winter stitching.


Just got a copy of the latest Stitch Magazine and…


snowflake sham in stitch magazine by carolyn friedlander


I’ve got a new project in there–my snowflake pillow! Hoorah. The design is inspired by Hawaiian quilts (a personal obsession) and folded paper snowflakes. It’s also my first applique pattern, and in honor of that I’ll be doing a tools and tips post soon.


In the meantime I’m excited to check out the rest of this issue. Based on the cover project I think it’ll be a good one.


stitch magazine winter 2012




book love: toxic traveling and other recent reads.

Lately I’ve been working on lots of new stuff, which is exciting. But unfortunately none of it is at that sharing stage yet, so I thought I’d take a quilting detour and share some of the good reads that I’ve gotten into this summer.

visit sunny chernobyl

When it comes to finding a good book there are certain topics and authors that I love, but I also like playing the luck of the new releases at the library. I’ve found some great books this way, and I just finished one of them–Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell. I can be a sucker for environmental stuff, and this one is a little different and quite special. First, it’s funny. Blackwell has an awesome writing style and great sense of humor. He travels to some completely horrific places, but describes his journeys in a way that makes me laugh–and think. His story is personal, passionate (but not at all preachy), thoughtful, and thought-provoking. He strikes an amazing balance while raising some worthwhile questions.


Two others also stood out for me this summer–Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Was she talking directly to me?) and The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay (an appropriately timed birthday read as I turned the big 2-8 this summer).


And then for pure enjoyment I should mention that I read Joan Rivers’s latest book. It was a bit of a guilty pleasure, but she lightened up my summer in a much-needed way. There’s always some value in that.


Hopefully you’ve also had some literary luck this summer. Feel free to share any of your own recent book love.




aerial eye candy.

For whatever reason I’m having a difficult time focusing today, so I thought I’d share some (slightly random) eye candy from one of my newest patterns, aerial. Enjoy!

First is an early sketch. I think this one happened on an airplane, which is where I got the inspiration–an overhead (aerial) view of a patchwork landscape. From early on I wanted each block to have its own flavor, so I decided to limit the colors in each to a small set. That way I’d get more overall variety and (hopefully) keep some of the craziness under control so you could still see the pattern. When I made the sample I found myself trying not to repeat any of my previous color combinations. It was fun, challenging, and kept me entertained.

aerial sketch carolyn friedlander

Next up is a shot of the sample before she got sandwiched and quilted. I thought her backside looked especially enticing. The added texture and directionality of the seams makes it feel somewhat sculptural, which I like. (Looks like my chambray was getting a little out of control down there in the corner. No biggie. Chambray can be discreet about that from the front.)

aerial underside carolyn friedlander

And last are some stamp shots. While I haven’t been able to fiddle around with too many other aerial quilt samples, I have had some fun with the stamp. Bring on the visual texture.

aerial envelope red carolyn friedlander

aerial envelope carolyn friedlander

aerial envelope purple red carolyn friedlander

Red on purple. Oh yeah.