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Meet Babson.

Last up of the newbies is Babson, a very graphic and fun-to-sew project.

Babson Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

This quilt is kind of like Eads in that it’s super mix and matchable, works with a bunch of different fabrics, can be made without a ton of planning and has a huge amount of possible outcomes. It’s about fabrics, shapes and colors playing together in all kinds of ways.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Unlike Eads (which works with fat quarters), Babson starts with 5″ squares. I find that when you have an easy increment to start with, it’s much easier to grab a pile of stuff you’re interested in (or just a few things) and get to sewing. What’s better than that?

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

On the pattern-design side, there’s also a big part of me that loves the challenge of figuring out possibilities for 5″-square packs. They can be so enticing, and I have many stacked around in the studio. This project can work well with them.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

In this first version, maybe you’ll notice how my blocks are broken down into quadrants, each having its own coloring. One quadrant uses one 5″-square pack, plus 4 fat quarters. (Or you can also just use fat quarters for the whole thing.) I liked this formula because it makes it a much easier undertaking. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by a heap of blocks and fabric, you can work on it in sections, as well as flavor each section a little bit differently.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I used the same 5″-square pack of Polk for each quadrant, but in each group I added 4 different coordinates, so they each look a little bit different. Here’s what I added.

Babson Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

Bottom left – Kona Roasted Pecan, Essex Yarn (Dyed Berry), Architextures (Sorbet, Orangeade)

Babson Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

Top left – Architextures (Desert Green), Kona Parchment, Essex Classic Wovens (Natural), Essex Yarn Dyed (Chambray)

Babson Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

Top right – Kona Paris Blue, Architextures (Acid Lime), Essex Yarn Dyed (Pickle), Essex Classic Wovens (Chambray)

Babson Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

Bottom right – Kona Sea Glass, Essex Classic Wovens (Natural), Architextures (White), Essex Homespun (Chambray)

Babson Quilt Swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

In the end, I like the cohesion of the whole thing, and then I also like noticing the differences of the sections once you start looking closer. It was entertaining to sew, because each section presented new colors and possibilities.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The next version started with this Melon Kona charm pack. I’m not normally a pink person, but the mix of oranges and peaches pack a nice punch, and I was totally enamored.

Melon Babson swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

Instead of making the larger throw size as before, I wanted to make a wall hanging, which is basically just a 1/4 of what’s required for the throw. After much debate, my additions to the Melon charm pack for this version were 2 pieces from Polk (AFR-17841-380, AFR-17841-14), plus Kona Orangeade and Kona Lingerie.

Melon Babson swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

These additions add brightness, texture and little bit of print.

Melon Babson swatches . Carolyn Friedlander

The blocks in this design are super versatile, and I tried to push them in a different direction than in the first version. Here I gathered all of the same-direction shapes at the top, and the other-direction shapes at the bottom. As much as possible, I used the orangey-brights to create the L’s, but then shifted it a bit as you get to the bottom.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Now that I’ve made two, I still have ideas for a few more. Plus, I have some other charm packs lying around that I think will be fun.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

That’s Babson! I can’t wait to see what you make. You can ask about it at your local quilt store, or you can also find the digital version available here.

Babson Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

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Meet Polk, my newest fabric collection.

Meet Polk, my newest fabric collection.

Polk Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Polk is an 8-piece collection printed on Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun–a substrate that I’ve loved ever since they first released it. Homespun, like their regular Essex, is a cotton/linen blend, but what I really like about it is the woven grid created by how the light and dark yarns are woven to create it. It’s really lovely!

Polk Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

It’s also a super useful fabric. Like regular Essex, Homespun is a dream to work with–for quilts, clothes, accessories. It can stand up to a massive number of tasks and desired sewing projects. The utility coupled with the rich texture and look made it a no brainer that I wanted to pitch some design ideas for a collection using it.

Polk Fabric . Carolyn FriedlanderPolk is just that. The designs themselves take some of the ideas from Gleaned a step further. I found that I wasn’t quite done playing with those shapes, plus I like the idea of there being a continuation since one of my favorite things to do with linen collections is to mix them with printed cotton collections–it’s so much fun and the results can be beautiful.

Polk Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Another neat thing about this collection is that I was able to create some new base colors for the Homespun range. Previously, they offered some great neutrals, and so it was no question that I wanted to add an exciting orange (thanks Orangeade!), a vibrant blue (Paris Blue) and a beautiful brown (Roasted Pecan). These three additions, mixed with some of the great existing neutral shades make up the base fabrics for this collection.

Polk Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Polk Petal Pouch

Polk West Water Tunic

Polk Adeline Dress

The artwork on top is printed in an array of colors to complement and add interest to the base color. The deep blue print has a really interesting effect that comes across kind of like a starry night sky. While I keep looking at that one in new ways depending on the project, all of them have a little something different to offer as well. It’s been fun figuring out projects and fabric combinations to explore those different things.

Polk Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Of course, I have some new projects coming down the pipeline…and I’m ready to share a couple peeks of 2 of them here, plus an old favorite revisited.

First up is Davie, a new house project with a fun twist on how to use your fabrics. It’s fat-quarter friendly, and I was especially drawn to creating a design where you can get progressive with your fabric choices and the way they transition. Plus, houses are really fun.

Polk Davie Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Next up is Lusk–the first of a new group of mini quilt patterns. I cannot get enough of making minis.

Polk Lust Quilts . Carolyn Friedlander

Each one take shapes and motifs from some of my previous patterns or new ones, and reimagined them in new ways, at new sizes and in new relationships on a smaller scale. Minis can be the perfect way to explore ideas, they make great gifts and they are also some of my favorite things to dress up a wall.

Polk Lust Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Third is a Park quilt in Polk. (And kind of a tongue twister!)

This one actually started out as a new set of pillow shams (like what is shown on the pattern cover), but before too long, I found myself with too many block pairings that I wanted to try, and so a larger quilt was born!

Polk Park Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

(By the way, my Park pattern is newly available in PDF form on my site. You can grab a copy here.)

And then I was also eager to sew up some other things too. (Of course!) Like I mentioned, this collection is well suited for all types of projects–not just quilts.

Polk Fabric Projects . Carolyn Friedlander

Polk Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

I’ll be sharing more about all of the projects above in upcoming posts, but for now some of the patterns/tutorials include (from top left): West Water Tunic by Squam, Portside Dopp Kit by Grainline, Petal Pouch by Noodlehead, Pencil Pouch Tutorial by Noodlehead, Adeline Dress by Style Arc.

Polk Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

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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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