Friday, July 3, 2015

fan girl

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."

mostly Doe by Carolyn Friedlander

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.

mostly Doe by Carolyn Friedlander

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!

inspired by Carolun Friedlander

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.

searching for rainbows

This morning I pulled a rainbow of scraps for my mini bricks!

rainbow bricks to be

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!


  1. Your scraps are gorgeous!!! Just waiting to see what you do with those fabrics.

  2. Carolyn Friedlander is one of my favourite designers. Love her Doe fabric line and I’m in awe over her modern appliqué designs. Thanks for referring to her book!
    I’m curious to see your rainbow brick quilt!

  3. Love your mini idea, can't wait to see it come together!

  4. I agree, I love her fabric lines too!

  5. Carolyn is one of my favorite designers too. Look forward to your mini quilt. Happy Fourth of July.

  6. I can't afford to buy all the quilting books I'd like right now and it never even occurred to me to borrow them from the library. Then if I fall in love I can buy my favourites. Thank you for that tip!

  7. Oh, I can't wait to see where this quilt is going! I have my heart set on making her Facing East quilt ~ someday! Happy 4th of July!

  8. CF is a favorite of mine too :)
    Happy 4th weekend!

  9. Wow, what a fancy collection.
    I need to have a look at her stuff..... I am so out of the loop haha
    I hope you have a great week, Rachel. Happy sewing

  10. I've used some of Caroline's fabrics in my most recent quilt. I love that blue from the Doe collection.


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