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Post QuiltCon update.

Somehow it’s March…

Is anyone else with me in wondering where February went? (And I guess January too, for that matter.)

 

I’m back and mostly recovered from QuiltCon. It was so much fun…but also a pretty full schedule for me. I kind of did what they tell you not to do, which is to over schedule yourself so that you have no time to actually take it in. In fact, as I look through my photos from the event, I realize that I hardly took any…oops!

 

But honestly, it was really great getting to work with so many amazing students, and it was probably safer not to have too much time to wander the vendor hall…that place was dangerous!

 

Here are some of the things I did manage to capture.

 

Day 1: My Austin Houses class.

 

Austin Houses at QuiltCon_1_carolyn friedlander

 

Austin Houses at QuiltCon_2_carolyn friedlander

 

Day 2: My Emphasis class from Savor Each Stitch.

 

Emphasis at QuiltCon_1_carolyn friedlander

 

Emphasis at QuiltCon_2_carolyn friedlander

 

Not sure what happened to either of my night classes…or what happened on Day 3, but on Day 4 was my Aerial Grove class (also from Savor Each Stitch), and my students pretty much rocked it.

 

Aerial Grove at QuiltCon 2015_Carolyn Friedlander

 

I also ran into my friend, Kim. I always love seeing her and her stuff.

 

Kim Eichler Messmer at QuiltCon 2015

 

Plus, we matched.

 

Kim Eichler Messmer and Carolyn Friedlander at QuiltCon 2015

 

My new collaboration with Patchwork Threads also launched at QuiltCon. I’m so excited about these shirts! Stay tuned for a proper blog post soon.

 

Savor It_patchwork threads_carolyn friedlander_quiltcon

 

Otherwise, I think I’ll continue to troll the #QuiltCon hashtag to see what else happened at the show. If you were there (in person or via social media stalking) what was your favorite part?

 

 

 

 

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Doe Fabric Makes A Couch: Part Two.

 

After planning, piecing, and quilting the panels for the couch …

 

Cutting up the Doe couch quilt_Carolyn Friedlander

 

it was time to hack them up.

 

Cutting Doe couch quilt_Aerial Focal Totem_Carolyn Friedlander

 

To be honest, I was nervous about this step. But I measured and marked everything all out before making the first cut. At this point, my mom and I were both working on this, so I had her come by and double check that all of my measurements and markings were correct and in the right place.

 

When I actually cut it, it was more liberating than I expected and quite fun. I might need to hack up quilts more often.

 

Doe Circle Lattice cut up_Carolyn Friedlander

 

While I was doing that, my mom was busy making the cording…

 

Doe Couch cording_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Then we joined efforts to add the cording to the side and front panels.

It was fun to start finally seeing them come to life.

 

Making Doe Circle Lattice cushions_Carolyn Friedlander

 

And voila.

 

Doe couch_Circle Lattice side_Carolyn Friedlander

 

This is the more serious side…

 

Doe couch_Circle Lattice cushions_Carolyn Friedlander

 

And then here’s the party side. (I can’t stop thinking of this couch as being kind of like a mullet…)

 

Doe couch_Aerial Focal Totem side_Carolyn Friedlander

 

Doe Couch pieced side_Carolyn Friedlander

 

 

While making this project, I kept thinking about how the couch was kind of similar to a toy that I used to play with as a kid.

 

childhood picture blocks_carolyn friedlander

 

I wondered how well you’d be able to understand the design of each side of the cushions when they came together despite being cut and sewn up into separate cushions. The cushions can come together to create one picture, or they can be switched and flipped around into segmented pieces of the same puzzle. I like the three dimensionality of that.

 

Doe couch baby_Carolyn Friedlander

Photo by Elisabeth Woo

 

(Big thank you to Nathalie for the Doe baby model and to Elisabeth Woo for taking this photo!)

 

The whole continuity thing is something that I’ve been drawn to before–not in the three-dimensional way–but certainly when it comes to the fabric.

Alturas from my pattern line…

 

Alturas quilt continuity_Carolyn Friedlander

 

 

and Cowboy Circle Lattice from Savor Each Stitch.

 

Cowboy Circle Lattice_Carolyn Friedlander

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

 

In moving forward, I still have the two matching chairs to complete the set. With them, I’m thinking of somehow incorporating Post and going in a flame direction.

We’ll see…

 

#doecouch

#surpriseendingforthisone

#doefabric

#doevember

 

 

 

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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…

 

Modern Sewciety_episode32

 

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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