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Scrappy Collection and Liberty Aerial Grove Quilts.

Something about the New Year has had a positive influence on getting some WIPs back into rotation. My Scrappy Collection and Liberty Aerial Grove quilts are two of my favorites. Both of these are totally personal projects, meaning they have no deadline and no intended purpose other than for my own pure enjoyment.

Scrappy Collection Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

First up is my scrappy collection quilt that I started shortly after this most recent Spring Market in May 2015. (See blog posts here and here.) As predicted in the last post, it had to go into hibernation while I worked on the carkai and fall pattern release. But as soon as all of that and some end-of-year madness was over, my scrappy collection quilt was one of the very first personal projects that I pulled back out. In fact, this is what my New Year’s Day in the studio looked like.

scrappy collection quilt borders. carolyn friedlander

It was a fun day of pull-everything-out-and-throw-it-on-the-floor to decide what to use for borders and what to use for backing. I decided to add enough borders to make it bed sized. To do that, I used more printed fabric from my stash as well as a print from carkai to surround the assembled blocks.

As for the back, I initially hoped my new Widescreen fabrics would be in. The light blue seemed like it’d be perfect for the back. But alas, they weren’t and I didn’t want to wait. With personal projects, it is best to strike when the iron is hot, because you never know what will be needing your attention later. What I ended up with felt pretty exciting. I scrapped it up with some carkai, some doe and a big piece of Kona highlight.

Scrappy Collection Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

While making my first Collection quilt, I initially felt the urge to hand quilt it…entirely. Unfortunately timing didn’t allow for that, so it became a hybrid of hand and machine quilting, which I was happy with in the end. With this one, I’ve always figured that I’d hand quilt it, but now that I’ve started, I can’t stop thinking about throwing in some machine work too. We’ll see. I’m open to basing all decisions on what feels right as I go.

Scrappy Collection Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Scrappy Collection Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Next up is my Liberty Aerial Grove. Also a favorite, and also one that’s been sitting on the shelf. (See previous updates here, here, here and here.)

Liberty Aerial Grove quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

This one was started over a year ago. It’s one of the projects in Savor Each Stitch, and something I teach fairly often. In fact, I totally got the idea for this version after one of my students brought Liberty to work on in class. I LOVED the idea, because it seemed like an amazing way to use these beautiful fabrics. Liberty can be an indulgence to partake of at the fabric store, which is why a project that uses small amounts of it can be smart and economical. Plus, the many beautiful small-scale prints work so well in a project like this. Depending on what you decide to do with the background or layout, you will show them right off.

Liberty Aerial Grove quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

My backgrounds are a textured mix of chambrays, Essex linen, railroad denims and my printed quilting cottons (architextures, doe). I like how the rich blues set off the pretty prints.

Liberty Aerial Grove quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Originally, I was just going to do as many rows as the project in the book has, but after collecting bits I ended up with enough to make a couple of extra rows. There are 6 rows photographed here, but I just finished appliquéing a 7th. While I wouldn’t be upset about cutting out fabrics for an 8th row, I think it’s time to call this guy done and move on to the borders to finish up the top.

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Scrappy Collection Quilt: blocks are complete and attached.

the collection quilt_scrappy_4_carolyn friedlander

As promised, I’ll continually be checking in and sharing the progress of my second Collection quilt. Based on the pic I posted on IG when I first cut it out, I know that it was something like 8 weeks ago when I started. (Where’s the time going?) Since then, I’ve really only worked on it a handful of times. I think I spent 3 sessions cutting it out, with nightly appliquéing happening when possible between and after those sessions. Then this past weekend, I sewed all of the blocks together as a break from mopping the floors (it was on the floor, so it made sense to finish sewing it together before moving on with my cleaning…right?).

It truly is a back-burner project, as I’ve had to prioritize other (work-related) things as needed and to fill in stints of working on it here and there. Since it’s totally a personal project with no deadlines or requirements, I’m able to lavish in the process and let it simmer while I ponder the various decisions along the way, which is really nice. Of course, my schedule these last few weeks has afforded me a little more time than usual to spend working on it (and other personal sewing projects), but that is all changing as my fall projects/releases are taking up more of my time and attention, which is also super fun. It’s always exciting to be working on new stuff.

scrappy collection quilt_4_carolyn friedlander

Did anyone else catch this post over at Grainline? It totally struck a chord with me, as I often think about the importance of sewing for fun–and then yes, the blogging/posting which is a daunting/thought-invoking task too. Sewing and designing for work is a total dream that I am completely grateful for, but I also place a high value on making sure that I’m not getting stuck in the grind of it all so that I can stay in touch with the making that drew me to it in the first place. This Collection quilt and all of the other non-work-related projects that I’ve worked on the last couple of months have kept my creative spirit alive, and as a result, I’ve been really excited about new ideas/designs/work for the business side of my life. Stay tuned…

But back to this quilt, I’ve got the blocks finished and sewn together. My thought now is whether or not to add borders. Actually, I’ve pretty well decided to add borders, it’s just a matter of what size do I want the quilt to be (put on my bed or use as a throw?) and what fabric to use…

the collection quilt_scrappy_2_carolyn friedlander

Some hand quilting is in my future with this guy as well, so I’d like to get it basted sooner rather than later so that the task of basting doesn’t become a deterrent for working on it when my possible moments to work on it get fewer and fewer.

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A new Collection quilt.

scrappy collection quilt_carolyn friedlander

Spoiler Alert: I’ve been on a making binge lately.

In all ways and with all things.

Does that ever happen to you?

A few weeks ago, I looked in to my closet and felt completely sick of everything in there…a feeling that instantly filled me with the desire and urge to make a ton of new clothes. Totally reasonable, right?

Eh, maybe not, but sometimes I think it is important to cave in to some urges–within reason, of course. The clothing thing was partly fueled by the stack of fabrics I’d accumulated over the last several months that had been giving me the stare-down, coupled with my wanting to try out some new patterns. Little by little, I’ve been able to tackle quite a few of them over the last few weeks. (More to come on those soon…)

It’s not as if garments have been my only weakness. Like I mentioned, my desire to make has been spilling over in to all genres. I’ve had quilts on my mind, and at the top of that list is a new Collection quilt made with any and everything from my stash. All along, I’d imagined another version that would be a celebration of scrappy, as well as reaffirming that having a stash can be justified. The picture above is a snippet of that.

As of this past weekend, I now have everything cut out and over half of the appliqué complete. It’s one of those projects where I could easily work on it all day and everyday until the binding is attached, but sadly, life, work and other things get in the way. Like the version of Collection that’s on the pattern cover, it’s one of those projects where I’m having so much fun at each step, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. The added fun for this one is that it’s totally for me, so I don’t have to worry about keeping any of it secret. So, stay tuned to watch it grow.


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