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Adventures in QuiltCon 2020, Austin, Texas.

QuiltCon 2020 quilt label by Niku (@xostitches)
QuiltCon 2020 quilt label by Niku (@xostitches)

Did you go to QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, Texas? I’m back, and I thought I’d share a little bit from the adventure.

I taught 4 workshops; my Hunt quilt project (above), 2 quilting strategy classes (not pictured) and Lott Mini quilts (below).

On the show floor, it was definitely an honor to have placed 2nd in the Modern Traditionalism category for my Arlo quilt.

On the last day, I managed to walk the entire show–a delight! With a free afternoon, my priorities were to see all of the quilts, and if I had extra time, to check out the vendors too. I managed to pull off both. Win, win.

Two other quilts of mine hung in the show, Hearts and Eads Jetty. There was something special about the show layout, and it created a pleasant experience walking the aisles. I was very pleased with how all of the quilts related to their quilty neighbors. Debbie Grifka (@debbiegrifka) is my Hearts neighbor above and Stephanie Schroer (@stepschr) is my Eads Jetty neighbor below.

In the Soak booth, I spotted an original print from Architextures and my Pineapple Grove Flatter scent. They had an interactive thing going on where you could press a block and add it to their design wall.

Sewing Party had some really beautiful Wildabon and Collection Quilt samples made up in many of my fabrics. I am totally tempted to make other versions of these…

Jetty in the wild! Here are some delicious bundles made up by Superbuzzy.

My Everglade quilt was in the Superbuzzy booth as well.

How about I stop there for now? I can do a second post with other quilts and show stuff. If you were at QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, what were some of your highlights? Or, if you were watching from afar, what did you think?

Thank you to anyone who took my classes, commented on my posts, posted pictures of my quilts or said hi in person.

++ I did manage to save a few special totes from the show. Make sure you’re subscribed to my newsletter, because I’ll announce there first when/how to get one.

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2019 Fall Quilt Market in Houston

Before too much time gets away from me, I thought I’d share a bit from my 2019 Fall Quilt Market in Houston experience. (And do a giveaway!)

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

By taking a booth break this past spring, I found myself feeling refreshed and able to enjoy creating an environment to show off the things I’ve been thinking about and working on. Stepping back and looking at what you’ve done can be good. It makes me excited for the projects I most enjoyed and eager to get going on the next things. It may be a booth for me, but you could absolutely gather up some of your own recent projects, either physically or digitally, and reflect a bit on what you’ve been making. I’ll bet it gives you a little spark for whatever might come next.

Back to the booth, here’s what’s in there.

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

  1. Eads Mini blocks in Jetty, Kona Lemon Ice + scraps from my Eads Jetty + CF quilt (see #2)
  2. Eads Jetty + CF quilt (more details to come)
  3. Rye Quilt (large) in Jetty + CF (blogged about here)
  4. Rye Quilt (small) in CF (blogged about here)
  5. Rye Marmalade Quilt in Jetty, CF + Kona Cotton (blogged about here)
  6. Bartow Quilt in CF (stay tuned! More soon on this one!)
  7. Hearts Quilt in CF (blogged about here)
  8. Arlo A Quilt in CF (more to come)
  9. Hearts Quilt in Jetty (more to come)
  10. Crescent Tote (pattern by Noodlehead) in Jetty (more to come)

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

And some more…

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

Phew, so much stuff! I feel like I rarely share the booth details and projects all together like this. What do you think? Is it helpful to have a project hub? I’m hoping it’s an easy way to take it all in.

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

These Eads mini blocks have been something I’ve wanted to do FOREVER, which is to take leftovers from a big Eads project and work them into a mini version. This time, I’m using little scraps from the bigger project and letting 3 lemon yellow and light fabrics (both Jetty and Kona) take the lead. It’s totally a weekend project, and I’m excited to carve out more time to let it grow.

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

There we have it. Thanks again to anyone who stopped by in person or followed along digitally!

++ Now a giveaway. ++

Leave a comment below about any project you’re excited about between now and Saturday, November 16 at 10am EST. I’ll randomly select a winner to receive a pack of the featured patterns in my booth as well as a mini charm pack of my newest fabric collection. Giveaway has ended. Thanks so much for everyone who participated!

carolyn friedlander patterns

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QuiltCon Nashville Classes in 2019

Carolyn Friedlander . QuiltCon

Registration for QuiltCon Nashville Classes in 2019 is just around the corner. I’m really excited to be teaching, and I’d love to see you in class! Registration opens for MQG members on Tuesday, June 26 at 10am EDT (next week) and non-members July 10. I thought I’d share with you my workshops here.

Carolyn Friedlander . QuiltCon

+ Thursday, Feb 21, 2019: FDP010 – Creating A Mini Quilt Sampler

Mini quilts are massively fun. They are perfect for exploring creative ideas, new color concepts and inspired compositions. As mini quilts they can be great decorations and thoughtful gifts, OR they can also be joined together in creative ways to make larger projects. In this workshop, we’ll be using my Lusk mini quilt pattern to explore many mini ideas both big and small. Techniques covered will be paper piecing, creative planning and how-to challenge yourself (or comfort yourself) with color.

+ Friday, Feb 22, 2019: APP012 – Hand Appliqué + Hand Quilting Basics

Get a grasp on the basics with this handmade two-parter. We’ll spend the first half of the time covering the basics of needle-turn appliqué and the other half getting a feel for big stitch hand quilting. We’ll be working from a mini-sampler project designed by Carolyn just for this class.

+ Saturday, Feb 23, 2019: APP200 – Practicing Points and Playing With Color With Wainwright

Are you ready to take on some of the finer points (literally) in appliqué? My Wainwright project is the perfect platform for practicing precise points and curves in appliqué. We’ll have the whole day to work on the technique, but we’ll also discuss creative concepts like color and composition in ways that can be applied to this project.

What do you think? All are full-day workshops, and so I know that we can really sink our teeth into them. I’m hoping we can sew together soon! Let me know if you have any questions.

To see the full catalog and schedule, you can head over here.

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