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Meet Gleaned, my newest fabric collection.

Meet Gleaned, my newest fabric collection for Robert Kaufman.

gleaned fabric collection . Carolyn Friedlander

This collection is a merry mix of patterns and textures gleaned from nature.

gleaned fabric collection . Carolyn Friedlander

When designing this line, I became very interested in patterns that already exist in nature. I was inspired to learn more about how they work, and then I felt challenged to make each one of them my own. In looking at motifs that have already been around, I loved rethinking of them in a way that felt personal but could also serve many different types of projects well.

gleaned fabric collection . Carolyn Friedlander

Coloring a collection is always a really fun and important part of the fabric-design process. With this collection, there was a richness that was on my mind, but I also wanted some fun pops as well. In the end, there’s a boldness as well as a softness that creates a workable range that can do its own thing OR mix in nicely with my other collections and other stuff. It’s fun to spice things up, don’t you think?

gleaned fabric collection . Carolyn Friedlander

gleaned fabric collection . Carolyn Friedlander

Gleaned is a 24-piece collection, which feels big enough, but also not too big to be overwhelming. It’s super mix and matchable–always my favorite thing to explore when I have new fabric in hand.

gleaned fabric collection . Carolyn Friedlander

In addition to a big mix of colors, there are several designs with special selvage treatments. (I think those are super fun to make and play with!)

gleaned fabric collection . Carolyn Friedlander

In addition to Gleaned, there are also some new coordinates from my architectures collection–both the text print and crosshatch print.

gleaned fabric architextures coordinates . Carolyn Friedlander

gleaned fabric architextures coordinates . Carolyn Friedlander

gleaned fabric architextures coordinates . Carolyn Friedlander

gleaned fabric architextures coordinates . Carolyn Friedlander

And I’ve also put together a set of Gleaned coordinating solids. This group is a mix of Kona cottons, Essex and Homespun linen/cottons. It’s a textural and colorful delight! (Or, I least I think so…)

gleaned coordinating solids . carolyn friedlander

gleaned coordinating solids . carolyn friedlander

gleaned coordinating solids . carolyn friedlander

Maybe you notice some new Konas in there? Robert Kaufman has a new batch of colors, and I am beyond stoked about many of them. Of course, several of them made it into this bundle.

gleaned coordinating solids . carolyn friedlanderHere’s a look at 2 of my new patterns (to be released this fall). There are 2 more in the works, but you’ll get to see those later.

First up is a paper-pieced project called, Russell.

Russell Quilt in Gleaned Coordinates . Carolyn Friedlander

Russell is a super-fun project that plays with color, planning and story. Included in the pattern is a coloring page and ideas for how to map your colors and placement. In this version, I’ve used all of the new architextures coordinates plus some of my favorite new konas.

(On a side note, you might recognize this project from my contribution to Glamp Stitchalot last summer. Ever since that adventure, I’ve been wanting to turn the idea into a complete quilt.)

The other project that I’m ready to share is called Wainwright. Wainwright is new to my appliqué line, and this version uses all of the new stuff–gleaned and the architextures coordinates. It works with fat eighths, and is a perfect project for playing with color, composition and fabric. Plus, it’s one where the blocks are sized to be addictive…but more on that later.

Wainwright quilt in Gleaned Fabrics . Carolyn Friedlander

That’s a look at 2 of the new patterns. Stay tuned for more to come in the next few months–including a couple more new patterns.

I hope you like the new stuff, and I cannot wait to see what you make!

gleaned fabric and coordinates . carolyn friedlander

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Eads Quilt Pattern and Quilt Along.

My Eads quilt pattern is one of my newbies. I showed it at Quilt Market in St Louis, and I’m excited to share it with you here now. It’s a lot of fun, but I’m also biased, because I don’t make things that aren’t fun.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I’d been wanting to do a big, graphic, paper-pieced project for a while now, and this spring presented a great opportunity. Eads is a project where lots of fabric and color can play together in new and interesting ways–my favorite type of project.

Eads quilt fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

After nailing down the design, I pulled fabric from many places–friedlander, friedlander lawn, euclid, kona cotton, essex linen… I wanted a big mix of prints, solids and textures to play with and to use to highlight the design in a variety of ways.

(By the way, Robert Kaufman put together a little kit, which you could ask your local shop about. Otherwise, all of the fabrics are also listed here.)

Eads quilt fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

The design works with fat quarters, which makes the fabric gathering pretty easy. After that, the instructions work from strips which then makes it easy to start mapping out your blocks.

Eads quilt fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

I love this way of working–first gathering a bunch of inspiring pieces, breaking them down into smaller chunks, and then having the ability to react along the way as you work through the project. I find this to be a massively engaging, creative process and big reason why projects like this are so much fun. Grab your fabric, start making some blocks, throw them up on the design wall, assess, make more blocks and continue to grow your composition.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

In the end, my project doesn’t follow a perfect color gradation–although that could be a lovely path to take! But instead, I liked finding new and different relationships between the colors and shapes as I worked. By just shuffling around some fabric, I discovered new color friendships and new ways to expose or conceal the motif itself. So much fun.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I’m often asked about overcoming creative blocks, and this project is a perfect example of how I keep myself creatively charged. My wheels were turning so much while making this guy, that I couldn’t help but think about other ways to explore the project, things to do with fabric and other things to make in general. I find that creative satisfaction in one place can overflow into many others.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I had such a good time making this project, that I couldn’t help but think about other versions to make while I was making it–always a good sign in my book. Because of that, I thought it’d be fun to do a little quilt along this summer. You interested in joining me?

Eads quilt along . Carolyn Friedlander

The plan is to keep it mostly informal, but I do have a structure in mind that I’ll at least be holding myself to. To make this size, which is a good-sized throw, there are 120 blocks, which at 12 weeks (3 months) is 10 blocks a week. I think that 10 blocks will be a perfect amount of creative cardio to schedule in each week. There are also 48 fabrics in this version, which breaks down to 4 fabrics/week if you want to set goals for that too. Personally, I’m not sure I’ll partake in that way…but it’s a helpful number to consider.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The quilt along will start next week, June 15. Expect weekly blog posts, including the first next week to kick things off. You can also follow along on my Instagram for weekly visuals, as well as in my newsletter (see “subscribe to the newsletter” at the top right corner on this site) for recaps and updates.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

And for you, please join in! I’ll be checking in on anyone else’s makings by scouring the #eadsQAL hashtag on instagram. Since there are so many ways for this project to pan out, it’ll be fun to see where your projects take you. My bet is that we’ll all start to inspire each other, and it’ll be quite merry.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Plus, I’ve got some prizes planned. To be eligible to win, you’ll need to be posting to the hashtag on IG. Sound good?

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

To start, you’ll need a copy of the pattern. Hard copies are starting to appear in shops (like Hawthorne, Fabric Bubb, Etsy Studio, Jones & Vandermeer, I Love Fabric, etc), and the PDF version is available here too. Then start thinking about fabric…fat quarters are perfect.

Eads Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Oh, and make sure to keep your scraps! I’ve got plans for those, but it’s a surprise to be uncovered towards the end, so stay tuned.

Eads quilt fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Looking forward to sewing with you!

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Pickle Hawaiian.

I definitely have no problem starting new projects. The problem is always in finishing them. Anyone else with me on that? Luckily for anything work-related, there are deadlines, which means things do get finished. But for things not tied to work, they may sit in WIP limbo for…I don’t know…a long time…maybe even indefinitely in some situations. This is why finishing anything from the non-work pile can feel like a major victory. My recent Pickle Hawaiian finish is just one of those victories. Not to mention that it was finished and gifted to the recipient on time! (I know, crazy…)

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

For anyone familiar with Denyse Schmidt’s Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration, you may recognize this design from there. It’s the Hawaiian-Style Appliqué project, a quilt that I wanted to make the second I saw it.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The design is totally enticing.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

It’s very much an homage to Hawaiian-style quilts, the very genre that got me interested in appliqué, but with a fresh twist to it.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

In my version, I used Kona Pickle for the appliqué and my own grey Ledger print from Architextures in the background. I easily could have debated on this decision, but I knew this combo would be just right.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Interestingly enough, I took a picture at the start of this project, which means I know exactly how long I worked on it. (I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing…)

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

It was back in March 2015 that I started this guy, which really isn’t that long ago when I think about it. It felt like longer–not in a bad way–but mostly because this design takes awhile to get around all of the parts. I often thought about how many inches/feet/yards/miles it is around all of these edges. But for this reason, it’s also such a good project. It was the one thing that I could always take with me and not have to worry about finishing.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

This project has been the one constant in my traveling Nest Egg Tote over the last year, and since finishing it, my tote has felt a little empty without it.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Once I started getting close to the end, I realized that it would be a great gift for my new nephew. The design is super striking, which could make for some good kiddo portraits, plus the palette felt appropriate for a new little boy…but not too limiting either. Both good things in my mind.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Once I knew the recipient (and that the end was near), I decided on the backing and binding–both from Doe.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The quilting is super simple…and soft. It’s a series of big-stitch hand quilted lines in all of the yellow thread in my stash. (The different shades aren’t super noticeable.)

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

And then there’s even some Euclid in the label.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

As I finished this guy up, I started to wonder if I should keep it. I noticed a perfect spot on my wall while doing the hand quilting, but, no, he’ll like it. And there will be more quilts to make.

Pickle Hawaiian Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

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