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QuiltCon 2020

Adventures in QuiltCon 2020, Austin, Texas.

QuiltCon 2020 quilt label by Niku (@xostitches)
QuiltCon 2020 quilt label by Niku (@xostitches)

Did you go to QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, Texas? I’m back, and I thought I’d share a little bit from the adventure.

I taught 4 workshops; my Hunt quilt project (above), 2 quilting strategy classes (not pictured) and Lott Mini quilts (below).

On the show floor, it was definitely an honor to have placed 2nd in the Modern Traditionalism category for my Arlo quilt.

On the last day, I managed to walk the entire show–a delight! With a free afternoon, my priorities were to see all of the quilts, and if I had extra time, to check out the vendors too. I managed to pull off both. Win, win.

Two other quilts of mine hung in the show, Hearts and Eads Jetty. There was something special about the show layout, and it created a pleasant experience walking the aisles. I was very pleased with how all of the quilts related to their quilty neighbors. Debbie Grifka (@debbiegrifka) is my Hearts neighbor above and Stephanie Schroer (@stepschr) is my Eads Jetty neighbor below.

In the Soak booth, I spotted an original print from Architextures and my Pineapple Grove Flatter scent. They had an interactive thing going on where you could press a block and add it to their design wall.

Sewing Party had some really beautiful Wildabon and Collection Quilt samples made up in many of my fabrics. I am totally tempted to make other versions of these…

Jetty in the wild! Here are some delicious bundles made up by Superbuzzy.

My Everglade quilt was in the Superbuzzy booth as well.

How about I stop there for now? I can do a second post with other quilts and show stuff. If you were at QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, what were some of your highlights? Or, if you were watching from afar, what did you think?

Thank you to anyone who took my classes, commented on my posts, posted pictures of my quilts or said hi in person.

++ I did manage to save a few special totes from the show. Make sure you’re subscribed to my newsletter, because I’ll announce there first when/how to get one.

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QuiltCon Nashville Classes in 2019

Carolyn Friedlander . QuiltCon

Registration for QuiltCon Nashville Classes in 2019 is just around the corner. I’m really excited to be teaching, and I’d love to see you in class! Registration opens for MQG members on Tuesday, June 26 at 10am EDT (next week) and non-members July 10. I thought I’d share with you my workshops here.

Carolyn Friedlander . QuiltCon

+ Thursday, Feb 21, 2019: FDP010 – Creating A Mini Quilt Sampler

Mini quilts are massively fun. They are perfect for exploring creative ideas, new color concepts and inspired compositions. As mini quilts they can be great decorations and thoughtful gifts, OR they can also be joined together in creative ways to make larger projects. In this workshop, we’ll be using my Lusk mini quilt pattern to explore many mini ideas both big and small. Techniques covered will be paper piecing, creative planning and how-to challenge yourself (or comfort yourself) with color.

+ Friday, Feb 22, 2019: APP012 – Hand Appliqué + Hand Quilting Basics

Get a grasp on the basics with this handmade two-parter. We’ll spend the first half of the time covering the basics of needle-turn appliqué and the other half getting a feel for big stitch hand quilting. We’ll be working from a mini-sampler project designed by Carolyn just for this class.

+ Saturday, Feb 23, 2019: APP200 – Practicing Points and Playing With Color With Wainwright

Are you ready to take on some of the finer points (literally) in appliqué? My Wainwright project is the perfect platform for practicing precise points and curves in appliqué. We’ll have the whole day to work on the technique, but we’ll also discuss creative concepts like color and composition in ways that can be applied to this project.

What do you think? All are full-day workshops, and so I know that we can really sink our teeth into them. I’m hoping we can sew together soon! Let me know if you have any questions.

To see the full catalog and schedule, you can head over here.

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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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