Tag Archives: Carolyn Friedlander

Circles, Stripes and Solids

I have been working on a new design which I shared on instagram at the beginning of May. The design consists of circles that are segmented in various thirds. I was not sure on whether this would land up being a fabric design (my first one…come back on Sunday for a peak) or a quilt design.

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Then it struck me. If I made it a quilt design, I can use the reverse appliqué method that Carolyn Friedlander had shown me in one of her classes. Brilliant!! I have never tried reverse appliqué. Exciting!!

I was pulling fabric and deciding on colors, when another idea pop into my head. I knew that a  Robert Kaufman’s new Kona solids would be perfect for the stripes (most of these came from the Summer Kona Skinny Strips pre-cut I had which meant no cutting). They matched perfectly with a pull of Carolyn Friedlander prints from Architexture and Botanics.

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I started sewing up the circles last night (approx. 8.5 ” diameter). I stopped at two circles and went to bed…..but…..after twenty minutes, I could not stop thinking about them. Don’t you hate that :-). I got up and finished all six circles.Circles_Complete

They were super quick to make up, in total for all 6 circles, maybe 90 minutes. Today, I am deciding what the background fabric will be for the circles. At least for now, I am going with a mix of 4 grey prints / Kona solids.
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That’s what I am working on this week (and yes I am procrastinating the quilting of the butterfly quilt). Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

My Lotta Aerial Quilt

Melanie said it best over @ Mel in the attic with her Aerial quilt finish. This quilt represents so many great memories of one short weekend.

As mentioned in my summary of Sew Down Nashville, one of my favorite activities was Carolyn Friedlander‘s paper piecing class using her mini aerial quilt. Everyone’s quilt reflects their own personality, and it is so much fun seeing some of them being finished now.

Well good news, I managed to finish my top today.LottaAerialQuiltAll the blocks are made with various prints from Lotta Jansdotter Echo, Bella, Glimma, Mormor and Sylvia lines. The border is black yarn dyed essex linen.

I am thinking of quilting it with a crop circle-like design, like these:
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Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

 

My week of sewing…Progress being made

I am loving my new machine. Thank you all, who commented and wished me fun on my new machine – sorry I have not had a chance to reply. I have a good reason though…I have been sewing most nights…

Over the weekend, I finished all my blocks for Carolyn Friedlander’s Mini Aerial quilt. I used various prints of Lotta Jansdotter’s lines (echo, bella, glimma, mormor and sylvia). I plan to finish the top for Friday.

AerialQuilt_FinishedBlocksI am pleased with how it is turning out. I think I am going to add some Essex-dyed Linen around the edge and possibly bind it in an eggplant print or teal print from the Lotta Jansdotter lines.

Monday night, I spent the time redesigning my sampler quilt to include the right colors based on the bundle I selected and adding the sashing. I also simplified a couple of blocks.
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I then moved on to cutting and writing up the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for making the top row of this quilt. This is the fabric selection (check out this post for details), but I have decided to drop the pink and possibly use it for binding.
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Tuesday, I was sewing up the second block of the top row, it turned out fantastic. I am so looking forward teaching the blocks at Spoonflower next month.

The rest of my week, I am planning on keeping up with my great progress:

  • Wednesday – last block of first row of my sampler quilt
  • Thursday – Photograph blocks + sewing together my aerial quilt blocks and finish top
  • Friday – Start 15/30 min. daily practice sessions for FMQ ( I plan on blogging my progress over the next two weeks – 1 month…maybe in a photo a day type style via instagram with a week blog summary??).

That’s it for my week of progress and activities. Keep an eye out for Book Review Tuesday next week – it will be a FMQ special.

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).