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Classes at QuiltCon 2017.

QuiltCon 2017

Mark your calendars, because registration for QuiltCon 2017 classes is just about a week away (registration opens at 10am EST on June 25). This QuiltCon will be in Savannah, Georgia February 23-26. (yay, East coast!) Savannah is such a picturesque and quintessential southern city that I’m sure it’ll put an interesting spin and flavor on the QuiltCon experience.

I’m looking forward to attending and especially excited to be teaching. And since I’ve had to cut back more and more on my teaching schedule, events like this one are great because they attract a wide and large audience, meaning I can work with more and more folks in one go. Because of that, I thought I’d share a little bit more about each of my classes so that anyone interested can get registered. I’d love to see you in class!

First thing, here’s the catalog and below is the list of my classes with their titles and numbers (and even a pic of me from last year–ha! Oh, the candids…).

Carolyn Friedlander Classes At QuiltCon 2017

I have 3 classes, each covering a different technique and overall design concept/strategy/idea. All of my classes are intermediate-ish skill level, meaning they’ll be great for folks with familiarity with the techniques but craving to take on new challenges.

striped outhouse . carolyn friedlander

First up, on Friday, Feb. 24 is my Paper Piecing with Precision class (#630), a full-day workshop devoted to getting super specific with your paper piecing. I often get asked in class how to make stripes go a certain way, how to position a special motif in the right place or how to work with the smallest scrap possible. In this class, we’ll be working on those exact things, all of which are reasons why I love to paper piece. It can be really entertaining and a great challenge if you’re up for it. We’ll be working from one/some of my patterns, and I’m encouraging students to bring a mix of directional and fussy-cuttable fabrics to play with and to learn from. Any student can take on whatever challenge they feel comfortable with, so if you’re relatively new to paper piecing, you can challenge yourself with the general ideas of being more deliberate, or if you’re fairly confident with paper piecing, you can push yourself even more–either way, I’ll be there with instruction and guidance.

Green Botanics Quilting . Carolyn Friedlander

Next, on Saturday, Feb. 25 is my Design Strategy And Implementation For Home Machine Quilting class (#829), another full-day workshop, but this one is devoted to machine quilting strategy and implementation–what design to use on your top and how to actually quilt it? In this class, I’m encouraging each student to bring one quilt top (just one) to class. We’ll spend time as a group looking at each student’s top and discussing different options for quilting it. Then, we’ll dive in to the technical side and explore the mechanics of how to actually make those things a reality. (Take note that while we will be looking at quilt tops from each student, students will actually quilt on practice quilt sandwiches.) I’m really looking forward to this class, because I know that we’ll all get a super varied look at different strategies for quilting tops–something that I find to be an incredible creative challenge and skill builder.

Hesperides Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

Finally, on Sunday, Feb 26 is my Fabric And Shape Diversity in Applique With Hesperides class (#132), my last full-day workshop. Like I mentioned in my recent post announcing the pattern, this is a project that I can’t wait to start teaching. It’s one that challenges and entertains me both in its composition, its opportunities to explore applique with different types of fabrics and the technical challenges involved with making the shapes and working with the fabrics. It’s really so much fun! In this class, we’ll be getting fussy with making sharp points in applique–a good challenge whether you’re familiar with the technique or not. And then, we can kick up the challenge (and fun) by using different types of fabrics in the process. Students are encouraged to bring bits and pieces of many types of fabric–lawns to linens. (Yay for variety!) And then to tie everything together, we’ll discuss and play with our composition. I’m excited.

In all of my classes, there is plenty of opportunity to take on additional challenges depending on your level of experience and curiosity. I always anticipate a wide range of experience and interest from my students, which is why it’s always important for my classes to be structured to accommodate that range of needs so that everyone leaves with something. Plus, classes should be fun. That’s the goal.

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Hesperides Quilt Pattern

Also new this spring is my Hesperides Quilt Pattern–a design that I’ve had a lot of fun with.

Hesperides Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

While playing with my new collection Euclid, I kept thinking about opposites–both in terms of shape and weight, transparency and opacity.

Hesperides Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

The meatiness of Euclid pairs so well with lighter fabrics like lawn and quilting cotton. It’s a visual and tactile feast for the senses!

Hesperides Quilt Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

The opposing shapes of the design–well rounded and also to the point–are both comforting and challenging (in a good way).

Hesperides Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

While this is a design I’ve been eager to pattern, it’s also a pattern that I’m eager to start teaching (and will be at QuiltCon 2017!). The curved shapes are a perfect intro to anyone new to applique, and the pointed shapes make for an excellent challenge to anyone already familiar with applique. As a seasoned appliquer myself, I love testing my skills with shapes like these. And what’s more, trying them with different types of fabric is even better and more exciting. (Yes, I’m a huge dork and find this stuff exciting. Don’t be surprised.)

Hesperides Shams . Carolyn Friedlander

The projects on the cover are for some shams–a perfectly-sized project to bite off relatively easily, but there are quilt sizes included as well. In fact, a wall-hanging-sized version was the last sample that I finished for my booth at Spring Quilt Market.

Hesperides Quilts . Carolyn Friedlander

Composing this piece was another good kind of challenge (also a teaching point I plan to cover in my future Hesperides classes). It pushed me to think about the fabrics and shapes in new ways individually and as a whole.

pattern : Hesperides Quilt Pattern (new to my pattern collection!)

fabric(s) : Euclid, Essex, Cambridge Lawn (all by Robert Kaufman)

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Spring Quilt Market 2016

It’s super hard to believe that Spring Quilt Market 2016 was more than a week ago.

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander

Here’s the booth shot. Let’s just say it was part closet, part living room and full-on fabric and quilt explosion. All good things.

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander

I really wanted to show off my new fabric Euclid, my new patterns Hesperides and Crew, and have some fun with all of it. Because fabric and quilts are fun.

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander

I had tons of projects, many of which were from the Euclid Lookbook plus some more. I’ve been pretty excited about Euclid and even more excited about using it as an excuse to sew up all kinds of things. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more specifics about the projects, but in the meantime here are some (slightly random) visuals from the show.

My quilts Blake and Local

Blake and Local 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander

Elisabeth in her stunning Euclid dress. I’m wearing a Euclid Hayden.

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander

With Janine of UPPERCASE, and I’m loving her palette! (As always…)

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander

Julia sporting her stunning necklace and Euclid dress. So pretty!

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander

No surprise that I loved ALL of Arianna’s garments, especially these two Euclid dresses…

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander

So beautiful!

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander

My booth buddy and friend Ellen, rocking a Carkai Mercer

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander

With Nichole…booth sitting…as you do. (This Euclid top that I’m wearing is from one of my fave new Japanese sewing books…I’ll make sure to post about it soon.)

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carolyn Friedlander

This was a great sighting! It’s an Austin House quilt in Kim Kight’s new collection for Cotton+Steel, Rotary Club.

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Austin House Quilt

Carkai sighting in the Sew Kind Of Wonderful booth–pretty good, right?!

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carkai Fabric

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Carkai Fabric

I did manage to get out and see some sights..briefly. I was super impressed with the gardens at the temple square.

Spring Quilt Market 2016 . Exploring SLC

And there we have it. Spring Quilt Market 2016.

Euclid Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander


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