Let's make it official - I am a huge fan of Carolyn Friedlander. I've loved her fabrics since she hit the scene with Architectures. Her Botanics collection was one of my favorite lines last year and Doe has been high on my radar this year. Her fabrics are just the kind I find so useful, usually with one main color and great textures. Very much so "helpful fabrics."
When I was browsing for Eleni's 4 month fabric at Gotham Quilts, I selected two possibilities for the photo shoot: Ladder Lines in Sage for Carolyn's Doe collection and Serape Dream by April Rhodes. And while I was at it, I finally stashed some favorites from Doe.
No one does low volume like Carolyn Friedlander! Maybe some of these will even end up in my newest project...
Did you know Carolyn Frieldander is also an amazing pattern designer? She does some refreshingly modern applique work that I'd like to try someday. But mainly, I've been exposed to her design sense through her fantastic book, Savor Each Stitch. I've checked it out from the library too many times. Really need to buy my own copy!
This little sketch was inspired by a quilt from her book. I'd like to make a big version someday, but for now I'm launching a mini quilt version to get my feet wet. I'm going to piece in a rainbow of tiny bricks rather than applique circles, as in Carolyn's version. I plan to do some textural free motion quilting in the negative spaces though, like she did. That's the part that will be a stretch for me.
This morning I pulled a rainbow of scraps for my mini bricks!
It can be hard to work in black, brown and gray since they are not in the rainbow spectrum, but I think I'm almost there.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!