On Saturday, the OrlandoMQG hosted a paper piecing workshop with the talented Carolyn Friedlander. Disclaimer: most of the photos in this post are from my Instagram ;-)
|Carolyn showing her Olive quilt|
We were lucky to see Carolyn's quilts in person, including a few made with her new Architextures fabric line due out soon.
|Pattern for workshop|
I am a beginner paper piecer at best, so I was a little nervous about keeping up at the workshop. I needn't have worried. Carolyn is a very patient teacher, and her explanations and pattern directions are easy to understand.
|Quilting with my walking foot|
During the class, we paper pieced trees from her Olive pattern. I wish I had taken pictures of all the different blocks made by our members. There was such a wonderful variety. I completely assembled one tree block, finished a second tree, and made progress on a third during the Sew Day workshop.
With all the other projects I have going on right now, I knew it would be a while before I finished all four Olive tree blocks and assembled them into a quilt. I didn't like the idea of shoving this project in a corner as I usually do until I have "free time". With that in mind, I took the first block made and finished it as a mini quilt. I had seen something similar during Carolyn's trunk show.
|Quilting lines on the back|
The tree fabric is a Moda woven; the background is Kate Spain Fandango gifted to me. I used an orangey shot cotton for the borders along with a scrap piece of linen. The quilting lines can best be seen on the back which is a Riley Blake fat quarter. I used a yellowish thread (can't remember name) from Connecting Threads. Binding still needs to be done, but it finishes at 12"x15".
|Shirts pattern by Carolyn Friedlander|
I was feeling so confident in my newly acquired paper piecing skills that I purchased Carolyn's new Shirts pattern!
Thanks Carolyn for sharing your time and talent with us!!!