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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?

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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!


2019 Fall Quilt Market in Houston

Before too much time gets away from me, I thought I’d share a bit from my 2019 Fall Quilt Market in Houston experience. (And do a giveaway!)

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

By taking a booth break this past spring, I found myself feeling refreshed and able to enjoy creating an environment to show off the things I’ve been thinking about and working on. Stepping back and looking at what you’ve done can be good. It makes me excited for the projects I most enjoyed and eager to get going on the next things. It may be a booth for me, but you could absolutely gather up some of your own recent projects, either physically or digitally, and reflect a bit on what you’ve been making. I’ll bet it gives you a little spark for whatever might come next.

Back to the booth, here’s what’s in there.

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

  1. Eads Mini blocks in Jetty, Kona Lemon Ice + scraps from my Eads Jetty + CF quilt (see #2)
  2. Eads Jetty + CF quilt (more details to come)
  3. Rye Quilt (large) in Jetty + CF (blogged about here)
  4. Rye Quilt (small) in CF (blogged about here)
  5. Rye Marmalade Quilt in Jetty, CF + Kona Cotton (blogged about here)
  6. Bartow Quilt in CF (stay tuned! More soon on this one!)
  7. Hearts Quilt in CF (blogged about here)
  8. Arlo A Quilt in CF (more to come)
  9. Hearts Quilt in Jetty (more to come)
  10. Crescent Tote (pattern by Noodlehead) in Jetty (more to come)

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

And some more…

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

Phew, so much stuff! I feel like I rarely share the booth details and projects all together like this. What do you think? Is it helpful to have a project hub? I’m hoping it’s an easy way to take it all in.

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

These Eads mini blocks have been something I’ve wanted to do FOREVER, which is to take leftovers from a big Eads project and work them into a mini version. This time, I’m using little scraps from the bigger project and letting 3 lemon yellow and light fabrics (both Jetty and Kona) take the lead. It’s totally a weekend project, and I’m excited to carve out more time to let it grow.

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Houston 2019 booth

There we have it. Thanks again to anyone who stopped by in person or followed along digitally!

++ Now a giveaway. ++

Leave a comment below about any project you’re excited about between now and Saturday, November 16 at 10am EST. I’ll randomly select a winner to receive a pack of the featured patterns in my booth as well as a mini charm pack of my newest fabric collection. Giveaway has ended. Thanks so much for everyone who participated!

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Rye Marmalade

My newest pattern is all about 2 tones, but it doesn’t have to be! This Rye Marmalade version starts to show how you can change things up.

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

One problem with selecting fabric pairs is that once you start looking for them, it can be hard to stop finding some that you are excited about. After sewing up some pairings that I was excited about, I decided to combine them together into the same quilt. I liked how the different sections and combinations interpreted the shapes a bit differently, and also how the different colors worked so nicely as a group.

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Fabric can change the look of a design so much, and here you can really see that. There are 3 different sections; some use solids, some use nearly solids and some use more bold-ish prints.

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Solids can give you super sharp shapes, like in the Marmalade section on the right. The left section uses 2 softer prints from my Collection CF line. This softens the shapes a bit, and I feel like it blends everything together nicely. It is a combo that makes me really happy.

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

The top right corner features a more bold print from Jetty, and you get a much more textured and less defined effect. Kind of neat, right?

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

There are 2 block sizes in the pattern that can be used separately or together. Here I mixed the block sizes together, and I also incorporated borders in to each color group to balance out the motifs and to give them some space.

Rye Marmalade Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

Fabric for the binding was not as obvious a choice as it was in my previous Rye quilts. For the first two, I matched the binding to the border, because I wanted the binding and border to feel like a background for the design to rest on. In this case, I wanted a similar effect, but without an obvious background, I needed to audition a few of my choices. In the end, I chose one of the fabrics from Jetty that was already used in the quilt. I like the way it blends into most of the sections, while also giving it good texture.

There we have it. A different way to take my newest project Rye!

pattern: Rye quilt pattern

fabric: Jetty, Collection CF, Kona Suede and Marmalade

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