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New Site, New Shop.

Well, welcome!

There’s been a lot happening behind the scenes recently, and now you can see the results of some of that. The site has a new look, and on the back-end it’s entirely new. This means that it should not only run faster, but we’ve also tried to make things easier to find and more available for you.

And, the biggest news is that I now have a shop. (See 2nd menu item above and left.) In it, you will find a selection (that will grow) of my patterns available as PDF downloads. To start, we have Shirts, Outhouse, Social tote, Nest Egg tote, and Catenary.

Shirts Quilt Pattern snapshot_Carolyn FriedlanderOuthouse Quilt Pattern snap shot_Carolyn Friedlander

Social Tote Pattern snapshot_Carolyn Friedlander

Nest Egg Tote Pattern snapshot_Carolyn Friedlander

Catenary Quilt Pattern snapshot_Carolyn Friedlander

My book, Savor Each Stitch, is also available in the shop–it’s not for download, but is the physical, real deal that you will receive in your mailbox.

Savor Each Stitch book_Carolyn Friedlander

The addition of a shop and doing downloadables has been a long time coming, and it doesn’t arrive without some bittersweet feelings about it on my end. On the one hand, I love downloadable products. My own hard drive is chock full of PDFs that I’ve eagerly purchased from designers. They are a handy means to great projects that I’ve enjoyed making. As someone who doesn’t live close to a quilt shop, I can appreciate the convenience, and as someone who is often struck with moments of creative compulsion, I can appreciate the instant gratification of what just a few clicks can do for you.

Having said all of that, there still isn’t a replacement for having a beautiful pattern in hand or finding that pattern in the environment of a well-curated and thoughtful local quilt shop. The support of the independent retailers and distributors who carry my products over the last few years has helped me grow my business immeasurably, and so it’s important for me to recognize their role in this system not only as a designer, but as a consumer as well. Just like cruising blogs or instagram for project ideas, some of the best independent shops deliver us the same creative inspiration by doing their own homework to source the best patterns and supplies for us to see and use. For this reason, you’ll still find a directory of such shops, and I encourage you to support them as well.

In my book, I talk about how bringing ourselves into our projects makes them different, and quilt shops work in the same way. Each shop owner makes buying decisions based on any number of factors that they deem important. Because of that, you never know what you’ll find when you step into a new place. Or, you also end up seeing familiar things in a totally new context that makes you think about them in a new way, which I totally love. In traveling so much, I’m lucky to get to see so many of these amazing places, which is such a treat. (A dangerous treat, but still a treat…)

carolyn friedlander fabric at Superbuzzy

Colorful fabric bundles at Superbuzzy

 

cat fabric at Bunnys in Austin

Just a taste of the cat fabric at Bunny’s in Austin

 

Cabin blouse at Fancy Tiger Crafts

Inspiration is everywhere at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver

 

Classes at Fancy Tiger Crafts

Class offerings at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver

 

So, it’s with much happiness that I launch my new shop–I hope that it will be a great resource for you! I can’t wait to see what you make.

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Recent workshops in Colorado and Virginia.

Update on the teaching front: I’ve had some really great students. Here are pics from some of my recent workshops.

+ Aerial Grove (from Savor Each Stitch) with the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild.

 

Aerial Grove workshop_1_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Aerial Grove workshop_2_Carolyn Friedlander

 

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Aerial Grove workshop_4_Carolyn Friedlander

 

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+ Bulls-Eye (from Savor Each Stitch) at Cotton Candy Sewing Shop in Loveland, Colorado.

 

Bulls-Eye workshop_2_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Bulls-Eye workshop_3_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Bulls-Eye workshop_4_Carolyn Friedlander

 

 

 

+ Facing East (from Savor Each Stitch) with the Vienna Quilt Guild in Vienna, Virginia.

 

Facing East workshop_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Facing East workshop_2_Carolyn Friedlander

 

 

 

Probably my favorite thing about teaching is seeing how each student brings their own personality into their project. Working with each student allows me to see my quilts in so many different ways, that each time I leave with many ideas and much inspiration.

 

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Collaboration with Patchwork Threads.

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_2

 

I’ve been really excited about my collaboration with Patchwork Threads, which was just announced at QuiltCon. I’ve always admired their work, and I really enjoy seeing everyone sporting their shirts. So, after some discussion and many sketches, we arrived at two new designs.

 

First, savor it.

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_savor_3

 

There’s a bit of a reference to my book, but more than that, it’s intended to speak to what’s become a mantra for me (and I think many others) these days. It doesn’t matter what we choose to do, what matters is that we are thoughtful and enjoy doing it. It’s a good reminder, and one that we can apply to many things.

 

For that reason, I wanted the message to be a bit bold, but there’s also a little textural pizzazz…

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_savor_5

 

I really like how the color came out. It’s a white graphic on a deep blue, organic v-neck. I’ve already imagined many outfits with this one…

 

The other shirt is a sketch taken from a new little houses design that debuted at QuiltCon. I only did a limited release of the pattern in Austin, but you can stay tuned for it to be released for real in my pattern line this spring.

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_house_2

 

This shirt features a hip little house with plenty of grids and hand-drawn realness. The graphic is a warm and wonderful flame-orange color on a natural, organic crew-neck tee.

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_house_4

 

Plus, it’s signed…making it super personal.

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_house_3

 

Thank you so much, Patchwork Threads for a fun collaboration!

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_1

 

Both shirts are already available (here and here), and I can’t wait to see how you guys wear them!

 

Carolyn Friedlander and Patchwork Threads colaboration_3

 

 

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