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It’s Thursday already?empty thread

Like my thread, these last couple weeks have disappeared. And there’s probably some correlation. The spool on the left was brand spanking new one week ago, which means that I’ve been in front of the sewing machine a lot.

It’s felt great.

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on.

 

carolyn friedlander quilting

 

 

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carolyn friedlander quilting

 

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winter stitching.

 

Just got a copy of the latest Stitch Magazine and…

 

snowflake sham in stitch magazine by carolyn friedlander

 

I’ve got a new project in there–my snowflake pillow! Hoorah. The design is inspired by Hawaiian quilts (a personal obsession) and folded paper snowflakes. It’s also my first applique pattern, and in honor of that I’ll be doing a tools and tips post soon.

 

In the meantime I’m excited to check out the rest of this issue. Based on the cover project I think it’ll be a good one.

 

stitch magazine winter 2012

 

 

 

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aerial eye candy.

For whatever reason I’m having a difficult time focusing today, so I thought I’d share some (slightly random) eye candy from one of my newest patterns, aerial. Enjoy!

First is an early sketch. I think this one happened on an airplane, which is where I got the inspiration–an overhead (aerial) view of a patchwork landscape. From early on I wanted each block to have its own flavor, so I decided to limit the colors in each to a small set. That way I’d get more overall variety and (hopefully) keep some of the craziness under control so you could still see the pattern. When I made the sample I found myself trying not to repeat any of my previous color combinations. It was fun, challenging, and kept me entertained.

aerial sketch carolyn friedlander

Next up is a shot of the sample before she got sandwiched and quilted. I thought her backside looked especially enticing. The added texture and directionality of the seams makes it feel somewhat sculptural, which I like. (Looks like my chambray was getting a little out of control down there in the corner. No biggie. Chambray can be discreet about that from the front.)

aerial underside carolyn friedlander

And last are some stamp shots. While I haven’t been able to fiddle around with too many other aerial quilt samples, I have had some fun with the stamp. Bring on the visual texture.

aerial envelope red carolyn friedlander

aerial envelope carolyn friedlander

aerial envelope purple red carolyn friedlander

Red on purple. Oh yeah.

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