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Natalie Barnes Blog Tour + a giveaway

To be honest, I’m not totally sure when I met Natalie Barnes, but it was sometime within the last few years at Quilt Market. Natalie has such an easy-going and sincere personality that it’s very easy to feel like you’ve known her forever. So when she asked me to participate in her blog tour for her new book, A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin, I happily agreed. This is Natalie’s first book, and it’s an honor to have been asked to celebrate that with her. As part of the tour, Natalie invited us to pick a category from her book (color, contrast or composition) to talk about, and I happily chose COLOR.

Color is so fun.
kona cotton color play_carolyn friedlander
I play with it often with my fabric…
carolyn friedlander fabric
And also in my quilts…
focal and stripes quilts_carolyn friedlander
We play with it in my classes.
Aerial Grove at Road to California_carolyn friedlander
And so, I eagerly picked that.
True to Natalie’s own personality, she explores working with color in her book with comfort, sincerity, and enthusiasm. I like that the guidance she offers her readers is constructive but not intimidating.
A Modern Twist_Natalie Barnes

photo by Brent Kane

The quote that she chose to introduce her color section is perfect. It’s from Henri Matisse–“A thimble of red is redder than a bucketful.” This is a thoughtful way to get you thinking about not only the color itself but how you use it. I really liked how Natalie interprets that quote and source of inspiration in this project.
A Modern Twist_2_Natalie Barnes

photo by Brent Kane

Her other projects explore color in the same, fun and approachable way as well. (Plus you can drool over the stunning quilting by Angela Walters…who also wrote a fantastic introduction in the book.)
A Modern Twist_3_Natalie Barnes

photo by Brent Kane

A Modern Twist_4_Natalie Barnes

photo by Brent Kane

Congratulations to Natalie on your lovely new book!
Visit these other folks participating in the tour.
02 March – Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
03 March – Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine
04 March – Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts
05 March – Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR
06 March – Rose Hughes + COLOR
Rose Hughes
07 March – Amy Smart  + CONTRAST
Amy Smart
08 March – Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander
09 March – Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios
Leave a comment to be entered to win either a signed hard copy of her book (if you are in the US) or an ebook (if you are International). A winner will be randomly selected on March 15, 2015.

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Bartow Quilt for Kona 30th Anniversary + giveaway.

I hope y’all had an excellent Thanksgiving! Mine was great. I ate, spent time with family, and just generally unplugged. I also managed to start in on some home improvements, which is what I’ll continue on with this weekend, but first, it’s my turn to share a new project.



Here’s a quilt that I did for the Kona Cotton 30th Anniversary.


Bartow Kona Quilt_Carolyn Friedlander


And it’s free.

The design is super simple, but sometimes that’s all you need. Konas are amazing to work with, and my favorite part about them is the beautiful range of colors. (There are now 303 of them!) This design is a celebration of that. I picked some old faves as well many new ones that they introduced this summer.


picking konas for bartow quilt_carolyn friedlander



I love working on projects like this that add so much color to your workspace! Wondering which color was up next was part of the excitement of putting it together.



Bartow quilt being quilted_Carolyn Friedlander


It was also a great canvas for playing around with some big stitch quilting…



Bartow Quilt Quilting detail_Carolyn Friedlander

Photo by Modern Handcraft


And now for the giveaway. Robert Kaufman has generously offered to give away a Doe coordinating Kona charm pack (which you could easily use to make your very own Bartow)! Leave a comment below mentioning your favorite Kona color in order to be entered. Drawing will end at 10am tomorrow (November 30, 2014).


Kona Doe Coordinates_Robert Kaufman


And make sure to check out these other great stops on the tour–so many great projects with Kona!

Week 1:

Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks

Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:

Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:

Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:

Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!


Kona Cotton Solids 30th Anniversary
















recent color.

I just thought I’d post some recent, color-related imagery (quite a bit of which is from my IG feed).

robert kaufman kona solids

airport mural

laurie hall_architextures quilt

my sister’s first quilt and an architextures adventure! she’s such a natural.

colored pencils

home-grown pineapples

cotton thread and topo_carolyn friedlander

plum and tangerine social tote_carolyn friedlander

kona wasabi

color pull_carolyn friedlander

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