Happy Memorial Day and a giveaway!

Happy Memorial Day, friends. Who’s sewing or up to anything else fun?

Yesterday I sewed–all day–and it was great.


Kona play_Carolyn Friedlander


I had some fun with konas. I’ve had this idea in my mind since getting back from Market, and so I played around with that.

Today might be less eventful in terms of sewing, but I’m optimistic that I can squeeze a little bit of something in later. First, I should try to get on top of some stuff before I head out to NYC in a few days. (Should being the key word here…)


But, I did want to mention a couple of fun things:

+ HUGE thanks to all the awesome local folks for meeting up with me at Bok Tower on Saturday. It was such a treat to connect with you guys! We have a wealth of creativity here in central Florida, and we should definitely get together more often. Who’s with me?

+ Next, I’m headed out to NYC this week and busily prepping for my workshop and book signing at Purl. (Can’t wait!) If you are interested in the class, there might still be spots available, and if you’re in town definitely make sure to come by for my book signing after the class ends at 5:00pm. I’d love to see you, and my book won’t otherwise be available until July.

+ The summer Road Trip Pattern Club early bird special ends today, so if you want to get in early, jump on it.

+ Last, I’ve got a designer bundle of some of my favorite solids up for sale at Pink Chalk. They’re celebrating their 6th birthday with lots of fun stuff. (Happy Birthday Pink Chalk!) I love Pink Chalk and was thrilled to be able to put together this set. It’s got so many of my favorite konas.


Pink Chalk is also being super generous and letting me give away a bundle here on my blog…so, to enter, leave a comment on this post about what sorts of fun summer sewing plans you’ve got up your sleeves. Comment until midnight Wednesday (May 28), and I’ll announce the winner Thursday (May 29).





200 thoughts on “Happy Memorial Day and a giveaway!

  1. The most exciting summer sewing plans include You, two of my favorite people who are very quilty,the Olive pattern, and a road trip to Greensboro, NC this August. We are so very excited to learn from you!

  2. I am new to the quilting community and my plans this summer are to sew my very first quilt. I am trying to build my stash and these would help a lot!!! Happy Memorial Day

  3. I am making my first hexi quilt! Becoming addicted to the hexis!! I love the rhythm of hand stitching, so relaxing!!

  4. I plan on finishing my single girl quilt, making seat cushions for the dinning room chairs/bench, and making a seat cushion for my son’s toy chest/bench

  5. I can’t decide! There are so many things I want to make, I can never make them all. I’d love to make a jumpsuit, I need a rain jacket, shorts and some casual summer tops, and I’ve designed a quilt that I’d really like to make as well once I can afford the fabrics for it. Since I want to make it from solids only, it would be awesome if I won your bundle! Thanks for the chance! (:

  6. I’ve got a huge deadline at the end of June and won’t have time to sew before then but after that all I’m going to do is sew ALL the things!

  7. I am planning to make an all voile quilt this summer – it will probably be done just in time for winter ;-) love your color choices – thanks for the chance to win!

  8. lovely bundle! I see lots of opportunities for mixing and matching. I’m going to be moving next month, so I’m sure that there will be plenty of ‘practical’ sewing projects in my future as well as continuing on several quilty endeavors.

  9. That looks like a really fun project you’re working on, I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. My summer will hopefully involve lots of good weather, outdoors time and plenty of portable EPP. I’m working on a series of EPP butterflies in Liberty lawns for a quilt and I would love to get them finished over the summer. Should it rain I’ve got a few quilt tops to be basted, wuilted and finished off and a headful of quilt ideas to try out. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  10. I’m headed to camp stitchalot in a couple of weeks. I’m trying to decide which projects to take. But one is sewing for the shirt block swap using your shirt block pattern. Love it!

  11. That is a lovely bundle of fabric. I have a jaybird bom I am working on and then I am hoping to tackle some curves.

  12. This summer I plan on finishing my current project (orange&grey triangle quilt) , a granddaughter quilt, and working on Christmas gifts (quilted casserole carriers and pillow cases for a start).

  13. Just finished my first baby quilt, Animal Ceackers, which hangs in my 6 week old granddaughters room. Want to make a playful quilt for miss Emma to play on. Also want to make my first travel bag, looking a patterns. So many options!! Would love to win this!

  14. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m trying to get my Gypsy Wife quilt top done by fall, so I can sit in the evenings and hand quilt it during fall and winter. Yay!

  15. Working on a 4th of July quilt for my mom’s birthday and a T-shirt quilt for son’s graduation. But today, I am celebrating my birthday! Wouldn’t winning this make an awesome birthday gift?

  16. I loved meeting you and all the other Central FL people on Saturday! I sewed all day Sunday and am looking forward to a summer of sewing projects! Have fun in NY!

  17. This is just the stack of solids I need! I have a beautiful bundle of Liberty prints from Pink Chalk that I have paired with some of you architetures prints. However, some solids mixed in would totally complete it. I’ll post a photo later today on Instagram and tag you so you can see how amazing your fabrics work with Liberty ones!

  18. I love this bundle! I hope to finish a stack of WIPs and finish piecing my Steam Punk quilt. Thank you for the opportunity!

  19. My summer sewing is going to consist of some small projects that I can clean up easily. My sewing room will be packed and moved sometime so I don’t want to be in the middle of a huge project. Hexis, minis, and a few bags are on my list.

  20. Making a baby quilt for my 2nd grandchild! Yay! This time it’s a boy, coming in September. I can’t wait!

  21. This summer I plan to finish my queen size Heather Ross economy block quilt. I also want to stitch up a liberty lawn version of Elizabeth Hartmans falling leaves quilt. I love the solids in your bundle and think they would look great in a quilt for my teenager!

  22. Summer – sewing retreat next weekend, (attempting) to finish some UFOs, doing a 2nd round of ice cube dying fabric, and planning some field trips to fabric shops across the Sound.

  23. My summer starts in a few weeks, then I’m off to an Art Teachers retreat in Tennessee-solo. A new career calls for new experiences! I’d love to play with those konas!

  24. This summer I am planning on sewing a queen sized quilt for my best friend’s wedding and finishing one I have started for my parent’s anniversary. I am trying to learn some new techniques and am looking forward to learning as much as I can!

  25. My summer quilting plans include trying to finish some of my old projects. I have two quilts that are almost done, and some baby quilts I am making for my nephews in California.

  26. Always big summer sewing plans. Some of this year’s goals include a couple of grainline studios patterns to amplify my wardrobe (archer & the pending shirt dress pattern alder), a beachy throw quilt, and progress on my aerial quilt started at sewdown Nashville!

  27. Love your selections–includes several of my favorites! I just received my botanicals pattern so am planning some slow sewing for the summer; a wall hanging and a sham are first on my list!

  28. A sewing retreat, some classes and lots of quilt making is in store for me this summer. Botanics is my favorite fabric collection *ever* and I love the solids you’ve selected. Thank you!

  29. Those are beautiful! I have such a soft spot for solids. I’m finishing up my daughter’s quilt, then my goal is to move on to sewing a few things for myself (finally making some clothes instead of pillows – eek!). … and definitely count me in for the next local meet-up!

  30. My summer sewing plans are to buy a sewing machine and start quilting! A beautiful bundle giveaway will certainly help with those plans!

  31. Summer gets pretty bust with gardening at my house. But I think some handwork like your park pattern might be achievable for evenings on the patio! I have to learn needle turn appliqué first but it is my summer goal. Lovely solids btw!

  32. I love the bundle you put together! I’ve got several new quilts on my summer list, as well as one of Elizabeth Hartman’s quilted totes. Thanks!

  33. I’m planning on stitching up a tote and a road trip case for our trip to the beach at the end of the summer, but it’s really hard to find time to sew with a two year old and a newborn!

  34. It was so great meeting you on Saturday, your quilts were stunning! I think a book party for the locals would be fantastic!! I want to be first in line for a signed copy.

  35. This summer I am trying to finish a few very aged WIPs and working on a snowball quilt to use up the vast quantities of blue fabric in my stash. Incidentally I have only recently become acquainted with Pink Chalk Fabrics and love their prices and customer service.

  36. It’s coming into winter here, but I have plans to make my daughter’s summer wardrobe for next year!

  37. I’ve got two things I want/need to finish this summer, a quilt for my 7 yr old (its been on my list for 2 years!) and a Retro Flowers quilt in lovely Liberty Tana Lawns. I’d also like to start a hand sewing project to take away on holiday in July.
    Great giveaway, thank you! x

  38. I have 2 nieces graduating, so in overdrive to get a couple of quilts done by end of June. Then need a break!

  39. My summer sewing consists probably of new dresses for myself, hopefully a dress or 2 for my daughter as well as shorts for her. I’ve also been working on some sewing patterns, so it’d be great to get those going and completed!

  40. I do pillows and finish up winter projects. I live in the Midwest and do lots of outdoor stuff, but I have quick projects for rainy or too-hot days.

  41. I have a whole lot of sewing to do. some clothes for my girls and I and a quilt for my local quilt exhibition!

  42. This summer I am sewing 2 flannel rag quilts to give as Christmas gifts. Thanks for the awesome give away!

  43. I’m finding hand stitching incredibly soothing, and inspiring. Something about slowing down with my fabrics and really looking at them…. Seeing hexagons and appliqué in my Summer roster….

  44. I hope to finish a quilt for my baby – she snuck out two months early & so I’ve got some catching up to do! It’s mostly green rectangles, and I’m going to quilt it to look like farm fields, with some of the fields having alien crop circles.

  45. Winter just started downunder, I have loads of sewing projects on the go. First up is an improv quilted aeroplane bag. Your solids bundle looks so good!

  46. My summer sewing plans include making new patio decorative pillows and starting on a christmas quilt for my sister

  47. I’d like to make a modern quilt using the Downton Abbey fabric collection. Either that or a British themed quilt.

  48. I plan to finish sewing many Christmas gifts this summer. Plus a couple baby quilts. And a bunch of scrappy potholders to pass out to all the members of my extended family at our big July 4th picnic. I may even make something for myself this summer!

  49. Yum, I love that color stack! I’ve been playing around with some prints in the same palette. I’d love to combine them somehow!

  50. 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.

  51. Loooove the Bundle!!! Plans for Summer here, so far, is to make a few baby quilts…and to teach my 7 yr old Grangirlie to sew! Don’t know who is more excited…her..or this Granma!! lol She wants to make a Pillow for her Daddy…… then a quilt for her doll! Sooo cool! Know will be a fun Summer!!! : D

  52. my last 2 clothing projects were UNsuccessful, therefore I am working on and hopefully finishing some of many started quilts, which will really be far cooler anyway! Also…lots of outside time!

  53. I’m planning on doing some minimalist improvisational quilts sewing, and lots of clothes sewing. Plus I am still working on my Botanics quilt. Its about 2/3 cut out now.

  54. I’m planning to start my own online fabric and quilt business this summer, so I will be exploring some new colorways of old fabric designs as well as dreaming up new wall quilts. These solids would be so fun to print on or to piece into a quilt that I then screenprint over top. I love the modern vibe of your solids.

  55. I plan on making some I Spy quilts for some friends’ grandkids, and a few quilted bags for a local charity fundraiser.

  56. I always seem to be a season or two behind (or ahead, if you’re optimistic!) so this summer I’m looking to make a cozy quilt or two so that I’m armed for winter. And I’ve been trying to go all-solid, which makes your bundle very timely!

  57. I’m planning to finish up the quilts I’ll be entering in our guild’s August quilt show. After that, Christmas quilts!

  58. I’m hoping to make a string pieced lone star quilt for my front porch. Maybe a few tops for myself and some cuteness for my little girl. Thanks for sharing– I adore Kona and these colors are lovely!
    PS- The background for your blog is BEAUTIFUL!

  59. I will be busy in the gardens most of the summer. I will probably sew some small items like mug rugs or totes.

  60. I’m about 6 months pregnant and sewing a quilt for baby boy #2. Beyond that, we will see how long my belly fits at the table :)

  61. I will be attempting my first quilt as a gift this summer. Other than that, we have a few side trips to Arizona and Texas planned.

  62. I have several projects I hope to finish or at lest make inroads on. First up is Stars & Sprigs. Have been working on the last 20 applique blocks (did the first 20 and they are hanging on my design wall), and then will prep the large applique borders. Also need to re-watch a class I am taking so I can finish the rest of the star blocks. While I am prepping appplique blocks, once Stars & Sprigs is ready, I hop over to the Cvil War Brides Quilt and see if I can get at least the next 5 blocks ready for hand applique, and produce the templates for the remaining 10. And check in on Phoebe and finally figure out where Iwant to add wool to the center medallion and sew that all down. Maybe start on a few of her star blocks. Think I’ll finish all this??

  63. I’m literally just learning how to sew! So, more practice. A draft excluder, little stuffed animals (maybe with clothes?!), and honor fully some quilted pillow covers :)

  64. Can’t wait to see what you turn those into. My summer sewing include a pile of shirts for the all shirt swap and a Super Tote for me!

  65. I hoping to finish my first quilt this summer. I am sewing my first on by hand. So far so good. Thank you for all your inspiration.

  66. i have a swap going with a friend who has already made me an alabama chanin skirt!! i have fabric picked out for a quilt… but can’t decide on what kind of quilt to make…!! summer for me means i have time to think about it! thanks for a chance on these!! what lovely colors!

  67. Your project looks very interesting. For summer, I’m quilting up some placemats and I hope to get to a professional tote in some not so professional fabrics;-) svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  68. I’m working on a few mini quilts for some swaps I’m in as well as attempting to finish hand quilting my grandmothers garden quilt. Fun times ahead!!

  69. I have been on dialysis for 8 years and have little energy to do anything except sit at home. I am going to learn quilting this summer so I can leave warm memories to my family after I am gone.

  70. As the summer gets rolling I have been obsessed with creating Fourth of July scrappy wall hangings. One top 85% done and another halfway. Its been really fun trying out new techniques with these. I just need to quit obsessing and get them done!

  71. Nearly finished with UFO’s and will then be starting on Christmas projects and helping Marilyn finish her quilts. Then it will be weeks and weeks at the quilter getting everything quilted and warm evenings by the fire putting the bindings on everything. I’m excited.

  72. I haven’t had much time to sew recently because of a broken arm, so planning on catching up on that and enjoying the great outdoors of the West Coast of British Columbia.

  73. I’m going to be sewing up some clutches to give to my bridesmaids at my wedding in October! And maybe sewing a new purse for myself :)

  74. My first summer sewing project is key fobs for my kids teachers as end of year gifts. I’ve got a month left to do it so I’m hoping i can make it happen!

  75. Fun summer sewing- I am participating in a mini swap with a small group of friends. It is all secret and lots of fun and of course I’m terrified that mine won’t be good enough but I must start sewing tonight!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  76. I plan to make skirts for my daughters and also get a head start on Christmas decorations (stockings, tree skirt, wall hanging). And maybe new placemats.

  77. my summer sewing plans? buy a walking foot and a free motion foot and learning how to use them. Oh- and to try a lap sized bargello quilt.

  78. I’ve got a baby quilt in the works. Hopefully I’ll have a finished top ready for basting by the end of this week, then hand quilting for a couple of months. I’m really looking forward to that part. Thanks for the chance to win.

  79. I bought a cute mini-quilt hanger and so I will be busy making calendar quilts from an Art to Heart book of the same name. PS. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. The solids are great colors..

  80. Wow,…. what great colors! Will be sewing stuff for new little boy arriving in August, and another baby (gender unknown) arriving in October! Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway!

  81. I’ve got a list of unfinished projects that I’m trying to work through before I start some Christmas gift sewing (which will be a lot more fun than the current “to do” stack!).

  82. Oh I LOVE Pink Chalk! They have fabulous fabrics….My plans? hmmmm…well it was an extremely cold winter because all these babies are popping up! I have a LOT of baby quilts on the calendar! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  83. I’m going to try and figure out how to make a dioxin molecule or DNA quilt for my scientifically minded hubby!

  84. I plan on gardening & sewing. I’m wanting to increase my inventory so I can rent some booths & whatever other ideas I come up with this summer to speed up my business.

    I am really going to be stitching up a storm as I signed up for two charities to make
    clothing for needy children & families.4Good luck all & have a fun safe summer.

  85. I am sewing EVERYTHING!!!! I’m saving up for quilt fabric, I’m trying out clothes for the first time, I’m learning new embroidery techniques… I’m all over the place! (And I’m getting my friends into sewing, whether they like it or not hohoho :) ) Sewing at the beach is going to be a blast.

  86. My major sewing plans involve hand quilt a queen size quilt this summer. I also want to finally make myself either the tinker tote or Molly market tote. Thanks for chance I love solids

  87. summer isn’t the best time for sewing for me. I work full time and only sew at the weekends, but summer weekends are often spent out and about. I’ve got a quilt in the works that I’m designing as I go so I hope to work on that.

  88. I’m working on a baby quilt, but I need to buy more fabric because I thought that one of the fabrics was meant to be 8.5″ but really it’s 10.5″. :(
    I also have some fabric for a dress.

  89. I love the stripes you sewed. The white really makes the color pop. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with them! Right now I’m working on a quilt with lots of pinwheels for my granddaughter, and then I’m going to work on finishing some old UFO’s – a lot of appliqued blocks that will be incorporated with pieced blocks to create a couple quilts. Thanks for the chance to win this luscious fabric!

  90. I’m moving into a new apartment in July, so my summer sewing plan is a queen-sized Sessoms quilt for my new bedroom! All the Architextures and Botanics with a gorgeous blue-green peppered cotton for the background… YUM!

  91. I have started first of several quilts that I plan to make this summer. I am also planning to make myself some dresses — washi, staple, Cappucino, etc. I’m also hoping to teach some sewing this summer — it would be fun to share with the next generation. Thanks for the chance to win such a nice collection of solids.

  92. I am working on a bunch of different things right now – wool applique, cotton applique, some piecing, some small useful things, etc, and I really want to paint my house too. It needs it.

    Love these colours you have selected.

  93. My 5 year old granddaughter will be spending the summer with me. We will be working on a quilt for her favorite stuffed animal

  94. I have two Botanics jellyrolls and half yards of most of the prints. As soon as my gardens are in, I am going to use up all that green creative energy to start a Botanics quilt. Should have it done by Labor Day. Love, love, love the solids at Pink Chalk.

  95. I’m hand piecing a gazillion hexagons for a Union Jack flag for a British friend, and am eager to get back to imaginative sewing.

  96. I am quilting and finishing all of my tops that lay abandoned for years while I started piecing something new. Two are already done and I’m hoping for 5-6 more over the summer to be completed. Yay!

  97. I have some small sewing projects for my soon to be born granddaughter, as well as some doll clothes for the other granddaughters. Then, I will make a quilt for my nephew’s October wedding. However, later this summer I want to get several kids’ charity quilts finished for delivery to Mayo/St. Mary’s Hospital Pediatric Infusion Therapy Unit (kids chemo).

  98. I’m sewing with grandchildren this summer, so far we’ve got a skirt cut out, fixings for a pillow, a purse and a knit skirt. Then several want cool summer pj bottoms and I heard that bathrobes are on the request list for Christmas. Should be great! Thanks.

    • Ooops! Forgot to say I’ve already started on a few Christmas gifts, quilted pillows and a couple of wall hangings.

  99. Hi Carolyn! I’m finishing up a quilt as you go HST quilt with some slight variations and eyeing up your Totem pattern for my next project!

  100. I have a niece having baby and and a niece getting married and my God Daughter’s sister is getting married all around the same time. I will have to put my sewing machine outside!!!

  101. I am in the process of designing and making a quilt for my granddaughter. I am moving a little out of my comfort zone. Wish me luck!

  102. I have many quilts I want to finish and start this summer! Right now I’m finishing the piecing on our Guild’s block of the month, and then I’ll start on some projects that have been in my head for a while!

  103. I am very excited to be finishing my first quilt (which happens to be your Sessons pattern) for my first daughter going to college in the fall. Got it pieced and starting to remove the paper now. I can’t wait. Love your designs

  104. I am going to be traveling this summer and I am hoping to do some hand sewing. I was thinking of making some English paper pieced patterns so that I can work on the plane and in the hotels. I need solids because I never seem to have enough!

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