Modern Sewciety and an extra hour.

First, it was such a pleasure being on Modern Sewciety this week. You can find the Podcast here. carolyn podccast art

Stephanie was easy to chat with, and I really hope to get a chance to catch up with her one of these days since she’s a Florida girl as well.


While we were chatting she asked what I work on when I’ve got an extra hour, which got me thinking. What I realized is that some of my favorite projects are those that I can slip into extra pockets of time. That point was well proven this weekend when I had a couple extra hours and found myself making up some Shirts.


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This pattern lends itself well to that, and I’ve made it very easy to do so. I keep a box specifically for these guys with extra templates and fabric ready to go. Whenever I’ve got some extra time, all I have to do is pull it out and start sewing. Many times a little bit of this does a whole lot of good.

shirts quilt box_carolyn friedlander


Other “extra hour” projects include…


+ Any slow sewing and definitely endless amounts of Alturas blocks


+ the Single Girl


+ Green Tea and Sweet Beans


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+ Candy Coated


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+ And then there are always future projects to plan for when the mood strikes…


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This pile sat on my floor for an embarrassing long time while I was finishing up the projects for my book. The pull is now taking shape as another extra hour project from one of the patterns in my new book. Maybe it’s strange, but this was the first thing I wanted to dive into after finishing all the book projects.

That’s probably a good thing.


What’s your favorite project for filling pockets of time?


blue shirt quilt block_carolyn friedlander


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4 Responses to Modern Sewciety and an extra hour.

  1. Hillary February 18, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who spends time making piles of fabric with future projects in mind. I currently have several on my sewing room floor. Several of your fabrics and patterns are sprinkled among them. :)

    • carolynfriedlander February 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

      You are definitely not alone, Hilary! Super glad to know that my fabrics have made it into some of your piles as well. :)

  2. stephanie February 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    I heart you! thank you so much for coming on the podcast. I so enjoyed chatting. I needed this post. I need some projects like this and I think I am going to set up a box of extra time projects. I am going to get on that.

    Well done, well done:)

  3. Cheryl Arkison March 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    I totally forgot about your Candy Coated. So much fun. Now I’m getting back to my own Alturas blocks.

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