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New Pattern: Catenary Quilt in Doe Fabric.

 

catenary quilt by carolyn friedlander in doe fabric

 

Catenary.

Some design ideas get kicked around for a while, and this is one of them.

 

The name catenary refers to the natural arch that’s created by a cord hanging from two points. When I lived in St Louis, I learned that the shape of the Gateway Arch was inspired by this type of curve, and I always liked the simple elegance of that shape.

 

Saint Louis Arch

 

What I think I like about using this design now is how it works with Doe. Doe is very angular, kind of masculine, and somewhat raw, whereas the arch is a graphic curve with some softness to it. Together, I find them to be an interesting pair and a fun way to work with the fabric.

 

doe catenary in progress by carolyn friedlander

 

When piecing the blocks, I especially liked seeing how the grids worked off of each other against the curves. And then the quilting was another way to play off of that.

 

battle of the grids_catenary quilt by carolyn friedlander in doe fabric

 

The blocks work with easy strips of fabric, which made it great for exploring how the different prints mix in the collection. I also ended up going with a loose color and value transition starting with darker blues and blacks on top, working towards lighter values and softness at the bottom.

 

catenary quilt in doe fabric by carolyn friedlander

 

 

 

Doe Catenary_carolyn friedlander

 

 

To see more of the specifics about the pattern, you can visit the pattern page here.

 

 

 

doe catenary quilt_carolyn friedlander

 

 

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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.

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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!

 

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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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