Best of 2015 + a giveway

It seems like every year goes by in a flash, and 2015 was no exception. While wondering where it all went, I took a look back through my archives to find the best of 2015–an excellent exercise and something I encourage you to do as well, if you haven’t already. There is so much that I forgot happened this year! And although it went by quickly, it still seems strange how much of it seems so far away.

quilt austin house . carolyn friedlander mammoth flannel archer . carolyn friedlander adventures at LACMA adventures at LACMA carolyn friedlander in UPPERCASE carolyn friedlander studio brooklyn tweed boardwalk . carolyn friedlander gingham wiksten tova . carolyn friedlander in the studio for Austin Fox 5 Austin houses class at QuiltCon 2015 . carolyn friedlander carolyn friedlander for patchwork threads linden sweatshirts . carolyn friedlander austin houses quilt pattern . carolyn friedlander outhouse quilt pattern PDF . carolyn friedlander austin house for nichole spring 2015 quilt market . carolyn friedlander handwork is fun . carolyn friedlander spoonflower alder shirt . carolyn friedlander doe coasters . carolyn friedlander the collection quilt . carolyn friedlander a scrappy collection quilt . carolyn friedlander carolyn friedlander in You Inspire Me To Quilt book Doe Wide scout tee . carolyn friedlander Lotta big stitch coasters . carolyn friedlander chambray shorts . carolyn friedlander Handmade Style makeup bag . carolyn friedlander mercer tunics . carolyn friedlander austin houses class at Superbuzzy . carolyn friedlander scrappy poolside tote . carolyn friedlander linen and lawn poolside tote . carolyn friedlander Slow Stitching Retreat in Maine . carolyn friedlander boro . carolyn friedlander ebb quilt pattern . carolyn friedlander everglade quilt pattern . carolyn friedlander envelopes quilt pattern . carolyn friedlander satellite 5 . lynn harris envelopes for elisabeth . carolyn friedlander envelopes signature quilt . carolyn friedlander carkai alturas quilt . carolyn friedlander carkai fabric . carolyn friedlander fall 2015 quilt market . carolyn friedlander scout tee and moji pants . carolyn friedlander everglade pincushions . carolyn friedlander carkai stationery . carolyn friedlander carkai and city cargo duffle . carolyn friedlander carkai crossbody . carolyn friedlander carkai maker tote . carolyn friedlander carkai kiomi top . carolyn friedlander lotta pants . carolyn friedlander carkai fabric . carolyn friedlander

You’ll probably notice a few things that I haven’t shared yet. Keeping up with the sharing may not have been a strength for me in 2015, but I’m hopeful to improve on that in 2016. So stay tuned! I have plenty of stuff to share starting in January.

Otherwise, I really appreciate all of your support this year and want to thank you by doing a giveaway with my 2015 highlights – Austin Houses, The Collection Quilt, Carkai, Envelopes, Ebb and Everglade. To enter, leave a comment below with either enthusiasm for a highlight for you this year and/or something you’re looking forward to in the year ahead. I’ll be picking 6 winners on January 4 at 11am EST. Giveaway now closed. Thank you to all who participated–it was such a pleasure reading your comments!

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260 Responses to Best of 2015 + a giveway

  1. Britt-Inger December 31, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    I am looking forward to improve my free motion quilting to a higher level

  2. Sarah December 31, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    I am pretty excited about making more quilts in 2016! I love seeing where the year takes me as it goes along. I am thinking I need to do some looking back to 2015 too. I barely remember what I have done this year.

  3. Megan Coarse December 31, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    I’m so excited for 2016. Mostly for the arrival of our youngest son due in 5 days!

  4. Katy(LethargicLass) December 31, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    A highlight of my year was getting together with 13 other women, all of whom I met online, for a week long sewing retreat at a beach house in Virginia Beach… it was an amazing experience!

  5. Nicole December 31, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    Looking ahead to 2016, I’m planning on polishing some techniques and learning new ones- like with the Collection Quilt. I would love to make that to hang on my wall. I love your work so much- it’s unlike anyone else’s! Highlights for this past year include joining a quilt guild my bestie started, doing my first two craft shows, and getting a brand new machine that I cannot wait to quilt all the quilts with next year.

  6. Gina December 31, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    Looking forward to 2016,

  7. Emily December 31, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    I can’t wait to make the Envelope quilt for my grandmother because we love to write letters to each other! I hope to embroider our handwriting. She always signs her letters with stick figures!

  8. Joan Bowden December 31, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    Looking forward to my second grandchild in March, a sister for Shepherd!
    Lots of sewing and quilting for them on my horizon – oh what fun!

  9. Margaret December 31, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    I’d say my biggest highlight was finishing my first full-sized quilt…. in fact by the year end I’d managed to sew, quilt and bind three quilts! The one that was most satisfying was one I started about 15 years ago when I was in grade 7 or 8; talk about a long work in progress. In 2016 I’m looking forward to finally learning how to do some applique.

  10. Carrie Schnittger December 31, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    I’m looking forward to more slow stitching and learning to make jeans in 2016!

  11. Katie December 31, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    2015 was full of sewing retreats, so I’m hopeful 2016 holds more of the same!

  12. Melissa Irvin December 31, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    Looking ahead to 2016, I would like to actually FINISH at least one of the “bigger than a mini” quilts that I have made tops for! I have been so intimidated by the finishing process – and I think the limited space in which I have to work definitely impacts my mental capacity to make it happen. I would also like to finish my Betsy Travel Bag! 2015 was a year of sewing growth for me – I learned how to do zippers and piping and made several different types of zipper pouches; I learned needle turned applique so that I could gift a mini as part of a swap (Aerial Grove FTW!); and I challenged myself with more complex paper piecing and loved the results. Happy New Year, Carolyn! Can’t wait to see what this year holds for you, too. Thank you for sharing your many talents with all of us!

  13. Office B Design December 31, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    can’t wait to get my hands on Carkai!

  14. Debby Schindall December 31, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    I have been a member of the South Florida Modern Quilt Guild, since it’s beginning. 2015 was a banner year for the group, we formalized the guild, elected officers and became official members of the MQG. I can’t wait for 2016 and all of the awesome stuff that is planned for our guild. Carolyn, we would love to have you visit us.

  15. Marci Debetaz December 31, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    I had two huge highlights this past year, Quiltcon and having a baby girl! Hopefully this next year will be equally exciting. Fantastic giveaway!

  16. Julie December 31, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    welcoming 2016 with our son marrying a wonderful gal, a trip to Ireland for my husband and myself and of course lots and lots of happy time in my sewing room!

  17. sammaek December 31, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    My highlight for this year was learning to sew! I got my machine in February and it’s amazing how much I’ve accomplished since then! For 2016, I’m going to improve my bag-making skills, learn to garment-sew and work on my new-found love of applique!

  18. Leanne December 31, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    I am looking back at a great but challenging year and I am enthusiastic about focusing my quilting this year on exploring new designs and stretching my creative limits. I love your fabrics and patterns. All the best to you for the new year!

  19. Anneliese December 31, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    This is dorky, but I’m excited that I get to spend more time with my husband in 2016. I changed jobs at the end of this year, so now I don’t have an hour commute each way to work and I get weekends off. We’ve never, even when we were dating, had weekends together. It’s exciting, except when I turn around and he and the cats are all crowded in my sewing room expecting me to entertain them! I’m looking forward to our (mis)adventures in 2016.

  20. rach December 31, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    I’m so excited to try one of your patterns! I love your designs..I drool over them regularly..

  21. Kate December 31, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    I reaaaally got into sewing this year, more than ever before. In 2016 I want to finish at least one quilt that I get to keep! Probably with Carkai, because I love it.

  22. Gail December 31, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    What I’m looking forward to in 2016 is having you present a program and workshop for our guild in April! (And then Jacquie Gering is coming in August)

  23. Jenna Beegle December 31, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    My highlight this year has been getting through, happier and mentally healthier. The things I look forward to this coming year are finishing my La Passaglia, starting my Collection quilt and getting a new job!

  24. Amy Southerland December 31, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    The first highlight was a promotion to an interesting and challenging job. The second was 3 trips for quilting. It was fun to take classes from some of my favorite designers, like you, and to meet so many new people-lots of new skills and inspiration. The goal for 2016 is to take more time from a busy schedule to sew more.

  25. mlwilkie December 31, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    I am so happy to see my Phased Circle quilt hang at Quiltcon and amazed to have published in LPQ and Quilt now….I am looking forward to more finishes in 2016 and playing with fabric. I loved your highlights above, you are an inspiration, Carolyn. Happy New year.

  26. Amy Verne December 31, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    I need to balance my 12, count’em, 12 finished quilt tops (including one from Savor) and starting new projects. TIME is the issue. And I will continue my quest to own and then use a piece of every CF fabric ever manufactured. That is just pure fun. Raverne at Comcast dot net.

  27. Pia Marie Paulone December 31, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    2015 brought about a big much needed move to be nearer the mountains, and now that I’m here I feel alive again! I’m looking forward to making more quilt tops and honing my piecing skills. I’m also hoping to learn both paper piecing and EPP this year.

  28. Lisa Hunerlach December 31, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    I’ve been inspired all year by the use of color and scenery in your quilt designs, particularly Catenary and the Outhouse themes. Throughout 2015 I’ve learned new quilting skills, always with the idea that I could eventually acquire the confidence to sew Catenary. Maybe 2016 is my year!

  29. darci December 31, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    I’m looking forward to two trips this year. I’m going to Glamp stitchalot in June, my first retreat of this kind! And, for spring break, I’m taking a girls trip with my 2 daughters. I hope the trip turns out well, tweens are delicate creatures.

  30. Julie V December 31, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    I’m excited about the collection quilt that I just started (and plan on completing in 2016). And the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club… Looking forward to learning new skills from amazing teachers. Happy New Year!

  31. LimeLiver December 31, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    2015 was the year of quilt shows for me & my Quilt Sisterhood! We attended QuiltCon, AQS -Paducah, KC Regional Quilt Festival, AQS-DesMoines, & IQF-Houston! The talent & creativity of the community of Quilter’s is inspiring. Looking forward to finishing up some works in progress & growing in my personal quilting skills.

  32. Gayle Fahrion December 31, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    I am excited about adding Carkai to my collection of your fabrics. I love the addition of a few saturated colors. I also love the Austin Houses and will have to make some to hang on my office wall. Can’t wait to see what you do in 2016! Thanks.

  33. Karen Weaver (@KLazzaroWeaver) December 31, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    Highlights of my year – QuiltCon & GlampStitchalot – sewing and creating and meeting other people as crazy about creating as I am. Looking forward to creating some out of my comfort zone projects in 2016

  34. Holly Hughes December 31, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    Having my quilt accepted for Quiltcon 2015 was a personal highlight–seeing it hanging at the show in Austin was surreal! The year I’m looking forward to learning how to piece bias curves for a quilt I’ve been planning for over a year (with any luck it will show at quiltcon 2017!).

  35. Susan Lock December 31, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    I have a couple of highlights for this year I got to go to Quiltcon in February and I have a new puppy which has severely reduced my sewing time! I’m looking forward to Quiltcon again and I’m going to meet you in class! Yea!!

  36. Diana December 31, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    2015 was wonderful, but I’m looking forward to 2016 I plan to learn more, try new things and let my quilts be a greater expression of me.

  37. Angelina @ Quilting After Dark December 31, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    Looking forward to (self)publishing my first three patterns in 2016! Your eye and design aesthetic is a real gift to this community–thank you, and have a happy 2016!

  38. TanyaJS December 31, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    I am looking forward to making more time for seeing and perhaps making/finishing my first quilt!

  39. Delyse December 31, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    I love the Collection quilt! Can’t wait to do more quilting in 2016! I am planning a sewing machine cover, and also want to try and make a pieced pillow from deerskin that my hunter friend gave me.

  40. DianeY December 31, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    A highlight for me was taking what I considered a dreadful task, making T-shirt quilts for 2 granddaughters, and turning it into a fun project. And then seeing their looks of absolute delight! Truly turned lemons into lemonade!

  41. M December 31, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    I’m looking forward to graduating next year (hopefully ;))

  42. brigitdermott December 31, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Hi Carolyn! I am really excited about 2016. I have a design for a new quilt that I am really excited to start on. I just bought Anna Graham’s Handmade Style, and I am looking forward to making some of the projects (which would all work so well with your fabrics). I got a new Juki sewing machine for Christmas (yay!) so I am looking forward to some happy sewing and growing my Etsy business. You are an inspiration–I can’t believe how much you accomplished in 2015!
    Brigit

  43. Mary Claire December 31, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    Happy New Year to you Carolyn! I loved getting together with my quilty friends for a weekend retreat – definitely a highlight! I didn’t sew as much in 15, so I’m looking forward to starting some big quilt projects for 2016…first up is a Pickle Dish Christmas quilt!

  44. annabelle December 31, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    I just moved my sewing things to a new corner of the house so I’m looking forward to seeing how that works for me. I’m also looking forward to taking a few online classes for quilting,art and knitting . 2016 will be a year for growing new skills, taking the slower path, and breathing in the little things.

  45. Sue Kaiser December 31, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    I am looking forward to 2016, My goals are many but I want to be content with what I have while improving my quilting.

  46. Holly H December 31, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    I’m looking forward to making clothing in 2016. I’ve just started to get my feet wet in that area, and I can’t wait to play more.

  47. Ann December 31, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    This year I got more involved with my local guild, which is such a treat. Next year I’m hoping to hone in more on small projects, which I find myself gravitating towards, so I can develop my skills more.

  48. Annette Wong December 31, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Beginner quilter here and I’m super stoked to pump out some awesome projects, both big and small. I started dabbling in making mini pouches in 2015 but I want to get up into making more advanced items in 2016.

  49. Lisa December 31, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    Looking forward to Lucky Spool! And it’s right around the corner.

  50. Laura December 31, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    I am looking forward to getting back to basics in 2016…fresh food, yoga, conscious consumption and rediscovering slow sewing. Happy new year!

  51. Heather December 31, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    I am looking forward to making more in 2016 including completing the Park Quilt I started at Slow Stitching. I can’t wait to make the envelopes quilt for my husband for our 15th anniversary in October!

  52. Molly Isenbarger December 31, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    I am very excited and eager to do more teaching in 2016. There is nothing like a group of students learning to make something beautiful with their hands.

  53. Michelle Mullinax December 31, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    My highlight of the year was attending Quiltcon for the first time!!! What an amazing experience!!! I met so many wonderful friends and learned so many new skills. I’m already looking forward to Quiltcon in Savannah!

  54. Cristi December 31, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    I’m looking forward to a great deal of fun, selfish sewing and sharing the fruits of that labor with others in 2016

  55. Tricialyn Apolinar December 31, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    One of my highlights was finally learning how to make cushion covers. For 2016, I’m really looking forward to QuiltCon and actually making some quilts. My todo list is as long as my arm!

  56. Dianne December 31, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    I’ve been quilting for 5 years and 2015 was an “a-haaaa year” or “turning point year” for me. It’s the year I’ve finally figured out my style. Can’t wait to continue to refine my style and hopefully enter my first quilt into Quilt Con. I love your fabric and style. You are of GREAT inspiration. Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings for you too.
    Take Care and Happy New Year!!!!!
    Dianne

  57. Shirlene Davis December 31, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    I’m excited to continue to finish WIPs I have. I’ve joined a couple of swaps and excited to use the resources I have accumulated for smaller projects and enjoy the process and share with others with a passion for handmade items. Look forward to diving in handwork this year, on the docket is Collection, La Passicaglia, and a couple of embroidery samplers. Happy 2016.

  58. Jenny V. December 31, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    The highlight of 2015 for me was getting a sewing machine and taking the plunge in learning how to make quilts, clothes, and bags I can be proud of.

  59. clothalbatross December 31, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    All of your projects and fabrics are so inspiring. I love it when you and Anna Graham combine your magics – all of her bag patterns that you make turn out stunning. The Poolside Tote in muted fabrics is a work of art. And the Cargo Duffle <3

    I hope in 2016 that I can incorporate my creativity into my everyday life. I use sewing as an escape and I want to be able to enjoy my everyday life as much as my sewing.

  60. Audrey December 31, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    More quilting for the new year.
    I love your abstraction of angles and your fun photos. Your work is inspiring to me.
    I started quilting in the last few years but have always sewn. I like that you show such variety in your projects.
    Happy new year!!!

  61. Helen Carr December 31, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    2015 is the year I stepped back from being an architect and became a mum, I don’t seem to have found the time to do anything else! 2016 is the year I’m determined to make my first quilt. I love your fabric, it reminds me of those all-nighters at university doing pen and ink drawings.

  62. Jen U. December 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    I’m graduating from pillows and going to try my hand at finishing a throw-sized quilting 2016. Wish me luck!

  63. Lynn P December 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Highlight-attending a class you taught St Janie Lou’s in St. Louis
    Love your St. Louis inspired patterns and your fabric
    I’m also enjoying the ‘slow sewing’ hand appliqué

  64. Susan Sawatzky December 31, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Carolyn, I am in process of finished up you pattern of “olive” quilt and am really pleased with how it is looking. This one was a practice because I’m not a paper piecer and save one error where a branch is bigger than it should be, it is looking so good I’m going to make it into a table runner and keep it!

    thanks for a great pattern with good instructions.

  65. nellie December 31, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    What an inspiring post! I’m looking ahead to taking stock and slowing down. In 2015, I finished my first hand appliqued quilt project (also a pattern from Savor Each Stitch) and I realized how much I enjoyed the process. I never thought the flow and mindfulness of making each stitch by hand would bring me so much joy! I hope to do much more of that in my sewing and life in general in 2016. Thank you for always being an inspiration, Carolyn!

  66. Tami Kendra December 31, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    2015 was full on inspiration for me after joining a modern quilt guild! My focus and hope for 2016 is to use that inspiration to work on some amazing projects.

  67. Sequana December 31, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    I’m SO looking forward to making an Envelopes quilt. There are all kinds of ways to personalize it. I might even have to make two. 🙂

  68. Erin December 31, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    Happy New Year, Carolyn! My highlights were finishing your Facing East quilt for my sister (first time paper piecing, hooray!), and a version of Arcs for my Mom. Another highlight was learning how to use a longarm quilting machine, which changed my game completely! This year I really pushed myself with my quilting, and I have a long list of things I’d like to accomplish next year including finishing my Collection Quilt. I’m getting married in 2016 so I’m stitching lots of wishes into it! Love your fabric, love your patterns, and so so inspired by your work. Can’t wait to see what this year brings!

  69. diylifeimprovementblog December 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    I’m looking to use the sewing machine a whole lot more in 2016! I dabbled a bit this year, was very busy with my day job, but I’d like to get back to sewing which not only relaxes me, but brings in a small side income, as well. Love your blog, it’s inspiring!

  70. Lindsey V December 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    2016 appears to be a great year for creativity for me! My career has recently slowed down to a normal pace due to a job change, which leaves me more time for my sewing. I already have several projects lined up, which I wouldn’t normally have had time for. And that is so exciting!

  71. Liz December 31, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    In 2015, I finished my first quilt tops and started blogging about my craft work. In 2016, I’m looking forward to more finishes, to more ideas, and to adding some Carkai to my stash 🙂

  72. blanketstitchesblog December 31, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    I adore your Collections Quilt. With some luck and organization, I’ll make it this year!

  73. Christy December 31, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    I’m excited that I finally tackled hand seeing this year, partly thanks to you! My goal for 2016 is to better balance making things for myself and others–I have far too few things for ME from 2015!

  74. Josi December 31, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    I am excited to attend my first QuiltCon, and to push ahead with my own designs and ideas, letting go of some WIPs and being ok with it!

  75. jeifner December 31, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    This year has been a bit of a crazy aberration of a year. I’m looking forwards to a more normal year in which creativity and work abounds. With room for surprises 🙂

  76. ktreu December 31, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    I’m really excited for 2016! I’m committing to making 5 quilts (a big deal for me), and I’m starting with taking a triangle quilt class at StitchLab here in Austin!!

  77. Ida December 31, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Il 2015 ha segnato un cambiamento radicale nella mia passione per il Patchwork! Sono divenuta membro a tutti gli effetti del MQG Internazionale, ho partecipato per la prima volta ad una Challenge a novembre, ho eseguito per la prima volta un quilt ideato da me ed ho eseguito per la prima volta il quilting con la mia Bernina 550… Devo dire che se anche non è stato ammesso sono soddisfatta di quello che sono riuscita a creare…mi sono messa alla prova in tutti i sensi. Per il nuovo anno ho molti progetti “Modern” ho iniziato ad usare i tessuti delle tue collezioni che trovo fantastici, semplici e sobri che si adattano ovunque si vogliono inserire!

  78. Nancy December 31, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    Looking forward to sewing with my new Carkai precuts!

  79. Dena Emeneau December 31, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    A highlight for me for 2015 was leading a paper piecing workshop for my quilt guild. It is a method I have been doing for years, long before I knew what it was even called, and I was a tad nervous. It worked out well in the end and I was so glad I encouraged to leave my comfort zone and put on the workshop. I love your fabrics and patterns, great job!!! And THANK YOU.

  80. Kat Scott December 31, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    I am excited about getting my sewing space back for 2016! (basement remodel due to flood!) Also playing with your new Carkai line…. this one is really amazing!

  81. Maryann McEvoy December 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    I enjoyed making the “Outhouses and “The Shirts”. I’m looking forward to making “EBB”. Just waiting for the fabric line to available. Thanks for opening new ideas to me.

  82. handwroughtquilts December 31, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    2015 highlights for me were starting my blog (and all the little triumphs and excitements that brought) and also really key was changing how I buy/acquire fabrics. I’m still finessing that process but it’s been a really positive change for me.

    Happy new year to you!

  83. Kristin S. December 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    I love following your work and style! This year has been full of surprises and growth for me but next year I’ll become a mom for the first time so I’m trying to wrap my mind around that and pack my sewing room (turning it into the nursery) into a manageable, portable, doable activity when baby gets here. I never want to get too busy to sew and create. Happy New Year!

  84. Vicki December 31, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    The highlight of 2015 was watching your podcast for the Modern Quilt Guild and getting introduced to hand appliqué. From that moment, I fell in love with this approach to quilt making. Hand appliqué is very relaxing and meditative for me. Your line of patterns and fabrics are gorgeous and are a major part of my plans for quilting in 2016. I just need to add Carkai to my stash and I will be ready to begin a new body of quilts! I love your work and look forward to what you introduce in 2016!

  85. julie December 31, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    I’m expecting a little boy in 2016! I decided to make him a crib sized Envelopes quilt in the oranges, blues, and greens of your lines. The quilt includes my love for paper and sewing and the fabric choices are for him. I would love to win this giveaway so I can include the new Carkai too! I will also be doing embroidery on the Liner. I decided to do the embroidery while waiting at doctor appointments. So much to look forward to.

  86. Shannon Poe December 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    So excited for 2016. I will be a new Auntie just 12 days into the year! Lena Claire!!!!! Can’t wait to have another niece. I already have one and two nephews. They are the love of my life! She already has her first quilt and another will be in the piecing stages soon!!!!

  87. Susie Schoepke December 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    I am looking forward to turning 60 wonderful years this year and filling it with Great Adventures, sewing and sharing with friends, walking and laughing and happiness! Happy, healthy, happy New Year everyone!

  88. Peggy Beaman December 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    I just finished a plus quilt for my grandson, made with Doe fabric. I can’t wait to get my hands on some Carkai. I love sewing with your designs and the way you’ve translated your background in architecture into fabulous fabric. Please keep it coming!

  89. Dara December 31, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    2015 was a big year for me, I bought collection quilt without having any experience with appliqué & its going great! Thanks for all the support!

  90. Katherine December 31, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    One of my highlights of the year was taking a class from you in Ventura! One of my houses is in your photo from the class. It was so awesome to meet you and see your fabulous quilts up close. Definitely inspiring. I can’t wait to make Ebb and Everglade with the new fabric!!

  91. Sherry December 31, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    How to choose one thing that had your name attached to it that I liked this year? Carkai, yes, but it probably has to be doe, which inspired me to start sewing and quilting for the very first time. Awesome!

  92. Jeneane December 31, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    I’m looking forward to finding balance – balance between myself and my family, my work and my sewing.

  93. Ali December 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    I am excited about doing more hand stitching this year – starting with some hexagon appliqué. Thanks for the giveaway!

  94. Darcy December 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    Being with you and Chawne in Maine was a definite highlight! I am looking forward to better health and more sewing time in 2016. Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful bundle. I hope our paths cross again someday.

  95. Kate December 31, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    I am very excited for 2016- one of my goals is to learn new techniques and to allow myself the time to do that! Happy New Year to you!

  96. Tracy December 31, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    A highlight of 2015 for me was getting inspired by my guild (Maritime Modern!!) and making lots of progress on a few different quilt projects.

  97. Marti December 31, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Highlights from 2015 include learning to paper piece and learning to hand quilt. I have two big projects planned for 2016, a Castle Wall quilt for myself and a variation of Yoshiko Jinzinji’s Appliqué Swatch quilt for my husband, and I can not wait to get started! I love learning new techniques and challenging myself and I have high hopes for the upcoming year.

  98. Kelly December 31, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    A highlight for me was getting to sew for Cotton & Steel for market!

  99. tracy December 31, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    One of my 2015 highlights was the Slow Stitching Maine retreat – such a gorgeous place to get to know some amazing women (including you!)

  100. Quaint Quilter (Tami) December 31, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    Looking forward to creating more quilts in 2016 and hopefully getting away to a quilting retreat. I loved looking at your highlights, so colorful!! Thank you for the chance to win.

  101. Jill December 31, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    I took my first big quilting class this year. It was great. I hope to make many more quilts this year. I feel like I’m just getting started.

  102. Michelle Bolt December 31, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    I am looking forward to working with Carkai and finishing a quilt in memory of my architect dad with architectures incorporated with prints of his own handwriting.

  103. Lisa December 31, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Looking ahead to 2016 as always but some great moments in 2015. The biggest highlight being a trip to the Atacama Desert in Chile with 16 great friends to Celebrate a girlfriends 50th and finishing haptic labs Paris map quilt in time to gift to her.

  104. ashley svenson December 31, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    A “quilting” highlight was going to quiltcon and seeing you speak!

  105. becky moyer December 31, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    Looking to 2016, I’m really excited about growing my quilting skills on my domestic sewing machine. (and of course making more of my Collection quilt, I’ve only done block 1 so far!)

  106. Diana S. December 31, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    My highlight was definitely completing my first quilt. I learned so much throughout the process and can’t wait to continue learning and growing as a quilter.

  107. Catriona December 31, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    I got a new job in a patchwork shop in 2015 which has been great but is way too tempting! I’m looking forward to getting a lot more sewing done in 2016, including a Tula Pink 100 blocks quilt which I’ve been collecting fabric for. I also plan to explore more hand sewing and hand quilting, those patterns would definitely help with that!

  108. Jane Schmillen December 31, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    I finished a quilt that was 26 years in the makiing, plus several others. Close to a record year for me.

  109. Leah December 31, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    In 2015 I got braver with challenging new projects, including some garments. I’m excited to keep this going in 2016 with more sewing challenges. Many coming from the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club.

  110. Teresa Boyes December 31, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    Excited for 2016. A wedding. Quilting. Family.

  111. Tanna December 31, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    I am looking forward to creating new things using your fabrics and techniques.

  112. Cecilia December 31, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    I have so much already planned for 2016! Best of all I get to go to the Swapaholics retreat in June! Yay!

  113. Tamie December 31, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    Celebrating 2015 with the wedding of our middle daughter and the youngest one heading off to college. 2016 includes a spring trip to Italy and truly embracing the empty nest and the “extra” time that comes with it.

  114. Sarah Thigpen December 31, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    Your work and fabric is so incredible . I have big dreams for 2016!! I hope to get a lot of my wish list created this year. Thanks for providing beautiful inspiration!!

  115. Karina Kayes December 31, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    I’m making some serious changes in my life in 2016. My hugely stressful business is going to be sold and kicked to touch. Over three years of having to work in such a high stress way has made me miserable. So, no more feeling sorry for myself – I’m selling the sodding business. Then I will follow my one true passion – that is sewing and quilting and anything fabric related. I have no idea what will happen, I just know that it needs to. This year I’m bringing me back!! Love your work Carolyn. Happy New Year to you and yours chick.

  116. Kate December 31, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    I’m super excited about the carkai I bought! I haven’t decided what I’m going to use it for yet, but the prints and the colors are so pretty!

  117. Kendra December 31, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    I’m excited that I’m making 2016 a year to go back to basics. To slow down and make the best quilts I can, instead of trying to make all the quilts. I’m also planning to make more for my home and family rather than swaps. Thanks for the chance to win

  118. Jane Olley December 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    The highlight for me in 2015 was to start sewing again but also to learn how to quilt; all thanks to IG & the inspiration it provides. I’ve challenged myself more with each project & made all of my Christmas presents. Who knows what I’ll create in 2016 – it’s a very exciting journey!

  119. BFromM December 31, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    I’m looking forward to possibly having a real, actual spot for my sewing machine to live in my house (other projects have to get finished for the space to be clear).!

  120. Joanne December 31, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    2015 for me was a watershed year when it taught me once again there is always a silver lining. A skirmish with breast cancer early in the year had me forced to take time off work for chemo. It sent me looking for anything that was comforting and colourful and I returned to quilting after nearly 20 years away and wow! The fabrics, colours, wonderful designers, Instagram – I love it all! I finished 2 hand quilted quilts in 2015 and have started a Plus Quilt with the Doe range – wonderful! I have so many quilts and fabrics dancing around in my head, 2016 is going to be awesome.

  121. Teri December 31, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Happy New Year Ring in 2016

  122. Andrea Oauling December 31, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    2016 is a year of hope for me, 2015 has had a lot of lows for me and my family. I hope to be able to spend time with the people I love and find time for more sewing.

  123. Lisa Parker December 31, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    I’m looking forward to expanding my quilting horizons – learning FMQ, expanding on my EPP skills, and I’ve joined a bee for the first time ever! Lots of anticipation for 2016!

  124. Michelle Hart December 31, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    I had a great year with many highlights, but I think one of my favorites was attending QuiltCon with good friends. I was so inspired by everything I saw there. Can’t wait for an inspired 2016!

  125. Amy December 31, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    The highlight for me in 2015 for sewing was attending Glamp and finally breaking into my Doe to work on the mystery quilt, I love how it’s working out! I’m eager to finish it in 2016 (maybe incorporate some Carkai!).

  126. Julie December 31, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    The creative highlight of 2015 for me was doing more sewing than I have in YEARS!! I completed some projects and started plenty more that I can hopefully finish in 2016.

  127. Elizabeth December 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    2015 was a chaotic year to put it nicely. I’m looking forward to 2016 which brings new projects and a new puppy!

  128. Kristy December 31, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    I have really enjoyed applique this year, 3.5 quilts down and I am pretty sure I am hooked.

  129. Amanda Johnston December 31, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    I am excited to make quota of my own designs and to explore quilt pattern making and designing using Ai.

  130. Annette Cordier December 31, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    Looking forward to 2016 for some much needed sewing and quilting. 2015 I was tied up with neck surgery, cancer treatments and eye surgery. So thankful that I will be able to continue sewing, maybe with your wonderfhl patterns and fabric. Thank you.

  131. Sam December 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    I am super excited with the thought of a new year and new adventures with family, friends, fabric and my roller skates. New projects, finishing the works in progress and dreaming of what to come. Happy new year!

  132. Tamara King December 31, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    A highlight of my year was having some pieces of Doe as new staples in my repertoire. Seriously, that fabric. So looking forward to working with Carkai in 2016.

  133. Phoebe December 31, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    My wife and I just bought our first house in 2015 and will be moving in just two weeks. I’m so excited for the opportunities that come with our own home, especially one with a little bit more space – I may even have a studio just for fabric-dyeing! I’m excited/scared/nervous/proud/ready. Hopefully once things are settled this new space will inspire all sorts of new things, too. Happy new year Carolyn!

  134. speechlaura December 31, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

    Looking forward to getting started on a heart quilt for Valentine’s Day. Happy New Year!

  135. Lesa Bader December 31, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    I am looking forward to many hours spent in my new craft room in the coming year…

  136. Lisa Chambers December 31, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    Hi Carolyn happy new year! I’m looking forward to making some handmade gifts for family and friends. Plus a trip to Spain ????

  137. buntyw December 31, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    I’m excited for my youngest son’s graduation in 2016

  138. Lennea Heymer December 31, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    I had ahead injury in early 2015 and really had to slow down. Quilting took a back seat to gardening over the summer months. Now in December I have finally been able to get back to sewing. It is fun to take a fresh look at my stash and start new projects. I am grateful for healing.

  139. Bobbie Hanson December 31, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    I fell in love with your fabrics as I completed my Park Bench BOM using your fabrics; but truthfully Carkai took my breath away. Can’t wait till I finish my quilt with it! Thank you so much for your beautiful work.

  140. Lisa C. December 31, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    Crazy excited about the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club!

  141. Amanda December 31, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    The highlight of my 2015 was the birth of my son, my greatest accomplishment to date! I am really excited for 2016, watching the boy grow and exploring a whole new passion for making! More quilts and a dedication to finish the projects I start!
    Thanks for the giveaway, you’re a inspiration to all! Happy New Year!

  142. Pam December 31, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    I’m going to savor my slow stitching in ’16! Thanks for the chance to win!

  143. Lynne December 31, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    The highlight of 2015 was to put my first quilt in a local show. For the coming year, I’m going to push myself to submit quilts to juried shows – nothing ventured, nothing gained!

  144. Carmen Christian December 31, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    I am looking forward to taking your Canterbury class at QuiltCon-can’t wait 🙂

  145. Gayle Larson December 31, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    My highlight of 2015 was my sons wedding to his perfect mate in July. I’m new to modern quilting. Spent most of the year planning, shopping for fabric, designing, and putting together a wall hanging depicting the hometown skylines of him and his wife, and the Chicaho skyline which is home for them. Used plenty of Doe fabric for those buildings! Love your designs!

  146. Diane Wiscott December 31, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    2015 was the year that I made a serious attempt at making modern quilts. I made your Aerial Grove quilt, and your Aerial quilt using Doe fabrics on each one. I also made several other modern quilts using bright fabrics, and I machine quilted them all myself on my home machine, after taking classes at my local quilt shop. Next year, I’m looking forward to attending QuiltCon in Pasadena,CA!

  147. kayhey13 December 31, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

    This was a great year for me as I jumped head first into quilting. I’m looking forward to 2016 and trying out some new things as well as putting together a quilt that I designed myself. I’m continually inspired by those in my local MQG as well as by those on IG. The quilting community, as well as the knitting community that I’m involved in, are such a wealth of support for me and are great to bounce ideas off of. I’m also looking forward to digging into the stash of your fabrics that I’ve acquired and making something beautiful from them!

  148. lindseykelly December 31, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    What an awesome giveaway! I was really hoping my highlight of this year would be our second child, but it looks like he’s going to wait until next year! This year will have to be getting my phd 🙂

  149. Hillary December 31, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    I’m excited about sewing faux leather bags – it’s going to be a fun challenge. Happy new year!

  150. Justine Semple December 31, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

    Looking forward to a serious fling in my sewing room this year as my youngest starts school – all four kids in school = a new adventure and rediscovering a few WIP’s ……….a year filled with sewing ahead !!!! Thank you for all your inspiration throughout the year.

  151. mbiswell December 31, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    I just learnt to sew a straight line! That was my mega highlight for 2015, even though I’ve knitted, crocheted & sewn all the way through, mastering a straight line with the help of a 1/4″ foot on my sewing machine has been the bees knees!
    Happy New Year to you!

  152. Pam Chamberlin December 31, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    Carolyn, your visit to our Ocean Waves quilt guild in Miami was a highlight of 2015 for me. I look forward to following your work in 2016.

  153. jean hammond December 31, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    the year of the new sewing machine and new projects!

  154. Lindsay December 31, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    2015 – I made my first quilt.
    2016 – I look forward to learning new skills and trying new techniques. 🙂

  155. Melissa December 31, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    This year I learned how to hand appliqué and I am looking forward to learning foundation paper piecing in the new year!

  156. Kath Redfearn December 31, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    Two big highlights this year. Watching my son successfully navigate his first year at Kindy despite some challenges and setbacks, and to have found a few friends to call his own. And for me, meeting the most amazing sewing friends in my phone, through the magic of Instagram. I have found support, inspiration and joy- I have found my “tribe”!
    2016 will be the year for finding the courage to pursue my dreams, and end the procrastination! Happy New Year!

  157. Linda Collins-Daman December 31, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    My highlight was guiding my sweet daughter-in-law through her first quilt. Modern in style pieced with loving triumphant hands.

  158. Alice December 31, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    In 2015 I’ve gained lots of new experience and learned many new skills (in both crafting and regular life). In 2016 I look forward to making my first quilt!

  159. Susan December 31, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    I am so looking forward to 2016! I plan on taking an early retirement and quitting my day job to begin living a more focused life doing what I love! Can’t wait! 🙂

  160. Paula December 31, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    One of the highlights of my year was attending QuiltCon in Austin in February … And I’m looking forward to going to QuiltCon in Pasadena soon too! I’m sure it will be a highlight for 2016!

  161. Elena Mielcarz Miller December 31, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    Hey Carolyn!
    The biggest highlight for me this year was getting out of my comfort zone and taking a pottery class with 7 other amazingly awesome and talented ladies that I originally didn’t really know well or some at all. We have been taking the class since January and are continuing on into 2016.

    This is particularly important to me since I am somewhat of a homebody and I am glad that I recognized that spending time with other strong and supportive gals is super important. Glad to say we have all become friends!????

    No, it’s not sewing/quilting related per say but it was my years highlight. ????(Aside from discovering Doe and Carkai fabric).

    Anyways..Happiest New Year to you lady!!

    -Elena

  162. Farah Rhoads December 31, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    So much inspiration here. Thanks for always inspiring me!

  163. Cassandra December 31, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    2015 has been an awesome and productive year. It was my first year blogging, I joined a fantastic local quilt guild (and two lovely smaller quilting circles), and had a quilt win prizes in two national shows. In the coming year I am excited to teach a quilting class at a local shop (a monthly class making The Collection Quilt!) and attend QuiltCon for the first time!

  164. Sophia December 31, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

    2015 was a year where I did a lot of hibernating and self-analysis, which was a nice highlight for me, because I feel that honouring my intuition was the best thing I could have done for myself, and I’m a better person for it. This year, I’d like to smash out some quilts that I’ve been thinking about, and dive into the slow sewing movement!

  165. Anja @ Anja Quilts December 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    2015 has been a great year!! My big highlight was designing a quilt block. My goal for 2016 is to create a pattern. It’s been great following you. Happy New Year.

  166. cheryljbrickey December 31, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    My big highlight of the year was attending QuiltCon in February. I won’t be at QuiltCon 2016, but will be there in 2017.

  167. Laura December 31, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    2015 was the year of using hoarded fabrics and it was so freeing!! 2016 is the year of cutting into your fabrics and I couldn’t be more excited!!

  168. Andrea Berryhill December 31, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    I am looking forward to making my bed quilt with my saved up architectures and botanics fabric. Need some carkai to throw in the mix!

  169. Christy merritt December 31, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    I’m inspired by and looking forward to sewing some button up shirts in 2016!

  170. Mandy December 31, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    I am so looking forward to this year, continuing to find my creative self and be able to express myself through fabric and stitching . The older I get, the more I appreciate just being alive . Happy New Year Carolyn

  171. laura December 31, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    i’m looking forward to picking a project out of love and intent – no obligation. if it stresses me, i’ll push it aside. and only work on it when feeling inspired.

  172. Anita Sharp December 31, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

    In 2016, I’m looking forward to expanding my horizons and trying new techniques such as EPP. I plan to work on improving my quilting and sewing skills!

  173. Carissa Brummet December 31, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

    Oh my … So edited another this! Never win anything! Highlights of the year, finding out my hubby has a job in 2016! After being laid off in late 2015! And the many biking and hiking adventures we had together as a family ???? Oh and the start of my Collection Quilt! Loving the adventure so far ????

  174. Carissa Brummet December 31, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    So excited to enter this …. Is what I meant LOL

  175. Afton December 31, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

    I’m looking forward to getting back to seeing more and cooking again, while spending quality time with my kids.

  176. Genevieve December 31, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Highlight of 2015 was being surrounded by my friends and their new babies, and my nephew being born (I adore him)! I’m looking forward to lots of sewing and quilting and gifting this year.

  177. Chelsea December 31, 2015 at 10:28 pm #

    I am so looking forward to being the President of our local MQG. It’s going to be such a fun and quilty year. I can’t wait to take on this new adventure!

  178. Anne December 31, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

    I’m just looking forward to another year of sewing, knitting, gardening, cooking, working, and hanging out with friends and family. Oh, and let’s not forget exercising and reading books too. I am so grateful for all the wonderful ideas shared on blogs, Instagram etc. Thanks.

  179. Leanne Cohen December 31, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    I loved making Violet Craft’s jungle abstraction out of your fabric. It turned out amazing!!!!

  180. jaia1979 December 31, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    My highlight of 2015 was learning how to QUILT! My quilting went from craft to art this year and it’s been amazing. I can’t believe the art that abounds in the quilting community. They have been so inspiring and so generous in their willingness to teach newbies like me. I can’t wait to see what 2016 holds for my quilting journey!

  181. Becky Kallhoff December 31, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    A highlight for me this year has been going back to work after being a stay at home mom for 8 years. It has been a great change of pace! While I won’t have as much time for sewing, I am looking forward to doing some more quilting, as well as working on fit in garments. Always a challenge!

  182. Vicki P December 31, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

    My stash is full of Doe and Architextures and my head is brimming with quilty ideas. It will be a wonderful year!

  183. Marla January 1, 2016 at 12:05 am #

    Always excited for the start of the new year! Can’t wait to start a new project with the Carkai line. You are a real inspiration Carolyn!

  184. Victoria January 1, 2016 at 1:23 am #

    Hi Carolyn. I’m excited to get my Architextures Swoon quilt finished. It’s so beautiful already. I’m also looking forward to starting a La Passacaglia quilt with all your fabrics. And I’ve got the Ebb quilt in the queue as well. AND last but not least, I need to start a sewing tote to carry all the bits and bobs around. Happy new year!!!

  185. Melissa January 1, 2016 at 2:27 am #

    I finished my first full sized quilt this year and gifted it to a friend for her 50th birthday. I attended QuiltCon in Austin and learned so much about this amazing community. I hope to make more time for sewing and creating next year….Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with all of us.

  186. kim January 1, 2016 at 2:38 am #

    The highlight of my year involves getting stronger. Broke my tibia plateau this summer & didn’t walk for three months. I’m grateful for all the love and support given to me & my family. Also, glad to be mobile again. Getting stronger every day. Cheers to a New Year!

  187. Rachael Cox January 1, 2016 at 2:49 am #

    My 2015 highlight was moving into our first family home after 12 house moves in 5 years. Putting down much needed roots! And this next year we continue to look forward to filling our home with hand made things, fun and memories.

  188. Wendy January 1, 2016 at 3:03 am #

    I’ve been ill for the last couple of years so haven’t been very productive. I’m finally.on the mend and so am looking forward to a year full of sewing and making

  189. Lia January 1, 2016 at 3:35 am #

    Looking forward to seeing what direction my life will take in 2016, will I find a way to combine everything I want this year – family, PhD research, sewing and farming?

  190. Mary January 1, 2016 at 4:27 am #

    I’m looking forward to more sewing with my son and on 4th Jan having an answer to a question which will shape the rest of my life! Exciting and terrifying!

  191. charmingbubble2 January 1, 2016 at 5:16 am #

    After nearly thirty years of quilting 2016 will be the first time I’ve made a quilt plan. I’ve joined the bee with Jenn and with encouragement my quilting buddies and group, The Burpham Babes, we’ve all made a quilt goal. Shall be interesting to see where this leads us. Happy New Year and thanks for all the wonderful fabric!

  192. Vicki January 1, 2016 at 5:43 am #

    I have two goals for the year ahead. To get fitter and to be creative in some way everyday. Happy New Year!

  193. erika n January 1, 2016 at 6:12 am #

    i enjoyed my first year quilting and gifts I made for family in looking forward to improving my skills and focusing on my likes for 2016.

  194. Debbie Leschisin January 1, 2016 at 6:54 am #

    I am looking forward to 2016 to finish a baby quilt for a nephew and his wife, to finish my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding signature quilt, to make a quilt for local charity fundraiser, and to just finish my own unfinished projects! If I win this giveaway, I might have to make adjustments to my 2016 goals! Thank you for your generous giveaway!!!

  195. C G Peck January 1, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    I plan to make 2016 the year of the modern quilt. Your fabrics and designs are my jumping off place…

  196. Stephanie January 1, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    Highlight of 2015 for me is exploring hand appliqué with quilting. Great combination. Looking forward to developing this further.

  197. LyseKeen January 1, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    I’m expecting a baby any day now, so that will be a highlight of this new year. Last year, I quilted a king size quilt on my DSM, and finally have a quilt big enough for our bed. Thanks for the chance!

  198. janieb January 1, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    Looking forward to finishing a King-sized “Oriental Patchwork” quilt, which will have your flame-colored backing material – down with procrastination!

  199. Kathleen Panzera January 1, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    I have a “thing” for houses….I’m always looking for different ways of representing houses…WELL…when I saw your pattern Outhouses I was so thrilled I ordered a KIT! The fabric was perfect for those little guys and I love paper piecing. It turned out to be exactly how I wanted it to look. And I was hooked by the title of the pattern too – my family used to spend the summers at a lake with extended family. There was a single toilet in the house with a small septic field so only the “important” people (read: adults) could use indoor plumbing – the rest of us (read: kids) went up the hill to the outhouse, which was a two-seater. My mother was the only adult ever to go up there and my cousins adored her for that.

  200. Jenny January 1, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    A highlight for me? Our wedding amoung old growth trees and sword ferns in Oregon. We used your Doe fabric to make hundreds of napkins for our guests and they were a hit.

  201. Ramona Cavanaugh January 1, 2016 at 11:51 am #

    This year highlights for have been trying and loving appliqué. Using your book and the sunrise quilt really were a great surprise for me. And stretching my sewing skills to more quilt like endevours have been great highlights for me. Thanks for all the inspiration Carolyn.

  202. Melinda January 1, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    Beautiful work! Can’t wait to see what you have in store in 2017!

  203. Rachel at Stitched in Color January 1, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    I believe this year will be the year my baby smiles. That’s what I”m looking forward to most! With the nastiness of 2015 behind us, I feel there is no were to go but up. Yay!

  204. Heather January 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    I have three quilts started so I want to get them finished this year.
    I love your new fabric line and I’m excited to use them in some projects this coming year as well as trying some of the slow sewing studio patterns. I want to try to learn some new sewing techniques I am not the greatest at- hand sewing projects and clothing! I really want to make my husband a pair of pants for his birthday! Happy new year !

  205. Jessica January 1, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    What a generous giveaway! It’s so fun to look back at all of the beautiful things you made this year. One highlight for me was the workshop I took with you in St. Louis back in September; I had such a wonderful time! I also had a quilt accepted into QuiltCon — my first! — which was a huge highlight. Happy New Year!

  206. Kelly O'Keefe January 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    The highlight of 2015 was a trip to Paris with my husband and 16 y/o daughter– pure magic.

  207. Melissa January 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    Attending QuitCon in Austin was definitely a quilting highlight for me! I found such inspiration during my time there. It’s changed the way I think about quilting and creativity and the importance of these things in my life.

  208. Andrea January 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    I’m looking forward to working on my Collection quilt and my first king size quilt this year. And I just learned how to knit and am looking forward to learning new techniques this year! Thank you for all of your beautiful inspiration!

  209. Sarah F January 1, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    I’m looking forward to doing more hand sewing in 2016!

  210. Eva January 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    My highlight for 2015 has to be the birth of our little boy in December. I’m looking forward to a year as a family of four! Also I am looking forward to cutting into some lovely fabrics I got myself for Christmas, including quite a few of your beautiful designs. Thank you for sharing your projects and inspiration and all the best for 2016!

  211. Jane Bernauer January 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    Carolyn,
    My highlight this year is finding you to follow on Instagram and via email. The envelopes quilt is my all-time best “find” of 2015. Can’t wait to see what you bring us in 2016.

  212. Stephanie January 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    Wow, those bags towards the bottom!! Okay, highlights for me this year were getting a new machine (upgrading from my $29 used one, which I loved in spite of the fact that it ate all my fabric) and just slowly making small strides learning the basics. (And congrats on Carkai, it’s completely beautiful.)

  213. Andrea January 1, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    Sharing a finished quilt with an artist who inspired its design. He called me to chat about it after I sent him photos. This small event demonstrated to me that art literally creates points of human connection.

  214. retiredgigi January 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    Came across your fabrics/designs early this year..As a retired elementary teacher, my free time has increased. Between sewing for three sweet little granddaughters, and trying to finish quilt and sewing projects from my “first life,” I find my taste in quilts shifting to the contemporary “modern” quilts. My goal is to finish the last block of an appliqué quilt…usually delegated to summer sewing…(no time during the school year!) then I will treat myself to some of your fun, graphic prints and pattern. This is the year!!

  215. Melanie January 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    I am looking forward to seeing all the quilts at QuiltCon. I am looking forward to taking your class there. I am looking forward to quilting some WIP. AND making more bags!

  216. Jasmine Richardson January 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    Looking forward to an exciting 2016! A year where I will get married to my best friend and hopefully sew, sew, sew my way through the year! I’m looking forward to learning the art of paper piecing and thank you for your gorgeous patterns that continue to inspire me everyday. Bring on 2016 and happy new year x

  217. Brenda January 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    One of my biggest highlights was starting Quilter’s Stash Box a monthly subscription box for quilters. It’s so much fun picking the products for the boxes each month. For 2016 – My quilting goal is to make a mini quilt using each of my 21 vintage sewing machines. And a quilt for my first grandson who will be making his debut in 2016!

  218. Ida Lawson January 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    I had a pretty good year…finished and gifted 15 quilts…made it to the Houston Quilt Festival! !..
    In 2016 I am looking forward to my very first quilting cruise! I have 2 or 3 Carolyn Friedlander quilts on my to do list this year along with graduation gifts, baby quilts, a special quilt for my son in law…..I am anticipating a busy, productive year!

  219. Jane Thomas January 1, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

    Can’t wait to try some of your Carkai line of fabrics. I have your book Savor each Stitch and want to try my hand at some applique. Thanks for the opportunity Carolyn. Happy new year!

  220. Michelle Alumkal January 1, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    This year I’m going to try to work in more hand sewing and start some applique projects inspired by Savor Each Stitch. I’m also going back to my art history roots and finding more inspiration in abstract art. Wishing for a truly creative 2016.

  221. Tiffany January 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

    I’m really going to focus more on quilting this year. I made so many things in 2015, but they were all small (pillows & mini quilts were the largest!), so I’m looking forward to slowing down and paying more attention to the process, rather than the quick finish. First up on my cutting table? Carkai!

  222. Stephanie January 1, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

    My 2015, was mixed. I lost my dear old dad, but my highlight was the time I spent with him before he died. He was always interested in my quilting output, and often genuinely surprised that two colours or fabrics could look good together, when he thought initially they wouldn’t. In 2016, I am looking forward to making quilts for my 21 year old twin niece and nephew.

  223. Tammie January 1, 2016 at 11:15 pm #

    I had a great year! I made a point to say yes to doing things and go places.

  224. Katie Meyer Simeon January 1, 2016 at 11:49 pm #

    I’m really excited to make more things for myself next year! This year has been all about quilts for friends, and that’s awesome, but I’m going to focus on smaller project for me in 2016, many inspired by you. Thank you, Carolyn!

  225. Phoebe Chow January 2, 2016 at 12:20 am #

    I believe that the year ahead will be the best yet, as I continue to learn to not look at what I don’t have, but to be thankful for life as it is. I’m looking forward to be simpler, to not stress out unnecessarily and, at the same time, quilt a bit.

  226. katiemclain January 2, 2016 at 2:30 am #

    I’m looking forward to bringing more of my ideas and sketches to life.

  227. meagangracie January 2, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    My oldest starts kindergarten this year!

  228. Hilary January 2, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    I want to learn appliqué!

  229. Robby January 2, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    Ever since I saw the square pin cushions appear on your blog, I knew I had to make something like that. I loved the architectural look of it – almost like an ornate window. Then I saw the Everglade pattern come out and it was love at first sight. I have a FQ of the Carkai sitting on my sewing table just waiting to become something. It’s special fabric (the first collection I ever pre-ordered!) and I would like to do something special with it. Taking my time to learn to appliqué and to make something from your Everglade pattern is on my 2016 to-do list. Thanks for a year of wonderful inspiration!

  230. Liz January 2, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    I’m excited to participate in my first quilt bee in 2016!

  231. sarah January 2, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    finishing my first quilt made entirely by me (piecing, quilting and hand sewing the binding) was the creative highlight of my year. hoping for more finishes and learning new sewing/quilting skills (zippers! paper piecing!) in the new year! thanks for a chance to win this beautiful giveaway!

  232. Kris Kogan January 2, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    Looking back over the last year I just realized I finished four quilts, including my own interpretation of Arcs. I won’t mention how many unfinished ones I still have. But I’ve changed my view on those as well, it’s not stressful to have various projects all at various stages of completion. It all happens in its own time, I’m the channel. I don’t ever want to run out of projects! Thanks for all the inspiration you’ve given in your work. Keep it coming!

  233. Carmen January 2, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    Thanks for a great giveaway, Carolyn! Looks like you had a very prolific year. My highlight of 2015 was definitely a trip to Japan — just inspiration (and food) everywhere. Happy new year!

  234. betyipiernaty January 2, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

    I did a bunch of new things over the last year: I made about 10 (!) different bags (and one year ago I thought I don’t like this), started sampler quilt, jumped into The Bee Hive! I hope 2016 will be as sew-ystic as 2015 was 😉 Happy New Year!

  235. monique lunde January 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm #

    Both my children will be away for school so I’m excited to have more ‘me’ time… art galleries, movies, travel and learning new sewing skills. I’ve signed up for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club and I’m really looking forward to that!

  236. Ribbon Jar January 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    Already loving 2016! It’s going to be a great year! Done with all quilts with curves ;-)… And I’m ready to give paper piecing a try! You inspire! Thanks and Happy New Year!

  237. Samantha Ewers January 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    I am looking forward to expanding my sewing skills and to completing some long standing projects. I am also hoping to capture my year better with photos then I have in the past.

  238. Caitlin T. January 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    Congrats on such a busy and successful year, Carolyn! I’m looking forward to setting up a new studio space and focusing on new quilts.

  239. Jennifer Lowe January 2, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    I am looking forward to so much this year! I can’t possibly list them all, so I will just mention the Lucky Spool monthly subscription that my husband gave me for Christmas. I downloaded the first month today and I can’t wait to get started! Thank you for the giveaway! I hope you have a lovely 2016.

  240. Maureen Voosen January 2, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

    2015 was full of amazing adventures for us – we travelled so much and loved it! And now with 2016 I’m looking forward to the other side of the curve – a bit of ‘home’ and enjoying what that brings with it 🙂
    Happy new year!

  241. Emily January 3, 2016 at 12:12 am #

    I really got into quilting this year! Thank you so much for your inspiration! I can’t wait to learn more!

  242. Kaity January 3, 2016 at 1:55 am #

    Looking forward to more free time for sewing 2016!

  243. Stina January 3, 2016 at 4:56 am #

    I just want to look ahead, 2015 was ok… I did sew..but almost never ever finished anything…so for 2016 I hope to get a more healthy year so I can indulge myself into sewing again…with happiness and inspiration…this is what I would like for 2016..:0)

  244. Lynn January 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    Looking forward to getting my hands on some Carkai!!!!! and making quilts and clothes and quilting quilts on my long arm and watching my boys get a year older.

  245. Morgan January 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    2015 brought me many wonderful moments including becoming fascinated by quilting. Thank you for such wonderful work and for sharing it. In 2016 there are so many exciting plans including buying a straight stitch only machine! My first half square triangle quilt was completed three days ago, and I’m ready to start again. Happy new year and have a great one!

  246. Emily January 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    I’m looking forward to finishing up a quilt for my daughter, to making some small quilted projects, and to sewing some new garments for myself. Happy 2016!

  247. Amber January 3, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

    I have to say making clothes for my family was awesome. I love quilts but it’s so fun to see them walk around in my creations. I’m looking forward to sewing some garments for myself in 2016.

  248. Flintholm January 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    In 2015 I learned new skills and the highlight was attending a screenprinting workshop in Copenhagen by Karenlewistextiles. Just got the Collection quilt so I’m looking forward to working on getting new handapplique skills as well as hopefully finishing my first quilt in 2016. Love your work, you a true inspiration!! Happy 2016

  249. Mary Ann January 3, 2016 at 7:23 pm #

    I’m excited for fresh starts and fresh hope in the new year!

  250. Cindy January 3, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    I really want to make a Collection quilt in 2016 and learn all of those techniques. I’ve been wanting some Carkai and think it would be perfect in that quilt! I love the range of colors!

  251. Anne January 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    My highlight of 2015 was setting up and using my sewing room (after 10 long years) I completed 7 quilts! And may have collected a few pieces of fabric 😉

  252. Emily T. January 3, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

    Traveling to Austin QuiltCon with my Mom, sister and Grandma was my sewing highlight for the year – and turned out to be a pretty awesome road trip. My grandma is my sewing inspiration so it was special to share the trip with her – we both flipped over the quilts of Gees Bend 🙂

  253. jenisstitching January 3, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

    I’m excited that I finished a hexie/embroidery combo quilt in 2015, and I’m looking forward to making your Tangelo quilt in 2016. Thank you!

  254. Ozge Basagac January 4, 2016 at 6:03 am #

    In 2015 i held my first art workshop with university students. And sewing wise, i sewed a jacket which was on my challenging garments to sew list 🙂 I have started a weekly printmaking on fabric challenge, which went lovely so far. In 2016 i want to tackle more sewing projects. Art will always be my highlight. Happy new year…

  255. sop.hie.s January 4, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    My highlight of 2015 was the growing up of my daugther and her first steps.

  256. Karen Barnes January 4, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    I am so looking forward to 2016! My grandbaby will be one in January and my new grandbaby will be on here in late summer! Love fabric and quilts!

  257. Jenna January 4, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    I am a young quilter who learned how to quilt from my dear grandma this last year. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I do! I finished my first three quilts this year and know it’s something I will continue doing the rest of my life! I love the whole process and especially love the idea of gifting quilts to others. Thank you for all your inspiration 🙂

  258. Debbie January 4, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    Highlights for me in 2015 include hiking in the Tetons, whitewater rafting on the Snake River and tackling machine paper piecing. I made one Tangelo quilt, three Stripes quilts and have fabric standing by for two more Stripes quilts. (I really like that pattern) Thanks for all the gorgeous inspiration this past year!

  259. Jennyroo January 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    I am looking forward to more time with family and friends (some fun trips planned) as well as carving out a little more time in the busy days for making and creating. Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing this lovely prize!

  260. Jennifer January 5, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    looking forward to seeing the new line of fabric. my kitchen curtains are from a previous one.

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