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Best of 2019 + a giveaway

It’s time for my annual post with my Best of 2019 + a giveaway. 2019, what a year! Where did it (and the last decade) go?

2018 quilt . Carolyn Friedlanderfrank lloyd wright SFeverglade quilt class at Craft NapaHunt QuiltCon 2019liberty and harriot everglade blocks . carolyn friedlandertiny treasures trayFriedlander Lawn on Shrillinstead fabric . carolyn friedlanderArlo Quilt Pattern . Carolyn FriedlanderSunrise Quilt . Carolyn FriedlanderArchitextures Sunrise Quilt . Carolyn FriedlanderSunrise Pillow Shams . Carolyn FriedlanderHunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlanderfrank lloyd wright florida southern

Every time I do this, I’m like “that happened this year?” and “oh yeah! I’d forgotten about that!” The year goes by in a blink and yet the start of 2019 feels like forever ago at the same time. It’s weird like that. If you haven’t taken a moment to reflect back on your own year, do yourself a favor and do it. I love how a look back–big or small–inevitably helps me move forward. It can bring excitement, inspiration and clarity. Plus, it’s pretty fun to take a look back at the recaps from years prior. (See them for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.)

2019 had plenty of challenges for me as well as plenty of good experiences too. Professionally, I’m delighted to have enjoyed several teaching adventures in Napa, Nashville, NYC, and Sisters, as well as trips to Kansas City and Houston for Quilt Markets.

On the fabric front, I had more releases than usual with Instead, Collection CF and Jetty. I’ve loved seeing Instead and Collection CF show up in your projects, and I’m eager to highlight more of Jetty and see what you start making(!) when it starts hitting stores in a couple of months.

The new patterns I produced this year are all projects that I can’t stop making; Arlo, Hearts, and Rye. I also have new versions of Sunrise, Bartow, and Eads–all personal favorites that I’m happy to have been able to explore in new ways. My on-going Hunt quilt for the Hunt QAL has been a relaxing project for me and also a fun way to quilt along in real time with many of you. I finally finished this knit that had been sitting in limbo for far too long. That feels good! I really wanted to finish out 2019 by finally quilting my last-finish quilt of 2018. That didn’t happen, but I’m hoping to get it tackled this month. (Fingers crossed!) Of course there were many more makes and misses, but I’ll stop there. 2020 is a new year, and I’m excited to see what it will bring.

Thank you for following along, supporting my work and for sharing your thoughts and makings with me. As a special thank you, and because I love hearing from you–I’d like to do a giveaway for 4 special bundles that I’ll put together with new fabrics, patterns and stuff from 2019. To enter leave a comment below letting me know of a special highlight, success or challenge for you in 2019. Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Winners will be randomly selected on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 5PM EST.

Happy New Year!


Hunt QAL #7 Check In.

Hunt QAL #7 Check In.

This month’s check in is coming a week early because of the holiday next week. This shortens things a smidge for December, but lengthens the time until the next one. It’s a glass half empty/half full situation.

Hunt QAL #7 quilt blocks on my dresser

Since the last check in, I now have 11 blocks completely finished, 1 being appliquéd, 1 fully basted and several background options cut out. This means I finished 2 more blocks and started on a 3rd, which isn’t too terrible considering it’s December and there are other things and projects going on.

Hunt QAL #7 quilt blocks that are green and creamy white

My approach continues to be a very relaxed one. This project is SO great for picking up in the evenings when I don’t have the energy/focus/motivation for anything else. It’s great.

Hunt QAL #7 quilt blocks with lots of greens

The plan is still to wrap up on all of the blocks before the end of the next 2 months, and I think I can get there!

Hunt QAL #7 quilt blocks stacked up

Highlights and reflections this month include the following:

+ I’m liking the strategic discovery last month in how I’m appliquéing the pieces.

+ I discovered new needles this month and am giving them a try. Clover size 10 Appliqué needles are my go-to, but when some 12s came under my radar I had to give them a go. They’re a bit thinner and slightly shorter than what I’m used to, and they’re great! 10s are still my favorite, but I’ll definitely be using these as well.

hunt QAL block and a Wiksten Shift top

+ This month I’ve squeezed in some other projects, including some gift sewing that I can’t share yet, and a Wiksten shift for myself. (Sidenote; I’m LOVING it, it’s such a great pattern.) After shooting a pic of it with a finished Hunt block, it gave me the idea of a potential mixing of the two…

Thanks for following along, see you next month!

Hunt QAL #7 quilt blocks in a stack

(If you’d like a copy of my Hunt pattern or the templates, you can find them here and here.)

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A couple of Quilt As You Go Pouches.

I recently made a couple of Quilt As You Go Pouches by Svetlana Sotak from her book That Handmade Touch.

The pattern caught my eye for it’s cute shape and ability to make use of scraps. I’m such a scrap saver, and I love a project that makes good use of them. It feels like I’m cleaning up my sewing space and making something at the same time…because I am!

This is a great scrap project, because it can make use of any scraps big or small. Both pouches are made from some Jetty and Collection CF leftovers that I have in a basket from some other projects.

I generally tried to color each pouch a little differently, because I was making them as gifts for two friends.

For the quilt-as-you-go part, you make up two panels; one for the front and one for the back. I love seeing how the little details that you worked in to each panel get sewn up into the pouch.

This was my first time making one of Svetlana’s patterns, although I’ve admired them for years. It came together really easily, and I don’t think these will be my last!

Pattern: Quilt As You Go Zipper Pouch by Svetlana Sotak in That Handmade Touch

Fabric(s): Jetty and Collection CF

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