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Fall Quilt Market 2014.

I’ve now been back from Quilt Market for almost a week, and I’m still catching up. It was a great trip, but it’s also nice to be on the “after” side of the Quilt Market equation.


Everything came together as far as the booth went. Here’s a shot of that.


Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Booth 2014


There is a lot of stuff represented in the booth, and so I’ve decided that all month-long, I’ll break it down and share more about all of it. Doe projects abound–in quilt, couch, accessory, and clothes form–as well as some Kona stuff, too.

Otherwise, my recap of the show is a bit random, which isn’t super atypical. I took some pictures, but they were pretty spotty, which is mostly the result of my not being able to get away from my own booth too much. But I did get to walk the show floor early on two of the mornings, and I even got a chance to peek at a few of the quilts in the exhibition hall next door.

So, here we go.


The chaos of set-up always amazes me. Fork lift drivers push for maximum speed without really looking at where they are going, huge crates emerge and block more and more of the aisles with each passing hour, and then everyone else is carrying loads, unpacking boxes, and making trips to and from Ikea. The transformation seems so dramatic, and I love watching it go from the crazy, rawness of set up, to the pristine and polished finish during the actual show.


Market Set up


Here’s getting to the end of Day 1 in my booth. The goal was to get the big stuff up and in place. Day 2 (not pictured) was for refinement.


Booth Building_Carolyn Friedlander


My immediate surroundings–the Robert Kaufman booths (sadly, not pictured…)–were bright and beautiful. And once the show started, it was fun having the entertainment of the Kona IQ challenge going on across the way.


Kona IQ challenge


I even got sucked into the challenge by the Kona Queen herself …


LS vs CF in the Kona IQ Challenge


It was a fun and fitting surprise to see one of Latifah’s quilts make it onto the promotional water bottles at the show.

Almost too pretty to drink …

but then my booth fern got thirsty.


Latifah's Kona Water


My buddy and booth neighbor, Valori Wells, won a first place booth award! That was super exciting and really fun to watch her reaction.


Valori Wells wins a booth award


Valori Wells and her booth award


Then, there were two of my good friends exhibiting for the first time. I’m super proud of them and just loved their booths.

Here’s Madeleine. (And she’s even wearing a Widescreen skirt!)


Domestic Strata at Quilt Market


And then here’s Lee, who you might already be familiar with because she hosts the All Shirts Swap!

Not sure why I don’t have a booth picture with her in it …


May Chappell at Quilt Market


Then there were some of my other favorites which I’m sure you’ve been seeing on IG and in other spots.

Leah Duncan …


Leah Duncan at Quilt Market


Green Bee …


Green Bee Patterns at Quilt Market


Cotton + Steel


Cotton + Steel double gauze


Cotton + Steel at Quilt Market


My publisher, Lucky Spool, did a beautiful job on their first booth …


Lucky Spool at Quilt Market


You could easily spend days exploring the exhibits next door. I had about 15 minutes. So I focused on the Ruby Jubilee and the Modern Quilt Guild showcase.


Ruby Jubilee Exhibit at Quilt Market


Ruby Jubilee


This quilt in Botanics by Jenna Brand was fun to see!



Folded Flock by Jenna Brand



The rest of the time was basically spent hanging out in my booth, which was great. I really enjoyed catching up with everyone who stopped by!


Lauren Hunt tried to teach me her skillz …


Lauren Hunt in action



My fellow Robert Kaufman designers, Jennifer and Valori …


Robert Kaufman Designers


Alison Glass and Susanne Woods


Lucky Spool Ladies

Lucky Spool Ladies


And then one last hang out before the end of the show …


Booth Gathering


Thanks to everyone for all the help during the show, as well as for all love for the booth and for the new stuff! I am truly grateful for your support.


Stay tuned for new projects to come …










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Introducing Doe.


Finally, I can share some pics from my newest line, Doe.


doe fabric stack_carolyn friedlander for robert kaufman


I keep thinking of Doe as a bit of a mash-up…


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For one, it represents my love of print mixing.

Matching is totally overrated.



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And two–which is also what I might like most about it–is that it speaks to the idea of finding beauty and character in things that are raw and sometimes imperfect.

Perfection is also overrated.



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The designs are a big mix of things that have worked their way into my life and mind over the last year and a half, including, but not limited to the following: my quilt pattern work, the (new) old digs that I’ve landed in and will be forever dreaming up projects for, having watched a few too many reruns of Saved By The Bell while hand sewing (yes, I’ll admit it…), and my forever love of grids, clean lines, and structure against the reality of what is hand drawn.



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More so than with my previous lines, this one started with a strong sense of color, which the name–Doe (in my mind)–seemed to speak to. I was completely allured by a palette that was natural and earthy with lots of creams, white on white, caramels, and browns. Doe seemed to express that while also being simple, clean and totally unfussy.



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Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more about the line, and for lots of new projects…




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Summer Makes: Aerial Grove in a multitude of Kona cottons.

Continuing with what I’ve been making this summer, next up is another version of Aerial Grove–a project that’s in my new book and one that I keep coming back to.


Aerial Grove quilt in Kona Cotton_Carolyn Friedlander


I tend to enjoy projects that embrace a “more is more” type of attitude, and this one is no exception to that. I designed it to be an outlet for a variety of little bits–each appliqué starts with just a 2 1/2″ square–so it’s quite perfect for including many of your favorite fabrics. When I heard about the new Kona cotton colors being released this summer, I was eager to celebrate that by making this project again with a magnificent multitude of Konas. I believe there are about 86 different Konas in here…


Aerial Grove quilt_1_Carolyn Friedlander


Aerial Grove quilt_2_Carolyn Friedlander


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While I do (happily) quilt my own quilts, one of these days I would like to pass off a top for someone else to quilt. Being a fan of creative collaboration, I am constantly interested in seeing how my work can play off of someone else’s. Originally, I thought that this would be a great opportunity for that–since I’ve already made and quilted a few versions myself–but instead, I couldn’t stop thinking about how to quilt it as I cut and pieced the top.


Aerial Grove quilt_quilting_Carolyn Friedlander


I’ve been really into mixing big hand stitching with machine free motion quilting, and so I knew I wanted to mix the two to add some detail to the project. The handwork would add a new layer of texture and color, while the machine strategy was a curiosity in my head about mixing grid work and scale to unify certain areas while distinguishing others.


Aerial Grove quilt_big stitch quilting_Carolyn Friedlander


Today, this quilt and many others are heading off to Portland, Oregon. They’ll be on display at the lovely Modern Domestic from Sept 5 until about Oct 4. If you are in the area, you can stop by and check them out as well as all of the other wonderful goodies that Modern Domestic has to offer.


Aerial Grove quilt_7_Carolyn Friedlander


Also, I am plotting away on yet another version of Aerial Grove, but this time in Liberty. Full disclaimer: One of my amazing students at Purl had the idea to create a version in Liberty, and I loved it so much that I decided I needed to get on top of a similar version myself. (Oh the excuses to accumulate and hoard more fabric…hehe.)


aerial grove quilt_liberty swatches_carolyn friedlander




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