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Quiltfolk 19

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wall collage with mini quilts, Florida tea towel, postcards and pictures
Photo by Quiltfolk

I’m excited (and honored!) to be included in the latest issue of Quiltfolk magazine that is out today–Quiltfolk 19.

Carolyn holding a small, colorful Everglade quilt under a tree
Photo by Quiltfolk

If you are unfamiliar with Quiltfolk, it’s a really well done, ad-free publication profiling quilts and makers around the country. Each issue focuses on one state–or half a state, as is the case with the latest issue devoted to “Northern Florida.” (As someone born and raised in the state, we say “North,” “South” and “Central Florida” but small details…) I’m super honored to be included and representing Central Florida in this issue.

Carolyn at her cutting table in her studio looking at a quilt
Photo by Quiltfolk

There are many wonderful things about Quiltfolk, but one that makes it so special is how they send a team of writers and photographers on site to get the best feeling for whatever they are covering. They had to make a few adjustments during Covid, but it was really fun to host a small Quiltfolk team a couple of months ago. They graciously captured images from my home and studio (above) as well as some of my favorite local spots like the clay roads and my parents’ ranch (below).

Greyscale Aerial quilt draped on a live oak with Spanish moss and dappled sunlight
Photo by Quiltfolk

The people at Quiltfolk have generously let me share images from the shoot, which I’m delighted to share with you here and in the future. A couple of the projects above (from the top) are a collage in my studio, a mini Everglade quilt, me in my studio with my Spools quilt, and my latest Aerial project under a Live Oak at my parents’ ranch.

If you’d like to pick up a copy of the magazine (or anything else in their shop) they’ve given me a coupon code to share with you for 20% off your purchase. Use “CarolynQF19” at checkout between July 1 – 31, 2021.

About Quiltfolk

Quiltfolk 19 magazine cover
Photo by Quiltfolk

Quiltfolk is a community-supported, print-only, quarterly magazine focused on quilt history and quilt culture in America. We aim to celebrate the people and stories behind the stitches. Our 164-page publication is 100% advertisement free. Each issue features a different state and showcase quilters, shop owners, historians, designers, and crafters who shape quilt culture in their area. With striking photography and detailed storied, our magazine invites you to travel with us from the comfort of your own space–wherever you like to read (or sew)!

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Friedlander Fabric

Today, I’m finally able to tell you about my newest collection with Robert Kaufman, meet Friedlander fabric.

Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Yes, that’s right. I got super creative with the name, but maybe not exactly in the way you’re thinking.

But really, this is a special collection that’s feeling pretty personal in many ways. To be fair, all of my collections have felt personal, so personal that there has not been one release that I haven’t been on edge going into it. Not a huge distinction, but worth saying.

Ok, let’s take a few steps back, because there were many steps that got me to Friedlander.

Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

First thing is that I have this thing with trees. In fact, I’m kind of a tree hoarder…if that’s possible. Since getting my house almost 3 years ago, I’ve planted at least 50 trees on the property.

I know, sounds a little extreme. (Maybe it is?) We could also blame my sister who is a landscape architect…

Her opinions aside, I don’t think it’s too extreme, because I think the property really needs them, and I’ve spent the last 3 years dreaming about what these trees will look like as they get older and bigger. In doing that, it means I’ve been paying waaay more attention to trees in general. I’ve been scoping out their various shapes, types, levels of upkeep…or non-upkeep. It’s been fun admiring something that I’ve always admired but with a newfound reason.

In my constant tree gazing, I’ve noticed many things. One of my favorite things is the way different things can shape them–be it us, animals, the environment–it all plays in to not only the trees, but to how they look and what they can do.

The huge oaks in all of the pastures around me are just one of my (many) tree obsessions. After many years, they can get huge and full of incredible character. They can be perfect, yes, but they can also have these crazy-twisting trunks and low, forever-reaching limbs. Their presence shapes the landscape in a way that feels both grand and comforting.

Sand Live Oaks . Savor Each Stitch

photo by Alexis Wharem for Savor Each Stitch

Around here many oaks are covered in Spanish moss, which softens the look of them and the way the light comes through. It can also make their details more of a mystery, which is why seeing oaks in places without the moss seems dramatically different.

So there’s that, but there’s also this really cool thing that happens to oak trees (and most any other tree) in the pasture. The cows graze their leaves, resulting in an almost perfectly horizontal band of nothing green from the ground to cow-mouth-height, which averages out to a very even line. From afar, this line is pretty striking, and what’s even better is how clearly you can see the limbs and trunks below that line in their twisted, crazy-shaped glory. It’s the perfect contrast in opposites.

In admiring this, my interest is in the natural being at odds with the interference, and ultimately, it had me thinking about the impact we have on everything around us. How the cows can impact the look of the landscape, how I’m impacting the landscape in my immediate yard…it goes on.

I never knew my paternal grandfather, but he’s the one responsible for the cattle ranch and citrus groves that I grew up around. He started all of it, and I’ve often thought of what I know about him through the world he shaped, through the world I’ve always seen.

grove . savor each stitch

photo by Alexis Wharem for Savor Each Stitch

The trees that I’ve planted are tiny, they’re growing, but they were so tiny when I planted them. It may be 50 years before any of them grow into the character that I’ve dreamed for them, and who’s to say where I’ll be when that happens. Yes, I could certainly be here, in the same place and enjoying the trees and their shade, or there could be someone else in my place, and (I hope) they’d be enjoying them. I can only hope that their legacy impacts someone else in the way that the landscape of my grandfather has impacted me.

So really, this line is in many ways a tribute to him. Friedlander is a name, it’s his name. It’s my name too. But this collection isn’t just about him or me. It’s about the marks we all make.

In choosing to be makers, we’re all making our own marks, which I think is pretty great. It’s inspiring in fact.

That’s what this collection is about. It’s about all of us shaping the world around us and leaving our own marks in whatever way that may be.

I always say that I can’t wait to see what you make, and I mean it. With each thing I release, I feel like I’m just passing the baton. I’m waiting to see how you continue the story.

Happy mark making and world shaping, because that’s what this is all about.

Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Ok, now we’ll switch to the practical details, here we go.

Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

+ First, there are 25 pieces on quilting cotton. Yay! Color, line, and texture inspired by mark making and world shaping. Always a fan of less guidance of the specifics, I’ll leave it at that and wait to hear what you think each of them is and means…

Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

+ Second, I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce 12 pieces on cotton lawn! Are you familiar with the Robert Kaufman lawn? It’s ridiculously amazing and perfect not only for garments (think the makings of your favorite blouse), but for quilts too. You’ll want to swaddle yourself in some lawn ASAP. Trust me.

Morris Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

+ Next, as far as patterns go, I have four newbies releasing this fall–3 of which are previewed with the fabric release (and visually referenced here…more specifics later), and 1 that will stay a surprise until Quilt Market next month. I’m really excited about all of the new stuff.

Pine Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Oh, and there is more that I’ve been working on, but you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.

Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

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Big Stitch Coasters Tutorial

big stitch coasters tutorial . carolyn friedlander

These big stitch coasters are one of my favorite quickie projects that get used often around my house. Not only are they a great way to show off some favorite fabrics and/or colors, but they are also a great way to practice your big stitch hand quilting! Of course, you could machine quilt these as well!

big stitch coasters . carolyn friedlander


Supplies + Materials (to make four coasters): (See here for some of my favorite Big Stitch Quilting supplies.)

+ Four 5″ squares for coaster fronts

+ Four 6″ squares for coaster backs

+ Four 5 1/2″ squares thermal batting (such as Insul Bright)

+ Circle Template (below)

circle template for big stitch coasters_carolyn friedlander-1


+ Other Supplies: quilting thread (such as Sashiko, Perle Cotton, 12wt cotton, etc), quilting needle, thimble, marking utensil, scissors, pins, 1″ bias tape (see below).

big stitch coaster supplies

BIAS TAPE: make it! (or buy it.)

Cut 1 7/8″ strips on the bias and use 25mm bias tape maker to create your own. (You’ll need roughly 18″ of tape for each coaster.)

making bias tape

making bias tape . carolyn friedlander

making bias tape . carolyn friedlander

1. FOLD: fold and press coaster fronts in half and in half again.

fold fabric coast fronts . carolyn friedlander

fold fabric coast fronts . carolyn friedlander

2. MARK, CUT: align Circle Template with folds, mark arcs and cut along line through all layers.

mark the coasters . carolyn friedlander

Cut the coasters . carolyn friedlander

3. BASTE: layer coaster front (RIGHT side UP), batting and coaster back (RIGHT side DOWN). Baste layers together.

big stitch coasters tutorial-baste layers . carolyn friedlander

big stitch coasters tutorial-baste layers . carolyn friedlander

big stitch coasters tutorial-baste layers . carolyn friedlander

4. STITCH: using thick quilting thread and hand quilting needle, stitch through all layers. I followed the folds, but you can get as creative with this step as you’d like! Repeat for all remaining coasters.

big stitch coasters tutorial-stitch layers . carolyn friedlander


big stitch coasters tutorial-stitch layers . carolyn friedlander

big stitch coasters tutorial-stitch layers . carolyn friedlander

5. BIND, ENJOY: Trim excess batting and backing, and bind all edges. Enjoy! (Psst, binding tutorial here.)

big stitch coasters in collection CF . carolyn friedlander

big stitch coasters in collection CF . carolyn friedlander

Here are some other related posts to check out.

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Talking about Savor Each Stitch on Modern Sewciety.

Taking 2 weeks off was really fun (and much-needed), but now I’m definitely playing a lot of catch up since getting back. In fact, I’m just now getting to this…


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I chatted with Stephanie from Modern Sewciety recently about my new book–that is finally out (how crazy is that?!) You can find the chat here along with some other enticing interviews.


My goal is to tackle more of my inbox this morning so I can work on some projects later while listening to the show. I’m especially excited to hear what Jen Beeman has to say. I’m a big fan, and actually have quite a few of her patterns waiting in my queue…




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Quilting Florida and packing for a SewDown.

savor each stitch_facing east_carolyn friedlander


I’m getting the final pieces together for my (very soon) exhibit at Bok Tower–it opens Saturday–and will include a few images (like the one above) from my upcoming book.

 quilting florida_carolyn friedlander

After posting this pic while gathering quilts, I got pretty excited to see some local folks showing interest in the show. So, I’d really like to plan a day for whoever is available and interested to meet up. I was thinking that we can check out the show and then wander around the gardens…chat…maybe bring some handwork or something to sit and work on in a shady spot…anyone with me? The show runs until June 4th, and I’ll throw out 2 potential dates. If you are interested, comment on your preference and we’ll go with the one that seems to suit most people. How about April 26th or May 24th? Both are Saturdays.



Anyways, here are some more sneaks from my book that will be on display at the Bok show…


savor each stitch_sneak preview_carolyn friedlander_lucky spool


Otherwise, I need to get to packing. SewDown Nashville is finally here, and I’m leaving tomorrow. Can’t wait to teach and to enjoy some good, quality time at the sewing machine with new and old friends. If you aren’t able to make it, I’m sure the IG feeds (mine included) will be blowing up with activity.


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Modern Sewciety and an extra hour.

First, it was such a pleasure being on Modern Sewciety this week. You can find the Podcast here. carolyn podccast art

Stephanie was easy to chat with, and I really hope to get a chance to catch up with her one of these days since she’s a Florida girl as well.


While we were chatting she asked what I work on when I’ve got an extra hour, which got me thinking. What I realized is that some of my favorite projects are those that I can slip into extra pockets of time. That point was well proven this weekend when I had a couple extra hours and found myself making up some Shirts.


shirts quilt blocks_carolyn friedlander

This pattern lends itself well to that, and I’ve made it very easy to do so. I keep a box specifically for these guys with extra templates and fabric ready to go. Whenever I’ve got some extra time, all I have to do is pull it out and start sewing. Many times a little bit of this does a whole lot of good.

shirts quilt box_carolyn friedlander


Other “extra hour” projects include…


+ Any slow sewing and definitely endless amounts of Alturas blocks


+ the Single Girl


+ Green Tea and Sweet Beans


green tea and sweet beans_carolyn friedlander





+ Candy Coated


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+ And then there are always future projects to plan for when the mood strikes…


project planning_carolyn friedlander

This pile sat on my floor for an embarrassing long time while I was finishing up the projects for my book. The pull is now taking shape as another extra hour project from one of the patterns in my new book. Maybe it’s strange, but this was the first thing I wanted to dive into after finishing all the book projects.

That’s probably a good thing.


What’s your favorite project for filling pockets of time?


blue shirt quilt block_carolyn friedlander


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recording from yesterday.

In case you missed it and are interested, you can find the recording from yesterday’s radio show with Pat Sloan here. It was definitely an honor to be invited on there to chat! Hope you enjoy it.


Now it’s back to some block building with my mom. It’s officially all hands on deck, as we’re about 2 weeks out from the show. We should be able to get this guy all pieced before the end of the day–that’s the goal anyway.


block building_carolyn friedlander



I always like to cram in as many samples as possible, and I am grateful for any extra help. Hence the makeshift Botanics cheat sheet for reference.



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architextures win and headed to CAMP.


This is pretty exciting–the architextures big win over at Fat Quarterly. Thanks so much for all the architextures love. I am truly blown away. (And honestly a little nervous for the next line…it’s got big shoes to fill!)



And now back to my suitcase. I’m headed to the west coast for the next few days for CAMP.

And totally excited.



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modern baby.

Oh boy. This is a fun one, and the secret is officially out. I’ve got a little something coming out in a book super soon! Yay. The book is called Modern Baby, and it’s chock-full of fun ideas for the little ones by some seriously talented folks. It’s such an honor to be included in this great mix!

Modern Baby Cover

My contribution is this lil assortment of trees that are full o’ texture. We’re talking about some corduroy, silk radiance, linen, cotton, and who-knows-what-else that got thrown in there. (Thanks, Robert Kaufman!)

Tiny Textured Trees

So that’s coming out in April, but it looks like you can already view, pre-order, and adore it here and here.

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Georgia Quilt Show.

blue palmetto carolyn friedlander


I got some awesome news this week. My Palmetto (not the version pictured above, but this one) won 2 awards at the Georgia Quilt Show–second place and judge’s choice! I’m super thrilled and honored.


For anyone in the Duluth, Georgia area (near Atlanta) you can go check it out. The show runs through tomorrow. And you might even be able to find my patterns at one of the vendors, or for sure at Intown Quilters in Decatur.


Happy Friday folks!



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hi architextures.


Alright, so yeah, fabric. I’m really into it. And I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a line of my own coming out very soon with Robert Kaufman. Meet Architextures.


carolyn friedlander architextures tangerine and peach


Or at least meet a little bit of her. I just happened to have this bit on hand, but I think it’s a good place to start. Tangerine and peach textured goodness. You better believe there’s more where that came from.


But really, I was completely blown away just now to see it featured in this month‘s Modern Quilt Guild newsletter. How exciting!


I’ve been having the best time sewing with it, which is always the goal. I love to make me some quilts. And I hope others can enjoy it just as much.


So, stay tuned. There’s plenty more where that came from.


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