Road Trip Pattern Club update.

Have you been keeping up with the Road Trip Pattern Club? I’ve been pretty excited about the projects. Here’s what’s happened so far.


#1 Betz White’s road tripper duffel




#2 Patty Young’s kimono wrap




#3 the most recently released pattern from Carla Hegeman Crim




There are two more patterns still to come–including mine–and you definitely can still join.

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Talking about Savor Each Stitch on Modern Sewciety.

Taking 2 weeks off was really fun (and much-needed), but now I’m definitely playing a lot of catch up since getting back. In fact, I’m just now getting to this…


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I chatted with Stephanie from Modern Sewciety recently about my new book–that is finally out (how crazy is that?!) You can find the chat here along with some other enticing interviews.


My goal is to tackle more of my inbox this morning so I can work on some projects later while listening to the show. I’m especially excited to hear what Jen Beeman has to say. I’m a big fan, and actually have quite a few of her patterns waiting in my queue…




Spring Quilt Market 2014.

Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh was a little over a month ago now (kinda hard to believe!)…which I guess means that it’s time to share some photos from it. Better late than never, right?


I’ve never been to Pittsburgh before, and I was surprised by how lovely the city is. The convention center was also surprising in ways, the best of which was the natural light. This was how it looked when I walked through the loading dock to unload on the first day of set-up. It’s always crazy to me how much of a blank canvas it starts out as.


natural light at the pittsburgh convention center


Another highlight (that I didn’t get a picture of) was the scenery from the front of the convention center of the river and all their wonderful bridges and buildings. This was a city and convention center with plenty of character and charm.


Set up is always a whirlwind and a little stressful. There are those details that you hope will work out in reality how they work out in your head…or at least that’s how it is for me.


Set up quickly started out with plenty of ironing…


Carolyn Friedlander booth under construction at Spring 14 Market


…as well as a body-esque bag o’ quilts that we kept having to shuffle out of the way and try not to destroy.

(also, not super glamorous…)


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These old grove ladders (that I still need to do a deeper clean on) were a recent procurement and where I wanted to display most of the 23 quilts from the book. Here I was just starting to figure out their placement.


Carolyn Friedlander_Savor Each Stitch quilts at Spring 14 Market


This other wall was more of my new pattern area, and I wanted it to have a flame/tangerine theme. While I was getting the big stuff up there, I noticed that the two Circle Lattice quilts from the book (lower left) worked well with the them, so they went up too.


Carolyn Friedlander_Spring 14 booth under construction


The ladder wall was my Savor Each Stitch wall, and the plan was to make use of a ton of the photos we had from shooting the book. (Note to self: I need to devote an entire blog post to these photos–I have no one but our local girl, Alexis Wharem of Green Photography, to thank. She is amazing!)


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More photos.


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Here’s how it all turned out.

New patterns–Totem and Post on the left, Savor Each Stitch stuff on the right.


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And I was really surprised and totally flattered to win an award.


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Alright, now we’ll move into my random pics from the show. When you’re holding down a booth, I can’t say that you get out too much to walk the floor (hence the not-so-comprehensive Quilt Market photos of anything else but my booth and what was right around me), but you do get some great visitors.

Starting with my awesome neighbors–I totally lucked out!

Vintage quilts and fabric across the way…


Vintage quilt neighbor


Jen Kingwell was one of my immediate neighbors–such a dream! Her quilts are beautiful to stare at, and she’s a great person too.


Jen Kingwell at Quilt 14 Market


I paid closer attention to her Green Tea and Sweet Beans again, since I’m taking a stab at making my own.


Jen Kingwell at Quilt Market 14


And then to the other side was Valori Wells! She’s so much fun and super creative. Here she is adding some final details during set-up. Such a pro.


Valori Wells booth painting


She and I made sure to show off some Kaufman love.


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It was great having the entire Kaufman team nearby…they are so supportive…and just nice!

Below are Elisabeth and Nichole from their super team.


Elisabeth, Nichole and Carolyn at Quilt Market


The Kaufman booths were amazing, and I especially enjoyed this quilt that was within eye-sight. So stunning. It looks like the free pattern is coming soon. It’ll be hard not to want to try this in some of my favorite fabrics…


amazing quilt at Robert Kaufman booth


I also really liked this group of solids from Elizabeth Hartman


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…so much so that I went home with some and have already cut them up and worked them into a project.


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Other Market snippets include…

book signings (a weird–but flattering–experience)


savor each stitch book stack


This awesome picture of the wonderful Jacqueline from Soak


Jacqueline from Soak


The Soak team also set me up with a sweet manicure courtesy of their Denyse Schmidt Soakbox.


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And my little Market take away was this awesome succulent from one of the Kaufman booths..isn’t it lovely?


my new plant from quilt market



Savor Each Stitch workshop at Gather Here.

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Yesterday was my class at Gather Here in Cambridge. It was great and so much fun. We worked on Facing East from my new book.

They have this wonderful annex above the shop with tons of light and very ample work space, as well as more fabric which makes it colorful and so lovely.

I was also able to get all of the quilts from the book to the shop, so they’ve got them scattered around in the shop below and on the walls in the work rooms.


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I’m looking forward to the book signing tonight at 6:00pm. Stop by if you’re in town.


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Quilt for Aneela.

This past weekend I put the home improvement list aside and did some sewing, which was a good thing. I worked on a quilt for a friend and did a couple little things including some blocks for the Quilt for Aneela. Have you guys heard about this? If you haven’t and would like to participate, you can see what it’s about here.


Quilt For Aneela


Aneela Hoey just announced last week that she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer and that she’s having surgery this week. That sucks. I figured that if I can make a few blocks that might brighten her day, I’m happy to do it.


QuiltCon 2015 classes.

I can’t believe that it’s almost time to register for QuiltCon. It’s pretty crazy how fast time has flown since the last one, and in many ways I hope it continues to fly, because I’m ready for round 2. The first QuiltCon was truly a special and inspiring event, and I’m flattered and excited to be teaching at this next one. Plus, Austin is an amazing place and well-suited host city for us fun-loving creatives. Since registration is fast approaching, I thought I’d do a quick summary of what I’ll be teaching, and I hope to see you there!


+ Houses . Thursday, February 19 . 9am-5pm 


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Designing my Local quilt was a lot of fun, and since it’s release I’ve been asked many times how to design your own (house) block. Well, this class is a take off from that. I’ll be designing a special Austin/QuiltCon house block that we’ll make in class (so you’ll learn to paper piece), but I’ll also walk you through the block-design process.


Since I’ll be teaching with the Austin MQG in August, I’m looking forward to doing some local recon for this special project ahead of time. I want this project to be a commemorative, Austin-themed block for the class, and I’ll be documenting the entire process so that you can see exactly how I did it. Then I’ll make sure to work with everyone in the class on building their own.

And hey, if you sign up for this class, maybe you’ll want to bring a picture of your house or a special house in your life, and I’ll give you some pointers on turning it into your own special quilt.


+ Emphasis . Friday, February 19 . 9am-5pm 


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



Emphasis is series of projects as well as a major design tool that I talk about in my new book, Savor Each Stitch. The basic idea with emphasis (the projects and design tool) is that you can do so much just by careful decisions in how you use your block. This is something that I love about quilt making. We’ll be breaking down the idea of a quilt block to explore how block strategy and manipulation can give you so much to work with, and how we can use it to impact our final designs.


As for the project itself, you’ll also learn to paper piece, and we’ll talk a lot about fabric and quilting strategy as well.



+ Architecture, Quilts + Us . Saturday, February 21 . 4pm-4:45pm



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Alright, so this is a lecture, and I’m not gonna lie that giving my first formal lecture in a large hall scares me just a little bit. But, I am pretty excited and passionate about my topic. So there’s that. Plus, I’ve had this talk on my mind for quite a while now, and I’ve got some time between now and then to get lots of practice in.


So, Architecture and Quilts…


For me, I see a direct correlation between the two, but I know that may not be super obvious to most people. This is surely why I get asked so often if I miss architecture or when I plan to go back to it. The answer to both of those questions is that I don’t feel like I ever left it, OR, maybe more true, is that I feel like what I am doing now is a more fitting continuation of what I enjoyed most about architecture that I didn’t necessarily get while working in the field.


But, why does this matter? Or, why should a room full of quilters care about what I think about architecture and quilting? Well for one, I know that I am not alone, and I know this because I meet tons of architects, engineers, and other folks with design backgrounds through quilting all the time. So much so, that it’s not really surprising to me anymore, and the reasons why this is true is relevant to all of us. There are some really strong parallels between architecture and quilting that we can look at and use to make all of us better quilters.


Another focus of the talk will be on modernity (a relevant topic to highlight and discuss at the Modern Quilt Guild’s flagship event). I think that there are some interesting connections to be made between modernity in architecture and modernity in quilting that I am excited to explore.


So anyways, that’s kind of what’s on the docket for this talk. I promise to also provide some beautiful slides, to talk directly from my own experience, and to provide a look at quilting through a slightly different lens, which is something I always think can be a helpful thing to do.


+ Aerial Grove . Sunday, February 22 . 9am-5pm



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Aerial Grove is another project from my new book, and color is a huge part of this project. I know for a fact that color is a main attraction for us quilters, and I also think that how we use it can be really powerful. In class, we’ll focus not only on working with color but also on developing your own color stories and how working with prints and pattern can play into the mix. Technique-wise, you’ll learn my favorite way of needle-turn appliqué (it’s fun and easy!).


I really want this class to be hands on and fun, with lots of attention paid to helping you find your own unique sense of working with color.


So that’s the list of what we can work on together. I tried to put a lot of time and attention into my offerings at QuiltCon, because I do think it is such a special event. I know that everyone involved has to set aside lots of time, money, and energy to attend, and I definitely want it be mindful of that to make it a worthwhile and fun experience for all.


You can find the full QuiltCon schedule to download here.


Here are the important QuiltCon registration dates:

+ June 24, 2014: Registration open for all MQG members 11am EST/8am PDT

+ July 1, 2014: Registration open to non members


They’ve also put together this helpful video for how to register. You can find it here.


I hope to see you there!





New events in Boston and New Hampshire.


Facing East quilt by Carolyn Friedlander_Savor Each Stitch


One thing that I’ve been doing a lot of lately is booking more teaching gigs, which is pretty exciting. However, one thing that I haven’t been doing so much of lately is sharing what I’ve got coming up, so this week, I’ve got some posts planned to get more of that info out there. Our creative community is super special to me, and I’d love to see and work with you soon if I’ll be in your area!


In a couple of weeks (super soon!) I’ll be in the New England area–which I’m stoked about–and while I’m up there, I’ve got a couple of events.


+ First up is a trunk show and book signing at Quilted Threads in Henniker, New Hampshire from 10:00am – noon on Saturday, June 28. I’ll be bringing tons of quilts from my new book, and I’ll be around to chat/meet/enjoy the locals. (Side-note: You may or may not know this, but also going on that weekend is the Vermont Quilt Show, which sounds fun and exciting. You might want to keep it on your radar if you are in the area. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it, which is too bad, because I hear it’s a good one.)


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+ On the next day, June 29, from 11am – 5pm, I’ve got a workshop set up at Gather Here. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful and exciting things about this shop, plus I also know that the Boston area has some amazing quilters, so I’m really looking forward to being there. We’ll be working on the project Facing East from my new book. It’s a fun one, with lots to offer in terms of color and technique, and it’s also not something that I have scheduled to teach anywhere else yet. It’ll be special.


Facing East Quilt_Carolyn Friedlander_Savor Each Stitch

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


I’m planning to kick it old school (which is usually how I like to roll) and bring colored pencils and markers, so we can get down and dirty with our project planning. Plus, we’ll also talk color, paper piecing, hand appliqué, and whatever else fun and quilty. Get ready for that.


Facing East quilt_snippet_Carolyn Friedlander_Savor Each Stitch

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


+ Oh, and then on Monday, June 30, starting at 6:00pm we’re also doing a book signing at Gather Here. This event will be open to any and everyone interested. We’ll have copies of Savor Each Stitch, and all of my quilts from the book will be there, so make sure to stop by. It’s likely that the quilts will be at Gather Here sometime soon and leading up the event, so check it out if you are interested.


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




NYC adventures.

I just got back from NYC and it was a blast.


First up, was BEA for a book signing. That was an experience, for sure.


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It was great to see Lucky Spool’s first 2 titles (mine and their Essential Guide) represented at the show in Taunton’s booth.


lucky spool books at BEA


I found my way to City Quilter–which is a beautiful shop! How about the great company my pattern Tangelo had in being next to Jen Kingwell? Score.


carolyn friedlander and jen kingwell quilt patterns at city quilter


On the last day in town, I had my class and book signing at Purl Soho–also a lovely shop and my students were excellent.


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There was even a wall of Botanics in our classroom…


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I was very impressed with the bundles at Purl…especially these with Botanics…nicely done!


carolyn friedlander botanics bundle at purl soho


fabric bundles at purl soho


Otherwise my trip included visiting with dear friends, eating lots of very tasty food, plenty of walking/subway riding/googlemapping, and even some archiventuring during a trip to the High Line. Fun seeing you Mr Gehry and Mr Nouvel.


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Good times. Thanks so much for everyone who was a part of it!




Winner Winner.

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Thanks so much for everyone who entered the giveaway! Sheila is our lucky winner, and her summer sewing plans include…

“I just bought a mid arm quilter and have a blue plastic bin of unquilted tops. I am looking forward to getting some of those completed. I also want to try my hand at more modern quilts. I love traditional, but have been picking up brighter prints and solids and admire blog such as yours and take inspiration from you so keep up the great work and thank you.”


Sounds like fun!


For everyone else, you can pick up your own special bundle of my faves (above) from Pink Chalk here. While you’re there, make sure to also peruse their birthday celebration sales…lots of good stuff. I’ll be taking advantage of some of it myself.


I really enjoyed reading what else you guys will be sewing up this summer! My own plans are optimistic as usual and maybe not in a tidy list just yet. Possibilities include some home sewing (curtains, upholstery), garments, and quilts, of course! Oh and a new purse and case for my laptop…like I said, optimistic!