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botanics precuts_carolyn friedlander

Not sure where the time is going, but I guess that’s to be expected in the weeks before quilt market. It’s felt jam-packed to say the least.

Sneak peeks of my new fabric collection with Robert Kaufman are finally starting to see the light of day…and more importantly, I can start showing some bits of it! It’s really hard to be secretive about stuff that you’re excited to share. (And also when it’s just about the only thing passing through your hands and sewing machine!) The above are some of the pre-cuts from the new collection which will include packs of coordinating konas. MMMmm, color.


My new patterns for fall are also getting finished up. Here’s a peek of the back of one of them.

quilting with wool batting_carolyn friedlander

With this one, I tried wool batting for the very first time, and I have to say that I’m an instant fan. It’s super lofty and was a breeze to quilt. After posting a pic on instagram, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised to find that there are so many other wool enthusiasts out there. Makes me want to stock up on some more. (It also washed up beautifully, btw.)


Speaking of that one, she needs to get over to the printers today. About that…


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recently made: ledger top

ledger top_carolyn friedlander


As we get closer to the release of my next fabric line (this fall), I’ve been scoping out new clothing patterns to try when it’s here. I’ve already been working on some new quilts, but clothes are also important (/fun). Plus it gives me the excuse to make them.


While prowling a bit online I found this version (here) of Lisette 0450 (or 2245? not sure why the numbers are different) and was instantly curious. Plus, I happened to have the pattern already in my stash. (Woohoo for pattern hoarding!)


lisette 0450



The fabric Laura chose was great, and I thought the piping at the neckline was a smart detail. She also blogged about it here, which was helpful in thinking about my own.


Overall I stuck pretty closely to pattern, but lengthened it and added a slight curve to the hemline. In the future, I’ll lengthen it just a tad more and further exaggerate the curved hem. I really like the bias cuffs at the sleeves and chose not to interface them, which was a good call. The piping is definitely a must, and I can see playing that up in future versions, as well as playing with a contrasting neck and cuff.


The fit is pretty good and quite comfortable. I ended up taking it in a bit in the back seam and might play around with bringing in the sides a little more too. (I guess I could have just made a smaller size…) But with the shape being a bit boxy, you kind of want to find that sweet spot where you don’t look too truncated. Or at least I do since I don’t have much length myself. Someone taller could probably pull off the fuller shape without as much tweaking.


In the end it’s a good pattern that came together relatively quickly and easily. I’ll look forward to making it again.


ledger top neck_carolyn friedlander

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architextures win and headed to CAMP.


This is pretty exciting–the architextures big win over at Fat Quarterly. Thanks so much for all the architextures love. I am truly blown away. (And honestly a little nervous for the next line…it’s got big shoes to fill!)



And now back to my suitcase. I’m headed to the west coast for the next few days for CAMP.

And totally excited.



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