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Meet Lusk.

Meet Lusk, a new pattern for some (mini) quilts.

Lusk Quilts . Carolyn Friedlander

I love mini quilts. There’s so much you can do with them! They make great gifts, are perfect for swaps and I’m not sure there’s any easier way to decorate your space. Plus, I love how the smaller format allows you to get really creative without too much commitment and pressure–OR it can help you get more comfortable with a technique. Don’t get me wrong, big projects can be great too, but there’s something special about a project that can get your creative juices flowing, make you feel good about a finish and leave you inspired for whatever comes next.

Polk Lust Quilts . Carolyn Friedlander

I find that I come up with new ideas all the time while I’m sewing. In this way, making minis is such a creative kickstarter for me. Because of this, I’ve been wanting to make some mini quilt patterns for a while now, and Lusk is just the beginning. With this one, I’ve been thinking about how some of my existing designs can be reconsidered on a smaller scale, and how it might be fun to reimagine sets of shapes mixed and matched up in new ways.

Polk Lust Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

You might recognize some familiar bits from some of my other patterns. Lusk takes ideas from Sessoms and Tangelo, plays with the scale of both and adapts them in ways that they can work together. I love this because even though they are two different designs, bringing them together means there are many new ideas to play with.

I outline 3 specific versions in the pattern, but the units work really well together, and if you wanted to come up with more, you totally could! The first (A, above) is a mix of all blocks included in the pattern. The second (B, below) uses just the third block option in the pattern.

Polk Lust Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The third version (C, below) uses just the first 2 blocks in the pattern. Depending on what you’re going for, you can dress these guys up in all kinds of ways.

Polk Lust Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

These minis were a great place for me to start when I first got my hands on my newest fabric collection, Polk. Working on a smaller scale allowed me to see how certain fabrics might work together, and it definitely inspired many of the fabric combinations in my subsequent projects.

Lusk Quilts . Carolyn Friedlander

Lusk means you can explore a lot in a small amount of time and with not too many supplies. I’ve since whipped up a few more, and I’ll be sharing them in the coming weeks.

Lusk Quilts . Carolyn Friedlander

You can ask for Lusk at your local quilt store, or you can also find the digital version available here.

Lusk Quilt Pattern . 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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