booth pics and new stuff.

Finally, some pics from Market.

But first, I’ve got some new stuff.

+ Two new patterns, Focal (a new paper piecing project, on left) and Botanics (new to my Slow Sewing Studio, on right and in the chairs).


carolyn friedlander new patterns botanics and focal


+ New fabric, Botanics, Botanics Kona coordinates, and Widecreen (more pics to come soon).


+ Also in my booth was a new way of seeing all of my stuff. In every other booth that I’ve had, I’ve displayed my pattern line in basically the same way. I’ll hang each pattern on the wall somehow, usually in a row and usually with clothespins. The system is easy, simple and effective, but personally, I was getting a little bored with it. Plus each new pattern ends up taking more and more space. So I got the idea to do one block from each of my patterns using Botanics and their coordinating Kona solids. (An excuse for more sewing…) And then I also got the bright idea to create a color gradient to unite what could otherwise potentially become visual vomit.


carolyn friedlander pattern remix in botanics and kona


No big deal, right?

Well, easy was maybe not the best word to describe the process. It was fun for sure, but also a bit of a challenge to get all of the fabrics, blocks, colors and placement to work out. I started with a colored pencil drawing to map out generally what needed to happen. Then over the course of at least a week, I laid out each block and used scraps to carefully mark how each block should shape up. And now that it’s done, I’ve got grand plans to make a big quilt with it. Ah. I can enjoy it forever.


color matching_carolyn friedlander


wall sketch_carolyn friedlander


botanics spectrum scrap pile_carolyn friedlander


block planning_carolyn friedlander

And last, I thought it’d be fun to throw up some pics of the booth coming together. Set-up is always a bit chaotic with all the boxes everywhere, freight filling up the aisles and then the wild fork-lift drivers…I’m surprised no one gets hurt. Then there are sometimes surprises, too. This year I was right next to a wall, which made building a wall next to it an impetus for creative thinking. But we managed and nothing fell down before the end of the show.

Good times.

First load.

carolyn friedlander houston 2013 booth set up 1

Walls are up. (Let’s hope they stay that way.)

carolyn friedlander houston 2013 booth set up 2

Botanics and Focal starting to find their places.

carolyn friedlander houston 2013 booth set up 3

Quilts everywhere.

carolyn friedlander houston 2013 booth set up 4

All done.

carolyn friedlander fall quilt market booth 2013

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8 Responses to booth pics and new stuff.

  1. WyoDi November 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    Love; thanx for sharing!

  2. mary November 6, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    Looks like a whole load of fun hard work and I love that phrase ‘visual vomit’

  3. Adele November 7, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Your booth is so inviting! You have an amazing ability to showcase so MANY things in a such a small space without sacrificing a tranquil end result. So many booths are just plain overwhelming. Love your design sense … and your quilts, and your fabrics, and your patterns, and …

  4. Heidi Staples November 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    This booth is just stunning!! Love what you did with the color gradient wall!

  5. Clair June 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Your booth looks so great! I wish it was my living room, it has such a calm comfortable and beautiful look!

  6. Emily June 7, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    Your Art is fantastic. Hope I get to see you and these beautiful creations in person some day. For now, happy to find you, follow and Enjoy !
    Thank you, Emily Romaine

  7. marilyn June 12, 2015 at 1:31 am #

    Just love your Botanics quilt. Can’t wait for the pattern to become available. So happy to see such style and colour combinations, makes my heart sing!

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