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New Pattern: The Nest Egg tote in Doe Fabric.


Orange Doe Nest Egg Tote_Carolyn Friedlander


Remember the Nest Egg?

Well, it’s back in print form and officially part of my own pattern line. Plus, I’ve got all new versions made up in Doe.

Here are the new three that I showed at Market.


nest egg totes in doe fabric_stacked_carolyn friedlander


nest egg totes in doe fabric_carolyn friedlander


nest egg tote_black doe hanging_carolyn friedlander


red doe nest egg tote with sewing supplies_carolyn friedlander


nest egg totes_navy and meringue doe_carolyn friedlander


nest egg tote_navy doe fabric inside_carolyn friedlander



I’ve had a few people ask about where to find hardware and fancy elastic. As for the hardware, I got all of it (d-rings and sliders) from, and I found the elastic for these three versions at The Common Thread when I was in Austin earlier this summer. If you aren’t able to find any at your local shops, I’ve now noticed that some of the big box craft stores have decorative elastic options as well.

To check out the pattern page, head over here.



nest egg tote_black doe_carolyn friedlander








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New Pattern: Catenary Quilt in Doe Fabric.


catenary quilt by carolyn friedlander in doe fabric



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.




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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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