Doe – tracking quilt

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I had fun finishing this little quilt. The top came together pretty quickly, since I was just trying to see what I could make out of that mini Carolyn Friendlander Doe charm pack, but then I debated for a while on how to finish it. I went back and forth about whether or not I should hand quilt it. Pros – it’s relatively small, so it wouldn’t be crazy to consider hand quilting… but there’s always that con – that I’m not totally convinced that my handsewing would hold a quilt together for the long run!

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After staring at it for a few days, I decided that a mix of the two might be perfect. I started with machine quilted straight lines – alternating straight lines that were about an inch apart with one a quarter of an inch apart. It was first just a way to mix up the straight line quilting, but in the end turned out to be the perfect channel to keep my handquilting somewhat straight!

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I matched some perle cottons with the solid color of each vertical band and spent a few evenings doing some hand quilting. It was more fun than I expected, and adds some great texture and color to the quilt!

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On the back I used more of the Essex yarn dyed in black with a fun little strip of those improv triangles out of the solids used on the front.

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The binding is a crosshatch in black, which was meant to blend in with the background fabric.

I’m glad I took the time to finish this one in a slightly different manner than usual. It was fun to try out some hand quilting again! While I don’t think I’d want to hand quilt a large quilt, I do think it would be fun to add some handquilting to other machine quilted quilts.

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P.S. I listed a few quilts for sale over the weekend. I typically only sell quilts once a year, so if you are looking to buy one, now’s your chance! They’re all listed here on Instagram, and I’ve already removed those that have sold, so those that are still pictured are available. An IG account is not necessary – feel free to email me at ashley at filminthefridge.com with any questions!

 

You can find my initial post about this quilt here.

Carolyn Friendlander's Doe line is starting to pop up in shops now, so be sure to check out my sponsors in the sidebar on the right if you're looking to add some of this great line to your stash!

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13 Responses to Doe – tracking quilt

  1. 1
    betsy benton says:

    You know that little gem has a home if it needs one!!

  2. 2
    Diana says:

    Looks like you really had fun making this one! Looks awesome!

  3. 3

    I love the mix of hand quilting and machine quilting. What a nice touch!

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    Jenny G. says:

    I really love the quilting on this- kind of quiet, but with great interest with the hand quilting. I may have to give it a try on a quilt I have been trying to figure out how to quilt for 2 years now. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. 5

    I love the colors, simplicity and the design! Great piece–I love it.

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    Tammy says:

    The hand quilting looks awesome mixed with the machine quilting (great tip, by the way!!)

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    Margaret says:

    the hand quilting has worked so well with the machine, a great quilt

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    Deb Cox says:

    I do enjoy your blog very much and your work is inspirational. I have just looked at your quilts for sale on instagram and they are absolutely lovely. Good luck with the sale and thank you for sharing your wonderful talent (-: It is well enjoyed.

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    Lauren says:

    This quilt looks awesome!!! I have always wondered how a quilt completely hand quilted with perle cotton would hold up over the long run. I really want to try but I am scared also! Love how you combined both!

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    Lea says:

    Wow! This quilt is absolutely gorgeous!

  11. 11

    I love it!! the doe fabric is perfect and so versatile!! Nice job.

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    liz says:

    This quilt is amazing. I can’t wait for this line to be released!

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    Bron says:

    Hi Ashley, I know it’s been said by hundreds of other women but I love your quilts and you are always so inspiring! Please can you explain how you made the improv triangles? Thanks so much!

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