Trail Tote pattern for Doe by Noodlehead.

Black Doe Trail Tote_Anna Graham


I’m such a fan of Anna Graham of Noodlehead.

And so is Nichole, which is the first thing that we talked about when getting together at Quilt Market. See Nichole’s bag? Yep, that’s an Anna, and that’s what we’re talking about today.



Nichole's Doe Trail Tote


Anna’s stuff is always amazing, always smart, and always exactly what you want to be making.

Meet the Trail Tote, a brand-new, FREE pattern that she’s designed to go along with the Doe release and that will live over at the Robert Kaufman website. See here for the pattern.


Doe Trail Tote black hanging_Anna Graham


It has a zipper and cording…


Doe Trail Tote black zipper_Anna Graham


It has a magnetic snap and handy inside pocket…


Doe Trail Tote black inside_Anna Graham


And, it also has another size option!


Doe Trail Totes_Anna Graham


Which is also cute and super practical…


Doe Trail Tote teal zipper_Anna Graham


And has great detailing…


Doe Trail Tote teal cording_Anna Graham


And has more good stuff on the inside…


Doe Trail Tote teal inside_Anna Graham


I know that you guys are already off to a great start with these! I’m dying to make one myself and have found tons of great inspiration on instagram already. You guys are so clever…







Doe fabric accessories.

To wrap up on Doe clothes week, here are some accessories.

Two scarves…


doe fabric infinity scarves_carolyn friedlander


Although I’ve actually made three so far (one was given away without properly photographing it…typical.) The pattern is the Infinity Scarf (a free pattern found here) from Pink Chalk Fabrics. I love this pattern because they fit and wear beautifully, don’t take too much fabric to make, and go together quickly and easily. While tidying up my closet this weekend, I realized how many of these I’ve actually made–it’s a lot!


The one on the left uses Doe, Cambridge (blue solid), and Chambray Union. The one on the right features two Doe prints and a Nani Iro double gauze that I picked up at Pink Castle Fabrics a couple of weeks ago while I was there for Camp Stitchalot.


doe fabric infinity scarves detail_carolyn friedlander


My other favorite new Doe-related accessory is some Doe earrings.


doe earrings


I can’t take credit for these. Kristen over at TwoBlondesAndASewingMachine put them together for me along with many more, but I’ve already given some away. I think that they are so adorable and plan to keep some for myself as well as give out more as gifts to friends and family.


Here I am sporting both at my Schoolhouse during Quilt Market. (I have no clue what kind of destruction is going on behind me…)


Carolyn Friedlander schoolhouse














Doe City Gym Shorts.

I just had to make some Doe drawers.

doe city gym shorts_carolyn friedlander


Had I not had such a full summer of teaching and preparing for Quilt Market, I easily could have let myself whip up a ridiculous number of these City Gym Shorts. The pattern is amazing, and the options for making fun versions are endless. Having enforced some serious self-control, this is only my third pair (the other two are here). I excitedly used Market and the new fabric release as an excuse to make them.


With this pair, I used two prints from Doe–one for the front and another for the trim–then the back and waistband are Chambray Union from Robert Kaufman.


Doe fabric bias tape_Carolyn Friedlander


doe city gym shorts_detail_carolyn friedlander








Fabric dying with Kim Eichler-Messmer and making a dyed-Doe tank with it.

Kim Eichler-Messmer Studio

Kim Eichler-Messmer Studio


A couple of months back when I was in Kansas City, I was lucky to be able to do some fabric dying with my friend Kim. In addition to being a talented lady who is fun and easy to be around, she is also quite generous and let me come and hang out in her studio for a day. I’d never dyed anything before, so I arrived with an open mind and a bunch of different stuff to work with–mainly some stuff from Architextures and quite a bit from Doe.


We started by dying with a single color so that I could get a feel for that process. I chose yellow. That was fun. Then, I wanted to try some shibori. I like the idea of playing with pattern and could easily imagine how to use something like that in a quilt.


Folded Doe Wide_Carolyn Friedlander


Kim also happened to have an indigo bath mixed up from an event. We quickly started to make use of that with more shibori.


Dyed fabric out to dry


Dyed Doe Fabric by Kim Eichler Messmer


Red Shibori Doe Fabric_Carolyn Friedlander


Dyed Doe Fabrics_Carolyn Friedlander


Indigo Shibori Doe Wide_Carolyn Friedlander


I have to say that I loved both the shibori technique and using the indigo. With shibori, you have to let go and embrace having little control over an exact outcome. Unfolding your piece for the first time at the end was my favorite part of the process.


My favorite piece that day ended up being a complete accident. I randomly threw on a couple of clothes pins for clamps, and what resulted was a pleasant surprise.


Doe Fabric Dying_3_Carolyn Friedlander


The indigo color on the cream and white print from Doe resulted in such a great color combination that I wished I’d brought more to play with. Seeing how well they work together, I know that I’ll be exploring more with this combination in the future.


As for this piece, I’m still deciding on the perfect project for it…


Doe Fabric Dying_4_Carolyn Friedlander


Doe Fabric Dying_5_Carolyn Friedlander



I didn’t have a plan ahead of time for what I wanted to do with the fabric that I was going to be dying with Kim, except that I did bring at least one piece that was large enough for some type of garment sewing.


Doe Fabric Dying_1_Carolyn Friedlander


This was formally one of the white-on-white prints from Doe. I folded and clamped it, and then dipped it a few times in the dye bath. After unfolding it, I decided that I didn’t want any white left, so I left it unfolded and dipped the entire thing in for an all-over blue.


Doe Fabric Dying_2_Carolyn Friedlander


When I got back and assessed the situation, I decided that I would make a Wiksten Tank. This is a pattern that I love and make all of the time. Plus, as a garment, it’s a total staple for me.


Shibori Wiksten Tank_Carolyn Friedlander


With my previous tanks, the thought never occurred to me to do a contrasting pocket, but when I was auditioning how to lay out the pocket for this version, I realized that using a contrasting fabric would be a great accent. I used the navy bias check from Doe, and I’m really pleased with the combination. The bias trim that I used at the neck and armholes is another print from Doe. It’s one that I’ve already used in a dress and as bias tape before (in this pair of shorts).


Shibori Wiksten Tank trim_Carolyn Friedlander


Shibori Wiksten Tank pocket_Carolyn Friedlander


I wore this tank on the last day at Quilt Market. It was very fitting (and a good coincidence) that also on that day when I escaped to check out the quilts on display next door, I stumbled upon one of Kim’s quilts from her book (Modern Color)…


Kim Eichler Messmer quilt










Doe Dress and Doe Pencil Skirt.

Continuing with Doe clothes week

It’s time for a dress and a skirt.

The dress that I made is something that I frankensteined from Vintage Vogue V9000 and the Deer and Doe Belladone dress pattern.


Vintage Vogue meets Deer and Doe


I wanted to use a navy and white plaid from the collection to create something kind of crisp and playful. I really liked the top from the Vogue pattern, but I wasn’t a big fan of the full skirt. So I took the bodice from the Vogue pattern and used the skirt from the Deer and Doe. They came together surprisingly well–I only had to add a little extra width to the skirt front. And, in using the Deer and Doe skirt, it added pockets. Bonus!


Doe dress making_Carolyn Friedlander


Blue plaid dress at Quilt Market_Carolyn Friedlander


And here’s a picture of me and Elisabeth from Robert Kaufman at Market in our Doe dresses. Isn’t her’s amazing? She used the Michelle My Belle dress pattern from Liberty Love with flying geese units to make the skirt.


Carolyn Friedlander and Elisabeth Woo in Doe dresses


I also made a pencil skirt in Doe. I wanted something simple and classic, so I used Burdastyle #107a. It came together quickly and easily.


Doe pencil skirt beginnings_Carolyn Friedlander


I lowered the waistline and lined it with silk (from Robert Kaufman). This made it feel super luxurious to wear! I liked that so much, that I’m planning to line all future skirts with silk also.


Silk lined Doe Pencil Skirt_Carolyn Friedlander


Here’s the finished project…in use and on the couch.


Doe pencil skirt at Quilt Market_Carolyn Friedlander


Also fun that day at the show was how well Nichole from Kaufman and I matched in our chosen Doe prints. Her top is the Made By Rae Ruby pattern.


Nichole and Carolyn in Doe Clothes at Quilt Market


In fact, Elisabeth, Nichole and I all had on Doe…


Elisabeth, Nichole and Carolyn in Doe at Quilt Market


Elisabeth’s top is the Liesl + Co Late Lunch Tunic and it was so lovely.


In other clothing-related news that day, it was so fun to see Amber from Fancy Tiger in a Botanics top. The pattern is their new one, the Sailor Top. I definitely need to make one of those soon…


Doe pencil skirt and Botanics Sailor Top









Doe Shirts Quilt.

Doe clothes week?

Yep, I think so.

For this next week, I’ll be recapping some wearables or (in today’s case) clothing-inspired projects which use Doe.


Today’s featured project is Shirts!

(Exclamation point included because there’s nothing subtle or hidden about the inspiration–or enthusiasm–for this project.)


doe shirts quilt_carolyn friedlander


I think that fabric is fun and so is piecing. Mix the two together with a novel block design, and it’s got good times written all over it. This is probably why I’ve made so many Shirts blocks and projects since releasing the pattern 2 years ago. It’s certainly become one of my go-tos.


This version uses Doe and the coordinating Konas. I enjoyed making it because this type of project is always a good way for me to familiarize myself with the collection. I like figuring out how the different pieces in the collection can mix, as well as dreaming up what type of crazy wardrobe I can make.


Unfortunately, I forgot to take a good picture of this project before Market, and the project is now traveling to different trunk shows, so above is only a shot of the project pre-quilted, but I do have this shot from the booth. I ended up quilting it with some big stitch in many different colors.


Shirts quilt in Doe fabric_Carolyn Friedlander


It’s also been fun to see and participate in the All Shirts Swap hosted by May Chappell. Stay tuned to her blog for an announcement about something new coming up soon…









Doe Wholecloth Quilt and Doe Wide.

Doe Wide Fabric_Carolyn Friedlander


Also new on the fabric front, is Doe Wide which is a new 108″-wide design. I wanted more wide fabric options to use for backs that were non-gendered or age specific, so I took the bias check from Doe and have it in four colors, carrot, ash, pacific, and black.


While it’s great for backs, I’m also piecing with it too. Here’s a small version of Outhouse that I made up this week. Doe Wide is the background.




Outhouse quilt blocks_Carolyn Friedlander


Because, it’s so versatile (and really soft), I decided that this particular design would also be perfect as a whole cloth project–the grid gives you a bit of structure for any number of designs. You can use it as a canvas for big stitch, free motion, appliqué or anything else you can think up.


Enter, Doe Wholecloth.


doe wholecloth_tied_carolyn friedlander


This one I made by tying off with a lots of different colors of perle cotton thread. The texture and color that the ties create is so much fun.


doe wholecloth_tied colors_carolyn friedlander


doe wholecloth_tied binding_carolyn friedlander


I also gave my friend Ellen a bit to work with. She used the printed grid as a guide for lots of big stitch quilting with more beautiful colors of bright threads.


doe Wholecloth folded by Ellen


I created a pattern for this that will be up on the Robert Kaufman website soon. The idea is simple, but there is so much you can do with it.









Doe Fabric Makes A Couch: Part Two.


After planning, piecing, and quilting the panels for the couch …


Cutting up the Doe couch quilt_Carolyn Friedlander


it was time to hack them up.


Cutting Doe couch quilt_Aerial Focal Totem_Carolyn Friedlander


To be honest, I was nervous about this step. But I measured and marked everything all out before making the first cut. At this point, my mom and I were both working on this, so I had her come by and double check that all of my measurements and markings were correct and in the right place.


When I actually cut it, it was more liberating than I expected and quite fun. I might need to hack up quilts more often.


Doe Circle Lattice cut up_Carolyn Friedlander


While I was doing that, my mom was busy making the cording…


Doe Couch cording_Carolyn Friedlander


Then we joined efforts to add the cording to the side and front panels.

It was fun to start finally seeing them come to life.


Making Doe Circle Lattice cushions_Carolyn Friedlander


And voila.


Doe couch_Circle Lattice side_Carolyn Friedlander


This is the more serious side…


Doe couch_Circle Lattice cushions_Carolyn Friedlander


And then here’s the party side. (I can’t stop thinking of this couch as being kind of like a mullet…)


Doe couch_Aerial Focal Totem side_Carolyn Friedlander


Doe Couch pieced side_Carolyn Friedlander



While making this project, I kept thinking about how the couch was kind of similar to a toy that I used to play with as a kid.


childhood picture blocks_carolyn friedlander


I wondered how well you’d be able to understand the design of each side of the cushions when they came together despite being cut and sewn up into separate cushions. The cushions can come together to create one picture, or they can be switched and flipped around into segmented pieces of the same puzzle. I like the three dimensionality of that.


Doe couch baby_Carolyn Friedlander

Photo by Elisabeth Woo


(Big thank you to Nathalie for the Doe baby model and to Elisabeth Woo for taking this photo!)


The whole continuity thing is something that I’ve been drawn to before–not in the three-dimensional way–but certainly when it comes to the fabric.

Alturas from my pattern line…


Alturas quilt continuity_Carolyn Friedlander



and Cowboy Circle Lattice from Savor Each Stitch.


Cowboy Circle Lattice_Carolyn Friedlander

Photography © Alexis Wharem, Greenprint Photography reprinted by permission by Lucky Spool Media, LLC.


In moving forward, I still have the two matching chairs to complete the set. With them, I’m thinking of somehow incorporating Post and going in a flame direction.

We’ll see…









Doe Fabric Makes A Couch: Part One.


doe couch and fabric swatches_carolyn friedlander


Time to talk about my new couch.

This was a fun project to think about–and I thought a lot about it!

For months.


+ Base goods acquisition:

Finding the right couch to recover was certainly not an easy part of the equation. I’m always a fan of finding something old to fix up, but my local market for good finds can be a bit tricky. Luckily, one of my local quilting buddies tipped me off to a couch and two chairs that she drove by at a yard sale, and sure enough, they were exactly what I was looking for. Score!

Sadly, this is my only before picture. Oops!


doe couch before_carolyn friedlander


As you can see, it’s a couch and two chairs with removable, two-sided cushions. The wood part wasn’t in the best of shape, so my mom and I stripped and refinished it before moving on to redoing the cushions.


+ Technical strategy:

I wanted to cover it in my new fabric, but what I was mostly challenged by was thinking about a way to stabilize and add body to quilting cotton so that it would look a little more polished. You certainly can use quilting cotton to do it–my mom and I have recovered many things with just quilting cotton before and it’s worked out great–but I knew that I wanted something a little more sturdy. So I decided to make it like a quilt to add structure and thickness.


My biggest concern with doing this was that I worried whether the many layers involved in quilting would make it too bulky to sew up easily. I really had no way of knowing, and so I’d just have to see by doing it.


+ Design strategy:

I liked the idea of incorporating patterns from my pattern line, and the plan was to use fabric from Doe and all of the coordinates. Many of my patterns work from strips or scraps, so I went ahead and cut strips from all of the fabrics that I had to work from, and I laid them out. I’m one of those people who needs to see everything in order to work with it, and so this is how I did it. My cutting table was very full!


doe fabric and kona cotton solids_carolyn friedlander


After a thorough survey of my pattern line, I chose to work with Aerial, Totem, and Focal. To me they worked well together, and they’d each give me the right opportunity to explore using all the different fabrics that I had to work with in the way that I wanted to.


carolyn friedlander blocks in doe fabric


Since all of the cushions are two-sided, I also had to decide on a design strategy for the second side. For that, I decided to go with a project from my book, called Circle Lattice. Choosing this particular project for the second side was a breakthrough for me, because it made me realize that instead of treating each individual cushion as its own canvas, I could treat one entire side of the cushions as a giant canvas to cut up into smaller sections. Because the Circle Lattice block is so large, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of wasting any of it. Building each side as a unit would make better use of the block, and it would also make it much easier and efficient to make.


Here’s the start to the Circle Lattice side. (The near matchup of the two Doe prints was completely accidental, but much appreciated!)


doe fabric_circle lattice quilt_carolyn friedlander


+ Piecing:

To figure out how big each side needed to be, I simply added up the cushion dimensions laying side by side with the back cushions above the seat cushions. That resulting shape was a rectangle that I then mapped out onto my floor with painter’s tape. I did the painter’s-tape-on-the-floor approach, because I wanted to physically audition the layout of each side. I needed to see it.


I struggled quite a bit to figure out the layout for the AFT (Aerial-Focal-Totem) side…


doe couch quilt making_carolyn friedlander


The CL (Circle Lattice) side wasn’t as tricky to lay out since it was mostly a matter of how to float the one large block…



doe couch_circle lattice quilt top_carolyn friedlander


+ Quilting:

Then I layered and quilted each side separately with straight(ish) lines. With all that was going on with the piecing, I wanted the quilting to be simple and a unifying factor.


doe couch quilting_carolyn friedlander


Here is the AFT side after quilting.


doe couch quilt_aerial totem focal_carolyn friedlander


doe couch quilt_aerial totem focal detail 1_carolyn friedlander


doe couch quilt_aerial totem focal detail 2_carolyn friedlander


doe couch quilt_aerial totem focal detail 3_carolyn friedlander


doe couch quilt_aerial totem focal detail 4_carolyn friedlander


And here is the CL side after quilting.


doe couch quilt_circle lattice quilted_carolyn friedlander


doe couch quilt_circle lattice detail 1_carolyn friedlander


doe couch quilt_circle lattice detail 2_carolyn friedlander


Next, in part two, we’re hacking it all up…
















Coordinating Konas, New Architextures Crosshatch Colors, and Swatch Mixing.


warm doe swatches and konas_carolyn friedlander

Photo by Modern Handcraft


warm doe swatches_carolyn friedlander

Photo by Modern Handcraft


Getting the chance to put together a coordinating set of Kona cotton solids to go with my collections is always a treat. I like to use it as an opportunity to build out the color range of the line further rather than try to match everything perfectly.


Here’s a flashback to that process. First, I like to order the collection in some way by color. Then I’ll start to think about how to fill in and expand on any gaps with the solids.


picking out the coordinating Kona solids for Doe_carolyn friedlander


Here are the colors that made the final cut. (See here for the names.)


Doe Coordinating Kona Solids_strips_Carolyn Friedlander


In other news, this also happened.


crosshatch colors_carolyn friedlander


I was able to add some new colors to the Architextures crosshatch print. New to the group are shades of Chestnut, Poppy, Pickle, Limestone, Cadet, Niagra, Fog, Shadow, and Shale. The pic above shows one of the new FQ bundles that has all of the current and available colors in it.


Related to swatches and solids, I thought I’d also highlight another section of my booth, which was my smaller swatch wall. One of the first things that I did with Doe was to play around with how the different prints, coordinating solids, and extra crosshatch colors would play together. Anytime that I had a swatch set that I liked, I’d pin it up on my studio wall as a reminder for later. I wanted to bring this element into the booth, and so I had some extra swatches at play on my small side wall. (Big thanks to Nicole at Modern Handcraft for letting me use some of the great pics that she took in my booth! To check out her Market recap of my booth or to see any of her other beautiful posts, visit here.)


doe swatches_carolyn friedlander

Photo by Modern Handcraft