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QuiltCon West.

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Well tomorrow (June 25, 10am EST) registration opens for QuiltCon West. Because of that, I thought I’d share the three classes that I’ll be teaching. It should be fun!

+ 632 Facing East . Thursday, Feb. 18, 9am-5pm

Combine appliqué, paper piecing and color theory with this strip-friendly project from my book. I will walk you through the techniques involved as well as how to create your own color story with this bold and versatile project.

Facing East Quilt_Carolyn Friedlander_Savor Each Stitch

Photography © Alexis Wharem, Greenprint Photography reprinted by permission by Lucky Spool Media, LLC.

 

+ 820 Home Machine Quilting . Friday, Feb 19, 9am-5pm

Learn the basics for how to quilt on your home machine. I will start by discussing general strategy before leading into the specifics of free motion quilting and what to do with the walking foot. Come to this class ready to explore and experiment.

quilting Totem quilt_carolyn friedlander

 

+ 110 Catenary Quilt . Saturday, Feb. 20, 9am-5pm

Learn to love handwork with my architecture-inspired project, Catenary. It’s a great project for picking up and refining your needle-turn appliqué skills. We’ll also discuss how decisions in fabric selection and block placement can impact the look of the design and flavor of your project.

catenary quilt_quilt market_carolyn friedlander

And also, you can stay up-to-date on all of my other events here.

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New Pattern: Austin House

Up next for my new releases is my Austin House pattern. It debuted at QuiltCon this year in one of my classes. In the class, I walked students through the design process from initial idea, site visits and exploration to finished project. It was really fun. The idea was to take inspiration from some of the hip houses in Austin, and the result is a series that I hope folks who enjoy modern house forms can appreciate.

Austin House_pickle_Carolyn Friedlander

This pattern is new to my paper-piecing series. It’s great for beginners, goes together fairly quickly and is the perfect platform for mixing and matching different fabrics. Because of its size and playful use of fabric, I’ve already made a few of these and given them to friends as a gift. Most of the fabric requirements are in easy increments to make that part super easy too.

This is the version that I made for the pattern cover. It features my Doe fabrics, Kona Gold and Kona Pickle.

Austin House_pickle_detail_Carolyn Friedlander

I made this one prior to QuiltCon. It’s blue and very griddy. Fabrics are Doe, Architextures, some ginghams and Kona Astral.

austin house_carolyn friedlander_blue

austin house_carolyn friedlander_blue detail

My very red/orange version…

Austin House 3_carolyn friedlander

featuring Doe, Doe Wide, more ginghams, Botanics and Architextures.

Austin House 3_detail_carolyn friedlander

Austin House 3_binding detail_carolyn friedlander

In my most recent version, I got the bright idea to use some swiss dots (my new favorite!) for the binding. This will definitely be happening again. So nice.

Austin house_swiss dot binding_carolyn friedlander

(By the way, for those of you in the Los Angeles/Ventura area, I’ll be teaching this class again in July at SuperBuzzy.)

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New Pattern: Collection Quilt Block of the Month

Meet the Collection quilt.

collection quilt pattern_carolyn friedlander

Collection is my new block-of-the-month pattern and part of my Slow Sewing Studio.

collection quilt snippet_carolyn friedlander

I’ve been teaching hand appliqué more and more over the last couple of years, and I’ve found that people are really receptive to the technique, as well as to the overall experience. (Handwork is fun!)

I often think back to when I was first learning the technique, and how blindly I chose projects. It’s impossible to know what’s doable for a beginner without any experience. This was my very first attempt at needle-turn. (No judgment–it’s clearly still not quilted or even sewn into a top–ha!)

taro block_carolyn friedlander

It’s a Taro block from a Hawaiian quilt book that I’d picked up on a trip to Hawaii. It marked the beginning of an Hawaiian quilt obsession, as well as a complete needle-turn appliqué addiction. Looking at this block now, I see how far my own skills have come with practice, and I also see that I took on some real challenges with my first project–not necessarily a bad thing.

As a designer, I’m always thinking about the best ways to educate when it comes to how I develop my patterns as well as my classes. I loved the idea of creating a Block-of-the-Month pattern for hand appliqué, because I knew that the format would allow more of an opportunity to educate the process.

collection quilt development_carolyn friedlander

Collection is a 9-part series focused on exploring shape and color. Each “Collection” (or part of the project) is broken down by skill. For example, in Collection #1 you’ll be able to get the hang of the basic process before I start throwing any crazy shapes at you. Each following Collection will focus on another appliqué variation through illustrations, photographs and diagrams.

The Collection Quilt pattern blocks_carolyn friedlander

This is the quilt I would have wanted to make when I was first learning to do hand appliqué. It needed to be something fun (#1), but also something where you can really explore and learn how to tackle shape with your needle.

collection quilting_carolyn friedlander

And if you already know and love appliqué? Not to worry. I have you in mind, too. Because, hey, I know and love appliqué, and I wouldn’t develop a pattern that I wasn’t interested in making myself (after all, I make my own patterns a lot!).

collection quilt_1_carolyn friedlander

There’s also a color component to the project. I’m often asked how I choose fabrics and work with color, and so I wanted to incorporate some of that info into the project as well. Many block-of-the-months are built to coordinate specifically with a fabric collection, and with this one, I decided to go in a slightly more versatile route. Of course, all of the fabrics that I used are spelled out specifically in the fabric requirements on the back of the cover, BUT what I also did was to list the fabrics by color so that you could easily make substitutions or adjustments as desired.

To help with those decisions, there’s a black and white line drawing of the project in the first part of the instructions. Alongside it, I talk about overall composition and color for this project and encourage you to take some tracing paper and colored pencils to it to explore your own possibilities. Then, at the beginning of each Collection, I talk more about the fabric choices and colors for that block specifically.

So, it’s a lot in one project, and here’s where I feel like an infomercial…

But wait, there’s more!

(anyone else addicted to Ronco as a kid or was it just me?…)

I also have 6 alternate projects included that are made from blocks in the project. It was hard to hold back when I had the opportunity to include them, and I liked having ideas for using the blocks to make other projects like wall hangings, baby quilts, etc.

collection quilt_sketches_carolyn friedlander

So this is Collection. It’s just starting to ship to stores and distributors this week. I’ve received a lot of inquiries from folks who are interested (yay and thank you!), and so I’m working on compiling a list of participating shops and will keep you posted you can find a list of participating shops here.

As for it appearing in my own online shop, that will happen, but I’m planning to give shops a chance to get their programs up and running first since I won’t be able to offer it in the same way that they will. They will be able to kit the project, host monthly events and demos for it, sell the hard copy and more, whereas I can only plan to offer the full download in one installment. Which is also good. You can take your pick.

 

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