In my podcast with Susanne Woods, I mentioned that Carolyn Friedlander‘s Savor Each Stitch book has been on my nightstand for several months. I am in love with Carolyn’s fabric designs and her patterns.
After taking her Tangelo class, I learned firsthand how she can make seemingly complicated sewing techniques easy (such as paper piecing in Tangelo). As soon as I saw Carolyn’s Aerial Grove pattern, I fell in love. Using needle-turn applique to make “squircles”, the Aerial Grove pattern seemed like a great way for me to try needle-turn again.
I have tried needle-turn applique before. My husband and I got married and honeymooned in Maui. During our “weddingmoon”, I was able to take a needle-turn applique class and learn more about traditional Hawaiian quilting. I enjoyed the class but the pillow remains in my “works in progress” pile. It was a bit fiddly to me. Since I was vacationing, I was also short on supplies and had not revisited the project. When I read through Carolyn’s technique, I thought it might solve some of the facets of needle-turn applique I didn’t like. Turns out I was right!
Here is a close up of one of the corners: (Note the black mark on the red squircle. My daughter decided to draw on my mini quilt with a Sharpie pen. After a consultation with my dearest Instagram followers, I have decided to leave the drawings… for now…)
After appliquing my squircles, I then pieced together the panels with other Carolyn Friedlander prints. Ever since my Christmas Tree Mini Quilt, I have been hand quilting all.the.things so here was another opportunity to hand quilt.
Here is a close up of the back of the quilt:
I am still working on getting the front and the back to match but I am happy to keep exploring hand quilting.
It would be fabulous to have an entire quilt made of “squircles”! Another great quilt to add to my “to make” list!
Pattern: Aerial Grove by Carolyn Friedlander
Fabrics: Carolyn Friedlander and Kona Solids
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 weight
Batting: Warm and Natural
Hand Quilting Thread: DMC Embroidery Thread