WainwrightAL #5: Your Projects.

WainwrightAL #5: Your Projects.

Sometimes it’s good to take a step back from your own project and change the scenery! This is why I thought it’d be fun to see what others are working on. You guys are rocking this!


@andrea_nham with a really nice blue, green, grey and yellow thing happening. Bonus points for having a matching pouch!


@ayragon has loads of big blocks underway. There’s something nice about being able to see more of the prints at play in the larger format.


Speaking of prints…@bekimmerly is making good use of some fun prints. I like how she’s positioned the trees so nicely inside the shapes. Way to work the prints!


@blueskycrafter just made it to a layout stage, and I know she must be satisfied to see everything all together. Even though it’s not my project, I’m feeling super satisfied for her–it’s looking great!


@brakmack1997 is really working the 2-color combo. I love how visually enticing it is to use just 2 fabrics. It’s such a fun play with the shapes.


@court9702 is using lots of dots and stripes. It’s wonderful! I love how something like this can be completely timeless.


Using all solids results in a totally different look. @nies_co_creations is using just the right mix of blues, it’s lovely to look at.

As for me, I’ll give you a good flashback to my first version.

Carolyn Friedlander . Wainwright Quilt

I stared at this thing SO much. Not only while cutting out each block, but also after each appliquéd row, I’d stand back and assess how it was looking. I might move one block here, another one there…maybe I’d swap out an appliqué or background each time… I love this way of working. You can see some of my extra pieces toward the bottom. I kept plenty of options open.


+ Taking a step back can be great. It allows you some space to think of other things, which often brings a freshness back to your project.

+ Swap out your needle! It’s pretty amazing how you start to wear them down. Now that you’ve been sewing along, I’m sure you’re starting to pick up on the subtleties of everything you’re working with. Freshen that needle, and you’ll be amazed how much it will freshen your stitches.

+ You all gave me some watching recs, and here’s one that I’ve recently enjoyed. If you like houses in amazing locations, I just watched The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes on Netflix. Each episode is grouped by location–mountain, coast, etc, and they span locations all over the world. I like how beautiful the homes and locations are, as well as how they talk about building challenges, design advantages, and other stuff. Plus, one of the hosts is an architect and he does some pretty fun sketches on site to highlight aspects of the projects. It’s definitely a beautiful watch!

If you’re just now joining in and looking for a copy of the pattern, here’s a link to the digital version in my shop.

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4 Responses to WainwrightAL #5: Your Projects.

  1. Andrea March 18, 2018 at 9:41 am #

    Hi Carolyn, thank you for choosing my picture and for putting our work center stage. This is my first sew-along, and it is so much fun seeing what everyone else does and how different the pattern looks like depending on fabric choices. I learned so much already! Thank you, too, for all your likes and comments on IG. This is so encouraging and really keeps me going. Have a nice sunday!

    • carolyn friedlander March 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

      You’re so welcome, Andrea! I’m so glad you’ve been following along!

  2. Linda (@bordeauxbound) March 26, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

    Lovely hand stitching!! What’s your next planned QAL? 🙂

    • carolyn friedlander March 27, 2018 at 8:59 am #

      Thanks for following, Linda! You’ll just have to see. 😉

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