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Best of 2014 + a giveaway.

What a year.

Here are some highlights as I look back.


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Thank you so much for your support! Seriously. I can’t tell you how touching/wonderful/exciting it has been to read your comments, see your projects, and meet you at events. Because of that, I thought that it would be fun to wrap things up with some giveaways from the year. Here’s what we’ve got:


+ Post quilt pattern

+ Totem quilt pattern

+ a copy of Savor Each Stitch

+ Doe fat quarter bundle

+ Nest Egg tote quilt pattern

+ Catenary quilt pattern

+ Outhouse quilt pattern

+ 1 yard of Kona pickle (just because I like it so much, and it was new this year too!)


2014 carolyn friedlander patterns fabric and book


To enter, leave a comment in this post sharing your own favorite project or moment from 2014. I’ll randomly pull winners for each item listed above at noon EST on January 1, 2015.




Doe Shirts Quilt.

Doe clothes week?

Yep, I think so.

For this next week, I’ll be recapping some wearables or (in today’s case) clothing-inspired projects which use Doe.


Today’s featured project is Shirts!

(Exclamation point included because there’s nothing subtle or hidden about the inspiration–or enthusiasm–for this project.)


doe shirts quilt_carolyn friedlander


I think that fabric is fun and so is piecing. Mix the two together with a novel block design, and it’s got good times written all over it. This is probably why I’ve made so many Shirts blocks and projects since releasing the pattern 2 years ago. It’s certainly become one of my go-tos.


This version uses Doe and the coordinating Konas. I enjoyed making it because this type of project is always a good way for me to familiarize myself with the collection. I like figuring out how the different pieces in the collection can mix, as well as dreaming up what type of crazy wardrobe I can make.


Unfortunately, I forgot to take a good picture of this project before Market, and the project is now traveling to different trunk shows, so above is only a shot of the project pre-quilted, but I do have this shot from the booth. I ended up quilting it with some big stitch in many different colors.


Shirts quilt in Doe fabric_Carolyn Friedlander


It’s also been fun to see and participate in the All Shirts Swap hosted by May Chappell. Stay tuned to her blog for an announcement about something new coming up soon…









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Modern Sewciety and an extra hour.

First, it was such a pleasure being on Modern Sewciety this week. You can find the Podcast here. carolyn podccast art

Stephanie was easy to chat with, and I really hope to get a chance to catch up with her one of these days since she’s a Florida girl as well.


While we were chatting she asked what I work on when I’ve got an extra hour, which got me thinking. What I realized is that some of my favorite projects are those that I can slip into extra pockets of time. That point was well proven this weekend when I had a couple extra hours and found myself making up some Shirts.


shirts quilt blocks_carolyn friedlander

This pattern lends itself well to that, and I’ve made it very easy to do so. I keep a box specifically for these guys with extra templates and fabric ready to go. Whenever I’ve got some extra time, all I have to do is pull it out and start sewing. Many times a little bit of this does a whole lot of good.

shirts quilt box_carolyn friedlander


Other “extra hour” projects include…


+ Any slow sewing and definitely endless amounts of Alturas blocks


+ the Single Girl


+ Green Tea and Sweet Beans


green tea and sweet beans_carolyn friedlander





+ Candy Coated


candy coated_carolyn friedlander


+ And then there are always future projects to plan for when the mood strikes…


project planning_carolyn friedlander

This pile sat on my floor for an embarrassing long time while I was finishing up the projects for my book. The pull is now taking shape as another extra hour project from one of the patterns in my new book. Maybe it’s strange, but this was the first thing I wanted to dive into after finishing all the book projects.

That’s probably a good thing.


What’s your favorite project for filling pockets of time?


blue shirt quilt block_carolyn friedlander


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Happy Labor Day.

golden shirts_carolyn friedlander

I’m not taking much time off today, but I did start the day off by finishing up this lil guy for fun. And I’m very lucky that I can usually find “work” to do that is sewing related. Today I will try to stick mostly to that instead of the pattern writing and editing that will be resuming tomorrow.

Happy Labor Day to you!


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QuiltCon: Day 1. Awards.

Wow. QuiltCon is a lot to take in. I’m glad I’ll be here for a few days.

I’m taking a little break and thought I’d go ahead and post some quick pics from the morning from the awards ceremony.

I don’t envy the judges, because I would have had the toughest time. There are soo many amazing quilts, and I’m not just saying that. There’s a good range of work that is technically and visually strong too.

Here’s the quilt that won Best of Show. It’s by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and is seriously so amazing.


And obviously much deserved. Love the fabrics. Love it all.


Quilting excellence winner–also incredible. Karen Anderson-Abraham from Santa Barbara.


And then, a TOTAL honor for me was getting Best Machine Quilting for my Local quilt. Wow. Totally blows my mind. (notice my supercool “I


My lil shirts got some love by placing 3rd in the miniature category.


There are so many others, and I’ve basically just done a preliminary sweep. The plan is to bite off a row at a time over the next few days.

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a quilt a day: shirts with shirtings.

Before I get rolling on Day 1 of QuiltCon, here’s my contribution for Day 2 of my mini quilt show.


Shirts with shirtings.

I know. Just crazy.



shirts_shirting_carolyn friedlander


But seriously. I nabbed an awesome fat quarter stack of shirtings from one of my local quilt shops, and I was really happy to put them to use in this project. Other fabric credits include some architextures (tangerine hatch for the shirt trim, tangerine topo for binding, white hatch for the background) and then some Kona Meringue–my go-to cream–for the border. Kona coral on the back.


shirts_shirting back_carolyn friedlander



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entering break mode.

It has really been an awesome year, and I continue to be so grateful.

And with that, I’m officially entering break mode until the new year. I think it’s just the right time to slow down and get to some things and people who I haven’t been able to enjoy as much as I would have liked. Let there be lots of sewing, eating, and visiting!

architextures and kona gradient carolyn friedlander

In the meantime, there are just a couple of things to mention.


First, Pink Chalk did some fabulous Architextures and solids matchmaking–see here. So lovely. And they’re also fully stocked with the coordinating Kona solids–see here and here–that I’ve been using on many projects (including my new Stripes and Shirts patterns).


Second, Joan Ford of Hummingbird Highway is collecting quilts to give to the people in Newtown, CT. See here for the details. The turnaround time is soon, but with my time off and a good survey through my stash, I should be able to get something together to send. We all know how special a quilt can be.

Warm wishes this holiday season, and I’ll see you in the new year!



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