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Bartow Quilt for Kona 30th Anniversary + giveaway.

I hope y’all had an excellent Thanksgiving! Mine was great. I ate, spent time with family, and just generally unplugged. I also managed to start in on some home improvements, which is what I’ll continue on with this weekend, but first, it’s my turn to share a new project.

 

 

Here’s a quilt that I did for the Kona Cotton 30th Anniversary.

 

Bartow Kona Quilt_Carolyn Friedlander

 

And it’s free.

The design is super simple, but sometimes that’s all you need. Konas are amazing to work with, and my favorite part about them is the beautiful range of colors. (There are now 303 of them!) This design is a celebration of that. I picked some old faves as well many new ones that they introduced this summer.

 

picking konas for bartow quilt_carolyn friedlander

 

 

I love working on projects like this that add so much color to your workspace! Wondering which color was up next was part of the excitement of putting it together.

 

 

Bartow quilt being quilted_Carolyn Friedlander

 

It was also a great canvas for playing around with some big stitch quilting…

 

 

Bartow Quilt Quilting detail_Carolyn Friedlander

Photo by Modern Handcraft

 

And now for the giveaway. Robert Kaufman has generously offered to give away a Doe coordinating Kona charm pack (which you could easily use to make your very own Bartow)! Leave a comment below mentioning your favorite Kona color in order to be entered. Drawing will end at 10am tomorrow (November 30, 2014).

 

Kona Doe Coordinates_Robert Kaufman

 

And make sure to check out these other great stops on the tour–so many great projects with Kona!

Week 1:

Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks

Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:

Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:

Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:

Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

 

Kona Cotton Solids 30th Anniversary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#bartowquilt

#konacotton

#omg303

 

 


Doe Shirts Quilt.

Doe clothes week?

Yep, I think so.

For this next week, I’ll be recapping some wearables or (in today’s case) clothing-inspired projects which use Doe.

 

Today’s featured project is Shirts!

(Exclamation point included because there’s nothing subtle or hidden about the inspiration–or enthusiasm–for this project.)

 

doe shirts quilt_carolyn friedlander

 

I think that fabric is fun and so is piecing. Mix the two together with a novel block design, and it’s got good times written all over it. This is probably why I’ve made so many Shirts blocks and projects since releasing the pattern 2 years ago. It’s certainly become one of my go-tos.

 

This version uses Doe and the coordinating Konas. I enjoyed making it because this type of project is always a good way for me to familiarize myself with the collection. I like figuring out how the different pieces in the collection can mix, as well as dreaming up what type of crazy wardrobe I can make.

 

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a good picture of this project before Market, and the project is now traveling to different trunk shows, so above is only a shot of the project pre-quilted, but I do have this shot from the booth. I ended up quilting it with some big stitch in many different colors.

 

Shirts quilt in Doe fabric_Carolyn Friedlander

 

It’s also been fun to see and participate in the All Shirts Swap hosted by May Chappell. Stay tuned to her blog for an announcement about something new coming up soon…

 

 

#doeclothes

#shirtsquilt

#doefabric

#doevember

 

 

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Doe Wholecloth Quilt and Doe Wide.

Doe Wide Fabric_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Also new on the fabric front, is Doe Wide which is a new 108″-wide design. I wanted more wide fabric options to use for backs that were non-gendered or age specific, so I took the bias check from Doe and have it in four colors, carrot, ash, pacific, and black.

 

While it’s great for backs, I’m also piecing with it too. Here’s a small version of Outhouse that I made up this week. Doe Wide is the background.

 

 

 

Outhouse quilt blocks_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Because, it’s so versatile (and really soft), I decided that this particular design would also be perfect as a whole cloth project–the grid gives you a bit of structure for any number of designs. You can use it as a canvas for big stitch, free motion, appliqué or anything else you can think up.

 

Enter, Doe Wholecloth.

 

doe wholecloth_tied_carolyn friedlander

 

This one I made by tying off with a lots of different colors of perle cotton thread. The texture and color that the ties create is so much fun.

 

doe wholecloth_tied colors_carolyn friedlander

 

doe wholecloth_tied binding_carolyn friedlander

 

I also gave my friend Ellen a bit to work with. She used the printed grid as a guide for lots of big stitch quilting with more beautiful colors of bright threads.

 

doe Wholecloth folded by Ellen

 

I created a pattern for this that will be up on the Robert Kaufman website soon here. The idea is simple, but there is so much you can do with it.

 

#doewholecloth

#doewide

#doevember

 

 

 

 

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