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NYC adventures.

I just got back from NYC and it was a blast.


First up, was BEA for a book signing. That was an experience, for sure.


BEA nyc


It was great to see Lucky Spool’s first 2 titles (mine and their Essential Guide) represented at the show in Taunton’s booth.


lucky spool books at BEA


I found my way to City Quilter–which is a beautiful shop! How about the great company my pattern Tangelo had in being next to Jen Kingwell? Score.


carolyn friedlander and jen kingwell quilt patterns at city quilter


On the last day in town, I had my class and book signing at Purl Soho–also a lovely shop and my students were excellent.


carolyn friedlander_savor each stitch signing at purl soho


purl soho


aerial grove class at purl soho_carolyn friedlander


aerial grove class at purl soho_2_carolyn friedlander


There was even a wall of Botanics in our classroom…


aerial grove class at purl soho_2_carolyn friedlander


I was very impressed with the bundles at Purl…especially these with Botanics…nicely done!


carolyn friedlander botanics bundle at purl soho


fabric bundles at purl soho


Otherwise my trip included visiting with dear friends, eating lots of very tasty food, plenty of walking/subway riding/googlemapping, and even some archiventuring during a trip to the High Line. Fun seeing you Mr Gehry and Mr Nouvel.


gehry and nouvelle in NYC_carolyn friedlander archiventuring


Good times. Thanks so much for everyone who was a part of it!




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Pittsburgh and New York City events.

Today is a big day. It’s finally time to leave for Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. Preparing for Market is always pretty consuming, and this one hasn’t been too much different. I look forward to the show–it always is so much fun–even if I don’t always get away from my booth very often.


I’m not gonna lie, the prep can be a bit terrifying. Getting ready for any show like this involves a ton of details, and for me, it’s also the time when I release new stuff. For this show, I’ve got 2 new patterns that I’ve been working on, and then we are also finally going to be releasing my new book, Savor Each Stitch. (It’s so weird to say that!)


Savor Each Stitch_Cover_Carolyn Friedlander

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


Books are the newest of territory for me, and this one feels especially personal. I guess it should, because it totally is–all of the photography was shot hyper-locally (that cover shot above…um, yeah, that’s in my bedroom…), and the story itself is 100% what I think about when I think about quilting. I love making, and it was important for me to highlight how I approach the design process with my projects so that you can do the same.

Plus, it’s been a long time in the making.

So, we’ll see. I’ll talk more about all of that soon.


For now, I just wanted to share a brand-new event coming up that we very recently snuck onto the calendar. I’ve been so hectic with Market, that I haven’t been able to properly announce it yet, so now I am. I’ll be teaching from one of the projects in my new book (yes, this is a majorly early sneak preview of the book) in just a few weeks at Purl Soho!


Purl, is an amazing shop that I’ve always admired even though I’ve never actually been there. (How big of a dork does that make me?) So personally, I’m thrilled to finally get a chance to be there and especially to teach. They feature such beautiful and inspiring projects, the shop looks stunning, and I love following their blog and IG feeds. (In fact, just days ago I dropped everything to make something they had a tutorial for after seeing it on their IG…see pics below).


I’m thrilled that my publisher, Lucky Spool Media, is letting us do this super early preview of the book–it won’t otherwise be out until July. They are also giving me a limited number of copies available after the class to sign and sell, so it should be a really fun time. The project from the book that we’ll be working on is called Aerial Grove. It’s one of the first projects that I conceived of when thinking about the book, and a design idea that I’ve had in the back of my head for awhile. I’m an aerial-view fan (obviously), and this is a take off from that mixed with a ton of color play, some improv, needle-turn, and much more. In the class, we’ll dive into technical stuff, but also focus heavily on color work and creating color stories–things that I love love love…


Savor Each Stitch_Aerial Grove_Carolyn Friedlander

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


For anyone in NYC, I think there are some spots available, but the class size is very limited. It’ll be very hands-on, and I’m so excited to be able to work very closely with you on the project. The class is Sunday, June 1 from 2-5pm, contact the wonderful folks at Purl for signing up.


Oh, and here’s the project from their IG blog last week that I couldn’t resist…

I may or may not have made 2 of them…

And I may or may not be wearing both in Pittsburgh…

be on the look out.






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New year, new week, new book, new giveaway!

I’ve already mentioned that I’ve been working on a book. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be sharing more about it and the process, but today I am kicking off a special giveaway related to the book, my Botanics fabric line, and my upcoming MQG teaching gig at SewDown, Nashville.


Curious? Well, a big part of why I wrote this book (and why I do what I do…) is because I think quilting/sewing/making is so special. It brings a lot of joy to my life, and I love that we each share that passion and have created such a creative and supportive community because of it. Lucky Spool Media and Pink Chalk Fabrics feel that same way, which is why we wanted to celebrate our common passion with this #savoreachstitch photo competition/giveaway!


Lucky Spool Media and Pink Chalk Fabrics have been amazingly generous to sponsor one grand prize, which is a Standard Package Single Room for SewDown: Nashville, where I will be teaching (I’m really looking forward to that!). Tickets for this event sold out within 2 hours, so this is an incredible 2nd chance for one randomly selected lucky winner to get a spot.


But wait, there’s more…

We’ll be awarding four weekly giveaway packages that each include a copy of my forthcoming book, Savor Each Stitch (upon release this summer), a Botanics charm pack (thanks to Pink Chalk!), and one of my sewing patterns of your choice!


To be eligible for both the grand prize and one of the four weekly prize packages, simply follow the Rafflecopter rules on the SewDown page on my website, by posting a photo with the #savoreachstitch up to once a day from now until the 31st. You’ll have to register each time you post a pic–we only require registration to prevent spammers and ensure everyone submits just once a day. We won’t use, sell, or distribute contact details for any other purpose. This is a wholesome, good will celebration photo competition/ giveaway! You can also enter on the Pink Chalk Fabrics blog or on the Lucky Spool Facebook page.


After you register, post a photo on Instagram, Flickr, or Facebook using #savoreachstitch and show us what savoring each stitch means to you. We’re leaving that part pretty open ended so you can let your creative juices flow in how you depict that, but I’ll be selecting the four weekly winners based on the images from the week that capture that sentiment the best.


Enter by Friday at 6pm EST on Jan 10, 17, 24, and 31 to be entered to win one of those four weekly prize packages as well as being automatically entered to win the one randomly selected Grand Prize spot at the SewDown in Nashville (April 12-14, 2014). Please note, that travel to, from, and at the SewDown event is up to the winner to pay for and arrange.


So– come on! Enter today! I want to see you savoring those stitches!



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