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Hunt Tangerine Quilt

While I was very ready to make my Hunt Harriot Quilt, my Hunt Tangerine quilt was the first Hunt finish and almost as exciting but for very different reasons.

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

This quilt started out as a bit of a challenge. I wanted to make an entire quilt top with just one fabric from my Harriot collection–background, appliqué and borders.

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The scallop design is a 3-for-1 in my mind, and I liked the idea of proving that point with this project. The fabric features one color stripe on one side, another color stripe on the other side and a scallop motif in between. If I could use one side for the background and another side for the appliqué, then just maybe I could use the scallop for a border. The bonus that I discovered is that you can also cut the binding from the same fabric.

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Maybe this seems confusing, but it’s pretty straightforward. To make it easy, in the pattern I have a special cutting layout showing exactly what to cut and from where to cut it. If you’re cutting from this same fabric, it’ll be super easy, but I’m hopeful that being able to see the full cutting layout in this way can make it easily adaptable for other special fabrics as well. If you’re feeling excited by something…

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

What’s nice about this direction is how striking it is. I could hardly put the blocks down when working on it, because I couldn’t wait to see the shapes come together. There’s something very special about a two-color quilt. Of course, you could totally pick two different fabrics on your own to get similarly graphic results.

There are other colorways of the scallop that I think would be really cool in this project. But, I’m trying not to think about it…so tempting!

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

pattern: Hunt Quilt Pattern (wall size, special fabric option)

fabric: Harriot

templates: 1/8″ seam allowance, No seam allowance and sets available to use with this project.

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Also of note, I’ve been in an experimental phase with batting. On this quilt I used Quilters Dream Poly, and there’s something really special about its drape and feel. It’s not super lofty, but it’s light and so soft. I only hand quilted it, which makes it even softer, but I’m wondering how it would feel with machine quilting. Either way, I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

Hunt Tangerine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

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Hunt Harriot Quilt and Hunt Acrylic Templates

I’m finally getting around to sharing more images of some of my newest projects! First up is my Hunt Harriot Quilt.

Hunt Harriot Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Have you had a project where you can’t wait to see it come together? My Hunt Harriot Quilt has totally been one of those for me.

Hunt Harriot Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I had the design in mind, and when I finally had all of my newest fabrics in hand I couldn’t wait to get everything cut and layed out. I just couldn’t wait to see what it would look like.

Hunt Harriot Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The cutting itself was really fun because you can figure out where in the fabric to cut your shapes. Not to play favorites, but the scallop print in the collection was especially enjoyable to strategize over. In cutting from different parts of the scallop or from different sides and colors of the stripe you can get variety not only in color but also in shape. Some of my favorite parts are where there’s a partial scallop. It makes the appliqué look like a totally new shape! What’s also neat is how it can give the appearance of making neighboring shapes join together if that’s something you’re into. (I definitely am.)

Hunt Harriot Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

After cutting the pieces out, the layout itself was another engaging endeavor. I wanted to loosely group things by color and fabric, but I also liked the idea of playing with value (light/dark) and how that makes the shapes blend in and stand out from the background. Of course, I could totally see a project like this taking a very different layout direction with everything mixed up in different ways.

Hunt Harriot Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

In terms of the appliqué itself, the shapes are really approachable if you’re new to the appliqué game, but still fun if you’re an experienced appliquér. Using wildly different colors can keep it engaging, and the repetition of the same shape also makes it nice for refining how to work with outside curves. This particular shape is great because there’s no extra clipping, which saves you a step as you go along.

Hunt Harriot Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

After sampling the pattern, I quickly realized some acrylic templates would make the process much easier. The pattern includes a line drawing of the shape which you can transfer onto template plastic yourself, but for me, I wanted something sturdy and with some reference lines for if/when you want to line something up (like a plaid, etc).

Having the templates manufactured has been a great experience, and I hope anyone using them finds them to be helpful too!

Because there are many ways to appliqué, and because there are many things you can use the templates for, I decided to create a couple of different options. First is the 1/8″ seam allowance option, which is great for using the pattern as written. This version of the template is what I used to make the versions of Hunt that I’ve made so far.

Hunt Quilt 1/8" Seam Allowance Acrylic Template . Carolyn Friedlander

But I know there are about a million ways to appliqué, and so I wanted to offer up an option for those possibilities too. I also have a NO seam allowance option, which is great for any raw-edge, fusible and/or wool appliqué (which I think would be lovely). The NO seam allowance option is also a good one for customizing a seam allowance by way of a seam wheel. Have you used one before? They’re pretty handy. Jen Kingwell has one, and I also found this handy set while doing a bit of research. (PS if you like sewing from Japanese pattern books or any other patterns that don’t include a seam allowance, this new tool set has been a game changer for me.)

Hunt Quilt NO Seam Allowance Acrylic Template . Carolyn Friedlander

I also have been playing around with using the seam-free option for embroidery, and I have goals of using it for a quilting guide too.

And finally, it made sense to me to group these two options into a set. I know that I plan to use both, and I figured others might want to do that as well.

Hunt Quilt Template SET . Carolyn Friedlander

There we go. A new pattern, some new templates and lots of possibilities.

Hunt Harriot Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

pattern: Hunt Quilt Pattern

acrylic template(s): 1/8″ seam allowance, NO seam allowance, and Set options available

fabric(s): My Hunt Harriot Quilt is made with my Harriot fabrics (shipping in March).

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WainwrightAL #6: Finish.

WainwrightAL #6: Finish.

Somehow we’ve made our way to the end–or at least to the end for now.

Wainwright QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

I often have mixed feelings at the end of a project. There’s always a part of me that is excited to reach a milestone and to see it finished. And then there can also be the side of me that’s kind of sad to be done with something that has been enjoyable to work on. With my first Wainwright, I definitely felt this mix. I was excited when I had all of my blocks appliquéd and sewn together. I love seeing it for the first time after the basting stitches are gone and after a good press. It always looks so clean!

Wainwright QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

With Wainwright, there was also a little sad part of me, because I had enjoyed working on it so much. Each row brought new colors and different combinations of shapes and fabrics. I loved having an excuse to work on these fun little blocks. Luckily, this is the perfect excuse for more projects, and in this case I was excited to start the quilting.

Originally, I thought I would start off with some big-stitch hand quilting across the entire thing. Then I’d machine stitch on top to add even more texture. I tend to like the softness and color of big stitch, and then the texture and intensity of the machine quilting. But, after finishing the hand quilting, I loved the feel of it as it was.

Wainwright Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Plus, the color effect is pretty nice–although not easy to see in the photographs. I big stitched along all of the diagonals using different colors of thread that generally related to the colors in the blocks. I liked having a loose transition of color across the quilt with the fabrics, and doing the same with the quilting threads adds another layer to that transition.

Wainwright Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I tried out a new batting with this quilt. Quilters Dream has 4 different loft options in cotton, and this uses their heaviest (“supreme”). I’ve tried it on a few projects since this one, and I’ll admit that it’s maybe not my favorite, but in the case of this quilt, there is something nice about it after being hand quilted. It’s weighty but still soft.

Wainwright Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Now, let’s go back to my project for this QAL. Here’s where I’m at.

Wainwright QAL . Carolyn FriedlanderWhen I initially thought about my QAL project, I knew that I wanted to try something a little bit different. I wanted to push myself a little in terms of the palette. I don’t typically work with a super dark, tone-on-tone palette, and I was curious to see how something like that could work out.

Wainwright QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

In doing this, it’s been a great exploration in texture, which I’m always a fan of. Handwork is the perfect way to feel out different types of fabrics, and that’s very much the case here. I have linen, sateen, quilting cotton and poplin. While it may not photograph spectacularly, in person you can see how the light plays differently on each of the fabrics. I can’t wait to get them all appliquéd, because I think the quilting will be really fun and can highlight the differences even more.

Wainwright QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

While my initial fabric pull included blacks and a range of greys, I’m now thinking I’ll separate the darkest from the lightest into separate final projects. For awhile I thought I’d make a pair of pillow shams, but now I’m thinking that I’ll do a pillow sham with the darkest stuff, and then a wall hanging–or something larger with the lighter stuff.

Wainwright QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

While cutting out the latest few blocks, I found myself wanting to make more and more pairings of the lighter guys.

Wainwright QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

And so, I think that’s what I’ll do!

Wainwright QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

For me this QAL was a great excuse to start another handwork project (like I ever need an excuse for that, ha!), to work with a new palette that I was curious about, to give myself a little something to relax with at the end of the day, AND to work along with you while doing it. If you followed along with the Eads QAL, you will have noticed that my goals were a bit different. For Eads, I had a goal to have a quilt top finished by the end of 12 weeks–and I’m SO glad that I did. That was a wonderful goal for that project, but in this case, I didn’t feel the same goal was necessary.

Wainwright QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

Having said that, I do like having goals and re-assessing progress where necessary. And so, I think that now that I have a better idea of what I want this project to shape up to be, and since we’re at a great point of assessment, I’m marking my calendar for a month from now to check back in with you on where I’m at with this guy. Goals are good, and I don’t want this guy to get lost.

Wainwright QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

Tips:

+ Appliqué is actually really strong. I’ve appliquéd plenty of tote bags and other items that get used and abused, and I am happy to report that my appliqués have remained in place! Of course, if you’re new to the technique and feeling unsure about the strength, you can always take it into consideration when planning your quilting. Feel free to quilt over any areas that cause concern, and you’ll be good to go!

+ Maybe you took on more of a project than you wanted? This isn’t a bad thing, in fact I think it’s great to be excited about a project. There’s nothing wrong with making changes down the road if you decide that a smaller project is better. I personally love making smaller things like pillow shams and tote bags because you really use them. In my case, I think I’m going the opposite way–having initially thought pillow shams, and now thinking that maybe a little something larger could be good. Either way, do what feels best for you!

+ I talked about how I wanted to use this project to push myself a bit. Sometimes I really like a challenge, but it’s always a balance. When I teach, I sometimes see people feeling like they have to push themselves, because they feel like it needs to be hard in order to learn. It totally doesn’t! I’m definitely a fan of doing whatever works for you and whatever feels right. If you’re feeling good in your comfort zone, go for it, or if you’re feeling good about giving yourself a nudge, go for that too!

I really appreciate you following along whether in spirit or in actuality! Seeing projects popping up in my feed makes me so excited and eager to sew.

carolyn friedlander project bag

As a thank you, I want to do a giveaway. I recently made up some project bags–with a Wainwright theme–that I sold at QuiltCon. I secretly saved a few, including 1 to giveaway at the end of this QAL. The rest will go up for sale in my shop on Tuesday at 10am EST.

To enter the giveaway, share with me your thoughts on this QAL or a thought on a recent project that you’ve been excited about by leaving a comment here before Monday, March 26 at 10am EST.

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