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Spring Quilt Market 2017 in St Louis.

Spring Quilt Market 2017 in St Louis was fun, fast and a total whirlwind as usual. Here are some highlights.

First, the booth–featuring my new patterns Eads and Tee, plus my new fabric Blake and many many projects. (Specific posts to come on all of those things!)

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Now the other stuff, starting with some Blake gang signs…or something like that.

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Arianna, Elise, Ariga, Ellen and I were all sporting some Blake on the first day of the show. Patterns are (from left to right), Colette Moneta, Tilly And The Buttons Zadie Dress, Colette Moneta, Grainline Penny Raglan, Seamwork Jane

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Arianna wearing a Colette Moneta and matching scrunchie (free pattern soon at Robert Kaufman) in Blake for the win.

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

I love Jemellia’s Myrtle (pattern by Colette) in Blake!

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Elisabeth, Nichole, me and Jemellia on day 1 in the booth.

Jenni Smith’s Sloth quilt (-within-a-quilt) is pretty darn special!

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

I always like a booth with a sewing feature. Big thanks to Bernina and Janome for lending some machines. Here are Megan and Ellen sewing up some knits. See, it’s fun, not scary!

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

Julia’s new sewing pattern is pretty great, which is why I just had to whip up a couple of Dumpling Pincushions for the booth–in Blake (and some Friedlander too). (BTW, Julia’s Hayden top in Arroyo is pretty stunning…)

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Carolyn Friedlander

dumpling pincushions in Blake fabric

It was really exciting to see this quilt in May Chappell’s booth by Theresa Reid using my Friedlander fabrics. (That hand quilting!)

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . May Chappell

Last, but not least, I loved spotting this Euclid cameo in the Soak booth, along with the labels that I designed for their Pineapple Grove scent.

Spring Quilt Market 2017 . Soak

Now that I’m home, I’m doing much of the obvious stuff–catching up on things and following up on stuff, but I’ve also been quilting, or rather patchworking like crazy. I love it when I’m feeling inspired to sew, and even though I’ve been promising myself some new garments (kalle kalle kalle) and a bag (I’m looking at you, Traverse), I keep finding myself glued to my sewing machine, sewing up new ideas as well as some new stuff from others. It’s been fun.

But I do need to clean my sewing room…that will happen soon!

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Soakbox Challenge

Soak invited me to participate in their nail art challenge, which I eagerly accepted. I’ve gotten to know the founder, Jacqueline, and some of her fine team now that they are on the Quilt Market circuit. They are always a lot of fun and have been creating some pretty interesting and useful products since coming onto the scene several years ago.


Jacqueline from Soak

Jacqueline from Soak hanging out with my Post quilt and rocking some polish at the last Quilt Market.


I’m not normally a nail polish person, but they’ve found a way to make nail art fun and enticing to folks even like me. Specifically, they’ve got a special group geared towards us quilters with beautifully curated sets by popular designers like Denyse Schmidt and Lizzy House. For this particular challenge, I knew that I wanted to focus on Lizzy’s set. Like all of the other collections, this set has an enticing range of colors, but what makes it different and even more special is the pen/brush applicator that comes with it.


Lizzy House Soak Box set



You can use the pen to get pretty artistic, and so that was quickly the jumping off point for my design. I wanted to work with a crosshatch–one of my favorite motifs–and one that I’ve used many times in my own fabric designs. (Heads up, the background fabric that I’m using here is one of the new colors that we are releasing this coming Quilt Market! Also, I’m no hand model, so hang in here with me. These are a real set of hands that get used and abused daily by copious amounts of sewing and handling sharp objects.)


Here’s how you do it.

1. Start laying down some diagonals. (Tip: Don’t worry if your lines aren’t super straight. Just add more of them and keep your inconsistencies relatively consistent. No one will notice.)


nail crosshatch_carolyn friedlander_1


2. Get some diagonals going in the other direction. (See, mine aren’t perfect. This is what we call, Character. And it can be a good thing if you just embrace it.)


nail crosshatch_carolyn friedlander_2


3. Continue on with your other nails. (Tip: You can change things up by playing with scale.)


nail crosshatch_carolyn friedlander_3



Note: My left hand was fun and easy to do since I’m right-handed, but I know that adding any level of artistry to my right hand using my left could result in some less-than-desired results. My tip for that would be to:

a) Get a friend involved. You guys can help each other out.

b) Not worry about it! I think I’m ok with my left and right hands not matching–that could be a style-full statement in and of itself. Why not do something fun and exciting on the left while rocking a great solid on your right? As is a theme with me, matching is overrated, and I think this situation works for that.

c) Embrace their differences, because really, it’s just nails, and it’s probably not that noticeable that your lines are straighter/clearer/more even on one hand than the other. Again, keep the inconsistencies consistent within each hand, and it’ll look deliberate.


4. After you’ve got all of your nails done, apply a layer of topcoat. (Tip: Wait until the white is dry. I was a little too eager to apply my topcoat and so some of my lines blurred a bit. Lesson learned! Patience is still a virtue.)


nail crosshatch_carolyn friedlander_4


+ To kick it up another notch, here are a couple of other ideas:

1. I was really feeling just the white for this first round, but you could totally start with any color in the background and build your motif on top. That’d be quite lovely.

2. You could also play with your grid direction as well as adding color after laying down your grid work.


nail crosshatch grid alternate with color_carolyn friedlander


Thanks, Soak! This made for a fun and creative project, and I’m kind of thinking that I want to work this design at Quilt Market…

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