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hello new year!

I’m feeling quite refreshed after taking a break. I had my computer turned off for at least a solid week, which is nothing short of a miracle. I did sneak a moment here and there on my ipad, but overall my effort to disconnect was successful, and my chi feels good.

 

While unplugged, my biggest goal was probably not to obsess over my schedule, making lists, or filling every moment with something productive. Aside from a couple of personal projects in mind, I just wanted to let go and enjoy. Some highlights were getting lost in good reading, knitting on a project that had gone totally dormant, spending time with family and friends, baking, sewing, and even getting lost in a 24 marathon. It’s been good.

 

Cue the visuals.

 

Shrug update: She’s being blocked, which means I’m closing in on the finish line. It’s always amazing to me how much lace opens up when blocked–a good reminder since I’m always tempted to skip this step. (Try to ignore the heinous pink towel and shoddy blocking system.)

 

blocked shrug

 

Single girl‘s got some new additions. It’s fun being able to work in some architextures.

 

 

single girl rings

I’ve been page-turning to Kaffe Fassett, vegan ultramarathoning, and industrialized fashion (not pictured). All very enjoyable.

 

reading book pile

 

Craft-wise, I’ve got a stack of flagged pages and projects from some recent acquisitions. (Apparently I’ve got a Japanese obsession going on. What can I say?)

 

craft book pile

 

And I’ve even gotten a start on a tunic from the Stylish Dress book (on top). I need to work out a few alterations, so it’s gonna hang for a bit while I ponder on that. The tea calendar was something I picked up at Quilt Market from Spoonflower. All it needed was some architextures binding to finish it off, which miraculously felt like the thing to do one afternoon.

 

tunic in the making

 

So, lesson learned that breaks are good. I’m feeling pumped to start a new year off with some energy and excitement for whatever it may bring. I’ve taken time to review the good stuff of 2012 and will continue to map out goals for 2013. I do love my goals.

 

Hope you are able to do some of the same. Happy New Year!

 

 

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entering break mode.

It has really been an awesome year, and I continue to be so grateful.

And with that, I’m officially entering break mode until the new year. I think it’s just the right time to slow down and get to some things and people who I haven’t been able to enjoy as much as I would have liked. Let there be lots of sewing, eating, and visiting!

architextures and kona gradient carolyn friedlander

In the meantime, there are just a couple of things to mention.

 

First, Pink Chalk did some fabulous Architextures and solids matchmaking–see here. So lovely. And they’re also fully stocked with the coordinating Kona solids–see here and here–that I’ve been using on many projects (including my new Stripes and Shirts patterns).

 

Second, Joan Ford of Hummingbird Highway is collecting quilts to give to the people in Newtown, CT. See here for the details. The turnaround time is soon, but with my time off and a good survey through my stash, I should be able to get something together to send. We all know how special a quilt can be.

Warm wishes this holiday season, and I’ll see you in the new year!

 

 

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recently made: green topo blouse.

 

When it comes to clothes-sewing, there is nothing like finding a pattern that just works. It’s the best, and I’ve LOVED this pattern for that exact reason. One of these days I’ll try making it as a dress, but for now, an adapted shirt version is what I keep coming back to.

 

green topo blouse_carolyn friedlander architextures

 

This was one of my architextural wearables that I sported at Market (see here). While the prints in this collection are a lot of what I have wanted to use in my quilt-making, I’ve also been having a lot of fun using them for clothes-making.

 

Here, I used the green topo and gray ledger prints. I was so stoked with the ledger-print, bias trim on this shirt, that I ended up using it for cording in my recent clutch.

 

green topo blouse_detail_carolyn friedlander architextures

 

 

 

And I’m seeing more and more shops receiving their fabric! Here are some more.

Bolt Neighborhood (in Portland, OR)

Fabric Worm

Lark Cottons

Pink Castle Fabrics

Pink Chalk Fabrics

 

 

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