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Local Quilt 2016 and Blake with Highlight.

Highlight is the 2016 Kona Color of the Year, and it’s safe to say that I like it quite a lot. It’s a yellow that is exuberant and not afraid. Plus, as someone who is very familiar with a Kona card, this type of vibrant yellow that doesn’t fall on the warm-yellow spectrum but is more inline with the cool-yellow range, is a very welcome and much-needed (in my opinion) addition! Already, I’ve used it in two new projects (actually make that 3, but more about the third later)–Local Quilt 2016 and Blake, a new (free) pattern to celebrate its release.

First up, Local Quilt 2016.

Kona COTY_Local Quilt 2016_carolyn friedlander

Local was my very first Block-of-the-Month pattern initially released in the fall of 2012 along with the launch of architextures. It was a massively fun and very personal project celebrating my love of houses, my love of local houses and my first-ever fabric line. Fast forward a few years, and I finally had some good reasons to reintroduce the project. On a personal level, Local has been one of those quilts that I’ve been wanting to make another version of ever since finishing the first one. It’s a project where different fabric choices make such a difference and can be so much fun to play with. Plus, I’d been feeling bad about how tricky architextures had become to find for those looking to make the exact project on the cover.

local quilt 2016_house 3_carolyn friedlander

As a result, making a new version not only seemed logical, but also exciting to plan out–especially after learning about the Kona Color of the Year. I immediately knew where and how I’d use Highlight, which was in one of my favorite parts of the project. The ground plane is the part of this quilt that most reminds me of it being like a drawing. Because the ground, trees and plants are united as one color, they read like a section cut (or architectural slice at a specific point). The rest of the palette was built to support that decision. I wanted to celebrate the vibrancy of Highlight by paring it with a textural variety and refreshing mix of blues, grays, creams and blacks. I wanted everything to feel fresh, interesting and still somewhat relaxed. The merry mixture of yarn dyed wovens, checkered ginghams, and my own fabric is exactly the statement I wanted to make.

local quilt 2016 fabrics_carolyn friedlander

Shifting gears, my next bit of Highlight appears in a new project, Blake, which speaks to my original inspiration of pairing it with gingham, specifically after a coincidental meet-up with this tray.

blake quilt gingham inspiration_carolyn friedlander

I loved this combo(!) and tried to create a quilt that took inspiration from it. As I worked with the idea, it became a lot about creating and playing with pattern and grids. I actually explored many other color combinations, because I think it is important to note how well Highlight plays with others, but in the end I wanted Highlight to be the focus. After working with the design and playing with the grids, I kept thinking about it harkening back to something a hip lumberjack could almost wear and would definitely own. The name Blake pays some homage to that.

Kona COTY_Blake_carolyn friedlander

Blake will be a free pattern available on the Robert Kaufman website, and Local 2016 will be given a fresh new cover and slightly updated format before being reprinted and released in my pattern line in the next several weeks. Stay tuned and check in with your local quilt shop.




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charity auction for blocks, botanics, and other good stuff.

stack of Local quilt blocks_carolyn friedlander

A couple of weeks ago, I was digging around for some stuff in this huge pile of quilts. It’s sometimes a surprise to see what’s in there. One of the things was this stack of blocks from my Local quilt in various stages of completion. These blocks date back to the very early planning stages of the project. I was still working out the construction details and which fabrics I wanted to use where. All of which is quite evident if you flip any of them over.


local scratch_carolyn friedlander


I posted a pic of my findings on Instagram and received a suggestion to auction the blocks for charity. I LOVED this idea. It’s not that I wouldn’t love to sew them together into a quilt top myself, but the truth is that I don’t know when I’ll be able to get around to it, and I love the idea of putting them to use now, especially if it’s for a good cause.


There are so many deserving charities out there to support, but one in particular came to mind right away. Several, several years ago back when I used to sit behind a desk more than I do now, I was a pretty devoted runner. I still love to run, but I keep it really casual these days. Back then, I was rather goal-oriented with my running and ended up running a few marathons. One of them, I ran with the organization Team in Training. It’s a group that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. They do wonderful work, and I had a fantastic experience.


Now, a really good friend of mine, Lindsay, is training to run the Chicago marathon (her first marathon, by the way!) with Team in Training. I’m so proud and excited for her for committing to such a huge undertaking. I know that it’s not easy. Training for and running a marathon is no small task, and then adding in some serious fund-raising in support of a great cause makes it a pretty big endeavor. There’s nothing easy about any of it. Back when I was training and fundraising, Lindsay was a huge support for me. We were both living in St Louis at the time, and one of the ways they suggest that you fundraise is to stand outside the stadium of whatever game season it is (Busch Stadium and baseball in my case) with beads to support the team and jars to collect donations. Let me say that that is a tough thing to do–especially for someone like me who is generally somewhat shy. But Lindsay volunteered to work the stadium streets of St. Louis with me to raise money for cancer research, and I really appreciated every minute of it.


Unfortunately these days we don’t live in the same place, so I can’t return the favor and go work the jar-holding with her, but I realized that I can see if I can use what I have to help support her cause. I loved the idea of donating my blocks as a way to raise funds for charity, and I’m very happy to let her and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society be the recipients.


silent auction goods_carolyn friedlander


Here’s what I’ve got–and I’m sure I’ll throw in some other goodies when the time comes to mail it off.

+ Local grab bag of blocks (4 houses, 1 partial house and a tree)

+ a full Local pattern (so you can either finish what I started or start your own)

+ some other patterns (Social, Backbone, Stripes)

+ a charm pack from my upcoming fabric line, Botanics (this is totally not out yet, hitting stores late November!)

+ a mini-charm pack from Architextures

+ pick a pattern, and I’ll be happy to throw it in there too


botanics and architextures_carolyn friedlander


If anyone is interested, I’m hoping this could work silent auction-style. Just leave a comment for how much you’d like to donate, and the highest donation will win the goods. To read more about the organization or about my friend Lindsay, you can visit (or donate to) her page directly here. The auction ends noon (EST) this Friday, October 4.


Sincere thanks for your support in any way.


local house block_carolyn friedlander


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a quilt a day: parade of houses.

I had a lot of fun designing my Local quilt, and I’m really into the idea of not only the project as a whole, but also breaking it up into fun, little flavorful goodies. I’ve got a few that I haven’t gotten around to officially sharing, and now is as good a time as ever.


This here is my lone local or local-let, as I like to think of her. She’s a leftover from my planning period that I recently polished off with some borders and all the usual finishings.


local_single_carolyn friedlander


local_single detail_carolyn friedlander


Kona mango on the back with ideas for quilting.


local_single back_carolyn friedlander


local_single back detail_carolyn friedlander


Then we’ve got some yellow with House no. 3.


local quilt_yellow single_carolyn friedlander


local quilt_yellow single_carolyn friedlander


And plum.


local quilt_plum_carolyn friedlander


local quilt_plum detail_carolyn friedlander


I am massively into the plum and gold fabric in the house on the left. Glorious I tell you.




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