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Safety, Sanity and Sewing.

Safety, sanity and sewing have been front of mind lately. I hope that you and your family are staying safe and taking care wherever you may be. I am grateful for this outlet to connect with you, and I hope to use it to continue to share things that I am making, what I am inspired by and ways we can create together while socially distancing ourselves.

One thing that I’m really excited about is a TP Quilt Along that Elisabeth Hardy and I are hosting. Elisabeth discovered a Toilet Paper pattern (of all things!) when cleaning out her sewing room recently. As soon as she posted the pic, I knew I wanted to sew along with her. Sometimes my favorite projects are the ones that encourage me to think outside of the box, or roll in this case.


Elisabeth and I have had some serious giggles while planning this QAL, and I am honestly SO excited. The distraction and community sewing effort have been making me grin, which is much appreciated. Feel free to join in with us. The pattern can be found here, and the QAL will run 3/23 – 5/1. We have some very special prizes that we can’t wait to unROLL for you soon.

Otherwise, I’ll continue to share the projects and sources of inspiration that I am thinking about and working on, as well as highlight some of the independent shops, retailers and makers who are challenged by the crisis. They are vital to this community, and I want to make sure that they stay around. (You can always find a list of my retailers here.)

To end, if you’re looking for some other Quilt Along inspiration, here are my previous Quilt Alongs that you are welcome to follow along at your own pace.



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Hearts behind the scenes.

Here’s a little Hearts behind-the-scenes action.

Hearts Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I was looking back through some photos, and found these shots from when I was making my new Hearts quilt. At this stage, I’d gotten all of my hearts cut, laid out and basted to the background. 

Hearts Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

I knew that I wanted to trim the background after I finished appliquéing the shapes, and so I used thread to mark my background edges. I love how much a little bit of thread can help you out!

I figured out my overall layout together, but I worked to baste the shapes one row at a time until everything was in place.

Hearts Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

There we have it! A little peek at the process. I’ll admit that I really love this stage. I find the basting to be super satisfying.

Pattern: Hearts by me

Fabric: Collection CF (coming soon from me!) and Kona Seafoam

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Hunt QAL Month #1 Check In.

Hunt QAL Month #1 Check In.

I have two questions for you. (1) How has it already been 1 month, and (2) how are things going with you and your project?

For me, this month developed in ways I didn’t totally anticipate. I’d made a plan, but when putting it into action, I realized I wanted to make a few adjustments, which is fine. Instead of working in strict groups of 4 blocks, I decided that I wanted to get a better idea for the fabrics for all of the blocks at the onset, so I’ve spent most of my time refining my color and fabric plan.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

My dream all along has been to make a green and white project, and it wasn’t until I was driving around town that I noticed what I was going for was right in front of me. This isn’t a great picture, in fact it’s a grab from google…but this building was my aha moment.

Florida's Natural . Lake Wales, Florida

And then I really started to notice things.

green and white inspiration

After seeing the color schemes in real life, I decided it would be fun and helpful to create a moodboard on Pinterest for this project. I don’t always do this, actually I never do this, but it seemed like a helpful way to go and a fun thing to indulge myself in. You can see my full moodboard here.

Hunt QAL mood board . carolyn friedlander

I’m really excited to keep going with this. I feel like getting the color and mood right can be tricky, but once you get it, it’s smooth and exciting sailing. I’ve pulled and cut fabrics for many of my blocks, but I’ll show these for now.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

I know, there’s blue up there. I promise, I really am heading in the green direction, but once I looked at that fabric (from friedlander lawn), I just had to have it in there. I can’t wait to turn those pieces under and see how the fabric plays out.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

Are you enjoying using the planner? Normally I’m terrible at remembering things, but since I’ve been noting stuff in my planner, my list of shareables is at the ready.

In watching/listening news, the Price Is Right documentary on Netflix was great, and Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us (also on Netflix) was a tough, but really compelling and well done. In terms of Podcasts, I’ve been listening to This Land, and the trailer to Man In The Window was a good enough tease that I’m ready for the new episodes when they start coming out.

Have you found anything good?

Happy Hunting friends.

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