SewDown Nashville!

Here’s a little bit of what went down at the SewDown.

 

Robert Kaufman made sure there were mini charms with some of my favorite fabrics waiting for each student.

 

Robert Kaufman mini charms

After getting registered, the whole gang made a trip out to Anna Maria Horner’s home and studio. It was gorgeous–no surprise! Her family also entertained us with some wonderful live music.

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We paid a visit to a brand-new shop in Nashville called The Fabric Studio. It was lovely.

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There was even a Botanics sighting…

Botanics at the Fabric Studio

Then there were the classes…

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It was a truly fantastic group of students, and we worked on my Aerial quilt project.

Architextures Aerial at SewDown

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Oakshot Aerial_SewDown

Lotta Aerial_SewDown

Botanics Aerial_SewDown

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The Sew Modern crowd was well represented.

Sew Modern at SewDown

as were so many other fun friends…

Aerial sewing at SewDown

Lectures by Elizabeth Dackson, Alexia Abegg, and Maddie Kertay were also very memorable. Here’s Alexia and her Marcelle’s Medallion…so stunning.

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I had such a blast. Everyone was full of enthusiasm, so talented, and just tons of fun to be around. Thanks so much to the MQG for hosting such a fabulous event, and big thanks for everyone who came out. You guys are all great.

 

For anyone who missed it, mark your calendars for QuiltCon 2015. You won’t want to miss it.

Did I mention that I will be teaching and lecturing…?

 

I’ll also be teaching loads more the rest of the year, including at SewOK, Camp Stitchalot, and many others. Check out my events page for more details.

 

Hopefully I’ll see you soon!

 

hi, april.

Quilt Market is looming, as it tends to do. That’s fine. I mean there are still (quite a few) logistical things that need to be worked out, and my new stuff is not quite ready to see the light of day. But those are just details, right?

 

But seriously. I am really excited about the new stuff I’ve been working on. And I am excited to travel all the way over to Portland in May. I’ve never been there, and I hear she’s quite the hip lil place.

 

In addition to Quilt Market, I’m so happy to have a couple of workshops and trunk show lined up at Portland’s Modern Domestic. It’ll be fun to hang around after the show and meet more of the locals. On the agenda we’ve got some beginner-friendly stuff in an Aerial workshop (similar to this one), then some slightly trickier stuff in an Olive class, and finally a little socializing, chatting, and quilt-gazing in the evening during an open house/trunk show kind of thing.

 

I just recently shipped off the goodies for that.

 

olive and aerial in the mail

 

I’ve also been rummaging through my trash can for scraps to turn into notecards as I seem to have depleted my stash.

 

swatched card

These also kind of show some of my recent swatches and what I’m working with.

scrappy swatches

scrappy notecard

Marathon quilting on some new stuff…

quilting on essex linen

 

Dreaming about making a wiksten tank with some tsuru.

 

tsuru wiksten

 

And I’m massively impressed with Ken Kaufman’s “Matzotextures.” You’ve gotta check that out.

 

 

 

 

fun day at the expo.

I had a great time yesterday at the expo–especially teaching my class. Everyone caught on quickly and did beautiful work.
No blood and no tears.
Good deal.

 

aerial blocks

 

 

Deep in fabric-selection thought.

 

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Got one done!

 

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aerial blocks

 

aerial blocks

 

Nice having a neighbor to borrow some green (kona kiwi) from.

 

aerial blocks

 

 

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Excellent job all!

 

 

Other expo sightings included :

 

A cool jacket.

 

embroidered jacket

 

Akonye Kena

 

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Rad sketchbooks at Some Art Fabric.

 

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The House That Kaffe Built (great name!) by Kathryn Patterson and Rebecca Segura.

 

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I’m a big fan of the creative feather application.

 

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A special Victoria Findlay Wolfe collection from her book. This one was quilted by Angela Walters.

 

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Vintage buttons. Always a fan.

 

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Lots of architextures goodies at Fabric Warehouse. (Thanks guys!)

 

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Holly and Melody from Fabric Warehouse looking so cute.

 

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And two of the Inspire girls.

 

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With their impressive signage. Nice one, Lisa!

 

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And I did come home with a pretty hardcore rotating cutting mat.

It’s got ball bearings.

I’ll probably be grunting while rotating later today.

 

So fun to see everyone!

#goodtimes

 

 

aerial workshop this week.

And the samples are finally done.

deep breath.

 

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There are two other colorways to this gang.

Meet Mr. Cool.

 

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And Mr. Grayscale.

 

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Together, they are a group of samples for my workshop (this Thursday!) at the Original Sewing Expo in Lakeland, Florida. (I’m not sure, but there might be a couple spots left.) We’re going to be putting together my Aerial pattern with some architextures.

Everything’s all kitted up and ready to go.

 

I found myself really enjoying getting these guys together. I’d designed the pattern long before I had my own fabric to sew with, and it was a fun treat to see how it all played out.

 

 

 

 

happy valentines day!

aerial quilt_carolyn friedlander

 

Aren’t I just so festive?

I started the morning off with some free-spirited, free-motion. Sometimes you just need to do some doodling, and that’s exactly what’s been going on here. The sample (Aerial, btw) is for a workshop I’m doing in March, and I’ve had it basted and ditch-stitched for longer than I should admit.

 

We’ve got QuiltCon a week away, which is nuts! I’m totally excited to be taking off for a few days, hanging out with lots of quilters, being in Austin, and doing whatever else along the way. I know there are plenty of folks who aren’t able to make it, and so I’ve decided to run some posts while I’m gone featuring tons of my recent projects in a little series I’m calling, “a quilt a day.” I hope that’s not too dorky.

 

So watch out for that, and send any pics my way (info[at]carolynfriedlander[dot]com). I’d love to include some quilts from you too. It’ll be our own lil quilt show.

 

And remember my recent sewing binge? Cheryl just released details on her next goodie. It’s safe to say that I’m already obsessed.

 

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday.

Aerial quilt, carolyn friedlander

I do love local.

And of all the promotional holidays we have going on right now, this is one that I’m happy to partake of.

My mom, sister, and I will be venturing off to our local, independent kitchen shop, which is always a great time.  And I think we’ll also be able to catch the Lake Wales Farmers’ Market, which means a visit to my favorite–the Guacamole Guy.

Yummy.

Here are some other great places to shop.

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Happy Small Business Saturday!

feeling wild about texture and wildly strong.

 

Ah, texture. Such a wonderful thing. And one of my favorite things about quilting.

 

aerial texture carolyn friedlander

 

It’s been nice to be able to enjoy some of my quilts since getting them back recently. I finished my aerial cover sample right before her launch in Kansas City, and she’s been touring quilt shops ever since. So we haven’t had much time together outside of her making.

 

While laying it out yesterday, I was reminded of how much I love texture and my obsession with it in this project.

 

aerial texture carolyn friedlander

 

I am also one of those people who enjoys both sides of a quilt, especially when the back allows you to see the front in a different way.

 

aerial texture carolyn friedlander

 

Also recently, I have been killing rotary cutters. I’m not sure if I’m using the wrong type, using them the wrong way, or just totally unaware of my own brute strength, but I’m on my third in about 2 months.

 

rotary cutters

 

I’m down to the little guy on the right, and based on my track record with the big ones, he’s not going to last long.

I’m taking recommendations…

 

 

aerial eye candy.

For whatever reason I’m having a difficult time focusing today, so I thought I’d share some (slightly random) eye candy from one of my newest patterns, aerial. Enjoy!

First is an early sketch. I think this one happened on an airplane, which is where I got the inspiration–an overhead (aerial) view of a patchwork landscape. From early on I wanted each block to have its own flavor, so I decided to limit the colors in each to a small set. That way I’d get more overall variety and (hopefully) keep some of the craziness under control so you could still see the pattern. When I made the sample I found myself trying not to repeat any of my previous color combinations. It was fun, challenging, and kept me entertained.

aerial sketch carolyn friedlander

Next up is a shot of the sample before she got sandwiched and quilted. I thought her backside looked especially enticing. The added texture and directionality of the seams makes it feel somewhat sculptural, which I like. (Looks like my chambray was getting a little out of control down there in the corner. No biggie. Chambray can be discreet about that from the front.)

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And last are some stamp shots. While I haven’t been able to fiddle around with too many other aerial quilt samples, I have had some fun with the stamp. Bring on the visual texture.

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Red on purple. Oh yeah.

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making my way home.

 

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Market was awesome. I had such a great time and am currently making my way back to Florida with a few fun stops along the way. I’ll definitely be posting lots of pics and comments about Market when I get back, but in the meantime you can check out my new patterns – aerial, backbone, and palmetto.