carolyn friedlander

What I love about this project is how the design creates a gallery of color, fabric or whatever you want it to be in all of the little pieced snippets. With so many colors and prints in this new (old) collection, I wanted a quilt that would capture little bits of all of it. This made Bartow an easy choice!

Fabric selection and planning is made easy because Bartow works from a charm pack (5″ squares). To recreate mine, all you need is a CF charm pack, your background fabric and a binding fabric that will fill in for a bit of the pieced top as well.

collection CF charm pack

The background for this one is Kona Natural.

collection CF Bartow quilt . carolyn friedlander

I chose this binding, because I liked the color and how it would frame the quilt. Plus I liked it being used in some of the piecing in the top as well.

My mom Kathy Friedlander pieced the top, and Gina Pina quilted it with an allover grid (just like in one of the previous ones.)

collection CF Bartow quilt . carolyn friedlander

This is one of those quilts that is fun to lay with, because you notice different fabrics each way it’s turned.

You can find the fabric info and pattern on the Robert Kaufman site here, and I’ve also created a special pattern page on my site as well here.

pattern: Bartow (free!) found here

fabric: Collection CF, Kona Natural

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Rye Marmalade

My newest pattern is all about 2 tones, but it doesn’t have to be! This Rye Marmalade version starts to show how you can change things up.

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

One problem with selecting fabric pairs is that once you start looking for them, it can be hard to stop finding some that you are excited about. After sewing up some pairings that I was excited about, I decided to combine them together into the same quilt. I liked how the different sections and combinations interpreted the shapes a bit differently, and also how the different colors worked so nicely as a group.

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Fabric can change the look of a design so much, and here you can really see that. There are 3 different sections; some use solids, some use nearly solids and some use more bold-ish prints.

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Solids can give you super sharp shapes, like in the Marmalade section on the right. The left section uses 2 softer prints from my Collection CF line. This softens the shapes a bit, and I feel like it blends everything together nicely. It is a combo that makes me really happy.

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The top right corner features a more bold print from Jetty, and you get a much more textured and less defined effect. Kind of neat, right?

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

There are 2 block sizes in the pattern that can be used separately or together. Here I mixed the block sizes together, and I also incorporated borders in to each color group to balance out the motifs and to give them some space.

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Fabric for the binding was not as obvious a choice as it was in my previous Rye quilts. For the first two, I matched the binding to the border, because I wanted the binding and border to feel like a background for the design to rest on. In this case, I wanted a similar effect, but without an obvious background, I needed to audition a few of my choices. In the end, I chose one of the fabrics from Jetty that was already used in the quilt. I like the way it blends into most of the sections, while also giving it good texture.

There we have it. A different way to take my newest project Rye!

pattern: Rye quilt pattern

fabric: Jetty, Collection CF, Kona Suede and Marmalade

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