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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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Facing East Quilt in Euclid.

Here’s a new Facing East Quilt in Euclid.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Even though my new fabric collection Euclid is printed on Essex (and I’ve been making tons of garments and accessories with it), you can still use it (very easily) in quilts…and along with quilting cottons.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

I was very eager to sew up several quilts with the collection, including this version of Facing East in Euclid. This one mixes Euclid with Carkai, as well as some Kona Highlight.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

The palette that I had in mind was black, grey and natural with just the right amount of pop from some gold and bright yellow. The vision made for a very fun and challenging (in the best way) quilt to compile.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

The pattern is from my book, Savor Each Stitch, and it uses both paper piecing and applique techniques. I’ve made this project several times now, and they’ve all been quite different. In this one, it’s scrappy, with the central circles all being the same–a surprising decision to me since I’d been thinking I’d go scrappy with them too. It wasn’t until I was auditioning various circle options that I decided uniformity was the way to go. This happens with me all of the time. I’ll get something in my head about how I’ll finish it, and then when I’m there, I reassess the options and am excited by a new path to take.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

The quilting is super simple. I did some tying with yarn and then a very big, machine-stitched grid. I really like the added texture of the ties and the softness of the minimal quilting. Plus, the wool batting emphasizes all of it.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

On the back is some Doe Wide in black and white. I like that the black connects with the top, while the bright whiteness of it provides a fresh contrast.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Aside from taking this guy to trunk shows with me, it’ll be nice to keep it at home for a bit. It’s adding a mixture of brightness and softness to wherever I decide to leave it.

Facing East Quilt in Euclid . Carolyn Friedlander

Pattern : Facing East from Savor Each Stitch

Fabric : Euclid, Carkai, Kona Highlight and Doe Wide (for the back)

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