Sometimes you just need to sew.

And that’s exactly what I did.


mini sunrise making_carolyn friedlander


This week (and these last few weeks) have been a little on the heavy side, so some reconnecting with my sewing machine was very much in order. I gravitated toward making these little mini Sunrise blocks, because it’s such a great project for using up scraps. Totally in the mood to dive right in, I didn’t even grab for anything specific, but instead tried to work with what was sitting on the cutting table from some recent projects.


mini sunrise blocks_carolyn friedlander


What have you guys been sewing on?


end of the year adventures.

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It’s been a busy few months for me, and these last few weeks especially have disappeared completely. There has been a lot going on.


Since getting back from Houston at the end of October, I’ve been pretty much consumed by two big things, finishing up work on a book and buying a house–both of which still sound completely crazy to me and are kind of terrifying. The book has been in the works for a while, and only now am I finally starting to feel like I’m over the big hump in the process. Having made it this far, it’s exciting to start seeing the vision coming together, and I am really looking forward to sharing it in the coming year.


Buying a house has been the other beast in my life that I’ve finally wrapped up on within the last few weeks. It’s been (and will continue to be) a learning experience to say the least, especially when the house is approaching her 91st birthday in 2014. Being an avid fan of old stuff and character, she is very full of both.


quilt block wood floor

Merriest wishes at the end of 2013, and here’s to 2014 being just as special.

Back from Market.

sunny grove pic_carolyn friedlander


These last few weeks have been nuts, but I’m back from Quilt Market and trying to catch up on all that I missed while away. Over the next few days and weeks, I’ll share pics from my trip and fill you in on all my new stuff.

For now, I’m happy to be home even though my to-do list could very well be longer than it was when I left…

All good stuff.


And Happy Halloween!



thank you so much, plus some upcoming events.

silent auction goods_carolyn friedlander

Thank you so much to everyone who placed bids on my charity auction. You are all awesome and very generous! I’ll be sending you each a personal thank you for getting involved.


Michelle, you win! I know that your donation will go on to support a great cause. In the meantime, I will work on getting your goodies together and in the mail very soon.

Just wanted to add some updates on some recently added and upcoming events.

+ Coming up Monday (Oct 7) at 4PM EST, I’ll be a guest on Pat Sloan’s radio show for American Patchwork & Quilting. You can tune in and find out more info here.


Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Carolyn Friedlander Oct guest


+ I also wanted to point out that I’ve got a workshop coming up in North Carolina in November, and I’ll be a councilor at Camp Stitchalot next year! Can’t wait to sew with some of you soon.


Alright, back to my Quilt Market booth planning…




charity auction for blocks, botanics, and other good stuff.

stack of Local quilt blocks_carolyn friedlander

A couple of weeks ago, I was digging around for some stuff in this huge pile of quilts. It’s sometimes a surprise to see what’s in there. One of the things was this stack of blocks from my Local quilt in various stages of completion. These blocks date back to the very early planning stages of the project. I was still working out the construction details and which fabrics I wanted to use where. All of which is quite evident if you flip any of them over.


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I posted a pic of my findings on Instagram and received a suggestion to auction the blocks for charity. I LOVED this idea. It’s not that I wouldn’t love to sew them together into a quilt top myself, but the truth is that I don’t know when I’ll be able to get around to it, and I love the idea of putting them to use now, especially if it’s for a good cause.


There are so many deserving charities out there to support, but one in particular came to mind right away. Several, several years ago back when I used to sit behind a desk more than I do now, I was a pretty devoted runner. I still love to run, but I keep it really casual these days. Back then, I was rather goal-oriented with my running and ended up running a few marathons. One of them, I ran with the organization Team in Training. It’s a group that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. They do wonderful work, and I had a fantastic experience.


Now, a really good friend of mine, Lindsay, is training to run the Chicago marathon (her first marathon, by the way!) with Team in Training. I’m so proud and excited for her for committing to such a huge undertaking. I know that it’s not easy. Training for and running a marathon is no small task, and then adding in some serious fund-raising in support of a great cause makes it a pretty big endeavor. There’s nothing easy about any of it. Back when I was training and fundraising, Lindsay was a huge support for me. We were both living in St Louis at the time, and one of the ways they suggest that you fundraise is to stand outside the stadium of whatever game season it is (Busch Stadium and baseball in my case) with beads to support the team and jars to collect donations. Let me say that that is a tough thing to do–especially for someone like me who is generally somewhat shy. But Lindsay volunteered to work the stadium streets of St. Louis with me to raise money for cancer research, and I really appreciated every minute of it.


Unfortunately these days we don’t live in the same place, so I can’t return the favor and go work the jar-holding with her, but I realized that I can see if I can use what I have to help support her cause. I loved the idea of donating my blocks as a way to raise funds for charity, and I’m very happy to let her and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society be the recipients.


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Here’s what I’ve got–and I’m sure I’ll throw in some other goodies when the time comes to mail it off.

+ Local grab bag of blocks (4 houses, 1 partial house and a tree)

+ a full Local pattern (so you can either finish what I started or start your own)

+ some other patterns (Social, Backbone, Stripes)

+ a charm pack from my upcoming fabric line, Botanics (this is totally not out yet, hitting stores late November!)

+ a mini-charm pack from Architextures

+ pick a pattern, and I’ll be happy to throw it in there too


botanics and architextures_carolyn friedlander


If anyone is interested, I’m hoping this could work silent auction-style. Just leave a comment for how much you’d like to donate, and the highest donation will win the goods. To read more about the organization or about my friend Lindsay, you can visit (or donate to) her page directly here. The auction ends noon (EST) this Friday, October 4.


Sincere thanks for your support in any way.


local house block_carolyn friedlander


recently in visuals.

Work/Life is definitely starting to ramp up with Fall releases and deadlines right around the corner. Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to.

Playing with lots of color…

colorful fabric pull_carolyn friedlander

colorful thread pull_carolyn friedlander

And then also not a lot of color…

whites_carolyn friedlander

Forever foraging for backing as a total afterthought and ridiculous scramble…(anyone else have issues with this?)

With my poor, intended-for-apparel stash taking a hit each time.

red backing_carolyn friedlander

blue backing pull_carolyn friedlander

kona blue and wasabi_carolyn friedlander

Enjoying some dramatic, summer scenery…

florida rainbow

florida sunrise

And always the quilting, planning, sewing, appliquéing, and big stitching which I enjoy so very much.

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taking in the scenery.

Where I live in Florida is pretty much at the center of the peninsular part of the state. Florida can be interesting place in that each part can be quite a bit different from the next. Over the last few days, I’ve enjoyed making brief stints to both coasts and have found lots of scenic inspiration.


The first adventure was to the gulf coast to visit my sister (the landscape architect) who was in the area for a conference. I tagged along with her and a bunch of other landscape architects to an event at the new Dali museum. The event featured talks by both the architect and landscape architect of the project, which was a treat. I really dig hearing about creative work and real projects from the people behind them. Plus, it took me back to my former architectural life.

I love me some cast concrete. Just yummy.


dali museum, st petersburg, florida

green wall


dali museum, st petersburg, florida


rock at dali museum

A couple of days later, I joined the rest of my family on the other coast and found totally different flavors. So lush.


leafy greens

And back at home, these guys are kind of blowing my mind.

monkey puzzle seed pod

monkey puzzle

back from Portland.

carolyn friedlander_spring 2013 quilt market booth


I had a GREAT trip, and I’m really excited to have launched loads of new stuff. It’s always fun seeing (and making) friends in the industry, scoping out what everyone has been working on, and just generally plugging in a little bit. Now as I take it all in and continue to think about my next few steps, I’m feeling quiet and reflective and really just wanting to sew.

Here’s to a long weekend of that.


More to come soon.